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    AD{CS5949007} AD{CS5981129} 2 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 Replacing your home’s exterior siding If your home’s exterior siding has begun to crack, flake, split or warp, then it’s time to change it. By prolonging the inevitable, you’re allowing the elements to seep through the exterior wall cladding and damage the in terior materials. Here are some popular options available for when it comes to replacing your siding. Vinyl This is an affordable, lightweight and easy-toinstall material that is impervious to scrat ches, mould and insect damage. Engineered wood Also known as composite wood, this material is made from wood fibres, resin and wax. It looks exactly like natural wood and co mes in different colours and textures. It’s also durable and requires very little upkeep, making it an eco-friendly choice. Fibre cement Available in boards, panels, shing les or soffit, fibre cement is a wall clad ding that’s gaining in 202 Watson Cres, Nipawin Superb 2 storey custom built family home. Large foyer, lots of living room space (2 on main) huge eat in kitchen with entry onto 12 x 16 screened deck and out to a beautiful groomed yard! 22 x 24 heated garage. 2nd level is approx. 1040 sq ft with large master with 4 pc en suite and large bank of closet space, plus a balcony overlooking the green space and Nipawin! The 2nd floor has 5 bdms and 2 bths. Finished concrete basement with 6th bdrm plus a 3 pc bath. MLS# 583948 $411,500 802 9th Ave. W, Nipawin Perfect family home in Nipawin with 6 bedrooms & large rec room for fun! The kitchen has an abundance of custom oak cabinets. This bi-level has all the perks ex: central air, water softener, jet tub in main floor bath, 2 tier deck (Dura deck material) with privacy and nat. gas bbq included. Perfect heated garage(26’x28’) for a tradesman which features 2 pc bathroom and office, 2 electric bay doors. MLS# 567761 $267,900 popula rity. Du rable and resistant to temperature va riations, it comes in a wide array of colours and has either a smooth or textured finish. Wood Wood is the perfect choice when looking for eco-friendly siding that will add value to your home. Visually stunning, it can be combined with any other material to give your home a unique charm. Brick Thanks to its exceptional durability, brick is one of the most costeffective sidings on the market. It’s extremely resistant to weather, fires, pests and rot, and adds an element of refined elegance to any style of home. Exterior siding is more than just a barrier against the seasonal elements; it defines the very character of your home. That’s why it’s important to consider all of your options when looking to upgrade or replace your current exterior wall cladding. RE/MAX NIPAWIN The Right Agents for Today’s Market www.nipawinrealty.com Linda Swehla Susan Burgess To view full color feature sheets for all current listings for all Agencies, call us at 862-4800 209 Hillside Drive ,Resort Village of Tobin Lake Beautiful home/cottage at Tobin Lake=great fishing and recreation! Buy this RTM bungalow with walk out basement-perfect for an active family or if you love to entertain. The 16x10 deck covers lower entry=perfect for a hot tub. The 71 x 146 lot backs up to a natural green space and park! Double Garage. Located in the Tobin Lake” MLS# 557577 $410,000 SE 13-48-10 W2nd, Arborfied, SK 40 Acres with approx. 30 Acres bush-Near Pasquia Hills-excellent hunting land, with the Bonus of hunting shack that sleeps 4! This parcel also has approximately 800,000 yards of gravel and some sand that is in production, but only as a family business. Excellent gravel that is packing gravel for yards or base gravel for highways. Also new construction sites under grain bins. MLS# 556484 $344,900 Protect your pipes from freezing Freezing pipes are a · Maintain a consistent concern for homeowners who live in cold cli- Ensure the temperature thermostat temperature. mates. When temperatures dip below freez- drop below 55 F; otherwise, inside your home does not ing, the risk that pipes problems can arise. Use a will freeze rises. Should programmable thermostat a pipe burst, the damage to keep the house comfortable even when you are that results can be extensive and costly. not home. Individuals who Any pipe can freeze, are traveling should set the but those that are thermostat so that it will directly exposed to the keep the home at the recommended temperature cold are the most vulnerable. These include pipes to avoid frozen pipes. that feed outdoor hoses, · Open