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Is this Maintenance Worth it? You Decide.

| September 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Everyone seems to strive for low maintenance in a home nowadays. Well, it isn’t always the best option. We had a sunroom project to work on at a cottage where we are replacing 9 storm windows that were caulked shut to keep out the water. A sunroom that doesn’t have an operable window might as […]

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How to Properly Tape and Flash a New Construction Window

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you are like me, you understand that a little bit of prep work on a job will eliminate headaches that will creep up down the line. A great example of that situation comes when installing a window.  If you flash the window improperly, you might be allowing water to seep in for years to […]

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Cottage Project – 2 Year Update with Pictures

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

We purchased this cottage about 2 years ago this month.  There was nothing “wrong” with the cottage at the time, but we decided to make many improvements to move the place forward.  I wanted to write this post to outline the major work that was done since we purchased.  This article certainly isn’t a “how-to”, […]

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How To Frame a New Window in an Old Wall

| July 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you are a weekend warrior, you will inevitably need to install a window in an existing wall at some point.  If you have a house that is vinyl siding on the outside, and you have a non-load bearing wall, the following is a step by step that you can follow to the letter.  If […]

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Lancaster House Bargain

| July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Update: November 2013. This house sold for $304,000. Congratulations to the new buyer/neighbor on an absolute steal. If you are shopping for a home in the Lancaster NY area and are in the $300k – $350k price range, have I got a deal for you… This is a neighbor of mine and the house is […]

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Surfacing Rough Lumber with a Router

| June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

  If you have an item that you need to plane down, but the wood is too large for your planer (if you even have one), consider using your router as a planer to get the job done.  Take a look at the image in this post and you can see how relatively simple this […]

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