A Better Kind of Batt Insulation

Sometimes good things come out of bad situations. For example, I had been in the middle of a nasty home improvement job when I ended up being introduced to a better way to insulate using a product that I still believe is the best in its class. A small attic space needed a dozen new

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Understanding Your Insulation Options

There are two ways to boost the insulation value of your home, the easy way and the hard way. The easy way uses fiberglass or cellulose fibers blown into the attic, an approach that’s used for most home insulation improvement campaigns in Canada. It’s fast, easy, highly effective and offers an excellent financial pay-back. You

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Cast Iron Radiators

Good ideas always rise to the top, even if people do forget about them for a while. Hot water heating is a case in point. For a century before the 1950s, hot water heating was rightly seen as the best way to deliver warmth to homes and businesses. Anyone could feel the superior comfort it

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Building Better Fences

In at least one way, wooden residential fences are like most other home improvement projects. The more you put into design and construction details, the more you get back. This article is for people who want a lot from their new fence. So if you’re satisfied with the standard designs common everywhere, there’s not much

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Cedar Rail Fences Tell the Story of Hope

Each spring for almost a quarter century, I’ve maintained a nearly forgotten part of Canadian heritage that’s still a working feature of the rural landscape where I live. Nestled along the shore of a large inland lake, you’ll find Manitoulin “the island that time forgot”. This is where I live, and as far as I’ve

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Making Sense of your Home’s Electrical System

The insurance inspector wasn’t smiling as he came up from the basement of the 90-year old brick home you just bought, but it didn’t mean much until he started to talk. “I’m sorry”, the guy said, not looking particularly sorry at all, “we can’t extend a homeowner policy to you. There’s knob and tube wiring

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Concrete Kitchen Countertops

I once spoke to a homeowner in the middle of a major kitchen renovation and he happened to mention the price of his new solid-surface countertop. Until that moment I’d never seriously considered the possibility that someone might spend as much on a food preparation surface as I did on my four-wheel drive pick-up truck.

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Site-Built Kitchen Cabinets

You don’t get something for nothing, and that’s especially true when it comes to home building. While houses go up faster and better than ever, there’s a price to pay for this gain and it’s not entirely financial. If you’re not careful, your new home or renovation can get pretty boring unless you add something

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