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Beautiful Glass Subway Tile Installation-Don of all Trades

 

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Subway tiles are a popular choice of wall décor for modern kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, or any other indoor or outdoor space.  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed the look of this brand new kitchen by installing   glass subway tile back splash with spectacular results! Using subway tiles in your kitchen may add a traditional feel to a place, but their look certainly never gets old.

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Love the classic look of subway tile, but want to try something a bit different in your kitchen? Consider this glass subway tile product that our client’s chose in their kitchen project below.

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Product Description

Series – Bliss Elements 2×6 Mesh Mount Glass Subway Tile

Color – Mist

Size – 2×6 Glass Subway (12×12 Mesh Mount Mosaic)

Type – Glass Tile (Glossy)

No Minimum

Application – Walls

1 Sheet = 1 Square Foot

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Spring has finally sprung and it’s the perfect time to repair, refresh and remodel with Don of All Trades Professional  Home Maintenance Services.  Choose any one of our affordable  Handyman Packages that fits your  needs and budget.

 

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Please call our office at (905)-259-5249 or send us an email at: info@donofalltrades.ca today!

Let’s get your To-Do-List  Done! 

 

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Huge Shout Out going to Marta Raptis, founder of Kalina Naturals who’s business gave a Helping Hand Building- Trees of Hope. Thank you Kalina Naturals for your support benefiting Herizon House. Click photo below to find out how this business is making a difference in your community.

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Thank you Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood, founders of Tranquility Matters who’s business gave a Helping Hand- Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House. Click photo below to find out how this business is making a difference in your community.

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Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don of All Trades

This weathered deck got a transformation into a beautiful and inviting living space again with some advanced preparation, repair work and an application of good quality deck stain to block the sun’s harmful rays and to protect the wood. Completing this deck with a professional finish. For this project we used a solid stain to hide any mismatching boards and  any imperfections.

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Cleaning and staining a weathered deck extends its life.

Preparing and Cleaning the Deck

 

Step 1

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services started off this project by removing all furniture, plants and grills. The deck was swept clean and surrounding plants and shrubs located around the perimeter were covered with plastic.

Step 2

An inspection of the condition of the deck was done looking for any loose, split, popping nails and rotting boards  to be replaced. For areas with splintering, 80 grit sandpaper would be used to sand any rough areas of the wood.

Step 3

A power washer was used to help remove any loose flaking stain, dirt and debris.

Step 4

We visited our local Whitby Shores Benjamin Moore Store and purchased the Benjamin Moore REMOVE (315) wood cleaner and followed the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct cleaner to water ratio. REMOVE was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck.

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Product Features Include:

-Removes both latex and oil stains

-Fast acting formula

-Removes clear finishes through SOLID COLOUR STAINS

-Concentrated Formula

-Clean up soap  and water

-Recommended Exterior

 Step 5

The second phase of  preparing this deck was applying  another product called Benjamin Moore Restore.  This product helps to restore old weathered wood. It’s a bleach flee formula and is gentle to wood and the environment. Restore also helps bring back the natural grain in the wood and helps the wood accept the new stain.  Restore  was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck. We allowed some time for the deck to dry out before the staining process.

Good To Know:

Be prepared to spend most of your  day completing this process depending on the size of your deck. This deck was approximately 350 square feet and this project took  approximately 9 hours to complete.

 

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Product Features Include:

-Restores old weathered wood

-Bleach-Free formula is gentle to wood and environment

-Not intended for removing old finishes. Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315) to remove old finishes

-For restoring severely weathered wood

-Ideal for removing moderate to severe mold and mildew

-Concentrated formula

-Clean up- soap and water

-Recommended-Exterior

 

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Applying the Stain

Good To Know

If you have near by  plants and shrubs around your deck, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recommends to cover  them with plastic in order to protect them from any splattering or dripping stain.  Once the staining is completed, remove the plastic from the plants and shrubs.

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 Our client’s choice of stain to be applied on this deck was the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stain Brand Natural Cedar Tone Solid Stain.  Solid stain was used for this rather than the semi-solid due to the fact that this deck had been stained 3 times in the past with a solid stain.  2 Gallons were used to complete this 1 coat project.  Recommended curing time: Let the stain cure for at-least 1 week but light traffic only after 2 days.

