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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.

 

Have a question or would like to book a complimentary  consultation?  We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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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Proud To Service Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa, Bowmanville,  Courtice,  and G.T.A.

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Staircase Makeover-Don Of All Trades

A Staircase That Makes A Statement

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At Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we are always contacted by clients to assist them with unique and special projects around their home.  This striking  staircase  will certainly make an unforgettable statement when family and friends come to celebrate  over the Christmas Holidays.

In many houses, the staircase is the first architectural element of the home’s interior that guests see, so homeowners want it to be appealing.

A banister handrail on a staircase gets touched a lot. As people walk up and down the stairs, they often grasp the handrail whether they need to or not. The handrail can give you a sense of security as you move along the stairway, but over time, the oils from your skin can damage the paint, and the simple act of sliding your hand along the handrail can wear away the paint. Painting the banister handrail can return it to its original state.

Simple fact is, you can’t have a two-story home without a staircase. However, the fact that your staircase needs to be redecorated every once in a while is often overlooked. A decorated and refinished staircase can offer a complete change without even doing that much. We can’t forget the wear and tear, that no matter what, will happen to our beautiful stairs over time. So it’s crucial to give them a little face lift from time to time. Also, a redecorated staircases can command attention and thus become the focal point of your foyer or hallway.

General Repair might include just simply refinishing your wooden stairs for a new look. Or, perhaps all you need is fresh carpet for your carpeted staircase, and of course you could always change your carpet staircase to a wooden one as well. But if you are looking to do a little more, we have a few tips and ideas for you.

 

Always Do Your Research

We made a trip to our local Whitby Shores  Décor  Centre and got assistance from the  Benjamin Moore  Colour Consultant team. They gave expert advice on the type of paint to choose for this particular project with results our client were looking for. We chose the Benjamin Moore  Cloud White for the balusters. The  colour of choice for the Banister/Handrail was to be painted in  Espresso with a finishing coat of Satin Varnish Clear Coat.  View our slide show below to see the before and after photos.

 

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Save Time With One Step Painting Process

 

No Priming. No Sanding. No Top Coat required. Low V.O.C.. Used for a non-distressed application. Simply prep and paint.

Cottage Paint’s new mineral paint that is reinforced with acrylic and urethane for a very durable finish that offers great adhesion to glossy surfaces. More than just a furniture paint. It can be used inside and out to paint walls, trim and doors. Available in the 50 Shades of Cottage paint. Note: Surfaces must be clean, sealed and sound.

Scope of the Work

 

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Our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services spent most of our first day prepping the staircase for the painting process.

If you are planning a DIY project for your own staircase, please remember to have patience. This project was very labour intensive and a second set of hands and eyes will help  go a long way in the painting process.

Our client was extremely pleased at the  transformation of this staircase and that it was completed just in time for the Christmas Holidays!

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All  113 Balusters, 5 Newel PostsString and all Facia were given 3 generous coats of Cloud White Shade Cottage Paint to ensure maximum coverage.

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All 38 feet of Handrail and Banisters were painted in the Espresso shade of Cottage Paint. Followed by 3 coats of Satin Varnish Clear Coat  and reassembled  to  give this winding staircase a beautiful rich sheen.

 

View Our Slide Show of Before and After Photos

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Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House

Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help!
Visit http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out how you can help!

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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Throughout the year, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services held a number of charitable events in Durham Region benefiting Herizon House, a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region.

We were delighted to invite our friends, family members and women in businesses to our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event held on November 14 hosted by Women's Helping Hands Lunch-Don of All Trades  Yolanda D’Orazio, Volunteer Coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Helping Hands Building Tree’s of Hope Program. This was a charming and super delicious way to spend an afternoon and help the community.  Our Goal was to  drop off 30 donated items to ensure every women and child received  something special this Christmas from the community.

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Our lovely  Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea table setting.

 

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We wanted to start off by thanking Carmela and Angela, two very special and dear friends who volunteered their time including donating their special flavoured teas,  china, food and for beautifully setting up the table arrangements for our special Helping Hands Women’s High Tea Event.

 

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Our Menu

Savory

We started things off with a variety of dainty finger sandwiches. Of course, high tea wouldn’t be complete without the traditional scones with clotted cream and preserves!

