Nothing can help complete or accentuate the look of a kitchen more than the exhaust hood. Beyond the looks though, it is an important feature for occupant health & safety. Besides helping to eliminate cooking odors, remove excess steam & grease associated with cooking it helps capture numerous other particulates and off gassing from not […]
Safety Sunday: Fire Pit Safety by the Numbers
It’s starting to get cooler outside and with many wanting to extend their time outside – what better way than a firepit in the backyard? Turning on the news though with most of the Western seaboard burning and it might just give you pause… For more Fire Safety related to current events: Campfire Safety; Making […]
Wacky Weds: Politics can be funny… & a few quick thoughts
Generally we stay clear of politics especially because the problem lately is becoming “if you are not with us you are…” a racist, clueless, brainwashed, & the list goes on. It doesn’t matter what the topic is as most people just hear you support X or Y and they close down instantly to anything you […]
FAQ: How to Rescreen or Fix your Screens
In the August Homeowners Maintenance Checklist we mentioned checking your doors & windows which of course includes the screens. One good reason to do it now is this is the time when many of us like to throw open up the windows & let some fresh air in, preferably without the insects being able to […]
Tips & Tricks: Failed a Blower door test?
Uh oh – your on the home stretch, trying to knock out this project so you can move onto another one & bam, you failed the blower door test. Unlike a normal failed inspection where you need to fix one or maybe more items that are clearly spelled out, you are now stuck trying to […]
Monday Musings: 2021 IECC Part 2
In a prior post we discussed the latest building code cycle; particularly the process which got turned on it’s head with many groups; but in particular the NAHB seeing red. Speaking of turning on it’s head Covid-19 popped up further throwing things into disarray. Now things are finally settling down so let’s see where things […]
Tuesday Tip: Rewiring European Plugs
If given the chance, I will always buy local. With that, there are plenty of times when you can’t find what you need locally so “Amazon” here I come. In this case I needed a pool pump / filter for a pretty small pool. Unfortunately not everything sold on Amazon is sold or fulfilled by […]
Wacky Weds: Ingenious light switch idea or hack?
So what happens when you combine; bad framing, an electrician that doesn’t care, with a healthy bit of “here, hold my beer, I can make this work”?
Monday Musing: COVID19 & moving forward
Has it only been 5 weeks since those Stay at Home Orders started coming out? Originally they were only supposed to last two weeks to help “Flatten the Curve,” then the talk started about the models… Now it seems like everyone has thoughts on should we extend, how we step it down or should we […]
Safety Sunday: Respirators vs. Masks V.3 – The COVID19 Edition
What a crazy time we live in… The good news, there is a ton of good advice out there on avoiding COVID 19 aka Corona Virus aka the Chinese Pandemic. Unfortunately, the flip side is also true, and while one would expect that from those looking to make a quick buck or just don’t know […]
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