A Burst Water Pipe

There always seems to be surprises when I work on a project. When I had the water turned on to the townhouse that I purchased I checked around and everything seemed nice a dry. However, when I opened an outside spigot I discovered that the line to that faucet had...

Hidden Black Mold!

When I purchased my current project my thought was to completely remodel the townhome. This meant removing the entire interior down to the studs. During this process I discovered several things that made me glad that I made this decision. Doors, Windows, and other...

How To Install A Sump Pump

Many homes with basements have at least one sump pump. These devices pump water from the home’s drain tiles to the outside. If you have lived in a home with a sump pump for any length of time you probably have had a pump failure. The most common type of failure...

The Townhouse Project, Demolition Phase One.

I’m always amused by home DIY shows that suggest that the process of demolition is fun and easy. It is neither. It is a systematic process that is both messy and potentially dangerous. I have spent the last week demolishing the interior of the townhouse that I...

The Townhouse Project

I recently purchased a townhome in Naperville. The duplex was built in the 1970s and it is part of a small community of townhouses very close to downtown Naperville. The home was owned by an elderly woman, and it had never been updated. Some would look at it and see a...