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GOOD4U CHARITY VICTIM OF CANADA DAY BREAK-IN

July 2, 2019 Volunteers, employees and customers of Calgary’s Good4U recycling store were shocked and saddened by the sight that met their eyes this morning. Over the long weekend, the Good4U store and warehouse was hit by a heartless group of thieves who not only stole used building supplies, artwork, and tools, but they also stole the group’s new Ford E-450 cube van used to run the organization. GOOD4U is financially independent, we don’t fundraise and we don’t accept grants. We accept and resell furniture, usable household, and building supplies, as well as decor items. Proceeds from the sale of these items go [...]

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Recycle vs Reuse – the truth about household waste recycling…

Recycle vs Reuse – the truth about household waste recycling… Reused, reclaimed and re-purposed building materials do WAY more for the environment than your blue bin does… In fact, the blue bins may be doing more harm than good… You put your recycling in the correct bin, you clean it diligently, but are you really helping the environment..? Shortly after the city of Calgary implemented its blue bin recycling program, it became apparent that the program was succeeding in making people feel as though they were doing their part to help the environment, but that it actually had a negative environmental impact, as [...]

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Can a Wine Rack Possibly Have a Worthy Alternative Purpose?!

Can a Wine Rack Possibly Have a Worthy Alternative Purpose?! What could be a more noble use of any kind of wood, glass, metal, plastics, carbon fibre, or other material known to man, than as a structure built to house a collection of delicious booze? Ok, you’re right, nothing. However, here’s a pretty good runner-up – check out this amazing creation made from an old wine rack, by customers of ours Mike and Julie deBoer in Inglewood, Calgary… Just click on the image, or wait a few seconds and see how the tired old thing was reborn! Yep – it’s a stunning little free [...]

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You don’t have to walk through a door to make good use of it…

You don’t have to walk through a door to make good use of it… Reclaimed and spare doors are cheap. So cheap, in fact, they make an awesome, stylish material for making, well, lots of things! I read a post on a social media site a couple of days ago, urging me to to get to Costco to pick up one of their “amazing” daybeds for “only” nine hundred bucks. Well, that’s fine if you like that sort of thing, and each to their own I say. But I much prefer things that are unique, more interesting and – of course – made [...]

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Where Smart Reno Dollars Go Part One: Kitchen Renovations

Question: Where do smart renovation dollars go? If you’re thinking “Mostly in the kitchen and bathroom”, then you’re right. But how can we make every dollar as smart as it can be…? From talking to contractors at the Home Renovations show last week, we can tell you that the reno business is booming. People are improving their homes rather than selling and moving, thanks to a weak housing market. The right renovations increase the value of your home, true, but you need to be certain why you’re doing it. So, consider first: what’s the reason for your reno? Is it to improve your [...]

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Where Smart Reno Dollars Go Part Two: The Bathroom

Where Smart Reno Dollars Go Part Two: The Bathroom Question: Where do smart renovation dollars go? If you read our last article, then you know the answer… Let’s not repeat ourselves by giving general reno advice again, but if you didn’t read part one and are considering renovations, maybe and give it a read before you start.           As we’ve said before, enovations to the kitchen and bathroom are the most popular, and with good reason: kitchen and bathroom improvements increase the value of your house more than other improvements. If you’re aiming to achieve a higher rental value for your property and minimise vacancies, [...]

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A Nice Piece About Reusing by a Young Man We Know…

A Nice Piece About Reusing by a Young Man We Know… Reusing is Becoming Increasingly Popular. And So it Should Be! motorbike-picnic-table Reusing is often confused with recycling, but they are really quite different. Recycling means taking an item and either reprocessing it (for instance grinding tires to use in road surfacing), or reducing it back to raw materials – both of which take a significant amount of energy and cost money. The raw material from recycled goods will then be used to manufacture another item – which takes yet more energy, and often the additional use of more material. Reusing is drastically [...]

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Hanging Doors and Fixing Walls. A Parents’ Guide…

Hanging Doors and Fixing Walls. A Parents’ Guide… Alternatively titled “Coping With Teenage Testosterone. From a DIY Perspective”, This article explores the main reasons for having to replace an interior door or fix a hole in an interior wall. It also, thankfully, contains links to information regarding how to do the work… Remember what it was like to be a teenager? It was tough, right? No-one understands teenagers – at least not anyone outside of their inner circle of equally idealistic lovers of the same music. Adults, who are all fascists, don’t even try to view the world from their children’s perspective… As I recall [...]

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