one faucet. When swimming pool supply it is very cold outside, particularly at night, let water lines, pipes in unheated indoor rooms (i.e., basements or garages), and to prevent freezing. Choose slowly drip from one faucet any pipes that run close the sink that is furthest to the outdoors through from where water enters uninsulated walls. Water the house so water is flowing through all of the pipes expands as it freezes, and that expansion can to reach that faucet. place pressure on whatever is trying to contain around where pipes enter · Increase insulation it - including pipes. don’t forget to drain outdoor garden hoses and store them inside help prevent frozen pipes. foam to seal any drafts where An insulated bib dome also can the house. Use insulating To avoid serious damage, homeowners need to prepare for after watering season has come · Open cabinet doors to allow pipes enter the house from the the arrival of colder weather and and gone. heat to reach pipes inside of cabinets. Keep the doors open to Frozen pipes cannot always be outdoors. be smart about how they protect · Close indoor water valves pipes. that feed outdoor spigots/bibs. spaces that may not be heated or avoided. Therefore, it is important that everyone in the house- · Drain water from swimming Open the spigot outside to allow insulated as well as other areas pools and water sprinkler supply lines prior to the onset of side valve open so that any water its way inside. Consider wrap- main water valve in the event water to drain out. Keep the out- of the home so that heat can find hold knows how to shut off the cold weather. Drain water before that has accumulated will continue to drain and expand outing material as well, such as heat expensive damage to a home. ping these pipes with an insulat- a pipe bursts. This can prevent freezing temperatures arrive, and ward without damaging the pipe. tape or pipe sleeves. Smith Farm, Choiceland, SK Fantastic time to buy your dream property, three bedroom home on 309 acres, fenced and cross fenced!!160A are pasture, 80 are farm able. Property also includes a 30x30 coverall with power, and a 40x80 coverall, with 5 stalls for livestock, 3 are insulated!!. Close to the town of Choiceland, this is the property you have been waiting for! MLS# 558650 $399,000 Schultz Trucking and Salvage Hwy 35 South, RM Nipawin 487 Trucking and Salvage Business and yard site for sale. Different scenarios to consider - purchase land and buildings only for $250,000 OR just equipment and salvage business (give an offer) *OR* buy as a full package for $650,000.00 - Full package is 9.59 acre yard site, 3000 sq ft Quonset, 2544 sq ft shop, all the equipment, inventory, and suppliers list for $650,000.00. A bungalow on 72.6 x 139.9 lot in Town of Nipawin included with the full package. MLS# 551666 $250,000 209 1st Ave. W., Box 490 Nipawin, Saskatchewan 306.862.4800 remax.nipawin@sasktel.net 233 Centre Street, Nipawin Professional building with modern offices in good location. Built 1990, 3200 sq ft with 11 offices long term tenants with leases in place. Large paved parking lot, total land area 8996 sq ft. Wheelchair access. Great Investments opportunity in Nipawin, SK. Contact Realtor for all appointments. MLS# 575798 $349,000 219 4th St N, Nipawin You will love the hardwood in the living room, and modern paint schemes throughout. Just what you need a 5 bedrooms (2 down), 2 bathrooms and laundry on main. Basement also features a huge family room! Covered screened deck that opens up to the back. The insulated attached garage. The 72 x 150 lot has ample room for a boat or motor home storage. MLS# 572722 $181,500 205 6th Ave E, Nipawin Excellent Family 605 Nipawin Road, Nipawin, SK Restaurant 200 2nd St E, Choiceland, SK Well kept home #2 Pop’s Place, Gingara Subdivision, Tobin Home!!! 3 bedrooms on main plus 2 in For Sale! Business, property & equipment on two lots in Choiceland. Large living room, Lake Waterfront lot on Tobin Lake near basement with a second 3 pc bath. So (stock & supplies separate). Turn key and in many updates done ex: most windows, all 4 bedrooms and two Baths!! Home has new Nipawin, SK. Excellent recreation lake with operation-seats 40 with 10 tables. Kitchen is trophy fish! Located on Tobin Lake in the interior doors plus the high eff furnace, hot kitchen, flooring and subflooring on main, fully equipped and set up for ease of work. quiet Gingara Subdivision only 5 minutes from water tank, water softener and central air. water heater, weeping tiles, and furnace was Flooring and baseboards, plus 2016 the