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Chris Worby a Trusted REGINA FINANCIAL EXPERT provides a Trusted Tip on Life Insurance

Finding the shortest and safest route to any of your dreams requires planning and only with a carefully thought out financial plan can you be sure to make the most of your resources and to protect against risks along the way. At Worby Wealth Management, Chris will do his best to help you achieve those dreams with a financial plan that is tailored to your specific needs and based on your individual situation.

Let TRUSTED REGINA's FINANCIAL ADVISOR Chris Worby from Worby Wealth Management help you live your dream!

Here Chris Shares a tip:

Do you have too much life insurance?

People used to say you should have 10 times your earnings available as life insurance. I think they are wrong. Here are three things you should consider.

  • Your net worth
  • How the insurance money may be used
  • Every estate should have some insurance

Life Insurance is a safety net for your family when you haven’t had the time to build your own. Consider this, if you are young with dependents and have a fair bit of debt, you will need more money than if you are retired, living debt-free and enjoying your grandchildren.

How the money may be used is important as well. Some insurance policies have tax advantages and estate planning provisions to bypass wills and streamline an estate. Sometimes survivorship is the main concern, for example, a young family with debt and children may need a different plan than someone who is retired. A clear understanding of your options will help you choose an insurance package that best meets your needs.

Time and again, every estate I’ve worked with that has insurance has been much easier to manage. Loved ones left behind have been in better financial shape than those without an insurance plan – regardless of age. Experience has shown me the value of an insurance plan.

 I think everyone should carry some insurance. It’s important to note, any recommendation on dollar amounts need to be personalized to meet your needs. If you are looking at life insurance, you should consult a professional to make a better, more informed decision.

Call Chris Worby at  (306) 757-4747 ext 226  or on his Cell: (306) 737-2909. Check out his listing on the Regina Directory in the REGINA FINANCIAL SERVICES category   . Chris is a Trusted REGINA FINANCIAL EXPERT

 

 

Window and Door Experts Answers the Regina Facebook Fan Questions

 

Rachelle Nieman:  I have a question on reno's, how do I know I am not getting "ripped off" on renovation quotes that I receive from private contractors? It is hard to know what the "going rates" are for certain renovation work? I realize this is a hard work!!

Hi Rachelle, though I know there are contractors out there who do rip people off, most do not enter into that relationship with the intent to do so.

First off, get multiple quotes, at least three, and if they are separated by more the 10% then start asking them questions. Unfortunately there are multiple ways of performing certain job tasks and achieving equal quality in that task through those varying methods. Each contractor will believe in the method they use equally and depending on the method and materials used the costs will vary. In regard to “the going rate”, it varies… for many reasons, such as methods/materials used, reputation, experience of the contractor, operating costs…

When you first meet with your potential contractors, communicate clearly with them what you want done, what finishes you want in the area, (keeping in mind your budget), the more things you have already chosen, ie; flooring type, light and plumbing fixtures, even paint colours to a degree can affect your quote. Don’t be scared to ask questions, if you knew the answers or had the ability then you would do the job yourself. Not just job related questions, how long have they been in business, referals? (not just written), some past clients are comfortable with being contacted, groups and organisations they are members of or sponsors to, Trusted Regina? Insurance? Are they covered by SLWCB, liability insurance and how much?

Chelsea Derkach I have a whole bunch of raised plaster on my walls they tried to make a design. I want it off! Can I get it off or do I have to reboard my whole basement :o( Sorry. When I say they I mean the people who lived here before me...

Chelsea, sorry to hear about your dilemma… If the texture has not been painted then cover the floors well, and get a squirt bottle. Mist the blaster and use a flexible drywall knife to scrape. If it has been painted then I’m sorry to say that the process of removing the plaster will cause more harm than good. And then the process of patching the damaged areas is very time consuming and even the pros can find the task daunting at best. By all means, scrape a little to see if it will come off easily, but most people who have not been properly trained will end up making this a lot worse. The benefit to ripping out the wall board is it gives you a chance to see if anything has been hidden behind the walls…you’d be amazed!

