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A New Adventure

Sometimes, great opportunities come along and you have to take a chance.  A short while ago, we applied for a spot in the Peterborough Economic Development’s Starter Company Plus program.  It’s a program that combines a business school crash course with a Shark Tank-type pitch contest.  We go through five weeks of classes and then…

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House Check-up

As I get older, I’m constantly reminded of how much work it is to keep my body running, relatively, well. What used to be a pleasant walk in the woods has morphed into multi stage hike complete with warm ups, cool downs, water breaks and Tylenol. Your body needs maintenance, in the form of exercise,…

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Why Hydronics?

The question of how to heat and cool your home is one that most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time considering.  Your comfort systems aren’t thought of as sexy or interesting, but they have an inordinately large impact on the enjoyment of a home.  Whenever the budget starts to tighten, it’s often the heating…

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The Gift of Sanitation

According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “forty percent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities”. This reality puts health and the environment at risk. Unfortunately, the issue isn’t confined to rural or underdeveloped areas of the world. Even in urban or more affluent…

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Furnace & Boiler Maintenance

As the leaves begin to turn and the days grow cooler, it’s important to prepare your home for the (dare I say) winter. One of the top “to do” items is to make an appointment for an annual furnace or boiler maintenance check. A yearly cleaning and inspection of a heating system can guard against…

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The rise of the bidet

Plumbing may not be the first industry that comes to mind when you think “trendy”, but there’s one trend we can’t ignore – the bidet. A familiar fixture in Europe and in parts of the Middle East, the bidet has been less popular in North America. But that’s changing for a few reasons and bidets…

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About trades, and you

Have you heard about the worker who took a deposit but never returned to actually complete the work? How about the hairstylist who dyed more skin than hair? Or the case of the handyperson who claimed he or she could do everything – plumbing, heating, air conditioning and more – but didn’t hold a single…

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Permits – Part 2

What Kind of Permit Do I Need? There are often multiple types of permits. These could include: building, plumbing, demolition, pool enclosure and electrical permits. The resources available through the municipal office will also often list the projects that don’t require any permits such as replacing flooring or painting. When it doubt, check to make…

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Permits – Part 1

Ah the excitement – a new building project or renovation is just about ready to start and you can already picture the beautiful results. You’ve checked and re-checked the plans and you’re ready, right? So what about a building permit? 

By law, most renovations require a building permit, especially if your plans include major changes…

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