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Sweets

An assortment of mini butter tarts, mini cupcakes, cakes and cookies including the classic Dutch Butter Cookies and so much  more were beautifully displayed on our tables!

There was  no charge for this event but we asked  each guest to donate gifts for the women and children who are staying in the shelter and help  make this Christmas a little better for them.

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What an incredible experience spending a few hours together, enjoying company, delicious teas,  sweet and savory treats and helping women and children fleeing from violence have a special Christmas this year.

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Our prize table was filled with a variety of prizes donated by friends, family and local businesses from all over Durham Region. Tickets were sold at this event in order to raise funds and 100% of the proceeds went to  benefiting Herizon House.

 

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Sending out a special thank you to Don from Don Of All Trades who donated this 11 piece kitchen gift basket as a prize to help raise funds at our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea event. It took 2 people to carry this one out to the car!

 

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I just picked up my Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tote that someone is going to go home with on November 14nth!- So exciting!!! Our Helping Hands Trees of Hope represents commitment, inspiration and community. Every hand on this tree represents Everyone (our clients, local businesses, friends and family members) who have donated and continue to contribute items to our Helping Hands Building Tree of Hope Project benefiting the women and children staying at Herizon House. We are working hard to reach our goal of completing our first actual Built Helping Hands Tree with Helping Hands by December 2016! I am pleased and very proud to announce that I am donating this very special tote as another addition to our raffle prize table! I hope which ever lucky lady wins this tote shares our story and knows that so many good people have contributed to this tree benefiting Herizon House.

 

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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tote! It’s a symbol of everyone today and past and the future who have made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting Herizon House. I’m so proud and so happy to have donated it to some truly inspirational women.

 

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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Michelle Medeiros who was the winner of Lina Cully’s Manicure and Pedicure Gift Certificate.
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Natasha Tarrant who won the Dog Pet Gift Basket donated by Sandra Howlett owner of Apple Melon Designs! Grif is going to love it!!!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Brenda Baird who won baby outfit #3 donated by Marg Stevens. Brenda was VERY happy!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Carmela D’Alessandro who won baby outfit #2 donated by Marg Stevens.
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Michelina who won Jessica Spear’s Avon Independent Sales Representative , donated Avon basket!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Angela Gazze who won the Candle Warmer Set donated by Yolanda D’Orazio.
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Amber Pendant donated by Cat Kay owner of the The Secret Lotus!
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Just wanted to mention that Carmela D’Alessandro was the prize winner of the Godiva Chocolate Gift set donated by Rhonda Lee Axhorn from Island Heritage Realty. Thank you Rhonda for donating this prize!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Natasha Tarrant who won baby outfit #1 donated my Marg Stevens!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to the beautiful Rhonda Lee Axhorn who won the Cat Pet Gift Basket donated by Sandra Howlett owner of Apple Melon Designs. Your cat is going to LOVE IT!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Katrina Anne Dafoe who won the 11 Piece Kitchen Set Gift Basket donated by Don of All Trades. I was glad to give you a hand carry it off to the car. We hope you enjoy it!

 

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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Cottage Paint Gift Bag donated by store owner Cindy Hewitt.

 

Prize Winner! Congratulations to me( Yolanda D'Orazio) who won the Snow Flake Painting donated and created by Michelle Medeiros from House Dreamer.
Prize Winner! Congratulations to me( Yolanda D’Orazio) who won the Snow Flake Painting donated and created by Michelle Medeiros from House Dreamer.

 

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Everyone who attended our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event went home with a swag bag filled with lots of goodies including a special gift donated by our team here at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

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Our November Helping Hands Women’s Charity High Tea was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!

Look what we all did to make some very special women and children and staying at Herizon House a little extra special this Christmas!