Loyal clientele giving a good business to invest Rolling Pines Golf Course. Excellent access basement was redone with carpet in both in or a Fresh Idea! Lots of storage. Garage has replaced 5 yrs ago!! If you are looking for and prime lot on lakefront. Price has just been bedrooms, stairs, and family/ rec room. 1 bay. Ample customer and staff parking. comfort in a great town, call today! reduced by motivated Seller. Call today! MLS# 582371 $179,900 MLS# 582710 $159,000 MLS# 575815 $150,000 MLS# 552009 $149,900 EACH OFFICE IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED Old Man Winter is Returning Very Soon! Visit the pro’s at Rona Nipawin for all those projects you need done asap. We have everything you’ll need from paint & stain to lumber, siding, new GAF shingles and Jeld-Wen windows & doors. Need a contractor? We can help with that too. 104 Timber Drive, Nipawin 306-862-3134

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    AD{CS6144380} The warmth and elegance of a solarium Whether you use it seasonally or all year long, a solarium is a great addition to any home. Using natural light to create a comforting and relaxing ambiance, a sunroom increases the square footage and value of your home. It also allows you to enjoy the health benefits of the sun and the beauty of the outdoors without being exposed to the elements. Three seasons or four? Depending on your tastes and budget, you can opt for either a threeseason solarium or one that can be used throughout the year. A three-season solarium is perfect for those looking to enjoy Home improvement projects can inadvertently expose homeowners to hidden dangers. For example, lead paint may be lurking underneath layers of existing paint in older homes. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. It is essential that homeowners control New look of ceramic tiles Ceramic tiles are the ideal choice in flooring if you’re looking for something that’s du rable, easy to clean and suited to any de sign style. Available in a wide selection of sizes, shapes, colours, textures and patterns, ce ramic tiles are the perfect complement to any room in your house. Here are three types that might make you think differently about flooring. 1. A woodsy feel Thanks to innovative, high-definition designs, ceramic flooring ma nufacturers can reproduce the natural look and warmth of real wood floors. Faux wood tiles closely mi mic the look of hardwood flooring such as bamboo, redwood and even distressed wood. They’re perfect for rooms traditionally too hu mid for the first sun-filled days of spring to the last warm evenings of fall. This type of room is fairly easy to install since it doesn’t require any foundation work. Instead, the structure is simply placed against an existing wall and equipped with singlepane windows. A four-season solarium, on the other hand, must be placed on a solid and secure foundation. It’s an aluminum, composite or wood extension of your home that must be able to support energy-efficient windows (double and tripled-glazed) that are made from tempered safety glass. Ideally, your sunroom will Older homes may have lead paint their exposure to lead or other hazardous substances through the use of protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator. If lead is discovered, it may require professional containment and cleanup. Contact your local health authority if you discover or suspect you have discovered lead paint or other hazardous materials in your home. hard wood flooring, such as bathrooms and kitchens. 2. A slab of understated If you’re a fan of in dustrial style, you’ll love ceramic tiles that replicate the look of na tural stone, cement or concrete floors. Certain manufacturers have even gone as far as ad ding texture to the tiles, giving them a re markably raw and unfinished look. 3. Captivating patterns Today’s ceramic tiles come in array of different designs and patterns to please even the most eclectic and eccentric of tastes. With so many varieties in colours and patterns, the possibilities are endless as to just how unique your floor can be. be outfitted with a bay window to help trap heat or to keep the room cool when it’s flooded by natural light. Plan ahead Before beginning any work, always check with your municipality about the necessary by laws to follow and permits to acquire. More over, since installing a solarium can in volve some rather extensive work, it’s al ways best to trust the services of a certified contractor when adding one to your home. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT 3 Canadian Factory Direct Sunrooms, Screenrooms & Roof Systems “TAKE BACK YOUR DECK FROM NATURE” NO WIND, NO BUGS, NO RAIN Extend Your Summer Contact Information ram.mgt@sasktel.net 306-764-5470 www.factorydirectsunrooms.ca MOSQUITO ALERT Save $2,000 To $10,000 On Factory Direct Pricing

