Archive for April, 2011

NAHB Professional Designations

Did you know there are professional designations that a builder or remodeler can earn to show you the homeowner that they have a superior base of knowledge as judged by the National Association of Home Builders? This article will focus on the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), designation although the process to obtain a Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR) is similar.

The Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation is a sign to clients and colleagues that you take education and building knowledge seriously, and you are willing to take the extra steps necessary to gain that knowledge.

Blowing Fuses, What To Do?

STOP… When a fuse or breaker pops it is for a very good reason, it is called safety. When homes were built years ago, they did not have electrical gadgets like microwaves, dishwashers, trash compacters and hair dryers and computers, just to name a few. Wiring a house was a simple matter, one circuit to the kitchen was enough, and the

The Purpose for The Colors of Household Wiring

Have you ever wondered why all the different colors or wiring? Have you ever opened up an electrical box like a switch or receptacle and wondered what wire is for what? After reading this article you will be able to differentiate between the wires in the box and make some sense of them. What do […]

The Why’s of Adding Insulation To Your Attic

With spring coming insulation is not on the mind of a lot of people. But spring is a great time to get up in the attic, before that summer heat comes and install an additional layer of insulation to help keep the summer cooling bills down. I think the best website for energy savings information […]

Adjust Your Threshold and Save Energy

Saving energy can be really involved or it can be simple and inexpensive. Today we are going to talk about something that is very inexpensive to do and will save you energy which in turn will save you dollars. How to adjust the threshold on your exterior door. The adjustable type thresholds we know today […]

Extend The Life of Your Water Heater and Save Energy

Water is Water, right? Wrong! Minerals in your water can ruin your water heater by rusting it from the inside out, or these minerals can settle in the bottom of your tank and create a layer between the water that needs to be heated and the burner. This layer will cause you to use more […]

Saving Energy with CFL Light Bulbs

One bonus of CFL’s or LED’s are if you are thinking about or have solar panels or other green energy sources the reduced wattage will reduce the amount of panels you need, and that can be a big savings.
I hope I have shed some light…. On a sometimes confusing subject.

Destroying the 3 Bid Myth

It is not necessary to obtain 3 bids for a remodeling project to feel comfortable with the price. There are trusted resources available that can give you fair market costs for your project. The focus then shifts to the capabilities of the contractor and your ability to effectively communicate with them.

Concrete or Cement, What is the Difference?

Now days you can buy premixed concrete at any home improvement, or hardware store, but you never know when you may have to mix your own.

A typical concrete mix is made up 1 part of cement

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