Carpentry

How To – Construction Project Timeline Management & General Contracting

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    Whether you are working on your own home or building homes for others one of the most important tasks in General Contracting and project management is understanding and planing your task timeline.  As the saying goes you can’t put the cart before the horse but even if you know you need a horse and a cart there are so many other factors before you can take the ride.

    Smaller projects like planting a garden can …

    How To – Installing A Ledger For Your Deck Or Porch

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      Probably the most important part of your deck or porch addition is how it is fastened to your home.

      With so many different design options for your addition there is really only one way to attach the most important structural part of your deck and that is by using a ledger board and carriage bolts as fasteners.

      Some contractors will have you believe that you can simply nail or lag bolt or build a …

      How To – Wood, Metal Or Poly Plastic Garden Sheds Which Is Best?

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        There are a number of different choices when you are looking to purchase a Garden Shed and with all types you must consider the size and whether you will purchase a kit or have a completed shed delivered.

        For the most part when you purchase a wood shed they will come pre-assembled and will most likely require only leveling of the ground or placing of concrete blocks to position the shed in its permanent place.

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        How To – Building Basics – The 4 main parts of a home

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          In this HowTo we will cover the 4 basic parts of a house structure.

          Yes I know you are saying there are so many items in a house how can it be broken down to just 4 main parts. Well here we will be covering the structure of the home better known as the Framing.

          Framing can be thought of as the shell or skeleton of the home.

          The parts used …

          Buying Guide – Choosing The Right Type Of Plywood

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            Plywood is used in a variety of places around our home. It can be found on our roofs, in our walls, floors and cabinets.

            Plywood gets its name from the way it is made. Thin layers of veneer thickness wood shaved from spruce and pine are stacked in layers or plies with its grain alternating in different directions. Each layer gets a coating of adhesive and the sheet is pressed until the glue cures then …

            How To – Refinish And Stain Outdoor Wood Bench

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              In this HowTo we will cover the basic steps of restaining an outside bench that has had its finish ruined by the elements.

              There are 4 pages to this HowTo

              To perform the work you will need.

              Electric Sander
              1 Pack of assorted Sandpaper
              Paint Scraper
              Good Quality Nylon Brush
              Brush Cleaner
              Small Can Of Wood Stain
              Small Can Of Urethane Sealer
              Spray Can of Flat Black Paint
              Masking Tape
              Old News Paper
              Plastic Tarp

              Cost for restoring this bench will be …

              HowTo – Concrete Backer Board & Drywall For Bathroom Remodeling

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                Search : Modern Bathroom Vanity Sink Basin Cabinet Set 3138Depending on the age of your home and the extent of your bathroom remodeling project you may or may not have to remove the drywall or plaster lath that make up the surfaces for your walls.

                If your home was built before 1960 and you will be doing more then just replacing a vanity and toilet then you should probably consider a total remake of …

                How To – Installing Plywood Decking Over Floor Joists

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                  After you have installed your floor joists the next step is installing the plywood decking that will be the base for your home’s floors.

                  Before you begin this part of your project it is important that you make sure your joists / rim joists are aligned so the home is square.  Using a tape measure check the corners for square and double check the distances between the joists at 16 on center.

                  Decking comes in two …

                  How To – Repairing A Rotted Exterior Door Jam Molding

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                    All wood products will eventually decay and in this howto we will cover how you can repair a rotted door jam and molding.

                    The first thing you have to do is find the problem. When decay sets in on painted surfaces you will often find that the piece will look relatively ok from the outside but because the non-painted surfaces may have absorbed water over months and years the damage is likely to happen from …