Chelsea Carter: we currently have stucco on our house. It is starting to crack and deteriorate. Is siding easy to put over stucco? We want new siding as soon as our wallets agree that we can lol

Chelsea, though you can side over stucco, I do not recommend it, EVER, and in fact refuse jobs that don’t allow for the removal of the existing exterior finishes. Though I know it isn’t cheap or easy to remove stucco the benefits of doing so are far greater. This gives you the opportunity to upgrade your insulation by adding sheet insulation, properly redo your envelop and seal the house up, find damage caused by other trades people, animals, and weather and make the proper repairs. Keep in mind that there are grants out there to help pay for this type of renovation.

Cheryl Slowski: How can I insulate my basement floor...I'd like to make it comfortable down there but the floor is very cold.

Cheryl, there are many products out there to achieve your goal. First off consider the condition of your cement floor…is it fairly smooth or flat? If yes then you might want to consider using drycore sub floor panels. If the answer is no, then then it can be quite a costly procedure and you should get a professional to assess the situation and present you with the options and their financial consequences. Depending on the flooring you chose it could be a very simple solution.

Ann Lyte-Maille:  what is the easiest way to put a ceiling in a basement and does it have to be a drop ceiling?

Ann, the easiest is to hire a professional. Depending on what is hidden in your floor joists, sometimes the only solution is a drop ceiling, though drywall is still most commonly used.

Cynthia Redyoungman:  I have new windows installed in my house and everytime we cook they fog up all the windows, the windows get wet and acumulate water.  What can we do about this?

Cynthia, Congratulations! Your windows are doing their job quite nicely, unfortunately you have a humidity issue. Hot, moist air is attracted to colder surfaces, the resolution to this is increased air circulation. This is very common in new and older houses. First off do you have a range hood that vents to the outside? If it only recirculates the air, then I would get it vented out. Simpler yet, in the short term open your kitchen window a little while you cook and leave it open for about a ½ hour after. (This is a very short term solution) If you do not have a range hood at all, then you need one. If you have an older furnace then go to your thermostat and switch the fan to the on position, this will help circulate the air in your house and keep the temperature more consistent throughout. Check all registers to see if they are blocked, pull your beds couches, etc…, away from walls at least 6 inches to allow the air to reach the window more effectively and make sure the return air vents aren’t blocked as well. If you have a newer furnace with an air exchanger then the exchanger control will display settings based on seasons or exterior temperatures. Keep in mind that with radical changes in temperature it could take up to a week for the humidity in your house to adjust with the proper controls in place and there are comfort issues to consider as well. The colder it gets outside the more humidity you are to remove from the interior to stop condensation…this leads to static shocks and other discomforts.

Carm Schramm: when it comes to insulating and framing a room...(the old inside wall gone, outside wall is cement)...do you put the poly behind the insulation as well as in front? How thick of insulation do you need? keep in mind this is an older house and had the old lath wood and blown in insulation...so reframing wall and reinsulating...sorry if this long...Thanks!

Carm, this question has many answers depending on what you are trying to achieve. First you build the new walls keep them a minimum of ½” away from concrete treated or not and determine if ½’ is enough based on humps in concrete wall. Second, there are many approaches to poly right now, if you are going to wrap the poly under the bottom plate go no further than 3’ up the back side of studs. This is done in an attempt to mitigate mould growth in the insulation because of water penetration. My argument against this method is quite simple – water wicks up even through metal fasteners, (though very slowly), also, how well can you breath if you put a plastic bag over your head? Not very well at all, so if the insulation gets wet for whatever reason how will it dry out. Tar paper is making a come back and some builders/contractors are using it behind the wall system and carrying under the bottom plate, with the plate sitting on a foam gasket. The gasket is required by code. The theory is that the paper will wick the moisture out from behind the wall and into open circulation therefore preventing mould growth. This method makes sense to me. Also, if your budget will permit it use a better quality insulation then glass wool such as Roxul. If you are considering Roxul you might as well get quotes for spray foam insulation. Can’t get better performance than spray foam.

Lastly, the accepted R-Value to achieve is R-20 or greater, to which you require 2X6 studs.

Aleaha: I have a house built in 1929 with original lath and plaster. It's in good shape considering it's age but does have some bad cracks, bowed out & bumpy patches from shifting. I've been patching up areas on my own & have noticed more coming through in the last year. My intention is to eventually sell so I was wondering what's the pros and cons to tearing out the lath & plaster & putting up drywall, & if it would be worth it considering I will sell in 2-5 years.