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    AD{CS6141870} 4 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 Check our sell thru product at special pricing this month on Maytag products! Take “6” months to pay. OAC. Fifty units in stock, delivery & removal on request YOUR ONE STOP S All Barbeques and lawn furniture on clearance pricing till they are gone. We have an abundance of LED yard lighting. We would rather sell it than put it away for the winter. Armstrong and Mannington Flooring - All in store sheet flooring is on special for a 10% discount One special wood grain roll has a flaw Station Square #7280642 - We dare you to find it Regular $16.99 SY. on for $4.99 SY. Madero exterior 6 panel doors Left or right swing 2x6 jamb 32” Regular $229.99 - Sale priced at $199.99 Luna 2x2 ceiling panels #593549 1600 SF - Regular $9.1 get this $4 Clearance of brow lots of s Mitten Siding - there is still t installed before All Weather windows - Get Sized with our w Let us measure your Give Lionel, Ka call today and set u Discontinued siding Pick up and tak HIGHWAY 3 WEST, ME

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    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT 5 Appliances: Danby Whirlpool HOP FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT Amana 9 - We have 408 pieces in stock 7 each Sale priced at .09 each. n decking - 5O% election ime to get measured up and the snow flies up & take advantage of special inter sale! cabinets & counters! ren or Rick a p an appointment. . 50 cents a sq. ft. e out same day. LFORT 306-752-2555 Garden blocks - Northern and Grey - Reg. $3.29 NOW $1.89 SAVE OVER 40% Troy built Garden Tractors - DON’T PASS THESE UP 46’’ #5708045 Reg. $2599 Sale priced at $2499.00 50’’ #5708052 $2999.00 Sale priced at $2899.00 Receive an additional $50 dollar gift card And we can do a 6 Months to Pay OAC!! Come see us today for many great yard ideas! YOU’RE AT HOME HERE!

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    AD{CS5988213} AD{CS6141698} AD{CS6132707} 6 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 KEVIN’S CUSTOM AG “Where we service what we sell….and more.” 112 Marathon Avenue, Nipawin Phone: 306-862-3611 www.kevinscustomagltd.com Avoiding renovation-related injuries Your safety should always be your biggest priority when it comes to renovating your home. Being illequipped or unprepared can lead to many different types of injuries, particularly in the hands, knees, elbows, shoulders and back. That’s why it’s extre mely important to be cautious when it co mes to DIY renovations. Common causes of injuries Injuries occurring during home renovations are caused by a variety of factors, including: • Lifting heavy materials combined with a lack of help • Making uncoordinated or erratic movements • Fatigue and exhaustion caused by a lack of breaks • A workspace that’s too restrictive • Inexperience using certain tools Prevent accidents from happening Always keep the areas where you’re wor king free of clutter. Corridors, hallways and the areas around scaffolding should be Fixing your uneven concrete By Darla Grant-Braid While it may seem like the only solution to uneven concrete is to tear out the section and lay a new patio or walkway, there is actually another, less invasive way to solve the problem. Slabjacking, mudjacking and concrete lifting are the three most common names for a solution to uneven concrete. This method forgoes the need to demolish the slab, and allows use of the area within 24 hours of the repair. What causes uneven concrete? There are various reasons why concrete tends to sink over time. The most common however, can be traced back to the way it was put down in the first place. When walkways and patios are first laid, it’s important to tamp the fill dirt. If this isn’t done, over time the air in the spaces between the particles comprising the fill dirt will be squeezed out by the concrete, thereby causing it to sink. What is slabjacking? No matter what you want to call it, slab jacking (or mud jacking) effectively lifts the sunken area without removing it. A few holes are drilled into the sunken concrete, typically between 3 to 8 feet apart. Once the holes have been drilled, a hose is then inserted and a special compound generally