Archives: Mechanical

SlimDuct Line Set Covers – Hide Unsightly Utility Cables

By Todd Fratzel on Mechanical

SlimDuct Covers Perfect for Renovation Work The more time you spend in construction the more products I come across that would have been nice to have years sooner. While this isn’t a new product it is one that many people are no familiar with yet it’s extremely handy for lots of applications. SlimDuct is one…

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LiftMaster® Elite Series® Garage Door Opener with MyQ™ Technology Review

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Garages

Elite Series® DC Battery Backup Belt Drive Garage Door Openers Garage door openers haven’t changed much in the last 20 years other than different motors that help reduce noise. All that has changed with some really cool new technology from LiftMaster. MyQ™ Technology is bringing smart home features to your next garage door opener! Recently…

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Radiant Heat for Wood Sub-Floors

By Todd Fratzel on Heating

Radiant Heat – Current Details for Wood Framed Floor Systems Radiant heat is so popular in today’s new homes that it’s being used in a majority of the new homes we build. Over the last 5 years I’ve seen an industry that changed details about as often as the seasons change here in New England.…

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American Standard Culinaire Bridge Kitchen Faucet Review

By Todd Fratzel on Plumbing, Product Reviews

The Back Story Over the last six months we’ve been using/testing/abusing a new kitchen faucet from American Standard. Before I go into the particulars on this faucet I wanted to give you a quick back-story on why we have this new faucet. We built our new home just over 5 years ago. Like many homeowners…

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Installing Programmable Thermostats

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical, Energy Conservation

Programmable Thermostats Save Money Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy home improvement project and one that could save you quite a bit of money. Installing a programmable thermostat helps save energy by automatically turning down your heat or turning up your cooling when you’re asleep or away from home. The savings from using…

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Frozen Pipes – How To Prevent and Repair

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation, Plumbing

Frozen Water Pipes With temperatures dropping below zero here in the Northeast I thought it was fitting to write about Frozen Pipes. Each year thousands of homes are damaged by frozen water pipes. As ice expands inside of a water pipe it acts like an incredibly strong jack that causes most water pipes to burst…

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How To Remove An Under Cabinet Microwave

By Todd Fratzel on Appliances

How To Remove The Microwave Without Destroying Your Cabinets Recently a reader wrote to me and asked if there was a trick to removing his under cabinet microwave. He explained that he had been prying, pulling, tugging without any success. Frankly he sounded as though he was going to hook up his truck to it…

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Installing Recessed Lighting – Fire Safety

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Recessed Lighting Fire Safety I’ve had several questions this month about fire safety and recessed lighting (or recessed cans). If you’re going to be installing recessed lighting or you’re going to be adding extra insulation to an attic it’s important to understand the dangers and potential fire hazards with recessed lighting. Recessed Lighting Housing Types…

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