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Going Squirrelly

I was replacing a roof and came upon a surprising find. Buried under the ridge shingles I found a snack catch of nut and seeds. The snacks were both carefully placed and hidden from prying eyes. A perfect spot for a quick meal. Like most properties, this one had some...

What Happens When A Pipe Is Not Properly Pitched.

Sometimes a simple sounding repair can be very complicated. A customer wanted me to repair a damaged drain pipe that was leaking into his basement. Unfortunately, the pipe was located under the portion of his house that was on a concrete slab. My plumber tried to...

Dirty Work

I have lived in the states for almost 30 years, and as long as I have lived here I've watched do-it-yourself (DIY) shows. The host of these programs are usually dressed in their casual best as they tackled both large and small remodeling projects. Most jobs will have...

Bigger Basement Windows

When working with a smaller space it is imperative to utilize your square footage as efficiently as possible. The townhouse that I'm remodeling has a useable basement, but I wanted to turn it into a pleasant living zone. I have already written several posts on...
Going Squirrelly

Going Squirrelly

I was replacing a roof and came upon a surprising find. Buried under the ridge shingles I found a snack catch of nut and seeds. The snacks were both carefully placed and hidden from prying eyes. A perfect spot for a quick meal. Like most properties, this one had some...

What Happens When A Pipe Is Not Properly Pitched.

What Happens When A Pipe Is Not Properly Pitched.

Sometimes a simple sounding repair can be very complicated. A customer wanted me to repair a damaged drain pipe that was leaking into his basement. Unfortunately, the pipe was located under the portion of his house that was on a concrete slab. My plumber tried to...

Dirty Work

Dirty Work

I have lived in the states for almost 30 years, and as long as I have lived here I've watched do-it-yourself (DIY) shows. The host of these programs are usually dressed in their casual best as they tackled both large and small remodeling projects. Most jobs will have...

Bigger Basement Windows

Bigger Basement Windows

When working with a smaller space it is imperative to utilize your square footage as efficiently as possible. The townhouse that I'm remodeling has a useable basement, but I wanted to turn it into a pleasant living zone. I have already written several posts on...

Extending A Basement’s Foundation.

Extending A Basement’s Foundation.

If you have read some of my previous posts you know that I am in the process of increasing the depth of the basement of a townhome that I purchased. The original height of the basement was around 7 feet, and my goal is to increase that to around 8 feet. To do this I...

Cutting A Concrete Foundation.

Cutting A Concrete Foundation.

As you may recall from my recent posts I'm lowering the floor in a basement. This process has presented problems and challenges. A home's foundation has a footing on the bottom that helps distribute the weight of the foundation. When I excavated below the foundation...

A Temporary Basement Water Discharge System.

My attention has been focused on lowering the basement of a townhome that I purchased.  This has been a complicated process that has involved many steps. The concrete floor was removed and both the sump system and the waste water ejector system had to be...

Another Unpleasant Surprise-Disconnected Drain Tiles

Another Unpleasant Surprise-Disconnected Drain Tiles

The 1970s townhome that I'm remodeling has been full of surprises. Many of them are the result of shoddy workmanship, and this is especially evident when that work is hidden. The townhome has a partial basement that is about seven feet deep. Although adequate, I felt...

Using A Demolition Hammer To Remove Old Ceramic Tiles

Using A Demolition Hammer To Remove Old Ceramic Tiles

The townhome that I'm renovating has a basement that is below one-half of the main level. The rest of the main level, including the kitchen, is on a concrete slab. I'm converting the living spaces into a large great room, and I have to remove the kitchen and hall...

A Burst Water Pipe

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!

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

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 is...

The Townhouse Project, Demolition Phase One.

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

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...

Writing Quotes

Writing Quotes

The first step in any job is an on-site visit to see what the customer wants. At that point, I can explore their situation and ask questions about what they wish. Afterward, I will try to offer some opinions based on my 25 years of experience. However, this is only...

Using A Permanent Furnace Filter

Using A Permanent Furnace Filter

Everyone knows that you should change your furnace filter regularly. This can be a minor hassle as you have to have new filters on hand. Filters come in many sizes and thicknesses, and it can be difficult to remember exactly what filter you need when you are at the...

A Bathroom Remodel

A Bathroom Remodel

I just finished a remodel on a nice home that was built in the 1970s. The home had a bathroom style that was fashionable at that time, but it is now very outdated. The sink area was separated from the rest of the bathroom by a wall and door, and the door to the...

