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Jaccuzi Tub Tile Repair

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Jacuzzi Tub Tile Repair

 

Project Inspection 

I had the opportunity to meet and offer assistance to a  wonderful client recently with regards to issues concerning tile repair work on their Jacuzzi decking and skirt.  Upon inspection, there were a number of tiles that had come off the deck and the finishing trim was detached.  We came to a mutual agreement that it was best to remove the existing tile and replace the decking and skirt with the same colour and texture of tile to ensure  everything matched.  This project was started on a Monday and here’s how it went…

 

Phase 1: Demolition

The first phase of this project was to remove the original ceramic tile from the skirt and decking.  When the original builder installed the Jacuzzi deck and skirt, they framed it with “2 X 4” and covered it with 1/2 inch plywood. They then applied mesh onto the plywood and installed the tile on the mesh.  A hammer and crowbar was used to remove the original tile.

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By taking our time removing the existing tile, this removal process really wasn’t that difficult. The most difficult part was removing the steel mesh.  The next step was  removing the staples that held the steel mesh onto the plywood. At this stage we had a nice clean surface to start the rebuild as shown in the photo below.

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Phase 2:  Scratch-Coat

New steel mesh was applied over the entire deck and skirt. NOTE: Always put on safety work gloves to protect your hands  when working with steel mesh as this material can cause cuts and other  injuries. Staples were applied to secure the mesh onto the plywood, starting with the skirt first then the deck.  An unmodified thin-set cement was used to apply a scratch coat on to the surface area. We then let the cement dry for 24 hours.

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 Tip: When applying a scratch-coat, remember to keep the surface area level. Avoiding uneven surfaces will help prevent issues when you move on to the tiling stage.

My personal preference from past experience, is to keep the surface a little rough to help the new ceramic tiles bond better.

 

 Phase 3:  Tiling

 With all the prep work now completed, we were ready to start setting new tile. Our client chose a 12×12 ceramic tile for this project. 1/4-in. spacers were used for the tile and White PVC tile edging strip was installed in the location were the deck tiles met the skirt tile.

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Next stage of the project-grout.  Remember when applying grout to work a small area at a time and to go over the area with a sponge to prevent the grout from drying on the ceramic.

Phase 4: Finished Product

When looking at the finished product you can see how close we came to matching the existing back-splash, not one hundred percent but pretty close match. Grout lines came out nice and PVC tile edging strips really add the finishing touches.

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Double Bathroom Remodel By: Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was hired to do a complete double bathroom renovation. We gave our clients the best price possible, worked with them every step of the way from the beginning to the end.  I have included some before and after photos  stages of this particular project. Enjoy!

So Here’s What We Did:

– removal of existing bathtubs and replaced with deeper modern  acrylic tubs

– installed  new backer  board for both showers

–  installed ceramic tile of 2 different colors as well as a mosaic inlay that consisted of a combination of glass and marble.

– flooring was to be completely replaced in one bathroom with new ceramic tile and grout while the other required some tile to be replaced

– client chose to have melamine countertops installed on original vanities

– installation of new sinks, new fixtures for bathtubs and  faucets

– oval shower curtain installed

I personally had a wonderful experience with our clients. I learned a lot about them and shared some wonderful tricks of the trade and look forward to working with them again in the future. I am very pleased at the results and so are our clients.

Tip: In this project, our clients saved money by deciding to reuse and repainting their existing vanities along with deciding on painting the bathrooms themselves.

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Read For Yourself!

I cannot stress the importance of providing  excellent customer service and providing top-notch work.  Below are just a few wonderful comments our clients have to say about our services. Bravo to our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!

 

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1:  I cannot say enough positive things about the work that Don D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades did at my home. Don was professional, prompt, extremely clean and true to his word on the cost of the project. He is honest in all of his business dealings and very trust worthy.

Don is one of the few contractors I have dealt with who does what he says he will do and who shows up when he says he will on time and finishing the work on the day discussed.

