Category Archives: Maintenance and Repair

Maintenance, installs, or repairs made during the project.

Exterior Door Trim

I finally let the trim on the front door get so badly peeled and chipped that I had to paint it before winter set in.┬áThe sad truth is that something went terribly wrong when we had these doors painted by … Continue reading

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Annual Garage Clean Out

Each fall it is time to empty the garage enough to store the car out of the snow and park the mower inside too. This year we did not beat the first snow as it came in October. But we … Continue reading

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Problem with Hoppe Three Point Lock on ThermaTru Door

One of the sets of french doors was stuck closed. It appeared that the three point lock was stuck at the top of the door keeping it from opening. I thought I was going to have to take the door … Continue reading

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Guests! An Ebay Scam and ERV Maintenance

We have had the pleasure of several recent guests who have stayed in the new master bedroom and bath. The new curtains have made the space more private and it has proved to be great to have another bathroom with … Continue reading

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SPT Dishwasher Repair

We use our small dishwasher regularly and over the past months we noticed the dishes have not been getting as clean. I cleaned the filters, took apart the arms and cleared them of debris and cleaned the stainless steel interior. … Continue reading

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Whoa! Living Room Put Together

We have been pushing ourselves to get the house together after the drywall installation. I finally finished the rest of the concrete floor with steaming, washing, staining spots and cracks, sealing and polishing. Today we were able to move some … Continue reading

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Outlet and Switch Repair

Unfortunately due to my incompetent electricians who put the electrical boxes in crooked and at any depth they chose, and perhaps some of the drywall shimming, the outlets and switches almost all have to be shimmed out to install the … Continue reading

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Decorative Cracks in the Concrete

The steamer works great to get the blobs of paint and dried compound off the floor. There were some unprotected areas like in this closet that really needed work. I used one of the small bristle brush attachments to scrub … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Sound Proofing Decor

I’m going to start spending more time on decorative touches and less on large building projects. We have all the finish work to complete now that the drywall is installed. The kitchen sink bottom is visible under the open cabinet … Continue reading

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Wet Look Counter Top

The kitchen counter next to the sink was starting to turn grey and rot. Despite the silicone coating under the sink rim, water was collecting in a low spot on the pine counter. I read about finishing the wood with … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Concrete Floor

The drywall and paint process made a big mess on the concrete. Although they vacuumed and swept, and they put paper on the floor before sanding and painting, the whole floor has ground in drywall dust on it. I contacted … Continue reading

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Safety for the Birdies

Covering the chimney opening with barrier wire has been on the to do list for some time. Luckily some square wire mesh was accessible in the full garage so I cut some and installed it on the chimney. Every spring … Continue reading

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Fixing the ERV

I broke the ERV by trying to install an automated control system with the Nest to the Boost control and with Lutron devices to the 0-10 variable control system. The support for the Recouperator was very helpful and sent a … Continue reading

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Broken Ventilation System!

Amazing isn’t it? I can’t be satisfied with the existing system, I had to try to control it automatically. That would be OK if not for the problems I cause. The first project was just to connect the system to … Continue reading

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Central Vacuum in Action

Ahhh. Listen to the whooshing sound of the air sucking up tons of dirt. Wow, look at the dust disappearing from the duster into the innards of the pipe opening. A bit louder but what a great tool the power … Continue reading

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Moved Modem

Ever since we moved in, the modem for our internet connection has been installed right at the garage door. There is a closet built in there now and although the electricians installed an extra outlet for the equipment, it did … Continue reading

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LED Garage Light Bulb Replacements

When my brother was helping with the construction he worked in the garage under our old florescent light bulbs. We had to supplement with extra lighting to see well enough to do the work. He told me that older florescent … Continue reading

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Annual Garage Clean Out

We use the garage as a work space during the warmer months and it gets filled with materials and tools. So I took today very late in the fall to clear it out so the car can fit in it … Continue reading

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Mang Ox Filter Repair

The chlorine batch connection to the iron filter started leaking few months ago. I didn’t have time or inclination to figure out what was wrong with it after a few quick tries to tighten the connection didn’t work. I was … Continue reading

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Patch Concrete Edge

There was a large gap between the edge of the new concrete floor and the steps. I think this gap was caused by the moisture barrier plastic curling up at this edge, keeping the concrete from flowing all the way … Continue reading

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