A World War II Soldier's Story

My grandfather came to America from Veitri Di Potenza in the region of Basilicata in southern Italy. He came to Buffalo NY and earned the nickname "The Side Wheel" as he oiled the New York Central steam engines. My dad was later called "The Wheel" as all of his friends grew up with nicknames. It…

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Repairing a Hole in Drywall

I received a call this week from my church’s office manager saying we needed to have some repairs made before a visit from the building inspectors next week. One of the repairs was a hole in the drywall where a door handle had punched through the wall. The doorstop had broken and next thing you…

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Conservatory Lighting

Conservatory lighting. While every room in your house can be described as having a colour, what colour is your conservatory? You may answer that it is white, or a stain colour but really, for most people the colour of your conservatory is green or, the colour of your garden because that is what you can…

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Vinyl Wall Coverings

Thirty years ago, if you wanted to wallpaper your bathroom or kitchen, your choices were thick, ultra-plastic looking, shiny rolls of vinyl, with few patterns from which to choose. Not only that, but when applied, the resulting appearance was so obviously not "wallpaper", but more like a heavy plastic shower curtain glued to your wall!…

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Fire Pit Care and Maintenance

As with anything you own, you need to take care of your fire pit if you want it to stay in good condition. Luckily, fire pit care and maintenance is relatively easy and not something that requires a lot of time or hard work. By doing it regularly it will be even easier than if…

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Flooring in My Home

Experts always say the best way to design a home is from the ground up. That means you have to start with your flooring. Your floor can make or break your home, both structurally and aesthetically. If you’re designing your first home, start with a stable floor-it’ll set the tone for the rest of your…

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Septic Systems: The Inside Story

Two Components Class 4 septic systems are divided into two components, the septic tank and the septic field or leaching bed. Waste is piped out of the house into the septic tank, which is essentially a water clarification tank, in which anaerobic bacteria break the waste down into solids (sludge), liquid effluent, and scum. Septic…

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