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  • Weather Restrictions: Polyurethane Caulking / Sealant

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Sealants (Caulking)     Product: Polyurethane Caulking / Sealant Temperature Limitations: Above + 5 C (+40 F) Rain Limitations: No rain for 1 hour Wind Limitations:  n/a Humidity Limitations: Mis...
  • Weather Restrictions: Acrylic Latex Paint

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Finishes     Product: Acrylic Latex Paint Temperature Limitations: Use above +10 C (+50 F) and below +32 C (+90 F) Rain Limitations: No rain for 24 hours Wind Limitations:  low to moderate to avoi...
  • Cleaning & Re-finishing Plastic Patio Furniture

      Almost all of us own at least two outdoor plastic lawn chairs, more properly called resin chairs, if not a whole dining set.  Most of us watch them get dirtier and dirtier every year, until we finally scrap them for something cleaner.  Sitting out in the weather tends to somehow grind them int...
  • OVERVIEW: Outdoor concrete in a cold climate

    Air Entrainment When ordinary concrete gets wet and then freezes, the ice crystals can cause surface chipping, or even more serious fracturing. All outdoor concrete in Canada, even by code, should be what we call air entrained. This means that there are microscopic air bubbles in the concrete ...
  • Just how do you install windows properly?

    The reality is that there is not just one good way to install windows, but there are certain principles that must be taken care of with any installation to prevent cold air or water leakage later. Basically a window installation must shed most of the water with the siding, what does get through ...
  • Exteriour wood filler that won't shrink

    Our TV camera found Lawrence in a store: "When you are using MDF boards, what is the best wood filler to use?" Medium Density Fiberboard or MDF is that very dense compressed sawdust that is formed into panels and all kinds of molding. When filling nicks and dents in this material, it is importan...
  • Dealing with insect invasions: Cluster Flys, Lady Bugs & Boxelder Beetles

      A viewer on my HGTV program asked: "Does the type of siding make a difference in attracting Cluster flies?" I always wanted to learn more about those flies that cluster on the side of houses (usually in the country) and mass in the windows in the early spring and late summer. They are larger ...
  • Pressure Treated Wood - the new generation

    Have we really moved to a new generation of Pressure Treated Wood? With the introduction of MicroPro treated wood to the Canadian market in the spring of 2013, some are saying that we have a game change in exteriour wood and building decks.  It has taken several years to get this technology adap...
  • New circuit protection: Arc Fault Interrupters

    Overload protection Fuses and circuit breakers will stop the electricity in a wire when the load is excessive or there is a short circuit. They prevent overheating of wires from too much electricity trying to flow through a wire that is not large enough to handle it. Stray current protection G...
  • Improper power washing can damage the inside of your walls

      More and more people have domestic power washers, allowing them to quickly clean all kinds of things around the house. Of course one of the first things we want to use it for is to clean off the siding on the house. CAUTION -- you all know that you need to be careful not to damage wood or spra...