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Happy Birthday Canada!

 

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On July 1st, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. It’s a national holiday to commemorate Canada’s Birthday and  is  a statutory holiday. Canada Day represents the British North America Act, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada that was originally called Dominion Day. This holiday was renamed in 1982.

To some, Canada is well-known for its Inventors, Oil, Hockey, Healthcare and Bitterly Cold Winters. As a Canadian myself, I am happy for our Tim Horton’s, Beaver Tails, Toque and  even our accents eh? Canada is a beautiful country and I am Proud to be Canadian!

Happy Birthday Canada! We Love You Canada along with your Beauty and Glory!

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Read For Yourself!

I cannot stress the importance of providing  excellent customer service and providing top-notch work.  Below are just a few wonderful comments our clients have to say about our services. Bravo to our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!

 

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1:  I cannot say enough positive things about the work that Don D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades did at my home. Don was professional, prompt, extremely clean and true to his word on the cost of the project. He is honest in all of his business dealings and very trust worthy.

Don is one of the few contractors I have dealt with who does what he says he will do and who shows up when he says he will on time and finishing the work on the day discussed.

Dealing with Don means a job well done with no surprise invoices at the end of the job. The quality of his work was absolutely first-rate and I will continue to use his services and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Mary Anne P | Ajax

 

2:  Actually Dan, I’m the one that’s thankful. You did a great job and you can be sure that I will be calling you back. Both my wife and I are pretty excited to have someone we can call for any job around the house big or small. You provide a valuable service and at a fair price but best of all, you actually care about the quality of your work. Many Thanks again!

Greg | Ajax

 

3:  Don of all Trades was approached to do a bathroom renovation, one designed to accommodate the needs of a 97-year-old veteran. The subsequent renovation became a full-scale reconstruction going far beyond the original. Many contractors might have walked away from what Don was facing, but being a consumer professional, he stayed the course while remaining within the budget, creating a walk-in shower complete in both form and function. I would have no hesitation in recommending Don for any project.

Gorden | Ajax

 

4:  Hi Don:

Just wanted to thank you for the excellent job you did of my kitchen and bathroom floors. Looks great! I know it will make a big
difference to me in making it easier for me to keep up without having  to bother other people. I also appreciate very much that everything was completely cleaned up  when you left. I will be sure to let others know and if I have other work needing  done I will most certainly think of you first! Again many thanks

Sue | Oshawa

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Let’s Talk – Caulk

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So you’ve the done the rounds and investigated all the areas around your home and have come across some drafts around your windows and doors. Now what? It’s time to talk-caulk. Caulking is a wonderful product with a multitude of purposes around the home. Caulk can be used to fill gaps in almost any material. Caulk gives a nice finished look to your bathroom tub and kitchen sink, to toping of baseboard to trim or finishing imperfections in crown moulding. And the list goes on. Don t’ get overwhelmed by the many different types of caulk at your local home improvement store. Below is a list of caulk available and tips for which caulk you should use for improvements around your home.

So What Is Caulk? 

 Caulk is a kind of sealing material that is used to form a hard coating on a porous surface (as a coat of paint or varnish used to size a surface. The function of caulking is to provide thermal insulation, control water penetration. This is mostly done with ready-mixed construction chemicals sold as caulk such as silicone, polyurethane, polysulfide,  sylil-terminated-polyether or polyurethane and acrylic sealant. Unlike construction caulk, which is applied where no building movement is expected, a sealant is made of elastomeric materials that typically allow movement of 25% to 50% of the width of the joint. Silicone sealants form a durable, water-tight seal, but are not typically paintable. Some silicone sealants are made to be paintable with certain types of paint such as water or oil-based paints. Other sealants are paintable

One-component sealants are commonly sold in cartridges which are loaded into a pistol-like caulking gun (opening at the side) or barrel gun (opening at the end) for application. During the tool-working time, which varies by chemistry, the bead can be pressed into the joint so that it can bond with the materials on both sides, and also be smoothed. The time it takes for a chemical sealant to become a rubber is known as the curing time and varies by temperature and humidity. Issues of technique that may not be obvious to first-time users.

Deciding Which Caulk To Use?

Before you purchase caulk, consider these few  key factors that will  play an important role in helping you decide the right “caulk” for the job.

