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October 28, 2014
Andersen Exterior Trim

Andersen has an innovative, new system for trimming windows and doors. Andersen Exterior Trim products are:

- Low-Maintenance. The trim never needs painting and won't fade, flake, blister, chalk or peel, no matter what the climate.

- Long Lasting. Made from a high density composite material called, Fibrex. Andersen also offers a ten-year warranty; coverage is fully transferable from one owner to the next.

- Easy To Install. Trim system can come preassembled, precut or as individual components; simplifying installation.

- Environmentally Friendly. Fibrex contains 40% preconsumer reclaimed wood fiber by weight.

- Stylish & Versatile. The trim is available in a wide variety of colors and styles to complement your home's architecture.

Andersen Window & Door Trim Colors

Andersen Window & Doors Profile Options

Andersen Windows & Doors Head Trim Options

Andersen Windows & Doors Sill Options

If you would like to learn more about Andersen Exterior Trim System, feel free to contact us. We're happy to answer any questions!

October 28, 2014
Hammer Time!

One might think a hammer is a hammer, right? Actually, there are different hammers for different applications. The wide variety of hammer designs lets you find one that's right for your project. Here are three of the most common types of hammers:

Finish Hammer

Hammers_2.JPG - Usually around13 oz.
- Short handle, less than 16 inches long
- Curved claw for easy nail removal
- For finish nails

Curved or Straight Claw Hammer

Hammers_8.JPG - Usually around 16 oz 
- For driving and removing nails
- Performing general carpentry
- Curved claw provides leverage when removing nails
- Straight clasw designed for ripping out boards

Framing Hammer

Hammers_5.JPG - Between 22-28 oz
- For driving and removing large nails
- Performing heavy carpentry work
- Added weight and longer handle give added power to the hammer.

The handle of a hammer can be wood, steel or fiberglass. The benefit of steel or fiberglass is that they are stronger and have better balance. The cost of hammers can vary significantly. Generally speaking, the price reflects the quality of how the hammer is made and how it will perform. If you plan to use the hammer a lot, I recommend investing in a good quality hammer. 

The other day, we had a friendly little hammering competition between Home Check Plus and Dale Gruber Construction. CLICK HERE to watch the video and see who won! 


October 23, 2014
New Cambria Colors!

Cambria Quartz is one of many great countertop material options. Here's why: 

  • There are a wide variety of colors and appearances to match anyone's style.
  • All colors are the same price! No price tiers.
  • Cambria is very durable, not as porous
  • Low maintenance - no sealing needed.
  • Lifetime, limited warranty. Includes both residential and commercial applications.
  • Quality in fabrication and installation. Cambria fabricates all their own product installed in Minnesota and has only a select few certified installers. 

Cambria is always adding new colors to their selection. Here are some of the latest - Ellesmere, Seagrove, Nevern, Hampshire, Galloway and Wentwood. Click here to see the complete Cambria design palette

September 30, 2014
NOW HIRING!! Carpenters & Foremans!

Home Check Plus and Dale Gruber Construction are now hiring! We have carpenter and foreman positions available. Excellent benefits. consistant work through winter months and all local work! Click on the carpenter and foreman job opening for more information. Apply today!

St. Cloud Carpentry Job Openings:


Carpenter Foreman

Send your resume to rachel@homecheckplus.com, mail it to: 120 Osseo Avenue North, St. Cloud, MN 56303 or visit our office and fill out an application.

September 22, 2014
Fall Home Maintenance Tips!

Summer has come and gone and now the scents of fall are in in the air.  This fall home maintenance checklist is a great way to make sure your home is in good shape and ready for winter. If you have any questions or need assistance with these fall home maintenance projects, contact us! We're here to help!

  • Check heating and ventilating system.

  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Always use bath exhaust fan while showering.

  • Clean or replace furnace filter as needed.

  • Clean range hood filter.

  • Clean dryer vent.

  • Always use kitchen exhaust fan while cooking.

  • Check adjustment of door thresholds.

  • Check and repair all cracked, separated, or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping.

  • Wash windows and the exterior of the house to remove dust and dirt.

  • Get the snow blower tuned up before it snows.

  • Aerate the lawn and blow out irrigation system.

  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.

  • Water grass as long as possible, until the ground freezes.

  • With standard frost-free hose bibs, disconnect the hose so the faucet can drain out and not freeze pipes.  For non frost proof outside hose bibs, shut off exterior faucets and drain pipes before temperatures drop to freezing.