Decked out in AZEK

AZEK Decking

Read time: 4 minutes TL;DR Whether it’s decking, railing or related materials, Doug Ashy offers AZEK products that are perfect for nearly any outdoor decking project. With their innovative (AAT) Alloy Armour Technology, AZEK decking and railings utilize PVC (polyvinyl chloride) materials. AZEK offers various decking collections: Vintage, Arbor, Harvest and TimberTech, with colors and…

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How to Avoid Going Over Budget on a Renovation

Incomplete home renovation

Read time: 6 minutes TL;DR Consult with a professional contractor or an interior designer to help you understand what renovation costs to expect. Establish your priorities for your renovation project—you may have to cut back on your plans if time and budgeting concerns are present. Meet with a financial adviser through your bank or lending…

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How to Choose the Right Drill Bit for Your Project

Choosing the right drill bit

Originally published on March 1, 2017   |   Last updated on August 10, 2018 Read Time: 6.25 minutes TL;DR The most common drill bit has a twisted shaft, a point angled at around 118 degrees and drills into most household materials, making it a popular choice for DIYers. The edge or angle of a drill bit…

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How To Seal A Leak – Maximizing Energy Efficiency

seal a leak

Read Time: 3 minutes TL;DR To identify air leaks in your home, light a stick of incense and hold it near the edges of all of your home’s doors and windows, taking note of any unusual movement of the incense smoke. Walk around the exterior of your home and look for any damaged caulking or…

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Painting Like A Pro

Painting Tips

Read Time: 4 minutes TL;DR Painting large, exterior surfaces may be best handled with an air-powered paint sprayer, but that usually isn’t done indoors. Exterior paint jobs will also typically require taller ladders and more preparation than interior painting projects. To prepare an exterior surface to be painted, you should: pressure wash surfaces, repair all…

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Weathering the Storm: Prepping Your Home For Hurricane Season

Hurricane Preperation

Read Time: 4 minutes TL;DR Make sure your home is stocked with enough supplies and nonperishable food items to last each individual family member for three days. Make sure that all gutters and drains are clear, unobstructed and in good working order so that they can perform at maximum efficiency during the storm. Make sure…

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Kitchen Remodeling Trends: 2018

2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Read Time: 3.5 Minutes TL;DR Open shelving creates an open-feeling space and allows for a decorator’s touch to permeate the room. Hidden storage allows homeowners to keep their kitchen necessities within easy reach while using open shelving for more decorative items. A kitchen island is the Swiss Army knife of kitchen design, offering extra preparation…

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Contractor Corner: Cleanup Tips Once Job is Complete

Construction cleanup tips

Read Time: 3 minutes TL;DR To set your contracting business apart from the competition, it’s a good idea to develop a coherent policy regarding worksite cleanup and make sure that all of your employees adhere to it. Engaging your employees in the decision making process will encourage them to stick to the plan once it’s…

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Summer Outdoor Prep: Pressure Washer Rental

Pressure Washer Rental

Read Time: 3 Minutes TL;DR Certain pressure washers are electrically-powered while others operate using a gas-powered engine. Units that are electrically powered tend to produce a lower-pressure stream of water than gas-powered pressure washers. Never use a gas-powered pressure washer on a vehicle or any other painted surface as they will damage such surfaces almost…

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Contractor Corner: 2018 Floor Plans Design Trends

Home Design Trends

Read Time; 3 minutes TL;DR   Farmhouses have become a staple on popular home renovation shows, and that has gone a long way toward reviving interest in the design.   Kitchen, the new center stage of homes, are starting to be enlarged and combined with informal eating spaces designed to form a central meeting place…

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