• December 19, 2016

    The Handyman This Old House

    I have been behind on posting updates on the house but I figured I would post an update on the current state of this old house that my wife and I bought. I have not decided what call this series yet the handyman, this old house, home improvement or maybe tool time. All joking aside if you think of any names for the series leave them in the comments below. The following is about two weeks worth of work. We went to replace broken windows and it turned out that the wall itself had years of water damage that was never taken care of until we bought the place. I framed out the window using 2×4 boards I bought at the local ACE Hardware (I try to keep my business local when I can) and screws. I ripped out all the rotted wood and replaced with fresh and strengthened up beams around it. I then used OSB board and foam to seal off leaks I will try find some matching siding to finish come spring. I sheet rocked around the new windows and will add the molding after paint. Before Window Changed In and Out of Window Repair   I had to change the front door due to the door probably being well over 100 years old and splitting in the middle. I had to add a backdoor as well since there was not one on the house. Back Door Before and After of The Front Door   Since the house was sagging in the middle we needed to jack the house up using two 12 ton jacks. I recommend not doing this unless your someone like myself with experience in construction. Using 4 x 4 and 6×6 studs and adding a 3 12 foot 2 x 10 and 2 x 8 headers...
  • December 7, 2016

    The Handyman The New House

    To update everyone my wife and I bought a new house about a month ago. The house was a foreclosure and a handyman special, to say the least, a fixer upper if you will. We are hoping to get into the house in six months give or take depending on finances and repair schedule. As most of you know from reading my blog I am quite the handyman. When it comes to jobs around the house there no job to big or small for this handyman. I love construction, building and most of all my tools. The house is an old Victorian home built over 100 years ago and in desperate need of rehab from a handyman. Literally, the foreclosure ad said, “Bring Your Money and Tools”. The house at some point belonged to a lady then she passed away (not in the house I asked), her children got it then never did anything with it, and then her grandchildren let it go into foreclosure. I am hoping to keep you updated week by week on projects and progress of the new house I am seeking advice and questions from my reader’s if possible. Keep updated as we take on this huge project and build our new home. Here are some pictures to get you started at this point we had touched nothing