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Fix for Loose Screws
We all have come across a loose screw because the screw hole has become too large. I have a simple fix for that problem. Remove the screw and drill the hole out matching it to the same diameter as a hardwood dowel rod. Measure the depth of the drilled hole by inserting a small nail, and use it to mark the length of the dowel rod. Glue the dowel rod into the hole and let it set up for 24 hours before drilling the correct size pilot hole and re-inserting the screw.
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There's a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don't sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. If you want to be productive within a couple of hours, you've come to the right place. Click for details
Volume VIII March, 2015
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Dimension Bible
a must have for every remodeler and DIYer
The Dimension Bible for remodelers and DIYers is just that, your Bible. Measurements and dimensions for plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, appliances, carpentry and many more items are outlined in an easy to read format. Also included are formulas to calculate area, volume, unit conversion tables, rafter and header span tables, exterior grading information, and much more. With plenty of room for your own personal notes on every page, this book will be invaluable to you.  READ MORE
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2015 Cost vs Value Report

Once again this year Remodeling magazine has released their 2015 Cost vs Value report, This yearly report  compare 36 popular remodeling projects, their cost and the recapture of that cost at the time of resale. You can also compare the recapture to previous years.                                                                                                                                            This yearly report is invaluable in helping the homeowners know what a project should cost when completed by a professional remodeler. This knowledge will help the homeowner set a workable and realistic budget for a particular project. As with any project information is king. The report also spells out the basic scope of the project which will help in bidding apples for apples. Of course you will need more detailed specifications before you are ready to begin the project, but this is a great way to start.  You can also use the report to help steer the investment of your hard earned money where it will bring get you the biggest return.

 Access the 2015 report here

Your Monthly Home Maintenance To Do List
Let Contractor John remind you when it is time to perform maintenance around your home. Our goal is to find and repair small problems before they become large very expensive repairs.
Each month I will include a list of maintenence tasks for you to undertake that month. 
For Example this month;
  1. Change your furnace filter.
  2. Pour 4 cups of water in any drain you do not use at least every 60 days.
  3. Vacuum out the coils on your refrigerator.
  4. Clean dryer vent hose and pull front cover off dryer and vaccuum out inside.
  5. Check hoses on washer for signs of leaks and wear, replace if necessary.
Product of the Month

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A new improvement in home receptacles! A combination USB charging port built into a regular household receptacle. They are available in your standard receptacle colors and design. These new combo receptacle units are also available in the Decora style.
Easy to install, just as you would a standard receptacle.
DO NOT BUY DiFi Home Filtration System.
This was to be the product of the month, but after paying for it and never receiving it I can't recommend it. Their voicemail box has no business greeting and is full.
If you have hard water and have not installed a water softener then you know the havoc that water can cause to a dishwasher. Well that problem can be eliminated with the installation of the DiFi Home Filtration System.
Reduces calcium, magnesium, rust and sediments from your water leaving your dishes spot free with every load. 


Bonus Product of the Month

If you have a hard time picking paint colors for you home, you are going to LOVE this: A friend of mine just created a shortcut that allows you to find the right color in *minutes*! It's called the Paint Color Cheat Sheets - because it actually gives you the "right answers" in a paint color deck.

Rustic Recipes For The Whole Family
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At this time of year if you are anything like me you are longing for something on the BBQ grill. There isn't anything that tastes as good as something grilled on a CHARCOAL grill, pardon me gas users. Below is a mid-winter oven recipe that will feed your BBQ craving.

This month I am sharing my famous BBQ Rib Recipe with all of you. There are 2 phases the rub phase and the cooking phase. Let's start with the magical rub.

For the Rub combine:

2 Tablespoons each; granulated sugar. Brown sugar, salt

4 Teaspoons ground paprika

1 Tablespoon chili powder

2 Teaspoons each; pepper, mustard powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cornstarch

1 Teaspoons ground red pepper

Teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all the above ingredients in a sealable bowl (I often double the batch) and mix well. Lay out saran wrap on the countertop and place the slab in the middle of it and coat it generously. Fold the saran wrap over the slab, place on a sheet pan and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours, overnight is best.

Use a 2.5" to 3" deep pan to cook the ribs in. Pour into your cooking pan 1 1/2 cups of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water. Then unwrap the meat and place 3 slabs of ribs into the pan, leaning them way against each other. Cover tightly with tin foil and place in 350 over for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Remove from oven and uncover being careful of steam while uncovering. Let the ribs sit for 10 minutes, while your oven broiler heats up on the high setting. Carefully lift slabs one at a time and place on a flat baking sheet and brush on your favorite sauce. Place them under the broiler until sauce is bubbling.

I suggest you serve them with your favorite cole slaw and my favorite curly fries and toasted garlic cheese bread. You will need plenty of napkins to enjoy the best winter ribs you have ever eaten!

Enjoy.... Contractor John


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