Interior or Exterior?- Note: Some caulk are specifically designed for indoor or out-door use only. Depending on your project, you may want to look into purchasing an indoor or out-door caulk.

How Hard Is It To Apply?  Running out of caulk while you’re working on your project is not a good thing. There are some caulk that are much easier to apply than others. Keep in mind your level of caulk expertise and come back with that 3rd tube of caulk that is now hard to apply.

Temperature Something To Consider: Consider the temperature in the place where you are going to put the caulk.  Some types of caulk can withstand extreme temperatures while others can’t.  This can severely affect performance.

-Moisture: Be aware that some caulk are uniquely designed to be installed in high moisture areas e.g.: bathrooms. Using the wrong caulk could impact its adhesion, durability and performance.

Different Types Of Caulk:

Polyurethane Caulk

This type of caulk is the best for almost any application, but it can be difficult to use and requires mineral spirits to clean up. It can be painted.

Elastomeric Caulk

This type of caulk is an excellent choice for most porous surfaces because of its flexibility and adhesion properties, its ease of use and water clean up.

Latex Caulk

Although it tends to be less expensive, latex caulk will harden when exposed to the elements so its durability is questionable and it’s not the best choice for exterior surfaces.

Siliconized Acrylic Caulk

The most popular caulk and easiest to use, this is a good choice for most applications.

Synthetic Rubber Caulk

Known for excellent adhesion, the ability to stretch and recover and for mildew resistance.

Butyl Caulk There are numerous problems with butyl caulk. They’re difficult to use, dry slowly, require solvent clean up and have a tendency to shrink excessively and harden and crack quite prematurely.
Within each category of caulk, look for one with a 50 year warranty. It’s worthwhile to pay a little more for a better grade of caulk.

Doing the Work
Once you’ve chosen the right caulk, make sure that the surface you’re applying it to is clean. If the old caulk has failed, scrape it out and wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove dirt or residue. Make sure the surface is clean and dry so that the new caulk will adhere properly. Weather conditions are important as a water-based sealant can’t be used when it’s wet outside and if it’s too cold, a water-based caulk won’t cure. Read the label. Check required drying time. Some caulk can be painted with a water-based paint within four hours, but you must wait twenty-four hours to use an oil-based product, including a primer. Read the label. Sometimes the caulk will shrink, making a second application necessary. Read the label to determine how long you must wait to  re-caulk.

Prepare the tube for use by cutting the tip at a 45° angle. If you’re using a water-based product, have a bucket of water and a cloth at hand. Apply the caulk in a continuous and even bead with no gaps. For the best appearance, lightly wet your index finger and smooth the bead.

Choosing the right caulk may not be an exciting topic, but it’s one that’s well worth knowing something about.

Educate Yourself! Ask Questions BEFORE You Hire A Company For Renovation Services

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As an owner and operator here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, I would like to share a short list of questions commonly asked by my clients as well  as questions my clients should ask any contractors they choose to hire for their projects, whether its residential or commercial.

When planning any project weather it may be as simple as painting a room to an entire remodelling project,  I still find people don’t ask enough questions. Even with the HORROR STORIES you hear about on social media, television, radio and newspapers!   From my professional experience the 3 most commonly asked questions are  “How much is it going to  cost?”  “When can you start? and “When can you get it done by?”.

I  encourage my clients to ask me as many questions as they would like because yes Price, Timing and Finishing is just not enough to ask a contractor, handyman or renovator you may choose to hire for your project. In all seriousness, Timing may be  “everything” if you’re a comedian, but in  “real” world of renovations, this word does not always apply. Learn how to ask the right questions If you want to have a successful modeling project. How? Do research. You need to start asking the right questions.  Here’s some of the most common concerns and questions asked by my clients.

– When is my availability to start?

-When will the project be finished?

-What time of the day would I be at their residence or business every morning?

-What time would I quit for the day?

-Would I be coming to do the work everyday?

-Can I finish before Christmas, Easter, Thanks Giving, etc.

-How much do I charge per square foot?

These questions will not tell you much about any contractor but while a reasonable timetable is important, this shouldn’t be the primary focus at  an interview or a job and neither should the budget.  If you find a contractor that is reputable and trustworthy, the budget and timing will work itself out in the end. I would recommend focusing more on finding someone whom  you can trust and the quality of their work. 

