Archives: Home Improvement

Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Understanding The Limits of Vinyl Siding Today as I was driving home for lunch I passed a new home under construction and witnessed something that really bothered me. A contractor was installing vinyl siding on a new home that was sheathed with OSB. However, there was one very crucial detail missing that really bothered me.…

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Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

By Todd Fratzel on Landscaping

Backyard Patio with Fire Pit and Sitting Wall Outdoor living has become an increasingly popular topic for many homeowners looking to expand and upgrade their yards. One of the most popular projects in the outdoor living arena is an outdoor fire pit and patio. An outdoor fire pit can create a central gathering place for…

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Upgrade Your Hose Storage

By Todd Fratzel on Tools & Products

Hose Storage and Management Ideas Garden hoses can be a real pain to keep organized and moved around from place to place in the yard. I’ve got a huge yard and every year it seems as though my hose “miss-management” has gotten worse so I enlisted the help of the folks at AMES for some…

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Design & Build A Backyard Shed

By Todd Fratzel on Design, Garages

Need Helping Designing and Building a Backyard Shed? The old saying “there’s never enough storage space” is especially true when it comes to garden tools and outdoor power equipment. I have a rather large garage but there’s simply not enough room for the riding mower, push mower, car top carrier, lawn and garden tools and…

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Home Improvement Safety Tips

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Stay Safe While Doing Home Improvement Projects Each year thousands of homeowners are injured doing home improvement projects around their homes. Home improvement projects can be dangerous so it’s important to be prepared and outfitted properly in order to protect yourself. Below are some simple tips that will help keep you safe during your next…

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Building Wood Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens Growing fresh vegetables is something I’ve done since I was a kid. When I was a kid we had a huge garden that took lots of hours and hard work but provide our family with all the vegetables we needed. With my family’s busy schedule a huge garden isn’t a viable…

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Backup Generator Power – Be Prepared

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Using Backup Generators Each year hundreds of thousands of homeowners get left in the dark due to power outages caused by extreme weather. Whether it’s extreme wind, lightning, snow or ice the outages can last for days at times leaving no power for heat, water and refrigeration. One of the best solutions for power outages…

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Applying Bark Mulch to Flower Gardens

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

How To Apply Bark Mulch To Flower Gardens I love Spring and early Summer here in New Hampshire especially when flower gardens blossom and the grass gets green after a long Winter. Mulching flower gardens not only helps control weeds but it also helps retain water and moderate soil temperatures. Applying bark mulch to flower…

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