Continuing With The Dryall Damage Repair

Second Layer of Drywall Compound

Last time I described, and showed with a lot of pictures, how I started to repair the large drywall crack on the wall supporting one of the French Doors between the living and dining rooms. If you missed the prior article you can simply use the above link. To remind you of where we left off, we had applied drywall compound onto the crack and surrounding wall surface followed by placing moistened non-adhesive drywall tape onto the wet drywall compound, smoothing the tape so no air pockets … [Read more...]

Completing Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder Installation

First Primer Coat Applied to Wall Repair

The past week or so we have written and shown with many pictures how easy it is to install a toilet paper holder. And, it is actually easier to install a pivoting toilet paper holder because once anchored to the wall, you can lift the bar between the two ends to repair any minor damage to the wall in behind the bathroom accessory. Today we finish the job. Here is where we left things with our new Moen Banbury Pivoting Toilet Paper holder in the brushed nickel finish which we purchased at … [Read more...]

Finishing The Bathroom Drywall Repair Project

Applying First Coat of Primer

Previously, we reviewed the second group of steps involved with repairing a cracked wall at the point where two sheets of drywall met in the potty room of our en suite bathroom. It is timely that we get this fixed as this the early stages of The Home Depot's Renew and Redo Your Bath event. Why place updated new fixtures or accessories in a bathroom if part of it is damaged? Repair the damage first and then deal with the other parts of a bathroom renewal. Don't worry, the Renew and Redo Your … [Read more...]

Using Drywall Tape

Small Tub of Water for Drywall Tape

Yesterday we started to look at how to repair a finished wall where the compound where two sheets of drywall meet becomes separated. I obtained the repair materials I already did not have at my local Home Depot store. They were very helpful explaining to me how to undertake this bathroom repair, something I don't do all the time. I did it and they did help, you might say. :) Renewing and redoing a bathroom doesn't simply have to be about buying and installing new stuff, although new … [Read more...]

Separated Drywall Sheets Repair

Potty Room Wall

Two days ago we started our $200 gift card giveaway provided by The Home Depot to celebrate its Renew and Redo Your Bath event as all Home Depot locations in the USA. You can enter as many times as you wish by accessing the entry rules and form here in our Home Depot Renew Your Bath giveaway. Over the past week or so I have written and showed you with lots of pictures about the repair of minor drywall damage in one of our bathrooms caused by the repositioning of a towel rack. Today we … [Read more...]

Completing Bathroom Drywall Repair

Closeup of Painting Wall Repair

In the previous article within this drywall repair series, we discussed the technique of using not one but two coats of primer paint, before painting, on top of the two coats of drywall compound, sanded, used to repair the holes in the drywall left when we repositioned the improperly installed double towel rack. Today we see the results of applying the paint. Remember that our goal is to have it appear once the drywall repair project is finished as if there was never a drywall repair … [Read more...]

Drywall Repair – Drywall Damage From Towel Rack

Repositioned Towel Rack

I have written previously about the right way to install towel racks; that being with at least one side anchored into the vertical wood stud behind the drywall. Too often even professional contractors install them using drywall anchor plugs on both sides. When that occurs, sooner or later, one side or the other of the towel rack will start to become loose from the wall and eventually cause damage. That was the situation we had in one of our daughter's bathrooms. This is a simple but … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Tiled Floor For Re-Tiling

Front Foyer Old Tile - View From Kitchen

How do you properly prepare an already tiled floor for new floor tiles? Well, personally I don't. However, last summer I had a tile company come and install the oversized 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Here is a picture or two of the starting point. The front hallway already had 23 year old original floor tile which came with the house. In the adjoining laundry room there was linoleum flooring. So, what steps were … [Read more...]

Completing Repair to Wooden Window Frame

Repainted Window Frame - Upper Left

Two days ago I showed you how I went about using Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler product to fill the holes in one of our bedroom's window frames. These holes were caused by removing the screws from a pair of anchor or mounting brackets for  window coverings as I installed new window coverings with the brackets installed in a different position. The picture below shows the condition for one area of the upper vertical portion of the window frame for one of the bedroom windows after I had … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Using Low Wattage PAR 20 LED Light Bulbs In The Bathroom

Mini Recessed Ceiling Lighting by Bathroom Sink and Mirors

In our prior article within this series on using energy and money saving LED light bulbs in the home, we showed how we used 3.5 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulbs in recessed ceiling lights in our daughter's bathroom and bedroom. Today, I wanted to show two areas in the other en suite bathroom in our home where we used this very low wattage LED lighting. First, remember my strategy for using two of these 3.5 Watt LED Par 20 LED light bulbs in my daughter's bathroom ceiling? Well, I tried the … [Read more...]

South Bend Resturants

Rocco's

Today's article focuses on some of the restaurants we have experienced during our two visits to South Bend and the Notre Dame campus. To read about our other articles, including many pictures and video clips, focusing on the University of Notre Dame campus, the Marching Band and Bagpipe Band, etc. please visit the Notre Dame page of this web site. Let's face it. Part of any vacation is the dining experience. The same goes for a guy's football or golfing weekend. Last year we were a … [Read more...]

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