How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #269 – Heating – Clean Baseboard Heaters and Air Vents

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 269, Clean Baseboard Heaters, Air Vents Periodically. This money saving heating tip is for every household. The more dirt and dust collected around baseboard heaters and air vents, the greater the effort it takes for the heated air to get past and heat the room. It … [Read more...]

Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

Floor Tile Againt Wooden Hand Rail Base

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we showed and discussed the need to paint the baseboard trim after the floor tile was installed. Today, we look at a technique I had not previously come across. Apologies in advance as most of the pictures in this article are just a little blurry. OK, OK, a lot blurry. Sorry. Now to me, this part of our newly installed porcelain tiled front hallway floor looks finished. It has the grout nicely applied between 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...]

Locating Foundation Crack Inside

Removing Baseboard

Yesterday we had Fitz of Clarke Basement Systems commence the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall by confirming the point and extent of the water leak. Today we describe how he began the repair by confirming the location of the foundation wall crack inside the house. Now remember, the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system is unique to Basement Systems franchises whether in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. So, the first thing Fitz did was to … [Read more...]

Bathrooom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Continued

Bathroom Floor Prep Almost Completed

The past few articles in this series on our bathroom floor tiling project dealt with different aspects of floor preparation, following the removal of the carpet (yes, carpet), under-padding and baseboard molding. Today we complete our look at the floor preparation. So, the picture below of our backroom sub-floor is where things sat after dealing with the above, as well as with the single row of tile around the bathtub as well as the tile underneath the toilet. Look closely at the … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 4

Relocated Double Bath Towel Rack

Yesterday we wrote about the re-installation of the double bath towel rack to its new position in our en suite bathroom. Of course, while the re-installation might be done, you still need to deal with the holes in the wall left from the prior wall plugs of the initial installation. Today we complete this short series on one of the many home maintenance tips which are easy to do. It took me three layers of drywall patch, each applied only once the prior drywall patch had completely … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 1

During our second home energy audit this past spring, the blower test proved to me that we had significant air leakage around the outside of our family room fireplace, as well as the one within the billiard room of our basement.Typically when one thinks of fireplaces and heat escape in the winter, one thinks about an unsealed damper within the fireplace itself. For both our fireplaces I could feel the air rushing into the house from around the edges of the fireplace border. Today we will … [Read more...]

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