Crown Molding

One of the things that separates a standard home and a upscale home is the addition of Crown Molding. This simple addition to you your home can add significant interest in your home and it is a fairly simple task. Most people can easily add this to your home with a little planning and with a little effort if you have the right set of tools.

I have done this in 3 homes that I have owned over the years and it always became a point of attraction to visitors on my homes. Also it can usually be done easily in one day unless you have a very large home and you decide to do the entire home.

The tools that you will need is a hammer a table or meter saw to be able to cut the pieces to the right length and at angles to properly set the corners together without unsightly gaps. You will also need a tape measure long enough to measure the length of the pieces in a single measurement.

Also make sure you have a ladder, preferable two that will allow you to easily reach the ceiling and comfortably hold the pieces while you attach them. It will good to have two so that your helper can hold it in place while you nail it properly. It is important to place it in place and hold it steady so you can nail it in place without it moving or it will look bad.

If you are interested in installing this in your home. You will need to start by measuring the walls you want to add this to. And count the number of corners as well. It is best to draw a little diagram of the rooms you want to include this in for reference with the measurement of each wall. Keep in mind if you do a part of a wall you really need to do the entire wall. This situation occurs when you have a hallway that shares a wall with another room. Many people don’t feel they want to do the hallway but just the other room and they stop as the wall enters the hall or just inside the hallway. This just causes it to look cheap

The strips are available in the big box home improvement stores as well as other sources and come in lengths from 8 to 12 feet in length, depending on the design and manufacturer. Take your diagram down to the store and decide which you want to use for your home. You will also find fixed corners for some designs which you can use to make it look even better. Or you can make a complex design by using two or more piece to build a larger texture design.

Once you have decided on the pieces you want to use then calculate the number of pieces you will need of each type if there are more than one. Also if you have your diagram the attendants will be happy to help you with this calculation. Purchase the pieces and transport them home or have them delivered. Also purchase your nails to attach them the attendant will show you the correct ones to get and help you determine the correct amount to purchase.

Now that you have them at home. Cut them to the right lengths as you are ready to put them in place. If you are not using corner pieces, then you will need to cut a 45-degree end on the ends that mate at the corner to allow them to merge and not have a big gap. Just cut being careful to get the right measurements and nail them up as you go. When you are all done you should have a good looking crown molding effect. If you do see a few gaps you can always putty them to conceal the imperfections.

If you want a different color than the strips came in or you needed to putty a few places you can easily paint the addition to match your desire. I have done both ways and my wife was my helper when we finished our projects we both saw a massive change in the look of the home.

Now If this seem to be too much work or you don’t have the correct tools or the help needed you can contact a carpenter or handyman to either do the work or you can act as their assistant in some cases. I have asked both for quotes in the project. The Handyman offered lower quote for this project with the same quality performance based on examples of their work they presented. Also they were more willing to allow me to be his assistant so I could learn the skill. We decide to do it ourselves after we studied the process and determined to make it a joint Sunday project. We were able to complete a 1400 square foot home completely in less than a day by getting everything ready and present before we started that morning.


Patch and Paint Walls

I always struggle when I am moving because we love to hang things on our walls and when you take them down, you find holes in your wall and undoubtedly the person receiving the home will not appreciate have a bunch of holes in the walls. So the question arises is how can you easily patch and paint the holes so you don’t tune over the home with holes in the wall.

You want to follow a three step process to have a good looking wall when you leave the home. This process includes patching, sanding and painting. You will need to get patching compound for your wall, a tool to spread the compound, a sanding tool to level the wall so it looks the way it did and paint that matched the current color and type that is currently on the wall.

The hardware companies have figured out that there are a number if us out here that are not in the business of doing this regularly, but occasionally need to perform thing task. So they had begun to offer kits to make this easier to do and with less hassle. I found a small tube of patching or caulking compound that came with a tool to spread it on the wall for small holes.

They also have kits now with directions if you have a big hole. My family has been known to place their body parts through the wall from time to time leaving a very large hole to patch. We are not violent but are at times clumsy. In our last move one of us stumbled and put our elbow through the wall leaving a hole about 5 inched in diameter to patch and cover. Finding one of these kits made the jobs quick and easy.

You can either get a small kit as mentioned above if you think that will cover your holes sufficiently or you can purchase a larger tube of putty and a putty knife to apply it. With the later you have a putty knife for future projects if you can remember where you placed it. I have purchased many of these and every time I get ready to move I can’t seem to find one or they have started to rust which makes it hard to get a good job out of them. So last time I just got the small kit and dumped the plastic knife that came with it rather than worry about where I left it next time.

Finally, you need to match the paint color on the wall and purchase as small a quantity as is available. Almost always more than you will use in many moves and they get old and don’t perform well on future projects anyway. You will need to find a sample piece of the color. You can most likely find this on one or more of the electrical plates in your home. mot times you will find that someone got lazy and painted a little bit of the plate. You can remove this plate and take it to the big box hardware or other paint store to have the sample matched and they can supply you with a small sample of the paint to use.

Once you have acquired all of the supplied read the directions on the putty lit you have to make sure you understand drying time and requirements before painting. Then you can apply the putty to the holes and smooth them out so it looks as natural to the wall as possible. It is usually easiest to press a small amount of putty into the hole using the putty knife and them draw the knife over the patch to remove all excess putty and level the wall.

Then be sure to allow the putty to dry thoroughly before continuing with the texture or sanding stage. Once the putty to dry see directions to get an idea of the time requirements from the patch kit or putty container. Look at the wall where the patch was supplied and make sure the texture is close to the original texture and there are no blotches of putty that need to be sanded. Sand if necessary and keep it to a minimum.

