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...]

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...]

Creating A Dry Well For Sufficient Drainage

Increased Drainage Opening

Yesterday, in this series on our basement water leak repair, we found that we did not have sufficient drainage to cover the remote chance that the water leak would return some time in the future after the repair to the crack in the foundation wall. Now, remember that we are talking about a backup should the first part of the FlexiSpan solution not hold out all of the water which would be come in from the outside due to excessive rain storm or melting slow runnoff seeping down through the … [Read more...]

Inadequate Drainage

Using Jack Hammer

Yesterday we showed the process by which the crack through which water had leaked into our basement had been located on the inside of our basement bedroom. Today we review the initial part of the solution. And, it was not applying the fix to the foundation wall crack. The first step which Fitz, from Clarke Basement Systems, proceed to do was to drill a small opening in the poured concrete floor directly beneath the crack in the foundation wall. In the above picture you can see … [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...]

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...]

Sealing Drywall Ceiling Vent Air Leaks Alternatives

DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday, I described the situation with the large air leaks around an air vent in our basement within a room where the ceiling was finished with drywall. So, what was the best solution, other than ripping out the drywall around the ceiling vent, installing a new vent duct boot, etc. which I was not prepared to do. However, since this room was used very rarely ... in fact we affectionately called it the boyfriend room :) ... we used a vent blocker on the register to prevent heated air in the … [Read more...]

Moen Laudry Faucet Leak Repair

Moen Laundry Faucet

Yesterday, we wrote about how we were not able to turn off the hot water from our Moen laundry room faucet. So, the next day off I go to Home Depot to buy a replacement for the inexpensive, although only two year old, faucet. Since I had replaced (with some help) a sink and faucet in one of our bathrooms over a year ago, and since this faucet was installed only two years ago, I was pretty confident all I would need to do would be to remove and basically drop in the identical … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 2

DAP Tex and DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday I wrote about the air leaks we discovered around our cold cellar door during the blower test of our second home energy audit. Today I wanted to write about the solution I used. Now, as shown yesterday, we are not talking about a space that is 10 inches wide by 10 inches high. The amount of space around the door frame is around, by my calculations, about 15 square feet (36 inches wide at the top of the door + 72 inches high for one side of the door X 2 sides X 1 inch deep); … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 2

Yesterday we wrote about and shows the major gaps along the outer edges of our family room fireplace which caused significant air to rush into our home during our second energy audit's blower test.Today, we show the solution. For comparative purposes, here is one picture showing the gaps between the wood trim and the brick of the fireplace. Now, our solution was to use DAP Seal N'Peel removable (or as I say in the video below, strippable) caulking. Why this product which, yes, … [Read more...]

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