Preventing Ice Dams

By Robert Robillard

What can be done to prevent ice dams? Preventing Ice Dams falls under two categories: Treating the causes Treating the symptoms Sometimes the solution requires a combination of both. Understanding why the ice dam is forming is critical to preventing it. Ice dams form because snow on the roof melts even though the outside temperatures…

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Milwaukee M12 1/4″ Ratchet 2556-20

By Stan Durlacher

Milwaukee M12 1/4″ Ratchet Review This is a story of how the Milwaukee M12 1/4″ Ratchet 2556-20, made my life easier. So it is past time to tear down an old BMW engine I have in the workshop. The first major milestone in this endeavor is to remove the cylinder head. And that entails removing almost 100…

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Replacing a Toilet

By Robert Robillard

How To Replace a Toilet Replacing a toilet is a straightforward task because the supply and waste pipes are already in position. If you want to relocate a toilet to a new position that will require rerouting pipes, and this is best done by a plumber. Below are some basic DIY steps for swapping out…

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Self Cleaning Toilet

By Robert Robillard

American Standard “ActiClean” Self-Cleaning Toilet The American Standard ActiClean toilet is a self cleaning toilet with a safe but effective cleaning solution that cleans and removes stains with a simple press of a button. Part of the VorMax Collection, the ActiClean toilet, features two cleaning cycles; Deep Clean and Quick Clean, and comes with a…

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Pre-Screening Clients on the Phone

By Robert Robillard

Pre-Screening Potential Clients and Avoiding the Tire-Kickers! Originally derived from car selling industry, a “tire-kicker,” is someone who is indecisive about purchasing your service, and never feels satisfied with what they are offered. Regardless of what you call them, pre-qualifying potential clients that call for your service will save you time traveling to meetings, typing…

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Warmup Liberty Square Towel Heater

By Robert Robillard

Warmup’s Liberty Square Towel Heater -TW002 Installation Tips As a contractor that does bathroom remodels, we install a lot or WarmUp towel warmers, which are consider an upgrade feature to most folks. They often go hand in hand with their electric radiant floor heat. Warmup Towel Warmers  are made from high quality 304 stainless steel and…

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Werner Built In Fire Escape Ladder

By Robert Robillard

Werner Built-In Fire Escape Ladder Model ESC-330 Review The theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Week is, “Every Second Counts; Plan Two Ways Out! Fire spreads faster than most people think, and anyone living in a multi-story home could find themselves trapped on a floor well above ground level. Because fire emergencies require immediate action, Werner…

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The Problem with FREE Estimates

By Robert Robillard

Why Contractors Should NOT Give Free Estimates Would anyone go into a grocery store and ask to take the food home to cook it before deciding if they want to pay for it? How about asking to drive a new car for a week before returning to the dealership to work out the terms of…

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