How To Repair A Window Sill On An Antique Home That Has Settling Problems

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    One of our friends writes and asks about a historic home that they have recently purchased that has some problems around one of their windows. The window has actually been replaced and it is functioning but the sill of the window / bottom window ledge is sagging pretty bad. A few professionals had the chance to look at the problem when he was making the purchase and didn’t believe it was something that was …

    How To Buy Or Build A Garden Shed And Whats Right For You

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      In this How To we will look at the benefits and drawbacks of either buying or building your own garden shed. We will consider the costs and availability of materials and what extras you may not have considered when you thought you just wanted that extra room for the lawnmower.

      Many people don’t realize that when you are building something as insignificant as a garden shed in your backyard you most likely will have to …

      How To Refinish A Deck That Was Mistakenly Painted With Latex Paint

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        One of our friends is asking for some help with his deck. He is a new home owner and wanted to clean up his deck and decided to use some primer and latex paint instead of staining. The results are pretty ugly and the paint is chipping off in wear areas and in random areas around the deck surface. Unfortunately it seems that he painted everything including the railings and steps and now doesn’t …

        How To Repair Your Homes Rim Joist And Sill Plate

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          A friend asks about some water damage he found along his foundation when he removed his deck and he is wondering just how hard it will be for him to do the work himself or if he needs to hire a structural engineer and a contractor.

          The problem is pretty common on homes that have attached decks where the contractor didn’t take care to make sure the home was waterproofed before he attached the deck …

          How To Deal With Floor Joists That Need To Be Cut Or Moved For Plumbing

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            One of our friends asks about a bathroom remodel they are doing and while replacing their toilet the installation of the new waste line means they need to cut into a joist more than they should. When doing this you will be weakening the structure around an important area that needs to carry some weight. He wants to know what the best way to handle this is.

            Its always disappointing when you run into this type …

            How To Building Stairs And Installing Handrails To Code Standards

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              A friend is asking about a rental property he just purchased from a VA Auction and is intending to rent out for a few years until he retires and moves to this location when he is older.

              Right now he is using it as a vacation home and is in the process of preparing it for rental. When he moved in the home was inspected and found compliant with Veterans Administration Standards but he is having …

              How To Know If Wall Cracks Are Pointing To Foundation Problems

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                A friend asks about a new home they just bought. It is a 1950’s home that was built on cement block and the home is in general good condition for its age. Obviously there needs to be a lot of upgrades performed to bring it up to today’s standards but it is livable and most of the upgrades will be performed as time allows and not because they are required.

                The problem they are having is …

                How To How Long Should You Wait Before Staining Your New Deck?

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                  If you have a pressure treated deck and you thought that it would be low maintenance then think again. Although it will last about 15 years and that is much longer than untreated wood, you can expect to be staining and treating it every other or every 3 years as long as you have it. Now if you have a roofed off porch or a gazebo the area that is protected will last much longer …

                  How To choose between Deck Stain and Waterproof Sealer

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                    Every deck is a bit different and depending on the area of the country the type of wood used in its manufacture can vary a lot too. For most of the country a pressure treated wood deck made of a pine wood is pretty much the standard and because we all want something that looks nice the next step after installing it is sealing or staining it.

                    So, should you choose a Solid Stain, Transparent Stain …

                    How To Patching Plaster After Rewiring And Precautions While Other Work Is Completed

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                      One of our friends asks about a remodeling job they are having done in the next few weeks. It seems that their older home still has what they call wire and knob electrical in their upstairs walls. Before they move into the home they would like to upgrade the electrical and also finish the floors. The floors will be done by a professional and so will the electrical but they expect to do the …