Lawn Repair Products Review

Scotts EZ Seed vs Canada Green Velocity Patch Plus

It has been a full 10 days now since we first applied two different lawn repair products, Scotts EZ Seed and Canada Green Velocity Patch Plus, on two different areas of our lawn. We had both a shady area along our east wall as well as a sunny area out in our south facing back yard which needed repair. So, 10 days ago I applied these two lawn repair products in side by side comparisons. Both lawn repair products have compelling TV commercials. I was curious. Here is what the south … [Read more...]

Comparing All In One Lawn Repair Kits

Shady Lawn Area Cleaned

Yesterday we start to compare the Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed against the Canada Green all in one lawn repair kits. We found that the Scotts Turf Builder EZ Seed package was 50% more expensive ($20 vs $13) yet covered only one third (80 vs 250) of the square footage than the Canada Green product. Of course, that is just where the comparison starts. Where does the comparison end? It ends after both products have been applied and give a chance to strut their stuff :) ; that is to say, … [Read more...]

Drywall Repair

Partial Basement Drywall Repair

Drywall repair in a home is something which I find many people avoid, thinking that it is too hard or too difficult to do. I used to be like that. However, from personal experience it is not hard. The trick is to have patience and the right technique. We have written several short series of articles about repairing walls in different rooms in our home including a finished basement bedroom, a bathroom, an en suite bathroom, a potty room and a living room / home office. In each case … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #314 – Heating – Repair Broken Storm or Screen Doors

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 314, Ensure Storm / Screen Doors Work. If you have storm doors or screen doors and they don’t help keep out the cold air in the winter because they are broken in some way, then fix them or get someone to fix them. Its that simple. A quick fix can keep out the cold air … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Leaky Faucet Repair

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 382, Leaky Faucet Repair. Yes, this money saving water heating tip will also save you water. If the leaky faucet is from the hot water tap, this will also save you energy being used to heat your water that is simply leaking out the leaky faucet. INSTALL COST … [Read more...]

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

In an effort to achieve maximum energy savings, one must look for opportunities; by opportunities, I am referring to air leaks which can be sealed. Our basement is around 90% finished thanks to the prior owners. However, as we have written about numerous times, when it comes to energy savings and energy conservation, they left us with a lot of opportunities. I just need to look to find them. Here is one. The above picture is of the ceiling two piece bathroom in our basement. It is … [Read more...]

Foundation Wall Crack Project Repair Completed

Finishing Nails and Spike

Yesterday I placed the carpet back into position and almost had the baseboard trim in place. I say 'almost' as there were some gaps which I wanted to see if I could reduce. So, I found some finishing nails from a prior project and proceeded to hammer a few of them into areas with what I thought was excessive gaps between the baseboard trim and the base of the wall. My goal was to reduce as much of this gap as practical to both have a uniform finished appearance and reduce the amount of … [Read more...]

Baseboard Almost In Place

Underpadding On Top Of Concrete Floor

In this continuing series on the repair of our foundation wall crack, which caused a water leak in our finished basement within the recent past,  last time we wrote about the replacement of the carpet grabber strips using construction adhesive. After waiting 24 hours we are now ready to return the pulled back under-padding and carpet into its place on the poured concrete floor and reinstall the baseboard molding. The first step was easy enough, simply lay the pulled back under-padding … [Read more...]

Covering Foundation Wall Crack From The Outside

Foundation Wall Crack

In this continuing series on the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall to prevent any future water leaks, we saw the techniques used to insert the new piece of 3 feet by 4 feet of drywall into the area with only a single vertical piece of wood available from the existing wood frame. Today we go outside. Now, here is the crack on the foundation wall which started it all. Notice that it goes along the vertical edge where the poured concrete foundation wall meets the brick … [Read more...]

Using Clean Space Membrane To Protect The Overlay Sealant

Urethane Overlay Sealant Applied

In the most recent article in this series on our basement water leak repair series, we saw how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems applied the urethane sealant overlay onto the FlexiSpan Foam Drain Strip to provide insurance in case any water did over the long term seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the crack in the foundation wall itself. If this part of our basement was unfinished, that would be it as far as sealing the foundation wall crack (still a bit more work though … [Read more...]

Applying Basement Systems’ FlexiSpan to Foundation Wall Crack

Reeming The Wall Crack

Last time we showed how we did not have sufficient drainage for the backup drain should some time in the future water seep through the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall which was the cause of our basement's water leak. As well we showed the creation of a dry well to help with the drainage of the backup drain. Now with the dry well in place, the application of the FlexiSpan solution to the prevent water from leaking through the crack in the foundation wall was … [Read more...]

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