Where is Asbestos Found?

  Asbestos is a natural mineral made up of delicate and flexible fibers that are impervious to heat, electricity, and corrosion. These qualities are what have made asbestos a “go-to” building material prior to society eventually figuring out how harmful it actually was. If your home was built prior to 1987, you may be surprised […]

How Do You Replace a Bulkhead (aka Cellar) Door?

  Depending upon where you live in the country, if you were to ask someone if they had a ‘bulkhead’ on their home, they may provide somewhat of an odd stare back at you. Bulkheads are a term used to describe an entrance to the cellar from the exterior.     Another way folks refer […]

Is it OK to Powerwash a Roof?

A question that has been asked of us quite often over the years is whether or not it is ok to powerwash your roof.  The answer is: Sort of.  In terms of actually POWERwashing the roof, as in using a ton of pressure, I believe this should NEVER be done.  Roofs in general have a tendency, particularly when […]

What Makes a Home Considered “Historic”?

    Somehow over the years we have developed a reputation of being a type of “expert” in working on Historic Homes.   I have no idea how this happened.   The same way I suppose that if you search the term, a video of me pops up describing a bunch of lead paint-oriented items. […]

How to Get Pet Urine Smell Out of Hardwood Floors…

    You may or may not fall into the category of folks that are faced with a certain head-scratching dilemma which can be the bane of existence for some.    Even if you are not personally experiencing this, there is a strong chance you know someone that has had to deal with it.    The scenario I […]

How Long Do Toilet Wax Rings Last?

    Before answering the question of ‘How long does a toilet wax ring last?’,… it may be helpful to know what the heck a wax ring has to do with your toilet in the first place…  A wax ring for your toilet is pretty much precisely what it sounds like… – a ring made […]

What is a Drip Cap?

  Door, window, and water table (aka skirtboard) areas are parts of your home that are potentially prone to water infiltration if their installs are not conducted correctly. Compounding their already natural vulnerability as a possible location of allowing water into your home (due to the fact that these areas are all obviously “open” areas […]

What is the Best Waterproofing for Wood??

  If there is natural wood in one form or another around the exterior of your home, at some point in time you may have wondered, “What is the best way to go about making sure it is protected from moisture damage?”  Perhaps you are one of those folks that is ultra-diligent and uber-protective of your home’s exterior and are […]

What is a Lavette??

“Lavette.” Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?   If you have had home improvements done to your home in the past or even just planned on a future home improvement (daydreaming while scrolling through pictures of others’ home improvement projects, etc.), there is a good chance that you have heard the term used in the past. But […]

What is Hardware Cloth?

One item that we were asked to help out with at a recent job was to replace the screening that had been in place behind a Client’s attic gable vent windows.  Typically, the screening that is used behind these windows when they come from “the factory” is not necessarily the most impenetrable type of screening.  […]