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...]

Dryall Repair – Remember to Prime Twice

One Coat of Primer Applied to Drywall Repair

Last time we showed the techniques we started to use in our effort to repair damaged drywall caused by changing the position of bath towel rack. Just because the holes are small does not mean that care does not need to be taken to do the job right. Yes, it is correct when they say that any job worth doing is worth doing well. :) So, this is the position of the repair home renovation project when we left it in our last article: If you recall, the steps we took to get us to the picture … [Read more...]

Completing Repair to Wooden Window Frame

Repainted Window Frame - Upper Left

Two days ago I showed you how I went about using Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler product to fill the holes in one of our bedroom's window frames. These holes were caused by removing the screws from a pair of anchor or mounting brackets for  window coverings as I installed new window coverings with the brackets installed in a different position. The picture below shows the condition for one area of the upper vertical portion of the window frame for one of the bedroom windows after I had … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #279 – Heating – Check for Window Frame Air Leaks

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 279, Check Along Window Frames For Air Leaks. The idea here is simple, just like the prior money savings heating tips which have come before. On a cold day, simply run your bare hand along any and every window frame in your home. If you feel cool air entering your home … [Read more...]

Kenney Truly CordFree Roman Window Shades – Hypbrid Mount

Placement of the Mounting Brackets for the Hybrid Installation Approach

In our previous article reviewing the Kenney Truly CordFree Roman Shades,  we showed our efforts and results for what Kenney calls an outside mount; that being where the anchoring or mounting hardware and the curtain assembly is placed on the outside of the top horizontal part of the window frame. There are two other alternative installation positions for this new window covering product from Kenney; inside and hybrid. The hybrid installation is similar to the inside alternative in that … [Read more...]

Using LED Light Bulbs in Home Ceiling Outlets

Ceiling Light With Non-Working CFL Light Bulbs

In our prior article reviewing the use of The Home Depot's 9 Watt EcoSmart LED light bulb, model A19, we took a look at using this new electricity saving light bulb in a table lamp, reading lamp and a flood lamp where it works very well. Today's article reviewing the every day use of the 9 Watt LED version of the 40 Watt incandescent workhorse light bulb used in North American homes for decades takes a look at how it performs in two fairly typical ceiling light outlet situations. For the … [Read more...]

Finishing The Baseboard Trim

Cracked Baseboard Paint

We showed the finished and cleaned over-sized floor tiles in our previous article within this floor tile home renovation project series. Today, we need to return to deal with the baseboard trim. The one part which the contractors were not willing to do was to paint the baseboard trim once they installed the new floor tile. We had two options, either have them: Install quarter round trim against the existing wood baseboard trim once the new floor tile had been laid and … [Read more...]

Starting To Lay Laundry Room Floor Tiles

Laundry Room Tile Starting Point

In the previous article within our floor tile home renovation project series, it was decided that more concrete was needed to be laid down to level the floor before any further of the 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles were laid. Now, the contractors are ready to install the floor tile in the laundry room adjacent to the front foyer. The starting point at the beginning of the day is shown in the picture below. There are already two floor tiles laid at the door opening to the front … [Read more...]

Final Floor Preparations

Smoothing Excess Dried Concrete Thin Set

The last step completed in this continuing series on the installation of new tile flooring in our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, was the laying of the concrete thin-set into the metal screen and allowing it to sufficiently dry over night and most of the next morning. Yet, before any of the tile is laid, there are a few more preparation steps which need to be done. First, Brian trimmed off the portions of the now dried concrete mixture to have a smooth surface upon which the tile … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Football Season Tickets

Notre Dame Football Tickets - End Zone Seat

Last week I wrote about the pair of Notre Dame football tickets I purchased for the home game against the Stanford Cardinals from the Notre Dame Ticket Office as part of its 'friends of ND' sale back in July. Well, just a few days ago I obtained another pair from Don, a season ticket holder out in California, for the same game vs Stanford. Don is not able to attend that game and his seats are near the 30 yard line vs the tickets we originally purchased which were in the end zone. Now, why … [Read more...]

Basement Foundation Wall Repair Series

Foundation Wall Inside Crack Causing Water Leak

We had a water leak in our finished basement. One winter during a thaw, clear water entered one of our finished basement bedrooms. It took us a while to discover the cause; a crack in our home's foundation wall. From the outside it looked like this in the picture below: From the inside, that same foundation wall crack looked like this after the drywall, insulation, etc. was stripped away and before it was repaired: The past month or so has seen us written a multi-article … [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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