Maintenance is Key to Keeping New Homes New

If you’ve just pocketed a set of keys for a new house, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook as far as home maintenance goes. You’ve got work to do, but don’t fret. It’s fun work, like waxing a new car. And meeting your responsibilities diligently will keep you from having to deal with the kind of

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Eliminating Basement Mustiness

Basements everywhere have a well-deserved reputation for being damp and musty. Some are worse than others, but things are especially bad after the long, wet, humid summer we’ve had this year. What’s worse is that few people understand how to eliminate the problem of exceptionally humid basements because effective solutions are not obvious. In fact,

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Bathroom Exhaust Fans that Really Work

When my parents renovated the basement of my boyhood home, they added a bathroom, and of course it included an exhaust fan. Even though it was noisy – like most bathroom fans back then – we used it diligently, during and after showers, as you’re supposed to. Did it serve the purpose? Not really. In

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4 Tricks to Keeping a Tidy Home

Our bodies aren’t the only thing that can get flabby. Households get overweight, too. It’s called clutter, and the holiday season is just as likely to put unnecessary stuff into your home as it is girth under your belt. That’s because both problems spring from the same root. Inflow is always easier and more inviting

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Key-Free Door Lock Systems Worth a Look

Most afternoons when I stepped off the school bus during my junior high years Mom was home, but every so often she was away for some reason and that was always a good thing. It meant another chance to secretly sneak a chunk or two of Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate out of the white paper wrapper

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3 Steps to Successful Windows

Windows are a make-or-break feature of your home, and optimizing the quality of new windows depends on three things: Recognize efficient windows from wasteful ones before they get installed. Know about innovative window features so you can look for them as you shop. Understand what a good installation is and how to ensure it happens.

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4 Window and Door Trim DIY Tips

Chances are good that if you’re in the middle of a do-it-yourself home renovation right now, it probably involves your basement. Finishing basements is the number one wintertime DIY project with us Canadians, and every basement reno from St. Johns to Victoria involves window and door trim of one kind or another. So do major

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Eliminate Winter Window Condensation

Does condensation build up on the inside of your home’s windows during the heating season? If it does, you’re not alone. Winter window condensation is a growing problem in regions that get cold winters and its root has a surprising origin. As homes are sealed better against air leakage, natural ventilation to the outdoors is

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Choosing Windows and Doors Wisely

Of all the tricks engineers use to overcome the fact that glass is a poor insulator, smart low-e coatings may be the most interesting. They’re like a one-way door for trapping and holding energy. The letter “e” in this case stands for emissivity – a thermodynamic term that refers to the tendency for a material

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