consisting of sand, ash, cement and other substances is pumped into each hole, beneath the concrete. The sunken section is then floated into place. The final step in the process is to fill in the holes with a concrete mix. The filled in holes are noticeable at the end of the procedure. Some mudjack companies choose to drill cores rather than holes. This process allows the cores to be “glued” back into the same hole, thereby making the insertion spot less noticeable. Why choose this concrete repair method? Cost is definitely the biggest benefit to choosing slabjacking clear of any equipment, materials or debris. Always wear protective gloves and steel-toed boots while working, and make sure your workspace has adequate lighting. Lastly, take frequent breaks to avoid overexerting yourself; a few minutes’ rest here and there will help in avoiding careless mistakes. Act fast in the event of an accident Despite our best efforts, mishaps can still occur. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary measures in the event of an injury. If you’ve cut yourself, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth while keeping the injury raised above your head. If it’s a deep and serious wound, go to the emergency room right away. For any eyerelated injury, a simple rinse using water should do the trick. How ever, seek medical attention im media tely should a foreign object be come lod ged in your eye. In the event of an amputation (a finger, for example), contain the blee ding first and then contact emergency services. If at all possible, roll the cut ap pendage in a moist cloth, place it a sealable bag and put it on ice. over having the concrete replaced. In fact, the cost is typically 1/3 the cost of replacing. However, this is not the only advantage. Some additional advantages of slabjacking: -The area can be walked or driven on within 24 hours of the procedure -No inconsistent coloration between old and new slabs, because the sunken slab is not replaced -No disruption to surrounding grass or landscaping -Can be performed under most weather conditions -The mixture being injected adds stability to the section -Quick and clean -It’s affordable If you presently have a problem with uneven concrete walkways, patios, pool decks or other areas on your property, you may want to consider slabjacking to repair the problem. Prince Albert • RTM - MODULAR & MANUFACTURED HOMES 20 Year Warranty Call Marvin @ 306-764-1068 www.escaladehomes.ca Live Here in 10 weeks

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    AD{CS6137626} AD{CS6032208} Transform spaces into cozy retreats Cool weather often drives people to spend more hours indoors than they do during the warmer months. Autumn is a time to winterize gardens, put away lawn furniture and prepare for the holiday season. Autumn also provides the perfect opportunity to begin home interior projects. Many people decide to redecorate their homes to reflect each season. When temperatures change, it’s time to transition from the light colors and breezy fabrics symbolic of summer to thicker, darker materials that evoke coziness. With some inspiration and a little know-how, any homeowner or apartment dweller can cozy up a space in time for fall and winter. · Invest in area rugs. While wood floors can look beautiful and work well with many different design styles, wood can feel chilly underfoot. Thick area rugs add warmth to a room and can help it look more lived-in. Area rugs also help a room appear more cohesive, coordinating with other colors in a space and providing a visual border. · Practice layering in rooms. An affordable and relatively easy way to make a room seem more cozy is to layer fabrics and other accents. Layers can include throws and blankets. Remove place mats from the dining room table and use them on accent tables or an ottoman in the living room. Table runners also can add a splash of color to the top of bedroom dressers. · Play with texture. Look for fabrics that boast texture and can add a tactile feel to spaces. When used on throw pillows or small accents, faux fur can create that cozy cabin feel. Draperies made from nubby fabrics or those with grooves and ridges can add dimension to a room as well. Even a lampshade made of an unusual fabric, such as a wafflepatterned material, can add a little depth and warmth to a space. · Re-evaluate your lighting. Lighting a space is more than just flipping on a switch. Finding the right balance of lighting fixtures can instantly transform the feel of a room. Create more warmth and a cozy feel by switching