Building Advice from a Seasoned Woodworker

Four Essential Tools That Every Workshop Bench Needs To Have

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If you do a lot of DIY projects, you may have a workbench in your shop. This can be just a large block of timber or a custom carpenter’s workbench. No matter what type of bench you have, there are some essential tools that it should have, such as bench dogs, vices and storage. If you want to add practical improvements to your workbench, here are some of the essential pieces of equipment that it needs: Read More»

Three Simple Ways to Practice Fireplace Safety

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A wood stove or custom fireplace in your home instantly adds visual appeal, not to mention coziness for your family on a chilly winter evening. This heat source, however, comes hand-in-hand with a degree of responsibility. To be a responsible stove or fireplace owner, it’s important to not only be vigilant in several areas. Fortunately, safe fireplace ownership is simple. Once you learn what to do, take some time to inform your whole family and keeping safe will soon be second nature. Read More»

Repairing Leaky Ducts To Improve Your HVAC Efficiency

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One of the biggest costs that a homeowner has to contend with is the cost of heating and cooling a home. Rather than grit your teeth and accept that your HVAC costs will always be high, there are some steps you can take to keep your costs more manageable. For example, you can check you ducts for leaks and repair any that you find.  How Leaky Ducts Affect Your Heating and Cooling Costs Read More»

Is Your Roof A Fire Hazard? Tips For Cleaning Creosote From Your Asphalt Shingles

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Creosote is a highly flammable material often found inside chimneys. Produced by things like wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, that creosote can also build up on composition asphalt shingles. When ash comes out of the chimney, the breeze can actually carry it along the roof. When this settles in a layer over your roofing shingles, it puts your roof at risk of fire. One errant ember from your chimney could cause a serious disaster. Read More»

Furnace Blower Won'T Turn Off? Check Your Thermostat

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An issue that can plague many homeowners is a constantly running furnace blower. There are many reasons this can happen, but one of the most common – and easiest to fix – is because of your thermostat. The Thermostat to Furnace Blower Connection Your furnace’s blower is the key to heated air circulation around your house. However, your blower’s operation is set to a circuit and should only turn on when your furnace is actually running. Read More»