Carpentry

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 …

              How To Select The Right Materials For Building Furniture

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                If you have decided to build a piece of furniture you might find it hard to find the right materials at a price you can afford. This means you will either need to search in unconventional places or be prepared to spend much more than you might for a premade piece.

                Today the cost and availability of hardwood is not what it use to be. In your average home store you …

                How To Remodeling Used vs Building a New Kitchen Table

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                  A guy I know was looking for a woodworking project for the winter. He was thinking about building a new kitchen table but he didn’t have access to a table saw or other woodworking tools all he had is a miter saw and some basic equipment like a drill. He was looking at some plans from a website for a basic table. One of the plans he showed me was an outside garden …

                  How To Fix A Hole In Your Ceiling Drywall

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                    This guy is asking me about how to repair a hole in his drywall ceiling. It seems that he was up in the attic trying to fix some electrical problems and lost his balance and put his foot through the ceiling.

                    From first glance you might not think this is a bad situation but it really is for him. The first thing that I noticed was that the break in the drywall was right up …

                    How To Repair Someones Failed Attempt At A Garage Door Install

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                      Ok, so this is a pretty bad project but a guy was asking what he could do to seal a garage floor that was extending past the opening of the garage door.

                      At first glance I thought ok someone decided that they wanted to install a wood floor in their garage and maybe it is an older home with an attached garage where they didn’t have the money to install concrete and didn’t want to …