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November 2009

November 26, 2009

Holiday Cheer for Toronto Area Contractors

HomeStars Christmas Invitation

Join the HomeStars.com team for some holiday cheer!  I'm hosting this shindig and it's going to be a fabulous party.  Plus we have some fantastic giveaways from your favourite tool manufacturers including Stanley, Irwin, DeWALT and Ryobi - and great music, bar food and drinks...

via www.pingg.com

DIY Network chooses winner of "Stud Finder 2009" Contest

via www.metro.us

Kayleen McCabe, America's next home improvement star, will get her own show on the DIY Network as a result of winning the "Stud Finder" contest (first female to win in the history of the contest!).

Go, baby!

November 19, 2009

Pretty Darn Handy Online Calculators (free) for Home Improvement

via www.diy.com

It never hurts to calculate.

Intuitive guesses are way more fun.

But it never hurts to do the actual math, just in case your intuition is offish that day.

By the way, paint is the only calculation that is usually bogus, even with a calculator, because everyone spreads paint differently. Some of us are generous, others parsimonious.

Paint is the wild child of impulse and intellect. So don't say I didn't warn you.

November 07, 2009

Don't Forget to Add Gas Stabilizer to Your Lawnmower

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Like all bras, which go grey with neglect and lose their elasticity, lawnmowers languish in the absence of regular maintenance.  So if you’re thinking of putting your lawnmower away for winter without giving that baby some love, think again.

For one thing, gasoline isn’t stable and should be used within 30 days of purchase.  Otherwise it gets gummy and won't burn. 


Fuel_stabilizer_4oz_bigIf you’ve got leftover gasoline in your portable fuel container, either add it to your car's gas tank or mix some gasoline stabilizer into it; the stabilizer prevents gas from breaking down and losing volatility over the winter, at which point that lame old fuel won’t spark any engine known to man. 

If you can't drain or burn off the rest of the fuel in your lawnmower tank before you store it, you can also add gas stabilizer to any fuel remaining in the tank. 

End of lecture.  Now go and enjoy winter without a single day of lawn mowing in it.



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  • : 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.

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    How Hard Can It Be?
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Nota Bene

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