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Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."

Building A Paver Patio – Part 2

By Jeff Williams on Curb Appeal, Landscaping

Building A Paver Patio – Part 2 This article is Part 2 in a series describing step by step of how to build a paver patio and fire pit. I had been thinking of building this project for quite some time so when Sakrete contacted us wondering if we had any outdoor projects coming up,…

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Building a Paver Patio – Part 1

By Jeff Williams on Curb Appeal, Feature Story, Landscaping

Building A Paver Patio – Part 1 Ever since we’ve move into this house (15 months ago), we’ve wanted a fire pit and paver patio. The backyard had a generous sized deck, a playset for the kids, and some old raised garden beds but no place for a fire pit. Our last house we had…

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How to Install Curved Shower Rod

By Jeff Williams on Bathrooms, How To

How to Install A Curved Shower Rod The last couple of years, I had the distinct honor of building a home for my aging parents. It was just as exciting as it was stressful. Everyday had to be my absolute best work or I’d hear about it at every family gathering. In addition, this home…

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Installing an Air Switch

By Jeff Williams on Electrical, Kitchens

Installing an Air Switch Sometimes when building or remodeling a kitchen, a switch for turning on a garbage disposal may not fit in a convenient spot. This can be especially true if there is a sink in the island. Also, if you’re worried about flipping an electric switch with wet hands, an air switch is a…

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RYOBI Garage Door Opener Review

By Jeff Williams on Garages

RYOBI Garage Door Opener Review Back on March 31st of this year, one of our media contacts emailed us about the new RYOBI Garage Door Opener. At first a number of us thought it was a cruel April Fools joke because it sounded like a product that was too good to be true. Luckily, it…

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Build a Shed Ramp

By Jeff Williams on Decks & Porches, Landscaping, Shed

Build a Shed Ramp So you’ve been following our shed series or built one of your own design. Now comes time to load things into it. Unless you buried your shed partially in the ground, the floor may be as much as a foot above grade. A ramp is definitely in order. Read on for…

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Teach them young: Kids and tools

By Jeff Williams on Feature Story, Safety

Teach Them Young: Kids and tools Kids and tools can strike fear into many parents. I get that, power tools can be pretty scary without proper training but there are many, many tools, hand tools, that serve as a great way for you, your kids and tools to all work together. Almost all of us…

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Build A Shed Series Part 3| Build The Foundation

By Jeff Williams on Design & Planning, Home Improvement, Shed

Build A Shed Series Part 3| Build The Foundation In part 1 of the Build a Shed series we covered finding out what rules and codes apply in your community, finding a good plan, and getting a permit. In part 2 of the Build a Shed series we covered utility locating, materials ordering, and finally site preparation. In…

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