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Jon and Dave Fisher make Tim Allen look like a wuss without a tool-belt. By the time you're finished listening to Jon's show, you'll wish you had more chores in the job-jar. Saturday mornings are for home fix-it-ups. Or for procrastinating on them so you can listen!

Jon and Dave Fisher make Tim Allen look like a wuss without a tool-belt. By the time you're finished listening to Jon's show, you'll wish you had more chores in the job-jar. Saturday mornings are for home fix-it-ups. Or for procrastinating on them so you can listen!
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Montreal, QC


Jon and Dave Fisher make Tim Allen look like a wuss without a tool-belt. By the time you're finished listening to Jon's show, you'll wish you had more chores in the job-jar. Saturday mornings are for home fix-it-ups. Or for procrastinating on them so you can listen!






1717 boulevard René-Lévesque Est Montréal (Québec) H2L 4T9 514-790-0991


March 17, 2018

Topics: Good concrete in outdoor steps; Xypex - when to use, when not to bother using Crystalline Growth Waterproofing; Using self-levelling polyurethane to repair a cracked window sill; Sump pump exit freezing; Balancing furnace dampers.


March 10, 2018

Topics: Wood burning stove rules in Montreal; Water powered sump pumps SJ10; Furnace oil smell occasionally - combustion air; Air changer in the attic dripping; Noise from new flat roof; Refinishing cupboard doors -- use Re-Finisher when possible; Precisions on the Montreal Wood heating; Furnace room remodel with oil gone; Replacing old skylights and installing bathroom vents when re-doing the roof -- coordinating contractors to work together.


March 3, 2018

Topics: The sound of running water even with the main valve turned off; The Heat Pump warranty only covers a small part of a repair; Insulating a cathedrial ceiling made of 2x4's to stop condensation; Can I place hardwood over parquet flooring; Moving a toilet across joists in a bathroom renovation; Putting plumbing into an outside wall; Filling the 2" space between the wall and the basement slab; Repairing parquet flooring water damage; Insulating a sunroom.


February 24, 2018

Topics: Tri-Energy heating developments; Window installation developments; Furnace fan control; Is one large or two ordinary furnaces best for a large house; City giving fines for thermal pumps in view from the street; In slab, under slab or over slab radiant heating -- Schluter Bekotec; Bad rumble from time to time in house; Y joint in basement toilet drain line in backwards.


February 17, 2018

Topics: Sump Pump needed; Flea won't die; Salt on garage floor; Water leak from behind rain gutters -- the drip edge; Is there mould in walls after a small roof leak; Baseboard heaters not heating; Roof leak from ice dams.


February 10, 2018

Topics: Toilet noises -- maybe the shut-off valve; Double kitchen sink poor drainage - maybe the un-used garburator; Changing the glass in a thermal pane window; Changing a 2 prong electrical plug for a 3 prong plug; Water powered water pumps; BP Class action suit; What kind of ridge vent; Getting drywall dust off the tile floor; Radon remediation.


February 3, 2018

Topics: Removing linoleum tiles; Tub girgling when faucet runs; Insulating a garage door; Condo with really wierd hot water problem; Where to drain the furnace humidifier; Use CRYSTAL or CATALYTIC floor finishs for dogs; Leveling space where tiles have been removed; The level of water in the toilet bowl -- MAP toliet efficiency testing; Fixing fogging in thermal pane windows; The tub spout doesn't stop when the shower is on.


January 27, 2018

Topics: Efficient Heaters - Baseboards & Thermostats; Kitchen door upgrade; Warming up ceramic tiles in the kitchen; Pyrite and resale; Loud thud at night from roof; Testing for Pyrite; More cracking noises in the roof; Radon testing.


January 6, 2018

Topics: Heat loss through party wall; Cracked window; No hot water in bathtub; AquaTrip intelligent automatic water shut-off valve; Alumimn sliding windows fogging, even after using shrink wrap; Heat pump always on cold; Circuit breakers not re-setting; Main water shut off valve jammed; Humidity too lowing house -- HRV and ERV; Girgling sink when flushing toilet in cold weather.


December 30, 2017

Gokhale Method training is in Montreal. I talked them into putting on two free intorductory short evenings -- 3rd and 4th of January near the Côte Vertu Metro station. If you have back problems, you really should attend. All details here. Topics Today: Freezing pipes; Leveling a basement floor; Bumps under the basement floor rug; Heating a hose; Improving efficiency and Cleaning hot water radiators; Sink gurgling when the toilet flushes during cold weather; Water protection during...


