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The Difference in Wood Pellet Quality

There is no question that pellet stoves are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home. They use an inexpensive fuel and the emissions are often less than 1 gram per hour. They are an excellent method for heating a room or even an entire house for far less than if you use gas or electric for heat. Wood Pellet Stove Fuel The most common fuel for pellet stoves is wood pellets that are available in standard and premium grade. They are sold nationwide in 20 to 40 lb. bags. If you look at wood pellets they resemble rabbit food in appearance. They offer an excellent source of home heating and over the past several years they have [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Categories: Wood Pellets|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Difference in Wood Pellet Quality

Seven Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Today more than ever, homeowners are taking on home improvement projects to renovate and remodel their homes. Many people simply enjoy the challenge of working on their own home and creating something that is uniquely them. Some do it to make their home more beautiful and comfortable. Whichever type of person you are, you should be aware that casting a keen eye on the value of your real estate and making certain improvement can boost the value of your home when it becomes time to sell your home. Watch any home improvement show and you’ll see there is a lot of focus on remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, and this is for a good reason. In many homes, the kitchen is [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Categories: Remodeling|Comments Off on Seven Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Kitchen

NYS Building Codes have Changed Effective October 1, 2016

AMONG THE CHANGES: Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings Required;  Basements … If you are a builder or contractor in New York State you are probably already aware that as of October 1, 2016 changes were made to the building code as we currently know it.  The code is now updated to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) along with NYS Building Standards and Codes 2016 Uniform Code Supplement. From that code, most of us most often refer to the International Residential Code (IRC) for One- and Two-family Dwellings.   With regard to basements, Building Code already required that habitable basement spaces have an Emergency Egress Window System that provides direct access to the outdoors. This portion of that code remains [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: Building Codes|Comments Off on NYS Building Codes have Changed Effective October 1, 2016

RSS Rugged Structural Screw

GRK's RSS Rugged Structural Screw is made out of Climate coated and hardened steel. Its sharp threads and point bite instantly into any wood product (including hardwood), reducing the splitting effect caused by smaller shanks. There are no sharp edges on its washer type head like conventional lag screws. The RSS screw is made of specially hardened steel to provide you with torque, high tensile, and shear strength. RSS screws which are 3"1/8 and longer have a six threaded CEE thread that enlarges the screw hole for the non-threaded portion of the fastener, allowing the wood to settle easily. It also increases the screw's drawing strength. It is the CEE thread that works to reduce the [...]

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on RSS Rugged Structural Screw

Pratt & Lambert Paint Products

Pratt & Lambert products never compromise paint colors & quality. They continue to deliver with innovative products that work for today’s top designers as well as style conscious consumers. Here is a look at just a few of the newest products offered by Pratt & Lambert. Primer Zero Voc Latex Paint For a great finish you need to start with Primer Zero Voc Latex. It’s low order formulation and even coat coverage makes for a smooth finish. It is also great for priming in occupied areas and dries to the touch in just one hour and a second coat can be applied in just four hours. Redseal Zero VOC Paint For a top coat that is [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: Paints|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pratt & Lambert Paint Products

Zip System Wall Sheathing Tape

This is a one-of-a-kind structural roof and wall system with a built-in energy-efficient barrier that keeps moisture out and reduces air leakage. It installs in only two easy steps. First, install the panels, and second, tape the seams. Fewer steps result in 40% faster installation when compared to traditional housewrap and felt. The ZIP System Sheathing is designed specifically to address the growing need for building performance, comfort and energy efficiency and is the only all-in-one solution that delivers the strength, durability and efficiency of engineered wood while sealing out air and water.  Key Features and Components of ZIP System® Sheathing and Tape High quality structural sheathing panel made of engineered wood delivers strength and durability. [...]

By |August 29th, 2016|Categories: Post Frame Buildings NY|Comments Off on Zip System Wall Sheathing Tape

Celect Siding vs. Fiber Cement Siding

A Closer Look at an Elegant Fiber Cement Siding Alternative Most people are aware of vinyl siding for their homes and businesses. It is a product that is inexpensive comes in a variety of colors and it has been around for quite a while. There are however other types of products that by far have a greater esthetic appeal like you would find in materials such as cedar siding. These two different types of siding are Fiber Cement and Celect siding. While both of these sidings offer much more that what you would find in traditional vinyl siding they are constructed from very different materials from one another and therefore, have different advantages. In appearance fiber cement most often consists [...]

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: Residential Siding|Tags: |Comments Off on Celect Siding vs. Fiber Cement Siding