So here’s what we collected at this month’s Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea benefiting Herizon House:
– Body benefits foot bath with heat and vibration
– 2 women’s scarves
– 1 bag od gently used women’s clothing
– 2 Big Kids Christmas Bags stuffed with toys, pillows and Dolls and accessories, gloves, hats and construction set for boys and puzzles.
– Spring Cherry Blossom Skin nourish body cream
-St Yves pink lemon & mandarin body wash
– Spring Blossom Skin Silkening Bubble bath
– 5 scarves
– Total Relaxation lit-10 piece set
-shea butter beauty bars
– 1 Dove Set
– bottles of Finesse conditioner
-silkening body splash
-fragrance mist
Fisher Price Mega Blocks First Builders Set
-18 writing journals!!!!!
-1- 3 piece bath & body works body wash gift set
– 1- 3 piece Avon bath and body set
– 1 set of Candid Cologne Spray and shimmering body powder
–1 set of Minions Bubble bath
–fruit & passion hand soap & hand cream set
– Kirkland pre moistened towlettes
-Neutrogena all in 1 make up remover wipes
-2 bath and body works hand soaps
– Biocollasis Complex Day serum
– compact make up
-mineralized  skin finish compact
-Estee Lauder lip pencil
-Rimmell Match Perfection Foundation
-Nivea gentle eye makeup remover
-Marykay women’s hydrating skin finisher

and……..

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 we raised $185 from the raffle prize tickets!!!!

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On behalf of Don and I, we thank you so much. We look forward to doing all of this again and more in 2016 and I hope you will join us! Thank you and God bless you all!

Special Thank You to the following Local Business Owners who donated gifts for our prize table at this event:

Jessica Spear – Avon Independent Sales Representative

Michelle Medeiros – House Dreamer

Rhonda Lee Axhorn – SRES Realtor Island Heritage Reality

Don D’Orazio – Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Cindy Hewitt- Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Decor Centre

Cat Kay-The Secret Lotus

Sandra Howlett- Apple Melon Designs

Katrina Dafoe- Origami Owl By Katrina  Independent Designer

Linda Cully- Linda’s Esthetics

 

Working Together To Help Our Community!

October Helping Hands Women’s Lunch-Don Of All Trades

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To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to finish setting up and cooking on time but it all worked out in the end. I hope you all enjoyed the food and desserts. We both hope that you all had a good time connecting with each other and helping out the community. My goal was  that you all left this event feeling …. Read more

 

Septembers Helping Hands Women’s Lunch- 2 Words…HUGE SUCESS!

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This was a perfect opportunity for Women in Business to get together, have fun, connect, share, show support and enjoy good food and conversation while making a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope program benefiting Herizon House… Read more…

 

2015 Helping Hands Charity BBQ for Hope

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Despite the rain, wind and cooler than normal weather and a very well- built tarp for shelter, we are very grateful to those who volunteered, attend and donated items to make this event a huge success… Read more…

 

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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.

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we’re so much more that just a great  home improvement company. Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more about our services and how we can help you with all your home repairs today!

 

 

 

 

 

Helping Hands-Building Trees Of Hope Project

 

Working Together to Make Our Communities Better!

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Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope

At Don Of All Trades, we believe it is important to give back to the community so we have created the Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope Campaign that benefits Herizon House.

By supporting organizations like Herizon House, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

To find out more about Herizon House website please visit their website at: www.herizonhouse.com.

As a local business member and resident of Durham Region for over 20 years, we are trying to make a positive difference through our actions.

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We have created our first Tree of Hope that is currently located in our office. Our goal is to fill our tree by December 31, 2015 with business cards from businesses in the General Toronto Area that donate items from the wish list provided below. We are committed to making our communities a better place for women and children.

Contributors to Tree Of Hope

In order to reach our goal, we are asking for brand new, unopened, still in the manufactures packaging items listed in the Donation Suggestion Wish List provided below.

 

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We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Marta Raptis Founder of Kalina Naturals for making a contribution to our Tree Of Hope.

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We asked and these two women donated. We want to thank founders Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood Founders of Tranquilty Matters for making a contribution to our Tree Of Hope.

If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, we will keep you informed with regular updates on the progress of our project.

Please get in contact with Don Of All Trades Volunteer Coordinator, Yolanda D’Orazio for the Helping Hands-Building Trees of Hope Campaign via email at: info@donofalltrades.ca if you are able to help.

We look forward to working with you and creating a stronger community in Durham Region.