Dealing with Don means a job well done with no surprise invoices at the end of the job. The quality of his work was absolutely first-rate and I will continue to use his services and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Mary Anne P | Ajax

 

2:  Actually Dan, I’m the one that’s thankful. You did a great job and you can be sure that I will be calling you back. Both my wife and I are pretty excited to have someone we can call for any job around the house big or small. You provide a valuable service and at a fair price but best of all, you actually care about the quality of your work. Many Thanks again!

Greg | Ajax

 

3:  Don of all Trades was approached to do a bathroom renovation, one designed to accommodate the needs of a 97-year-old veteran. The subsequent renovation became a full-scale reconstruction going far beyond the original. Many contractors might have walked away from what Don was facing, but being a consumer professional, he stayed the course while remaining within the budget, creating a walk-in shower complete in both form and function. I would have no hesitation in recommending Don for any project.

Gorden | Ajax

 

4:  Hi Don:

Just wanted to thank you for the excellent job you did of my kitchen and bathroom floors. Looks great! I know it will make a big
difference to me in making it easier for me to keep up without having  to bother other people. I also appreciate very much that everything was completely cleaned up  when you left. I will be sure to let others know and if I have other work needing  done I will most certainly think of you first! Again many thanks

Sue | Oshawa

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Gardens By: Don Of All Trades Tips-Part 2

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Woodchips are basically a medium sized material made up of cut or chipped larger pieces of wood.  A machine called a wood chipper is used for transforming large pieces of wood into smaller pieces. Wood chipping has a variety of uses. This product can be used in landscaping and garden mulch. It’s used for playground surfaces, mulch and in some places even fuel.  Woodchips is a great way to keep weeds under control, water conservation, prevention of soil erosion and supporting the germination of seeds.

 

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Wood Chips  as shown in the figure above come in a multitude of colour, shapes and sizes.  Depending on what your next project requires, you can certainly bring any garden to life just by using this simple product. If you’re thinking of taking on the challenge of Dying Wood Chips yourself, here’s a great link that will take you step by step through the process. http://www.ehow.com/how_7726828_color-wood-chips.html

Personally, I like to purchase my woodchips from a local company called Durham Top Soil & Garden Supplies http://www.durhamtopsoil.com/ right here in the Durham  Region.

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I choose shades of black in wood chips. I like the way it brings out the colour and beauty  of my plants.

 

 

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You can save  some money by purchasing wood  chips and picking them up yourself from a garden centre  but I prefer to have them delivered due the large amounts my gardens require.

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If the weather isn’t cooperating. You can protect your woodchips by covering them with a large tarp until you are ready to begin working on transferring them into your gardens.

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I usually stick to the rule of putting a 3 inch layer of woodchips in my gardens.  This ensures that water will be retained, weeding will be kept to a minimum and a decent layer for plant protection is there to keep the plants warm in case of frost.  If you have a concern about  perennials below that haven’t come up or sprouted  yet, don’t. They should be fine. I haven’t had  any issues with my perennials.

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I love the way woodchips give off a character and curb appeal to any garden. It’s just another way to add a finish touch to your home or office. To me, wood chips are like a  base canvass for a multitude of colour and beauty that can be enjoyed and admired all summer long!


 

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Home Maintenance Tips for: Cleaning Bathroom Exhaust Fans

 

Have you ever turned on your bathroom exhaust fan to hear it suddenly make a strange squeaking sound or maybe even stop working completely? Chances are the motor to your unit  may just need a simple cleaning.  These units should be put on a maintenance cleaning schedule about every three-month as they do get quite dirty and dusty inside. Regular cleaning extends the life of the motor inside the unit and keeps it working properly.

Exhaust fans unit play an important role in all bathrooms as they:

1- keep your walls dampness to a minimum to prevent damage to the drywall and to circulate the air

2- prevents and keeps mold growth to a minimum since bathrooms are usually a higher moisture and humidity content than any other room in the home especially after hot baths and showers

3- provide an escape route usually for strong offensive odours

Below are simple cleaning instructions to assist you if you are planning on doing it yourself!

