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How to Hide Drywall Joints | Home Guides

A drywall-covered wall that has visible joints can destroy the appearance of an entire room. Drywall finishers coat joints with tape and thin layers of joint compound to blend them into the wall. When they use insufficient joint compound, however, the joints can appear as ridges, or the tape can separate. Defects, including cracks, can also appear if the wall gets wet or if the framing moves. To hide defective drywall joints, you usually have to recoat them while removing and replacing tape that has bubbled or separated.

Cut out bubbles in drywall tape with a utility knife. Slice off all the loose tape, leaving only that which is firmly attached to the wall. Scrape off loose and chipping joint compound from around the bubble with a 6-inch drywall knife.

Spread a coat of drywall primer over any joint you are going to repair. Joint compound and tape adhere better

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How to Learn DIY Home Repair Skills for Free | Pennyhoarder

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.

The handyman looked at the plaster dangling from the top of our downstairs window. Then, he headed upstairs to check the seal on the window directly overhead.

“It needs some caulk,” he announced when he returned. “If I come out again and fix it, it’ll cost $250. Or, you can pick up caulk for two or three bucks and do it yourself.”

My husband and I exchanged a nervous glance. The last time I’d held a caulk gun was 10 years ago. He never had.

But we’d just been told how to knock 99% off our potential repair bill. It seemed like now was the perfect time to learn!

We’re here with ways to help you get started on your own DIY.

Guide to DIY Home Repairs

When we moved into our first house, it seemed like

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How to Know When It’s Time to Give Up and Call a Contractor

Last year, my wife and I bought our first house, a 70-year-old Cape Cod with a little rot on the porch and a few cracks in the ceiling. Of the 14 windows, not one had a screen. The color scheme was pink and mint green. In real-estate parlance, the house had “charm.” We moved in the day we signed the papers.

We made quick work of painting and patching drywall holes, but the bigger challenges were the two upstairs bathrooms. The guest bathroom—specifically the shower—required immediate attention. The plastic stall had yellowed like a used cigarette filter. It had no doors. And when we finally got around to turning on the water, we discovered it drained freely into the room downstairs.

In an act of hubris, I decided to tackle the project myself. I wouldn’t necessarily do all the work, but I’d at least corral various handymen and save myself

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Construction update for June 2020

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The city of Rifle is slated to start several projects which will begin this month and carry through the summer.

Waterproofing project: The Ute Theater Foundation will dig up the existing foundation of the Ute Theater and waterproof the concrete to stop leaks. High ground water levels in the past have caused drywall and carpet damage in the Ute Theater. The project funded by a Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease Grant will stop continuous repair of the changing rooms within the theater, and will be completed by mid-June.

Road rebuilding and pedestrian improvements: A rebuilding project will improve the failing Fravert Boulevard and West Fifth to Fairway Avenue. A continuous sidewalk will be added up the hill to Fairway Avenue to provide a safe pedestrian corridor.  The project will begin mid-June and continue throughout the summer; 60% of this project’s funding came from the Garfield County Mineral Lease Grant.


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Electrician enlists a whole community to repair pensioner’s home for free

Electrician enlists a whole community to repair pensioner's home for free
LIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR: John Kinney and neighbours have ‘fixed up’ a pensioner’s home for free. CREDIT: Gloria’s Gladiators

A big-hearted electrician turned out to be a ‘light’ in shining armour when he enslisted the help of a whole community to ‘fix-up’ an American pensioner’s home for free.

WITH money tight, the 72-year-old homeowner Gloria Scoot, had been forced to let house repairs slide.

However, when an overhead light fixture went out, she knew she had to do something to avoid living in the dark and contacted electrician John Kinney.

There was no way Gloria could have imagined the impact her new ‘light in shining armour’ would have on her life.

Concerned about the extreme state of disrepair Gloria’s home was in, John couldn’t put her dire situation out of his mind and was determined to help.