Donation Suggested Wish List

Linens

 Single bed fitted, flat sheets  Pillows
 Comforters and blankets  Bath mats
 Bath and hand towels  Facecloths
 Window Curtains  Shower curtains

Toiletries

 Shampoo/Conditioner  Antiperspirant
 Hair Brushes/Combs  Body Wash/Lotion

Clothing Items

 Ladies running shoes and seasonal footwear  New undergarments and bras
 Children’s seasonal footwear  Children’s seasonal clothing
 Socks  Totes and handbags

Kitchen Items

 Small Kitchen Appliances (i.e.: toasters, kettles, coffee makers, small microwaves, crockpots, etc.)  Cups, glasses
 Dishes  Cutlery and Serving Utensils
 Dish Detergents  Pots and Pans

Non Perishable Food Items

(All Food Donations Welcome, Including 🙂

 Peanut Butter  Canned soups and vegetables
 Jam  Coffee
 Pancake mix and syrup  Cooking oil and spices
 Pasta Sauce  Pasta, noodles and rice
 Crackers, nut-free granola bars, school snacks  Juice Boxes

Additional Items

Gift Cards and certificates for restaurant’s, etc.

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Welcome Spring-Exterior Home Maintenance Tips

 

 

As we say good bye to this past winter’s bitter cold that seemed like it would never end, nothing motivates homeowners more like sunny days and warmer weather.

Get a head start and welcome Spring with these great exterior home maintenance tips by Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

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 Chimney

Implementing a chimney maintenance plan is always critical for insuring the safety of your home and family. The function of a chimney is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood, oil or furnace and boiler gases safely out of your home.   Chimney fires are entirely preventable with proper care and cleaning. Inspect the exterior of the chimney for sings of damage. Have the flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

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 Downspouts  and Gutters

Routine gutter and downspout maintenance can save a homeowner on repair costs. Get prepared before the Spring Rains begin.  You will be amazed at how much debris has collected over such a short time. Clean out any leaves and tree branches that could cause an issue. Often, clogging occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. This can be easily inspected by taking it off and looking for any debris that can cause it to clog.

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Garden Hoses

An inspection of the outside hose faucets checking for any  signs of leaks is important, especially in colder climates where hoses have been left on the hose bib over the winter.  If the water supply pipe has frozen, the pipe can expand and crack. This pipe will leak and should be replaced a soon as possible by a certified plumber before costly water damage occurs.

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Caulking

Spring is a great time to get out and  check the caulking around doors and windows. Proper caulking keeps moisture away and helps with drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent mold.

 

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Walkways

Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. Take advantage of the warmer weather approaching to patch cracks and replace any loose bricks and pavers. Power washers are a great tool to clean out that embedded dirt, grime and stains in asphalt, concrete or stone.

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Air-conditioning Units

Hire a qualified heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the outside unit of the air-conditioning system.  An annual maintenance service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels and work more efficiently.

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Mr. Don D’Orazio,  President/CEO Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Summary  By being pro active and executing home maintenance procedures inside and out once Spring comes around, you’ll be able to enjoy more outdoor activities with friends and family member this summer. Enjoy peace of mind by getting a head of the game before costly and timely repairs become an issue.

Do you take the time to prepare your house properly for spring?

Did we miss an important tip? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

If you live in Durham Region and are looking for a Home Improvement Service that can assist you will All of your Home Repairs at Affordable Rates, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Book a Complimentary Consultation or visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more about our services.

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 “Helping families get back to the important things in life!”     

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off your next home improvement project with Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services. Call to find out more.

 

 

How To Fix A Sagging Door In 3 Simple Steps

Solutions To Continuous Door Hinge Sagging

I recently got called to do an estimate on replacing a front door for a client. When I asked why they wanted to replace the door they told me the door wasn’t closing properly and the lock was broken. The door looked to be in good condition and I recommended that we could replace the door locks with new hardware. When I investigated as to why the door wasn’t closing properly I found that the top hinge of the door had loose screws and that there were stripped holes as well. So the home owner’s problem wasn’t that the door needed replacement but that it was suffering from continuous door hinge sagging.

Do you have a wood screw hole for a hinge that is loose?

