Dressing Up an Archway with Fluted Casing and Rosettes

As my dining room trim work design starts getting underway, my construction strategy is to begin at the edges and work my way into the core of the room. So, near the top of the “start-building-it’” list is framing-out the dining room archway – and I’m planning to use wide fluted casings, rosettes and plinth blocks. […]

Replacing a Bathroom Faucet and Drain

It’s 6 AM. My daughter bursts into my bedroom shrieking, “The sink exploded and it’s not my fault!!” I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but I’m pretty sure this could be a bad start to the day. I run to the bathroom, and sure enough – water is literally shooting up from the bathroom faucet […]

My Wireless Waterproof Doorbell Epiphany

What I needed was a waterproof doorbell. All along. Repairing the classic mechanical door chime worked for me – carefully troubleshooting with each of the components: the transformer, the door chime unit and the doorbell push button. But after the repair, it was only a year or so before I had a new problem: intermittent […]

Scratch Repair for Wood Chairs & Rails: 10-Minute Fix

My house has been called “lived-in.” And what that phrase seems to really mean is that we’re always breaking stuff. The kids, the dog, the ferret — but probably the biggest breaker-of-things? That would be me.  (And my wife will surely attest to this!) Certain pieces of furniture tend to take a beating far more […]

Replacing a Central Air Conditioner Return Vent Cover

Both central air conditioning return vent covers were smashed. Oddly smashed. I could almost picture a toddler on a Fisher Price trike having a blast slamming into them repeatedly… because nothing else really seemed to fit the damage I was seeing. But no matter what really happened, we were preparing the home for rental in […]

Hardwood Floor Installation and Trim Work

Now that the dining room hardwood flooring preparation efforts are completed, it’s time to get this floor in – and really bring the room, overall, to a whole new aesthetic plateau. For those of you who read the article or who watched some of the videos in the Part 1 portion of this hardwood flooring […]

Installing a Marble Threshold

Marble thresholds (sometimes called marble saddles) are very common in many homes, often found at bathroom entries. They look really nice, they’re cool and smooth to the touch – and they’re not terribly expensive. Having recently installed a marble threshold as part of a more comprehensive home rehab project, this summary shows the steps I […]

Preparing to Install Hardwood Flooring

So, what does it take to install a hardwood floor? Is it easy? Hard? Expensive?? How much time will it take, and can I do it myself? Will I need special tools that I might not already have? These may be some of the questions you’re considering if you’ve never done something like this yourself, […]