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Front Walkway Rebuild

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Previously this week I had a client hire our services to redo a slab front walkway. My client decided to incorporate some of the original slabs along with the new. Items on the list to purchase in order to complete this project just to name a few was screening product, new slabs to replace broke ones. Gaiters edge, and landscaping spikes.

 

I basically tore out everything and started from scratch. My client was addressing major water damage issues. We corrected the problem by putting 1/4 inch slope going away from the house with the screening and the new slabs.

 

Using gaiter edging, will keep all slabs in place even after the frost gets to it. New grading should correct the water situation. Doesn’t look like a big job, bit don’t kid yourself!!!  30 feet of new walkway is more time consuming work that you may think.  Don’t forget the front steps were moved and replaced back due to the fact they were sinking.  All in all, the front walkway looks so much better, is safer and adds more curb appeal.

I have included some of the before and after photos.

 

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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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Spring Home Maintenance Tips: Inside and Out

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Now that winter has come and gone and you’re like most of us who welcomes Spring with open arms, keep in mind that this is the perfect opportunity to consider getting your home ready for spring.

Enjoy some helpful tips below on how to get  your home ahead of the game as the warmer weather approaches.

Indoor:

Furnace Maintenance:

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Spring is a perfect time to clean or replace your #furnace filter. Reusable filters can be washed down and re installed. Disposable filters should be replaced with a new one. Dirty filters lower your HVAC system’s efficiency so it’s a good idea to change them accordingly.

Air-conditioning Maintenance:

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It’s a good idea to check your #air-conditioning system before the hot summer season approaches . You’ll be glad you did. Summer is high peak season for air conditioning installs and  service technicians which means you might be on a long waiting list. Why sweat it out? Be prepared and ready now so you can focus on enjoying the warmer weather without having to worry about repairs and maintenance.

Caulking:

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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.

Smoke Alarms:

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Test your #smoke #alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months.  Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.  Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

  • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
  • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
  • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
  • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing.   Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
  • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
  • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
  • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
  • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it.  Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.

Outdoor Lighting:

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Change Outdoor Bulbs:

Take the time to safely clean  your outdoor #lighting fixtures and replace any burnt out# bulbs with energy-saving CFL replacements.

Restoring Luster To Your Front Door:

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Your entrance is the first thing people see when they come by, so why not make your home stand out from the rest? Although painting your entire exterior would be a big to-do, giving just your door a new look is a doable DIY — and it packs a lot of punch. Put out a clean, new welcome mat — and make sure the doorbell works.

Repairing Your Walkways:

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Nothing says curb appeal like an inviting walkway leading to your front porch. Redoing your walkway is an easy way to add value and clean up the appearance of your home. 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.

Planting Foliage and Shrubbery:

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Shrubs are one of the many  essentias to every garden. For starters, shrubs provide year-round interest. Many also have berries that are attractive to birds or flowers that draw butterflies. Because they have structure from season to season, shrubs can provide crucial shelter for wildlife during autumn and winter. And of course, shrubs supply beautiful foliage, wonderful bark texture, and amazing blooms, too. There are lots of shrubs to choose from — dwarf species to more mature sizes as well as different growth patterns and structures.

Drawing up a plan on where to place your plants before you plant is a great way to get an idea of how your shrubs and foliage design plan  is going to look. And if you don’t like it, you can easily change your plan around before you’ve already completed the job. Less work and headache. You can easily hide unattractive aspects of your home or yard for example air-conditioning units, by planting bushes or hedges around them. Don’t forget to add colour and curb appeal to your home all summer long  by adding hanging baskets and window boxes on your front porch.

Prune and Mulch:

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Pruning may be good for plants, but bad pruning can be tough on both the plant and your hands. Be sure you choose the right tool for the task, to avoid tearing and damaging a plant. Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any obstructive plantings. Spreading mulch around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look and can help minimize weeding.