Aleaha, the cons are few and the pros are many. In short the cons are costs…and in homes of that era the costs can spiral out of control quite quickly. The pros are you can insulate the walls, there will be none or spots where none could be blown in. You can finally get rid of the knob and tube wiring that remains in the wall, trust me it’s there and most likely some of it if not most is live. Finally, standards have drastically changed since then, such as your floor joists will be 2X8 fir not 2X10, and that is the tip of the structural ice berg of changes.

To repair the plaster only use plaster, not drywall mud. I suggest you using a plaster based compound such is Pro Set 90, keep in mind you have 90 minutes to use it up before it hardens so mix a little at a time until you are used to the product.

Sabina Walston Edwards: I was told by a plumber that my shower taps could not just be replaced, that he had to replace my bathtub, surround and the taps...seriously could that be right?

Sabina, yes. Though if you can find similar taps and the pipes are in a closet wall, than go at it from behind and leave an access panel for future issues. While he is in there get him to replace the riser to the shower head and the feed lines back out the floor if they are accessible. If your surround is very dated or in disrepair then you most likely have damage to the walls behind the surround and one should view this as an opportunity. Mouldy drywall, bad insulation…eww.

Trent Pare: What is the proper way to insulate a concrete floor in the basement.

Trent, there are many products out there to achieve your goal. First off consider the condition of your cement floor…is it fairly smooth or flat? If yes then you might want to consider using drycore sub floor panels. If the answer is no, then then it can be quite a costly procedure and you should get a professional to assess the situation and present you with the options and their financial consequences. Depending on the flooring you chose it could be a very simple solution.

Dan Bedell: Everyone seems to want to do home renos themselves or know someone who can help them,so what is the advantage in hiring a construction company as opposed to the do it your selfer.

Dan, the primary reasons would be knowledge and experience. Even the pros get put into situations that test them to the extremes; the home warrior would be confused beyond reason in such scenarios. The best example of that would be Brian Baumler's DIY show, I can’t believe the situations people get themselves into. The next major issue to consider, an issue that is becoming more prevalent as the years go by are warranty. More and more manufactures are requiring certification to install their product and when it comes to warranty request, when and if they, send someone out to assess the first thing they will be looking to do is to void the warranty. A greater percentage to warranty issues are due to installer error and the manufacturers know this. Also consider your insurance costs, if you or your friend(s) get hurt working on your house how will you pay your bills if you can’t work? Your friend’s solution is easy, they will just sue you…not usually something that keeps the friendship alive. A good analogy to consider would be that you take your Porche to Chev for reapirs, they know a lot about their cars not Porche’s.

Bruce Voldeng: Shane, we added on to an old house a few years ago but we are finding the floors on the old half have a few creaks and humps to them. Is there a way to fit that as our basement is pretty much finished?

Bruce, not without undoing what has been finished.

Crystal Frombach: Shane, we are putting in new cupboards and have never done it before. How do we install them?

Crystal, call us for a quote…seriously. In some provinces the certification to be a cabinet maker/installer takes 5 years of technical training and 10s of thousands of dollars to complete. You most likely do not have the proper tools to do the job and have already stated you are lacking in the knowledge. If you bought mouldings for your cabinets as well then you will definitely need help there. Trades people spend years refining their skills to be passable at best with prefinished mouldings. Also, consider the condition of everything behind the cabinets… a lot of electrical codes and needs have changed in the last 20-30 years and the electrical that met the needs and codes for when your house was built are now considered dangerous by todays power demands. Your only chance to redo all of this is when you gut your kitchen, chances are you will disturb something in the walls which won’t reveal itself till you’re done. Usually plumbing or electrical issues.

If you are determined to do this yourself, then go to a book store or one of the big three box stores and buy a book on modern cabinet installation procedures. You will need a 4’ level and 8’ level, jig saw, planer, drills, table saw, at least a 2 ½” and 1 1/2” drill bits as well as 3/16” drill bit, lots of shims. Next you will determine the high point in the room and decide how much you need to raise or lower your cabinets so they look good. This is just a bit of what you will need to consider, there literally are large volume books written on this…In some provinces the certification to be a cabinet maker/installer takes 5 years of technical training and 10s of thousands of dollars to complete.

Steve Gurski: I need to redo bathroom how much work is it to put in a counter or even a new vanity this house is almost 50yrs old and everything is original pretty much so realy in man hours I guess how long would it take to redo a bathroom Sink,Toilet,Tub?

