Family Handyman Magazine has some really great pointers...…/winter-checklist…/view-all/

If you want to protect your possessions from the ravages of Old Man Winter, you might have to bring them in, empty them out, clean them up or shut them down. None of these tasks take much time or money, and they will help you avoid costly repairs in the spring.

Garage Door Opener Bulbs Info

Genie LED Light Bulb
Vibrations created from a garage door opening and closing is hard on the filaments in incandescent bulbs, that’s why until recently “rough service” incandescent bulbs were the best choice for your garage door opener. But if you’re like most of us, when the garage door opener light goes out, it may take months to replace it. Mostly because you don’t notice it’s out until you get home and at that point your car is in the way.
S...o what’s the solution? You may be tempted to install a long lasting, filament-free LED bulb. But don’t install just any LED bulb though. The electronics in many LED bulbs can interfere with your opener’s receiver, reducing its range to just a few feet! That’s why Genie developed an LED specifically for garage door openers. The bulb’s electronics are shielded to prevent receiver interference. It’s built to withstand vibrations and cold temperatures down to minus-22 F. And it’s rated for damp locations (most LEDs aren’t). This LED also has a 25,000-hour lifespan which equates to about a 17-year lifespan. Not bad for $10!

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Margaret Marshall
· June 30, 2017
Grant did an amazing job on our master bathroom remodel. He's friendly, respectful, and is very careful in selecting only the best subcontractors. We tried to decide between a larger design/build fi...rm and a smaller company like this and are so glad we ended up choosing to work with Grant. He is very fair and clear with his pricing and, even when a bunch of crazy wrenches were thrown in (rotten roof!), we always felt like we were fully informed of what was going on with the project. See More
Philip Park
· November 28, 2016
Grant is thoughtful, thorough, reputable and reasonable. He does the job right the first time and does it well. He repaired the concrete stairs in our front yard with a temporary patch that lasted fou...r years (and would have lasted longer), until we replaced them this year. We have referred Grant to multiple friends and they have all been pleased with not only his work but also his all around calm, focused demeanor. I recommend him easily and often. See More

LED LIGHT BULBS: I get confused when buying the new LED bulbs. You have to consider the hue (warm orange or harsh blue) and brightness. There are also a couple other tips to consider in this article. I really urge you to go with LED because they last way longer than standard incandescents and they don't contain mercury like the CFL bulbs (the curly ones.)

This article sorts out the confusion!…/choosing-led-bul…/view-all/

LED light bulbs can fit into most home sockets and offer a long-lasting, energy-saving alternative. Here’s what you need to know about buying LEDs.

bathroom remodel before and after

closet converted to an entertainment center

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kitchen remodel before and after

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read time about 4 minutes 3 Simple Principles to Succeed in Everything you do When I run a Remodelers Advantage Roundtables meeting or work with a remodeling company on-site one of the questions that I ask of all the attendees as part of ice-breaking efforts is: “When did you get your first job?”…

This wonderful mirror needs a new home. It's from a job, the people don't want it any more. It's 3' x 6', beveled edge and in A1 condition. Let me know if you'd like it. Free for the taking from my house.

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Here's some info on CFL bulbs that I found helpful. If you dread buying light bulbs (due to overwhelming choices) this may help you too.

* Phaseout schedule for the incandescent “Edison” style bulbs (by federal mandate):
Starting Jan 1, 2012 – 100 watt incandescent will cease production...
Starting Jan 1, 2013 – 75 watt incandescent will cease production
Starting Jan 1, 2014 – 40 and 60 watt incandescent will cease production

* You can put a CFL bulb into your old lamps and fixtures but heat will cause the bulbs’ ballasts to fail prematurely. This means enclosed fixtures that hold in heat or bulbs that are installed upside down will strain the ballast can cause early failure.

* Bulb brightness is now measured in lumens, not watts. A 60 watt incandescent is between 700 and 850 lumens. The higher the number, the brighter the light.

* Light appearance (color) is determined by temperature. It’s measured in degrees Kelvin. To get the warmth of an incandescent look for a rating of about 2700 degrees Kelvin. (Daylight is about 6500 degree Kelvin.)

* You can buy dimmable CFLs but they will only get down to about 15 or 20% of full brightness (as compared to incandescent which can get down to 1% of full brightness.) You can also buy a new dimmer switch that’s designed to work with CFLs. That will get them down to 1% of full brightness.

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“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin

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I have been certified by the EPA to safely work with lead paint in any residential setting.

Information on lead in paint, dust, and soil in mainly residential settings.