Finally paint the patch area with a good coat of paint but don’t overdo it. When the paint dries you should not be able to notice that you needed to paint the wall. If the paint match was done well. Move on and you have left the wall in good shape.


How do You Fix Sliding Door.

Let’s Start with a question of how do you fix a sliding door that keeps jumping off the track? A simple question yes, but the answer can vary depending on the type of door you are talking about. There are screen doors which are notorious for leaving the track and getting hung up. Then there is the glass sliding door for the patio. Finally, there is closet door that just does not want to cooperate with any one. So let’s take one type at a time and go through the various reasons they don’t stay put.

The screen doors pose a special problem because the biggest issue is getting a screen that is not as big as it could be for the frame they are to work on. If your door is far too small, then you may want to look at getting one that is closer to your frame opening that the one you have. Keep in mind that the size of the door can vary greatly than the advertised size so you really need to measure the prospective door to see what the actual size is. The height is the important dimension. Measure the distance from the bottom of the frame to the top and then subtract a quarter of an inch to allow for an adjustment range.

But before you go off and scour the hardware stores looking for the ideal door size, let’s see if you can make some adjustments to the existing door to make it work well. Looking at your door there should be two adjustment screws on top and two on bottom. These screws are designed to allow you to adjust for differences in door size and create a situation where the door is tight as it slides and reduces the opportunity to leave the lower track. Adjust them so that there is not a lot of up down moment in the door once it is set on the tracks. This is best done once the door is set on the track. Also make most of the adjustment on the upper section otherwise adjusting the lower screws can create a gap below the door that will make it easy for the bugs to enter you house by going under it. The top side has a large lip that can act like a barrier for entry.

Then there is the sliding glass door that runs just inside the screen door. While this door is much better in staying on track, mostly because of the weight of the door, it can also lose the track. But the bigger issue I have seen, is that they become very difficult to slide as if something was catching and preventing it from sliding. You will need help with this one as the common cause the door gets hard to slide is that build up below the door in the track is creating a large amount of friction or in extreme cases actually blocking the door form moving. You will need to remove the door, clean out the track and then the bottom edge of the door. You can then place a thin layer of oil to smooth out the slide on the bottom guide of the door and remount the door and it should work much better and slide smooth again if the door and track are not damaged.

Then there is that sliding door in your bedroom in your closet. It usually has a mirror that faces into the bedroom but not always. This was the one that got me going as when I moved into a new apartment and had two of these doors in my bedroom that just wasn’t staying on the track. Every time I tried to slide the door it would jump off the track and then it would not slide well or the two doors would crash into each other on one end of the rail or the other. The first thing you need to do is learn not to lift on the door as you grab it to slide it one way or the other. I for one tend to naturally lift slightly when I slide a door as if to try and make it slide easier. It does not really help, if it is properly adjusted then it doesn’t do a thing. For this door you need to first of all get the roller back in the groove so it will slide. Then you will see four plates one on each of the four corners of the door the top two have no adjustment, but the lower plates actually have two plates that are interconnected and have the ability to adjust the height of the door.

Welcome to our Home Answers Blog

Hello all and welcome to our Home Answers Blog. We are relaunching our blog to help you find ways to answers those questions that come up around the home and you just aren’t sure how you should go forward. I have come up against many questions over the years as to what is the best course of action is in a certain situation. I ended up spending a lot of time on the web trying to find the best answer to each of these questions and in many cases ended up more confused than when I started, so after one too many of these situations. I decided I can’t be the only one out here running into these situations so I decided I needed to share what I have found with those with questions.

So over the next few weeks I will be compiling answers I found on some of these questions and sharing them with you so hopefully you won’t end up in the same confused state that I found myself in. Of course I cannot hope to answer all of your questions by myself. So if you have a question that you have had to address and would like to share with the Blog community we all would appreciate your input. Please send me an email at I will thank each of you in advance for your input and advice on how to move forward with this blog. At all times we welcome your comments and suggestions. Also if you have a question that you need an answer too then please reply to any post and let us know what the question is and we will look to see if we can find and answer for you.

We will approach each question with a desire to study it thoroughly. Then try to write it down in a manner that is easily read and understand. We will not post anything until we can achieve that level of quality in our answers for you. We will bring in local experts as needed to find the help to explain the needed answer. We don’t claim to know everything thing, but we have learned to find out answers to most question we have run into so far. If you want to try and stump us we reserve the right to work on the one that we can easily answer first, but either way we will let you know when to look for your answer.

So what types of questions will we approach in this Blog. The answer is simple and far reaching. We will discuss any question that a normal family might come up with around the house in your normal day to day life. We will talk about some car repair questions, as well as home repair and remodeling questions, that I have come up against. We will also address some food preparation questions and house cleaning questions. We will even talk about some pet questions that I have come up against. The simple answer is we will approach any question your household might come up against in a normal day. Sorry we won’t try to answer who shot JFK or what is really going on in area 51. I am totally clueless on even how to find these and similar questions so if that is the type of question you are looking for answers to, check out other source I can’t help.

I have tracked down local experts in the area of the question as needed to find the answers and make then as understandable as possible. I look forward to hearing from you as well in response to our answers and how helpful you find them. Definitely let me know if I get an answer wrong so we can look into getting it corrected and reposted.

Our goal is to give you the best answers we can find and write them in a way that makes it very easy to understand. With that in mind each question will be responded to in individual posts and may be of sufficient length to cover the topic in detail. Bear with us as some posts will take longer to create in the way we want to present it.