Crown Molding: The Skys the Limit

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I’ve come up with some information to help you become familiar with the different types of crown molding available to anyone who wishes to have this product installed into their home or business.

I cannot say enough about how crown molding adds so much character, beauty, value and finishing touches to any home or business setting. It’s just another beautiful feature that tells a story and brings a room to life.

MDF CHOICE CROWN MOLDING OPTIONS:

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MDF Crown Molding: short for (Medium Density Fiber Board) is basically, hard board fibers glued together by  pressure and heat.

MDF is A popular product to use because it’s dense, is flat, is stiff, has does not have knots and is easily machined. Due to the fact that it’s made up of fine particles, it does not have an easily recognizable surface grain.

This product is ideal for painting to produce smooth quality surface end results. Because MDF lacks grain this gives it an advantage to be cut, drilled, machined and filed without damaging the surface. MDF may be glued together with PVA Wood glue. Oil or water-based paints and varnishes may be used on MDF. 

NATURAL WOOD CROWN MOLDING OPTIONS:

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Natural Wood Crown Molding come in a wide variety of wood types. From Oak, Maple, Cherry, Pine and so on. Each variety is unique  for its ability to bring out unique wood grains and natural colour. It can be clear-coated, stained, veneered, or painted, depending on the species. The problem with wood crown molding installation is that wood is often sensitive to shifts in temperature and humidity, which can cause it to expand, shrink, or crack.

PLASTER CROWN MOLDING OPTIONS:

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Plaster Crown Molding is custom-made, and therefore must be installed by a professional. Used with plaster walls, plaster crown molding allows for the creation of unique, sculpted profiles. However, this all comes at a high cost, which is its major disadvantage. For those who can afford it, plaster molding is a beautiful and durable addition, since plaster holds its form regardless of changes in humidity and temperature.

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What is the best time of day to post on your blog?

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I’ve just completed a statistical analysis on when people comment on my blog. To be more exact, what times of day and which days of the week. Obviously there are many factors that can skew these types of studies, so take this as information only.

Rationale: Since the beginning of July there are over 2000 comments on my blog, each has a GMT timestamp. My idea is that commenters will have times of the day when they are actively reading posts on my blog, and “participating”

How: Wordpress has the facility to extract all of the text out of a blog (Tools->Extract). This produces an XML file. The XML file I put into Notepad++, and removed everything except the GMT date/time and the email address for all comments. I then exported this into Excel 2010 and produced two charts. One a scatter chart to show times of the day…

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Educate Yourself! Ask Questions BEFORE You Hire A Company For Renovation Services

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As an owner and operator here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, I would like to share a short list of questions commonly asked by my clients as well  as questions my clients should ask any contractors they choose to hire for their projects, whether its residential or commercial.

When planning any project weather it may be as simple as painting a room to an entire remodelling project,  I still find people don’t ask enough questions. Even with the HORROR STORIES you hear about on social media, television, radio and newspapers!   From my professional experience the 3 most commonly asked questions are  “How much is it going to  cost?”  “When can you start? and “When can you get it done by?”.

I  encourage my clients to ask me as many questions as they would like because yes Price, Timing and Finishing is just not enough to ask a contractor, handyman or renovator you may choose to hire for your project. In all seriousness, Timing may be  “everything” if you’re a comedian, but in  “real” world of renovations, this word does not always apply. Learn how to ask the right questions If you want to have a successful modeling project. How? Do research. You need to start asking the right questions.  Here’s some of the most common concerns and questions asked by my clients.

– When is my availability to start?

-When will the project be finished?

-What time of the day would I be at their residence or business every morning?

-What time would I quit for the day?

-Would I be coming to do the work everyday?

-Can I finish before Christmas, Easter, Thanks Giving, etc.

-How much do I charge per square foot?

These questions will not tell you much about any contractor but while a reasonable timetable is important, this shouldn’t be the primary focus at  an interview or a job and neither should the budget.  If you find a contractor that is reputable and trustworthy, the budget and timing will work itself out in the end. I would recommend focusing more on finding someone whom  you can trust and the quality of their work. 

Before you decide on hiring a company to do your project, make sure to do your homework. Ask the company about their business practices, and experiences  in similar home projects as yours. Once you choose a contractor you feel comfortable and confident with, then you can discuss when they can start, what time they can know on your door each morning and what time they will leave so you can have your house to yourself again.

