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DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 07-05-2009, 05:26 PM
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Views: 880
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
Unless your really lucky you'll need to be able...

Unless your really lucky you'll need to be able to cut the last row of flooring lengthwise. So you'll need a table saw or a circular saw with an edge guide. I usually measure the room first and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-05-2009, 04:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,519
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
I would definitely agree with Glenn on this one....

I would definitely agree with Glenn on this one. I'm a contractor so I do almost all of my on work on my house but this is an area where I would hire some one to come in who has the equipment to do...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-23-2009, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,962
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
If you're going to cover the fireplace in wood I...

If you're going to cover the fireplace in wood I would recommend installing strips of wood running in the opposite direction of the finish wood. This will give you something to nail into. To secure...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-21-2009, 10:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,719
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
As much as I agree with the above posts on the...

As much as I agree with the above posts on the maintenance aspect. I think that in your situation I would want to paint the brick. I rented for a while in a neighborhood that was all brick ranch...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-16-2009, 01:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,358
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
Your best bet is probably a Handyman or...

Your best bet is probably a Handyman or Remodeling Contractor who deals with small jobs. I would shy away from the chains. If you can get a recommendation that would be best. If there's a reputable...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-07-2008, 12:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,051
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
I worked as a Handyman and now in remodeling on...

I worked as a Handyman and now in remodeling on all types of projects and tips are not expected, and not supper common. If some one has done an outstanding job and you wish to tip them a 20 dollar...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 12-03-2008, 07:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,814
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
The best way to deal with this is to paint over...

The best way to deal with this is to paint over the affected area. Hopefully you have the paint color for the ceiling and can just touch up the affected areas. Anything that will remove the paint...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 11-29-2008, 01:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,342
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
Setting type compound or hot mud is good for...

Setting type compound or hot mud is good for filling large cracks without cracking or shrinking so much also you have the ability to mix it thick to fill the crack. Often what I will do is mix a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 11-29-2008, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 11,289
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
What I usually us for patching is a setting type...

What I usually us for patching is a setting type joint compound (often called hot mud) This is the stuff that you mix yourself. it usually has the numbers 20, 45, or 90 as an indication of the time...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-29-2008, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,411
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
Hello: here are three fireplaces that I...

Hello:

here are three fireplaces that I did that may provide you with some ideas.

The first one I anchored expanded metal lath into the brick. coated with two layers of fibered cement then...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 11-29-2008, 02:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 23,582
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
Part of the problem that I have with spraying is...

Part of the problem that I have with spraying is the wast of masking materials and paint. The only painting that I do is brush and roll. I find that when I'm biding against someone who is spraying...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-29-2008, 02:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,269
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
If you haven't done a bathroom remodel before...

If you haven't done a bathroom remodel before there's a lot of potential to look back at the end of the project and see a list of things that you wish you had done differently. I would at least...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-29-2008, 01:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,385
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
In the places that I've lived I've always been...

In the places that I've lived I've always been able to find a supplier that specializes in reclaimed wood. Reclaimed fir would be my top choice.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-29-2008, 01:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,214
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
I love stained concrete for a basement floor. I...

I love stained concrete for a basement floor. I personally like the look a lot. But it’s so well suited for a basement because it doesn’t really matter if it gets wet, dirty or scratched.

This...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-29-2008, 12:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,088
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
If the laminate is still adhering to the...

If the laminate is still adhering to the underlayment well construction adhesive will adhere the Corian to the laminate.

I tend to prefer PL over Liquid Nails but anything of that nature should...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 11-28-2008, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 21,102
Posted By PortlandTradesmen
First thing that stands out to me is that if you...

First thing that stands out to me is that if you have a black mastic it would be prudent to have it tested for asbestos.

Next for the best look I always recommend grinding. I've ground floors...
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