Our experience applying the Arborcoat Exterior Waterborne Exterior Stain was that this product had a much better finish on the floor planks, the tack  up time was nice with a quick flash drying time and laid down very nicely. The end results were fantastic and our clients was extremely pleased at the results.

So what is the difference between  Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solids and Solid Stains?

Semi-Transparent— Lightly pigmented, these stains impart more color the surface than wood toner stains, while still letting the wood grain to be seen.

Semi-Solids—Semi-solid/semi-opaque finish masks most of the wood grain, but allows some of the wood texture to be seen.

Solids— Choose these stains if you want a rich, vibrant opaque finish that completely hides the wood grain while allowing very little of the wood texture to show through.

 

More Handy Tips:
  • Deck cleaner solution and deck restore products are very corrosive and be mindful of any splashes against your home as it may cause damage including to  any surrounding plants. Would recommend doing this project in the early spring, before the plants come up.
  • Avoid staining the deck in direct sunlight. The stain will dry too quickly and the decking boards will not have time to absorb the stain.
  • Use a long-handled scrub brush to help scrub the deck with solution.
  • Pay close attention to the weather for the week.
  • Wear safety glasses, rubber gloves, close-toed shoes and protective clothing.
  • Stir the stain thoroughly. Avoid shaking the container because bubbles will develop and it will be hard to get a smooth finish. Pour the stain into a paint tray.

 

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We have new 2016 Helping Hands additions for the month of April to go on our second Tree of Hope!

 

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

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8 Inch Plank Laminate Flooring-Don Of All Trades

Why choose to have this service installed by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services?

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Nothing beautifies the look of a home instantaneously as new flooring. Employ the experts at Don of All Trades Installation Services to install your new floor and we’ll take care of every detail, from start to finish. Its worry-free renovating with results you expect.

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So you’ve decided to take on the latest project in your home, new flooring. Today, consumers have an endless supply of choices to pick from when it comes to flooring products. Hardwood flooring, Laminate, Carpet and Tile products exist for most any situation.

Each room of a home serves a different function, involves a certain traffic area and serves a different purpose.

Our Experienced Installers can assist you with choosing the right flooring for your needs from start to finish. We will remove your existing flooring and replace with a new flooring product with spectacular results.

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At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we offer a variety of installation services and repairs to help improve the style and value of your home while giving you peace of mind and freedom in life to get back to what matters most to you.

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Our Home Improvement Specialists can assist you with a variety of service options from complete remodeling to smaller repairs through our General Home Repairs Service. It’s time to get that To-Do-List done of home repairs you’ve been putting off for the longest time around you’re home. Contact us for a complimentary consultation today!

 

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Have a question or need some assistance with your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or call us at 905-259-5249.

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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Marble Mosaics Tile-Don Of All Trades

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Marble mosaic tiles will create a unique look to any home. These natural  stone tiles come in difference sizes and finishes to suit the effect you wish to create. Installing Mosaic tiles is a classic and elegant way to finish a backsplash, kitchen and bathroom application. Give your bathroom floor a unique, contemporary look by installing Marble Mosaic Tile. Express your style with marble tile borders and accents.

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Some helpful information on the flooring product used in this project below:
 Novecento Marble Mosaics

Product description:

White Hexagon Mosaic

Colour-White

Application– Floor/Walls/Backsplash

Sizes-1 1/8 Hexagon-mesh mounted on 12″x12″

Cut tile into desired sizes

Important Information to Know

The character of the product creates a degree of variation in shade, colour, tone and the size of each piece.

Care Instructions:

Use appropriate tile and grout cleaner

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was recently hired to on work this project involving the removal of the existing powder room floor and replacing it with Novecento brand Marble Mosaics.

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Handy Tip Number 1

Be sure to wear safety glasses because there is going to be a lot of broken tile bits flying everywhere.

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We started by removing the baseboard, sink and toilet. We then proceeded  to remove the porcelain tile on the floor. We chose to start in one corner and worked our way across the floor. The original  diamond lath that was under the tile was also removed and we  and continued right down to the sub floor.

