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...]

Installing Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Removal of Toilet Paper Holder Ends

Last time we wrote about the Moen Banbury Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder in brushed nickel we purchased at The Home Depot Renew and Redo Your Bath event. While it was not one of the many bathroom accessories on sale for 20% off, it was one which fit our en suite's accessories and finishing. Now, what about the installation? It is not hard; it simply entails several small steps. First of course is the removal of the current toilet paper holder. Once done, I wanted to see if the ends … [Read more...]

Baseboard Almost In Place

Underpadding On Top Of Concrete Floor

In this continuing series on the repair of our foundation wall crack, which caused a water leak in our finished basement within the recent past,  last time we wrote about the replacement of the carpet grabber strips using construction adhesive. After waiting 24 hours we are now ready to return the pulled back under-padding and carpet into its place on the poured concrete floor and reinstall the baseboard molding. The first step was easy enough, simply lay the pulled back under-padding … [Read more...]

Sanding And Priming Twice The Drywall Repair Insert

Norton WallSand Drywall Screen

Yesterday we say how the Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems started to repair the drywall in our finished basement bedroom following his application of the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system to stop future water leaks. Today, we continue that process. Remember, because the water leak occurred on a finished wall, it was our responsibility to re-finish the repair. So, I used this Norton WallSand Drywall Screen as my sanding tool. I don't like thinks that last. I find … [Read more...]

Covering Foundation Wall Crack From The Outside

Foundation Wall Crack

In this continuing series on the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall to prevent any future water leaks, we saw the techniques used to insert the new piece of 3 feet by 4 feet of drywall into the area with only a single vertical piece of wood available from the existing wood frame. Today we go outside. Now, here is the crack on the foundation wall which started it all. Notice that it goes along the vertical edge where the poured concrete foundation wall meets the brick … [Read more...]

Using Clean Space Membrane To Protect The Overlay Sealant

Urethane Overlay Sealant Applied

In the most recent article in this series on our basement water leak repair series, we saw how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems applied the urethane sealant overlay onto the FlexiSpan Foam Drain Strip to provide insurance in case any water did over the long term seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the crack in the foundation wall itself. If this part of our basement was unfinished, that would be it as far as sealing the foundation wall crack (still a bit more work though … [Read more...]

Installing Vent Register in Drywall Ceiling Vent

Basement Ceiling Vent Wood Insert

Now that I has sufficiently, I think, covered up all of the possible air leaks in the ceiling vent within the basement room in our home which has the drywall ceiling, I still needed to install the vent cover. If you recall from previous articles, I could not simply install a traditional vent register as it would not fit inside the vent opening in the ceiling. And, using a vent register which is traditionally used for a cold air return did not provide any area inside the vent opening with … [Read more...]

Repairing Bathroom Double Towel Rack – 2

New Bathroom Towel Rack Anchor Position

Yesterday, in Part 1 we had removed the double towel rack from it's initial faulty location, located one wall stud to be used to secure the towel rack in it's new location had drilled the anchoring holes. Remember that we used a level to ensure that the pair of holes on either side would be, well, level. So, next I found a pair of screws larger than those which came with the double towel rack's packaging and screwed them past the drywall and into the wall stud to secure the anchoring … [Read more...]

Finishing Bathroom With Caulking – 2

DAP 30 Kitchen and Bathroom Caulking

Yesterday, we wrote about two areas of our daughter's bathroom which were not properly finished with caulking. Here is a before picture for one of the areas just to remind you. The product we used was this one from DAP, their 3.0 Kitchen and Bathroom caulking. Here is what the area on the left now looks like after having applied the caulking along the corner where the ceramic tiled wall meets the wall just with drywall. Now, remember that I certainly do not profess to be … [Read more...]

Finishing Bathroom With Caulking – 1

Uneven Paint in Corner

To me, caulking is one of those home renovation finishing projects which if it is used no one really notices but if it is not used the project looks, well, un-finished. Let me show you our daughter's bathroom. In particular, we are going to focus on two areas. First, look in the picture below where the wall with ceramic tile (on the right) meets the wall with only drywall (on the left). See in the corner how the blue paint is unevenly applied to the corner? Here is a close-up to … [Read more...]

SaniDry Dehumidifier – Part 4 – Installation 2

In Part 3, the SaniDry Basement Air System was delivered to our home and the location decided. Since I wanted the unit hidden from view we needed to have duct kits installed from the unit out past the wall so the dehumidifier to take in the moist air from the large open finished area of the basement and return dryer air back into the area. So, what are duct kits? Well, if you want to have your SaniDry unit take in moist air directly from another room and to return it to that other room you … [Read more...]

Drop vs Drywall Ceiling – Part 3

Drywall Ceiling

In Parts 1 and 2 of Drop vs Drywall Ceiling, I presented several reasons why I am a big fan of drop ceiling. The major reason related to the ability to get at the plumbing and electrical and air ducts that resides attached to the basement ceiling. If you need to follow someone else's wiring or plumbing lines, all you need to do is to remove the ceiling tiles in a drop ceiling and there you go. Can't do that with a drywall ceiling without damaging the drywall. The picture below provides … [Read more...]

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