Reinforcing I-Joists

I am doing an extensive remodel of a home in Naperville, which had to be partially demolished after a fire. When I removed the ceiling in the kitchen I discovered that the I-Joists had many drilled holes in them from a previous remodel from another contractor. Each...

Hidden Damage

I am doing an extensive post-fire remodel on a home in Naperville.  It is always interesting to see how other builders do construction improperly. As we were doing fire deconstruction I came upon the ring joist behind the concrete step under the patio door.  The door...

Drink Water!

Tools and manpower are needed to successfully complete a complicated project, but other factors are needed too.  Common sense is another critical component.  A hot day and hard work means sweat.  The loss of water can make you overly fatigued and mentally cloudy.  I...

Upgrading Electric from 100 Amps to 200 Amps

I am in the final stages of finishing a kitchen remodel in Glen Ellyn.  This remodel involved adding new lights and electrical circuits to the room.  The building code required that the new electrical circuits in the kitchen have arc fault breakers, and the existing...