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Home Performance & Energy Efficiency #1: High Energy Bills? The Problem May be Your HVAC Ducts

10-19-2020 06:12 PM by CyFree | 9 comments »

When homeowners begin experiencing things like unusually high energy bills, rooms that are too cold or too hot, their first thought is usually about replacing or upgrading their existing HVAC system. While updating an old system to a newer, more energy-efficient model is never a bad investment, homeowners may not always have the means to buy and install a new system. The good news is that you can, most of the time, get your existing HVAC system to work more efficiently with simple, more a...

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DIY that adds Value to your Property #2: DIY in the Kitchen to add a touch of Value

04-24-2015 10:56 AM by Katies_DIY_Blog | 166 comments »

In the second part of this blog, instead of just thinking about the house as whole, I thought I’d focus more on just the kitchen in which adding a touch of DIY could increase the value of your home. Using a fair bit of my real estate experience, my slow but steady gaining of DIY experience/knowledge and an article I found online here at TheMoveChannel, I thought I’d write this short piece to carry on with the series! Now no one is expecting you to have a PHD in electronics here and create ...

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Wet Cellars: Cause and Solutions

01-03-2013 05:54 PM by CyFree | 0 comments »

Where Cellars Get Wet Cellars can get wet through absolutely any point, including doors, window joints, floor joints, cracks, and around pipes. Water has the tenacious ability to get in anywhere. The absolute key to removing water from the cellar is finding out where it is leaking from and addressing the problem. Often this is hard to find by the naked eye. In addition, it may be coming from multiple points. A professional waterproofing contractor can identify the source of the leakage ...

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Do not take R value of solid wood at face value

02-05-2009 06:37 AM by daltxguy | 7 comments »

This is a reprint of a recent article on some studies done to show that the straight R-value of solid wood is misleading. Even though it seems worse than other materials, because wood has a lot of mass it actually can store energy, not just prevent the ingress ( or egress) of energy, which is only what R-values measure. Wood insulation properties studied Lincoln University researchers have studied the paradox of houses built from solid wood seeming to have greater levels of heat retenti...

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DIY Ideas #2: Creating a Vintage Interior Look

08-04-2015 11:26 AM by Katies_DIY_Blog | 5 comments »

I’m sure we can all have a good go at creating a modern interior with modern styles and trends. We can all buy a bunch of materials and tools and get to work on a brand new untouched space and finish with a masterpiece. However, what if you’re looking to create a more vintage look rather than a modern one? How can you create that antique look yourself? I did a bit of research online in an attempt to figure out for myself and for this blog just how can I create a vintage look for my interior o...

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Our new old apartment #2: Let's start refurbishing

11-12-2010 06:45 PM by mbulla | 8 comments »

Ok, I get a break with refurbishing so finally I have some free time. Since we spent most of our money on buying the apartment, we decided to refurbish only one room and make create entry way through a wall from kitchen to living room. We decided to refurbish one bedroom. It’s always good to have at least one room nicely refurbished so you can live in new place. First we removed old paintings from all walls. Since the walls were really crooked, it was necessary to put new polishe...

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Just the beginning

02-02-2016 03:45 PM by KC_Kid | 7 comments »

A bit of background… We (my wife and I) purchased our first house together in march of 2015 knowing that we would not move in until June. I talked her into a fixer based on the fact that myself and a buddy worked our way through college working for our landlord fixing up his old rentals and also flipping houses for him. So we swooped in and got a fixer out from underneath a local flipper because he was trying to nickel and dime the seller. What made this a good purchase is that the e...

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Your Decking Material Options: Pros and Cons

05-04-2011 08:00 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

We have been building wood, composite and solid PVC decks and screened porches here in Lancaster County, PA since 1999. With over 12 years experience I can tell you the decision most families struggle with is what kind of decking material to choose for their new deck? If initial cost were the only concern, the answer would always be simple: wood. Unfortunately, we must consider many important factors. Along with initial cost, the appearance you are looking for and long-term maintenance tim...

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Riding a Storm out

07-20-2011 02:46 PM by reedwood | 4 comments »

A hot week in August – one Hell of a time to replace a leaky flat roof on a music store. The old commercial building was in really bad shape. The old flat roof was rotten and had been leaking for some time. The numerous roof repairs in the sagging roof left pools of standing water which still leaked in everywhere and ran down inside the walls and just destroyed them. The heavy smell of musty mold permeated the air and left no doubt, this had to be fixed….now. ...

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Kitchen Island Innovations

07-11-2011 10:21 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

Dreaming of your own fantasy island? No, I don’t mean the island with white sandy beaches, palm trees and sun… a kitchen island. They are increasing in popularity here; and with the interest both the attractiveness and innovations of kitchen islands continue to grow. Centrally located, islands are easily accessed and ideal for kitchen tasks such as food prep, cooking, clean up and entertaining. Here are the newest kitchen finds and options to consider when building or turning your fantasy is...

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