Carpentry

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 …

    How To – Wood Filler And Repair Products To Hide Damage

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      No matter how nice you are to your cabinets, floors and furniture there is going to come a time when you cause some damage that needs to be repaired.

      The first thing you need to keep in mind when repairing damage is… no matter how well you do the job your in-laws will walk into your home and directly to the repaired object and stair at it throughout their visit.

      Another consideration is whether the repair …

      How To – Sanding Drywall For Final Paint Application

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        After you have completed repairing or installing your drywall you will need to sand and prepare the drywall compound used for taping joints and filling nail or screw heads.

        Sanding is only for the final prep of the wall and for the most part won’t be needed while making repairs.

        First start by working your way around the entire room with a drywall pallet knife knocking down any big bumps. Hold the knife at a tight …

        How To – Dealing With Damaged And Ugly Popcorn Ceilings

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          Popcorn ceilings are a fad that have seen their day unfortunately once they are installed they tend to stay around longer then basements full of 1960’s wood paneling.

          There are two reasons designers or home owners install popcorn ceilings.

          The first is to reduce repair major problems.

          If a home owner or remodeler is confronted with a ceiling that has a heavy damage then they have the choice of replacing the drywall,  making spot repairs which will …

          How To – Finding Wall Studs Behind Drywall

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            Whether you are hanging a picture or installing a light switch there are many times when you need to locate the studs that are in your finished walls.

            Some people will suggest a tap and listen method to find where the stud is located but this is probably not a great idea. Since your wall may be made of paneling, drywall or plaster over lath depending on your untrained ear will leave you with a …

            How To – Bark Side Up Or Down – Decks Shingles

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              As often as every deck is built the question arises should you place the bark side up when you install the decking or should you place the board so the bark side is down.? The reason for this is to reduce cupping or warpage of the board. In shingling the same is true there is an inside and outside of many shingles.

              Here we will take a look at …

              HowTo – Repairing Rot On A Decorative Porch Post

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                Any piece of wood exposed to the elements will eventually rot. It doesn’t matter if it is white pine or pressure treated and paints and stains will only delay the eventual decay.

                If the item is relatively inexpensive you can just replace it but in this case the decorative post found outside our front door is starting to see problems. These posts can cost a good amount of money …

                How To – Steel Joist And Beam Hangers

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                  There are many times when building an addition, deck or other project requires the use of steel Joist or beam hangers but how do you know when to use them and what is the best way to install them.

                  Here we will look at a couple applications for steel and explain the proper install procedures.

                  When you are hanging a porch or deck off of the side of your home …

                  How To – Installing Shed Tie Downs

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                    Well you just bought your new shed and the building inspector tells you that you need to install Tie Downs to pass your inspection.

                    So what are Tie Downs and Why Do you need them?

                    In areas prone to high winds small out building like sheds can cause some serious damage if they are lifted off their foundation and blown into a house or car. For this reason many local …

                    How To – Organizing Your Shed With Shelves And Tool Racks

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                      So you bought a shed or built one to put all your stuff in but it seems that everything ends up in a pile in the corner and it is just as bad as when it was all in your garage. Well in an afternoon with a few tools you can put your storage in order and finally stop tripping over the lawn mower every time you need …