out bulbs from cooler shades to warmer ones - those that give off yellow and pink hues rather than cool blues. Accent lighting helps establish a comfortable space for curling up and reading a good book. Spot lighting, such as fixtures that are trained on artwork or inside of a curio or china cabinet, also can set a more welcoming mood. · Install a bookshelf and start a Looking for an innovative solution for your bathtub? FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT 7 book collection. Piles and stacked books can add warmth to any space. Books evoke the hallowed halls of schools and quiet nooks in the library. Fill shelves with books interspersed with additional design accents, and you will instantly make a room feel more inviting. · Choose dark paint. Do not feel nervous about incorporating deeper shades in rooms. Dark colors give rooms a more enclosed feel than lighter colors, and that can create a warm and cozy feeling. This works particularly well in larger spaces that feel vast and empty. If you’re scared to paint all of your walls, try a darker shade below a chair rail or just paint one accent wall. · Add architectural elements. Think about adding rich moldings to crown the ceilings or to frame doorways. If you have the space for a nook, create a window seat beneath a picture window or add a bench and cushions in a corner for a nice escape spot. Use the colder weather as an opportunity to reinvent some of the rooms in your home. With paint, texture, fabric, lighting, and more, rooms can be quickly transformed into cozy respites from the cold. Using rose gold in your home Rose gold, also known as pink gold, has gone from being a distinctive element of jewellery to one of the most soughtafter decorative metals in home design. The soft and warm atmosphere it creates makes it the perfect way to add a touch of class and elegance to your home. That’s why it’s one of the most alluring and oftenused metallic shades when it comes to interior decorating. Inspiring decor Rose gold soared in popularity thanks to its use in some of the biggest fashion shows in the world. This timeless hue is now being used to outfit an increasing array of decorative household ob jects: lamps, trays, vases and even garbage cans. Rose gold is also making its way into home furnishings and wall panelling. It pairs well with a variety of materials in c luding wood, silver and copper. Its graceful and gentle colour can add a hint of luxury to any room. To be used sparingly Rose gold’s main virtue is that it complements any decor and suits any style. However, this metal should be used as a finishing touch; only a few light traces are needed to create a refined allure. Over-using its enticing lustre with too many accessories can have the opposite effect, making your room or decor ap pear somewhat tawdry and inelegant. ROD’S DECORATING CENTRE LTD. 266 16th St W, Prince Albert • 306-922-1377 YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT EXPERTS REMODEL YOUR BATHS AREA FOR AS LOW AS $55.00/MONTH OAC FINANCING AVAILABLE • CALL STORE FOR DETAILS Bath Fitter makes it easy to update your tub. Custom fit; precise measurements ensure a perfect fit. No demolition; tub and walls are installed over existing fixtures Seamless walls; guarantees a watertight fit. Call for your FREE in-home CONSULTATION 1-306-373-2638 2213D HANSELMAN COURT, SASKATOON, SK COME IN AND CHECK OUT OUR NEW SELECTION OF IN-STOCK WALL COVERINGS Store Hours MONDAY TO FRIDAY - 8 AM TO 6 PM • SATURDAY - 8 AM TO 5 PM CLOSED SUNDAY & STAT. HOLIDAYS

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    AD{CS5912063} 8 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 The best things in life SPECIAL FACTORY PURCHASE, HURRY IN 6 BRAND NEW HOMES, SAVE OVER $ 28,000. 00 are shockingly affordable. 1120 SQ FT • 3 BEDROOM • 2 BATH • FULLY FURNISHED • HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACE • APPLIANCE PACKAGE $ 475 MONTH PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST O.A.C. 2 5% 25 YEAR INTEREST RATE AVAILABLE O.A.C. BASED ON 10% DOWN GET A NEW HOME WITHOUT THE WAIT NEW FACTORY BUILT HOMES STARTING AT UNDER $ 100 SQ/FT COMPLETE CUSTOM BUILT HOMES, BRING YOUR IDEA FACTORY DIRECT PRICING! COMPLETE TURNKEY HOUSING WE SUPPLY, DELIVER AND SET UP! APPROVED WE HAVE FAMILIES MOVING IN TO BRAND NEW HOMES THIS SPRING HWY # 2 SOUTH PRINCE ALBERT 306-763-8100 TOLL FREE 1-877-230-3818 Homes built in Canada for Canada www.trunorthhomes.ca FREE DELIVERY & SET-UP WITHIN 100 KM RADIUS

