Archives: Home Improvement

Installing an Air Switch

By Jeff Williams on Electrical, Kitchens

Installing an Air Switch Sometimes when building or remodeling a kitchen, a switch for turning on a garbage disposal may not fit in a convenient spot. This can be especially true if there is a sink in the island. Also, if you’re worried about flipping an electric switch with wet hands, an air switch is a…

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Foam Subfloor Adhesive – Getting Sticky!

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

TYTAN Subfloor High Yield Adhesive For years carpenters have been building great grip strength from squeezing miles of subfloor adhesive from large caulking gun tubes when framing subfloors. Not only has traditional subfloor adhesives been a pain to install they didn’t always work to prevent floor squeaks and often left a heck of a mess…

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RYOBI Garage Door Opener Review

By Jeff Williams on Garages

RYOBI Garage Door Opener Review Back on March 31st of this year, one of our media contacts emailed us about the new RYOBI Garage Door Opener. At first a number of us thought it was a cruel April Fools joke because it sounded like a product that was too good to be true. Luckily, it…

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Advantages of Metal Roofing

By Todd Fratzel on Roofing

Metal Roofing – Long Term Investment and Performance As a general contractor we deal with roofing materials on a regular basis and homeowners are constantly asking for advice on roof selection, costs, and benefits. Here in the Northeast with an extreme climate shift from -20F in the winter to over 100F at times in the…

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Clopay CANYON RIDGE® Garage Door Review

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series Carriage House Doors Years ago there were very few options when it came to garage doors. You either bought a steel door that looked rather commercial or you went with a wood door that required lots of maintenance. Sure there were many different styles to choose from (especially in the…

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ClipStone Mortarless Stone Veneer Review

By Todd Fratzel on Masonry, Product Reviews

ClipStone Mortarless Stone Veneer Stone accents on the exterior and interior of a home add a great architectural upgrade and increased home value. However, hiring a mason can prove frustrating and extremely expensive today. Often times I have a hard time finding an available mason when we build homes for a client that wants real…

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Build a Shed Ramp

By Jeff Williams on Decks & Porches, Landscaping, Shed

Build a Shed Ramp So you’ve been following our shed series or built one of your own design. Now comes time to load things into it. Unless you buried your shed partially in the ground, the floor may be as much as a foot above grade. A ramp is definitely in order. Read on for…

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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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