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Options In Hardwood Floor Finishes On Pre-finished Floors The finishes for hardwood flooring which are possible in factory flooring are considered by many to be not only attractive but practical as well. Hardwood from the factory is stained and then sealed with a protective finish. This flooring is then delivered in a state that is […]

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A Few Prehung Door Terms Prehung doors are the most common doors for your home if you are house building.  If your are remodeling, you may use prehung doors or just slab doors (without the frame). Before heading out to shop, however, it will help to familiarize yourself with some basic terms for a prehung […]

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A Schedule of Values is the Only Way to Pay On all renovation, home improvement or house building projects, there is only one correct way to pay your contractor or builder.  Use a Schedule of Values.  Money is the primary way for a homeowner to stay in control of a project and the Schedule of […]

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A Good Scope of Work is a Vital Part of any Building Contract A really good scope of work is probably one of the most overlooked elements in the construction contract.   Outlining the project costs and contractor’s obligations protects both the homeowner and the builder. The following story shows how even a simple project can […]

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A Must Have Clause in all of Your Home Improvement Contracts For any home improvement project, an important clause to include in the contract is “Owner needs at least 24 hours to review all invoices.” In addition to the written contract, be sure to verbally discuss this with any contractors you hire.  Tell them-face to […]

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There are many terms to know during any construction and home remodeling project.  The terms below are used throughout the Builder in Your Pocket books and articles. They are listed in the order that you are most likely to encounter them during your building or home improvement project. Beyond just technical terms, I’ve also outlined […]

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Relationships Count in Home Improvement Projects The most essential rule of construction is this: good relationships make a good building experience.  A good relationship with your contractor means more than just a few quick meetings – there must be clear, on-going communication and trust on all sides.  Likewise, your contractor should have solid relationships with […]

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Flex Duct Sealing

by Paul LaGrange

Seal Ducts for Enhanced Energy Efficiency Depending upon the size of the leak, tremendous amounts of air can be lost from the duct work.  Repairing those leaks and making sure that they don’t return is relatively easy. Sealing the connections between flexible ducts, plenums, junction boxes and boots/registers keeps the HVAC system running clean and […]

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Glass Doors are also called French Doors Glass doors should be considered in at least one place in a house.  They are unique, beautiful and let in so much light.  The photo on the left is a ‘decorative’ glass door.  The photo on the right is a ’15-lite’ door. There are only 4 general door […]

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Flush Doors are also called Slab Doors Flush doors are made from wood veneers or Hardboard and only come in a smooth finish.  They can be dressed up to look unique-see photo below. There are only 4 general door styles: flush or slab, paneled, louvered and glass.  Some manufacturers might refer to these classifications as […]

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A building or home improvement project that goes from beginning to end without a single hitch is a rarity.  In almost any project there will be periods when things move along swiftly and smoothly and times when holdups and snags upset the flow of the schedule – and disturb your peace of mind. Stops, starts […]

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Louvered Doors

by Julie

Louvered Doors offer Variety and Air Flow Louvered doors are so unique!  They generally come full or half louvered as shown in the photos below (in pine). There are only 4 general door styles: flush or slab, paneled, louvered and glass. There are countless variations available within each.  The variations come from all the other […]

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Information About Doors Do you have door questions?  Do you need information about doors?  There are many things to consider with interior doors for homes.  Browse around the topics listed below.  When you are ready to shop for doors, consider purchasing our Buying Guidebook (see more info at bottom of page).  Always feel free to […]

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Builder In Your Pocket-Buying Guidebooks A.  What is a “buying guide” and why do I need one?  How can it help me? BuilderInYourPocket buying guides are comprehensive with everything you need to know about your purchases:  doors, cabinets, flooring, lighting, windows, roofing, paint…and more. You have dozens of selections to make at (possibly) more than […]

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