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    AD{CS6141253} FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT 9 Preparing your fireplace Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves not only can be beautiful focal points within a home, but they also provide an additional source of heat and can be used to keep rooms or entire homes comfortable without the need for additional and potentially costly heating sources. Just like more modern home heating systems, stoves and fireplaces need to be maintained, and that maintenance includes readying them before winter when they are used more heavily. Ensuring a fireplace or stove is in good working order helps to guarantee efficiency of use and safety during the winter months. Open-flame heating sources carry with them certain risks. The National Fire Protection Association states that, between 2009-2013, American fire departments responded to 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. The NFPA notes that the leading factor contributing to home-heating fires is a failure to keep things clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment. The following are a handful of ways to stay safe as you get ready for another cozy season around the fire. · Start with the chimney. Begin by having your chimney thoroughly cleaned and inspected. Creosote can build up inside of the chimney. Creosote is highly flammable and becomes more difficult and expensive to clean the longer it builds up inside your flue lining. In addition, animals may have created nest inside of the chimney since the last time the fireplace was used. A professional chimney sweep should be hired in this situation. He or she will be able to effectively The arrival of cooler weather marks a prime time to plant bulbs that will bloom come spring and summer. Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, ideally when temperatures average between 40 and 50 F. Just be sure to plant bulbs at least six weeks before the ground freezes for optimal success. clean the chimney in a manner that is the least messy and disruptive to residents. · Install or check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Operational alarms are essential to preventing injury or death resulting from smoke or carbon monoxide inhalation. Such detectors are inexpensive safeguards that should be installed on every floor of the house. Batteries should be replaced every six months, and the alarms themselves should be changed every five to 10 years. · Inspect the chimney from outdoors as well. Inspect the mortar around any bricks in the chimney and surrounding areas for cracks. If left unaddressed, these can cause dangerous fires. If there are serious cracks, a professional may need to make repairs or the chimney may need to be replaced. You also can have the chimney capped with a screen to keep animals and debris from entering. · Inspect the damper. A damper is a valve or plate that stops or regulates the flow of air inside a chimney. It should be checked prior to the first use of a stove or fireplace so homeowners can be certain it opens and closes smoothly. · Clear out flammable items. Move flammable items away from the front of a fireplace Cool weather, plant bulbs Always follow the bulb distributor’s guidelines for planting, including suggestions regarding spacing and soil depth. Remove any weeds and loosen the soil to get started. In addition, think about mixing in compost or other organic matter to enrich the soil if it lacks nutrients. or stove. Be sure curtains or other home furnishings are far enough away that they will not catch fire from any errant sparks or flames. · Order wood now. Be sure there is plenty of wood for the season. Ask a wood supplier to estimate just how much will be needed, and double-check that the wood will arrive in time for the start of the season. By preparing for fireplace and wood stove use now, homeowners can ensure their winters are comfortable and safe. • Valor • Regency • Napoleon • Vermont Castings • RSF Prince Albert Gas Fireplaces • Woodburning Fireplaces Hearth & Mantles • Maintenance & Accessories Louisiana Grills • The Big Green Egg • Finnleo Saunas. We Handle The Best Brands Of Gas & Wood Fireplaces • Valcourt • Enviro • Blazeking • Pacific Energy Come Visit Our Showroom @ Hwy 2 South East Service Road Call 306-763-7611 www.thefireplacehut.com Highest Quality Expert Workmanship

