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What to Look For: Inspecting your Insulation and Weather Stripping

What to Look For: Inspecting your Insulation and Weather Stripping

As the cold weather approaches and your furnace begins its annual duties, we often think of ways to make our homes more energy efficient. One thing that can make a big impact on energy savings at a reasonable cost is inspecting your insulation and weatherstripping. Over time, weatherstripping can become worn out and damaged which then creates drafts. Insulation can settle over time, thus reducing its R-value and becoming less effective. Below, we’ll discuss some effective ways to check your insulation and weatherstripping to see if any action is needed. Weatherstripping First, do a visual inspection around your doors and...

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Wood Paint Adhesion

Wood Paint Adhesion

Whether your home is newly constructed or purchased from a previous owner, painting its exterior is the first step toward putting your personal stamp on the home. Likewise, if you’re looking to sell the house, an attractive exterior paint job goes a long way toward creating “curb appeal.” The first step is choosing the correct products (brushes, primers, and paint). The second step is to understand the relationship (adhesion quality) between paint and different species of wood. How well exterior paints and stains adhere to wood is a direct result of the properties of the wood itself. As an example,...

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How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

At first glance, it would seem like the easiest way to find a remodeling contractor would be to just Google them. Of course if you did so, you’ll probably find more than enough candidates to choose from. And surely they must be the right ones for the job, because their website says so, right? Truth is, their online presence may be a helpful tool in your search, but it doesn’t provide the whole picture. When it comes to finding a contractor to remodel your home, some of the older methods are still the best. First off, ask friends, relatives and...

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Guide to Buying Better Lumber

Guide to Buying Better Lumber

The biggest factor in determining the type and quality of wood that you’ll use for your next project is the project itself. That’s because certain varieties of wood are best suited for certain projects. For example, a hardwood with a closed grain such as maple would be an excellent choice for a butcher block, rather than soft porous wood such as pine. Most lumber can be described as either being either softwood or a hardwood. Generally, softwoods are much less expensive, so determining your needs can help you to decide which type of wood to buy. This, in turn can...

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