Steve, depending on the finishes you chose it takes at minimum 4 business days start to finish. Budget 8-10 thousand dollars as well. When you gutt the room you are legally required to bring electrical and plumbing up to code. The plumbing usually grandfathers but the electrical is very strict.

Alana Anderson Baumgartner: If you want to re-tile a wall, what is the best way to get the old tile off and prep. the area for new tile?

Alana, as always it depends on where you are removing the tile. In the bath tub or shower area, take it all out right to the studs. If is a kitchen splash, then you can usually knock them off with a stiff scraper, lightly patch any large voids and retile.

Ross Carolan: Shane, I am going to be doing a massive renovation on my basement. The previous owners of my house repaired the basement but on;y made the height 5'10 1/2... and I want to put a I am pretty sure I will need to cut into the floor for piping? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Ross, this is not a job for the do it yourselfer. Call a professional, there are rules and regulations that need to be followed.

Bev Carnegie Do you know what the fire rating for an exterior wall, on a commercial building. The building will be grandfathered into old code and city will allow it to be directly on the property line as long as the appropriate fire rating is established?

Bev, the fire rating depends on the intended use of the building. In general the minimum is a 2 hour rating with no flammable materials on either side of the property line and no windows in the wall on the property line.

Donna Berger: We want to do renovations on windows maybe put in garden doors where there was a window, if that is a good idea we would have to make a window space large by kitchen table! What is the best to use for kitchen windows and can you put a bay type if you have a flat window over the sink? Best deals, prices and warmth for winter months as I don't want money going out the windows, as a single parent I can't afford all the whistles and dimes, I am open to ideas!!!!Also need flooring throughout the whole house kitchen, living room bed rooms is the taiga synergy vinyl tile and plank flooring a good way to go? Thanks for all the help, advice etc!!

Donna, please give us a call at 550-2849 to set up a consultation to discuss all your needs/wants and the costs/benefits to them.

Kelly Perley-Labadie: When you have a draft coming through your door, both front and back and it causes a cross draft, would weather stripping be sufficient or should he doors be replaced?

Kelly, the answer is yes. If there is rust showing on your doors, they are visibly warped or worse yet they are wood then I would suggest replacing them. If you are going to replace them a reasonable budget is 1000-1200 installed for a single wide entry door. BUT, depending on type of glass you choose, hardware and if you want a storm door or not that budget can easily double or even triple per door. New weather stripping and bottom sweep generally cost about 75$ or less pluss labour. The average company charges about 85-125$/hour to service doors.

Bonnie McBride: What is the best surface to put glass tiles on a wall? I have seen the self adhesive backing, is it as good as using the tile adhesive?

Bonnie, Dens shield backer board or concrete board are best. As far as self adhesive tiles are concerned…, Rome wasn`t built in a day but the craftsmanship is still present. Stick to the known on this one, no pun intended. The jury is still out on this.

Michelle Blackett: How can I find out if a wall in my home is able to be taken down?

Michelle, any wall can come down, how much of it depends on finances, structural loads and what services pass through it. I suggested calling one of or all of the contractors given the thumbs up by Trusted Regina, Accurate Construction being my suggestion. ;) Depending on which wall(s) you want removed an engineer may be required.

Wanda Goertzen Bedell:  what can a home owner do to help offset the stress that renovations inevitably cause?

Wanda, LOL! What do you normally do to alleviate stress? Depending on the size, area and time frame of reno, and your emotional fortitude, stay somewhere else. When we are working for an extended period of time on the interior of an occupied dwelling we start later and finish earlier to give the people time and privacy for their morning routines, as well as clean the areas up more thoroughly so it is more liveable – though it`s never enough. This has its own repercussions as well, primarily cost…shortening up the work day causes delays in completion, people want to be paid for 8 hours of work not 6, therefore the costs are passed down to the customer, another source of stress. Whatever you do to un-stress, do it more and have patience.

Shontell Sigda:I NEED to know...I have a slab house as many homes in my area do. When I bought the house they had put a laminate flooring down...I need to change it, it is very uneven and pulling apart...What type of flooring will best suit my home...many of my neighbors have the same question.

