Preventing Pipes From Freezing

By Robert Robillard

How-To Avoid Freezing Pipes This winter is predicted to be a COLD one, and that means frozen water pipes….. brrrrrrr! Before it gets cold take a moment to evaluate your water pipes and take the precautions now and save from costly repairs later. Preventing pipes from freezing should be done at the time of construction,…

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Updating Your Smoke Alarms

By Robert Robillard

Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Detection – Which One Is Better? If your like me you, you have the best of intentions but probably only get around to changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year, not twice as recommended, or worse wait for the “chirp,” to do it. You also never vacuum them or test…

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Fluke a3001 FC Wireless iFlex AC Current Clamp Kit

By Stan Durlacher

Monitoring AC Current Draws Over Time with the FLUKE A3001 FC Current Module In the construction business, having accurate and relevant information can be an important key to success. In the electrical field, knowing accurate information can literally be a life saver. Is the voltage in this circuit correct? Do I have the right sized…

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Mold In Attic

By Robert Robillard

Underside of Roof is Wet – Frost In Attic Moldy, wet roof surfaces in attic is not a good thing. There are a myriad of reasons for moisture buildup in the attic. Normal thinking would tell you that having enough airflow or ventilation would solve this problem. That is not the case for every home,…

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Encapsulating an Attic Space

By Robert Robillard

Value of Creating a Conditioned Attic Space Encapsulating an Attic Space means including the attic in the thermal envelope by installing insulation under the roof sheathing and not in the attic floor, joist bay. While any insulation can be used, we feel the best practice is to use spray foam. Typically, this is done with…

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Measuring Tools for the Workshop

By Robert Robillard

Measuring Tools -That DON’T break the Budget Measuring and layout mistakes can be time-consuming and costly. Learning the hard way how to measure properly is not fun. Measuring properly involves attention to detail, good judgement and experience. Over the years, I’ve developed strategies to measure and layout parts to achieve accurate work and avoiding mistakes.…

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Patagonia Nano Storm Jacket

By Sarah Carmichael

Patagonia Women’s Stretch Nano Storm Jacket Review They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Maybe that’s why I’m always looking for the next perfect piece of gear: I love to be outside, but can be a little wimpy about bad weather. And hiking in the mountains of England’s Lake District…

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Delaney ZW300 Touchscreen Smartlock 

By Jeff Deitz

Delaney ZW300 Smartlock Install and Review Perhaps one of the most frequently used yet overlooked devices in the home today is the front door and its accompanying locks. The modern cylinder pin tumbler locks found in most homes have their origins dating back over 4000’ years.  While the locking mechanisms themselves have seen only minor changes…

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