Depending on how long it’s been since the last time you cleaned your bathroom exhaust fan, now is the time to pull out the vacuum cleaner before removing the cover. You will save yourself from a great deal of dust falling on to your bathroom floor if you vacuum the bulk of the dust off before you remove the cover.

Start by choosing the brush attachment and begin by gently removing the accumulation of cobwebs and dust that has collected substantially over time.

If your plan is  just doing an ‘in between clean’ of your  fan cover once every couple of months, you can stop here and not worry about doing a detailed clean of the cover and fan.

Once you have vacuumed up as many dust bunnies as you could manage, make sure someone who knows what they are doing has turned the bathroom power off at the mains, then put on some gloves, climb carefully up your ladder and pull off the fan cover. Most will come off fairly easily, but some may need screws removed with a screwdriver.

Choose a  quality cloth to ensure you don’t just spread the grime and wipe off as much surface dust as you can, taking care not to damage or pull on the fan.

Next, take the fan cover, spray with an all-purpose cleaner and give it a once over with a small scrubbing-brush. If the ingrained dirt doesn’t seem to be releasing after this, give the cover a soak for a few minutes in some warm water to loosen the dirt and try again.

Once everything is clean and dry, put it all back together and enjoy knowing that your  bathroom exhaust is now working at peak efficiency and will continue to operate for years to come!

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Customer Service-Powerful Tool

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The majority of the public work hard and long hours in this country. The weekends come and go. For some of us the weekends are the days of catching up and getting errands done at home. There’s just never seems to be enough time to get things done and to really enjoy and relax on the weekends. It’s no wonder some of us are tired and seem miserable. For some companies in retail for example, weekends are the 2 days they rely on for the best sales and profits. When I go into a store to shop, I’m not thinking about the store’s sales increases. First thing on my mind as a customer is to get in and get out. I don’t have the patience for long lineups and poor customer service. I know once I’m done I have to load and unload my vehicle once I get home and get everything put away. Been there. Done that. One more thing off the list.

New outlets of advertising a businesses is always changing. Avenues like social media, internet and you tube for example are just a few tools to name to get your brand out there to the world. Bottom line though, Customer Service will always remain the same and should be considered a #1 priority on your list in any business. How you practice Customer Service skills can create a positive or negative impact on your business. Below are a few tips and ideas on how to improve your customer service skills to get the best results in your business.

Always Greet Your Customers

So at 8am in the morning, your customers are the first person they see to the start of their day. You as an employee or store owner could just make that customer’s day so much better and take some of the anxiety away by just simply greeting your customers. Nothing makes someone feel better than actually being noticed with a pleasant “Good Morning!” or “How are you today?”  I’ve experienced customers getting actually “thrown off guard” and looking behind them thinking you’re talking to someone else, when in fact you’re talking to them! It makes a person feel comfortable and important. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that your organization was a truly great experience for them and will come back over and over again.

 

Treat Your Customers With Respect

Always remember to treat your customers with respect. These are the people who pay you, your employees and the bills! Treat them like they are your guests. Provide great customer service. Make them feel that they can come to you if they need any assistance, have any questions or concerns about a product or service. There is never such a thing as a bad question. If you don’t have an answer for them, let them know that you will find someone who can! Go above and beyond.

Talk and Chat With Your Customers

Over the years I’ve made it a mission to get to know our customers by name. Building a relationship with our customers is one of my top priorities. You’d be amazed how much a customer is willing to tell you about themselves. Hey, they are human beings too just like everyone else. Your customers will come back to you time and time again and refer your business to others because that special relationship and pleasant experience. Wouldn’t you want to be somewhere where everyone knows your name? Doing a simple gesture as chatting with a customer can be a very powerful tool. It can let an owner know about how well their businesses is doing and or any improvements and suggestions that can be made to improve it.

