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Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Baseboards & Flooring Transitions

Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Baseboards & Flooring Transitions

By Mike Holmes

Bending Baseboards:Not all walls are straight. So when we add baseboards to curved walls they need to bend too. But you can't take a 3/8 piece of wood and bend it naturally. So what a pro will do is make a series of cuts along the back of the baseboard. These cuts are called back cuts. And not only... Read More »

Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Caulking, Shimming & Grouting

Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Caulking, Shimming & Grouting

By Mike Holmes

Shimming:Sometimes window and doorframes don't fit securely when you're installing them. And if there's a gap on either side the whole thing can shift, and it might not open properly. So a pro will shim the frame. But shimming isn't easy. Some people think you just stick a piece of wood in and throw... Read More »

Working with Contractors

Working with Contractors

By Scott McGillivray

Probably the number one email request I get from fans tends to go a little something like this: "Scott! Can you please come fix my basement/re-do my kitchen/reno my bathroom? If not, do you know any contractors in [my town] that you can recommend?" The reality is, I can't come and reno everyone's... Read More »

5 Factors to Consider in Order to Avoid Having a Disaster Deck

5 Factors to Consider in Order to Avoid Having a Disaster Deck

By Paul Lafrance

We get calls from homeowners all the time who find themselves in the unfortunate position of having a "disaster deck." There are several reasons for the deterioration of their back yard living spaces that we see often. One of the most common problems troubled deck owners have is that they did not... Read More »

Is “Low Maintenance” Decking Worth The Money?

Is “Low Maintenance” Decking Worth The Money?

By Paul Lafrance

People are always asking me if ultra low-maintenance materials like composite decking are worth the investment. There are many practical reasons why I respond with a resounding YES! But the first reason is purely psychological. What is the point of venturing into your backyard oasis, where the... Read More »

Top 3 Signs Your Deck Is In Trouble

Top 3 Signs Your Deck Is In Trouble

By Paul Lafrance

1. Rot, Rot, Rot! Whether your old deck is pressure treated or cedar, eventually you're going to start to notice signs of aging. Whether it's your spouse putting their foot through a deck board or the railing giving way to too much pressure, there's no way to avoid it-dead wood ironically has a... Read More »

Top 8 Things to Consider Before Building Your Own Deck

Top 8 Things to Consider Before Building Your Own Deck

By Paul Lafrance

Spring is in the air and with it, a noticeable spring in your step, as this is the year that you plan on finally taking on what is considered (in some circles) to be a Canadian rite of passage.Building your own deck! I say GO FOR IT! Before you rush off to the nearest big box store to buy a whack of... Read More »

Upcycle: Wallpaper to Chairs

Upcycle: Wallpaper to Chairs

By Lisa Canning

These chairs, created by interior designer Lisa Canning, are perfect for any urban small space dweller looking to unwind. Materials: Old chairs Wallpaper Black spray paint Directions: Jazz up the slim profile with a hand painted chevron pattern in purple, teal and grey. In keeping with the upcycle... Read More »

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