Helpful questions to ask BEFORE signing a contract:

-How long have you been in business?

-Who will be the project supervisor?

-Who Will be working on my project? Are there subcontractors or employees?

-Does your company have workman’s compensation and liability insurance?

-How many projects such as mine have you done before?

-Would I be able to get a list of references of those of whom you’ve done the similar job as mine ?

-Can I get a copy of referrals?

A Final Note.  It’s not so important as  the answers you get but to look more into the answers you don’t get. Asking the right questions isn’t always enough, pay attention your instinct and what information is missing BEFORE you hire.

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Tips On Painting Inside Your Home

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Do it yourself interior painting is by far the most  affordable way to freshen up any  room in your home. The advantage of painting is that it’s not terribly  difficult and doesn’t require “military” training. All you need is  a little patience, practice, and some helpful advice.

These painting  tips can help even first time Do It Your Selfer’s  achieve professional  results. Follow  these tips and you’ll not only paint better, you’ll work faster and  neater, too.
It’s very important to take the time to properly prepare the walls and other surfaces BEFORE you start to paint. This means cleaning them with a solution of detergent and water, after which they should be rinsed and allowed to dry. If there are any cracks or holes in the walls, this is the time to repair them with spackle compound or a good-quality acrylic caulk.

Spend the extra money on the best tools that will give you the results you want, the first time you paint. Using  high quality brushes and rollers  will help you apply the paint more evenly to get professional looking results, even if this is your first time painting.

Be sure to use brushes and rollers with synthetic bristles and covers when applying latex paints. These brushes should  maintain the proper stiffness and the rollers will maintain their shape even when exposed to a lot of water.

I cannot stress enough to my clients about how important it is to purchase only top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paints. It’ll make every Do It Your Selfer’s job so much easier and give you the quality results you’re looking to achieve.

Bottom line is, if you’re going to spend time and effort doing your own interior painting, you’ll  want the job to last, and that’s where these paints really pay off. Top quality 100% acrylic latex paints are extremely durable, plus they resist fading, so your paint job will look great for years to come.

Taking on the challenge of doing it yourself interior painting can be such a rewarding experience.  You’ll  not only save money,  you’ll be amazed and  satisfied of a job well done!

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Don Of All Trades asks: What is most Important to You as a Customer, when planning on hiring a contractor for your home improvement needs?

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Getting the Exterior of your Home Ready for Winter

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Just a few tips on how to keep your home’s exterior “winterize” for the upcoming winter months:

Things to do before the cold weather starts Outside the Home:

– Check the gutter systems outside your home. Be mindful for any broken or leaking gutters, and repair them as soon possible. Clear out any leaves and other debris that tend to collect over the summer and fall seasons. Doing this will reduce the risks of leaks and blockages during freezing weather.

– Insulate any water pipes in exposed places.

– Make sure the roof is in good condition. Check for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. If you’ve been putting off the task replacing the shingles over the last few years, well now’s a good time to get them replaced. Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps and replace shingles.

– Central Air conditioning systems : Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt. Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose will extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.

– Exterior Faucets
Commonly Known as hose bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bib. Your garden hoses should be disconnected from the sill cocks or outside faucets and drained if stored outside.

– Any outdoor furniture and garden accessories, lighting, should be stored in a dry place such a shed or a garage. If you lack storage space and have the room, you may even use space in your basement to protect your items from the winter elements.
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Don Of All Trades Video

This is a quick video to inform people of some of the projects we’ve completed and what kinds of services we provide.
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We are excited to announce that there’s more video’s coming soon!

Tips On Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

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So you’ve decided on making the “BIG”  move and sell your home.
Now’s the time to get that TO DO LIST done that you’ve always said you’re going to get around to do. Below are a few tips on getting those repairs and upgrades done that won’t break the bank but can help you sell your home faster.

•Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
• Patch all  holes in your  walls.
•Get those leaky faucets fixed.
•Check doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam weather opening or closing and get them fixed.
•Fresh coat of paint goes a long way and consider painting your walls neutral colors.

•Hardwood Flooring
If your home has carpeting over hardwood floors, consider removing the carpet and to refinish the floors because hardwood is what buyers want.

•Carpet Flooring
Plywood subfloors  should be replaced with light tan carpeting . Neutral carpeting is your best choice for resale.

