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Helping Hands-Building Trees Of Hope Project

 

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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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Welcome Spring-Exterior Home Maintenance Tips

 

 

As we say good bye to this past winter’s bitter cold that seemed like it would never end, nothing motivates homeowners more like sunny days and warmer weather.

Get a head start and welcome Spring with these great exterior home maintenance tips by Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

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 Chimney

Implementing a chimney maintenance plan is always critical for insuring the safety of your home and family. The function of a chimney is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood, oil or furnace and boiler gases safely out of your home.   Chimney fires are entirely preventable with proper care and cleaning. Inspect the exterior of the chimney for sings of damage. Have the flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

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 Downspouts  and Gutters

Routine gutter and downspout maintenance can save a homeowner on repair costs. Get prepared before the Spring Rains begin.  You will be amazed at how much debris has collected over such a short time. Clean out any leaves and tree branches that could cause an issue. Often, clogging occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. This can be easily inspected by taking it off and looking for any debris that can cause it to clog.

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Garden Hoses

An inspection of the outside hose faucets checking for any  signs of leaks is important, especially in colder climates where hoses have been left on the hose bib over the winter.  If the water supply pipe has frozen, the pipe can expand and crack. This pipe will leak and should be replaced a soon as possible by a certified plumber before costly water damage occurs.

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Caulking

Spring is a great time to get out and  check the caulking around doors and windows. Proper caulking keeps moisture away and helps with drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent mold.

 

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Walkways

Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. Take advantage of the warmer weather approaching to patch cracks and replace any loose bricks and pavers. Power washers are a great tool to clean out that embedded dirt, grime and stains in asphalt, concrete or stone.

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Air-conditioning Units

Hire a qualified heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the outside unit of the air-conditioning system.  An annual maintenance service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels and work more efficiently.

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Mr. Don D’Orazio,  President/CEO Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Summary  By being pro active and executing home maintenance procedures inside and out once Spring comes around, you’ll be able to enjoy more outdoor activities with friends and family member this summer. Enjoy peace of mind by getting a head of the game before costly and timely repairs become an issue.

Do you take the time to prepare your house properly for spring?

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High Impact- High-Style Way To Add Beauty And Value To Your Home

 

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Recently I was in my local hardware store and I came across a product display of Peel & Stick Metal Tile by a company called Aspect. Well, I’m always on the look out for new products for our clients and I just had to share. This product gives off a high impact, high-style way to add beauty and  value to your home.

If you’re looking into upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with a product that’s clean, affordable and well,  on a mission to complete a Do It Yourself project or are considering  hiring a local home improvement company to install them for you, well here is Peel & Stick Metal Tile project that might be right for you!  Aspect Peel & Stick Metal Tiles come in varies finishes such as Champagne, Stainless Steel, Bronze and Copper. As well they come in a long grain and short grain direction.

You can achieve that high impact, modern look of metal at a fraction of the cost. Choose from many styles, shapes and colours to suit your every mood. Aspect Peel and Stick Metal Tiles are Eco-Friendly and manufactured from 50% recycled materials and 100% recyclable. So what’s your style? To find out more visit Aspect Peel & Stick Metal Tile’s Website at:  www.aspectideas.com.

 

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Summary of Installation According The Instructions:

Plan and Prep

With so many tile patters to choose from, choose the design that best fits your style and decor. Prepare and prime the surface you’re applying tile on. This product can be installed over most structurally sound substances if they are clean, smooth, dry and free of dust, wax and grease.

Layout & Measurements

All area to be covered must be measured. Lay out the entire project on a flat surface, like a table or the floor, before installing the tiles to be sure you have enough tiles and your design correct. Using a chalk line, create at least two reference lines to guide tile placement.

 

Peel and Stick & Enjoy!

“Dry Fit” Tile against the wall exactly where it will be placed. Once stuck, it stays stuck.

Remove the backing from the tile to expose the adhesive, and align the tile where you want it and press into place.

Firmly press the tile over its entire surface area to be sure it adheres properly. Install remaining tiles in the same fashion as above.

 

According to the labelled instructions: Minimal Tools Required

–  Measuring Tape

–  Straight Edge

–  Pencil or Other Non-Permanent Marker

 

If Cutting Tiles Tools Required:

– An Electric Jigsaw is recommended

– A Hacksaw, miter saw, or sharp utility knife will also work

–  Fine-grit sandpaper (400-600 grit)

DIY Aspect Backsplash Tile Installation Video

 

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Expert Advice on Functional Furniture Placement

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Sue Pitchforth Owner/Principal Decorator/Stager Of Decor Therapy Plus
I hear all the time from my clients that they are nervous and not sure about how to angle their furniture in a room.  Most homeowners have their furniture lined up against the wall  – many times this might not be the best and most functional furniture placement for them.

Why not try to angle your couch, dining table, chairs?  If you don’t like it you can place it back the way you had it.

Here are a few examples of how angling furniture really adds interest and energy to a room.  Have fun changing the flow and feel of your room.

Photos courtesy  Decor Therapy Plus

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Tips On Sealing Natural Slate Tile Flooring

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I have included some information for my readers who are planning on sealing their Natural Stone Flooring. These photos are  the end result of a project I completed recently.  I am very pleased at the outcome. These floors look FANTASTIC!

