Category: Safety

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Contracts Are Good, No Matter How Small

I had a note from a friend of mine that reminded me how important paperwork can be, even for the  smaller home maintenance projects. Long story short, Susan hired the same snow removal service as her neighbours in mid December. Susan explicitly asked them to put a contract in the...

/ January 8, 2009

Winter Window Woes

Winter Window Woes By  Graham Clarke, VP Engineering, Carson Dunlop. Did you know that extreme winter cold can place undue stress on your house? Consider your windows. A graphic example of the effects of extreme cold can be seen on the old single-glazed, metal-framed windows in many older homes. Over...

/ November 20, 2008
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A Winter Tune-up Treatise

One of the great joys of living in Canada is the change of seasons. Autumn's colors and crispness will soon be making way for winter's exciting first snowfall. Of course, one of the great burdens of living in Canada is the extreme conditions we ask ourselves and our houses to...

/ October 28, 2008

How’s The Mold In Your Basement?

It’s springtime, and the snow has melted (supposedly…let’s see if we don’t get one last snowstorm). Most homes have basements (or your home may BE a basement if you’re in a basement-level condo or apartment), and as winter melting and spring rains set in, it’s time to think about mold....

/ April 3, 2008