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Tighten Up Plumbing and Irrigation Against Winter

December 4, 2010

I was reading the annual list of winterizing suggestions from the Portland Oregonian, reminding those of us that experience sub-freezing temperatures during the winter months. For most of us living in the cooler American climes, winterizing is a simple chore of wrapping pipes exposed to outdoor air or freezing cold in basements, garages, attics, and crawl spaces.

Interviewing Contractors: Know the Right Questions to Ask

November 7, 2008

Hiring a contractor is overwhelming, but if you know the questions to ask, you'll be sure to get all the information you need when interviewing a contractor to be able to hire the right person for the job. We always recommend getting more than one estimate for a project.

Installing a Bathroom Fan

March 15, 2010

Depending on your local building codes, you may be required to have a bathroom fan even if there are windows in the room. Without a fan equipped to handle the job, you're risking mildew, mold, rot, warping doors and window frames, and paint and wallpaper damage.

We Put the 'Re' in Remodel

October 7, 2008

I watched a kitchen remodel go wrong. I was around 12 and my parents were re-doing the kitchen.

Assemble a fall chore list now

August 26, 2011

It's not too early to put together a priority list for home improvements or landscaping chores you need to get done before fall and winter. The stressed housing market means many contractors are offering low bids just to get work.

How to Choose the Right Home Remodeling Contractor

August 12, 2008

I recently came across this quote in the New York Times Home & Garden section from a veteran contractor: "A contractor is like a cold: you're not going to get rid of it." That is sage advice from someone who has spent their entire career in the remodeling industry.

Winter and Your Chimney

October 20, 2009

It doesn't matter whether your fireplace is used for aesthetics or heating the house, every fall is a great time to have a chimney inspection and cleaning if it needs it. If you're changing the amount of use, the kind of fuel you burn, or your home heating venting, be sure to include a chimney inspection.

Garage door upgrades offer the best ROI in remodeling

September 28, 2011

Nationwide, there is only one home improvement project that shows increased returns on your investment during the downturn of the economy: steel garage door replacements. All the projects cited in Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs.

Electronic Filters: Improve Your Heater Performance This Winter

November 22, 2010

Most of you already know that to improve the energy efficiency as well as air quality in your home this winter, you should change out your heater or furnace filter. With windows and doors closed and sealed against the cold, the air quality of your home can suffer.

Home improvement tools for your DIY projects

March 26, 2012

In can frustrate you to distraction when you have a job to do but there's no suitable tool in the box. I went to local DIY and home improvement stores and asked clerks what the essential home remodeling toolbox has inside.

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