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Stair angle – two tips for finding stair pitch

“Stair angle”, or “pitch”, is the angle at which your stairs descend. This angle is a crucial factor in deciding how to build handrails for your stairs. This article shows you two extremely easy tips for calculating the angle of your stairs! Included is a short video so you...

My fascia boards are rotted! What do I do?

Fascia boards are one of most common areas for rot on a house. Their position just below the roofline makes them highly susceptible to water penetration. Once the boards become soaked, they quickly begin to deteriorate. This article gives you an overview on how to carry out fascia board...

Plumbers damaged my floor framing! Can I repair it?

A Question from a Reader – Those Plumbers! Q: I recently had a contractor provide an estimate for putting down a vapor barrier in my crawlspace. While he was down there, he found several places where plumbers had badly damaged the floor framing. Should I believe him? –Ashlynn K.,...

My old door knob is loose! How do I tighten it?

Q: A door knob in my older (1920s) house came loose. It spins when I try to turn it. Is there a way to tighten old door knobs? A:  A lot of  people who have pre-1940s homes ask this question. Fortunately the answer is, Yes. You  can tighten your loose door knob easily! Here’s a short video...

House footings – how deep should they be?

Q. I’m building a detached deck in my backyard and want to pour concrete footings for the posts to stand on. How deep do I need to dig before I can pour? –Kevin H., Greenville, SC A. Hey Kevin, that has a lot to do with where you live, because the most important factor involved is the “frost...

A one-hour drywall mud patch!

Not every drywall repair requires new sheetrock installation. In a lot of cases, a simple coat of drywall mud can hide gouges and unfinished areas. This article shows you how to make simple mud patch repairs to your walls. And carry out the whole process in one hour or less! Tool List: Spray...

Finding a stud in a finished wall – 5 tips!

Eventually, everyone needs to find a stud in a finished, painted wall. Even with a stud finder, this can be a frustrating task. Use these five methods (and one helpful tip) to find studs in your walls. You can also be sure that you’re fastening into them with confidence! (Note: this article is...

Reclaimed door – I upcycled it into a table!

The architectural salvage trend has gained a huge amount of steam in the last several years. Personally, I think it’s a great way to reuse existing materials, as well as showcase antique/vintage styles. A client asked if I would help turn an old door into a dining room table. Of course, I said...

Wood rot – how do I test for it?

Q: A neighbor told me that the corner boards on my house are starting to rot. (The paint there is beginning to peel.) Can I tell if a particular spot is actually rotted? –Lane M., Roxboro, NC A: Actually, Lane, the test for rot is very easy. Often, people suspect that they have wood rot when...