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Handyman repairs

Screened porch

He called me in the spring and needed his porch rescreened.  At the time I was busy and he wanted it done soon, so he found someone else.  Towards the end of fall he called again.  The someone else was a no show.  This time I had a few days open and I said I’d be glad to do his job.

The previous homeowner who built this porch had his own way of doing things.  Though not built to any building code, it appeared well supported and safe enough to work on.

I removed all the old nylon screen and plastic screen tracks.  The sill boards were made from regular pine lumber and were beginning to rot so I replaced them with 5/4 treated lumber.

Red 3/4″cedar strips were secured to the treated lumber sills, and then black aluminum screen stapled to that.  Another layer of 1/2″ red cedar was screwed to that to sandwich the screen between the two.

Aluminum screen and cedar are a good combination.  The manufacturer says do not staple aluminum screen directly to treated lumber as the screen may decompose.

The screen turned out nicely and is almost invisible.

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Handyman repairs

Fireplace wall

This was a fun project and I’d like to do more of these installations.  The wall was bumped out about 6″ to accommodate an electric fireplace and a ultra flat screen TV.

New electric was ran for the fireplace so that it would be on it’s own circuit.  These types of heating units can draw a lot of amps and sharing the line with other devices is to be avoided.

The TV being ultra flat has it’s components in a separate box that sits on a shelf that was created within the wall behind the TV.

There is room below the TV for a hearth and above the TV for a mantle is desired.

Overall I was very pleased with this project.

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Bathroom

Total bathroom remodel

This bathroom almost whipped me.  I didn’t have a helper this season but this customer was a somewhat disabled Vietnam veteran and had already spent 2 years trying to get this job done and I didn’t want him to wait any longer.  I thought I’d work twice as hard, and I did, and it took twice as long as I expected.  The end result was pretty good but not great.

Everything was moved to create a better floorplan for his needs.  The shower curb was reduced to 3″ to make it easier for him to step over and two assist bars were installed in the shower and one across from the shower to help him maintain his balance.  The one across from the shower will also be used as a towel bar.

The toilet has two fold-down assist bars and a heated seat with cleansing water sprays.

The exhaust fan / light was replaced with a slightly larger unit than previous.  It was near 40 years old and needed replaced, however it turns out the racket it was making was partially due to a birds nest.  Starlings will walk to the end of any cavity they can enter and build a nest.

The shower walls and floor were ceramic tiles over Schluter System substrates.   The frameless shower door was the OVE Sydney 60 and is very nice and very heavy.  It has a large opening and with the assist bars his family thinks he’ll be able to easily get in and out.

The vanity and top are special ordered from Lowes and are excellent quality. 

 

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Bathroom

Bathroom floor and wall tiles

This bathroom received a total make-over.  New floor and wall tiles and everything else.  The new lights required an electrician to move some wires and add another switch, and the new deluxe base cabinets required me to move the supply and drain lines to the sink.  A bifold closet door was replaced with a 6 panel door to match the bathroom door.  We had an issue with the sink in that the material around the drain hole wasn’t formed correctly.  Thankfully, the manufacturer came out and was able to make it right.  Not shown in the photo is a new propane tankless water heater installed in the closet by a plumber, and a new walk-in tub installed by that manufacturer.  The homeowner did an excellent job with the painting.

 

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Bathroom

Bathroom remodel due to a leak in the concrete wall

This bathroom had a crack in the concrete wall behind the shower that water poured through during heavy rains.  I removed the drywall around the shower, detached it from the 2×4 studs, and moved it forward so that the foundation people could make the repairs to the concrete.  When that was done, I put the shower back in position and a bathroom remodel began.   My job was to install a new shower faucet, repair the drywall, and to tile the floor.  Also shown is the orange colored product called Ditra.  The product uncouples the tiles from the concrete thus preventing any cracks in the concrete transferring into the tiles.  The homeowner then completed the job by doing the painting and installing the fixtures.

 

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Basement remodel

1918 Bathroom

Bathroom remodel on the 1918 house.  It was torn down to the wall studs and built back up from there.  It needed a little bit of everything from floor & wall repair, to final paint and much between.  It received a new electric circuit, water supply lines & shutoffs, exhaust fan with metal duct to outside, faucets, tub and contemporary sliding door, vanity and mirror.  The fixtures were Delta from a matching collection including a grab bar in the shower.  Wood blocking in the walls allows for secure attachment of more grab bars if necessary.

 

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Bathroom

Bathroom remodel tile job

Bathroom remodel
Bathroom remodel

Like a lot of bathroom remodels, this guest bathroom was a complete tear-out to the studs and build back up from there.  A furnace duct ran along side the tub and that became a nice shelf or place to sit.  The Schluter System was used to form a completely waterproof backing behind the tiles.  A 32×60 Delta 400 deep soak tub from Home Depot was surrounded by 12×12 ceramic tiles.  The customer kept the lavatory base and got a new top and faucet.  Two coats of satin paint finished off this guest bathroom remodel.

 

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Handyman repairs

Basement garage remodel

Soffit boxes enclosing duct work.

This is a basement garage in a new house being framed for drywall.  (The house was built by someone else.) Today I’m working on the soffit boxes on the ceiling to enclose the duct work.  Tomorrow will begin the soffits near the overhead garage doors which when open will come uncomfortably close to the finished product.  Since the garage is in the basement and the living area is above the garage, building code requires this area to be finished.

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Basement remodel Bathroom

Custom shower and bathroom

Black tiles installed using Schluter Sytem in a basement shower

The customers had a vision and I helped it come true.  They did the lay-out for the walls and helped me with the framing and the drywall finishing, plus they had friends do the electric and plumbing.  They also picked out all the tiles and delivered them to the job site.

The tiles were installed using the Schluter System.  The wall tiles are 12×24 installed on Schluter Kerdi, and the shower floor tiles are six sided 2″ mosaics on Kerdi on a drypack mortar base on a concrete slab.  The floor tiles outside of the shower are the same 12×24 tiles installed on Schluter Ditra on a concrete slab.

A tempered glass panel will be installed on the 135 degree curb opening.  The rest of the curb will remain without a door though framing behind the tiles is there should a door be wanted.  Also behind the tiles is wood blocking for hand rails should they ever be needed.

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Bathroom remodel

This bathroom remodel job was gutted out down to the wall studs.  The job called for a new tub, wall tiles, light fixtures, shutoff valves, and paint.  The floor tiles, toilet, faucets, and lavatory were all somewhat new and were re-used.  During the gutting stage an unknown difficulty presented itself right away.  The walls were two layers; 1/4″ painted masonite panels over 1/2″ drywall.  Not a huge problem but did result in some spacing issues with the floor tiles.  The existing window was 100% plastic and glass and the trim I used was a plastic composite sealed in with 60 year latex caulk.  The wall tiles are set on Schulter Kerdi, and the tiled up shower nook is on a Nobel base.  We were able to take out the walls without hurting either the ceiling or the floor tiles and that was a relief.  Wrapping it up with a nice paint job including the closet

New bathtub and tiles on this bathroom remodel.
New bathtub and tiles on this bathroom remodel.

this job looked great.  Total cost to the customer less than $4500