Home improvement and renovation tips

Exteriors


All about flashing (part II)

Here are some more flashing facts. We’ll look at the two options when a sloping roof meets a vertical wall. Horizontal along the wall: In this case, a piece of 10″ flashing bent in half (or valley flashing) will do the trick. Slide one end up under the siding, and nail the bottom half over

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Plumbing


More reno demo tips – plumbing protection

Eric Z, a long-time reader, experienced renovator/builder, and former owner of a large building supply store in Toronto, had some smart suggestions after reading our reno-demo checklist. “I lost an entire renovation,” he writes. “$40,000 in damage – due to a shut-off valve failing in the night the day before the new sink was to

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Painting/Decorating


Wood finish tricks

If you’re a detail kinda person, and you want to really finish up your wood projects perfectly, here are some tips. A lot of us are happy to simply countersink finish nails in trim, so they’re not noticeable. But to really finish it properly, you should fill the holes. Now, the problem is, much of

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More reno demo tips – plumbing protection

Eric Z, a long-time reader, experienced renovator/builder, and former owner of a large building supply store in Toronto, had some smart suggestions after reading our reno-demo checklist. “I lost an entire renovation,” he writes. “$40,000 in damage – due to a shut-off valve failing in the night the day before the new sink was to be installed.” As you can see from this photo, during the entirety of our long

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Five-point checklist for a trouble-free renovation demolition

A recent kitchen renovation reminded me, in some cases a little too late, about some key areas to cover up during a demolition or drywall mudding/sanding. Here you go. Mask doorways into other areas of the house Well, duh. Okay, I did remember this one. For a major old-house plaster demo or drywall sanding, 6 mil plastic and painter’s tape do the trick to seal the openings well. We stapled

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How to install a toilet – Tips

Now that we’ve installed a toilet, we’ll review a few tips to help you do the job with finesse. 1. It’s a good idea to pick up an extra valve just in case your soldering attempt isn’t up to snuff… particularly with a ball valve. Or do the job while the store’s open. 2. Use a MAPP gas torch when soldering such a valve. 3. When tightening the supply hose

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