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Front Walkway Rebuild

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Previously this week I had a client hire our services to redo a slab front walkway. My client decided to incorporate some of the original slabs along with the new. Items on the list to purchase in order to complete this project just to name a few was screening product, new slabs to replace broke ones. Gaiters edge, and landscaping spikes.

 

I basically tore out everything and started from scratch. My client was addressing major water damage issues. We corrected the problem by putting 1/4 inch slope going away from the house with the screening and the new slabs.

 

Using gaiter edging, will keep all slabs in place even after the frost gets to it. New grading should correct the water situation. Doesn’t look like a big job, bit don’t kid yourself!!!  30 feet of new walkway is more time consuming work that you may think.  Don’t forget the front steps were moved and replaced back due to the fact they were sinking.  All in all, the front walkway looks so much better, is safer and adds more curb appeal.

I have included some of the before and after photos.

 

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Ever Wonder What Different Types Of Flooring Are Made Of ???

#Ceramic #Tile  is a popular flooring  choice for today’s homes.  #Ceramic #Tile is extremely  durable,  relatively  easy to clean with low maintenance  and gives a room an upscale and unique attractive look. Ceramic tile is available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colours, prices and  can match almost any decorating style. This type of flooring can add value and appeal to any home.   There are floor tiles to suit every use, every taste, and every pocketbook.

Ever wonder how #ceramic tile is made??? Well here’s a video provided by: Quali  Piastrelle on #Ceramic Tile and How It’s Made

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Stone Flooring

Stone flooring has a long history of existence and are just as beautiful today with a multitude of varieties and price rages for anyone who is looking to use these products for their next home project.  . Today, stone floors create a feeling of luxury. They can create of mood of great formality or relaxed informality, depending on the type of stone. Generally, marble floors are the most formal and flagstone floors are the most informal. The natural variation in color and pattern make stone floor tiles very beautiful, and they are very durable as well.
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Terrazzo Flooring
Terrazzo  tiles are formed from marble or other stone chips embedded in concrete. The surface is polished to a high sheen. Terrazzo floor tiles are beautiful and easy to maintain.
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Terra Cotta Flooring
Clay has been used for floor tiles from ancient times. Today, the clay can be processed in a number of different ways, resulting in several categories of tile.
Terra cotta is clay that has been fired but not colored, the same material used for garden pots. It is usually left unglazed. The color can vary, due to variation in the mineral content of the soil, but usually has an orange cast. Terra cotta floor tiles absorb liquid, so they have to be treated before use indoors.
Whatever type of flooring you choose for your next residential or business remodel, the end results are going to be incredible. These products bring a room to life with its beauty, individuality, and custom designs and will continue to bring you joy for years to come.

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Tips On Caulking Your Bathtub

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Caulk is used to create a seal in a tub where the tile and the tub join. Caulk prevents water from seeping up into the tiles and causing the tiles to separate from the wall and mildew to form. Caulking a tub will take a couple of days if you need to remove old caulk because the area will have to completely dry before you can apply new caulk. It can be accomplished in an hour or two if you’re starting with clean surfaces.

Remove any old caulk. Silicone caulk can be removed with a razor knife and a scraper. Be careful not to damage the tub or the tile. Water-based caulk are harder to remove where as silicone caulk is more flexible. Use a hair dryer to soften the caulk and then scrape it out.

Use silicone caulk on fiberglass. Water-based caulk can be used on ceramic tubs and tiles. Exterior or oil based caulk is not recommended for this type of project.

1)  Thoroughly  Remove all old caulking and clean tub ledge and wall

2) Place masking tape on tub edge, approximately 3/16 of an inch away from the wall.

3) Place masking tape about 3/16 of an inch up the wall around the tub.

4) Fill tub with water to the overflow height. (NOTE: DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENED AT ANYTIME AND TO PROPERLY SECURE THE AREA SO NO ONE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO IT)

5) Place caulking between tub and wall joint around tub.

6) Get some liquid dish soap and stick your finger into soap and smooth off caulking. Allow extra caulking to go onto masking tape.

7) Remove masking tape while still wet.

8) Leave water in tub till caulking is dry and empty water from tub.