A Flat Tire At A Clean Worksite

A Flat Tire At A Clean Worksite

I make a strong effort to keep my worksites clean and tidy. I know it is a hassle for a customer to have to pick up after a remodel. However, sometimes the smallest debris can cause big problems. I noticed that I was losing air on one of my vehicle's tires, and with...

Protecting The Customer’s Property

Protecting The Customer’s Property

Some people shop for price, others shop for value. Those that are only concerned with price will often find that their completed job is not done to their satisfaction. There are other considerations when determining what contractor you want to use. Some contractors...

Attaching Grab Bars In A Shower

Attaching Grab Bars In A Shower

Grab bars can add a measure of safety to a shower or tub, but they must be attached properly to insure that they are solidly connected to the wall. Ideally, it is best to screw them directly into the wall studs, but this isn't always possible. However, you can still...

A Good Way To Stain A Door

A Good Way To Stain A Door

I'm remodeling a bathroom in Naperville, and the customer wanted the old swinging door converted to a pocket door. A new door was purchased and then stained to match the original doors. Time had changed the stain color of the original doors, and the new door had to...

How To Frame A Shower Bench And Curb

How To Frame A Shower Bench And Curb

One of the advantages of remodeling a bathroom is that you get to refine the shower to your needs. Having a bench in the shower gives you a space to sit, or position where you can raise a leg for easier shaving. It does take extra work to construct a bench, but that...

Custom Cabinets Make A Family Room

Custom Cabinets Make A Family Room

A Naperville customer wanted to revitalize their 1980s family room. The space had a fireplace with white painted bricks and two built in cabinets. However, it didn't have any personality. The solution was simple. Reface the old fireplace brick with new tile, and...

Opening Up A First Floor

Opening Up A First Floor

In last weeks post I showed you a remodel that I just completed in Naperville. In that job I reconfigured two rooms and a hallway into one large living space. Today, I would like to show you some photos of that same space, this time emphasizing the removal of the hall...

An Amazing Kitchen Transformation

An Amazing Kitchen Transformation

I recently completed a project in Naperville, and I will use the next few post to show you some of the significant changes that the owner made to their entire first floor. One part of that renovation was to remove load bearing walls to open up the kitchen. In the...

The Right Way To Caulk

The Right Way To Caulk

See the photos below to obtain a perfect caulk line. Painter's tape is carefully placed to outline the caulk line. Fine tuning the tape barrier. Painter's tape applied to both sides of the caulk line. Caulk is applied in a thin bead. You can then smooth out the line...

How To Mount A Frameless Mirror

How To Mount A Frameless Mirror

Many mirrors have a frame around them which adds both depth and a simple way to mount the mirror to the wall. Frameless mirrors look sleek and modern, but they need to be completely flush with the wall. This presents a problem as mounting hardware can add a gap...

More Hidden Damage

More Hidden Damage

It is not surprising that many people take short-cuts. And this fact also applies to contractors and sub-contractors. However, I'm still amazed when I see shoddy work when it would only take a small amount of additional time to do the job right. When outside doors and...

Matching House Siding

Matching House Siding

Siding is exposed to the elements, and with that exposure come damage. Just like any other material siding can wear out to the point of needing total replacement. However, local damage also occurs. I'm often called to repair local damage caused by wind or other...

Rebuilding A Screen Room

Rebuilding A Screen Room

Sometimes what appears to be an easy job turns out to be a lot of work. My customer lives in a spectacular vintage mid-century ranch. Attached to the back of her home is a screen room that on the surface appeared to be in good shape. However, on closer inspection it...

Using The 3rd Hand Cabinet Support System.

Using The 3rd Hand Cabinet Support System.

I'm installing modern cabinets in a kitchen remodel that I'm doing. Like most kitchens, there is an abundance of upper cabinets to be installed. Cabinets are big, bulky, and heavy. Because of these facts upper cabinets can be tricky to install as they must be level...

Cosmetic repair of an old staircase.

Cosmetic repair of an old staircase.

I'm am doing an extensive first floor remodel of a 1970s two story home. Part of that remodel included updating the homes staircase. Originally the stairs were painted white. The customer wanted the threads returned to a natural finish. When we sanded the wood it was...

