Water Damage from Cracked Waste Line – West Hartford, CT

Job location: SuperCuts Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT

Cracked PVC waste line caused water leakage over several weeks (or possibly months) causing excessive drywall damage and mold. I removed damaged drywall, repaired broken pipe, installed new drywall, painted and reapplied wall paper and cove base.

 

 

Wall Replacement due to Water Damage – West Hartford, CT

Job location: Argyle Ave., West Hartford, CT

Wall studs had excessive rot due to improper construction and lack of proper flashing. I needed to rebuild part of concrete foundation, re-frame stud wall, install plywood, new windows, and stucco. Then insulate, drywall, tape drywall with joint compound, trim windows & baseboard and finish paint room (trim & walls) and exterior wall (stucco & window trim).

 

 

Kitchen Cabinet Alteration – Unionville, CT

Job location: Hillside Ave., Unionville, CT

Customer had a new refrigerator that was too tall and wouldn’t fit under the overhead cabinet. I had to cut the cabinet in place using a cutting guide along with a jigsaw. I also needed to hand cut some of the cabinet in those hard to reach areas.

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Drywall Repair – West Hartford, CT

Job Location: Bretton Road, West Hartford, Connecticut

Repair section of drywall which was smashed in due to children playing. The wall was actually only 3/8″ drywall not 1/2″ and the studs were spaced at 20″ not the usual 16″ on center per building code. These 2 issues allowed the wall to be damaged easily. I replaced the damaged drywall with 1/2″ Sheetrock and added horizontal studs for additional support. I taped the joints and some other cracks & holes with 4 coats of Sheetrock brand hot mud, sped up drying between coats with a heat gun, gave the repairs a light final sanding, primed the repaired areas, then gave the whole wall a finish coat of paint which was matched from the damaged section of drywall that was removed.

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Hot Water Heater Replacement – Bristol, CT

Job location: SuperCuts, Farmington Avenue, Bristol, CT

I just finished installing a new hot water heater at SuperCuts in Bristol. The install took longer than a typical hot water heater usually takes. The piping was a little tricky and the electrical hookup was just crazy. The wiring which had to be fed into the hot water heater was so large that I had to remove and dismantle the electrical box, attach the wiring, then reassemble and reinstall it onto the hot water heater. Though the HO Smith water heater was a great unit, the electrical box was poorly designed. The wire connections were too close to the top of the box which didn’t allow room for the wires, which is why I had to dismantle it.

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Painting & Plaster Repair – Bedford, NY

Job location: Holmes Lane, Bedford, New York

My customer had several cracks and water stains on their family room ceiling. I first needed to cut back the cracked/loose plaster areas to get to a solid surface I could work with. I then covered each of the damaged areas with fiberglass mesh tape and applied 4 coats of Sheetrock brand hot mud (which is a hand mixed fast drying plaster and is much stronger than traditional joint compound). To speed up the drying process I used a heat gun blow dryer to dry the plaster after each application, then finish sanded all the repairs. I then primed the new plaster repairs and gave the entire ceiling 2 coats of paint to ensure a perfect finish.

I also did some work in their downstairs guest bathroom. I painted a white vanity green , painted some stained baseboard white (1 coat BIN primer and 2 coats semi-gloss paint), and swapped out a wooden towel bar for brushed nickel & replaced a wooden toilet seat with a nice new white one.

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Basement Entry Vestibule – Glastonbury CT

Job location: Tall Timbers Road, Glastonbury Connecticut. My customer wanted to get rid of a temporary plywood basement door and create a proper entryway leading from the bulkhead door stairs into the basement. I framed an entry vestibule out of 2×4’s, insulated the walls, installed 1/2″ plywood on the exterior walls and moisture resistant drywall on the interior. I spackled the walls with Sheetrock brand 20 minute “hot mud” to speed up the drying time and for extra strength (when compared with traditional joint compound) The interior and exterior walls were painted with white eggshell latex paint. I installed a steel colonial door with nickel finished hardware and painted it with semi-gloss paint. This job was completed March 18, 2016.

If you have a carpentry project you need done or have any questions please feel free to contact me.

The Great Handyman is a West Hartford Connecticut home improvement contractor licensed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Affairs. HIC.0631930

Call Me (860) 888-2353

 

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Door Closer Repair – Wilton, CT

Job location: SuperCuts, 35 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut. This front entry door closer had fallen off because the mounting screws had stripped. Since I could nor re-use the existing screw holes I needed to drill new holes to mount the closer and tap new screw threads. I used thread lock on the screws for added strength and filled the old holes with silicone. This job was completed March 16, 2016.

If you have a project you need done or have any questions please feel free to contact me.

The Great Handyman is a West Hartford Connecticut home improvement contractor licensed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Affairs. HIC.0631930

Call Me (860) 888-2353

 

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Plane Down Solid Wood Door – Glastonbury CT

Job location: Tall Timbers Road in Glastonbury, Connecticut. This door had swollen over time, which many solid wood doors do. I had to plane the door edge down and recess the lock slightly to not interfere with the strike plate. I then stained the edge with 2 coats of ZAR stain, and one coat of water based satin polyurethane. This job was completed March 18, 2016.

If you have a carpentry project you need done or have any questions please feel free to contact me.

The Great Handyman is a West Hartford Connecticut home improvement contractor licensed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Affairs. HIC.0631930

Call Me (860) 888-2353

 

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Planing down an interior solid wood door with a Makita power planer.