How To – Adding a Chain to Secure your Storm Door

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    Storm Doors are great features for homes and they provide a variety of different features from security to increased protection from wind and rain.

    The one feature that most storm doors do not come with is a chain that restricts how wide the door can open. This really is an important feature for most home owners because wind can pull a door out of your hand and cause it to hit something. Also children, friends …

    How To – What is the Best Deck Stain?

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      Every few years we have to take a weekend and stain the wood on our deck to protect it from the elements.

      If it has been a few years since your last refinishing then your trip to the local supply store may have you wondering about the available products and prices even if you are staying with the same manufacturer you originally used.

      Price is a concern for every project and if you are like me …

      How To – Buying a Garden Shed and knowing your options

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        garden shedThere are many different options when selecting a Garden Shed and the ones you choose will be reflected in the final price.

        You can purchase sheds pre-made from a local business or select from a variety sold by national building supply chains.

        You can also purchase the materials and build your own shed but you will need to submit a plan to your local building official. That is another thing that you must remember… most locations require …

        How To – Keeping your Deck from Cracking in the Hot Summer Sun

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          Wood is a natural material that will react to the elements and for that reason it is important that you take care of any exterior structures that may get beat by the hot summer sun.

          This year has been especially hot and dry and although you may think at first that dry wood is good you might also notice that the spaces between your decking are getting wider and if you have any cracks they …

          How To – The importance of Having a Plan no matter the Project Size

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            Having worked in a variety of different fields and with many different groups of people there is one thing that in hind sight makes the difference between a project going well or lots of havoc.

            No matter how many times you have gone to the supermarket for food you know that you are more likely to get in and out of the store with exactly what you need if you made a list. You may find that …

            How To – Maintenance Tips for Mold Free Composite Deck Materials

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              Composite Deck Materials used for Deck Surfaces, Railing, Balusters and Steps have been in use for more then 15 years in the United States and although they are low care product they are not maintenance free.

              Because composite materials use a high content of plastics they are less prone to absorb water. Wood decking that is pressure treated has a chemical injected in it that treats the wood to reduce its breakdown when molds, fungus …

              How To – Learning by Doing Taking that First Step in Learning To Repair Stuff

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                No one jumps in and builds a house or a skyscraper or race car on their first try unless they are crazy. The fact is building and fixing things takes years to learn. The good thing is most of us have an opportunity to learn about how things work as we grow up.

                The first step in changing a flat on a monster caterpillar truck is changing the inner tube on your 10 speed bike …

                How To – Intro to Drywall

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                  Most home interiors are now finished with Drywall but not so long ago most homes were finished with either wood paneling or Plaster over lath. So what made the change and what are your choices?

                  The main reason for the change to Drywall was the ease of installation.
                  To install plaster over a lath base takes both a lot of time and a good amount of skill. Some more expensive homes will still …

                  How To – Winter Ice and Rain Gutter Problems

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                    For Houses located in Snow Zone areas special precautions should be taken to reduce the possibility of roofing failure and water damage do to Ice Dams.

                    Ice Dams occur when snow located on a roof melts and then turns back to ice as it enters the gutter system. Once the gutter is filled the ice will start to push up and get under the first …

                    How To – Obtaining Permits For Flood Repair Can Mean Special Considerations

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                      In many locations that have been hard hit by floods the permit process for flood repair requires additional notification to your building official before work can be completed and you can live in your home safely.

                      Normally a home owner can perform general maintenance and some upgrades without the need of a permit. In cases where plumbing, electrical or framing is being modified or added a permit is almost always required in normal conditions. For …