Building A Deck: Stairs

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Most of time, if you build a deck or a porch on your house, you’re going to need some stairs to get on and off of it. You might have a ground level deck in which case you won’t need stairs, but if you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you do. Read More

Quick Tip: Post Holes

Putting a fence around your property is a common project that a homeowner can tackle themselves. You get a post hole digger from the local hardware store and go to town setting 4×4 posts into the ground. Read More

House Upgrades with the Most Value

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Whether you plan to sell your home or just want to make sure your plans will boost its value, there are so many different upgrades you can do that will increase the value of your home. Read More

Improve The Look Of Your Porch

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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

Building A Deck: Decking

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Once you have your new deck framed, you’ll need to install the decking. There are many products you can use as decking material.

diy deck cedar deckingCedar: 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

Building A Deck: Framing

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DIY deck porch rot home remodelOne 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

Fix Fail #1: Gutter Leak

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DIY Gutter Leak home improvement repair remodelFirst 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