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August 2007

August 02, 2007

Plank Flooring for Any Budget

Hanky Planky - (I wrote this article on plank floors 5 years ago and am still getting requests for it every week, so here's the original text plus some additional photographs.)


As I approach the cusp of middle age the closest I’ve come to having any design allegiance is that my furniture is the same stuff I had in university, placing me in the Early Student school of décor. The one exception is the bedroom, where I have a high-end mattress, but only because my futon got so compacted it was about to become the next black hole.

So you probably shouldn’t take my decorating advice. Unless you have the problem I’m about to describe, or you have hardwood tastes on a paint budget.


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Got a Toonie?

Habitat_mag_and_carl This rocks (see press release below);  Next time you're at the Home Depot, please consider dropping a toonie to buy a Paper House - All proceeds from Paper House sales go directly to Habitat for Humanity to help buy materials for volunteer-built homes across Canada.   (Low-income families may apply to buy the hand-built homes.  Each selected family donates 500 hours of 'sweat equity' and receives an interest-free mortgage.)  There are 1.5 million families in Canada who live on less than $12,000 a year.  Here's your chance to give 'em a hand up.

Photo:  Mag shares a porch moment with Carl Meadows, Habitat's construction coordinator for Wellington County.  Carl designed this house, which is entirely built by volunteers, neighbours,  friends and members of the family that is moving into the house in Guelph, Ontario. 
clipped from www.newswire.ca

The Home Depot Canada, working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, today announced the launch of the Paper House Campaign, a national project that aims to raise money and awareness of the affordable housing crisis in this country.     From August 2 to September 2, 2007, for the first time ever, The Home Depot Canada customers across the country have the opportunity to directly contribute to this cause by purchasing a Paper House for $2, available in all Home Depot stores. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the Paper Houses will go to support Habitat for Humanity Canada in building real houses for families in need.

August 01, 2007

3M Rust Avenger Discontinued - Just shoot me

Trusted Rust-Buster Dusted!

A discontinued product creates reader alarm


I was so excited last week to tell you about the beloved 3M Rust Avenger, a product I bought at Home Hardware three years ago and have adored ever since. It’s a pen-sized dispenser of a chemical compound that bonds with rust molecules, rendering it hard, inert and paintable. Perfect for dings on cars, scratches on bikes, spots on shovels, and worth the $5.99 outlay since a recent study reveals that the annual direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. alone is $276 billion.


Many readers wrote to ask where to buy Rust Avenger, eager to watch their personal rust accumulations disappear faster than relatives after a chili dinner.


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Mag's Books

  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

  • : How Hard Can It Be?

    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie