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Vanity Bath Upgrades-Don Of All Trades

Ancona-Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity-Don Of All Trades

If your budget only allows to make one upgrade to your bathroom décor, consider a new bathroom vanity. Vanities are the focal point of any bathroom. Have you ever noticed how your eyes go right to the mirror? This happens because contemporary bathroom vanities convey the first impression of the room. You gain a great opportunity to get an excellent design return on investment by just simply upgrading one piece.

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently replaced an outdated bathroom vanity including the sink, countertop and faucet and replaced it with this new Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity Model.

The Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity adds a charm to the bathroom décor.  The Seaside Cottage features two cabinet doors and a drawer fitted with soft-closing hardware. The cabinet space and full-extension drawer will help  keep  bath essentials tucked away while the ceramic countertop provides ample room for toiletries. Fully handcrafted by skilled carpenters with 100% environmentally friendly rubber-wood; this premium quality vanity offers exceptional quality, durability and beauty.

 

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Other Features Include:
Wood:
 Antique chestnut wood finish
  • 5 coats of stain applied by hand
  • 100% environmentally friendly rubber wood (no MDF or veneers)
  • Fully handcrafted by skilled carpenters

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Ceramic Countertop:
  • White ceramic countertop
  • 1-integrated sink
  • Drilled for a 1-hole spread faucet (standard hole size)
Soft-Closing Doors:
The Seaside Cottage is designed with two soft-closing cabinet doors which feature charming antique bronze pulls.
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Soft-Closing Drawer:
 The Seaside Cottage is designed with one soft-closing cabinet drawer which features a charming antique bronze knob.
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Assembly required:
 Counter top needs to be affixed to the cabinet base
  • Door pulls and drawer knobs to be screwed into pre-drilled holes
Specifications:
 Mirror not included
  • Faucet and pop-up drain not included
Dimensions (W x D x H):
101.6 cm (40 in.) x 41.91 cm (16.5 in.) x 83.82 cm (33 in.)
Ancona-Seaside Cottage Vanity-Don Of All Trades

This project involved  removing the sink from the vanity. The  water supply lines did not have  shut off valves so we  install two of them.

The next step was removing  the counter top and the original anchored vanity. New vinyl tiles were installed where the old vanity was originally located.

Our client saved money on flooring costs due to the fact that they had saved left over tile from when the floor was originally installed. The floor was grouted  which resulted in a perfect match.

This new Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity Model was installed including the La Toscana Novello Single Handle Lavatory Faucet Model tie everything together.

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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Sheet Vinyl Flooring-Don Of All Trades

Vinyl is a great flooring preference  that fits every décor and budget. Vinyl floors are an affordable option that offers style, durability, and long-lasting performance. When installed correctly over the proper sub-flooring, vinyl is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, and stains.
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Four more great reasons for choosing Vinyl Flooring  listed below.

Upkeep

 Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to care for. You have to make sure that grit and dirt are kept swept free to maintain the surface of the floor. Then you can use a damp mop and an approved vinyl floor cleaner to remove stains.

Comfort

Vinyl flooring does not get cold in the winter, and is generally soft beneath your feet. Some vinyl sheets and tiles have a padded layer that can make walking on these floors even more pleasurable.

  Economical

At the low range, vinyl can cost as little as fifty cents per square foot. However higher end premium vinyl materials can cost as much as ten dollars a square foot. The difference in price is determined by the quality of the tile, and the design options found in the surface.

 Water Resistant

 A well installed vinyl floor is almost impervious to water penetration, making this the perfect material for use in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other high moisture space in the home.
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At Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, our Home Improvement Specialists,  recommended  this type of sheet vinyl to install in the bathroom for two reasons.

Reason Number 1:

The first reason was the concern of a potential “tripping hazard.” Our client has difficulty lifting  his feet high off the ground. The original  bathroom floor tiles were popping off and the  risk of potentially  falling was extremely high. With sheet vinyl you greatly reduce of trips and falls.

Reason Number 2:

And the second reason being that because he is an older gentleman, this  sheet vinyl flooring  would be a warmer flooring alternative in the winter,  giving him more comfort when he utilizes the bathroom facilities.

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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Subway Kitchen Backsplash Install-Don Of All Trades

There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Subway Pattern Kitchen Backsplash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

With this   ceramic wall tile, it’s easy to add a splash of contemporary styling to your decor. This attractive tile features undulated smooth surface in a trendy subway style. Elegant white shades of this glossy ceramic create a distinct pattern for various install projects in  bathrooms, kitchens   and other residential or commercial spaces. 

Did we mention that it is also surprising affordable to have it installed with Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services? Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

 

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Glass mosaic tile kitchen backsplash install by Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
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Up for a DIY Mosaic Tile challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
  • When installing tiles, mix and match tiles from different cartons for a natural look.
  • If you are installing mosaic wall tiles in a shower, it is necessary to install a waterproof membrane.
  • Install any trim or profile strips before installing the mosaic wall tile.
  • Modified thin-sets are generally appropriate for mosaic wall tile installations. Pre-mixed thin-sets are not appropriate for bathroom installations, and should not be used for mosaics featuring glass wall tiles.
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when applying modified thin-set and grout.

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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Helping Hands-Building Trees Of Hope Project

 

Working Together to Make Our Communities Better!

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Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope

At Don Of All Trades, we believe it is important to give back to the community so we have created the Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope Campaign that benefits Herizon House.

By supporting organizations like Herizon House, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

To find out more about Herizon House website please visit their website at: www.herizonhouse.com.

As a local business member and resident of Durham Region for over 20 years, we are trying to make a positive difference through our actions.

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We have created our first Tree of Hope that is currently located in our office. Our goal is to fill our tree by December 31, 2015 with business cards from businesses in the General Toronto Area that donate items from the wish list provided below. We are committed to making our communities a better place for women and children.

Contributors to Tree Of Hope

In order to reach our goal, we are asking for brand new, unopened, still in the manufactures packaging items listed in the Donation Suggestion Wish List provided below.

 

H-H Kalina Naturals

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Marta Raptis Founder of Kalina Naturals for making a contribution to our Tree Of Hope.

H-H Tranqulity Matters

We asked and these two women donated. We want to thank founders Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood Founders of Tranquilty Matters for making a contribution to our Tree Of Hope.

If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, we will keep you informed with regular updates on the progress of our project.

Please get in contact with Don Of All Trades Volunteer Coordinator, Yolanda D’Orazio for the Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope Campaign via email at: info@donofalltrades.ca if you are able to help.

We look forward to working with you and creating a stronger community in Durham Region.

Donation Suggested Wish List

Linens

 Single bed fitted, flat sheets  Pillows
 Comforters and blankets  Bath mats
 Bath and hand towels  Facecloths
 Window Curtains  Shower curtains

Toiletries

 Shampoo/Conditioner  Antiperspirant
 Hair Brushes/Combs  Body Wash/Lotion

Clothing Items

 Ladies running shoes and seasonal footwear  New undergarments and bras
 Children’s seasonal footwear  Children’s seasonal clothing
 Socks  Totes and handbags

Kitchen Items

 Small Kitchen Appliances (i.e.: toasters, kettles, coffee makers, small microwaves, crockpots, etc.)  Cups, glasses
 Dishes  Cutlery and Serving Utensils
 Dish Detergents  Pots and Pans

Non Perishable Food Items

(All Food Donations Welcome, Including 🙂

 Peanut Butter  Canned soups and vegetables
 Jam  Coffee
 Pancake mix and syrup  Cooking oil and spices
 Pasta Sauce  Pasta, noodles and rice
 Crackers, nut-free granola bars, school snacks  Juice Boxes

Additional Items

Gift Cards and certificates for restaurant’s, etc.

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Jaccuzi Tub Tile Repair

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Jacuzzi Tub Tile Repair

 

Project Inspection 

I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a  wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt.  Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached.  We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure  everything matched.  This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…

 

Phase 1: Demolition

The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking.  When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh.  A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.

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By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh.  The next step was  removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.

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Phase 2:  Scratch-Coat

New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands  when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other  injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck.  An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.

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 Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.

My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.

 

 Phase 3:  Tiling

 With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.

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Next stage of the project-grout.  Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.

Phase 4: Finished Product

When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.

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Identifiying The Risk Factors And Making Home Safer For Seniors

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Identifying The Risk Factors  And Making Homes  Safer for Seniorscritical steps in reducing falls and fall-related injuries to seniors at home.

 

 

Did You Know?

Seniors injuries due to falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors, and between 20% and 30% of seniors fall each year.

Facts:

  • 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year, and half of those more than one.
  • 40% of seniors’ falls result in hip fractures.
  • 20%  of injury related-deaths among seniors can be traced back to a fall.
  • Seniors are injured AT HOME more than any other location. The bathroom and stairs are particularly dangerous.

 

Falls and associated end results not only  harm the injured individuals but also affect family, friends, care providers and the health care system.

Most falls occur as a result of compounding factors that combine and overwhelm an older person’s ability to maintain or regain his or her balance.

Research has identified numerous conditions that differentiate between older persons who fall and those who do not fall.

 

Each older person may face a unique combination of risk factors based on life circumstances, health status, health behaviours, economic situation, social supports and the environment. Understanding what puts a person at risk of falling is a critical step in reducing falls and fall-related injuries among older Canadians.

 

Factors in the living environment:

Home hazards that have been demonstrated to increase the risk of falling for older people include throw rugs and loose, worn or deep pile carpets; electrical cords in walkways; raised door sills; cluttered floors; poor lighting; slippery floors; poorly designed tubs, toilets and fixtures in the bathroom; no aids or poorly installed aids such as grab bars or hand rails; and pets that get under foot.

 

What Can I Do To Lower My Risk Of Falling At Home?

You can prevent falls by identifying the hazards and making the needed adjustment’s to your home and lifestyle, and by making sure you eat well, stay fit, and use whatever devices will facilitate your daily life while keeping you safe.

 

Safety

  • Fire escape routes in the home must be kept clear and accessible at all times.
  • Smoke alarms on every floor and outside every bedroom are absolutely necessary. Check the batteries in the alarms regularly.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector that sounds an alarm.
  • Seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing should consider purchasing flashing or vibrating smoke alarms.
  • Areas including stairways, porches and outside walkways should always be kept well-lit.

 

Escape Plan

Family members should update planned fire escape routes plans with seniors   current capabilities in mind, and practice with them. Make sure there are two ways out of each room. Keep hallways and stairs uncluttered. Instruct seniors to call 911 from a neighbor’s house, and not to go back inside their home. If they cannot leave on their own, they should still dial 911. Place a telephone beside the bed, as well as slippers, house keys, eyeglasses and a flashlight.

 

Removing Hazards Around The Home

A senior who may experience problems with balance, walking or have poor eyesight needs to make sure to examine their homes to identify potential hazards. Look to remove or repair items that may cause tripping, such as:

 

 

Bathroom

  • Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub and shower.
  • Install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand. Make sure they are well anchored.
  • Use a raised toilet seat, and a bath seat in the shower, if you need them.
  • Wipe up moisture or spills immediately.
  • Use a long-handled brush or mittens with straps to help with bathing.
  • Install night lights in hallways and bathrooms.

Kitchen

  • Store household items on lower shelves so that you can easily reach them.
  • Store heavy items in lower cupboards
  • If you have to climb for something, use a step stool with handrails
  • Always wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping.
  • Consider using non-skid floor products such as a non-skid floor wax.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.
  • Use a reaching device that you can buy at a medical supply store so you do not need to climb for an item.
  • Replace appliances that are broken or not working properly.
  • Install lighting in areas where sharp tools are used on a regular basis.
  • Do not try to carry too many things at the same time.
  • Have a place near your door where you can place packages and groceries while you close the door and get ready to put items away.

Living Room

  • Keep all areas of the home free from clutter.
  • Get rid of loose wires and cords as well as any other potentially hazardous items that  could potentially cause injury.
  • Dispose of  any loose rugs or scatter mats and replace with one’s that are designed to be non slip.
  • Repairing of  loose carpeting and areas of raised flooring.
  • Check the conditions of stairways and railings and replace with sturdy handrails  accordingly.
  • Consider purchasing a cordless phone or if you have trouble seeing, purchase a phone with larger numbers from a medical supply store.
  • Cover sharp corners on  tables or counter tops in order to avoid serious injuries in the event of a fall.
  • Move of any  furniture and electrical cords out of walking pathways
  • Have good lighting installed throughout the house and install night lights.
  • Always wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.

Stairs

  •  Always make sure that your stairs are well-lit.
  • Check the conditions of stairways and railings and replace with sturdy handrails  accordingly
  • Have solid handrails on both sides of the stairway.
  • Remove any objects or clutter on the stairs!
  • Never rush up or down the  stairs. It’s a major cause for falls.
  • Do not try to carry too many things at the same time.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.

Exterior

  • Keep front Steps and walkways in good repair and free of snow, ice and leaves.
  • Keep the front entrance well-lit.
  • Put gardening tools such as hoses and rakes away when not using them.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.

 

Staying fall-free can help you to stay independent  and avoid the need to enter a long-term care facility. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. Falls usually happen due to the combined effects of factors that can be prevented.

 

On a positive note, many changes are easy to make and inexpensive. Changes can be simple, such as removing rugs. More complicated home modifications may require help of a professional, but there is government and non-profit groups available to help seniors. Some of these services, moreover, may be free of charge or low-cost.

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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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