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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.

July 10, 2014
Porches of all Shapes & Sizes!

Porches are a great addition to any home! They provide a space to enjoy the outdoors while shielding you from insects, rain, sun and other gifts from mother nature. Porches can be built in all different shapes, sizes and styles. We design porches based on your needs and desires. Here are a few examples of porches we've worked on:

Screen Porch
Classic at grade screen porch on lake home. The porch is about 240 square feet and has three sides of screens; making it a nice space to relax and enjoy the breeze from the lake. 


This at grade porch was remodeled from a screen porch to a four season porch. With insulated walls and Thermo-Tech vinyl sliding windows, the porch can now be used all year long!


What once was a deck is now converted into an elevated screen porch.  This 216 square foot porch connects to the home's dining room and serves as a nice space to lounge or dine with family and friends.


Beautiful hexagon shaped porch includes a Douglas Fir vaulted ceiling, Redwood trim and Amazing EZ-Screen porch windows; creating a warm ambiance. Porch windows have four adjustable panels, allowing for ventilation and complete closure. These are especially nice for cabins, lake homes or anyone looking for less maintenance. 


This three season porch was also once a deck. With sun windows, the porch can be lived in for the majority of the year. Set seven feet off the ground, the porch provides nice panoramic views of the backyard. A new deck was built next to the porch.