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Basement Finishing Tips

Basement Finishing Tips

Generally, the forward thinking concept of building a home in which the owner may someday use the basement as a living space wasn’t widely practiced until the 1950s and 1960s. Older homes had basements which were primarily a place to keep the furnace and other utilities, as well as storing things that can handle the cooler, damp atmosphere. On the plus side, cool basements were excellent for storing canned goods. Nowadays, finished basements are a common and economical way of improving your home. Living space is greatly increased, and the home’s resale value goes up as well. The challenge is...

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Rewiring an Old House

Rewiring an Old House

Owning an older home brimming with character can be a rewarding experience, but it often comes with the challenge of outdated electrical systems. If you find yourself contemplating rewiring your vintage abode, this DIY guide is here to help you navigate the process. Rewiring is a substantial undertaking that requires careful planning and a keen eye for safety. While this guide aims to empower you with essential insights, it's crucial to recognize when the expertise of a professional electrician is necessary. Let's delve into the steps of rewiring an old house and highlight the importance of seeking professional assistance when...

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Winter Checklist

Winter Checklist

There are many ways to winterize your home long before snow flies, but proper winter home care doesn’t stop with winterization. Throughout the season there are different steps you can take to keep your home snug and secure all the way through to spring. How Winter Can Hurt Your Home Winter can be a very damaging season with severe cold and temperature swings, blustery winds, ice and snow buildup on the roof and gutters, ice expansion in different crevices, water damage from burst pipes, and other potential problems. Whether you stay home all through the cold season, leave for the...

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Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests with Interior and Exterior Projects

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests with Interior and Exterior Projects

As the crisp autumn air arrives, it signals not only the changing seasons but also the approaching holiday season. With family gatherings and festivities on the horizon, now is the perfect time to embark on home improvement projects that will enhance both the interior and exterior of your home. In this blog post, we'll explore a curated list of projects that can be completed during the autumn months, ensuring your home is warm, inviting, and ready to welcome holiday guests in November and December. Exterior Projects: Curb Appeal Boost: Start by refreshing your home's exterior. Repaint the front door in...

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Understanding the Differences Between OSB and CDX

Understanding the Differences Between OSB and CDX

When it comes to construction and woodworking, selecting the right materials is essential for the success and durability of a project. Two commonly used materials for sheathing and structural purposes are OSB (Oriented Strand Board) and CDX plywood. While they might seem similar at first glance, they have distinct characteristics and best applications. In this blog post, we'll delve into the differences between OSB and CDX and discuss the best scenarios for using each material. OSB (Oriented Strand Board) OSB is engineered by compressing and gluing together wood strands in a cross-oriented manner. This layering technique gives OSB its strength...

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