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    AD{CS6144263} 10 THE NORTHEAST SUN HOME REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 Finding the right contractor may be a challenge By Mike Holmes My detailed answer to the No. 1 question I constantly get asked. “How do I find the right contractor?” It’s the No. 1 question I get asked, no matter where I go or who I talk to. Getting that wrong is the No. 1 thing that will get you into trouble. Hiring the right contractor takes time, so the first thing I tell homeowners is to slow down. What’s the rush? Do you want to end up on one of my shows? Finding the right contractor and setting up the job will take longer than the job itself. Do not rush. It’s important to take your time. You must do your homework and educate yourself on everything there is to know about your renovation. The more you know, the better position you will be in to speak to contractors and figure out the good ones from the bad. THE PRICE OF METAL IS GOING UP BUT NOT AT MEL-VIEW METAL Best Warranty in the Industry! Contractors love our product! Check out our website www.melviewmetal.ca Custom Trims made in House! All Steel frame Garden Sheds and Calf Shelters! Portable Sheds are a great way to protect your investments from the elements! NEW OWNERS COME ON OUT AND MEET THE NEW OWNERS DANNY & JELAYNE SZAKACS Now Available Available in assorted colors Check out our $.62 Galvalume Stud Frame & Post Frame Complete Building Packages Call for more information and for a quote! Melfort, SK | Located 1 km West of Hwy Junction 3, 6, & 41 Phone: 1-306-752-4219 | Email: melviewmetal@gmail.com Part of educating yourself is checking references. Most homeowners think they don’t have the time to do this. But believe me, you will save yourself a world of trouble, time and money by calling past clients and checking out the contractor’s work. Because of privacy issues, it might not always be possible to see the jobs themselves, but a good contractor will have a portfolio with before-and-after photos, plus letters of recommendation from past clients. The letters should include contact information, so you can ask about the contractor’s work. It is your job to ask questions. As soon as you think you’re asking too many, remember how much you’re investing into this project. And ask plenty of questions. For example, how happy are you with the final product? Was the contractor on time and on budget? How much of a down payment did they ask for? Did they surprise you with any extra costs? Did they clean up after every workday? Have you had any repairs or other issues related to the work since? Was the contractor easy to work with? Did they use permits? How were the sub-trades they used? Also, do a background check. That includes making sure the contractor has a valid licence. It is your legal right, as a homeowner, to request to see a valid licence from anyone working on your property. A licence doesn’t guarantee a good job, but a good contractor will carry one. You should also do a corporate check through the Better Business Bureau, and make sure they have valid insurance, including full liability and Workers’ Compensation insurance. Ask for the policy number and call the insurance company to check that it’s valid. If anyone gets injured on the job site — which is your property — and your contractor doesn’t have insurance, they can come after you with a lawsuit. Get that contract in writing. The days of handshake contracts are over. Finally, get it in writing. The days of handshake contracts are over. Today, a contractor isn’t a contractor without a proper contract. For every job my construction company takes on, we always provide a detailed contract to the client to review, so they know exactly what to expect, what they’re getting and why. It’s every contractor’s responsibility to provide you with a contract that contains every detail about the job, including materials, products and subcontractors they’ll be using. It should also include a detailed payment schedule that’s tied to construction milestones — so 20 per cent of the job gets done, 20 per cent of the budget gets paid. Another 30 per cent of the job gets done, another 30 per cent of the budget is paid, and so on. And somewhere in the contract it should say that you will not pay for any costs over and above the quote, unless agreed to in writing. When it comes to renovating your home, the most important decision you will make will be the contractor you hire. It can literally make or break your renovation. Get to know your contractor because you’ll be working together for a while. It’s important to make sure you’re comfortable with the contractor. Make it right by doing your homework and hiring the right pro for the job.

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