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  • When replacing siding start with a clean slate

    Question: I read an article you wrote on the Internet and it prompted me to ask about a new siding project on our home we are planning. The house still has the old cedar lap siding, which has become a bear to upkeep with paint and caulk and so much . . .

    March 21, 2015

  • Embracing insulating concrete forms

    Embracing insulating concrete forms

    Home renovations often include large additions or finished basements. Many people are telling their contractor to build their basement, and even the upstairs walls, with insulating concrete forms (ICF), which exceed R-values recommended by the Manitoba Building Code. "The present code requires a minimum R-20 insulation in a finished concrete basement. . . .

    March 21, 2015

  • Coming attractions

    Think perennials as the first buds begin to bloom
    Coming attractions

    One of the greatest pleasures in spring as we walk through the garden, taking care to avoid compacting soggy-wet soil with our boots or the premature use of garden tools, is seeing the first shoots of perennials emerging. But there is always the nagging concern some of our favourites won't . . .

    March 21, 2015

  • Coordinating successfully is easier than you think

    Coordinating successfully  is easier than you think

    Matching sets can be boring. Why let someone else determine which accent chair goes with your sofa or that table lamps have to match. Coordinating items rather than playing it safe with matching sets is a great way to break out of the world of matchy matchy.Using the art of . . .

    March 19, 2015

  • Comforting treat for winter-weary tootsies

    Comforting treat for winter-weary tootsies

    QUESTION - The dry winter air has been hard on me this year. Can you recommend a household solution for cracked, dry heels? Bruno (Brandon).ANSWER - You may need to consult your physician if the skin is badly cracked. To soothe your skin temporarily, make a foot bath using 14 . . .

    March 19, 2015

  • Never Alone Rose a 'star in the ocean'

    Hardy flower a reminder of the beauty AND WONDER OF LIFE

    The theory of six degrees of separation contends that any one of us is linked to another by chains of acquaintance or by way of introduction. When it comes to cancer, it's a theory we can all relate to -- everyone knows someone who knows someone.After Lyle Bauer, well-known former . . .

    March 7, 2015

  • The secret to making perfect hard-boiled eggs

    The secret to making perfect hard-boiled eggs

    QUESTION: With Easter on the way, I need to know how to make great hard-boiled eggs. I tend to overcook them until they break.Miles, MacGregorANSWER: Place eggs in a pot and fill with enough cold water to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil for about 12 minutes. Remove eggs . . .

    March 14, 2015

  • Longer-lasting air filters not advisable

    Longer-lasting air filters not advisable

    Question: I have one simple question. I need to install a new gas furnace in my home. The local heating contractor has installed a Marv 10 air filter and claims this is good for a year, and after that time he will return to replace it and service it. I . . .

    March 14, 2015

  • From seedy warehouse to spa showcase

    From seedy warehouse to spa showcase

    It's not always the case that a son and his father become closer through an entrepreneurial relationship.But Mike Sudoski Jr. and his father managed to do it and achieve remarkable results in the process."When I was young, my grandfather took me to baseball and hockey games because my father was . . .

    March 14, 2015

  • Watchful eye necessary to prevent fire blight

    Watchful eye necessary to prevent fire blight

    This winter, I have received several calls and emails from property owners concerned about the deteriorating condition of their apple and crabapple trees.Last year, there was a sharp increase in cases of fire blight on apple and crabapple trees. Virtually every tree showed signs of this potentially deadly disease. Some . . .

    March 14, 2015