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Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and speed of job completion, as well as to prevent squeaking between flooring and joists, for example. Functionally speaking, caulking is used to prevent moisture and air infiltration, but it is al...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

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Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...home to show a reading. There are radon hot spots all across the country where it is quite prevalent in homes, but whether a specific home will have a high reading is still pretty much hit and miss - you may have it and your next door neighbour may have none. The presence of radon in water is equally random, and leve...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...home upgrades. On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada ), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notification if what you are looking for becomes available in your region. This saves usable building materials from ending up in ...