Handyman jobs completed – Week of Oct 24, 2016

Handyman jobs completed – Week of Oct 24, 2016

Welcome to my weekly blog for the Handyman jobs I completed during the week of October 24, 2016.  My hope is to give people a better understanding of the types of jobs that I can do.

I have included photos at the bottom of this post.  If you click on the first photo, you can use your left and right arrows on your keypad to scroll through the rest.

Monday- I repaired a hole in a hollow-core door.  The door had one of those hinge-mounted door stops and someone just pushed the door open too hard.  Oops!  To make the repair invisible, I had to take the door off the hinges and take it with me to Sherwin-Williams.  Sherwin-Williams scanned the door and was able to match the paint perfectly.  I also remounted their dishwasher to the cabinet, and repaired a lot of “nail pops”. Nail pops in drywall walls or ceilings are usually a minor cosmetic issue that is common in new construction. As wood studs shrink, nail heads ‘pop’ out from the drywall surface, causing a bump or the blemish on the wall or ceiling. This usually happens only on new work, and only one time. (Image downloaded from inspectapedia.com/interiors/Drywall_Nail_Pops.php)

Tuesday – I installed about 30 drawer pulls and knobs in a kitchen and two bathrooms.  It is amazing how adding pulls and knobs can really spruce up a room.  To make sure these jobs come out right, I make jigs that are specific to the hardware.  This way I can perform repeatable work, and it eliminates a lot of measuring, which eliminates a lot of human error, which also saves a lot of time.  I also hung some artwork and and few pictures.

Wednesday – I replaced attic stairs.  I actually enjoy this job because most people are impressed that I can do it alone.  All it takes is a little ingenuity, balance, and muscle.  To replace the stairs, you first have to remove the trim that is around the opening.  During this job, I was unable to salvage the old trim, so I had to install new trim when I was done.  To make sure everything stays square, I like cut all the trim work and glue it together first, then I install the assembly around the attic opening.

As you can see in the pictures, I did not paint the new attic door, or trim.  This was at the request of the customer.  I did caulk everything and cover the nail holes so it is ready for the customer to paint.

Thursday – In my blog for the week of Oct 10, 2016, I mentioned a house that needed some air sealing due to an improperly installed attic fan.  On Wednesday, I spent a couple hours building a foam box around the attic fan.  To build the foam box I used foam insulation board manufactured by DOW.  Once I built the box, I completely sealed it with Great Stuff.

I also repaired that broken AC duct that the previous guy broke.  Once that was done, I adjusted a door that was sticking and installed a door sweep.

Friday – For my first customer, I hung a pot rack over a stove.  This job actually takes a lot of problem solving to get it right.  It has to be 100% secure, centered over the stove, and visually appealing.

For starters, it has to be 100% secure, so you have to mount the rack into a ceiling joist.  Mounting it into sheetrock, even with molly bolts, just won’t suffice.  It is possible the weight of the rack and pots could just pull the sheetrock down.  Yikes!

Of course, the joists were not centered over the stove, so I needed to build a secondary support structure.  This structure was then secured to a joist.  To get it right, I worked with the homeowner to come up with a design she liked.  The design ended up being pretty simple.  I just used my router to shape a couple of poplar 1x4s so they matched the rest of the trim work.  Then I secured these to the joists and secured the rack to them.  To see how it turned out, check out the pictures (they really are worth 1,0000 words).  After that, I repaired an antique dresser and mounted a vacuum rack.

For my second customer I mounted a TV to the wall and installed some a cable raceway to conceal the cables.

Well, that about wraps up the jobs I competed for the week.  If you are looking for a qualified handyman to help you with your projects around the house, feel free to give me a call or send me a text.  I’b be glad to help you out.

Have a great day!

Adam Taylor


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