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How To Finish A Garage Floor

Garage floors get dirty.  Dust, leaves, and oil combine to make them look dingy and unappealing.  A simple solution is to clean and paint the floor.  Epoxy paints are extremely durable and are perfect for this application.

The following photos will take you through the step-by-step process.

 

1. The original stained concrete floor.

2. Floor is power washed after it was treated with muratic acid in a 4:1 water solution.

3. After the floor dries the edges and expansion joints are painted.

4. Epoxy paint is rolled on in sections.

5. A view of the finished floor.

6. The completed job!

 

It is the little things that count.

I completed a room remodel, and was ready to reinstall some multi-media speakers.  Their wires were unattractive, as they were covered with paint.  I used some shrink sleeves to encase the wires.  Shrink sleeves are tubes that will shrink when a little heat is applied (gently from a butane torch).  The photos below show the process.  A little extra time effort leads to a good looking final result.

 

Original speaker wires covered with paint.

The exposed stranded wire is easy to unravel.

Tinning the exposed ends of the wires to keep them secure.

Measuring the heat shrink sleeve.

A nice neat finished wire.

The competed job, a tidy installation.

Recharging Out West

Over the last two weeks I have been traveling out west with my son Charlie.  We toured Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and watched the total solar eclipse in Casper Wyoming.  It was a fantastic trip.

Along the way we ate sandwiches in the car, camped out, and went on a two-hour zipline adventure in Wyoming. Our national parks are such fantastic resources, and we are so fortunate that our forefathers had the wisdom to establish them.

I love my work, but it was wonderful to get away and spend some exclusive time with my 8-year-old.  Next year we may try a backpacking adventure out west.

I’m now back in town and fully recharged.  Give me a call if you need my services.

An in car snack.

Charlie exploring the wonders of Glacier National Park.

Ready to zip line!

Homework

As much as I love my work, I love my family more.  My son Charlie is trying to stay ahead of the game by keeping up with his math during summer vacation.  At the end of last term his teacher told us about a great website called http://Iknowit.com.  This is a great site for grade school kids as it provides on-demand match problems and solutions.

Naturally, an 8-year-old needs a little encouragement and help from time to time.  I’m happy to pitch in!  We try to end a learning session with a fun activity, like going for a walk together.

Helping Charlie

 

 

When Blue Painter’s Tape Fails

I believe that careful prep work pays off.  I make sure that I mask my areas carefully before I start any paint job.

Despite my best efforts, I will sometimes get a little bleed-over.  This problem can be difficult when the paint is on a newly finished staircase.  One way to regain a nice sharp edge is shown below:

  1. A rag is placed over a putty knife.
  2. A little Goo Gone is dripped on the rag.
  3. The edge is carefully scrapped.
  4. A new sharp edge is formed!

Rough paint edge

Cleaning with Goo Gone and a putty knife covered with a rag.

A nice and clean edge!

Staircase overview.

 

 

Turning old doors and trim into new looking ones.

Old painted wood often discolors due to indoor pollution.  You can refresh and renew these surfaces with a little care and effort.

Sand the surface with fine grade sandpaper and then clean it with a damp rag.  In this example I’m using an air assisted, airless paint sprayer to apply a smooth coat of latex paint on the surfaces.  You can see by the results that a sprayer gives a brushless look that resembles a factory finish.

The doors and trim look brand new.

Consider my company, Gizmo Home Craft, for any home repair and remodeling needs.

The surface is cleaned with 120 grit sandpaper and then wiped off.

Spraying using a air assisted, airless sprayer.

A newly sprayed door makes it look brand new.

 

Power washing a fireplace

A longtime customer was moving.  Both he and his wife were smokers, and their cigarette smoke permeated their entire house.  They had a nice white brick fireplace that was stained from years of cigarette smoke.

The fireplace was the focal point of their family room and its yellowed appearance did not add appeal. Options to clean the brick were limited. After protecting surfaces with plastic I tried a few different cleaners.  None of them made any impact.  Finally, I  power washed the surface. Using a power washer had minimal impact.  With that said, you can see some of the tar and nicotine in the wash off.

Smoking indoors not only can impact your health, it also can impact your house.

Prepping the fireplace.

Nicotine residue

How to patch a big hole in drywall

A customer had an old non-functional in-house intercom system that he wanted to be removed.  This left large holes in his walls.  It is simple to repair these if you know what to do.  Follow the pictures before for step-by-step instructions.

A drywall saw is used to cut out the drywall. Using the same saw a new piece of drywall is cut. It is then secured to the wall using screws.

A utility knife is used to cut away the rough edges so that the drywall tape sits flat.

A nice clean cut.

Joint compound applied, and then drywall tape.

Another layer of joint compound applied, dried and sanded. We are ready to paint!

Hidden Surprise!

A long-time customer was moving and wanted me to do some update work on his house to get it ready for sale.  Among the jobs was some carpet removal.

The customer’s plan was to have me remove the old carpeting so new carpeting could be laid.  What a surprise it was to find a beautiful wood floor beneath worn and dated carpeting.  Not only did the customer save the cost of carpeting replacement, but he added the selling bonus of a hardwood floor.  He was as surprised as I was when I told him the news.

Gizmo Home Craft can handle most any job, from major remodels to getting a home ready for sale.  Give me a call for a free estimate.

A fantastic wood floor hiding under old carpeting.

A New Roof In Bowlingbrook

I just finished this roof in Bolingbrook.  Summer is roofing season and  I am a certified roofer. In addition, I am a certified GAF contractor.  Being a GAF contractor allows me to offer an enhanced GAF weather stopper warranty for my customers. This warranty is a 50-year warranty that covers both materials and labor. It doesn’t even pro-rate for the first 20 years, and it is transferable to a new homeowner during that first 20 years.

Your roof protects your entire house.  When you need to replace it make sure that you know someone who knows roofs.  Low price and good value are two very different things. Call us for a free estimate.

The old shingles needing to be replaced.

Out with the old roof, in with the new.

Ready to face the elements. The new roof is ready to go!

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