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Celebrate fall at HRRC Clam Bake

Again this year, HRRC invites supporters to celebrate fall with a Clam Bake fundraiser, from 5 to 9 pm on Saturday, September 13th on the beautiful grounds of the McGregor Home. Come for a relaxing evening filled with fun and fellowship — and, of course, a delicious traditional clam bake!… Read the rest

Senior Expo to answer housing questions

Seniors can find it heart-wrenching to consider changing their living situation. They usually have many questions: Should I stay in my current home or move to a smaller apartment? Can my home be modified to accommodate a wheelchair, if I were to need one in the years ahead?… Read the rest

New Permaculture series lets you green-design your yard

Add beauty and $ value to your property, enjoy lower maintenance, save the planet! HRRC is partnering with two experienced permaculture experts who will offer homeowners the opportunity to improve the green functioning and aesthetics of their house and yard. Attendees in this fun, short course will learn principles of landscape architecture and permaculture:

how to keep water on-site (reducing water bills)
how to improve soil without chemicals
how to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects
how to incorporate permanent edible plants and native plants into your landscape
and much, much more

Participants will explore their own sites and apply what they learn to create a plan they can implement.… Read the rest

September is Bedford/Bedford Heights month

HRRC is offering a special incentive to residents of Bedford and Bedford Heights in September. For all our September repair workshops, Bedford and Bedford Heights residents will pay only $5, instead of the regular $15 fee. This is a great chance to try a class or two, or to practice using the tools and techniques needed to do a repair you want to tackle yourself.… Read the rest

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Repair Tips

Fixing your garage door

Over the years, your garage door takes a beating. Not only can the cables and springs break under the repeated stress of moving that heavy weight, the door panels themselves can deteriorate from moisture or suffer impact damage. (We’ve all seen the effects of a “slight miscalculation,” when a car has been backed into a closed garage door.)
Faced with fixing or replacing your garage door, the first thing to consider is the type of damage that has occurred.… Read the rest

Plastic water lines

With the sharp rise in the cost of copper (as well as the reluctance many homeowners have to solder copper pipe), there has been growing interest in plastic pipe as an alternative for water and drain lines. Plastic pipe made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) has been permitted for DWV (drain-waste-vent) pipe for many years, but only in recent years have communities allowed plastic (PEX or CPVC) water supply lines to be installed in residential buildings.… Read the rest

It’s time to seal that asphalt driveway

Those small cracks and depressions in your asphalt driveway can cause a whole lot of destruction. They provide places for water to work its way into and under the pavement; when that water freezes in the winter, it will expand – cracking apart the asphalt and even heaving up whole sections of the driveway, like icebergs.… Read the rest

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