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We're designing this Resource Links page to provide you with links to tools and resources that can help you with your home improvements and home upgrades. As always, the links and discount codes on this site are often affiliate links, so you won't be charged more, but we might make some small commission. But if we've listed a site, business, or organization, it's because we honestly believe it could be helpful to you. We can't make any guarantees, but we think you might want to check out the sites below. Thanks very much.


Garage door repair or replacement
Garage door replacement reviews
Garage door replacement reviews

They Fix Garage Doors Right!

One of the TOP home improvement projects that add value to your home is new garage doors. When I needed new garage doors, a neighbor recommended Precision Door Service. They did a great job. The front of the house looks much better. Plus, I went with a set of partially insulated doors. So, my garage is much cooler in summer and much warmer in winter. It has saved on utilities. Also, it's a lot nicer now for my son and me to do projects, like woodworking, or to just play or hangout in our garage.

More to Come...

I've added Precision Doors to the Resource Links page because neighbors have asked me over and over again about who did my garage doors. The truth is that Precision Doors did such a great job on my garage doors, I've reached out to them about doing a full-blown post and video. I'm hoping we can maybe do an on-site video interview. Especially so that they can show how important it is to have someone else do your garage door work for you. It can be SUPER dangerous to work on your own garage doors, especially garage door springs! I'm a big DIY guy, but not for garage door work! That's one reason why I was so happy to call Precision Door. So, stay tuned, and be sure to subscribe below for info about any future posts and videos about Precision Door. 

Contact Info

In the meantime, you can see their website at or call them at 877-301-7474. Please be sure to tell them that Christopher from sent you!

Great HVAC professionals
HVAC repair, maintenance, and installation by Santa Air

Santa Air. Excellent Heating and Air Conditioning Service!

I've personally used Santa Air for several years. (Discount code below.) The owner, John Tran, is an electrical engineer who started his own HVAC business here in the Triangle. John was highly recommended to me by a friend from work, and he's done an outstanding job helping me maintain both my furnace and my A/C. Santa Air really is one of the best HVAC companies in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.  They do

  • HVAC Repairs
  • Check ups and
  • Installations!

Five Star Rated

I'm not the only one who gives them five stars. Santa Air is also rated five stars on Google and Yelp! They're fast, honest, and totally reasonably priced. (They'll even tell you how to do some basic HVAC maintenance yourself, if you like.) I can't recommend them enough.

Special for Readers

For readers, John has been nice enough to set up a special discount code. If you're a new customer of Santa Air, just click the button below to go to Santa Air's site and use the code MYHOMEUPGRADES when you schedule your appointment.

Plastering contractors in London for inside plastering and plaster board and external renders
Professional internal plastering and external renders London, England
Power Plastering's Christopher Powell applying internal wall and ceiling plaster
External render project by Power Plastering

Power Plastering is professional plastering company near London, England. They provide internal plastering and external render as well as "plasterboard" (aka "sheetrock") installation.  They offer a variety of high-quality plastering services and specialize in

  • Internal plastering
  • Traditional sand and cement external render
  • Traditional lime renders
  • The latest silicone colored renders
  • Floors screening and leveling
Our internal plastering comes with a high, two-coat finish to bring out the best in your painting. We have worked alongside some of the best painters for almost 30 years and come highly recommended." - Christopher Powell, Power Plastering

Power Plastering's website and social media

They have a lot of educational content related to plastering on their website Folks in the US will definitely appreciate their British perspective and their beautiful and durable interior plastering and exterior renders.

We offer a great K-rend external finish. With this system there is no need to paint and has excellent waterproofing properties. With over 200 colours to choose from this is a great alternative from traditional renders." - Christopher Powell, Power Plastering

They're also very active on social media, including Facebook and Instagram. Links to all their social media are below here:

How To Videos for fixing your own chainsaws, blowers, lawn mowers, and gas trimmers
Helpful videos to solve problems with chainsaws, lawn mowers, ride on mowers, blowers, grass trimmers and more.

Steve of Steve's Small Engine Saloon. Check out his awesome, short videos on how to fix your own yard equipment.

Steve is a small engine repair tech who has a large and growing set of HOW TO videos and other info designed to help you fix your own equipment, like 

  • chainsaws
  • lawn mowers
  • riding lawn mowers
  • leaf blowers and
  • grass trimmers.
"I want Steve’s Small Engine Saloon to SAVE YOU TIME, FRUSTRATION AND MOST IMPORTANT, MONEY!" - Steve

I found Steve when my STIHL leaf blower wouldn't rev up. I figured it was going to cost me about $100 to have it fixed. Then I found Steve's Small Engine Saloon video on this exact problem when I searched YouTube for "STIHL blower won't rev". His video got straight to the point. 

"I have five options for you on how to repair this. Some of them are the proper way to fix this. Some of them are not so proper." - Steve, explaining how to fix a STIHL blower that won't rev up.

I used option number 3 and was back in business in less than 5 minutes for FREE! (BTW, here's that video.)

So, I highly recommend you check out Steve's site: Also, you should Subscribe to his YouTube site and Hit the Bell to Turn On Notifications of his new videos.

Finally, if even one of his videos helps you, please buy him a beer. I did, and you can too. Just go to and click the link on the right, "CLICK HERE TO BUY ME A BEER!"


P.S. Be sure to check out the short video and post I've put up to say thanks to Steve for all his help.  You can see it here:

Is that up to code? Built to code? What's the code say?

Check You Local Ordinances with Municode

Often, when doing a home improvement project, basic questions come up about what your local law says about your project.

  •  Do I need a permit?
  • Is that to code?
  • Who do I have to notify?

To help answer these questions, one really helpful resource is the library of municipal codes that is maintained by Municode. Municode has grown into a set of resources and services revolving around local governments throughout the United States. But their library of local codes and local ordinances is still a favorite resource for finding out what the local law is.  It's organized by state and then city, and you can check it out here:

Home Improvement and landscaping or digging? Call 811 before you dig!

Call 811 before you dig!

Often, when doing a home improvement project, basic questions come up about what your local law says about your project.

Call 811 nationwide to have your utilities located before you dig in your own yard. Avoid dangerous gas lines and electricity lines. Cutting them can kill you. Also, don’t cut your own cable, satellite or internet by accident. You’ll feel foolish.

So, Call 811 before you start digging.

You can also do it online at

Home Improvement that Improves Your Life
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