How We Replaced Exterior Doors

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Part of the renovation process was replacing exterior doors and in one situation, replacing a window with a door. Continue reading “How We Replaced Exterior Doors”

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How We Replaced a Window with an Exterior Door

Mom purchased a small home down the street from us. We made several improvements to this house prior to her moving in.

Mom wanted to replace a window with a door to enable her direct access to the carport. Continue reading “How We Replaced a Window with an Exterior Door”

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How to Mortar Wash (German Schmear) a Brick Fireplace

Materials Needed:

    • Plastic or drop cloth
    • Painter’s tape
    • 2 buckets (one for mixing mortar and one for water)
    • Durable gloves
    • Mortar mix
    • Electric drill (for mixing mortar)
    • Mixing paddle
    • VersaBond White Mortar Mix
    • Putty knife (metal is preferable)
    • Heavy-duty sponge
    • Rags

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How to Install Shower Tile

As part of renovating my Mother’s house, we tiled her shower.

Materials Needed: 

    • Backer board (we used USG Durock)
    • Joint tape and screws for the backer board (we used Durock screws)
    • Measuring tape
    • Putty knife
    • RedGard Speed Coat from Home Depot
    • Roller and roller handle
    • Tile
    • Tile saw
    • Spacers (depending on the width of the grout line)
    • Thin-set
    • Bucket
    • Large sponge
    • Drill and mixing paddle
    • Non-sanded grout (We used Cape Gray.)
    • Notched trowel (size of notches depends on the size of tile – see manufacturer’s directions)

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How to Install Tile on a Bathroom Floor

We spent a few months renovating a house down the street for my mother. The bathroom was in poor condition. The tile floor was not completed and thus you could actually see the subfloor where the tile ended next to the wall. 🤨

Materials:

    • Backer board
    • Circular saw (to cut backer board)
    • Joint tape
    • Thin-set
    • putty knife
    • Tile
    • Tile saw (be sure the tile saw is large enough to cut the size of your tile)
    • Electric drill
    • Mixing paddle that attaches to drill
    • spacers
    • Mortar
    • Trowel
    • Large sponge
    • 2 buckets (one for mixing thin-set and mortar and one for a water bucket)
    • Rubber grout float
    • Grout (we used Polyblend Sanded grout – color: Cape Gray).

Preparing the Service

We had to do some demo work. My sister Mary Beth helped us with this part. We used a sledgehammer, shovel, and bucket to break up the original tile. This part of the project is quite dusty and messy. We suggest wearing a mask due to all the dust.

Step 1  – Install the backer board to provide stability and strength. Also, notice that we moved the floor vent. It made more sense for this not to be in the middle of the room. Continue reading “How to Install Tile on a Bathroom Floor”

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How to Patch Drywall

Background:

My Mom purchased a small house down the street from us. It was in decent shape but needed some repairs and updates. In addition to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and several cosmetic updates such as painting, tiling the bathroom floor, updating the shower, installing new flooring, painting kitchen cabinets, updating the fireplace, replacing doors, etc. we needed to patch several holes in the drywall.

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