A customer of mine had an old concrete back porch that was in bad shape. It needed a new bottom stair poured which left an unsightly seem and it needed some handrail. Not only did it need rail on the landing and down the stairs, it needed rail on the ground along the side of the stairs that went down to the basement so nobody fell down there.
The plan was simple. We would parge the surface and add some black aluminum handrail.
PARGE: To add a thin coat of stucco onto the surface of existing concrete to improve the appearance. Read More
Once you have your new deck framed, you’ll need to install the decking. There are many products you can use as decking material.
Cedar: Cedar is a naturally rot and insect resistant wood. That’s why you can use it for exterior projects without it needing to be treated like Fir. Decking, railing, fencing and siding are all commonly seen in raw cedar. Cedar will eventually rot over time, especially if it’s in contact with dirt. It’s recommended to treat your cedar with something to make it last even longer. You can use a clear coat sealer if you want to keep the natural look or you can go with a stain. You can still paint cedar but it’s better to use a solid stain as it will soak into wood fibers and protect the wood more effectively. Cedar can be pretty high maintenance as you will have to keep it clean and regularly reseal it. Read More
One very common upgrade you can do to your home is to replace an old rotting deck. You will probably have a basic wood deck like the one to the left. The boards are getting soft. If it’s painted, the paint is flaking off. The handrail is loose. It’s an eyesore and a safety issue.
This is a project you may want to tackle yourself and if that’s the case, there are some specific things to keep in mind when it comes to the framing of your new deck. Read More
First of all, I have no idea what happened to this gutter in the first place (main picture). It looks like somebody hacked a section of gutter out with a dull steak knife. This is at an apartment building which is a pretty common place to find fix fails. Unfortunately, a lot of apartment maintenance staff are not experienced with proper residential repairs. It seems that a maintenance worker came out and smeared caulk all over the seams of the gutter. Read More
The worst thing you can do as a homeowner is to have an emergency situation and not know how to handle it. If there is water flooding your house, the quicker you can turn the water main off, the less damage you will need to fix later. Every minute you are running around, looking for the water shut-off valve, will be gallons of water that are destroying your floors, drywall, furniture and your life.
PREPARE FOR THE REPAIR: Read More