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Kathy’s Kartoons — How NOT to Call a Contractor’s References

GoAnimate.com: How NOT to Call a Contractor’s References by Kathy’s Remodeling Blog Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com.

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What is home performance? Check this out

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Hanging your own drywall? Please, I’m begging you, learn from a master

So you’re doing some remodeling and it occurs to you that, hey, you can hang the drywall yourself and save some money. How hard could it be? You just nail some paper-covered chalk board to the studs and voila! You’re an expert. Whoa! Hold on there. I want you to hear me out. I think [...]

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Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff | Video on TED.com

In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he’s built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive. via www.ted.com

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From Lamps Plus — The Closer video (trust me on this one)

Very clever:

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Fake videos from Integrity Windows go viral

A few videos recently showed up on YouTube showing construction dudes doing amazing feats with nail guns and such. The videos went viral and were seen millions of times. However, it turns out those construction guys were actors and the videos were made by Integrity Windows and Doors, a division of Marvin Windows. I think [...]

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Painted Chairs — A Love Story

A collection of painted chairs set to music. For inspirational purposes. 3 minutes

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Video: Green remodeling with Entourage’s Adrian Grenier

I didn't really want to like this guy, but he's pretty cool. His own house has denim insulation, reclaimed wood floors and reclaimed beams. He says these things are hipper and cooler than the old toxic materials. I like the way this guy thinks.  Check it out:

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Will bamboo save the world?

Meet the woman leading the push for bamboo as a building material: Embedded video from CNN Video

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Insulation and moisture issues in New Orleans

Watch SoCal contractor Bill Robinson discuss insulation and moisture issues in New Orleans with homeowner Ariane Wiltse and NOLA contractor Julie Groth. Then, take the test: Click here for the answer.

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Peel-and-stick solar panels

See a fast-motion video showing 2.25 kilowatts of Lumeta solar panels installed in 34 minutes. These will be featured at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference June 24 to 27 in San Francisco. These thin panels are only available for commercial use, not residential, but it shows you the direction we’re heading. The company does offer [...]

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Green deal of the day: Ecopod recycling center

Engineered right here in Southern California by BMW DesignworksUSA, the sleek Ecopod is a compact recycling center that makes crushing cans fun! Just drop one in the top, step on the lever, and c-r-u-n-c-h, it’s all over. The bottom holds the crushed cans while the top holds other recycling. At Gaiam.com, the regular price is [...]

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Dad disgusted by son’s Army barrack

The father of a soldier who spent 15 months in Afghanistan and then came back to live in horrid conditions at Fort Bragg didn’t much like the way his hero son was being treated. So the dad posted a YouTube video of the barrack’s mold, rust, peeling lead paint and sewer problems. It worked. According [...]

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Unbuilding rather than tearing down a house

Wall Street Journal columnist Nancy Keates is tearing down her house to build a new one in its place. But instead of taking a wrecking ball to the old house, she’s having it “unbuilt” so the items and materials can be reused and recycled. It’s taking two weeks longer than a wrecking-ball tear-down, and will [...]

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The Story of Stuff

I really want to wean myself from impulsive purchases of junky household stuff I don’t really need and that won’t last. One strategy is getting clear on the implications of my actions. If my purchases of junky stuff help foul the earth and exploit its people, but I remain willfully ignorant of that, does it [...]

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SoCal remodels: the music video

To see some SoCal remodels set to music, click below.

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Rock and roll kitchen remodel

You may have read the story about this Glassell Park kitchen remodel. You may have checked out details of the budget. Now, here’s the whole story in pictures, set to music. Enjoy. And if you’re doing a remodel, or will be soon, please take lots of photos so I can set them to music and [...]

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