Interact With Customers In A Related Way

Again interacting with your customer can give an owner important information about their organization. Your customers are the best critics of your business. Every day in the land of running a  business presents its own and unique challenges. Invite positive or negative feedback. Putting up a “suggestion” box in an area of your business is a great way to get your customers involved. This can give them a sense of involvement in your organization. Sure you may find some negative feedback but use this as an avenue on how you can improve your business. This is what’s going to make your business stand out from the competition. Act on them in a timely fashion. Deal with complaints in a quick and professional manner. There’s always going to be an unhappy customer in any organization but it’s how you deal with them and their issues that can make the difference of getting that customer’s issues resolved with a positive conclusion at the end of the day. Learn how to listen to your customers concerns or bad experience. Then act on them. It’s all about doing the “right thing.”

Turn Up To Work With A Positive Attitude

Customers pick on your attitude. Leave your personal issues at home. We all have bad days at work but no one will notice it more than your customers. If you are a business owner, learn to treat your employees with respect and acknowledge their accomplishments. Letting them know what a great job they are doing will uplift their spirits and make them feel appreciated and will work harder for you. When your staff are happy, they’ll come to work with a positive attitude and the customers will see this. Issues at work should be dealt in a professional matter in the appropriate place like your supervisor’s office or Human Resources Department.  There’s nothing worse than hearing staff complain about issues while your customers are shopping or using your services. It makes it a negative impact on the business and bad experience for the customer. People don’t want to be around miserable people and it’s not professional.

Understand Your Customers Needs

Every customer is unique and important. If you are in the grocery retail chain business, you may have a client that has a peanut  allergy and requires peanut free products that you don’t carry but the competition does. What would you do? Here’s a great example of understanding your customers needs. If it’s possible, perhaps you could possibly find out where these particular products are sold and see if you could  find a supplier that can carry them in your store. This suites your customers needs and will ensure they will be coming to your location for this particular product. Simple little solutions like this can make a customer feel important and give them reassurance knowing that you are there for “them.”

Discover The Impact You Have Around Customers

I remember a situation where I had a regular customer come in one morning. He came in to buy a particular bread that we baked every morning for his wife who was at home extremely sick. He was anxious to get home. I couldn’t give him the bread as it was still baking and would require some time to cool down before I could place them in plastic bags along with the label. Really there was nothing I could do. He was so persistent and getting upset. Because I have such strong customer service skills, I  asked him if he lived very far. He was surprised I asked this question. He replied about 5 minutes away. I offered a solution. I made a deal with him. Once the bread was ready I would personally purchase the bread come to the house on my break and deliver it to him and his wife. He was shocked that I would do something like this. He thanked me so much and said he would come back later. 2 weeks later he came back to the store with his wife and other family members. He introduced me to his wife and wanted to personally thank me for the nice gesture I offered. It was a wonderful feeling and whenever they came in to shop they always came to see me or request for me to help them with any assistance. Sadly to say, his wife passed away. To this day I will always remember the opportunity of meeting this wonderful man and his wife. So as the title says: Discover The Impact You Have Around Customers. In this case I feel these customers had more of an impact on me that day then the other way  around.

Excite Your Customers About Your Products

It’s always exciting when a business  has a new product or service that a customer can benefit from. Don’t keep it a secret. Let everyone know about it. Do research and education your staff on it so that they all have a better understanding. This way they can communicate back to the customer. Whenever we have a special offer, I can’t wait to tell the world about it. You’re customers pick up on that excitement and interest and will want to know more about it and tell their friends and family about it. Great deals or campaigns can be advertised via so many avenues today. Social Media, Campaigns, Emails, Flyers , Newspapers or Store Front Signs are some great ways to advertise. Customers can’t wait to tell others about a New Product they benefited from!

 

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Let’s Talk – Caulk

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So you’ve the done the rounds and investigated all the areas around your home and have come across some drafts around your windows and doors. Now what? It’s time to talk-caulk. Caulking is a wonderful product with a multitude of purposes around the home. Caulk can be used to fill gaps in almost any material. Caulk gives a nice finished look to your bathroom tub and kitchen sink, to toping of baseboard to trim or finishing imperfections in crown moulding. And the list goes on. Don t’ get overwhelmed by the many different types of caulk at your local home improvement store. Below is a list of caulk available and tips for which caulk you should use for improvements around your home.

