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...]

Color Coordination – Color Coordinating Floor Vent Register With Floor Tiles

Black Floor Vent Register on Charcoal Tile

In the previously article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we wrote about the technique used to secure the grout between the tile and the wood of the adjacent stairs wood hand railing. Today, we wanted to cover coordinating the color of the floor vent register with the new dark charcoal over-sized floor tiles. Here is the a picture where we used the original vent cover in the newly tiled laundry room: Typically, floor vent registers are not meant to be … [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...]

Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Unfinished Floor Tile Edge by Sunken Room

Last time we looked at the finishing solution used on the vertical stairway riser by the newly laid floor tile. Today we have a similar dilemma for the edge of the newly laid hallway floor tile at the end of the sunken living room. Here is a picture of the sunken living room entrance to the front hall before the floor tiling renovation project began. And now here is a picture of the same area once the new floor tile has been laid in the front hall. Notice the difference? … [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...]

Foundation Wall Crack Project Repair Completed

Finishing Nails and Spike

Yesterday I placed the carpet back into position and almost had the baseboard trim in place. I say 'almost' as there were some gaps which I wanted to see if I could reduce. So, I found some finishing nails from a prior project and proceeded to hammer a few of them into areas with what I thought was excessive gaps between the baseboard trim and the base of the wall. My goal was to reduce as much of this gap as practical to both have a uniform finished appearance and reduce the amount of … [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...]

EZ Snap Exterior Window (Solar) Shades – White Anchors In Place

Black Male Hardware on White Anchor

Yesterday, I wrote and showed how I replaced the older black coloured anchors with the newer white anchors for our EZ Snap exterior window blinds. Why? Well, quite frankly I was curious how the white anchors would look behind the black coloured hardware used to secure our exterior window solar shades. After placing the white anchors on our white window frame, I waited until the next day before applying the male part of the hardware.  This is the recommended approach by the exterior … [Read more...]

Sealing Ceiling Vent Register

DAP 30 Advantaged All-Purpose Sealant

In my efforts to achieve energy savings and seal the air leaks within the ceiling air vent opening, I was unable to secure the vent register sufficiently to the ceiling without there being any gaps between the register and the ceiling drywall. So, what to do? For better or worse, I decided to try caulking. I thought that not only would caulking seal the gaps along the edges of the vent register between it and the drywall ceiling, but once dry the caulking would hold in place the end of … [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...]

Caulking Tubes – Is There A Difference?

Large Caulking Tube Tip

What a silly question. Or is it? ;) As mentioned yesterday I am about to embark on several home maintenance tasks involving caulking. Some to provide that missing finishing touch. Others related to preparing the home for the winter to come and conserve energy consumed when heating the home. In either case, I am going to need a lot of caulking. I also mentioned that I am likely the world's worst when it comes to applying caulking. I find it a messy task and I am not good at it. One … [Read more...]

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