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An Upholstery Primer #3: Make your life easier.

10-29-2012 04:14 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 30 comments »

Stripping furniture creates a mound of discards. It can fill the trash in no time at all. Grab a long piece of dicards and stack the big bulky discards on it. Roll it up and tied it with another strip of the discards. No fuss – no muss – ready for bulk pickup.

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An Upholstery Primer #2: Prep the furniture

10-29-2012 03:39 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 31 comments »

I’m sorry for having so little information in this post from the onset. As I need to do certain things that I consider pred – I’ll add them to this blog. Some with video – some with photos. In the meantime – I’ll start with 2 preps.

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

09-07-2012 09:51 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

*You should consider having a professional install/perform these Long Term Considerations. Bathroom Free/Low-Cost Home Improvements1. Set the hot-water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce energy costs and prevent scalding.2. Mark cold and hot faucets clearly.3. Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.4. Use a rubber-suction bath mat or anti-slip floor strips or decals in the tub or shower.5. Increase contrast: Avoid low contrasting items. Adding contrast is as simple as a blue ...

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Apples to Apples? How to compare multiple Remodeling Proposals

08-22-2012 08:34 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 11 comments »

Most Importantly… Do You Trust This Person? When it comes down to it, the most important thing to check is your own instincts. How do you feel about this contractor working on what is probably your single largest investment – your home? Do you trust this person inside your home and around your children? Can you communicate well with this person about the project? Are they ‘in tune’ to your needs? Are they an expert and experienced in the type of project you are envisioning? Don’t throw awa...

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Simple Hall Way redo. #3: The big slowdown on day 3.

07-11-2012 03:50 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 9 comments »

I was busy all day but don’t feel like I have much to show for it. I painted the closet. Those suckers are little rooms. It took the better part of 3 hours. I touched up some of the trim work, used the shop light to find flaws in all my paint job. Touched those up as well. I under cut all the door frames, scraped the last bit of junk off the floors and marked my lines. I rigged up a couple of saw horses in the garage. I put a sturdy deck screw into the closet door then clamped a ...

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Do you want a 4-season Sunroom or a 3-season Porch?

05-31-2012 05:57 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Sometimes while discussing a 4-season sunroom with our Lancaster County, PA clients, we get on the discussion of an alternative option: a 3-season room. Most of the time people were not aware of the term 3-season room or what it was, even though they usually have seen one after we explain it. Here is a quick rundown of 4-season and 3-season rooms, their pros and cons and even an idea if you’re considering your own addition! What is a 4-season room? A four-season room is a heated room ad...

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Deck Cleaning Tips

02-08-2012 06:00 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 4 comments »

Lancaster County, PA homeowners are often curious the best way to keep their new deck or porch looking beautiful for the long term. Different types of decking material need different types of techniques to be cleaned properly. First things first, inspect your deck before cleaning it. If something looks amiss structurally, call a contractor to take a look! Here are some tips for cleaning a Wood, Composite or Cedar/Redwood deck: Using that Power Sprayer – A power sprayer is a huge time sa...

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Keys to Securing Your Home: 5 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Home

12-05-2011 11:32 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 3 comments »

Many high-tech, high-priced home security products are available today. Fortunately, there are less expensive – but no less effective – ways to protect your home, too. Check out these smart home security tips! Eliminate Hiding Places. Keep all entry points to your house well lit. Trim shrubs and trees that could provide cover for an intruder. Trim tree limbs that could enable intruders to gain entry via an upper-floor window or balcony and keep items such as ladders locked inside ...

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Garage door opener, gotta share this, unusual, unique design. one moving part.

11-21-2011 02:20 AM by Craftsman on the Lake | 188 comments »

Update two years later 9/16/13: The opener is still working like the day I bought it. First one that’s lasted this long on my large wooden door. I don’t know where exactly to put this so I guess a blog entry is the best. First of all I am just a guy in Maine with an 18 ft wood garage door. Heavy and older. (the door… I guess me too) Anyway, I am not in any way affiliated with any garage door people or companies or stores that sell them. I’ve had a few garage door...

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Kitchen Trends for 2012

11-09-2011 05:12 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 5 comments »

The new year is quickly approaching! In the spirit of change, we decided to put together a list of some of the kitchen remodeling trends that are in store for 2012. The general contracting we do here in Lancaster County, PA brings us into a variety of kitchens every year. We get to experience first hand these growing trends, and have decided to discuss the following topics – Design Styles, Appliances, Colors, Cabinetry, Countertops and Lighting. Design Styles – A recent survey ...

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