Freshen Up  Outdoor Furniture:

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Today, we live in what seems to be a “disposable” society. Bring back your outdoor furniture by giving it a new, clean and fresh vibrant look.  Try spraying  a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the damaged cushions.  If you have the space, try filling  an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a modern bench or porch swing.

Keeping It Clean:

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Winter may be gone but there are still reminders  of debris left over under that melted snow. Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs.

Cleaning Gutters:

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Checking your downspouts and gutters can save you a lot of money and repair costs. Get a head of the game before the Spring Rains begin.  You may have a lot of collected debris. Clear out any tree limbs, leaves, branches and any other debris that could cause an issue. In a lot of cases, clogging occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Make sure to take time to take it off and inspect it for clogging. You’d be surprised what you’ll find inside!

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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!

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Tips On Getting Your Gardens Ready For Spring

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Spring officially sets in on March 20th and although it may not seem like it, any true gardener will tell you that as soon as the holidays end, our minds are focused on that garden. Here are a few things any gardener can do to satisfy that “gardening” itch, in the bleak of mid winter.

Compost Set Up Area:

Composting is one the best things you can do as a gardener. Compost is the black gold of the gardener’s world and you can also create it yourself out of food and yard waste. You’ll be using that waste instead of dumping it in the trash can, you’ll be saving money, and you’ll be loving on your garden. There’s really no point in discussion.

So find a nice, flat area somewhere near the house or garden and enlist some help in setting up a very basic composting system, which doesn’t require much but air, fresh material, and something to hold it all in (an old trash can with holes poked in it, a three-sided structure of hay bales or cement blocks, a small area of mesh fencing).

Containers For Seedlings:

If you’ve always been a “last-minute gardener” – purchasing your leggy seedlings and popping them in the ground right before the weather shoots up to high heat – then this is your year to get a head start and enjoy every moment of spring gardening. Start saving small containers (egg cartons are superb) for those seedlings you can grow yourself; in many areas of the country, you’ll want to get those seeds growing in February so they will be ready to plant  in the ground by April or May. Check this planting calendar from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for the right planting dates for your area (just type your location in the box).

Ordering Seeds:

This may be every gardener’s favorite part: browsing the seed catalogs and websites and picking out which plants to grow this year. Make sure to order your seeds now so you’ll have them in time to start planting them indoors. There are several fabulous organic seed suppliers online. You can order from the website or request a catalog to browse at your leisure:

Preparing Your Soil:

Depending on your location, the only soil prep you may be able to do at this point is just say a little prayer for it. But in many part of the country, days of snow and ice will be interspersed with days of warmer weather and thawed ground. On those days, get out there and do as much work as possible to break up the soil. If you have a larger garden plot, getting a tiller in there on a good day can be extremely helpful. Just digging up the soil is good, as it aerates and loosens and prepares it for planting. But you can also work in compost (well-rotted), manure (well-cured), or other additives depending on the type of soil you have.

Prepare You Potting Area and Garden Tools:

  Claim a corner in the garage, workshop, or patio as your own. Pull out that old, dusty table from the attic or spare bedroom. Give it a bright, cheery coat of paint on a sunny day, set it up, and you’ve got a brand-new potting area ready. Next find all those garden tools and get them ready for spring-time use by scrubbing them down with something a bit abrasive like a scrubbing pad to remove any caked-on dirt or rust. Give them a light coat of oil on the metal parts, then store them in a bucket of sand to keep them rust-free and sharp until planting time comes.

This is My Season

 

Fall here in Canada is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Absolutely love the changes in the colours of the leaves on all of the trees. It’s beautiful.

Fall tends to make my wife and I to go out and enjoy nature more. Although it’s a short season it comes and goes pretty quickly so we try

and enjoy as much of this beautiful season has to offer. Fall to me is hot chocolate, apple cider, Halloween, pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, potted

mums, variety of squashes and gourds, Thanks Giving, Fresh Ontario Produce, campfires, back to school and long walks in our conservation

areas taking lots of pictures. What ever Fall means to you, we want to know! Answer our poll and tell us why you like YOUR favorite Season.

 

 

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