Fixing Some Very Old Windows

Fixing Some Very Old Windows

A long standing customer of mine lives in a wonderful mid-century ranch home. The home is a great combination of new updates and original features. Many of the homes casement windows are in good shape, but some needed repair due to their location and exposure to the...

Acclimation Time

Acclimation Time

If you ever installed a wood floor you probably had the floor planks delivered three or four days before the actual installation. You may have been annoyed because you had to deal with that additional mess. However, there is a reason for this. Your new wood planks...

The Pros and Cons of Foam Insulation

The Pros and Cons of Foam Insulation

Most consumers are aware of fiberglass batten insulation. That is the pink or yellow stuff that you see when you open a wall. This type of insulation has a paper backing that allows it to be easily rolled between wall studs. Fiberglass insulation has an R value of...

Bringing Concrete Back To Life

Bringing Concrete Back To Life

I am working on a mid-century home in Warrenville. One of the projects involves renewing an old concrete patio that had been enclosed to make sunroom. In the past the concrete had been painted green then red. In addition is had quite a bit of residual glue from a...

Weather, Weather, Weather!

Weather, Weather, Weather!

I am replacing a roof for a customer in Plainfield. The new roof is long overdue, but the customer was waiting on an insurance claim for this project. Finally, his roof was approved, but there was a problem as we were entering late fall. When it comes to outside work...

The Difference In Power Washers

The Difference In Power Washers

Many home owners have power washers. Most of them use the electric type. However, all power washers are not created equal. Most purchasers buy their washer based on the PSI rating. This number describes the force of the water being pushed through the machines nozzle....

What Makes A High Efficiency Furnace High Efficiency?

What Makes A High Efficiency Furnace High Efficiency?

I am replacing an HVAC system in an older home (1970s). Although the new furnace looks similar to the old one it has features that make it more efficient. The old furnace was 80% efficient. This means that 80% of the heat contained in the natural gas that it used was...

It Takes A Village To Remodel A House

It Takes A Village To Remodel A House

As a general contractor I do both big and small jobs. Currently, I'm doing a medium sized job in Naperville. I'm reconfiguring and remodeling an entire first floor, plus doing work on the families HVAC system. Sometimes new customers ask how many employees I have. My...

A Post About Posts

As you may recall I recently work on the exterior of a house that needed a new front porch. The old porch had shifted, which also disconnected the home's decorative front columns. Those columns were in bad shape, and were rotting. We replaced the columns with 1 x 10...

When Mice Attack

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 between...

A Way To Fill Concrete Cracks

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

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 old...

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

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 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...

A Temporary Roof Support

A Temporary Roof Support

I am currently doing some exterior work on a home built in the 1980s. I'm replacing the roof, siding, porch concrete pad, and the front columns of the house. The columns have to be replaced as the concrete pad that they sit on is sinking and cracked, and the columns...

A Tale Of Two Windows

A Tale Of Two Windows

If you examine the photo below you will see two windows that seem to be almost identical, but they are not. The older window was the original contractor grade one which was replaced by the window on the right, which is a Pella Lifestyle Series window. Here are some of...

Using A Dremel Tool to Cut Out Wall Board.

Using A Dremel Tool to Cut Out Wall Board.

In a past post I created a box to mount a new medicine cabinet for a bathroom remodel. Naturally, I had to over cut the existing wallboard to do this build. I then used pieces of new wallboard that were screwed into the existing structure using drywall screws. It is...

Dry Fitting A New Medicine Cabinet.

Dry Fitting A New Medicine Cabinet.

I am installing a new medicine cabinet to replace a "builder's grade" one. The old medicine cabinet was very dated, and also very small. The new cabinet is larger and, of a more modern design. The new cabinet had to be moved upward to accommodate a higher sink. The...

A Different Type Of Remodeling Bank Loan.

In most cases a customer pays with cash that they have saved, or they use traditional options like a home equity loan or their 401K plan. This is a smooth transaction for me. However, I am now working with a customer who is using a different type of loan. This loan...

Risiliency

Risiliency

I spent the last two weeks in the wilds of Montana at Glacier National Park. Six of those days were spent backpacking with my 10 year old son, Charlie. I had never backpacked before and in my mind I equated it to going on a walk with a backpack. I was wrong. I had all...

