Caulking Bathroom Door Frame Completed

Door Frame With Caulking 1

Yesterday, we wrote about the absence of caulking between the door frame and wall of our shared bathroom, leaving the up to 1/4 inch gap exposed and the entire job looking unfinished. For comparison purposes, here is a picture from yesterday along part of the frame showing the gap which should have been finished with caulking. Now, look at the difference once the caulking is applied. It is not  hard task or one which takes more than a few minutes. Just make sure you have … [Read more...]

Caulking Bathroom Door Frame

Door Frame Without Caulking 1

When we purchased our current house more than 2 years ago, it underwent a massive renovation in every, yes every, room in the home ... and outside as well. Heck, that is what got us to start writing about home renovation tips, home maintenance tips and home energy conservation tips for more than two years now. As part of this major home renovation, we replaced all of the interior doors, including the one to the public or shared bathroom. However, the contractor did not complete the job, … [Read more...]

Flow Through Home Humidifier & Humidity Issues In House – 3

Flow Through Humidifier 02

Yesterday in Part 2, we wrote about our attempts to increase the humidity level in our home this winter as one of the many home maintenance tips we are using in our home. There was one more possibility I wanted to try. Two years ago I asked for help on this issue. One vendor suggested I spend about $2,000 on a steam humidity unit. Geeze, like I have two thousand dollars lying around. Other suggestions received from folks on various Internet forums were to adjust the wiring so … [Read more...]

Flow Through Home Humidifier & Humidity Issues In House-2

Flow Through Humidifier and Spray Bottle

Yesterday, we wrote about insufficient humidity levels in our home and winter had just begun. The first thing we checked was to see if the water was flowing into and out of the flow through humidifier. It was not. I found the on / off valve and turned the water on. I still have no idea who or how that valve had been turned off. Next, I then checked that the damper from the flow through humidifier into the furnace was set at the winter setting so humidified air would actually go into the … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 14

Living Room Bay Window

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ OK, now that we are written several articles in the past day … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 7

Energy Audit Report Page 2 Bathroom Fan Timer

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ OK, we have reviewed most of the specific grant related … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 5

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The next recommendation on our ecoENERGY Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 4

Relocated Double Bath Towel Rack

Yesterday we wrote about the re-installation of the double bath towel rack to its new position in our en suite bathroom. Of course, while the re-installation might be done, you still need to deal with the holes in the wall left from the prior wall plugs of the initial installation. Today we complete this short series on one of the many home maintenance tips which are easy to do. It took me three layers of drywall patch, each applied only once the prior drywall patch had completely … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 1

Bathroom Towel Rack Repair\Bathroom Towel Rack Repair 1

Today we write about one of the many home maintenance tips which are easy to do. Most bungalows, just like the one we call home, are short on space because any living space which is not in the basement is all on one floor. So, in our master bedroom's en-suite bathroom we had installed a double towel rack by the contractors as part of creating the en suite in the first place. Planning. A double towel rack holds two towels at once; it will need to hold double the weight of a regular … [Read more...]

Quick Home Winterizing Tips

Outdoor Water Pipe Tap Open 1

Last weekend I went around the house and checked to see if I had remembered to do the various winterizing tasks before we started to get snow outside. So, I thought I would provide the list of items I did in advance of winter in case some of them apply to you and you have not yet done same. Here, I am not referring to energy conservation related home winterizing tips. This are simple home maintenance as well as some of which are money saving tasks which should be done to avoid potential … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Contest Winners

Our home energy conservation contest wrapped up over the weekend with all three randomly selected winners confirming that they indeed met our contestant eligibility requirements. It is interesting that most of our past contest winners have been located in the United States whereas all three of our contest winners this time reside in Canada; random is random I guess. If you recall, to enter contestants had to correctly identify the conservation tip number 306 from our Un-Official Guide to … [Read more...]

Sealing Home Air Leaks To Reduce Home Heating Bills

Cansolair Solar Max 240 Installed

There are many energy saving ways to reduce home heating bills in the winter. Activities such as increasing attic insulation, sufficient wall insulation, basement wall insulation, high efficiency furnace, conversion to natural gas furnace (from, for example, home heating oil), solar air collectors, ENERGY STAR windows, and so on. The challenge is that each of these above tactics cost a lot of money. We are talking $1,000 and up ... even after most available government grants. And, … [Read more...]

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