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  1. Windows and Doors
    I'm looking into replacing crappy harvey vinyls with something decent, and to me it looks like the Windsors are far better than Pella. Here's the best review I've found so far: I'm going to go with the clad exterior, wood interior (hybrid?) Windsors, they seem to have the most value. I'm...
  2. HVAC
    my 20+ Summeraire HRV unit has died. Can a homeowner buy a decent unit in ontario? So far, all I have found is the Lifebreath units sold by Walmart Canada online. Would this be the same as a HVAC contractor would install? The local home depot website shows no HRV units (not sold/not stock)...
  3. Windows and Doors
    I am replacing a couple of doors in my 90's home. The measures for the old door are 79 1/2 and 31 5/8. New doors come in 80 x 32. Will a door listed at 80 x 32 fit (guess I'm asking if 80 x 32 is like "nominal" size)? Thanks.!
  4. Windows and Doors
    Window Manufacturer Out of Business - Where Can I Get Parts? The previous owner of my home had Wellington Windows brand double hung windows installed in the house. Several of the window sashes no longer hold their position. These windows use constant force balances to hold the sash in position...
  5. Blog
    Replacing the windows of your home should be a simple and stress-free task. The fact of the matter is; this is rarely the case. From finding the right home improvement contractor to do the job, to knowing whether you need double or triple pane glass, to understanding your options when it...
  6. Blog
    When it is time to replace your windows, there are a quite a lot of things to consider. Balancing factors of your lifestyle and budget, along with understanding which window material or type of glass is best for your home, can be overwhelming. One of the most common questions our clients...
  7. Blog
    It is never the wrong time to replace the old, single pane windows in your home. Replacing your window frames improves the energy efficiency and functionality of your home, can lower your utility bills and can refresh the overall look and curb appeal that attracts new buyers. However...
  8. HVAC
    Ok. Got your attention yet? Seems everyone either wants to replace existing HVAC with same, or just use mini-splits. Then the argument is more heads for the distant rooms. But in a 'retrofit' we have the existing ductwork. I want to put it to good use. I want to rip out the guts of the 18...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    We are looking to replace the only basement support post/column because it has a bit of previous rot (dry now). The house is 50+ years old, small, one storey, and all other bearing points for joists and the beam (with a lap connection at column) are on the foundation wall. Our issue is that...
  10. Appliances
    Our "new" home has a GE Monogram refrigerator model ZICS36NALH, which was put in place in 2001 by the builder of the house. In other words, it is at least 14 years old. It's been working fine until these days' heat wave, and now the freezer won't freeze. If repair isn't possible or costs too...
  11. Plumbing
    I have cast iron pipe, built in 1970. A galvanized connection is LEAKING. The scale and rust stops sewage from gushing out. Another leak is bugging me too, it is a little newer and a donut gasket connection. Rust blobs are appearing at the connection. How can I fix it? Will epoxy putty fix the...
  12. Plumbing
    I apologize at first if I do not use the proper lingo but I am new to this and you are my only hope. I recently bought and old house that has a shower with very old Wolverine handles that are leaking. I really want to replace the entire assembly but my question is if I am replacing all the guts...
  13. Windows and Doors
    I am going to try to replace as few broken/cracked windowpanes in several older aluminum triple track screen windows at my mother’s house. I have taken one windows out of its track to have a look, and it seems if I remove the vinyl glazing strip the old cracked window should just slide/lift...
  14. Drywall & Plaster
    Due to a roof leak I had to rip out the entire ceiling in a room. Since the trusses are 24" OC I am using 5/8" drywall. However, it is a very tight fit between the wall boards and the trusses and the new sheets are not sliding over the wall boards. The question is, do the ceiling panels need...
  15. Windows and Doors
    My house has solar window screens. They're old, some of them are coming apart, and are just worn out or really faded. I started replacing all of them. I got a large roll of screen material, watched some videos online, and went at it. The first 5 went great and came out perfect. Then, I...
  16. Plumbing
    I am new to home repair and attempted by first project: replaced the ballcock and flapper on my toilet. After turning on the water supply, water sprays out of at the stubbly tube coupling nut. I have tried tightening further, removing and reinstalling both nuts but still have a major spray of...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My concrete driveway is original to the house, ('83) and cracked badly. Some sections have sunken lower than others, and it's pretty rough getting a low car over one side. I am wanting to have a new one put in, but don't know where to start. This is not something I would do myself, and...
  18. HVAC
    Hey Everyone. My parent's 20yr old Keeprite is running good. It's had a few parts replaced (draft inducer, ign module/spark assembly) in the past few years. My question is, do I tell him to start pricing out a new unit or wait until the inevitable happens? Looking forward to your...
  19. Windows and Doors
    I Just bought a brand new good quality efficient vinyl replacement window at our local Restore for dirt cheap (cost is a major factor). I have to make the window opening larger to accommodate the window size. There is no manufacture name anywhere on the window. there are still stickers on the...
  20. Plumbing
    Hello, I've searched around and not found exactly what my problem is, so I apologize if this is a repeat question. My outdoor faucet is in pretty good shape, but over the winter I forgot to turn the water off (my bad) and the faucet popped off. I say popped off, because, as it turns out, the...
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