Talking to CBS, he said: “No light, running water….it stuck with me over

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Naples Inventor Captures the Attention of and a Founder of the TV show Shark Tank – Press Release

Naples, Florida – DryClip Corp is launching a new technology that will change the construction industry, particularly the drywall industry, for contractors, handymen, property maintenance, and simple homeowners.  The hands-on inventor, Mr. Harry Ruiz, has spent two years creating every aspect, from an idea and initial design to testing, redesigning, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, and shipping. Recently, Ruiz was awarded a “Notice of Allowance”, granting him Utility Patent status on his invention, DryClip.

DryClip caught the attention of and their team of Product Managers.  One of’s Executive Producers is Mr. Kevin Harrington, one of the original Sharks on the popular ABC television show, Shark Tank.  Mr. Harrington’s team ran DryClip through an evaluation process. They were impressed by all the problems it solved, and the ease of use with remarkably simple installation, stating, “DryClip is one of the smartest products we’ve seen recently within the DIY category.”  Once

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DoubleTree Hilton in New Bern scheduled to reopen in November 2020.

Todd Wetherington
| Sun Journal

After being closed for more than two years due to damages from Hurricane Florence, the DoubleTree Hilton in downtown New Bern is scheduled to reopen in early-mid November, according to hotel management.

Along with the nearby New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, which reopened in October 2019, the DoubleTree Hilton serves as one of downtown New Bern’s main economic drivers.

The hotel has been closed since Hurricane Florence churned through the area in September 2018. Marty Matfess, chief operating Officer, SIG Management, confirmed Wednesday that repair work is nearing completion at the hotel, which received damage to 85 percent of its 171 rooms during Hurricane Florence and was forced to lay off most of its 115 employees on staff. According to Matfess, the Doubletree’s entire roof was replaced in the main building, as well as a sub-roof above the restaurant. The repair work has also included

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Common foundation crack misconceptions | Sponsored

Uneven foundation

Cracks in your foundation, no matter how small, are a serious issue. If you see cracks in your home’s foundation, including drywall cracks and cracked bricks, make sure you address them immediately. Photo Courtesy: Complete Basement Systems/Groundworks

First things first, we’d like to overcome four misconceptions.

Myth #1: Foundation Cracks Are a Sign of Normal Settling and Do Not Require Fixing

Although there’s some truth in it, not all foundation cracks are a result of natural settling. People often mistake a sunken foundation for natural settling. Unlike natural settling, foundation sinking occurs when the foundation is laid improperly. You should repair any cracks caused by a sinking foundation immediately.

Quick repairs prevent further damage to the foundation and forestall problems that accompany it. Foundation cracks may also allow water to seep into your basement. If not repaired quickly, this water can cause an array of problems, including wood rot, mold

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Bradenton family says two-week repair has left them without a home for nearly three months

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Sherrie Guevara and her three daughters have been staying with family members and friends since early July when a repair project began inside their apartment unit in Bradenton.

She says she was asked to vacate her unit at Westbriar for two weeks, but nearly three months later, the repairs still aren’t finished.

“After the initial first two weeks, every time I would contact my landlord to ask for an update, he would tell me it would be another week, and then the following week it would be another week, and then the following week it would be another week,” said Guevara.

She says nearly three months without a stable place to live has been tough.

“It has been very stressful because I have been displaced with three of my kids. We are in the middle of COVID feeling kind of homeless at this point not having

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D.C. flooding: D.C. Water offers financial assistance after flooding

“What really happened to all of our basements?” she said. “What caused this immense amount of sewage that came out of our toilet and our shower?”

D.C. Water officials tried to explain the mess during a community videoconference call Wednesday evening. The utility also offered financial help for homeowners struggling to clean up, referring to the downpour as a “100-year storm event.”

Climate change is causing more short, high-intensity storms, the utility said. D.C.’s century-old water system is aging and stressed by development. Plans for green infrastructure and an overflow tunnel would help prevent flooding but are not yet online. And the existing, 124-million-gallon Anacostia River Tunnel — running seven miles from RFK Stadium to the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant — filled in about 35 minutes.

“Even when our system was working to its maximum capacity, it just could not accommodate this event,” said Kishia L. Powell, D.C. Water’s

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