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Home Owner Repairs vs Contractors

Home Owner Repairs vs Contractors

Homeowner Repairs vs Contractors

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

This week we look at what types of repairs are great for homeowners who want to really get into the work of maintaining their home, versus those instances when a contractor might be the best person for the job. We also discuss how to vet a contractor.

 

W.hat T.he F.ail

A recycled deck, improperly installed.

A recycled deck, improperly installed.

No ledger board. Deck is screwed to the siding using lag bolts.

No ledger board. Deck is screwed to the siding using lag bolts.

Once upon a time this deck was supported by nice, large timbers (upper right) - now it's held by a string of 2x4s (lower left).

Once upon a time this deck was supported by nice, large timbers (upper right) - now it's held by a string of 2x4s (lower left).

Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

Today we answered several questions from listeners Alesha and Nick who live in an older home in Minneapolis. Topics covered: Hardwood floors, asbestos, paint stripping, and more hardwood floors. They even supplied our W.hat T.he Fail for the week: placing trim around boiler baseboard heaters.

Resources

EPA information about asbestos in the home

Twin Cities based testing lab

Profile blade for a paint scraper

Profile blade for a paint scraper

 

Toe nailing diagram.

 

 

 

W.hat T.he F.ail

A previous owner placed pine trim board over the top of the baseboard heaters. This is an aesthetic choice, but not a usual one, and it does cause the wood to dry out quite a bit.

Pine trim installed around and above a baseboard heater.