The Pros and Cons Of Battery Operated Power Tools

The Pros and Cons Of Battery Operated Power Tools

Power tools changed the landscape of home remodeling and construction. They were faster and more accurate than old fashioned hand tools. Another tool revolution happened over twenty years ago with a simple driver. That is when this tool was outfitted with a battery....

Upgrade Your Ceiling Lights Cheaply.

Upgrade Your Ceiling Lights Cheaply.

Home improvements can be costly, but sometimes you can make a significant change for very little cash. Costco sells LED recessed light inserts that are as easy to install as screwing in a lightbulb into your existing housing. They add a steak and modern look while...

Jobs that some contractors reject.

Jobs that some contractors reject.

Let's face it, most contractors want big jobs. Unfortunately, that leaves the little jobs undone. Sometimes folks will turn them into DIY projects, but the results can range from OK to a very homemade look. I like doing the big jobs too, but I also know that there is...

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall.

A customer asked me if I could patch some holes in his ceiling and walls. They had been created by a HVAC technician who was doing some exploratory work. In addition, he needed me to build an enclosure for a new vent that the HVAC tech put in. I'll save that for...

Time For Family

Time For Family

As the owner of Gizmo Home Craft I not only have the benefits, but also the responsibilities of running a business. No work can mean no income. It is easy to fall into a practice of all work and no play in an effort to support my family. I know that my family needs me...

Working From Anywhere

Working From Anywhere

As a general contractor you may think that most of my work involves swinging a hammer or examining blueprints. However, a lot of what I do involves paperwork. I like to be on the job site so I can supervise my sub-contractors. Because of this I need to be able to...

ProVia, You Get What You Pay For.

ProVia, You Get What You Pay For.

I installed a ProVia door for a customer 6 years ago. I like ProVia doors because they are made very well. However, even quality doors can develop problems, which is why you always want to buy a door with a great warranty. I was at that customer's home doing another...

How NOT To Repair A Roof.

How NOT To Repair A Roof.

I was recently driving through an expensive neighborhood in Plainfield and I spotted a roof repair. Whoever did the repair didn't bother to match the shingle color with the original one. This resulted in the pictured repair that clearly looks amateurish. Let's assume...

The Versatile Router

The Versatile Router

One of the common tools that carpenters and finish carpenters use is a router. A router is a device that spins a cutting bit at a very high speed. By using different bits a router can make different types of cuts. They are commonly use to put decorative profiles on...

Repairing Damaged Shingles

Repairing Damaged Shingles

I have a regular customer who calls me when the shingles on his roof fall off. His house is less than 10 years old, but his building contractor installed his roof shingles improperly. When it is windy they literally blow off. I have replaced sections of his roof and...

A Clean And Organized Garage.

A Clean And Organized Garage.

When any remodeling job is in process you can be guaranteed that the space will appear disorganized. However, it is important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I recently completed an insulation job that involved removing a garage ceiling, as...

Why Insulate A Garage Ceiling?

Why Insulate A Garage Ceiling?

A customer of mine has a room above his garage that he uses as a work-from-home office. Unfortunately, the room is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Since he spends a great deal of time in that space he was looking for a solution to this climate control...

Upgrading Your HVAC System

Upgrading Your HVAC System

I am currently working with a customer to remediate a temperature regulation problem in his home, which was build in the 1990s. The home had a standard HVAC system and standard insulation for that time. The customer works from home in a dormered office, which is above...

Out Of The Ashes Rises A New Kitchen

Out Of The Ashes Rises A New Kitchen

When a house has a fire the damage goes well beyond the flames. Smoke and water damage can be just as destructive as heat damage. My customer's kitchen was completely destroyed by a house fire that was localized in his attached garage. Nothing could be salvaged. They...

How NOT to install siding.

How NOT to install siding.

I am currently doing a bid on a property to replace damaged siding. When I examined the current siding I saw that despite being cedar siding, it had significant rot. On closer examination the reason for this became clear. The siding was touching the roof shingles....

Out Of Ashes Comes A New Room

Out Of Ashes Comes A New Room

As you may recall I recently rebuilt a home that was totaled by a fire. The fire started in the garage, and that region of the house was most damaged. Although tragic, this event allowed the owner to rethink his home and to make changes that were more consistent with...

From Ashes To A New Garage

From Ashes To A New Garage

When a fire strikes the results can be devastating. I have been working on a long term project to restore a fire damaged home. This post will be one of many, as we look at before and after images. A fire started in this homeowner's garage. In a matter of minutes it...

