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Allow me to share my successes and frustrations so you will know what to expect from your own home improvement project. You will see what worked and what could have been done better. The head scratching and learning curve are all out in the open.

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Ep. 60: Product placement, no compensation

Ep. 60: Product placement, no compensation

This is not a paid endorsement... In this episode of the podcast, I share two products I found after hours of searching for solutions to specific problems I was facing with my home improvements. Xcel IGA I needed to attach the bottom plate of a stud wall to a concrete slab without using mechanical fasteners and construction adhesive was the obvious solution. Xcel makes a variety of adhesives and their IGA product is the best construction adhesive that I have ever used. You can find more information on their websites: Canada: https://XcelProducts.ca Europe: https://excelproducts.co.uk United States: https://xcelprousa.com Zinsser Bin I needed vapor barrier for the garage ceiling. The easiest solution was to use a vapor barrier primer. After many hours of trying to track down a product I had used previously (Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec Vapor Barrier Primer) without success, I found exactly what I needed, readily available locally. This
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What happened to BluWood?

At one time, it seemed as though BluWood was everywhere. It was featured on popular home improvement and renovation shows. And then, it disappeared. What happened to BluWood? And why did I tear out the BluWood framing in my basement?
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