Buy a penetrating sealer specifically designed for natural stones with silicon content. This type of sealer penetrates the stones’ pores for firm adhesion and closes the pores with its silicon formulation. If the tile grout is unsealed, it will be practical to purchase a 2-in-1 sealer that seals both the tiles and the grout.

You may choose either the spray-on or the brush-on type. The brush-on type can be applied with paint or roller brush. This type of sealant is cheaper as compared to the spray-on type. The latter, however, provides convenience in application, since you only have to spray it on the tiles’ surface.

Slate typically comes from Brazil, Vermont, China and India. The Brazilian and Vermont slates tend to have a low absorption rate, while Indian and Chinese have variable absorption rates. The softer slates need more attention with sealants before and after installation than do the harder slate tiles. Slate is a metamorphic rock, starting as a sedimentary rock and with pressure and temperature over time became slate. Because it has some porosity, you may want to seal it to keep it from staining.

The preparation needed before sealing your slate floor tiles is to clean all slate surfaces, and let them dry thoroughly before applying one coat of the penetrating tile sealer. There are surface, or topical, sealers, but the penetrating sealer gives your stone tile better protection, and looks better longer. Apply the sealer in a thin coat, following the grain of the slate and let it dry for at least two hours and reapply (your specific product will tell you how long between coats to let it dry).

After you have applied your coat of penetrating slate tile sealant, let cure for at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. The longer you can let it cure before walking on it, the better protection you will have, and the longer the finish will last.

Maintaining your slate floor is easy. Just clean it with mild soap and water, and dry mop or vacuum in between washings. If you are accustomed to waxing floors, you are in for a treat because wax isn’t necessary on slate. Wax won’t hurt the slate, but will obscure it’s natural beauty, turn the tiles a darker shade, and may yellow the grout; all good reasons to not wax your floor.

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$50 Refrigerator Ice & Water Filter Can Save You $$$$ Thousands!!!

 

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A previous client of mine hired Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services to restore damage to their hardwood, carpeting and drywall on the first and lower level of their home caused by their refrigerator that had an ice and water system.  So what caused all this damage? Neglect of changing their Refrigerator Ice & Water Filter. In fact, they had never changed it since they purchased a side by side door model similar to the one in the photo below. When I asked why they never changed it, their response was they never even realized they had to!

My clients explained that the plastic line was located behind the fridge,  so visually, they  couldn’t see it leaking. They later noticed their hardwood floors located  several feet away from the fridge began buckling. It didn’t clue in at this point that it was related to the fridge. 4 days passed when the wife went to the laundry room located in the basement and noticed that floor was completely flooded due to  line being  backed up  and it had completely saturated through the first floor and right through the basement ceiling. Water had run thought the joist that ended up causing thousands of dollars in damage. Carpeting in the basement had to be replaced including damaged drywall as the water had penetrated it as well.

 

Moral of this story?

Change Your Refrigerator’s Ice Water & Filter Regularly before you choke on the next ice-cold glass of water!

 

 

 

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This was the side by side Whirlpool Fridge with Water and Ice Dispenser Model my client currently own.

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It is recommended that you replace your disposable filter every 6 month. According to the manufacturer information on the label, this filter model 4396508 reduces 6 contaminants which include: Lead & Mercury, Chlorine Taste & Odor, Particles, Benzene and Toxaphene. I replace our filter   every 6 months OR when the indicator light comes on.

Tip: Where ever you purchase your new filter from, please be sure to doublecheck the product inside before you purchase it. Why? Last time I purchased a new one I got home to find out the box I got from the shelf (I thought was brand new) was actually a used one some had placed inside the box! I had to go back and explain it to the  customer service desk at my local hardware store.

 

 

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Sneak Peak of Don’s Personal Spice Garden

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The May 24 weekend has come and gone. Along with other’s I have been working on cleaning up my yard over the last 3 weeks and taking advantage the warm weather we have had this month. Every year I purchase my vegetable plants from Vandermeer’s Nursery & Garden Centre a local business here in Durham Region. Vandermeer’s has been around since 1976 and I love their story and their huge selection of plants, knowledge and customer service.

“Peter Vandermeer sold his share of his greenhouse business in Holland and emigrated to Canada in 1974 with his wife and daughter. Two years later, he purchased 5 acres in Niagara on the Lake and started building.

He began growing commercial chrysanthemums under contract, but this was not working out to his satisfaction, so he changed over to spray chrysanthemums. Eventually he started selling directly to wholesalers, which now make up 95% of our customer base.” to read more about Peter Vandermeer’s story and to find their location please  check out:    http://www.vandermeergreenhouses.ca/.

 

Years ago, a friend of mine was  in the process of reconstructing a retaining wall at his home. I took the opportunity to take home some of that retaining wall and build a raised spice garden in my yard. Let me tell you, these blocks were heavy but well worth the hard work! I came up with a simple design with what materials I had to work with and below has been my end result. I absolutely love it!

 

I have planted my assortment of fresh basil, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, chives, parsley and many more! Here’s a glimpse of my spice garden. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

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