5 Helpful Maintenance Tips for the Home Pool

The family swimming pool provides lots of fun and entertainment. In order to make sure the pool stays in good condition, there are some regular items that have to be addressed. Pool maintenance is not glamorous – but it should be attended to regularly, or it can lead to problems. Here are 5 tips to keep the pool clean and clear: 1) Take care of the pool chemicals. Handling this item “every so often” is just asking for trouble. Checking and adjusting pool chemicals is best handled as a … [Read more...]

Drywall Repair

Partial Basement Drywall Repair

Drywall repair in a home is something which I find many people avoid, thinking that it is too hard or too difficult to do. I used to be like that. However, from personal experience it is not hard. The trick is to have patience and the right technique. We have written several short series of articles about repairing walls in different rooms in our home including a finished basement bedroom, a bathroom, an en suite bathroom, a potty room and a living room / home office. In each case … [Read more...]

Completing Drywall Repair

Starting First Coat of Paint Over Primed Drywall Repair

In the previous article in this series, we had completed the two layers of primer paint onto the sanded area of drywall repair, with each coat slightly exceeding the width of the prior to avoid a noticeable bulge in the finished repair. Now we are ready to apply the two, yes two, coats of paint. And this is where I ran into an unexpected challenge. When I started to paint over the second coat of primer on the wall, I continued my pattern of applying the paint not just on the repaired or … [Read more...]

Continuing With The Dryall Damage Repair

Second Layer of Drywall Compound

Last time I described, and showed with a lot of pictures, how I started to repair the large drywall crack on the wall supporting one of the French Doors between the living and dining rooms. If you missed the prior article you can simply use the above link. To remind you of where we left off, we had applied drywall compound onto the crack and surrounding wall surface followed by placing moistened non-adhesive drywall tape onto the wet drywall compound, smoothing the tape so no air pockets … [Read more...]

Drywall Repair By French Doors

Dryall Crack Caused By French Door

Previously, we described the set of circumstances which resulted in a very large crack in the drywall by our newly installed set of French Doors. So, to bring you back to our starting point, below you will see the crack in the drywall starting at the left of the vertical door frame and going about 13 inches to the left, then making a 90 degree turn upwards for another 13 inches or so. Ugly. While the contractor who indicated there was nothing that could be done I decided to proceed with … [Read more...]

How To Repair Drywall – French Doors

Glass French Doors To Dining Room

Over the past couple of weeks we have written about our experiences repairing drywall in two very different situations: How To Repair Drywall Holes From Relocating Towel Rack How To Repair Crack Between Sheets of Drywall Today, we have a third different type of drywall damage in need of repair in which I thought you might be interested in how we did it. Take a look at the picture below. What do you see? Sure you see a pair of French Doors with glass inserts leading to a dining … [Read more...]

Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Potty Room

The past three articles in this short series on our new pivoting toilet paper holder has seen us reach the point where it is installed on the wall of our en suite potty room. We obtained the new toilet paper holder, the type where it is super easy to remove and replace the roll of toilet paper, during The Home Depot's  Renew and Redo Your Bath event. You can participate first if you want by entering our giveaway contest for a change to win your own $200 Home Depot Gift Card. Now, this is … [Read more...]

Finishing The Bathroom Drywall Repair Project

Applying First Coat of Primer

Previously, we reviewed the second group of steps involved with repairing a cracked wall at the point where two sheets of drywall met in the potty room of our en suite bathroom. It is timely that we get this fixed as this the early stages of The Home Depot's Renew and Redo Your Bath event. Why place updated new fixtures or accessories in a bathroom if part of it is damaged? Repair the damage first and then deal with the other parts of a bathroom renewal. Don't worry, the Renew and Redo Your … [Read more...]

Using Drywall Tape

Small Tub of Water for Drywall Tape

Yesterday we started to look at how to repair a finished wall where the compound where two sheets of drywall meet becomes separated. I obtained the repair materials I already did not have at my local Home Depot store. They were very helpful explaining to me how to undertake this bathroom repair, something I don't do all the time. I did it and they did help, you might say. :) Renewing and redoing a bathroom doesn't simply have to be about buying and installing new stuff, although new … [Read more...]

Separated Drywall Sheets Repair

Potty Room Wall

Two days ago we started our $200 gift card giveaway provided by The Home Depot to celebrate its Renew and Redo Your Bath event as all Home Depot locations in the USA. You can enter as many times as you wish by accessing the entry rules and form here in our Home Depot Renew Your Bath giveaway. Over the past week or so I have written and showed you with lots of pictures about the repair of minor drywall damage in one of our bathrooms caused by the repositioning of a towel rack. Today we … [Read more...]

Drywall Repair – Drywall Damage From Towel Rack

Repositioned Towel Rack

I have written previously about the right way to install towel racks; that being with at least one side anchored into the vertical wood stud behind the drywall. Too often even professional contractors install them using drywall anchor plugs on both sides. When that occurs, sooner or later, one side or the other of the towel rack will start to become loose from the wall and eventually cause damage. That was the situation we had in one of our daughter's bathrooms. This is a simple but … [Read more...]

Closing Opening in Wall With Drywall

Initial Screws Along Drywall Edge Opening

In our continuing series on the repair of the crack in our finished basement foundation, last time we saw the approach and techniques used to repair the opening in the wood frame, apply the new insulation and finally repair the opening which had been made in the vapour barrier. In this article we cover how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems repaired the opening made in the drywall. After measuring the opening in the drywall, Fitz proceeded to cut a piece to approximate the 34 inches high … [Read more...]

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