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27Nov

Radon its a crazy gas and ...

  • Radon

In the realm of home safety, there's a silent intruder that often goes unnoticed, yet poses a significant threat to our well-being: radon gas. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into homes, potentially leading to serious health risks. In this blog post, we'll delve into the basics of radon, its entry into homes, methods of testing, and effective measures for mitigation.

What is Radon?

05Jan

Mouse traps, what's your best option?

  • Old style snap trap
  • New style snap trap
  • Glue trap
  • Live trap
  • Electronic trap

Mice can be a nuisance in any home. Since we have been living in Greely (rural Ottawa, the country) mice have been a bigger issue than they were in the past. Not only are they unsightly and uninvited guests, but they can also cause damage to your property and spread disease. One of the most effective ways to get rid of mice is to use mouse traps. However, there are several different types of mouse traps to choose from, each with its own pros and cons.

25Sep

Whitewash a brick fireplace wall

  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall
  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall
  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall
  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall
  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall
  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall
  • Whitewash a brick fireplace wall

This weekend I decided to take on a personal project in our basement to lighten the room up a bit and to change the style. After watching many different episodes of different home improvement and remodeling shows on I noticed a neat effect that some designers were doing on old outdated brick, whitewashing it.

The far back wall of our basement was a brick fireplace with reddish brick.

02Apr

LED's and the power to save - Part 2

  • LEDs

Last October I replaced 38 #halogen pot lights in our new house with low wattage LED's and got quite a significant decrease in hydro usage (LED's and the power to save part one) but these 38 bulbs did not even account for 50% of the bulbs in the house. Recently Save on #Energy introduced some spring coupons to be applied to different power saving items that you can replace in your house, one of these coupons were $5 off #LED #bulbs, single or multi packs. Canadian Tire had a sale that had the $5 off coupon applied at time of sale for qualifying items.

27Mar

The smart home revolution

  • Smart home

A few months back I purchased a home #security system for our house, but, it was much more than just a security system. It was a whole smart system with the regular security features. The system was purchased from Cannon Security and was installed to a tee with help along the way to help me with all of the new features. Below is a list of the features and items that I added to our system and how they make our house safe, secure, and smart. 

18Sep

Hydro Ottawa and I

  • hydro ottawa

This may seem like a strange post, but if you know me, Hydro Ottawa and I have not had the most trusting and agreeable relationship over the years that I have lived in Ontario.

Back in good ol' 2002 when my now wife and I packed up from Newfoundland and headed West to Ontario for work, we moved into a small one bedroom apartment. We got our utilities and perks installed (hydro, phone, cable, ect...). Then we moved into a house in 2006. Here are some of the issues/problems I have with Hydro Ottawa:

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