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Photo Walls To Enjoy Memories Year Round

photo walls you or your handyman can hang

At the end of the year we celebrate many different holidays with family and friends who are important in our lives. It’s a fun, exciting time of year but wait … why can’t we enjoy memories of these times all year round?

You can with a photo wall (or two) in your home. You can keep the holidays and other special people and activities alive in your home year round. Photo walls work well because you’re displaying the photos at eye level where it’s easy to scan your favorite pictures. They’re also great because they don’t take up surfaces you want... 

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Drywall Repair Challenges

Drywall repair is something every homeowner has to deal with sooner or later. It might be more cosmetic and therefore less critical than other home repairs, but you ultimately need to repair drywall problems for peace of mind and selling your home.

The challenge then is whether you want to do these repairs yourself or call your local handyman. The steps you take when doing drywall repair are individually simple. It’s knowing the tools, materials and how each step builds on those before, along with attention to detail, that will get your walls and ceiling looking like new.

As homeowners you don’t... 

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Types of Drywall & How to Use Them

types of drywall needed to repair ceiling after plumbing leak

There are so many types of drywall, so even when you think you know which type of drywall you need for a small repair, don’t guess because you’ll probably have to make another trip to the store.

There are many types of drywall such as those specialized for humidity, noise reduction, damage resistance and more. They’re all made by sandwiching gypsum between two sheets of heavy paper, so it’s the paper on the outside, the thickness of the gypsum, and the chemical additives that create the different types of drywall.

Types of Drywall Used in Homes

While they look the same when painted,... 

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Peanut Butter and Home Maintenance

You can start practicing applying drywall mud, by paying attention to how you spread your peanut butter

Applying drywall mud to even a small patch on the wall isn’t easy because once it’s painted, you don’t want to see it!

Spreading peanut butter is easy because once you eat the sandwich, no one knows (or cares) how beautiful it looked. You spread both with a knife, until you have a smooth coating and I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use this analogy to have fun explaining a technical topic that few people want to ready about … so hope you have fun reading this article.

We go to school to learn how to read,... 

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Update on Corrosive Drywall / Sheetrock

US homes use drywall for their interior walls

We’ve heard about recent quality problems with Toyota cars. We’re not surprised to get a postcard for a recall on our cars and with only a few car manufacturers, they’re able (required?) to keep track of owners and send out recall notices. Our homes are stick built, using 1,000s of pieces of wood, copper, etc which come from 100s of manufacturers, making it almost impossible to monitor the safety of each component in home construction.

Building materials have primarily been manufactured in the US, with the exception of high end appliances and cabinets imported from Europe. As the global... 

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Video Showing How Popcorn Ceilings are Removed

A short while back, I wrote several posts about removing popcorn ceilings. It’s a very messy process and if you’ve not done it before, you want to cover your walls and floor with plastic.

Step 1 should always be to get your popcorn texture tested for asbestos, and if the results are positive you should use a professional for removal (required in some states like California). There are several articles you can read … just click on “Ceilings / Walls” to the right.

The video will give you a feeling for the steps involved, but also realize this guy is a pro... 

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Getting Rid of a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn Ceiling

If you mention popcorn ceilings, anyone who has a popcorn ceiling will respond almost immediately and talk about having them, hating them and share a story about replacing it with … HELP! Mostly it’s fear of the unknown, or too much work and too little time, or whatever it is that keeps us all busy today. This article offers a glimpse into where these ceilings came from, why they’re still here and most important, we’ll tell you about your options for replacing them.

Popcorn Ceiling History

Popcorn ceilings arrived in the 1950s when construction took off after World War 2,... 

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Tips to Removing a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn Repair Damage

We get a lot of calls to find and repair leaks, both roof leaks where water is getting in from above (sometimes around a window too), other times it’s from bathroom plumbing and once in a while, we’ve had to make repairs after the central air conditioning unit in the attic leaked. Covering water stains with a stain block can solve small problems. Often though, the sheetrock has enough damage that it has to be cut out and replaced.  With a popcorn ceiling, finishing off the repair is tricky. You have to remove the popcorn around the new sheetrock, in... 

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Ceilings Can Get Complicated

We do quite a few small jobs for local businesses, mostly restaurants, retail stores and small offices. These jobs are more challenging than most repairs in a home, because a business is trying to accomplish many different goals in a limited amount of space.

This particular job involved placing grids on the ceiling to support various banners that get hung occassionally to showcase new products or announce a special promotion. The store received 6 grids which were to be installed in a row. However, there were so many other fixtures (track lighting, sprinklers, etc.) on the ceiling that it took some... 

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Product Alert: Chinese Made Drywall

US homes use drywall for their interior walls

After reading about this drywall problem a second time, I decided it was time to alert you to potential problems with drywall manufactured in China. The problems being reported, alledged to have high levels of sulfur, include:

Sulfur based gases which smell like rotten eggs. Piping and wiring corroded after just a few years, causing electronics and appliances to fail.

The problem appears to be in the southeast, primarily Florida and to a lesser degree, Alabama and Louisiana. They believe the problem stems from increased drywall imports in 2004 and 2005, during the housing boom.... 

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