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Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Keep Families Safer
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water to make up a sanitizing solution - but bleach while effective at killing off virus's and bacteria isn't that great for the environment, our indoor air quality or our health - and can cause some very nasty reactions if accidently mixed with the wrong products in the home. Clean s...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...bed in the early spring and have fresh vegetables all summer Secondly, the cons of lasagna gardening: The carbon sources in Lasagna gardening can be controversial - recyclable paper and cardboard might not be the best choices Poor execution in Lasagna gardens can slow nutrient return and result in low soil ox...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...bedrock when you dig, that is a good thing because that means your deck won't be going anywhere. Don't be tricked into thinking a big rock is bedrock, though if you hit one that seems extremely large and solid, the bottom of it could well be below the frost line in which case it should work fine. Screw pile foundatio...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...2x4's are very near the same price as a 2x6 and are cheaper than 2x8's. The double wall has several advantages: 1. The inner wall can be used for the structure so that roof trusses and floor joists for upper floors need not span so great a distance. 2. The air / vapour barrier can be installed on the exterior of th...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...223 sq. m. (2,400 sq. ft.) Firebox volume of (insert size here) eg. 0.1 cu. m (3.7 cu. ft.) Efficiency: eg. 78% Average particulate emission rate: eg. 3.9 g/h Choosing the right size of wood stove: Whether you're looking for a built-in wood stove or chimney insert or a freestanding wood stove, buying the ri...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...bed sheet. Bats are not aggressive, but they have sharp teeth and they will defend themselves when threatened, so we wouldn’t recommend trying to catch them. If you are courageous enough and determined to try, remember that they can carry disease, so use thick gloves. However it plays out for you, if you do have cont...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...bed into an older system or was done DIY, if the waste water drains ever had an issue, the water table only has to get above the height of the lip of the bowl and then the sewage will backfeed and fill the basement. Did we mention yet that we're not huge basement fans for a whole list of reasons? This is one of them ...