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Questions and Answers About Vermiculite Insulation  What is vermiculite?Vermiculite is a volcanic material compound that expands when it is heated and has the unusual property of expanding into worm-like or accordion-like pieces. They are usually the size of a nickel or dime. Vermiculite has been...
Here's to nailing it for another year. Let's fill 2017 with success! All the best, Gil Strachan
I invite everyone to take advantage of the articles posted to my blogs. There's also Glossary of Construction Terms and few other other goodies in the Library at my home inspection websi...
(NC)-Respiratory disease is steadily on the rise in Canada. In fact, asthma has increased by 160 per cent over the last 15 years according to the Asthma Society of Canada. One household out of four has a family member who suffers from asthma, allergies, or another chronic respiratory disease.The ...
(NC)-The fuel used to heat your new home is a personal choice, so don't hesitate to request exactly what you want from your builder."In a lot of instances, new homes are automatically built with the intent of heating with natural gas and without input from the homeowner," says Dave Frittenburg, p...
Furnace flues and chimneys are often neglected. Many homeowners presume that the utility company or their fuel supplier is monitoring them, and don't realize this isn't necessarily true until something goes wrong. As a result, bird's nests and other debris sometimes cause soot and gases to drift ...
(NC) Chances are that your furnace has the capacity to heat your basement and the above-ground levels of your home. So why are so many finished basements cold in winter?Lack of cold air return ducting is often the culprit. For any furnace to deliver warm air to a given room, the cool air that's a...
Keeping your feet warm is the key to comfort, which is one reason why homeowners are increasingly turning to hydronic radiant heating systems over conventional methods. Conventional forced air systems trap heat near the ceiling, where it's least useful, while drying the air out by lowering its re...
(NC) - As the heat of the summer winds down to eventually give way to fall rains, it's the perfect time to start thinking about applying a stain to your deck to protect it against the oncoming punishment of our harsh Canadian winter.Contrary to what many homeowners currently believe, experts say ...
What is a home inspection?A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of a home's structure and operating systems, and should result in a report describing the overall condition of the home.Why do I need a home inspection? The main goal of a professional home inspection is to educate yo...

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