By caulking a full tub the space between tub surface and wall is at a weighted  dimension

WARNING : Clean up any spills or drips immediately. Silicone caulk are very difficult to clean once they’re dried and leave a film on your hands.

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Holiday Lighting Tips

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Weather you choose to decorate your home  for the holiday season with indoor or outdoor lighting or both,  please remember to put SAFETY FIRST.

A suggestion to save some energy $$$ on your “HOLIDAY” electric bill this year, consider using less lights when decorating your home.

Inspection of all lights and extension cords BEFORE, creating a BRILLIANT MASTER SHOW PIECE LIGHTING SHOW for the family and neighbours to enjoy this year, will not only save you the hassle of replacing any damaged bulbs or  extension cords, it’s putting safety first.

Choose decorating lighting that is marked by a recognized certification agency or regulatory body such as CSA or ULC.

Indoor and Outdoor lights sold in Canada are clearly marked for what their intended uses are. Follow electrical product ratings for either indoor or outdoor use and wattage. Always practise caution and safety.

Always read and follow the manufacturers instructions and guidelines for stringing light sets together. As a general rule, string no more than three standard size sets of lights together.

WARNING!!!  Never overload any extension cords  or electrical receptacles.

Practice Safety! Always unplug all  holiday lighting when you go to bed or leave your home.

Consider purchasing and using automatic lighting timers for both indoor and outdoor to ensure your lights are not left on.

As a safety precaution, electrical cords should never be run through windows, door openings or under carpeting. Roll up excess electrical cords and keep safely away from high traffic areas and pets. Secure cords to prevent them from being pulled or tripped over and NEVER USE A STAPLER to secure them.

WARNING!!!  Extension cords should never kept plugged in when not it use.

Before replacing a light bulb, confirm with the manufacturer that the replacement bulb is equal or of lesser wattage.

Remember to ALWAYS PRACTISE SAFETY FIRST and you and your loved ones will enjoy another Wonderful Holiday together this year.

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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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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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9 Tips On: Finding A GOOD CONTRACTOR TO DO YOUR HOME PROJECT

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As you and I know, owning a home is a Huge investment and along with it a responsibility.  There is always a “To Do List.” Weather it’s interior or exterior painting to be done, new flooring, upgrades to kitchen, bathrooms or basements the list goes on and on. Some of us welcome the challenge of a DIY home project because it’s exciting and the feeling of “I did it myself” is self gratifying. There’s some individuals who just want to hire a handyman,  contractor  or home maintenance service company to do the job and that’s ok too. What ever direction you choose to move forward with, make sure YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!

Check out some of these tips below BEFORE you hire someone to do your project:

1-  Look up a variety of Handyman, Home Maintenance Services and Contractors in your area on the internet

2-  Ask lots of question! There’s no such thing as a “bad” question. The more you ask, the better!

3-  Ask for quotes, the more the better but be Leary, sometimes “cheapest” doesn’t always mean better.

4-  Find out if the company is legitimate. Are they a  registered company?

5- Does this company have insurance? Find out. Again, ask the question.

6- Ask for a portfolio to show you some of their work. In this particular industry, photo’s tell the truth. This is what they have to offer as a source to prove what kind of projects they have done. Ask   for   before and after pictures.  Anyone can copy a photo off the internet but is Their work legitimate?

7- Ask for testimonials. Previous satisfied clients will have no issues giving a positive testimonial of their own completed projects. Why would they? They will want to share this information and let others know what a great job this company has done and would definitely recommend them. Of Course, testimonials will also warn other potential clients “not” to use their services either from their own bad experiences. So either way, you can get some piece of mind.

8- Look at company websites. See their work. A lot of them are on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Word Press, exc.  You can get a sense of who they are, what they do, latest specials and events, how they connect with their clients and how these companies are involved in your community!

9- First impressions mean everything!  In my opinion representatives are an example of their work and the company they own or work for. Representatives that come to your home for a quote, should be experienced, organized  knowledgeable in the field of the business, polite, well groomed,  answer your questions and concerns and make you feel confident and comfortable. If I had a bad feeling after the consultation and just didn’t feel right or confident somehow about this company then I would not want to do business with them. Especially in my home! Trust your instincts. They’re always right.

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