Video: Quartersawn lumber
Sticking with our lumber theme this week…here’s an interesting video of how to maximize the board feet of lumber with a quartersawn log.
Too much wood
Back in July, Peel Regional Police Tweeted out this image of a DIYer with some 10’ or 12’ foot lengths of lumber hanging out of the drivers’ side windows!
Welcome to our Robot Overlords
The Building Excellence team is working on a piece about home automation and connectivity for the Fall issue. During the research they stumbled upon some pretty amazing videos of robots
NFL season kicks off
The NFL kicks off its 99th season tonight.
Interest Rate Announcement
The Bank of Canada makes its sixth scheduled interest rate announcement…..
A note from Jim: Weatherwise
The team that brings you RC is currently hard at work on the Fall issue of the CHBA’s member magazine, Building Excellence.
Happy Labour Day!
Happy Labour Day! Have a safe and happy holiday. Don’t forget that the kids are back in school on Tuesday.
What’s On Manny’s Mind?!? Team Work
Any large renovation or custom homebuilding project needs to be a collaborative effort between everyone involved – the owner, contractor, architect, designer, and structural and mechanical engineers. Collaboration is not a nice to have, it’s a must have.
Video: A pilot project in Toronto, HomeShare, aims to combat two housing issues in the city: a lack of affordable spaces for young people, and companions for seniors living on their own.
Home exchanges 101
One of the features in our Aug./Sept. 2018 issue, “Loving Frank,” is about a home exchange managing experience editor Allan Britnell recently had in Chicago. (The home was an early Frank Lloyd Wright design.) Here’s a sidebar from that piece on home exchanges.
Recall Roundup: Flos Pendant Lights
Potential Problem: The glass diffuser can detach and fall on someone.
This weekend Montreal plays host to the eighth of nine events in the ITU World Triatholon Series.
Recall Roundup: Envi High-Efficiency Electric Panel Heater
Poorly crimped wiring can lead to overheating and a fire risk. There have been more than 300 incidents reported in the U.S. and Canada.
Worried About Weed
The Conference Board of Canada recently released a report that found that more than half of Canadian businesses are concerned about the workplace implications when the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal
The Union of Concerned Scientists and U.S. real estate website Zillow combined climate change and realty data ……
Toronto’s CN Tower is about to get some company at the top of the city’s skyline.
Cintas Canada holds an annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest for commercial commodes.
Usually the fancy painting goes on the inside of the house. A Florida couple painted the exterior of their home to look like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night …
Premier League season starts
Suffering from post-World Cup football withdrawal?
OS&B Press Release
Team Epping Announces Partnership with OS&B for 2018-2019 Season
Video: DIY Cement
You think mixing bags of cement is a pain? Try making it from scratch.
In April, the CHBA surveyed 1,500 Canadians across the country for their thoughts on homeownership. Some of the key findings were ……
Here’s an item we originally planned to run in our Great Outdoors Issue but ran out of, um, storage space
Beer Bricks: Raise a toast to this noble but failed idea
In the 1960s, Alfred Henry Heineken, grandson of the eponymous brewery’s founder, decided his company should do something to help combat world poverty, and the housing shortage in underdeveloped countries in particular.
GreenOn is Off
One of new Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s first actions was to cancel the hastily assembled GreenOn energy efficiency rebate program.
Tools of the Criminal Trade
Not that we’d ever suggest you put down your toolbelt to take up a life of crime, but we were certainly intrigued by this Bloomberg Businessweek photo essay
Shock Therapy: A warning to plumbers working with water meters
I froze not knowing if I should reattach the meter and possibly complete the ground through myself. Then, about 10 seconds later, the copper ground that was attached to the pipe going out of the home started buzzing, hissing, and smoking and this scared me further into not wanting to touch anything.
Porter-Cable Cordless (and Corded) Tile Saws
Another year, another batch of tools cut their cords. Porter-Cable has just launched a cordless, tabletop-style wet tile saw.
Great Upheaval Day
July 28 marks Great Upheaval Day, which commemorates the Acadians being expelled from the Maritimes
Toronto’s Traffic Officially Sucks
Anyone who lives and works around the Greater Toronto area knows that traffic is bad. In rush hour, it seems that everyone who lives in the east end works in the west, and vice versa.