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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.


Apr
28
comment 60 degree corner molding
HD or Lowes will not rip materials. they will cut to length, but not custom cuts like you need. Sorry. But if your in the neighborhood, stop by and I'll cut it for ya!
Apr
28
comment 60 degree corner molding
Sorry guy. you might be able to fudge in some crown molding. there would be less obvious edge gaps.
Apr
28
comment Repair Hole in Concrete Foundation
hydraulic cement is the right product to use, by a long run. you can buy it in small quantities as a powder and just mix with water. It is also pretty cheap.
Apr
28
comment DIYer to skilled tradesperson
Forgot to mention, anyone that works on a house built before 1978 and needs to do any demo, replace windows, scrape any paint, needs by Federal Law, an EPA lead certificate.
Apr
28
comment How hard is stamping concrete?
what size stamp do you intend to use?
Apr
27
comment How hard is stamping concrete?
If the border is just 2 ft wide, how long and thick is it? 5 yards is a lot of concrete.
Apr
26
comment How long should completely renovating a 6x12 bathroom by yourself take?
love your reply unfortunately can only give one +. lmao
Apr
25
comment Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?
Good points Greg. If one is lucky, the switch and the light are in the same stud bay and you have removable J-boxes. Ummmm slim chance huh? lol. Some holes in the drywall and maybe a new outside box for the cam will be the easiest in the long run. Seems like a problem, but can be done easily and in a couple of hours or so. Little bit of wire, mud, paint and a box for the cam, and we are done!!!!
Apr
25
comment Fill a crack in the granite countertop
the epoxy can be injected into the crack with a small needle, like an oiling needle. Normally, the repair would be polished with a 2 inch high speed buffer with 2600 grit paste 24 hours after the epoxy is applied and fully cured.
Apr
25
comment Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?
good possible solutions Joe. +votes to you
Apr
25
comment How to remove old wires of utility companies
I didn't mean to say do anything illegal, but some utilities like telco and cable don't respond quickly. I have "cut them loose" many times to complete a roofing or siding job, and have never had any legal problems. The installer may give us a funny look when they come the next time, but never more than that.(chuckle and tongue in cheek!)
Apr
24
comment Best easy way to partition a room
Is the garage still going to be used for parking cars or any other machine that carries gasoline or an internal combustion engine? If so, we have a whole different conversation about safety and codes to consider.
Apr
21
comment Building a raised wall for a pond
Ya, but I love a calculator too. just this one is way too simple.
Apr
21
comment White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain
Once you have buried your drain pipe, you can't really clean it unless you have intentionally made a clean out port with a street Y or something like that. If you wrap the pipe in a good silt filtering landscape cloth or pipe sock then be sure it is covered with stone before backfilling with gravel and final topsoil, you shouldn't have any cleaning requirements for many many years. you can also add a layer or cloth over the stone for double protection from silt infiltration.
Apr
21
comment Why GFCI clicks, even when turned off?
Serious note: What is the voltage at the GFI? The reading should be 117VAC +/- 5VAC. Does the trip indicator light on the GFI blink when the clicking is heard? I am interested in the voltage drop.
Apr
21
comment What is the best way to deal with wall tie failure?
is this a brick or stucco ? Can you describe the tie system?
Apr
21
comment White solid drain pipe vs black flexible corrugated pipe for a french drain
yep Niall, I made the assumption solid pipe was like conduit pipe. Any perforated pipe will work, rigid or flex. The corrugation on flexible pipe actually make it quite strong however.
Apr
20
comment What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?
nice job, looks great. Congrats
Apr
20
comment Has anyone here ever rented a trencher? What was your experience?
Jay is right, dig safe only looks for utility owned obstacles. Privately installed lines/pipes are at your own risk. Thanks for adding that Jay.
Apr
18
comment 1lb of cure is worth 10 tons of mold: DIY repair of a poorly sealed window? lots of photos herein
just curious, what is the relationship with the building mgt? This is obviously a structural problem that needs attention. I bet other units above or below you have similar issues.