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Category Archive for "Good Deals"

Whole House Fan Season In Boise

Boise is the perfect place for Whole House Fans. It has all the climactic conditions to use them for about 3 months of the year. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, I get calls annually that sound something like this. My second story it so hot in the evening the air condition is struggling to...

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I got a guy for that page debuts

My friends from back east say this all the time. They say it with an accent “I-got-guy” It sort of rolls off the tongue as one word. Who wouldn’t want a referral from a trusted source? Think of the aggravation you would save. I can hear it now, “Joe do you got a guy for______________”?...

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How long should my “Blank” last?

I’ve recently entered into several conversations about how long things should last. What a great question. “It depends” I usually respond. Is it me or did big ticket items used to be built to last several decades. We believed that American made as an example meant the darn thing should last a hell of a...

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A funny thing happened on the way to the landfill

As you know, we recently deconstructed several structures for clients and delivered a tremendous amount, (thousands of pounds) of wood to the shredder. I decided to write more about what happens to the wood after it is left in the pile at the landfill. Everyone looks at the mountains of wood and tree limbs to...

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Can I Finance My Remodeling Project?

I saw a commercial last night on TV. “You could have your bathroom remodeled by a national franchise for as little as $125/month.” Sounds too good to be true don’t you think? This is their big pitch year in and year out. I love to solve my client’s problems. How the heck can I compete...

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I’ve Got Those Big Box Blues

Yes, I’ve got those big box bluuuuuues. How many of you can say the same thing? I even saw a TV commercial for something recently that was mocking them hard. What every town needs is an old fashioned hardware type store where the employees know what (H. E. Double hockey sticks) they are talking about....

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Who Needs an In Home Medication Safe?

I recently attended a gala dinner fundraiser for Second Chance, a shop that sells used building materials in Boise, Idaho. It was a fundraiser to support alcohol and drug rehabilitation. They provide safe housing and have no religious affiliation. During the meal, several speakers gave heart wrenching stories of tragedy based upon pharmaceutical drug abuse...

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Code Upgrade Coverage Confusion

Each of us homeowners most likely has a code upgrade clause in our homeowners insurance policy. If not, get that insurance rider! It is worth every cent. The purpose is to have the home brought up to the current code if a disaster strikes (loss occurs) and rebuilding is required. No contractor would be able...

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What is sweat equity ?

Do we really have to sweat? No, but it does happen from time to time. Sweat Equity is the labor that you want to bring to the table. We admire folks who want to work on their own homes. We understand that not everyone has the time, talent, ability, or tools. That being said, we...

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Idaho Power Deal

I came across this flyer in my power bill this month. Levco is always on the look out for good deals for their clients. It looks like and offer that is too good to refuse. Manufactured homes have thinner walls and in most cases less insulation that traditional  homes. They are positioned in a way...

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