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Basement Renovation FAQs

Basement renovations are vital home improvement projects that boost the value of your home. What is involved? Read the FAQ below to learn more about boosting your square footage and your resale value. How much will a basement renovation cost? The answer depends on the size of the room you’re . . . Read more

What is the Lacey Act?

The Lacey Act, authored by Congressman John F. Lacey and first enacted in 1900, is the oldest wildlife protection statute on U.S. books. It was originally designed to combat trafficking in illegal wildlife, fish and some plants. The 2008 amendment to the Lacey Act expanded the scope of protection to . . . Read more

What do CARB and ATCM Mean?

In 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a new standard of formaldehyde emissions controls called the Airborne Toxics Control Measure (ATCM). The measure provides standard formaldehyde emissions ratings for all composite wood and manufactured wood products, including particleboard, hardwood, plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and also from finished products manufactured . . . Read more

Sound Transmission and Flooring Types

When it comes to flooring, the more muffled the sound, the better, especially in a multi-story building, house, apartment, or condominium. Fortunately, there are several good flooring choices with effective dampening properties to reduce sound transmission. Sound is transmitted when hard objects, like hard-soled shoes, furniture, dropped objects, or even . . . Read more