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Ah, spring has sprung and it’s time to take stock of the ravages of winter. Whether you’re getting ready to plant your new seasonal garden, or you’re still keeping the snow shovel handy, it won’t be long before the real … Continue reading

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Learn more about radon and other home maintenance items. Purchase the California Building Performance Guidelines at www.housefixit.com. General Subject Information:  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a result of decaying thorium and uranium.  Radon typically comes from … Continue reading

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San Francisco-David MacLellan, 69, a 45 year resident of Walnut Creek and Lafayette, was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame on June 21. The ceremony took place at the Intercontinental Hotel as a kick-off for the 2011 … Continue reading

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Solar hot water systems have been in existence for 40 years or more. These systems had historic problems of freezing and panel failures from UV breakdown. Technology has improved and many of today’s systems do not circulate the water from … Continue reading

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Today’s green building places great emphasis on resource conservation, by using sustainable and renewable materials, by reducing our dependency upon carbon based products, and by limiting consumption of both water and power. Green home maintenance is not very different from … Continue reading

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My former neighbor is a genius. Two years ago, he sold his Bay Area house for a very fat profit, and for the first time in 20 years, he and his wife became renters. His profit for owning the house … Continue reading

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“Man is the only animal who can be skinned twice” …Will Rogers Well, it’s a done deal. The Stimulus Bill has been signed into law and now the waiting game begins to see if it will work as intended. We … Continue reading

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The Era of “Greenwashing” has Begun   As a nation we are becoming more aware of the importance of saving the planet earth. In the course of this paradigm shift, economic opportunities are created, and the “Green” movement is no … Continue reading

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Regardless of your favorite media, internet, television, or print, you can’t get by without a daily bombardment of negative news. At the present it’s all about worldwide terrorism or the next sector of the economy that is predicted to fail. … Continue reading

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In the throes of an election year, the recent financial collapses in late September and October add additional and unforeseen challenges to the new Washington administration in January. When the year began, the election rhetoric was all about the Iraq … Continue reading

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