Using An Odor Encapsulant To Block Smoke Odors

I am doing an extensive rebuild of a fire damaged home in Naperville.  One of the biggest problems has been to eliminate the smell of smoke.  The house was gutted and all charred parts were removed.  I also used a professional odor elimination fog (Odor X/Thermo...

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...

More work than it looks

There are many small tasks that have to be done when a room is remodeled. This is especially the case when remodeling a kitchen. The photos below show just one of the tasks, installing cabinet hardware. In this example, we had 44 cabinet handles, each individually...

Wall Removal Kitchen Remodel

Many homes built in the 1940s through the 1970s had small kitchens and small dining rooms.  This was the fashion of the day.  However, times and tastes change.  Our lifestyles are more casual now, and it is more important to have useable spaces than formal rooms. I...

Joining Cast Iron Fittings with Oakum and Lead

It is interesting to see how the various trades do their jobs.  My plumber, John, had to join some cast iron fittings at one of my worksites.  The following video shows how he did it. Please follow and like...

Fixing A Cast Iron Sewer Pipe

I continue to work on a kitchen remodel in unincorporated Glen Ellyn.  This home is on well and septic which can present its own problems. When the county plumbing inspector came out he told us that he needed to upgrade the current cast iron sanitary tee, as the...