Shontell, carpet and lino are best. It should be noted though, that more and more flooring installers when installing laminate floor systems are gluing all joints to prevent the pieces from pulling apart due to seasonal humidity changes causing the materials to expand and contract. If you have the finances to purchase European laminate flooring which is solid colour all the way through and designed to outlast you it has to be glued and clamped. North American laminates are copies of the European stuff though better priced, don`t get the cheapest stuff, you get what you pay for. In the end, gluing the joints will increase install costs but longevity of most of the products as well. The installer will also end up using more transition strips as well, and you will need 3/4` thick base boards as well or cut drywall up so that the installer can get laminate tight to drywall but allow it to expand under if need be. Go to a reputable flooring store, not box store, if your product needs a warranty due to defect past one year from install you will be on your own with the box stores.

Regina DISASTER SERVICES EXPERTs on the Regina DIRECTORY...share a tip on Mold in New Homes

 Trusted REGINA DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES Winmar  provide expert advice and world class service! They have certified consultants who are there for you 24/7 for REGINA Mould remediation,  disaster response services, fire and flood damage & restoration throughout Saskatchewan...they are your REGINA Disaster and a TRUSTED REGINA CONTRACTOR  

Why Is My Newly Built Home Getting Mold?

Just because a home is new, does not mean it is mold free!

You have mold in your home because there is excess moisture, required by mold to grow. The question, of course, is why does my brand new home have excessive moisture?

When was your home built?

Was it built during a rainy season?

Did the builder dry the house properly?

Did the home builder control the humidity before putting in the insulation and installing the vapor barrier?

In order to prevent mold growth it is crucial to ensure humidity levels are only 30 to 40% before the insulation and vapor barriers go up. If this is not done, then the moisture and humidity are trapped inside the home, creating a situaion ripe for future mold growth.

A key component of mold growth is food. Mold will not grow without proper food to feed on. In the past, homes were built primarily with plywood and timber which are not as porous, making it harder for mold to get into the surface. Today, new builders use more oriented strand board (OSB) and particle board. OSB and particle board are more porous and act like a sponge to moisture and allow mold spores to penetrate easily. When condensation forms on OSB it turns to mold very quickly.

 

 

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Trusted Regina Bathroom Expert shares a tip on Bathtub Liners


 3 Ways New Bathtub Liners Improve Bathrooms

 

Is your bathtub better suited for a museum than your bathroom? Are the words “ancient”, “decrepit” or “belongs at Grandma’s house” commonly used in reference to your tub? Making the move toward improving your bathtub can be tough, and the thought of major bathroom remodelling can be especially daunting.

There is a way, however, to install a new bathtub liner without ever having to demolish and remove your existing one. Simply put, a bathtub liner is custom fit to the dimensions of your tub, and installed seamlessly over your tub. The pre-existing tub cannot be seen but provides structural support to the new tub. It functions and looks like a brand new tub – as it essentially is one!



Here are ways in which your bathroom experience can benefit from having a new bathtub liner installed.


1. Style & Look

a. Bathtub liners are brand new and fit over your existing tub. The new liner will look entirely new and no sight of the pre-existing tub will remain. You have a clean slate and can achieve an entirely new & contemporary look.

b. The tub liners are high gloss, have great light reflection, and will retain their “shine” for a long time.

c. New tub liners are available to your tastes in a variety of styles and colors.

d. A liner can be custom colour-matched to fit your bathroom walls and décor perfectly.

2. Function

a. Acrylic is a scratch-resistant material.

b. Gives you new options to accessorize based on your needs in your new look bathtub.

c. New bathtub liners are easy to clean and maintain.

d. You don’t have to worry about what size to buy or if the liner will fit, because they are custom-fit to your tub.

e. Less than an inch of space is needed around your tub for the new liner, so your tub won’t feel any smaller.

Tub Liner 3.

Durability

a. Most tub liners on the market are acrylic, an incredibly durable material.

b. No cracks, and therefore no leaks, because it’s all one piece of durable material.

c. New acrylic bathtub liners won’t peel or chip.

d. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with durability over time and knowing it was a sound investment

e. Adds resale value if you have any thoughts of selling your home.




Whether you’re itching to update your bathtub, or just now starting to think that a change is in your future, a new bathtub liner is worth considering, as it can improve your bathroom in a number of different ways at a fraction of the cost of major bathroom renovations. Check out our Trusted Regina bathroom experts today! 


 

Wheatland Fireplace your Trusted Regina fireplace expert answers the Regina Facebook fans questions

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Regina.

