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Spring Chimney Maintenance

Spring Chimney Maintenance

Living through a cold and snowy upstate New York winter sometimes makes me wonder why I did not move south years ago. This winter was particularly cold and long, but finally it is June and the winter...

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What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?

What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?

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For home security, the low-hanging fruit may be in your smartphone.

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Home Propane Tanks -The Basics

Home Propane Tanks -The Basics

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Thinking of putting in a propane tank to fuel that new gas range or fireplace insert? Here's some basic info to get you started.

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Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Have you ever been frustrated by a lack of power available at your job sites? Look no further than this custom designed Temp Power Box to handle all your needs. Including a parts list to build your own!

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Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

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After living in several homes with less-than-friendly attic storage stairways, I decided to make access easier by enlarging opening to accomodate full-sized door and wide enough stairway with a safe...

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Tablesaw Kickback

Tablesaw Kickback

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Link to a video of tablesaw kickback

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Rambo our Health & Safety Rep

Rambo our Health & Safety Rep

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Don't tangle with Rambo our Health & Safety Rep. Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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Can You Survive a Tornado?

Can You Survive a Tornado?

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Living in Tornado Alley without a storm shelter is a bit like barreling down the freeway without fastening your seat belt. Never mind the house--what about you and your family?

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CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

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Question: What do each of these carpentry disciplines have in common; millwork, windows, cabinets, doors and stairs? Answer: In the not-to-distant past, each of these tasks was performed on-site by highly skilled carpenters. New applications of digital capabilities assure more change is inevitable as shown here with CNC fabrication of complex roof-framing assemblies.

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Bill Offers Disaster-Relief Funding to States with Stricter Building Codes

Bill Offers Disaster-Relief Funding to States with Stricter Building Codes

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A measure to be introduced in Congress on May 8 provides financial incentives to states that adopt the latest versions of the International Residential Code

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How to Remove a Router Bit Without Busting Your Knuckles

How to Remove a Router Bit Without Busting Your Knuckles

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The safest way to loosen a router collet is as simple as changing the direction of your wrenches

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Ladder-Safety Jigsaw Puzzle

Ladder-Safety Jigsaw Puzzle

We heard that the latest Inspector game was a bit easy, so we changed it up a bit

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EPA to Present Lead-Safe Webinar on Nov. 10

EPA to Present Lead-Safe Webinar on Nov. 10

The free session will focus on lead-sale practices, compliance, lead-safe certification, and recent rule changes

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Judges Dismiss Cases Over Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Aspen

Judges Dismiss Cases Over Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Aspen

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An HVAC contractor and a building inspector faced criminal charges in connection with the deaths of four people who were poisoned by carbon monoxide

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Make Your Blowtorch Safe

Make Your Blowtorch Safe

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Propane torches have tippy bases on one end and flames coming out the other. You could keep a fire extinguisher handy, but there's a better way.

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Feds Consider Unprecedented Safety Rules for Tablesaws

Feds Consider Unprecedented Safety Rules for Tablesaws

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Many of you will remember the heated debate when Carlos Osorio, a carpenter who injured himself using a jobsite tablesaw, was awarded $1.5 million from One World, maker of the Ryobi...

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Designing and Building Homes That Stay Accessible

Designing and Building Homes That Stay Accessible

The right features make it easier for homeowners to stay put as they age

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How to Get Ready For the Next Big Storm

How to Get Ready For the Next Big Storm

Irene's damage is done, but it's never too early to start preparing for the next natural disaster

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Do Rules on Disturbing Lead Paint Apply to a Detached Garage?

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A neighbor has hired someone to clean and paint a detached garage on his property, and now paint chips presumably containing lead are everywhere

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Good, Safe Carpentry Work Demands That We be Present

Good, Safe Carpentry Work Demands That We be Present

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Are we able to do our carpentry work well without really being present? Carpentry, in my opinion, is Meditation.

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