Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Building your own 24'X24' garage and save money. Steps from concrete to framing

Step by step pictures of me building a 24X24 garage. If you're interested in building one yourself, check it out. Clip shows steps involving how to pour footings, walls, floors and framing. Installing trusses, etc. Just for the home builder. I also have "part 2' online that shows a lot more detail than the original. Check it out if you'd like, and thanks for watching.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

How to Lay Sod in a Backyard

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner lay sod in his backyard. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Build your own MAN CAVE

I decided to turn half my garage into a place to jam or just work on the computer.

I have had this video up for about 2 years now and I am blown away with the number of views! With the count about to cross 100,000 I thought I'd answer a few comments.

First of all, I believe it cost me about $2,000 to build I didn't really keep track but that was the ballpark. It took me about a month to build after work and on the weekends.

The entire room is framed inside half the garage without touching any of the outside walls, so a room within a room. This allows the sound waves to dissipate without travelling outside, it is truly astonishing how loud I can be in there with a full band and it sounds like just a small radio is playing in there.

Don't worry, I have a bar fridge in there, that is always stocked full of beer and hard cider. I also keep a selection of aged Irish Whiskeys and Spiced Rums :-)

Some of the comments on my mudding and taping are correct, this was me learning, I am much better now. These days I hardly have to sand at all, and certainly wouldn't need a sanding machine, although it was fun to use and looked cool in the vid.
I should mention that it is really, really dry here in Calgary, so I was a little sloppy with moisture concerns, but it really doesn't matter here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Flashover: the power of fire

Flashover is the point in which everything in your home catches fire -- no one can survive. See how quickly flashover can occur and how it can be prevented. Home fire sprinklers save lives and property from fire. They act before the fire department is even notified. In this video, produced by the National Fire Protection Association, we show what happens while a house is burning and the local fire department is on its way.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Inspections | The Lexington Colonial House, Episode 7

Norm and Tom install reinforced fiberglass columns. Richard and plumbing inspector Duke LaConte talk about rough plumbing inspections. Fred Lonardo discusses rough mechanical and framing inspections. Progress continues on the screen porch with a storm window system and radiant floor heat. Norm, Tom and Fred Lonardo discuss insulation value.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dan Doofus - "Exit Strategy"

Meet Dan Doofus, star of NFPA's series of video public service announcements about fire safety. Dan has to learn the hard way how to prevent home fires the correct way.

Topics of the videos include home fire safety checklist, home fire escape planning, and proper use of smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

How To Hang Christmas Lights - The HomeDepot

Home Depot associates Dave Orosco, Ken Allender and Michael O'Shea show how to hang Christmas lights, both indoors and outdoors, including the tools and materials you'll need, products to make hanging holiday lights easier, and how to do it safely.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Winter Holiday Decorating Ideas

We always get excited for the winter holiday. In fact, we prepare decorations that will reflect the mood of the season. There are several ways to decorate your home. This all depends on how you want it to look.
Draw a plan:
How would you want your house to appear? You can sketch out your thoughts. As you do, think of the materials you will use. You can draw inspirations from online images. You will surely have fun while you browse through the different images. After that, you can start putting your thoughts together and finalize how you want your home to look.
Play with colors:
White is the common color of the winter, but you do not have to limit your decorations to this. You can play with reds, yellows, green, gold and silver. You can use more colors and add a little sparkle to it. Choosing the color to use should be done carefully too. Make sure that you consider the color of your interiors. This will be easier if you have a neutral backdrop.
You can purchase home decors or use the old items you have. With a little DIY project, you can easily turn it to new decors. To make the decorating process easier for you, see to it that you follow a plan. You should have an idea of how your d├ęcor will look. You can have flowers, wreaths, leaves and lights. You can also use ribbons to your design.
You can also hang artworks that depict the season. You can purchase several inexpensive artworks. Have it framed and hang it for the season. What is great about it is that you can remove and store it once the holiday is over. You can also reuse it multiple times.
DIY holiday decorations:
You do not have to purchase all your decorations. You can create your own. You can even ask your children to help you with the project and this can be a great bonding moment for you. You can use glass jars and fill it with red Christmas balls or artificial snow. After that, you can arrange them around your house. You can also make your own cranberry holiday beads. Since you will be using needles in this project, it is not a good idea to involve your children.
Creative centerpieces:
You can purchase all sorts of centerpieces suitable for the season. However, you can get creative and personalize your own. You can arrange red flowers with green leaves. You can also fill a large glass with water. Light small candles and let them float. Place Christmas tree leftovers around it.
You can do other decorative projects. You just need to be imaginative. You can draw inspiration from a lot of things. You can go back to your childhood and reflect on your favorite things about the Holidays. Magazines, movies and shows can also be sources of your inspiration. You do not have to create all the details though. There are multiple choices available in the market. You can have a plan, list the things you need to bring your plan to life and start shopping.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Illegal and Unsafe Wiring in Older Homes

This video shows unsafe wiring at the house at 507 7th Street. All this wiring will be removed and replaced with correct safe wring that conforms to current NEC or better!