Author: WNY Handyman

  • Build an Amazing Shed. Free Plans from FH

    Build an Amazing Shed. Free Plans from FH

    If you are a homeowner who mows their own lawn and snow-blows their own driveway, you will probably have a need for a shed.   During the winter months, it is nice to stash the mower and garden implements away and make room for the snow removal equipment.  I do realize that half of the country…

  • How to Cut Crown Molding

    How to Cut Crown Molding

    Many years back I watched a video that described the trick to cut crown molding.  I believe it was an episode of this old house back in the 1990’s that featured Tom Silva.  I have learned more simple handyman tips over the years watching Tom Silva than any other resource.  They are simple, and stick with you for…

  • Does Your Contractor Use a Quality Brand Tool? If not, RUN!

    Does Your Contractor Use a Quality Brand Tool? If not, RUN!

    If your contractor comes into your job with some clunky and cheap tools, you need to do one of two things. Consider another contractor Check their prior work/reference carefully I kid you not.  If a contractor comes to your job sporting a $79 table saw and a $59 miter saw, you might have made a mistake…

  • Renovations That Yield the Best Return on Investment – Short Term

    Renovations That Yield the Best Return on Investment – Short Term

    People who are selling their homes often ask me what improvements they should make before listing (selling) their home.  It always surprises me that Realtors aren’t more forceful with their clients when it comes to a listing and the simple changes that would help it to sell quickly.  There are some common sense items that…

  • Is this Maintenance Worth it? You Decide.

    Is this Maintenance Worth it? You Decide.

    Everyone seems to strive for low maintenance in a home nowadays. Well, it isn’t always the best option. We had a sunroom project to work on at a cottage where we are replacing 9 storm windows that were caulked shut to keep out the water. A sunroom that doesn’t have an operable window might as…

  • How to Properly Tape and Flash a New Construction Window

    How to Properly Tape and Flash a New Construction Window

    If you are like me, you understand that a little bit of prep work on a job will eliminate headaches that will creep up down the line. A great example of that situation comes when installing a window.  If you flash the window improperly, you might be allowing water to seep in for years to…