Welcome to the site and thank you for visiting. I am Norm, a retired general contractor and technical school instructor, who figured that if start sharing some of my home improvement and do-it-yourself home repair knowledge online, I may be able to reach a larger audience of people who really need help. So here I am.
Some of the skills I’ll be covering on the site will be :
- Carpentry (framing and finish)
- Drywall tips and tricks
- Tools and how to use them
- Residential Electric
and plenty more.
I will try to make sure there are plenty of pictures and videos that you can use as references as well as step by step instructions on things like framing walls and pouring concrete foundations.
My passion has long been home remodeling, from kitchen and bath renovation to creating living spaces in backyards. There is no greater pleasure than being able to enjoy your entire home as it was meant to be enjoyed. For these topics I will review products like:
- Kitchen Sinks
- Laminate Tile and Wood Flooring
- Counter top materials like granite and marble
- Indoor and outdoor Fireplaces (Direct Vent and Vent Free)
- Fire pits and patio heaters
- Kitchen Appliances
and just about everything else you can replace in your house, I’ll do my best to get a review of it up.
Other topics that should be covered on any home improvement site worth its salt, are matters such as tool usage and safety. It is not enough to just pick any tool off of the shelf because you saw the”pros” on TV using something similar. You will need to know if that’s the right tool for you, if the tool is up to the standards you need, if the tool will work the next time you go to use it and if it is even worth buying it. (There are a lot of tools you can rent at local home centers).
Which brings us to the final topic, for now anyway, where to shop for all of your home improvement needs. Opinions vary on this and some heated arguments have come out of these conversations. Many believe that the local Home Depot or Lowe’s has everything you will every need. Some believe that the big box stores don’t carry any quality items and you should go to the trade stores for tools and materials. I fall squarely in the middle. Depending on your skill level, abilities, the project and a bunch of other factors, you can find what you want in either sides choice. I will do some comparison shopping and detail the results of the project and the shopping and let you know what type of store produces the best result. (I am a bit partial to the little guy as far as giving my business to someone, but the big guys do offer some convenience at times)
In any case, I hope you can find what you’re looking for here and if you don’t see it, write in and I will try to get it posted for you. Thanks again for stopping by, hope to see yo again real soon.