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Roofing Material

Eastern Michigan Distributors

Residential and commercial products –dimensional shingles, rolled roofing products, coatings, vinyl siding, lumber and gutter materials. Family owned and operated for 50 years. Detroit and Southfield locations for your convenience.

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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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Kitchens & Baths

Infusion Kitchen & Bath Showroom

Experience a showroom like no other. With a plethora of working toilets, kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, and steam showers, when you visit our designer plumbing showroom you're sure to be amazed. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you throughout your building or remodeling project

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Deck Care Fast & Easy book

Glenn Haege's Deck Care Fast & Easy explains what to do and what to buy for that four letter word that lives in your backyard; your deck!  This book walks you though selecting between woods and man made decking, deck maintenance, brightening, stripping, sealing and staining. It’s free!

Download the guide here

Publication date: 12/21/2010

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Products are available just for suspended ceilings

Dear Glenn: I'm going to install a suspended ceiling in my basement. The problem I have is that there are two rectangular heating ducts that hang below the floor joists and run the length of the room. If I suspend the ceiling below the ducts, there won't be enough head room. I was wondering if painting the ducts the color of the ceiling tiles and tracks would be a viable option. Then, could I just screw the tile track to the duct and butt up the tiles to the duct. Or, can I attach the tiles directly to the ductwork? What would be my best bet for a good looking install?

Mike, Marquette

Dear Mike: I have two suggestions for you. First, they make a box that will fit around the ductwork. You can go to your local home center to find the correct size. Second, if you want more headroom, check out Zip-Up Ceilings, (888) 449-4787, www.zipupceiling.com. It is a great product that fits flat on the ceiling and gives you extra headroom. Don't screw into the duct work and paint. Using Smart Prime by Zinsser (800) 323-3584, www.rustoleum.com, will work.


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