•Ceramic Flooring
All chipped or cracked tiles should be replaced. Grout should be cleaned or replaced. Some say not to install ceramic (because it’s too expensive) but it’s your budget and your call and is great  for aesthetic reasons in an entry way.

Ceilings & Walls

Ceilings with signs of a leaky roof and from grease or smoke and ceiling cracks should be repaired and painted. The same applies to walls. Nothing says freshness like new paint, and it’s the most cost effective improvement. Use fiberglass tape on large cracks, cover with joint compound and sand. Paint a neutral color such as light tan or taupe.

•Wallpaper
Not everyone hates wallpaper. They hate your wallpaper  because it’s your personal choice and not theirs. And this applies to all dated wallpaper. Get rid of it. The easiest way is to steam it off by using an inexpensive wallpaper remover steamer.

•Wood paneling
Even if your wood paneling is not real wood but composite, you can paint it. Dated paneling must go. Older wood paneling such as walnut, mahogany, cedar and pine, it’s all gone out of style. Paint it a neutral and soft color after priming it.

•Textured ceilings
Remember the Older popcorn ceilings with the “sparkles”? Well guess what? They often contain asbestos and if disturbed are health hazards. So consider getting rid of it.  It’s that’s expensive but time consuming to remove. Lay down drop cloths and scrape it off. You will need to repaint.

• Kitchen Cabinets
Resurfacing is your best option. This involves attaching a thin veneer to the surface of the cabinets and replacing the doors and hardware Compare Prices. If your cabinets are painted, add a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

•Counter tops, sinks & faucets
Granite counters can be considered but not necessary. Simple laminates, newer faucets and sparkling sinks sell. Buyers don’t want leaky faucets or stained sinks.

Bathrooms

The national average of recouped cost is more than 100% for bathrooms. New floors, fixtures and lights payoff!

Roofs & Outer Home Exterior

If your home needs a new roof then get it done! Buyers tend to shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced.

•Patch cement cracks in sidewalks
•Patch and resurface asphalt driveways
•Plant flowers and bushes to add curb appeal
•Caulk windows and doors
•Replace doorknobs and locks
•Fix and paint fences

Summary
Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, electrical and heating and air-conditioning, modern conveniences and is ready to
move in.

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How to Install or Replace a Door Bell

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Owning  a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Along with the status of being a homeowner, comes the never-ending responsibility of maintenance and repairs. To help you add another check mark off that “TO DO LIST,” and yes, we all have them, here’s 8 simple steps on changing a door bell.

Step 1

Remember to Disable electricity. **IMPORTANT** Double Check that circuits which supply the electricity to your current doorbell and  chimes are turned off. As a safety measure,  use a circuit tester to  check for the presence of live  power in the device.

Step 2

Removing current doorbell switch. This can be done by removing the cover and by using a screwdriver to detach the old switch from the wall. Pull the detached switch away from the wall and expose the wiring running from the back of the wall plate and into the hole behind the plate. Wrap the wires with a short length of electrical tape, and apply a section of the sticky tape surface to the edge of the open hole to prevent the wires from sliding back into the wall.

Step 3

Connecting  the wires to the new switch. Take off the cover from the new switch, and thread the wires through the bottom of the unit. Wrap the ends of each of the wires to the positive and negative terminals, and use the screwdriver to secure the wires into position

Step 4

Attach the new doorbell switch to the wall. Use the screws provided to secure the plate into position, and then slide the cover over the device until it snaps into position.

Step 5

Removing the old chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and use the screwdriver to detach the device from the wall or ceiling where it is mounted. After pulling the chimes away from the surface, detach the wires and use a piece of electrical tape to secure them to the area surrounding the hole.

Step 6

Connecting the wires to the new chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and run the wires through the guide channel to the 2 terminals. Wrap the ends of the wires around the appropriate terminals, and screw the holding screws into position.

Step 7

Securing the new chimes into place. Place the new chimes over the hole and use the provided  screws to attach the device to the wall or ceiling. Once your chime plate is secured into its proper place, fit the cover over the device and gently  snap it into place.

Step 8

Restoring power, and testing the doorbell. Using your  circuit tester, test to make sure the current is flowing through the system properly. Test this by pushing  the doorbell. You’ll know the job is done if the chimes function properly.

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