Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Changing the belt on a Belt Sander

Changing the belt on a Belt Sander

I have a porter cable belt sander model #352vz that I have had for a few years. This sander does a fantastic job of quickly tearing through wood and paint. I highly recommend a belt sander if you need to level something out or remove several layers of old paint. They are one of the fastest ways of getting though materials. Belt sanders are driven by a small...

Fixing an old double hung wood window

Fixing an old double hung wood window

Living in an old home has it charms. I own an old 1920’s prairie style house with beautiful single pane double hung windows. These old windows work off a basic pulley, rope and a weight that runs up and down behind the sash. Fixing them is not hard, but it is a lot of work. Usually, what wears out with these old windows is the sash rope. Over time it...

Repairing a broken or unlevel Tile

Repairing a broken or unlevel Tile

You love your tile floor but you have a problem. One or two tiles are either broken, off center, or uneven with your other tiles. Maybe someone not paying attention decided to walk on your new tile floor before it set up, but after you left. Maybe a heavy object dropped on a tile and cracked it. What ever the reason, don’t despair. You can demo out that...

How to repair a Paslode Framing Nail Gun CF325

How to repair a Paslode Framing Nail Gun CF325

One very common problem with nail guns is maintenance. Much like a car or other mechanical equipment framing nail guns need to be maintained on regular based. If you are using them constantly I recommend doing a cleaning and if the unit is losing power you will need to change out the rubber O- rings. Paslode’s cleaning manual is located here. The video...

Patching a bad spot in hardwood floor planks

Patching a bad spot in hardwood floor planks

Ive seen it in the nicest of houses, damaged hardwood floors from water, termites, pets or candles. It’s too damaged to sand down and fix. So how do you get those damaged planks out and repair the spot? First thing to do is to get a circular saw and set it to the depth of the planks ( usually 3/4″) plus a little extra. You will need to plunge the saw...