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We began the rebuild by screwing down the chipboard  and installing diamond lath and stapled it to the sub-floor. Next,  a scratch coat mortar was applied  to the diamond lath making sure that the end result was a base that was as level as possible.

Handy Tip Number 2

If you don’t have the skill set to apply scratch coat mortar evenly, another  option would be  to install cement board over the subfloor. It will save a lot of headache when you install the flooring on a level surface.

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Handy Tip Number 3

When dealing with natural stone you always have to seal prior to grouting so that the natural stone does not absorb the colour of the grout.

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Once this process was completed we installed the Marble Mosaics tile without any issues. This floor was level and are happy to mention that we did not experience any uneven tile setting. With this type of tile, you cannot build up your floor  with mortar to compensate for an uneven surface. If you try to do this you could run into all sorts of problems with uneven tile and mortar squeezing out between the grout joints.

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Once the marble mosaics tile had a day to set up, we then grouted the floor. Because this floor product is a natural stone, we applied an un-sanded grout and didn’t want to scratch the finish and keeping in mind that these grout joints were less that 4 millimeters.

The end result, spectacular! We absolutely love this marble mosaics tile flooring. Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is looking forward to completing more flooring projects like this in the future!

 

Kind words from our clients…

Thanks so much Don, awesome job!! Will def be recommending you to friends and family.

Safe travels,

Carly and Kyle

Bowmanville, Ontario

 

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Vinyl is a great flooring preference  that fits every décor and budget. Vinyl floors are an affordable option that offers style, durability, and long-lasting performance. When installed correctly over the proper sub-flooring, vinyl is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, and stains.
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 Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to care for. You have to make sure that grit and dirt are kept swept free to maintain the surface of the floor. Then you can use a damp mop and an approved vinyl floor cleaner to remove stains.

Comfort

Vinyl flooring does not get cold in the winter, and is generally soft beneath your feet. Some vinyl sheets and tiles have a padded layer that can make walking on these floors even more pleasurable.

  Economical

At the low range, vinyl can cost as little as fifty cents per square foot. However higher end premium vinyl materials can cost as much as ten dollars a square foot. The difference in price is determined by the quality of the tile, and the design options found in the surface.

 Water Resistant

 A well installed vinyl floor is almost impervious to water penetration, making this the perfect material for use in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other high moisture space in the home.
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At Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, our Home Improvement Specialists,  recommended  this type of sheet vinyl to install in the bathroom for two reasons.

Reason Number 1:

The first reason was the concern of a potential “tripping hazard.” Our client has difficulty lifting  his feet high off the ground. The original  bathroom floor tiles were popping off and the  risk of potentially  falling was extremely high. With sheet vinyl you greatly reduce of trips and falls.

Reason Number 2:

And the second reason being that because he is an older gentleman, this  sheet vinyl flooring  would be a warmer flooring alternative in the winter,  giving him more comfort when he utilizes the bathroom facilities.

Have a question about your current flooring or any other home repair? Leave a comment below.

 

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Subway Kitchen Backsplash Install-Don Of All Trades

There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Subway Pattern Kitchen Backsplash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

With this   ceramic wall tile, it’s easy to add a splash of contemporary styling to your decor. This attractive tile features undulated smooth surface in a trendy subway style. Elegant white shades of this glossy ceramic create a distinct pattern for various install projects in  bathrooms, kitchens   and other residential or commercial spaces. 

Did we mention that it is also surprising affordable to have it installed with Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services? Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

 

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Glass mosaic tile kitchen backsplash install by Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
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Up for a DIY Mosaic Tile challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
  • When installing tiles, mix and match tiles from different cartons for a natural look.
  • If you are installing mosaic wall tiles in a shower, it is necessary to install a waterproof membrane.
  • Install any trim or profile strips before installing the mosaic wall tile.
  • Modified thin-sets are generally appropriate for mosaic wall tile installations. Pre-mixed thin-sets are not appropriate for bathroom installations, and should not be used for mosaics featuring glass wall tiles.
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when applying modified thin-set and grout.

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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