So What Is Caulk? 

 Caulk is a kind of sealing material that is used to form a hard coating on a porous surface (as a coat of paint or varnish used to size a surface. The function of caulking is to provide thermal insulation, control water penetration. This is mostly done with ready-mixed construction chemicals sold as caulk such as silicone, polyurethane, polysulfide,  sylil-terminated-polyether or polyurethane and acrylic sealant. Unlike construction caulk, which is applied where no building movement is expected, a sealant is made of elastomeric materials that typically allow movement of 25% to 50% of the width of the joint. Silicone sealants form a durable, water-tight seal, but are not typically paintable. Some silicone sealants are made to be paintable with certain types of paint such as water or oil-based paints. Other sealants are paintable

One-component sealants are commonly sold in cartridges which are loaded into a pistol-like caulking gun (opening at the side) or barrel gun (opening at the end) for application. During the tool-working time, which varies by chemistry, the bead can be pressed into the joint so that it can bond with the materials on both sides, and also be smoothed. The time it takes for a chemical sealant to become a rubber is known as the curing time and varies by temperature and humidity. Issues of technique that may not be obvious to first-time users.

Deciding Which Caulk To Use?

Before you purchase caulk, consider these few  key factors that will  play an important role in helping you decide the right “caulk” for the job.

Interior or Exterior?- Note: Some caulk are specifically designed for indoor or out-door use only. Depending on your project, you may want to look into purchasing an indoor or out-door caulk.

How Hard Is It To Apply?  Running out of caulk while you’re working on your project is not a good thing. There are some caulk that are much easier to apply than others. Keep in mind your level of caulk expertise and come back with that 3rd tube of caulk that is now hard to apply.

Temperature Something To Consider: Consider the temperature in the place where you are going to put the caulk.  Some types of caulk can withstand extreme temperatures while others can’t.  This can severely affect performance.

-Moisture: Be aware that some caulk are uniquely designed to be installed in high moisture areas e.g.: bathrooms. Using the wrong caulk could impact its adhesion, durability and performance.

Different Types Of Caulk:

Polyurethane Caulk

This type of caulk is the best for almost any application, but it can be difficult to use and requires mineral spirits to clean up. It can be painted.

Elastomeric Caulk

This type of caulk is an excellent choice for most porous surfaces because of its flexibility and adhesion properties, its ease of use and water clean up.

Latex Caulk

Although it tends to be less expensive, latex caulk will harden when exposed to the elements so its durability is questionable and it’s not the best choice for exterior surfaces.

Siliconized Acrylic Caulk

The most popular caulk and easiest to use, this is a good choice for most applications.

Synthetic Rubber Caulk

Known for excellent adhesion, the ability to stretch and recover and for mildew resistance.

Butyl Caulk There are numerous problems with butyl caulk. They’re difficult to use, dry slowly, require solvent clean up and have a tendency to shrink excessively and harden and crack quite prematurely.
Within each category of caulk, look for one with a 50 year warranty. It’s worthwhile to pay a little more for a better grade of caulk.

Doing the Work
Once you’ve chosen the right caulk, make sure that the surface you’re applying it to is clean. If the old caulk has failed, scrape it out and wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove dirt or residue. Make sure the surface is clean and dry so that the new caulk will adhere properly. Weather conditions are important as a water-based sealant can’t be used when it’s wet outside and if it’s too cold, a water-based caulk won’t cure. Read the label. Check required drying time. Some caulk can be painted with a water-based paint within four hours, but you must wait twenty-four hours to use an oil-based product, including a primer. Read the label. Sometimes the caulk will shrink, making a second application necessary. Read the label to determine how long you must wait to  re-caulk.

Prepare the tube for use by cutting the tip at a 45° angle. If you’re using a water-based product, have a bucket of water and a cloth at hand. Apply the caulk in a continuous and even bead with no gaps. For the best appearance, lightly wet your index finger and smooth the bead.

Choosing the right caulk may not be an exciting topic, but it’s one that’s well worth knowing something about.