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Replacement of an Old Tile Floor

Removal of Old Floor Tile

Removing floor tile can take a great deal of time and include underlying challenges not apparent until you begin taking things apart. The tile may be attached to a variety of bases, such as bare cement, plywood, or mason board, or a pre-existing flooring surface. Removal of the old tile must be done carefully to prepare the surface for installation of new flooring materials.

Remove Obstacles

Empty the room of all fixtures that might impede the demolition of the old floor or the installation of the new flooring. Examples would be vanities, toilets, tubs, or sinks, which may get in the way. Don’t forget to turn off the water supply before removing a shower head, a toilet, or a sink.  When moving a toilet, remember to drain water out of the tank, then take out the bolts and rock the toilet back and forth to break wax ring.

Choose a Place to Start

A convenient spot to begin pulling up old tile may be the space created by removal of a bathroom fixture. If no natural space has been created, it may be necessary to Read more

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Top Home Improvement Tips

Whether you’ve bought a brand new home, a condo, or a fixer-upper, being a home owner brings out your inner Bob Vila from time to time! All of those commercials from Menards and Home Depot make the average man on the street say to himself “I think I can, I think I can.”

In many cases that’s true. By asking the right questions, studying your dream project, and planning ahead you can sometimes do the job well and save yourself money at the same time. Just remember that if you get in over your head, NL&B Construction is available to get your project back on track and carry it to completion.

Here are some valuable tips to consider when working to improve your home.

Make Improvement that Adds Value to Your Home

Some improvements are proven to increase the value of you home than others. For example, upgrading your Read more

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Budget 4% Annually for Repair Costs

Buying a new house is more challenging now than it was just a few years ago. Some experts suggest a set of new budgeting rules for first-time home buyers, including a realistic amount set aside for regular repairs.

Some tried-and-true advice got left behind in the housing bubble that burst several years ago. One of those recommendations is to have a 20 percent down payment to start with. You should also assess the real estate taxes in your area, and how much a first-time home buyer mortgage might cost.

However, let’s assume that you’ve got all of that figured out and you are already a proud home-owner. Rather than allowing your home to gradually deteriorate over time, thinking that all you need to do is Read more

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Saving Money & Energy In The Winter Months

While a long-term warming weather trends may make us less likely to worry about keeping our homes efficient, there are still several things that can be done to save you money during the winter months. Winter comes each year, and when you feel the frigid winds bearing down on your home, you’ll be happy if you’ve got your home buttoned up in advance.

There are big projects you can undertake to save on heating costs, but there are also smaller ones that require minimal technical skills, and just a few items available at your local hardware store. In this post, we’ll give you some free advice on how to look at sevens ways get the job done. If you get stuck, please call us in for professional assistance.

Energy Audits

The best way to get your home to maximum operating efficiency is by hiring a professional BPI certified energy rater to evaluate your home. These professionals will conduct an energy audit which will test your home for energy losses and safety issues. Upon completion of the audit they will provide you with a report that details any Read more

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Painting…DIY or Not?

If you are looking to shift to a new house or want to renovate your existing one, the first thing you will need to think about is the painting. You can paint your own house and save money, but it is important to do it right so that you don’t cause unforeseen problems down the road.

Before you start your project, there are a few things that you will need to figure out such as the amount of paint you will need, the tools for the task, and of course you’ll have to choose the color or colors (two-tone rooms and exteriors are very popular). While there are lots of things to choose, it does not necessarily have to be daunting. With proper planning, the project can be a great experience for you. NL&B Construction does both interior and exterior painting and can assist you in this project if you desire.

One of the most important considerations will be the color Read more