Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #311 – Heating – Insulate Cold Cellar Door Frame

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 311,  Insulate Cold Cellar Door Frame. It is not just door sweeps and weather stripping on cold cellar door frames which help block out cold air from entering the home. Also check to see if the door frame itself is sufficiently insulated. If not, consider using insulating … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #297 – Heating – Weather Stripping on Exterior Doors

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 297, Weather Stripping On Exterior Doors. Make sure that the weather stripping on the left side, the right side and the top of the door frame for your exterior doors are actually working to keep out the cold air in the winter (and the hot air in the summer). There should … [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...]

Finishing the Door Handle Installation – Part 2

Finished Door Handle Hardward Inside Door

In yesterday's article we provided visual evidence of what an unfinished installation of the door handle hardware can look like. Today we conclude with the approach we used to finish the job. To finish the job and provide a more professional appearance all we did was to use Wood Filler that cost less than $5. Wood Filler comes in different colours. We actually had to wait a few days for the Wood Filler in white to be restocked. Yes, this is the same Wood Filler we used to finish the … [Read more...]

Finishing New Door Frames – Part 2

Tools

In Part 1 we examined different examples of what an unfinished new door frame installation can look like. Here, in Part 2 we review what tools and materials we used for the finishing. Three of the tools we are going to use are shown below:   The tool in the yellow and black packaging is called a Nail Set. It's purpose is to allow one to use a hammer to drive the exposed nail head beneath the surface of the wood. Did you know that this device comes in different sizes? I didn't it. The … [Read more...]

Finishing New Door Frames – Part 1

Unfinished door jams

The first area of the home which we would like to address in this new category concerns finishing the installation of the door frames for the French Doors between the living and dining rooms. Previously, this was simply an open space between the two rooms with no doors. However, currently I find myself working at home a significant amount of time. In order to have privacy to concentrate on the work for my employer and to not distract others in the house we decided to narrow the width of the … [Read more...]

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