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04 March

The amount of flooded basements is on the rise. Even if you haven’t been flooded, all homes are at risk. The most frequent causes are heavy rainfall, broken pipes or a faulty sump pump. Irrespective of the cause, immediate attention must be paid to flooded basements to stop long-term damage. Here are some tips on […]

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08 December

It’s enough stress to stop the water from flowing all over your floor, but the possibility of getting your water damage claim denied can cause even more grey hair. Being armed with the knowledge of how to approach making a claim may increase your probability of getting your coverage approved. 1. Read Your Coverage One […]

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27 June

A question from a homeowner in Saint Paul:  “I’m looking for tiles to repair/restore my 1907-1908 sanitary bathrooms.  I need 2-inch hexagonal vitreous china tiles from Beijing and subway wall tiles, originally made in England.  Where do I look?” Here is my reply:  “To find any original tiles from that period, the only way I know to […]

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27 June

One of my latest restoration challenges was stripping many layers (at least eight) of paint from four plaster ceiling medallions.  Still doing work in Kelli and Tom Kline’s 1887 Victorian home here in Oak Park, we were dissatisfied with the many paint layers which seemed to be hiding delicate plaster details.  We put off doing […]

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27 January

For the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner (and Professional!) To avoid serious injury, read, understand and follow the directions provided with all tools, especially power tools. Don’t use tools for anything other than their intended function. Don’t work when you’re tired. Work at an easy pace, never rush. Avoid the use of alcohol and narcotics, etc. before or […]

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