Garage Door Makeover

In the typical fashion that I usually write in, two things will happen here.  First I will jump to the end right at the beginning, and two, the middle will probably have more detail than what you want.  But if you venture through this short -on- words, big on photos story, I think you will see how easy a pro makes a very important project look. The first photos are the before and the after of what this really nice …

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Fold Down Downspout

Here are the photos I was talking about on the 11-1-2014 HomeFix Radio Show.  Simple to build and very valuable to your homes foundation.  Just use a piece of downspout that matches the ones you already have.  You may have to raise up the bottom elbow to get slope.  Make the drop down as tall as you can reach.  Longer is better!

Guest Columnist Tina Hamilton- Outdoor Statement Pieces To Add To Your Home

Warm weather is fast approaching. Everyone is heading outside more often, meaning they will be walking by your home or even coming over to spend some time in your backyard to enjoy the sunshine. You want your home to stand out from the rest and even show a little of your personality to every passing glance. Once the snow is cleared, you feel ready and excited to get started on creating the best outdoor spaces this year. Outdoor projects can …

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Re-purpose Business Cards

I finally found a use for all those old business cards that collect in drawers and on refrigerators.  They make great little mixing boards for two part adhesives!  If you have changed jobs like me several times in your life, here is a great use for that old box of cards your boss bought you!  Stick it to em’!  

Project: The Right Light

I mentioned a while back on the HomeFix Radio Show the light that I installed inside out lazy Suzan cabinet in the kitchen.  I received several email inquiries about how this was done and asked if I could share some pictures of the install.  Sure, why not.  OK, the why not is that this is probably at least 5 electrical code violations even though it works great.   I should also note that the install was somewhat planned out in advance …

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Project: The Kitchen that Won’t Stop!

Here is my personal kitchen project that has been under construction for well over a year.  It is 90% done now with only part of the ceiling to be buttoned up after a bit up the upstairs plumbing is moved for the new master bath (another project- details to come later). Thanks to Justin at Western Idaho Cabinets for getting the cabinets built, Victor for installing them, and Tim at Johnson Brothers for getting me set up with the Butcher …

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Project: Walkway with at Twist

You wouldn’t even notice this one unless you really know what to look for.  Kirk Davis and his lead landscaper Robert installed a walk way for me in my back yard.  I knew there was a better way to do this than what I had planned so I asked Kirk about it and he said to just let him do it for me.  When it was all done, I am glad he convinced me of the expenditure.  He started by …

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Project: Deck Reconstruction

A few weeks back, I was called in to rebuild a deck that had failed.  Failed is not the right word.  This thing disintegrated!  The deck was built technically right with the right size timbers and dimensional lumber for the substructure, however, Fir was used rather than redwood or treated lumber.  In many places the bottom the joists were in direct contact with the soil.  This on it’s own was a problem in the making.  But there was more. The …

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Project: Garden Gate Arbor

This was a fun woodworking project done in the winter of 2008-09. While not a remodeling, it was a home improvement. My customer asked if I could build her a garden gate arbor off a set of plans she picked up at one of the box stores. I took a look at the plans and while well done as far as a how-to, the suggested materials were inferior. The plan called for pressure treated lumber. As you might know, pressure …

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Project: Curved Deck

Here is a backyard deck built last summer in Star, Idaho that had something different.  The space was there and I was told to fill it with a deck that would allow for flowers and plantings around the edges.  The redwood substructure was built over dug in concrete footings and deck blocks.  The fascia edge of the deck was wrapped in Trex 1 x 12 materials prior to the walking surface being installed. Here’s a tip.  If you bend Trex …

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