How Carpet Installers Achieve Perfect Seams.

How Carpet Installers Achieve Perfect Seams.

A typical carpet roll is about 12 feet long. However, rooms come in all sizes. When a room is larger than 12 feet several pieces of carpeting have to be joined together, and that process can present as a problem in a DYI project. Nothing looks more unprofessional than...

A Waterproof Laminate Floor That Looks Like Wood

A Waterproof Laminate Floor That Looks Like Wood

Everyone loves wood floors.  They add style and warmth to any home.  However, there are times when wood can be the wrong choice.  I recently replaced a wood kitchen floor.  There had been a slow leak in the owner's kitchen and the floor was badly warped. The resulting...

The Amazing Velux Solar Tube With Solar Power

The Amazing Velux Solar Tube With Solar Power

Everyone loves natural light which we normally get from standard windows.  However, sometimes it is not possible to place a window in a room.  This is especially the case with small utility rooms like closets. Solar tube skylights are a perfect solution as they bring...

What A Different A Floor Makes

What A Different A Floor Makes

Major construction projects have dozens if not hundreds of steps necessary to reach completion.  All of these steps are very necessary, but not very glamorous.  In fact, a project often looks worse during the process than it did at its beginning.  However, certain...

A Different Way To Stain

A Different Way To Stain

Whenever it is feasible I try to finish my woodwork before I install it.  I feel that this allows for the absolute best possible finish.  However, there are times when this method is neither practical nor desirable. I just installed a large built-in bench in a...

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

I am in the final stages of reconstructing a house.  If you would have visited the site a few weeks ago you would have thought that the process was one of chaos.  However, that was not the case.  Things often appear messier during that phase of construction due to the...

Sher-Wood Kem Aqua Plus, An Accidental Discovery

Sher-Wood Kem Aqua Plus, An Accidental Discovery

I am in the process of staining and finishing interior doors for a customer.  The job involves not only staining the wood but also spraying on two protective top coats. Normally, I would use a lacquer finish, and this is what I asked my Sherwin Williams representative...

A Bathtub’s Split Personality

A Bathtub’s Split Personality

I'm installing a luxury tub in a client's bathroom that I'm remodeling.  The tub is made by Kohler, and it is definitely a quality product. Giant jet bathtubs were popular in homes that were constructed in the 1990s.  However, their use faded because they were not...

The Secret Side Of Interior Trim

The Secret Side Of Interior Trim

Construction is like life.  Many small steps are needed to achieve a goal, and often those steps constitute the majority of the work needed. The home that I'm rebuilding has 13 interior doors and those doors all have door casings.  The house has 600 feet of baseboard,...

Tile Progression

Tile Progression

In my last post, I showcased my tile man Joe and the precision work that he does.  He has now spent a number of days working on a customer's master bathroom and so I thought it might be interesting to show his progress. The photos below demonstrate three stages of his...

There Is Tile Work, And Then There is Tile Work.

There Is Tile Work, And Then There is Tile Work.

All tile work is not created equal, and I have certainly seen poor quality work in customer's homes. My tile man, Joe, has 20 years of experience and a lot of natural skill. It is not uncommon to create a mess when tiling. Messy glue application and hurried work can...

Combination Painting

Combination Painting

Cathedral ceilings are spectacular and can add an open feeling to the right room.  However, they can be difficult to paint. Initially, I used my Graco air/airless sprayer with a gun extension and then backrolled to paint the ceiling.  A paint sprayer is fast to use...

A Kitchen Unboxing

A Kitchen Unboxing

I am rebuilding a house that was fire damaged.  When you work on a project that is this large the progress may seem slow, as so many different tasks need to be done in a specific order. This Wednesday I received a truckload of boxes.  Those boxes contained my...

Raw Beauty To Sophisticated Class, Bead-Board

Raw Beauty To Sophisticated Class, Bead-Board

I am remodeling a client's basement.  It is a large space.  He has decided to use bead-board as an accent. My finish carpenter put a lot of effort into the chair rail detail and baseboard.  As you can see by the unfinished wood photos, the raw wood looks interesting...

Window Well Replacement, The Right Tools.

Window Well Replacement, The Right Tools.

I am replacing the window wells at a customer's home.  He disliked the original ones, which had become old and rusted.  He felt that they detracted from his property. Naturally, the first step in replacing a window well is removing the old one.  This can be done...