This really is where your REGINA Outdoor living and Fireplace dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland Fireplace REGINA is a TRUSTED Saskatchewan company that sells products that make your life better. Wheatland Fireplace services and installs their high-quality fireplaces, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry leading manufacturers. They love their customers and as a result,their customers love and TRUST them. Wheatland Fireplace are your Exclusive Trusted REGINA FIREPLACE store and they are Trusted REGINA OUTDOOR LIVING & RECREATION Experts and Fireplace experts

 

Trustedregina.com Talk to the Experts – Trusted Renovation & Style show - Questions for Steven- Wheatland Fireplace

Ann Lyte-Maille: Steven, if my older home doesn't have a fireplace and I'd like one, what needs to be done as far as chimeneys and installing one?

Hi Ann, our main business is renovations. So installing a new fireplace in a home that has never had a fireplace or replacing an existing old fireplace is very easy to do. Depending if it is a wood burning fireplace or a gas fireplace will dictate what we need to do with the chimney. If you are on an exterior wall then the gas fireplace would just go directly out the wall and cap off on the outside. If you are on an interior wall or installing a wood burning fireplace then we would run the chimney up through the roof. When we leave your house the fireplace will be running and ready for you to frame in and finish off around it.

Sabina Walston Edwards: Steven - fireplace - our basement is very cold and its where our bedroom is located (10C) its warm upstairs where the heat control is so I am interested in a gas fireplace but a wall insert. Is it possible to do these? and I was reading about vent less ones and read tons of negative stuff so am somewhat scared of those.

Hi Sabina, in your situation installing a gas fireplace is a perfect fit for your problem. When installing a fireplace anywhere in your house it gives you the ability to heat the room you’re are sitting in and not having to turn your furnace up and heat all four corners of the house just to take the chill off of one room. So you gain efficiency and safe money by running your gas fireplace. Running an average size fireplace for 100 hours will cost you approximately $15. In regards to the vent less gas fireplaces, they are not approved through gas safety to be run in our province. We do not carry a fireplace that can be put inside of an existing wall but we carry some very shallow fireplaces that will not take up much room at all in your basement. If you really don’t have room to lose in the basement than you could always look at a wall mounted electric fireplace

Jamie Dawn Plummer: We have thought of putting in a wood fire place in our home since we miss our old one from our previous home. What would the cost be to have that done? Does it effect the cost depending on where it is in the home?

Hi Jamie, the cost of putting a wood burning fireplace will be affected on the location you put it in your house. The fireplace itself obviously cost the same but the cost of chimney is what will go up. The more offsets in the chimney and the longer we need to run the chimney to clear the distance above the roof is going to increase the cost of putting the wood burning fireplace in. The accessories for the fireplace can also dictate the cost. You can choose different colors of louvers (black/nickel,gold)and also there are some really nice claddings that can be used to finish off your fireplace. The easiest is to book an appointment for us to come out and recommend a few locations for the fireplace. Then we have u come down to our showroom and take a look at our large selection of display models. From there we can give you an exact quote of what it will cost you and you can decide what you want to do.

Cindy Ann Pardy: Steven , we have an average sized Electric fireplace in our living room, our landlords are telling us that this is what is causing our Bracker to blow, they said it`s running 11 amps, is this true? Thanks a bunch and look forward to your response.

Hi Cindy, all electric fireplaces are pulling about the same amount of power when running. When an electric fireplace is running with no heat there should be nothing to worry about in regards to blowing the breaker. When an electric fireplace has it heat running on high then it is usually pulling about 1500 watts. That typically is what an entire circuit in your home is made to have running on it. So if you have a TV, lamps and electric fireplace all running for example on the same circuit then there is a good chance that you will blow your breaker. When we sell an electric fireplace we will caution people to take a look at what they have on the circuit already or suggest to run a dedicated electrical plug in for the fireplace.

Lana Olson Hershmiller: Steven, we moved into a house that has a wood burning fire place in the basement. The inspector says it all looks good but would not say one way or another if we could use it. He said to get it checked. Do you guys have anyone who can check it and what would you be looking for?

Hi Lana, we do have a certified inspector on staff. The inspectors are looking at the integrity of the fireplace to make sure it is safe to use. When they come to look at the fireplace they want to make sure the fireplace itself has no cracks or signs of the box being over fired previously. The second thing they want to look at is the chimney. Now they can only inspect what they see. Based on what they can see they will give you there best suggestion on whether you can use it or not. To have something in writing that is signed by them saying it is safe to burn they will want to inspect every connection of chimney. Now most customers don’t want to have them open their walls up to do this. The reason for this is once they have said you can use it then the liability is on them now and not the insurance company. The risk is quite high for them. Our staff has been doing this for a while and you should make an appointment for us to come out.

