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...]

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...]

Applying Thin-Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

Marking Initial Concrete Area

In our previous article in this floor tiling home renovation project, we had installed the metal tile screen onto the 1/2 inch plywood sub floor in preparation for the new large tiles. Today we quickly examine placing the thin-set concrete into the screen as the last step before the contractors can actually install the new floor tiles. Now, one doesn't need a lot of precision for this step. You just need to ensure you mix the right amount of water with the dry mix so the mud as they call … [Read more...]

Removing Old Floor Tile

Plastic Sheets Preventing Dust From Tile Removal

In our previous article in this series on tiling our front hall and laundry room, we provided a description of the current state, with the 23 year old tile in the front hall and the linoleum flooring in the adjacent laundry room. Today, we describe the process used by the contractors to remove the old tile in the front hall. The first thing that they did was to have me turn off the central air system. This was done for the entire floor tile removal in order to prevent the fan in the … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Project Listing – Eves Trough / Gutter Replacement

bay window fascia and gutter

A while back we had a contractor, recommended by a friend, replace the gutters and down spouts in our 22 year old home. Today, we provide that page for our eves trough or gutter replacement project. Why the need? Well we had not one but two ice dams two winters ago in our gutters causing water leakage in our dining room and basement ceiling. Thank goodness we were home when this occurred so no permanent damage occurred. However, this was caused by a combination of poor initial gutter … [Read more...]

Applying Drywall Compound and Tape to Drywall Insert

Drywall Compound Applied

Yesterday we showed the use of the urethane sealant into the crack on the outside of the foundation wall. Today, in this continuing series on fixing our basement water leak caused by a crack in our foundation wall, we return inside to have Fitz of Clarke Basement Systems At this point in the home repair project, there is no techniques uique to the foundation wall crack repair effort, just so you know. Yet, it is part of the foundation wall crack repair service provided by this … [Read more...]

Finishing Trimming the Neglected Cedar Hedge

Cedar Hedge Under Control

Yesterday I showed you the tools used by the professional tree and hedge contractors to finish the job I started, that being trimming the neglected cedar hedge down to size. Before they left, I asked them to also tackle one additional aspect of the cedar hedge which had come to be an annoyance. The picture below is from between my house and my neighbours taken right before they started their task. What bothered me was the very first cedar plant of the hedge was too close to the gate … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Custom Bathtub Tiled Skirt

Measuring and Marking Flange Cut in Tile

In yesterday's article we wrote and showed in the pictures how Bennett temporarily placed some of the floor tiles from the walls near the toilet flange in the ground. The purpose of this was to sketch with a pencil the round cut that he would need to make into the floor tiles from SnapStone which would be placed on either side of the flange. Below is another picture of Bennett in action, if you will, with this task. So, here we are with the floor ready for tiling; well … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Under the Bathtub

Bathtub With Tile Floor Border Broken

In yesterday's article we began the preparation of the floor within the bathroom we were going to apply floor tile.Once the carpet, under-padding and baseboard molding were removed, Bennett started to work on the flooring by the bathtub. Why? Well, here is a picture of the bathtub just after the carpet was removed. What you should notice are two things. First, the bathtub has a skirt along its length (removed in the above picture; however you can still see the wooden support frame). … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 1

Bathroom Towel Rack Repair\Bathroom Towel Rack Repair 1

Today we write about one of the many home maintenance tips which are easy to do. Most bungalows, just like the one we call home, are short on space because any living space which is not in the basement is all on one floor. So, in our master bedroom's en-suite bathroom we had installed a double towel rack by the contractors as part of creating the en suite in the first place. Planning. A double towel rack holds two towels at once; it will need to hold double the weight of a regular … [Read more...]

100th Anniversary Edition

Can you believe it? We have actually reached our first 100 days with a post every single day. Quite frankly, when we started we never thought about achieving this milestone. If we had we probably would not have even started. So, we want to do two things in today's tip. First, we have to thank the the people from the Authority Blogger Forum for their relentless help in getting our blog off the ground. Specifically, we would like to thank the following who have become our mentors on web site … [Read more...]

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