Before you decide on hiring a company to do your project, make sure to do your homework. Ask the company about their business practices, and experiences  in similar home projects as yours. Once you choose a contractor you feel comfortable and confident with, then you can discuss when they can start, what time they can know on your door each morning and what time they will leave so you can have your house to yourself again.

Helpful questions to ask BEFORE signing a contract:

-How long have you been in business?

-Who will be the project supervisor?

-Who Will be working on my project? Are there subcontractors or employees?

-Does your company have workman’s compensation and liability insurance?

-How many projects such as mine have you done before?

-Would I be able to get a list of references of those of whom you’ve done the similar job as mine ?

-Can I get a copy of referrals?

A Final Note.  It’s not so important as  the answers you get but to look more into the answers you don’t get. Asking the right questions isn’t always enough, pay attention your instinct and what information is missing BEFORE you hire.

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Getting the Exterior of your Home Ready for Winter

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Just a few tips on how to keep your home’s exterior “winterize” for the upcoming winter months:

Things to do before the cold weather starts Outside the Home:

– Check the gutter systems outside your home. Be mindful for any broken or leaking gutters, and repair them as soon possible. Clear out any leaves and other debris that tend to collect over the summer and fall seasons. Doing this will reduce the risks of leaks and blockages during freezing weather.

– Insulate any water pipes in exposed places.

– Make sure the roof is in good condition. Check for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. If you’ve been putting off the task replacing the shingles over the last few years, well now’s a good time to get them replaced. Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps and replace shingles.

– Central Air conditioning systems : Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt. Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose will extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.

– Exterior Faucets
Commonly Known as hose bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bib. Your garden hoses should be disconnected from the sill cocks or outside faucets and drained if stored outside.

– Any outdoor furniture and garden accessories, lighting, should be stored in a dry place such a shed or a garage. If you lack storage space and have the room, you may even use space in your basement to protect your items from the winter elements.
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Can I Use Your Bathroom Please?

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Personally, I don’t have a problem letting someone I’ve hired to do work in or outside of our home to  use our facilities but I ‘ve often wondered how my clients  would feel. Curious from a professional view on how a customer would feel.

I would love to read your comments!

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Is A “Free Estimate” Really FREE????

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There’s a ton of businesses out there that provide their potential clients a “Free Estimate” or “Free Quote” in order to earn that clients business. These types of services put the client in a powerful position and gives them much variety on who to use for their services BEFORE they buy! It’s a good thing as a consumer to get out there and get as many quotes as you feel  comfortable with before you plan to use these services in your home or business. Sometimes these free estimates may be too high or too low. Some “Inflated” estimates are just that,  “Inflated” and low estimates may just be too good to be true when you get the invoice for added expenses that weren’t included in that price once the project is finished.   So how do you know which estimate  to use?

Being in the home renovation industry, I can tell you my clients do get free estimates yes, but estimates in reality are not really free. My time is money but I am willing to invest and educate  myself and my clients  with what is to be involved in their project to the best of my ability, and to better build a trusting relationship and to give them the best price for them. From, my experience these are the concerns and direction as to what’s involved in my Free Estimates;

–  Booking the time to meet a client

– Going to their home or business involves  gas, time and kilometers on vehicle

– Spending as much time together with a client during personal one consultation

– Understanding, Communicating and recording what exactly what the client needs and expectations are

– Assessing the project to be done. Example- Bathroom renovation: Any water damage, mold, or structural issues with floor, walls, etc. issues  that can be seen externally?

– Sometimes, a room looks great on the outside but once you start pulling tiles off to be replaced, there more issues that you find that you didn’t even know existed which extends your budget, time and scope of the project

– Going out and finding what materials are going to cost and  doing your research at the best price for your customer

– Figuring out a date when project is to begin and to be  completed by.

– Creating a contract between  client and business

And the list goes on and on. So as you can see. From a business prospective, a Free Estimate for us as a business is not really free but again it’s the cost of doing business and great for your potential client and it shows that your honest, experienced, knowledgeable, organized and have a mutual understanding between you and your client as far as what is to be involved into to project from start to finish.

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