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New York City remodeling and renovations are a special breed...

Jul 27, 2011

New York City remodeling and renovations are a special breed... much more complex than if you were doing the same work in a private house.

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Working Safely With Lead-Based Paint

Jul 18, 2011 by Eco-Strip LLC

Until recently, contractors, homeowners, and the general public in the U.S. had little knowledge of the dangers around them as they worked on older buildings. Many historic restorationists who focused on buildings from the 19th and early 20th century knew that the lead commonly used as a binder and colorant in old paint could poison them. In 1971, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) enacted laws to reduce lead in house dust in federally-assisted housing. It wasn’t until 1978 that the US outlawed the manufacture and application of lead-based paint. Most European countries had done so decades before.

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Understanding Permits

Jun 23, 2011 by Level One Construction

As a homeowner, you are not legally permitted to perform your own renovation work, with the exception of the electrical, but it is strongly recommended amateurs not do this as disastrous results can occur.

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Ew Mold!

May 23, 2008 by Siamons International

You’ve been staring at it for weeks. Every time you step into that shower, there it is in all its slimy glory. But you can’t figure out how on earth it got in there because you’ve been so attentive – so vigilant and clean! What if it’s in other parts of your home too? Not to mention you heard recently that mold has been linked to allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues – particularly in infants and the elderly. Mold has taken hold and you’ve had just about enough! …

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Fixing a Wet Basement

Feb 14, 2008 by GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

Growing up in the west end of Toronto, our three-storey attached Victorian row house had beautiful stained glass windows, spacious rooms and a third floor bedroom large enough to house four children. The basement, however, housed the mountain of coal dumped through the basement window, quarterly, which fed our furnace – that was it! In the early 1950s, people just accepted the fact that basements were dark, dank, wet and only about 6 feet high. Today it’s a different …

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It's Important to Make the Right Choice

Apr 14, 2011 by AtlasCare

Always Trust a Fully-Licensed Professional for Your Home Comfort Installation

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Choosing a Power Drill

Jul 19, 2010 by Lowe's

Hand-held power tools have become an indispensable part of the modern handyman’s and contractors’ toolbox. Power drills are the most commonly purchased hand-held power tool. You can spend from $30 – $400 for a tool that meets your needs. With that dollar range in mind, you may want to ask yourself a few simple questions before you go shopping. These same questions will also apply to most power tool purchases.

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Top 7 Tips for the Aspiring Homeowner

Mar 19, 2010 by Canadian Parents

With the aim of helping aspiring homeowners avoid some common errors, I want to pass on seven tips.

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Some Things To Make Your Home Easier To Maintain

Feb 12, 2010 by Citadel Renovations

There are many, many products, services and gadgets that can make the running and maintaining of your home easier. However, many of these are expensive, complicated, and may not live up to the billing. The best “stuff” is usually comparatively inexpensive and easy to install when your home is being built or renovated.

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Energy Efficiency

Nov 06, 2009 by Citadel Renovations

As the cost of running your home continues to go up, there are many ways and places to look for savings.

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What's a Green Consultant?

Sep 24, 2009

A Green Consultant sees through Greenwashing.

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Your Electrical System, Part 2

Aug 26, 2009 by Citadel Renovations

Your Electrical System, Part 2 With Help From Randy at CQS Electrical

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Air sealing for Deep Energy Savings!

Aug 19, 2009 by Feinmann Inc.

Green building in its current manifestation is primarily hype. The market, quick to jump on the bandwagon, has focused primarily on tangible products that may draw envy from neighbors, but do little to actually preserve precious resources and reduce your energy bills. The real decision to go ‘green’ should start with the decision to minimize the home energy footprint.

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Choosing a Renovator

Aug 07, 2009 by Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd.

Usually after the initial telephone call, followed by the first meeting you will know if you feel comfortable and trust the renovation contractor. However it is important not to make your choice on “feelings” alone.

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