Angie Biblow: For Steven from Wheatland Fireplace we finished our basement a couple years ago and debated at that time whether to put a fireplace in. Due to budget at the time, we didn't and now we are regretting it - as the basement is quite cool. Is there a 'simple' way to add a fireplace after the fact without doing too much demolition?

Hi Angie, putting a fireplace in your basement is very easy. It is easier and more likely it can happen if you put your fireplace on an outside wall. This will be easier to vent it. The other thing we need to look at is how we able to get gas to the fireplace. A drop down ceiling is the easiest but we can always run it outside the house from the gas meter and come back inside where the fireplace will be sitting. When we are done the fireplace will be installed and running. The install from start to finish usually only takes us one day. We have big tarps we lay down so that when we leave your house, there is no mess at all. The only thing after that is to have someone frame it in and finish it off. That should be a fairly quick process too. That means within a few days you could have your fireplace completely done and not be sitting in a cold basement anymore.

Foreign Lauren: Steven I have always wanted a fireplace but i hear a lot of hazards can come of it, with smoke re-entering house, chimney fires etc.. would it be safer to just get an electrical fire place? kills the ambiance but safety first. What do you think?

Hi Lauren, fireplaces now are very safe. An electric fireplace can be fine if you are looking more for a picture on the wall and not a lot of heat from it. A would or gas fireplace are there for a heat back up and are more of a supplement supply of heat into your home. A gas fireplace is now Direct Vented which means that it is completely sealed and breathes from outside. No carbon monoxide can leak back into your room when it is running. A wood burning fireplace should only have issues if it is not maintained. If you have it installed professionally and are burning dry wood then you will not have any safety concerns. The wood fireplaces have the capability of also being sealed with glass doors now so this eliminates the back draft and having smoke come back into your room.

Wanda Goertzen Bedell Steven we have been considering installing a fireplace in the living room, are there any specific guidelines for installing one? such as does it have to be near the existing chimney?

Hey Wanda, if you have an existing wood burning fireplace and we are putting a gas insert inside of it then we will reuse the chimney that you have and put our new chimney inside of it. If you are changing locations then the existing fireplace does not matter. An outside wall is always easier to install a fireplace on. We need certain clearances from windows, doors and the gas meter on the outside of the house. When we come to do an estimate we will look at all of this and make sure where you want to the fireplace that it will work. Come down to get an idea we have or call and booked an estimate first. We are here to give you as much information as we can so that you can make an educated decision.

Rachelle Nieman: Steven fireplaces: I own a townhouse and am considering a small fireplace unit in my main floor. I currently have an TV stand with a blu ray player on it but it would have room for a small fireplace unit that could "fit in" to the TV stand...what do you recommend? Also noting that I have a 4yr old daughter who often sits close to that area and obviously would require safety features to prevent burns from touching the screen etc.

Hey Rachelle, the only thing that we might have access to is an electric fireplace. You can get a much larger viewing area for around the same price if you just hang a wall mounted electric fireplace somewhere else in the room. If you give me the measurements of what you have and maybe send or bring in a photo I will let you know if we can help at all.

Jennifer Hatton: Steven - what's the most cost effective wood burning fireplace to install in our home? - we'd love to know what would help us save money on our energy bill!

Hey Jennifer, the most cost effective wood burning fireplace would probably be with the brand RSF that we sell. A lot of it depends on the location and the area that we are trying to heat with it. We have all of our wood burning models on display and can show you how any of them work. If you give me a call or stop in we will make sure we find something that will work.

Lisa Winter: Steven I'd love to have a fireplace but our home doesn't have one. How hard is it to install one? Where would you even begin?

Hey Lisa, I would begin by coming down to the showroom and seeing what we have to offer. From there we can book an estimate and make sure where you were thinking of installing the fireplace will work and take measurements of gas line and chimney lengths. Then I can give you an exact price of what it will cost you. That way you can make a more educated decision and have exact numbers to work with. Hope to hear from you soon!!

Kirsten Hleboff: Steven what all is involved with a tabletop fireplace? I'm intrigued!

