Archive for August, 2007

The Right Way to “Furr Out” a Wall

Friday, August 24th, 2007

In the course of remodeling, you might have to “furr out” (or build/shim out) a wall to make it match the plane of another wall.

Typically this is done when a new wall needs to match up to old plaster and lathe or something similar.

Everybody will happily tell you that you can just use strips of sheetrock to do this build-out.

…except the cabinet man. (more…)

Bid Errors Found After Making Kitchen/Job Down Payment

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

How do you handle this situation:

You tell the kitchen designer what you want and s/he gives you a bid. The price is great! You do your best to check over everything on the bid, but you're not familiar with all the terminology and how to interpret the drawings, so you end up assuming the best and writing the down payment check.

Then you get that sick feeling in your stomach when (more…)

Motivating Tradesmen

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Friday I started a kitchen installation in an industrial building that was being turned into a residence. Very cool. I'll try to put up a case study video of the project before long.

Anyway, the mastermind of the project showed up mid-morning. He was in his 60's and had the bearing of someone who had been around construction for many years. (more…)

Be Proactive about Prefinished Flooring Defects

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

If you're having prefinished flooring put down this summer or fall, this is for you. (more…)