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Heating & Cooling Contractors

Hartford & Ratliff

Michigan's premier residential, commercial and industrial "original hot water specialists". Servicing hot water heaters, pool heaters, boilers, and now plumbing, furnaces and air conditioners. Huge parts department for most makes and models of heating equipment.

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Plumbing

Universal Plumbing Supply

Why settle for pictures when you can get a world of choice at Universal Plumbing? Choose from Michigan's largest selection of under mounted sinks, a display of 500 faucets and a huge collection of working toilets, vessles, tubs, spas & designer items.

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Brick & Concrete

K.C. Masonry

Driveways, Patio's, Porches, Stamped concrete, Chimney's, Brick paver repair. 23 years in business. For all your brick and concrete needs. Call 877-MASONRY.

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Hardwood Floor Care book

Nothing matches the warmth and style of a real wood floor.  You can keep it looking great with Glenn Haege's Complete Hardwood Floor Care Guide.  this book covers it all , from caring for new floors to cleaning, maintaining, and solving problems with your existing wood floors. It’s free!

Download the guide here

Publication date: 11/23/2010

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Look for specialized repairmen when filling basement cracks

Dear Glenn: I am trying to help my dad find a reputable contractor to fix a basement crack. My dad's house is a small ranch that was built in 1960.

The crack is high on the north wall near the chimney clean out. It's only a quarter of an inch in diameter, but he thinks it's quite deep. It has only leaked once during a driving rain. He wants to fix it before it becomes a bigger problem.

Can you suggest someone in the area who can fill this kind of a crack?

Dear Lynn: Here are names of a couple of companies that specialize in crack repair. B-Dry System of Wayne County, (800) 635-8130, www.b-dry.com. Another good company is S.A.S. Services, (800) 894-5115, www.sasbasementwaterproofing.com. They have been fixing basement leaks since 1983.


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