Hi Kirsten, a table top fireplace is just that. You set it on your table, take it downstairs or outside on your patio. We burn bio-ethanol fuel in them. This fuel does not need to be vented when it burns, it doesn’t release anything bad for you. So you can move it where ever you are sitting. Think of it as a candle that looks better. Call me if you have any questions.

Tanya Smith: Steven what's all involved in installing a snorkel vent for a free standing fireplace?

Hi Tanya, we will want to know the manufacture and model of the fireplace so that we can see what type of chimney is installed on it. Then you will pull off the old cap and push the new one on. It is not that hard to do, we just have to make sure it is the right one. Send me a picture of the fireplace inside and the cap on the outside. Also there should be a metal plate attached underneath the fireplace that will give you the make and model. Call me once you have this information.

Jo Harvey:  Steven, we have a natural gas line for the bbq on our deck but would also like to look at having a natural gas firepit there as well, would a person need another line or can the outlet be split into two?

Hi Jo, this is determined on how long the gas line is, what BTU’s your BBQ and fireplace are and the size of gas line that is ran. Typically you will need to run a new gas line for the fireplace. If you give me a call I can refer you to a plumber and talk about what you have.

Victoria Wong Steven: we have a gas fireplace on the main floor of our house and are wondering, what would be the cost and effort to install a gas fireplace in the master bedroom on the second floor?

Hi Victoria, installing a gas fireplace on the second floor shouldn’t be a problem. We would have to come take a look and see what we could in order to get the gas line there. Costs can vary quite a bit depending on what fireplace you go with and what accessories you pick. If you give me a call I can get you really close numbers and maybe we can have someone come out to the house from there.

Bruce Voldeng: Steven, It might be the cold weather talking but we would like to add a fireplace to our livingroom. I do have natural gas coming into the house for our dryer so should I go with that He Bruce, a gas fireplace is definitely the first thing we want to look at. It is the most efficient and also acts as a heat back up. Your options are wide open though. Once you come down to the showroom and we go over what you want out of a fireplace than we can lead you in the right direction.

Candace Yates Kaisler: Hi Steven, what is the best type of fireplace for basement family rooms?

Hi Candace, this will depend if you want something more to just look at or if you want something that will give you more heat. Another big factor is how much room you have to give up and what the size of the basement is. If you give me a call, I can usually give you a couple models to look at just by asking you a few questions and give you an idea of what the cost would be.

Ben Albert Thomas: Steven, We have a fireplace on our main floor as well as our basement, and are all along the same line. We have not used our basement fireplace for some time now, and we have closed the damper for the past 2 years. Though everytime we use our main floor fireplace there is a lot of smoke downstairs?! Is there a leak? Is something Broken? We can't figure it out, and we use our firsplace regularly...makes it tough to sleep/breath!

Hey Ben, this is from the negative air pressure in the house. When you light the upstairs fireplace the chimney is right beside the downstairs one. The cold air is being sucked into your basement and bringing the smoke with it. You will want to seal off your basement fireplace and stop all of that cold air and smoke from coming down. You can just take insulation and shove it up inside your downstairs chimney. Call me if you have any further questions.

Cheryl Slowski: Steven, do you sell electric fireplaces?

Hey Cheryl, we do sell electric fireplaces and we have a few on display in the showroom. Come down and take a look. You can also see some on our website.

Susan Pryde: Steven -What type of chimney do you need when you do a gas fireplace?

Hey Susan, the gas fireplaces that we sell now are direct vent systems. This means that we have a pipe that takes heat out of your house and a bigger pipe around that which brings fresh air back into the fireplace. This way the fireplace is not taking any room air out of the house and dumping it outside. They are sealed units. There are two styles flexible chimneys and rigid pipe, we will use either one depending on where the fireplace is being installed. Give me a call and let me know what you are wanting to do and I can let you know if it works or not.

Nichole Rintoul Kudelis: Steven, We would like to get a fireplace (Electric) As I have a child and a pet. What would you suggest that gives great heat, safe, Looks attractive, and is cost effiecient! Thanks a ton! Look forward to your response!

Hey Nichole, all electric fireplaces are going to give you the same amount of heat and efficiency. You really just want to check what warranty they come with and find a look that you are interested in. We have some really nice wall mounted electric fireplaces in the showroom. I have two of them in my house and do not notice any extra costs on my electricity bill. Come down and take a look, I will try to help you out with whatever questions you have.

 

 

 

 

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