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Lead Paint Opt-Out Bill May Soften Tough New Lead Law

By Todd Fratzel on Painting and Finishing, Safety

Lead Paint Opt-Out Bill Introduced In The Senate Back in April of 2010 the EPA started enforcing the new Lead Paint Law. Since then home owners and contractors have been in an uproar about insanely steep fines and harsh restrictions. One of the biggest complaints from homeowners that we have received is the in-ability to…

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Ladder-Tite Stabilizes Your Ladder To Help Keep You Safer

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Ladder-Tite – Ladder Stabilizing Brackets Climbing extension ladders can be quite dangerous and intimidating to the average home owner. One of the big dangers with ladder safety is having a ladder slip/slide to one side or backwards as you climb or work from the ladder. Years ago I had a pretty scary fall from a…

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Using A Backup Generator

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Backup Generator – When the Lights Go Out Hurricane Irene is breathing down our neck here in NH today. As the storm approaches I thought it was a good time to revise an older post here and mention backup generators. It’s a really good idea to be prepared with a backup generator for power outages.…

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Snowblower Maintenance

By Todd Fratzel on Maintanence, Safety

I hate to break it to you but winter is here in full force. So it’s time to talk about snowblower maintenance. If you didn’t do pre-season maintenance then you better take the time to get out your snowblower now and make sure it’s running properly. The last thing you want is to wake up…

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Deep Snow Home Safety

By Todd Fratzel on Maintanence, Roofing, Safety

With all the deep snow that’s piling up in the mid-west this winter I thought it was prudent to share this post about deep snow home safety. Deep Snow Dangers Much of the East Coast is being buried in deep snow this weekend so we felt it was important to talk about deep roof snow.…

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What Do You Really Need a Permit For?

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Building Permits And Why You Need Them If you’re looking to make significant, non-cosmetic (painting, plastering) changes to your home, you’ll need individual permits from your city housing board. Though permit requirements vary from city to city (and by the size and scope of your plan) generally you’ll need a permit for major structural or…

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Wood Fire Department Ladders Alive and Well in San Francisco

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Wood Ladders Still Used By San Francisco Fire Department I watched a very cool short video recently (hat tip to Jay over at CopTool) about how the San Francisco Fire Department still builds and uses wooden ladders. It’s really remarkable to think that wood ladders are still being used today as they were back in…

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Security Camera System Tips

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Security Camera System Tips for the Home Owner Increasingly homeowners are looking to security camera systems as a means of protecting their home or property. This is especially true of home owners who are away often or own second homes like a vacation home. A security camera system is a great deterrence from break-ins and…

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