Archives: Interior Spaces

How to Hang a Large Picture: French Cleat

By Jeff Williams on Design & Planning, Interior Spaces

How to Hang a Large Picture: French Cleat Having a photographer for a wife lends itself to having many beautiful pictures of our family hanging on the walls. As a builder though it pains me every time I put additional holes in the drywall. I remember skim coating those very walls to get them smooth…

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WoodTrac Ceiling System Review

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Finish Carpentry

WoodTrac Ceiling System I’m a huge proponent of using suspended ceilings (drop ceilings, acoustic tile ceilings) for finished basements because they allow easy access to electrical, plumbing and heating utilities that are typically suspended from the floor framing above.  Lots of my customers cringe when I make this suggestion because they don’t like the appearance…

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Drywall | Snap, Crackle, Pop

By Todd Fratzel on Maintanence, Painting and Finishing

Minor Drywall Problems At work we warranty certain things on new homes for one year. By far the most common problem we see after a year are minor drywall problems. It’s not unusual at all during the first year or so of a new home to see and hear lots of minor drywall problems. In…

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Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish Preview

By Todd Fratzel on Painting and Finishing

Professional Quality Urethane That’s Incredibly Easy To Use Over the years I’ve spent countless hours applying urethane to furniture, floors and trim work. The task was often tedious, extremely odorous and difficult to get professional looking results. Also, because traditional “clear coatings” on wood involved solvent-based polyurethanes cleanup was extremely difficult and messy. I’m happy…

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Design & Build A Backyard Shed

By Todd Fratzel on Design, Garages

Need Helping Designing and Building a Backyard Shed? The old saying “there’s never enough storage space” is especially true when it comes to garden tools and outdoor power equipment. I have a rather large garage but there’s simply not enough room for the riding mower, push mower, car top carrier, lawn and garden tools and…

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Use Glue Instead of Nails For Small Wood Trim

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry

Wood Glue is a Better Option For Some Trim Details This may seem really obvious but I see this situation so often that it’s worth pointing out especially for DIY’ers and beginners in the cabinetry install business. Stock cabinets can be transformed into elegant pieces by simply adding decorative trim and accents.  The options are…

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Build Your Own Entertainment Center

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry

Custom Built-In Entertainment Center for Flat Screen TV Built-in cabinetry can add beauty and functionality to any home and a custom look sure to impress friends and family.The best part is you don’t have to be a master cabinet maker or carpenter to build some beautiful built-in cabinetry. I built a custom built-in entertainment center…

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How To Install A Wall Safe

By Todd Fratzel on Closets & Storage, Safety

Installing a Biometric Wall Safe Many home owners choose to buy safes for their home to protect valuable jewelry, documents and even guns. One of the more popular choices today are the biometric wall safes. Installing a safe in the wall provides extra security and takes up very little room. In addition, the cost of…

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