Mike Flannery is in Denver, CO. But he's perplexed about caulking the trim in a staircase. Here's his full report, albeit abbreviated: "Crack between moulding and top of stair risers indoors. Original caulk cracked. Looked sloppy. Removed caulk. 1/8 in gap. Idea is to put spline in gap as backing prior to re-caulk and then painting. […]
Jim Carter, no relation to me, lives about an hour's drive north of Sacramento, CA. He thinks he wants to replace the wood siding on his house because it looks bad. But he's worried about the cost and his tight budget. Here's his story: "Hi Tim, When we moved into our house, it needed the […]
Christie is remodeling her bathroom in Monroe, CT. She's conflicted about how to attach the toe strip on top of her laminate flooring. "I recently painted my ceramic wall tile with a tub and tile paint by Rustoleum, and installed vinyl plank flooring in my bathroom. I have quarter round to match the flooring for the […]
Terrie Baker is building a new home in Adrian, Oregon. She did the right thing to go visit the job site to see what was going on. "My husband and I are building a new house. When I went to check on the progress the other day, I discovered a cobbled up mess on our French […]
Ross Ott, who has a neat bungalow house in Rockford, IL, hates his aluminum siding. "I have a 1924 bungalow that has aluminum siding over the original siding. I hate it, and now it has hail damage and I need to figure out what I'm going to do with it. My desire is to remove […]
Quick Column Summary: How to install finish nails Practice with a nail set tool Drive nail 1/16th inch into wood Or use a powered finish nailer DEAR TIM: I was helping my boyfriend install some wood trim this weekend and had a disagreement with him. It was about the proper way to hammer finish nails. […]
Wood shims are used when installing a door for several reasons. The door shims allow minimal or no structural stress or pressure applied to doors or windows at any point. This allows the doors or windows to operate freely.
Trim board rot can be caused by either trim molding material and/or installation defects. The wrong type of molding trim wood can accelerate rot. If your trim lumber has not been painted properly, your door or window trim won't last as long.