Lowering Electricity Use Tip #60 – Use Front Door More vs Garage Door

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 60, Use Front Door More vs Garage Door. Contributed by a recent visitor to our site, this is a great idea for those who have an entrance from their garage to the house. Remember, whose with an automatic garage door opener will use electricity to open and close that garage … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #324 – Heating – Hang Thick Curtains in Entrance

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 324,  Hang Thick Curtains in Entryway. One of our site’s visitors last winter said that because of air leaks around their front door, they hank a thick curtain by the entrance to their home to keep the cold air out. Sure, they should fix the air leaks. However, perhaps … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Adding More Concrete Mixture To Level Floor

Adding Concrete Tile Laying Mixture

In the prior article within this tile installation home renovation project series, we discussed how a support beam caused part of the front hall floor to be a little unlevel and the impact it had on the newly laid floor tile. Today I thought I would show you where the additional flooring concrete mixture was added to level the floor. First, here is a picture of the area by the living room and basement stairway. That is quite a large amount of mixture added. What I tried to get in … [Read more...]

Solar LED Accent Garden Lighting From Canadian Tire

Solar LED Accent Garden Lights From Canadian Tire

Yesterday we wrote about solar LED outdoor lighting we installed outside our basement sliding door walkout to eliminate the need for the motion sensor light in the summer and reduce the amount of electricity used in the home. Today we wanted to write about the solar LED accent garden lighting we received again from Canadian Tire. These are very attractive in what appears to be a small garden rock. The small solar panel is built into the top of the pretend rock powering the LED … [Read more...]

Cheap Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 4

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Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition Yesterday, in Part 3, we continued to review the many money saving tips for saving on your home's heating bill this winter which will cost you just a little to do. Yes, these are both money savings and energy conservation tips all in one. Today we continue where we left off to complete our review of the … [Read more...]

Fall Garden Cleanup – 2

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Yesterday we showed you pictures of the garden beside our front door before and after our front garden cleanup, as well as the pictures of our front garden prior to the cleanup this fall. In case you missed the sorry state of our front garden, here is a short video clip where you can see the overgrown Hostas, the wildness of the two small trees at the front of both the left and right sides of our front garden and especially some of the Pyramidal Yews which have almost lost their attractive … [Read more...]

Replacement Front Door – Making the Call

New Front Door Picture

Yesterday, we wrote about how the fascia was separating from the frame of our less than one year old replacement front door, the new door which was part of our home renovation and improvement activities last year. We purchased our replacement front door from an international big box building supply company.  We did this because we knew nothing about replacement doors and wanted a company  who would stand behind their work and their product. So, when this happened to us less than a year … [Read more...]

Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

Unpainted Door Frame

During the spring and summer last year we wrote about our experiences with our replacement front door. Well, even though the replacement for the replacement front door was installed in late June, it was only until recently that we found the time to paint the door frame. Now, if you remember nothing else, remember this. When you order a new front door and frame, please make sure that the door frame comes at least primed. The first replacement door came with a pre-primed door frame. The … [Read more...]

Exterior Replacement Door – Part 33 – Check The Vendor’s Credit Card Statement, Again

In Part 32, The End?,  we   thought we had written our last article on our replacement front door mis-adventures. We were wrong. If you recall, we reached an agreement with the building supply retailer whereby we accepted a monetary credit against the cost of the door as well as a further deferral of the payment due date due to the many issues we experienced with both the initial door installation and the customer service. This payment deferral meant that we would not have to pay for the … [Read more...]

Exterior Replacement Door – Part 32 – The End?

In Part 31 we identified how the building supply retailer progressed with our deficiencies from the installation of the replacement door for the replacement door. If you recall we started back in early September to order a new front door; 9+ months later in mid-June we had the 2nd of two replacement front doors installed. Over the course of this duration we had various delays, missed appointments , very poor installation of the first replacement door, defective initial door, hours spent … [Read more...]

Exterior Replacement Door – Part 30 – Everything is Not Perfect

Black Hinges

In Part 29  we reviewed the additional differences with the installation techniques used by the installers for the first and second replacement doors. On the whole we are very pleased with the installation techniques used for the second door. However, everything is not perfect and we identify these so you can be aware of them for yourself should you be having your own front door replaced. First, we already showed one of them to you. Let's show you the picture again of the inside for the … [Read more...]

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