Cabinetry is generally considered finish carpentry work. There is little room for error, especially since many cabinets are at eye level, where mistakes are particularly noticeable. Nevertheless, cabinet installation is well within the abilities of most careful people with some skill. In addition to knowing some of the how-to, anyone trying to install cabinets must […]
There are many elements that contribute to home security. Some – like alarm systems – can be expensive. Security doors can create a sense of living in an armed camp, instead of a neighborhood. They may even foster a false sense of security – windows, especially those at the rear of a house, can be […]
Wooden doors can be a real puzzle. Sometimes they open and close easily, and other times they can be really stubborn. Before you can do something about them, you need to understand why the doors are binding. There are several reasons this can happen. To start with, as your house ages, door frames that were […]
Many people celebrate the holiday season by adding electric lights and lighted decorations to their home and yard. Yet, if sufficient care is not taken, these items can be the source of a disastrous house fire; according to the US Fire Administration, one out of three Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. To […]
With rising energy costs, it is more important than ever to conserve wherever possible. Generally, cut heating costs by looking for places where cold air can enter, and sealing up those gaps and holes. If you feel a draft, fix it! Here are some specific things to check each fall: Make sure you have adequate […]
If you still have unfinished repairs late in the fall, be aware of the temperature requirements for the materials you are using. As a rule, most products for exterior repairs need a minimum of 50° to cure properly. For example, concrete needs a month to cure, while the water evaporates from within it. Once we […]
Drywallinfo.com features lot of information on new products and methods for installing drywall. If you’re planning to tackle this project yourself, you might find the site helpful.
A good source of information on repairing tools and appliances is eReplacementParts.com. (They carry parts, as well.) Check out Bryce Faddis’ 6/30 13 post praising Home Repair Resource Center.
Cynthia Freeney’s post, published by Patch Media Corporation on May 21, 2013, has some good suggestions for inspecting your home’s foundation. She suggests that it’s easiest to see problems in early spring, while your landscape plants are dormant.
Should you choose wood, fiberglass, or steel for your replacement door? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each, and then you can decide for yourself.
Wooden doors have been around since doors were invented. No doubt, the door you are replacing is wood. Think about why you need to replace it. Has it come unglued? Does it swell up and stick during certain seasons? Does cold air leak in around the edges, no matter how well you insulate it? All these common problems, along with a certain lack of strength/security, are the less desirable qualities of a wooden door. Nevertheless, wood has a high weight-to-strength ratio and brings a warmth to the entry of your home that no other material has yet matched.
Fiberglass doors are better insulated than wood doors, and have much the same kind of weatherstripping. They can be grained and stained to look like wood, but are lighter in weight. Fiberglass doors are less likely to absorb moisture, so they will not rot, swell, or bow.
With recent improvements in steel door technology, however, some people are choosing the practical advantages of metal.