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...

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...

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...

Garbage Everywhere

With construction, there is often deconstruction.  There are a lot of materials that have to be removed with any remodeling job. Naturally, I try to recycle as much as I can.  Aluminum can be scrapped. Clean concrete can be repurposed to make asphalt. Even cardboard...

Deodorizing A House After A Fire

I am involved in the renovation and reconstruction of a Naperville home that caught on fire.  I have already removed all of the interior walls, but there is still a strong smell of smoke through the entire house. Naturally, I want to go to any reasonable lengths to...