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Repairing a Garage Door

July 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Overhead garage doors, whether they roll up in sections or swing up in one piece, operate on spring tension. The door moves on metal tracks on the garage walls, and a heavy spring or springs provide the power. In most cases when the door doesn’t work easily, repairs are fairly simple. Here are some helpful […]

Residential AC units

July 26, 2010 at 11:05 am | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Here we describe how to inspect residential air conditioning systems (A/C systems) to inform home buyers, owners, and home inspectors of common cooling system defects. The articles at this website describe the basic components of an air conditioning system and then we discuss how to estimate the rated cooling capacity of an air conditioning system […]

How to put up a wood fence

July 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1 Purchase lumber – for every 8 feet of fence, buy: 1-4×4 treated post (plus end post) 2-2x6x8 treated rails (2×4’s will sag after time) 18-1x6x6 cedar fence boards wood screws 2 1/2″ or 3″(rails) and 1 1/2″(fence boards) 2 bags ready mix cement per hole Step 2 Clear and level fence line. Put […]

How to repair a leaky roof

July 21, 2010 at 11:06 am | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1 Stroll around your house slowly with a pair of binoculars. Methodically inspect every square inch of your roof with the binoculars. Do you see any cracks, tears, or rot? These are often a leak source. Take note of where you see imperfections in the shingles or sheathing. Get up on the roof and […]

How to Clean a Carbon Monoxide Detector

July 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



#1: TEST CO detector and batteries. Tip #1: Pick a day each month to ‘test’ your Carbon Monoxide detector and its batteries to ensure that both are functioning properly. Replace old batteries with new ones if needed. #2: Vacuum Tip #2: Vacuum your CO detector with a vacuum that has an upholstery attachment to clean […]

How to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

July 20, 2010 at 11:51 am | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1 Consider your home. Do you use gas appliances or electric? Does your house include an attached garage? If you use electric appliances and you don’t have an attached garage, you don’t need a carbon monoxide detector. However, if you use gas and/or you have an attached garage, you may want to consider using […]

How to Repair Leather Furniture

July 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1 Make sure your leather is the type that can be repaired at home. Ninety percent of furniture is made from top coated or protected leather, which luckily, is easy to repair with do-it-yourself kits. This leather is uniform in color and appearance, has an identifiable grain pattern, does not scratch easily and if […]

How to Repair a Broken Sprinkler Pipe

July 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1 Turn off the water supply to your sprinkler system. This can usually be done by turning off the water supply to the house at the city meter. Contact the city water department if you are unfamiliar with how this is done. If you have a separate meter or a well, there should be […]

How to replace a garbage disposal

July 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1: Prepare for the Project Make sure you have all parts listed on the instruction sheet. Turn off the power to the disposal at the circuit-breaker box. It’s a good idea to check the amperage of the circuit to be sure the disposal won’t overload it. The amperage should be shown on the breaker […]

How to repair brick wall mortar

July 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor



Step 1 Remove the old loose mortar with a paint scraper. Step 2 Sweep the small remaining mortar bits out with a small broom. Step 3 Mix a small amount of mortar to repair the joints. Step 4 Match the color to the existing mortar. Step 5 Make the mortar’s consistency like toothpaste. Step 6 […]

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