Reuben Saltzman
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Child safety tip: get a safety screen for your gas fireplace

If you have little kids and you have a gas fireplace at your house, be warned: the glass front of a gas fireplace gets scary-hot. If a toddler puts their...
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Hollow Wall Anchors (because screws in drywall are useless)

I grew up doing construction work with my dad, and my first “real” job was at a hardware store, so I’ve spent my life assuming everyone knows what a hollow...
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Combustion Air Ducts, Part II: Problems and Solutions

Last week I wrote about what combustion air ducts are and why houses need them. This week I will follow up with some of the most common problems and solutions...
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Combustion Air Ducts, Part I: Why Houses Need Them

Have you ever noticed a big insulated tube dropping down next to the floor near your furnace or boiler in the basement? If you trace this duct down, you’ll find...
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Must-have tool list part 2

Must-own tool list, part 2: reader suggestions

I shared my must-have tool list for every homeowner, and I received many more great suggestions from readers, mostly on the Structure Tech Facebook page. To all of you who...
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Don’t use old bleach; it goes bad.

Maybe everyone else already knew this, but I recently learned that bleach goes bad. My daughter wanted help making a pattern on some clothing with bleach, so we put some...
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Must-own tool list for every homeowner

For last week’s blog post I shared one of my favorite tool accessories, a hex head bit set. That got me thinking about all of the other must-have tools for...
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Must-have tool accessory: hex wrench bits

Hex wrenches, aka Allen wrenches, need to go. Everything takes forever when you’re stuck using a hex wrench. I made my own set of hex wrenches for a drill by...
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