When Mice Attack

I’m remodeling a house that was built about 30 years ago. Although this house is in a suburb that has good building codes, those codes have updated during the years. Currently, all new homes in that suburb require fire stopping. This involves sealing holes...

A Way To Fill Concrete Cracks

There are two things that you can say about concrete, no one will ever steal it, and it will crack. Significant cracks can be a sign that the concrete pad is unstable. Minor cracks can look unsightly, but they are normal. Many people simply pour liquid concrete into...

The Story Of Four Posts

As you may recall I’m replacing the support posts on a 1980s home. The original posts were supported by a stoop, which sank badly over the years. I have since replace the stoop, which is now support by concrete piers and will last many years. Unfortunately, the...

First Impressions Can Be Deceiving-And That Can Be Good.

I am replacing the windows and siding on a suburban home, which was built in the 1980s. Unfortunately, the builder employed many shortcuts in construction, which are now causing problems. This particular home has a roof overhang that was supported by four outer...

A Sunken Front Stoop

A common problem with front stoops is that they settle and sink. Sometimes this is just an unsightly annoyance, but at other times such sinking can actually cause structural damage. A reason for this problem is that the soil under the stoop was disturbed prior to the...