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bio website axiomhomeservices.com
location Windham, ME
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General Building Contractor, Certified Home Inspector and Licensed EPA Renovator. I am winding down my years of pounding nails, building custom homes and additions, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, and converting cellars and attics into beautiful living spaces. I am doing more and more home inspections as my bones age and my back gives out. Now I find it easier to look objectively at home structures than to build them. My goal here on Stack Exchange is to help DIY'ers do it the right way and share my years of building experience with them. I may not always give the most popular answer, but I will always give my best informed advise.


Jun
20
comment How do I prevent mold in drywall mud pail?
mud is cheap, throw it away and get some fresh stuff.
Jun
20
comment Who do I call to approve minor interior structural changes to my house?
Or hire a competent contractor for $35/hour for a simple job. For what one pays for an engineer, they could hire out the whole job.
Jun
1
comment How to hang a mosquito net safely over a bed?
very carefully. Very big spikes... little humor here.
May
28
comment noisy box gutter
your question is pretty vague. What kind of materials is the water noise coming from and where is the dripping hitting? perhaps a bit of details or some pics would be helpful.
May
28
comment Possible to flatten warped wood?
I think that you are thinking of a planner not a jointer for this lumber problem. A planner is used for flattening the wide face of lumber and a jointer is for truing the narrow edge. a planner takes the whole piece of lumber in under pressure and plains one wide surface. Depending on how cupped the lumber is, a planner may work after a few passes on each side, but the thickness of the board is going to be smaller.
May
28
comment What to use to finish my desk from IKEA?
Good for you! I'm sure you will be happy with your efforts.
May
28
comment Replacing ceiling light with fan/light combination
do you have and know how to use a volt meter?
May
28
comment Installing new panels in concrete fence posts with overhanging tree branches
can't you push the tree limbs out of the way or trim them back?
May
28
comment Replacing ceiling light with fan/light combination
STOP!!!! you are gonna get in trouble. The red is probably hot or switched. the green is ground. Get some help before you burn down the place or hurt yourself.
May
27
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?
not sure what product you are talking about. Up here in the north we use Grace for a shingle underlayment. Most elastomers are in a liquid form and come in 5 gallon buckets.
May
27
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?
Are you talking about a roll on like Grace Ice and Water Shield?
May
26
comment How do I remove surface rust from a metal roof?
be careful using chemical rust removers. They can damage painted surfaces as well as remove rust. A rotary wire wheel on a drill is a good way to buff rust off. Cover the bare areas quickly with something like rustoleum primer for rusted metal, then paint with an epoxy type paint.
May
24
comment What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?
yep, the rain loop is the key. +1
May
23
comment Is plastering a job best left to the professionals?
Hey BMitch, I've been doing drywall mudding off and on for 20 years, I'm not bad, but I can't hold a candle to the subs I hire. It is an art form!
May
23
comment Removing Sand from blacktop
Also give them a shop vac to get all the sand out of the surface. When they are done, congratulate them with a new basketball!
May
23
comment Unused electrical duplex box, soon to be hidden behind a bookcase?
Practically speaking, since the bookcase is so large and will be attached to the wall, it becomes part of the wall and would be obstructing the box. The box needs to be accessible if there are any hot wires in it. i like the idea of extending the box and making it protrude into the bookcase, or have an opening or panel that makes it easy to access the box if needed.
May
21
comment How can I find a replacement screw/bolt?
Your question is way to general to answer. Why not just take the stand to the hardware store and ask a clerk to help you find the right replacement?
May
21
comment How should I finish the area around the gas line for my range?
By code, the valve must be on the exterior of the wall.
May
21
comment Filling deep gaps at corners of maple flooring
Sure sounds like a sloppy job. there are caulks especially for matching wood floor colors. you could use them, but I would be screaming to have it done right. Guess you learned that you normally get what you pay for. sorry.
May
21
comment Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?
small cracks in block foundations are pretty common on a house that age. I always look at both sides if possible and especially look for how much the blocks have displaced. Usually not a big deal if there is little to no displacement.