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Handyman Hints: Basement ceiling challenge-- to flatten? Or to re-route?

Posted by Chris Emard Mar 09, 2021 With 0 Comment

As we envision a living environment that doesn’t include a cracked cement floor, or walls consisting of plain concrete, partially finished drywall, and junk piled on shelves— essentially providing your basement space with the less than inspiring ‘contemporary garage sale’ style of décor, it’s important to realize the route to escaping this nightmare will run through the ceiling.

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Handyman Hints: They can't read your mind

Posted by Chris Emard on January 5, 2021 With 0 Comment

You could hire the best, most experienced, most endearing, and attentive-to-detail type carpenter in the world, but if their nickname isn’t Kreskin, or if they don’t respond to “the amazing,” and if they didn’t host a mentalist TV show during the 1970s, then there’s no bloody way this well-intentioned hire is going to be able to read your mind.

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Handyman Hints: Feed the hands that build for you

Posted by Chris Emard on January 12, 2021 With 0 Comment

“The way to a contractor’s heart is through their stomach.”

Well— I think that’s how the saying goes.

Regardless, every Friday, while our backyard deck renovation, which was pretty extensive, was under construction, I’d cook the fellows up some Italian sausage on the barbecue at lunch hour, as kind of a thank you for a good week’s work.

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Handyman Hints: All together-- 'ceiling, trim, walls'

Posted by Chris Emard on December 22, 2020 With 0 Comment

Due to you failing to make the short list of returnees to Mrs. Sponsky’s hot-yoga class, and with there being little to watch on Netflix until HBO returns with season two of The Queen’s Gambit, escaping the doldrums of another COVID-19 winter might be best achieved by dialing in your radio to 70s rock, setting the coffee maker to its 10-cup potential, and dipping your paint brush into a can of tinted eggshell.

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    Items You Could Put in Their Nail Pouch

    Posted by Chris Emard on December 17, 2019 With 0 Comment

    The task of Christmas gifting doesn’t have to be such a challenge if you choose to follow one simple guideline: “make it a practical gift.”

    Keep it simple, where the stress of Christmas shopping can effectively be avoided by sticking to a combination of three gift categories, them being beer, cheese, and hardware.

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    Updating that 1970’s Door

    Posted by Chris Emard on December 26, 2019 With 0 Comment

    As we look forward to four months of cold weather, short days, and general dreariness, this might be a good time to pour yourself another spiked eggnog, grab a spot on the sofa, and evaluate your home’s décor.

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    What Comes After the Front Door

    Posted by Chris Emard on January 1, 2020 With 0 Comment

    Refurbishing a home is always a little stressful, although the cleansing process does get easier with every trip to the curb.

    Ahh, the curb— the spot where a homeowner can finally lay to rest their shag area rug, macramé wall hangings, everything and anything wicker, famed artwork such as “Dogs playing cards,” and anything the colour orange, with no quarrel or judgment from neighbours, provided all is conveniently stockpiled beside a sign reading free stuff.

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    Choosing Casing and Baseboards

    Posted by Chris Emard on January 7, 2020 With 0 Comment

    First, some basic education. The casing is the decorative trim, or molding, that gets installed around your interior doors and windows.

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    All Hail the Crown

    Posted by Chris Emard on January 14, 2020 With 0 Comment

    Today we’re installing what’s most likely the nastiest, most ornery, and to say the least, most challenging type of molding found in a home, that being the crown molding.

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    Step No. 1 to Finish Your Basement

    Posted by Chris Emard on January 21, 2020 With 0 Comment

    At some point in the life of homeowners the idea of turning an existing basement, which up to this point has served the home as little more than a giant closet for junk and seasonal apparel, into real living space, will cross the kitchen table.

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    How to Create and Sustain Basement Life

    Posted by Chris Emard on January 28, 2020 With 0 Comment

    Last week, we discussed the importance of ensuring your basement space is capable of remaining dry, essentially step one in the creation of a new living area.

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    Always Plan for Your Escape

    Posted by Chris Emard on February 4, 2020 With 0 Comment

    Sometimes, you’ve just got to get yourself out of a situation in as expedient a manner as possible.

    Say you’re a teen in a home where the house rules clearly oppose the sleeping over of friends in your finished basement, with said rules especially targeting the opposite sex due to the yearnings of young love not being truly appreciated by the parental hierarchy. Then a call for breakfast wakes you both up from deep slumber; your little friend requires a quick exit.

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    A Subfloor for Your Basement

    Posted by Chris Emard on February 11, 2020 With 0 Comment

    Engineered flooring shown over a basement subfloor. STEVE MAXWELL/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

    If you’re finishing your basement, whether it be for it to serve as an exercise room, play area for the kids, or simply as a means of getting the TV downstairs, all in an attempt to create a more peaceful living atmosphere on the main level, you’re going to need flooring.

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    No Basement Subfloor Only Equals Disappointment

    Posted by Chris Emard on February 18, 2020 With 0 Comment

    Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault (24) gets hit in the face by the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the second period at the Bell Centre, on Feb. 10, 2020. ERIC BOLTE-USA TODAY SPORTS

    With the subject on the table being basement floors, let’s continue with our discussion regarding basement subfloors.

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