Did you know that the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers a website full of information to help you seniors stay in their home longer? The accessible homes page offers information and plans for ramps, accessible bathrooms and kitchens, lifts and residential hoists and much more.
CMHC is a great resource for homeowners of all ages. Check it out today!
Calling all homeowners in the old part of town!!!
Don’t let the wall cracks get ahead of you.
Keep up with the cracks: Cracks in plaster walls are caused by settlement, vibration, atmospheric conditions, and sometimes faulty construction. Do a careful inspection, particularly around doors, windows, mouldings and corners. Pinpoint hairline cracks that could become larger. Repair them, particularly if planning to redecorate.
Here’s how: remove loose particles by running a thin blade along the crack. Brush out the dust. Rub in filler with fingertip, forcing it in a deep as possible. When thoroughly dry, sand level, then prime with shellac or sealer to prevent absorption of paint.
Wider cracks: Enlarge and undercut crack to provide gip for filler. Mix plaster patch until thick and buttery, brush water into crack to dampen surface, then fill opening completely with patching material using putty knife. Remove access from surface. Use fine-grade sandpaper on block to smooth and level patch.
For really big crack: undercut and remove loose plaster, then dampen and fill cavity. Allow to dry for 24 hours. If shrinkage occurs, dampen and patch again.
If the job is too big or too messy for you: call Blake the Handyman at (905) 960 FIXR (3497).
With heating costs rising, here’s an easy way to keep heat from escaping out your doors, too. The job will take you less than an hour, but plan to do it on a warmer day, as you're going to have to take the door off. Before you get started you'll need to gather up your tools and supplies.