Here is the best suggestion on how to go about doing this type of repair.

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 Door Hinge Sagging

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Things to Look For

What To Look For

Below I have included a  step by step process including photos  on how to fix this problem.

Step 1

Remove loose screws and drill out the stripped out holes with a drill bit the same size as the dowel that you’re going to insert into the new openings that we have created.

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Same Size Dowel & Bit

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Drilling Out Holes

STEP 2

Remove Hinge. Glue in dowel the same diameter as the drill bit. Use a high strength wood glue. Glue, then insert dowel into holes with hammer. Once this is done let glue dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.

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Remove Hinge

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Gluing Dowels

Insert Dowel into Holes

Insert Dowel into Holes

STEP 3

Cut the dowel off flush with the edge of the door or hinge mortise using a hammer and chisel. Pilot drill for the screw and re-mount the hinge.

 

Cut Dowel

Cut Dowel

Pilot Drill

Pilot Drill

Re-Mount Hinge

Re-Mount Hinge

By following these simple steps we managed to fix the sagging hinge. If done properly this fix will last for the life time of the door. Not only does the home owner have a door that’s working properly, we managed to save our clients hundreds of dollars in labor and replacement costs associated with installing a new door.

Do you have a question or need some assistance regarding your home improvements? Give us a call at 905-259-5249 or send us an email at: info@donofalltrades.ca. We’d love to hear from you!

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“Helping families get back to the important things in life!”     

   Watch our latest bathroom remodel video before and after.       

 

 

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Bathroom Floor and Shower Remodel

 

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 Our Complimentary In Home Consultation

  • Client addressed issues of water leaking from the shower into to the kitchen ceiling and causing damage to all the drywall
  • Client was concerned as  to why all of the ceramic floor tiles were breaking in the bathroom.

Initial Review Upon Inspection

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Upon my inspection I found that these issues were  caused by an improperly built shower base. The previous contractor had laid the ceramic for the shower floor directly on top of the subfloor without any water proofing membrane or concrete. They also used 12-inch tiles for the floor and it’s almost impossible to create a slope for the water to go to the waste drain using that size tile.

The end result was that the tile and grout failed, causing the plywood to absorb the water like a sponge. When it got to a point where the subfloor couldn’t take in any more water it started to leak onto the kitchen ceiling. Not only did it damage the ceiling it also spread from the subfloor in the shower to the subfloor in the bathroom causing the tile to crack and the toilet to move because the wood completely was rotted.

Solution To Correcting This Problem

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The original bathroom flooring  was removed. New plywood wood was installed, screening was applied as well as a scratch coat. Our client decided on a  ceramic for their floor tile.  A new toilet and baseboard were also added to this bathroom.

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Backer board with a built-in rubber membrane on the outer layer was installed in the shower. All joints were sealed with fiberglass mesh tape. A thin set mortar was applied to fill in all the joints in order to maintain a good tight water seal.

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The original shower pan  was removed. This was replaced by installing new 1 inch plywood on top of the sub floor.  A layer of concrete was added to from  a new base foundation.  Once the concrete had cured, a rubber membrane was installed on top of the concrete. This stage of the floor was completed by adding a final top coat  of concrete.

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Our client’s choice of tile was a  ceramic  that was installed on the walls in a subway tile pattern to give it a unique and professional look. Once the tiling process was completed on all shower walls and floor, grout was applied to the tiles. The original fixtures and glass shower door were re installed.

As a professional in the home improvement business, I am extremely fortunate to be able to work with incredible clients. This project involved the  remodeling of their existing bathroom that unfortunately had suffered severe water damage.   Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was able to  complete this project on time and within the client’s budget! Did we mention our client was extremely happy?  

 

Tip:  Home owners considering hiring a professional to complete a bathroom remodel should take into account that this project could take up to a week or more to complete depending on the scope of the work. Plan accordingly and communicate with your contractor on what the entire bathroom remodel process will entail and be prepared for surprises your contractor may find along the way  i.e.: water damage, faulty wiring, mold etc.  You may have to temporarily use the second bathroom in your home during the remodeling process. So please be patient and work together with your contractor.

Our Project Video Part I

Our Project Video Part II

 

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