December 23, 2017

Topics: Leak in ceiling - during freezing weather; Moisture control of water under basement slab; Waterproofing concrete; 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back -- see links below; Basement insulation of a rubble wall in sandy soil; Chasing a lingering odour from a sewer back-up; Insulation over slab for in-floor heating. Sunday on Relative Humidity in the house -- Calibrating your Hygrometer January seminar on Success with bad backs: www.GokhaleMethod.com -- This is the book and seminar that has...


November 11, 2017

Topics: Hot water radiators -- bleeding technique -- Spiro Vent; Shower leak in basement bathroom; Air sealing electrical boxes; Clean plant sap off of wooden table -- Oil Lift -- refresh the finish with Wipe-On-Poly; Heat pump 5 years old not furnishing as much as before -- service call -- Getting a heat pump to work in low temperatures -- Tri-Energy System; Hose bib frozen; Gravel in bathroom ceiling vent -- birds; Repair a hole in melamine cabinet.


November 4, 2017

Topics: Balcony dripping to lower balcony; Condensation on windows; How to insulate a large space behind a kitchen cabinet; Improving a heating system installed in the attic; Replacing Poly-B pipes in Montreal -- AquaTrip.ca as protection against leaks; Insulating a pipe on a cold wall -- insulate cold side only; Stuffy air in an apartment - small apartment sized air-changers.


October 28, 2017

Topics: Repairing a sinking foundation, which expert to believe; Converting a mud room into a living space; Liberating a stuck tub/shower valve; Sinking asphalt around a driveway drain - seeking out the source of erosion; How to remove silicone from a window - with a razor blade; Finding someone to refinish an indoor iron spiral staircase -- book the outdoor guys in the winter; Fire separation between a fireplace damper shaft and a wooden mantel decoration; Mould smell only occasionally in...


October 21, 2017

Topics: Oil based white shiny floor paint no longer available -- a discussion on alternatives; Too much humidity -- need whole house ventilation; Water in the basement in the spring -- too many different contractor suggestions; Too much humidity - air changer frozen solid; Low spot in asphalt collects water and ice -- don't wait for the contractor who never comes back -- a broken hip is too expensive; Tracing a musty smell in a basement.


October 14, 2017

Topics: Cleaning oil off of paving stones -- Oil Lift and Flubber Dust at Canadian Tire; How to paint PVC pipes; Removing a lingering smoke smell after a fire -- Hydroxyl; Cracks in foundation parging; Heating ductwork is making noises after soundproofing attempts; Testing for asbestos; Removing a granite counter -- the Oscillating tool to cut the adhesive; How to locate a leak in the wall; How to test for asbestos in floor tiles. Sunday: WobbleWedges.com - wedges for wobbly restaurant tables


October 7, 2017

Topics: Can't seem to get the mould out of the house; How to clean off a BBQ; Fixing old seals around thermal pane windows; Montreal Micro-Blast weather event caused bubling drywall inside the house; Wall between the garage and the house, insulate (maybe), seal (yes); 240volt and 120volt circuits all mixed up - get an electrician; Toilet leaking between tank and bowl only occasionally; Attaching a decorative pannel to stove at the end of a counter with rare earth magnets; How to make more...


September 16, 2017

Topics: Removing hardwood floor scratches; Getting stains off of white bricks; Which technique is best for repointing mortar; Chang balcony for Fiberglass or Fiber Cement; Jacking up a sinking house; Installing large porcelin tiles on a concrete floor; PaviUni walkway has lost much of its sand - EnviroBond; Roof ventilation and icicles; More covering stains on white bricks.


September 9, 2017

Topics: Refreshing hardwood floors without refinishing; Finding the source of a cracked garage floor; Basement wall insulation and vapour barriers; Crawl space insulation and dirt floor covering; New deck finishes - like Saman; Painting a fiberglass deck; The Weather tab; Insurance company declares shingles defective; Is the roof leaking or is it condensation?


September 2, 2017

Topics: Room air cleaning; Foam insulation in a bulkhead; Basement stairs squeeking; Asphalt crack sealer; Condo vent clothes dryer cleaning damaged the backdraft dampers; How to get "soft heat" from baseboard heaters; Financial subsidies for Windows; Capped chimney falling apart; Turbines on roofs in Canada; Spilled paint stripper on a hardwood floor.


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