New Year’s Resolution – Save Money Through Home Energy Savings

Looking for a New Year's Resolution that you will be motivated to actually keep for a long time? What about resolving to reduce your home's utility bills and save your money? Excessive utility bills is a waste for you and a waste for the environment. It is a waste of your money for you if your home uses more natural gas, home heating oil, electricity and water than you need to. It is a waste for the environment if your home uses more non-renewable resources (natural gas, home heating … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Cook Consecutive Meals

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 25, Cook Consecutive Meals In Oven For Later. The same goes for the stove. Reuse the heat from the first meal's preparation on the stove or in the oven for the next. I can see this being useful on the weekend when folks tend to sleep in and get up at different times of … [Read more...]

Preparing The Front Hall Floor for Tiles – Part 2

Inserting Long Screws Into Sub Floor Depression Filled With Double Plywood

In our continuing series about our front hallway and adjoining laundry room floor tiling project, we reviewed the filling of the sub floor gaps by the stairs, laundry room and living room caused by the previously floors use of narrow yet thick marble inserts. Today we continue with the front hall floor's preparation for new tile. The next step to prepare the floor was of course to screw down the double narrow plywood inserts at the living room, stairs and kitchen areas. Now, look … [Read more...]

Preparing The Front Hall Floor for Tiles – Part 1

Sub Floor Gap From Marble Floor Edge

In our last few articles we reviewed the preparation of the laundry room floor for our joint front hall and adjacent laundry room floor tiling project. Today we look at the preparation of the front hall floor, after the original floor tiles have been removed. Look at the picture below. It shows the marble edge of the front hall floor floor at the entrance to the living room on the opposite side from the laundry room. This was taken prior to the front hallway's 23 year old original tiles … [Read more...]

Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles – Part 2

Plywood On Top of Exposed Closet Floor

In the previous article within this floor tiling project series, we say the initial preparation for the laundry room floor. Today we continue the floor preparation tasks. At this point in the floor preparation process, the 1/4 inch plywood is placed loose on the laundry room floor for two purposes. First , the area of the floor vent is marked off to identify where to cut the its opening. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Notice the two pairs of markings for the vent opening on the … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – SnapStone Floor Tile Packaging

SnapStone Tile Layed Out For Use

Now, I don't want you to think that ‘Gosh, there was a lot of tasks needed before Bennett even started to lay the non-traditional floor tile product from SnapStone." just because we have already written several articles in this series and we haven't yet started to lay the tile in earnest. Typically, you would not have to do nearly the amount of floor preparation we did. Remember we had carpet and under-padding in this bathroom, which is not the typical type of floor materials for this … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Under the Toilet

Toto 6L Power Flush Toilet on Broken Floor Tile

Yesterday, we took a look at the floor preparation by the tub in the bathroom which we are covering with porcelain tile from SnapStone. Today, we take a look at preparing the floor under the toilet. Now, while there was a question whether we would leave the existing single row of tile against the bathtub, there was no question about the existing tile underneath the toilet as shown in the picture of the Toto 6 litre power flush toilet below. It was cracked. It had to go. If you look … [Read more...]

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