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Green Tax Credit Guide

Green Tax Credit Guide

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Who says it' not easy being green? These energy efficient systems and upgrades save clients money now and in the long run.

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Cash For Caulk?

Cash For Caulk?

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"Cash For Clunkers" was one of the few successful strategies of the economic stimulus plan, now "Cash for Caulkers" aims to follow suit.

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Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry

Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry

Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry was founded upon the dreams and experience of do it yourself home Craftmans, creating, designing. building their own kitchen and bathroom...

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New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

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In preparation for the winter season, read about one energy efficiency upgrade that will pay for itself, according to our new Insulation Upgrade Payback Estimator

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Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

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Do you have a quote for an insulation upgrade? Use our calculator to estimate how long it will take to payback your investment based on savings in energy costs.

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Who Do You Blame for Your Energy Lemon?

Who Do You Blame for Your Energy Lemon?

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So I was talking to Tucker Windover, a carpenter who writes for this magazine, and he said that every new house should have a sticker on the front door, just like the ones they put on appliances...

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Polystyrene Foam Panels: Green Yesterday, Not Today

Polystyrene Foam Panels: Green Yesterday, Not Today

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Environmental Building News article highlights health and environmental safety issue with EPS and XPS foam.

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Radiant barrier in attic

Radiant barrier in attic

I sprayed radiant barrier paint a few years ago, but wanted more savings. So I recently installed Energy Q foil on the attic floor. Awesome savings! Tips are at...

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Why I Dont Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

Why I Don't Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

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Just because it’s recycled doesn’t mean it’s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . .

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Our Vermont Home Project

Our Vermont Home Project

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This is the first gallery entry for the new home construction project my wife and I are working on in Plainfield, Vermont.  These are a few snapshots of our life & project to date.

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Spray foam for the eco-conscious

Spray foam for the eco-conscious

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Identifying the “greenest” foam isn't so easy. But, it helps to know what its made of.

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Which Rigid Insulation Should I Choose?

Which Rigid Insulation Should I Choose?

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Not all rigid foam performs the same. Learn the differences between EPS, XPS, and ISO.

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Whats the Difference?: Entry Doors

What's the Difference?: Entry Doors

Exterior doors come in a wide range of prices, from $125 to several thousand. While there are a variety of doors available, most are made of wood, steel, or fiberglass. . .

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Restoration Project in Tiverton, Rhode Island

Restoration Project in Tiverton, Rhode Island

A full restoration of a late 1800's home in Tiverton, RI.  The house had been abandoned for 3 years and should have been torn down, but due to my budget restraints and thick, rosecolored...

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On stimulus handouts and bargain-seeking brides

On stimulus handouts and bargain-seeking brides

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Some builders argue with Marc Rosenbaum when he reports the results of a blower-door test. He tells them the air changes per hour at 50 pascals, and they roll their eyes and say...

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1950s Makeover,. in and out,.

1950's Makeover,. in and out,.

This was a 1950's house we purchased alittle over a year ago. My wife looked at this house due to its location(nice compromise of space and proximity to city) She visited it 3 times before i saw it...

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Converting a New England Carriage House into a Ranch-Style Home

Converting a New England Carriage House into a Ranch-Style Home

Last summer we purchased a 10,000 sq foot lot with a carriage house and in-ground swimming pool. With this I restored the turn-of-the-century carriage house and built an 1100 sq foot house around it...

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1930s American Foursquare

1930s American Foursquare

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We bought a 1930 American Foursquare in 2006 which we are still restoring and updating. There was only one outlet on the second floor in the hallway for 4 bedrooms & 1 bathroom! The house had the...

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Video Tip: Insulation T-lift

Video Tip: Insulation T-lift

Rick Nelson of Alameda, California, created a handy tool to help with installing unfaced fiberglass insulation overhead.

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From Washington to Maine: Building A House for the First Time

From Washington to Maine: Building A House for the First Time

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In April 2007 my wife and I, both in our thirties, left our home town of Point Roberts, Washington and moved across country to the small town of Belfast, Maine. With little construction experience...

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