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Ep. 65: Slow and steady wins the race

Ep. 65: Slow and steady wins the race

Home improvement television shows often distort your perception of how long a renovation should take. But you can't compare yourself to a slick television production. And there are advantages to a project taking longer than anticipated.
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Ep. 64: A look back at 2021

Ep. 64: A look back at 2021

A look back at our home improvement accomplishments in 2021, update on the current progress with the basement renovation and my final verdict on whether or not the tankless water heater delivers on its promise of energy savings. Plus one drawback of the tankless water heater that caught us a bit by surprise.
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Ep. 63: Sparky's Adventures Part 2- DIY Electrical

Ep. 63: Sparky’s Adventures Part 2- DIY Electrical

This episode is all about the process of doing your own electrical work in Ontario Canada, from filing a Notification of Electrical Work with the Electrical Safety Authority to the rough-in inspection.
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Ep. 62: Sparky's Adventures - DIY Electrical - Part 1

Ep. 62: Sparky’s Adventures – DIY Electrical – Part 1

Sparky is slang for an electrician, which I am not. However, I have done my own electrical work. This episode covers some of the reasons why you may or may not want to (or, should or should not) do your own electrical work.
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Ep. 61: The 5-word solution to my biggest problem

Ep. 61: The 5-word solution to my biggest problem

I had a few questions about new rules in the electrical code, so I asked a licensed electrical contractor. It
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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
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Ep. 59: Basement renovation update

Ep. 59: Basement renovation update

Renovation in the time of Covid.... I already work slow enough and that's without a 2 month-long lockdown during a
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Ep. 58: It's a scam

Ep. 58: It’s a scam

There is no shortage of scam products on the internet. Ted's Woodworking has been offering 16000 woodworking plans for a ridiculously low price for the last decade. Inventors strike out on their own after creating innovative air conditioners, drones, vacuum attachments and their stories are all oddly similar. Plus the one sure way you can get an impressive endorsement for your own product.
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Ep. 57: The ONLY way to finish a basement

Ep. 57: The ONLY way to finish a basement

You want your basement to feel like the rest of your house. It should be dry, and comfortable. However, the basement is NOT like the rest of the house. The basement is in a hole in the ground. The ideal solution for a warm dry basement is a subject of much debate. I talk about a few of the popular options and the one that was recommended by the insulation company we are hiring.
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basement wall framed with BluWood

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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Ep. 56: Order of operations, energy audit, rethinking layout

Ep. 56: Order of operations, energy audit, rethinking layout

Figuring out which tasks need to be done first in our basement renovation. Energy audit to qualify for home efficiency rebates. And I completely rethink the layout of the basement at the suggestion of the HVAC installer.
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Ep. 55: House and garage HVAC

Ep. 55: House and garage HVAC

Stuff is happening. Big stuff. In this episode of the podcast, I talk about our choice of furnace and air conditioner for the house, why I decided on a split ductless system for the garage-workshop, and our reasoning for ditching our hot water tank and going with a tankless water heater.
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