Archives: Home Improvement

RYOBI Launches Line of Garage Door Openers and Accessories

By Todd Fratzel on Garages

RYOBI Garage Door Opener Module System The folks at RYOBI continue to design products for the DIY’er and Home Owner that make sense both from a cost and productivity prospective. This week they have introduced something quite different, but certainly spot on when thinking about their core user group. The new RYOBI Garage Door Opener…

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DRYLOK® EXTREME – Keep Your Basement Dry

By Todd Fratzel on Basements

DRYLOK® Extreme Masonry Waterproofer Keeping a basement dry is a challenge even  under the best of circumstances. I’ve written many articles on how to insulate them properly to prevent mold and mildew issues. Another consideration for keeping basements dry is preventing water vapor that’s trapped inside the foundation walls from migrating into the basement. Water…

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Build A Shed Series Part 3| Build The Foundation

By Jeff Williams on Design & Planning, Home Improvement, Shed

Build A Shed Series Part 3| Build The Foundation In part 1 of the Build a Shed series we covered finding out what rules and codes apply in your community, finding a good plan, and getting a permit. In part 2 of the Build a Shed series we covered utility locating, materials ordering, and finally site preparation. In…

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Movement of subfloor and underlayment

By Michael Hopp on Flooring

Guidelines on Installing  Subfloor and Underlayment Here are some recommended guidelines on how to properly install subfloor and underlayment. All of my remodeling projects consist of gutting down to the studs and starting over.  I prefer this method for these reasons: confirming there is no rot, water damage or insect issues, increased insulation values, and…

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Save Money On Interior Trim

By Todd Fratzel on Finish Carpentry

Buying Pro Paks at The Home Depot Saves Money Whether you’re building an entire new home or just doing a renovation the material costs are enough to make any grown man cry! While our economy has been anything but inspiring, the cost of building materials has continued to climb without regard to our stagnant economy.…

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Drainage Plane for Cedar Shingle Siding

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim, Structure

Extend Siding Life with Drainage Planes Cedar siding is beautiful and sure does make a statement architecturally but it comes with a serious price tag. So using methods and products that extend the life of such a big investment is important to me as a builder and you as a customer. The market offers many…

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Basement Bathrooms – Things To Consider

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Bathrooms

Basement Bathrooms – What You Need To Know Finished basements are one of the most popular renovation projects today and offer a great way to expand the living space in your home. Ideally the renovation will include a basement bathroom for comfort and convenience. Adding a bathroom to your basement renovation requires some special considerations…

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Newell Rubbermaid® Roughneck™ Wheeled Refuse Trash Can

By Todd Fratzel on Product Reviews

Tough Trash Can for Tough Fall Cleanup Every Fall I spend quite a bit of time cleaning up our large yard before the onslaught of harsh winter weather here in New England. Cleaning out the flower beds is one of the tasks that requires moving all the dead plants from the garden to our disposal…

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