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Women don’t want a ‘cave’ downstairs… they want a ‘subterranean sanctuary’!

10-08-2010 08:30 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Yea, we’ve all heard about the ultimate ‘man cave’ finished basement. You know, the place where a man can drink beer and talk sports with his buddies on Sunday’s. But what about the ladies? They make up a large portion of homeowners and in most cases are the ones initiating remodeling projects in their homes. So, I wondered, what would their dream basement renovation consist of? I figured I’d go right to the source, so via LinkedIn I asked some Central PA women this very question. What did...

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8 Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Windows

09-27-2010 07:28 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

A window replacement project can reduce your home’s energy costs, improve indoor climate & comfort for your family, and enhance your home’s overall appearance. It can even qualify you for Tax Credits up to $1500! But window replacement projects should not be entered into lightly. The choices made must be lived with for several years, so make sure to consider all factors. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your replacement windows. Appearance – Even minor changes i...

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How to Start Your Home Improvement Project

07-30-2010 11:07 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Another question we’re often asked during our Do-It-Yourself Tutoring Sessions stem from our Lancaster, PA clients watching a home improvement show and wondering to themselves; “Can I do that to my home?” or “How do I begin a project like that?” Starting any home improvement project can seem daunting but there are some simple steps you can take to get your project under way. First, decide why you’d like to remodel. There are several good reasons to renovate. Your home may no longer refl...

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5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

05-12-2010 09:24 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Thanks to NAHB.org for the info! As summer approaches, many home owners grow eager to start remodeling projects to update and refresh their surroundings. Before getting started, it’s a good idea to hire a professional remodeler for a workable plan and better results. Here are five tips for planning a successful home remodel that you can enjoy for many years to come. 1. Compile a list of home remodeling ideas and draft a budget for the work. You likely have some projects in mind, ...

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Sizzling Summer Decks

03-29-2010 03:21 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Planning on installing a new deck or sprucing-up an existing one this season? If so, you’re not alone. Decks are still among the most popular home improvements. So, what’s hot in decks this summer? Here are some of the top deck trends for summer 2010: Railings – Once merely a functional safety element, railings are now doing double duty as design statements. Railings are often the first thing one notices about a deck, so manufacturers are offering more aesthetically pleasing, architectu...

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Concrete Repair #3: Concrete Spall Repair

02-01-2010 07:40 AM by John W. | 2 comments »

A concrete spall repair done properly will extend the life of your concrete if fixed early enough. Repairing spalls can be handled in a few ways. Sometimes it is best to break out an entire section and re-pour it with new concrete rather than patching. With this method, be sure to wear goggles to protect your eyes, ear protection, gloves and a dust mask as cutting or breaking up concrete creates a large cloud of dust. Patching works best for lesser damage in otherwise solid concrete. Use e...

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Concrete Repair #2: Concrete Patching in Sidewalks and Driveways

01-18-2010 11:20 AM by John W. | 0 comments »

Besides making a home or business appear neglected, cracks in concrete often cause concrete to eventually buckle and heave, creating a potential for car damage and making it dangerous for passersby to walk on. Concrete Repair and Restoration is essential for value and safety. With concrete fillers and other methods, many tools, proportioning and primers are needed as well as days to dry. Polyurethane repairs are completed and ready for use the same day. With polyurethane repair materials like...

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Concrete Repair #1: Hairline Cracks

12-22-2009 09:36 AM by John W. | 1 comment »

Hairline Cracks can be filled simply using Concrete Welder, available in a cartridge format. Make sure the crack is clean and free of moisture. Open cartridge and squeeze Concrete Welder directly into the crack. Use a scraper or straight-edge to smooth the material out. Wipe up any excess material and allow to dry for 30 minutes. Now the crack is filled and ready for use.

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Help!!!!!!

11-24-2008 06:08 PM by shawny | 6 comments »

Hello. I am new to this site. It looks very interesting and great ideas!!! I have knotty pine in my basement. Literaly everywhere. The walls, the doors and the closets are all knotty pine. My house upstairs is very modern. I would like to also make the basement more modern. I have considered stripping the walls and than restaining but I don’t have a ton of time and the basement is huge. I also don’t want to commit to the amount of money it would cost to contract it out. So I am...

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