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2010 

EPA Delays Lead-Paint Restriction Move praised by industry because it will allow more time for contractors to receive training Remodeling and home repair specialists fuming over a new federal lead-based paint rule have some breathing room - and more time to get trained - after the government put ...
Posted almost 4 years ago
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For many homeowners, nothing symbolizes summer quite like getting outside and grilling up some tasty treats on the barbecue. As we dust off our hamburger flippers and prepare for another grilling season, however, it's important to remember that when used or maintained improperly, barbecues can c...
Posted almost 4 years ago
Knowing the location of your main gas service shutoff valve will help you turn off the gas supply to your entire facility quickly in case of an emergency. The location of the valve can vary depending on the type of building and when it was installed: The gas meter and gas service shutoff valve is...
Posted almost 4 years ago
Even well-designed mechanical systems can become sources of indoor air quality problems (or can waste energy) if they are incorrectly installed, so it's important to make sure heating and cooling systems work as designed before the house is occupied. It's critical to test the systems (including d...
Posted almost 4 years ago
Here's a ten-step program that's guaranteed to reduce your utility costs. The steps are not set in stone; every house is different, and different climates may dictate different strategies, which will be determined as soon as you take the first step. 1. Get a home energy auditBefore beginning any...
Posted almost 4 years ago
Here are some important earthquake-preparedness measures to take: Secure water heaters to minimize their movement during a quake. Replace semi-rigid gas connectors with flexible connectors. Anchor your home firmly to its foundations. If there is an earthquake: After an earthquake, be sure that no...
Posted almost 4 years ago
After being told by several Realtors I didn't know what I was talking about and that I was spreading false rumors about pending radon legislation in Oregon I was finally directed to the right place for proof. SB 1025 was signed into law in March of 2010 and the Realtor portion of it goes into eff...
Posted almost 4 years ago
To make the most efficient use of sandpaper, fold a standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet in half in both directions with the abrasive side facing out. With a utility knife, cut outward from the center on any one of the four fold lines. Now fold up the sheet of sandpaper so that the resulting shape is 1/4 o...
Posted almost 4 years ago
A house is more than an assembly of studs, joists, and rafters clad in materials like drywall, tile, paint, carpet, concrete, and asphalt shingles. When built well, a house protects its inhabitants from relentless physical forces.It is important, then, before sinking a nail into the first piece o...
Posted almost 4 years ago
If Senate amendment is approved by the House of Representatives, small contractors will have until September 30 to get necessary training Contractors who have been anxious and/or frustrated about the compliance deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency's "Lead Paint: Renovation, Repair and...
Posted almost 4 years ago
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Serving all of the Portland Metro and outlying areas for over 13 years. We serve buyers and sellers ranging from first time homebuyers, to captains of industry.