Welcome to Home Repairs & Maintenance

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Welcome to a new forum where you can share your ideas for maintaining and repairing your home!

Lindsay, OK(Zone 7a)

Thanks - this is going to be great!

Farmington, KY(Zone 7a)

Well let get this topic started. Anybody want to help me gut my bathroom and redo it? LOL

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Wow - that idea gives me a headache just thinking about it! There is so much involved you should really start a separate thread under this forum - maybe label it something like "Bathroom Redo" - and if possible show a "before" picture. Are you planning to do the work yourself? I had a plumber in several weeks ago to replace the toilet tank innards in both bathrooms and the bill was over $700. Yuska

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Davart, you might want to post your project in the Construction Zone forum: http://davesgarden.com/place/f/construction/all/ - it's geared toward major remodeling jobs, rather than minor home repairs ;o)

Farmington, KY(Zone 7a)

It was a joke people ... I remodel/gut/re-do/ house for a living. I just wanted to get the forum going. So for me it's not a project it's a job ... LOL it's day in day out.


Brockton, MA(Zone 6a)

Gee, I thought something was going on here.
I'm an interior painter, Plain or Faux.
Maybe we could turn this into "Ask a Trades Person" forum.
Andy P

Western, PA(Zone 6a)

Just recently painted 3 rooms: one cranberry; one light gold; one medium blue. The cranberry room has all white woodwork for contrast. The gold is interesting when matching a wood blind, comforter, and woodwork. The blue is meant to give a section of the living/dining room an individual character.

One thing I did learn is color livens up pictures. In the living room the walls were linen and the picture matting the same. This made for a drab picture. Now with a blue, the pictures really stand out.

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

I was a home remodeler for over 20 years.
Asthma forced me to quit
Now im studying Network administration.
My Master skills were plastering, drywall hanging and finishing, painting and carpentry.
I do all my own work, electric and plumbing included.
$700.- to replace toilet hardware? e-gads! Were they gold plated parts?

Citra, FL(Zone 9a)

I like the idea of ask a tradesperson forum! I always need advice from experts. :-)

Albany, GA(Zone 8b)

wow.20 years!my hats off to you. whatever they paid you for the drywalling was worth it and then some. we remodeled our kitchen last year and because of that i detest drywall. i told my husband that whatever drywallers (dont know if thats the correct name) charge they are soooo worth it. i will never ever ever try drywalling again. love to set tile though.

Texas City, TX

I am in the market for a storm door, any advise anyone can give me would be a great help.

Brockton, MA(Zone 6a)

Is this for the front, back or kitchen door?
How much glass and ventilation are you looking for?
Do you have a pet that would enjoy an easy look out with 'full view' glass?
I can't help you with quality but consider the intended use.
Andy P

Texas City, TX

HI Sarahskeeper:

This would be a back door/kitchen door. I'm trying to get more light into the room along with ventilation, not sure if i want a full view, since i would have to take the glass out, which can be kinda heavy. Looked at a Larson, which had a screen that rolls to the top have to go back and check to see how they handle the glass part. On the bottom it has fixed glass and a panel. Not sure to go with vinyl, or a new finish they call DuraTech (think thats the name).

I do have dogs, but i don't think i want a pet door. On the Larson Door looks like the glass extends far enough down so they would be able to look out.

Thanks for your reply and help


Brockton, MA(Zone 6a)

OK, I have an aluminum, full view as the front/living room storm. The dog loves it, I leave the glass in all the time. This door faces south, very nice on sunny winter days. I don't need it for ventilation, just light. The interior door is steel with a light faux finish wood grain. A dark door behind lots of glass can get hot enough to warp the plastic window frame.
My kitchen has a cheap wood/screen door, no glass.
This is Sarah in winter.
Andy P

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Leicester, NC(Zone 8a)

Hi all!!! sure wish I had found you when all my stuff was going on. Roof, toilets, painting, cedar beam, wood floors,new windows and new tub whew plus porches. Now it seems there is no insulation in walls to speak of GREEEEAT. Turn key house has become an overhaul. Keep the ideas coming and rest assured I'll be hollering at ya in the future GB

Sydney, Australia

We all know that home improvement plans are always more expensive as the days go by. It is not practical to buy a plan you can afford. If this is the case, you can make to discuss a plan on your own and it with the experts. Internet is in your brainstorming on plan to increase the House a great source of information, necessary.

Orlando, FL

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Moab, UT

Thanks.This is going great.

Melbourne, Australia

With how busy I am, I usually just hire professional cleaners to do the home cleaning so I can focus on other important stuff - such as my garden. Others may look down at me on that and call me lazy or something but I personally feel its better to spend a little money so I can have more free time.

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