Pouring Concrete In 30 Degree Weather

Pouring Concrete In 30 Degree Weather

In a perfect world concrete would be poured on days when it was 70 degrees.  We do not live in a perfect world. I'm working on an extensive rehab, and the next phase of the project involves pouring the front walk. It isn't feasible to live in a house without a front...

How To Do Exterior Painting When The Temp Is 20 Degrees

How To Do Exterior Painting When The Temp Is 20 Degrees

When it is cold outside it can be impossible to paint exterior siding. You can have siding pre-painted, but it is very expensive.  I have an excellent Graco air/airless paint sprayer and I am using it to paint the siding for a remodel that I'm working on....

Use The Right Drywall For The Right Job

Use The Right Drywall For The Right Job

When most people think of drywall they think of one type, gypsum board.  However, there are several types of drywall, as well as several drywall thicknesses. I am currently remodeling a basement that has a history of flooding.  Naturally, we are taking step to...

The Miracle Of Foam Insulation

The Miracle Of Foam Insulation

When most people think about insulation they imagine the pink fibrous stuff. This is a common form of insulation that has some benefits, but it also has some negatives. There has been another type of insulation that has been around for years, foam insulation.  This...

Danger In Your Dryer Hose

Danger In Your Dryer Hose

Part of any remodel is deconstruction of the former build.  I am currently remodeling a utility room for a customer.  In the process I removed the dryer hose.  Take a look at the photo below.  In it you can see that it is full of lint. It is common to think that the...

How To Move 23,000 Pounds Of Drywall

A single sheet of drywall is 4' x 12' and weighs about 77 pounds.  Dry wall is typically shipped in sheets of two, so that would be 154 pounds total weight.  Add to this fact that drywall is somewhat fragile. It is awkward to move a few sheets of drywall for a DIY...

Duct Tightness Test

Duct Tightness Test

New homes, and those that are extensively remodeled, now require a duct tightness test.  This test determines the amount of leakage in a home's HVAC ductwork.  All ducts leak, as they are constructed in segments that are screwed and taped together.  However, an...

What A Building Inspector Taught Me

What A Building Inspector Taught Me

I'm installing new gas pipes in a house.  These pipes are under low pressure and (of course) they have to be completely sealed.  To make sure that they are safe they are filled with air at 25 PSI.  A pressure gauge is attached and monitored to make certain that there...

Upgrading A Gas Line

Upgrading A Gas Line

Many communities utilize the International Building Code for building construction.  In addition, a town may also have its own code requirements.  The community of Naperville is one such place. I am doing a major remodel in that town.  The remodel includes replacing...

Duplicating A Factory Finish Using An Air-Assisted Sprayer

Duplicating A Factory Finish Using An Air-Assisted Sprayer

I am installing siding on a customer's house.  We need to using siding from two different manufacturers to achieve the look he wants. Naturally, it is impossible to get a color match when doing this.  The solution to this problem is to paint the siding ourselves....

Insulated Ductwork For A New HVAC System

Insulated Ductwork For A New HVAC System

Sometimes I have to replace entire home systems.  Such is the case below where I had to replaced the owner's HVAC system.  His old system had been damaged by fire.  In addition, he chose to move walls, which required going to a two furnace system. When you have ducts...

The Beauty Behind The Walls

The Beauty Behind The Walls

As I have mentioned in previous post, I am working on a complete home renovation.  The entire house was gutted, and now it has to be repaired and brought up to current building code standards. This means that I have had to replace all of the house systems, including...

The Two Guarantees That Concrete Gives

The Two Guarantees That Concrete Gives

I am replacing a concrete slab in a customer's garage.  It had been damaged by a house fire, and could not be cleaned. The old concrete was jackhammered into removable chunks.  Then the base was leveled and compacted.  A vapor barrier was then placed and forms were...

Adding A Metal Roof

Adding A Metal Roof

A metal roof can change your exterior from ordinary to beautiful. A homeowner wanted us to modify their porch roof.  They added a gable over the front door, and that simple addition added style to their suburban home.  I suggested that they go one step further and add...

Behold The Ridge Vent

Behold The Ridge Vent

As a general contractor I handle all types of jobs, including roofing. I believe that my roofers are some of the best in the business, and I make sure that their work is up to my standard. When a roof is shingled on new construction corners can be cut. One common area...

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