Before You Hire A Contractor, Do These 10 things

These are the top 10 tasks you need to do before you hire any contractor. AKA, Eliminating as much stress as possible.

  1. Prepare the specifications for the job and have the contractors bid from those specifications.
  2. Ask the contractors if they have performed work similar to your project before.
  3. Call all their references, especially previous customers where they performed work similar to yours. Make sure to ask if they would hire them again.
  4. Ask the contractor how long have you been in business under this company name?
  5. Do you pull all the permits that are required?
  6. Do you have insurance, including workers comp coverage, and can I have a copy of your Certificate of Insurance?
  7. Are you licensed in this city/town?
  8. Will you be using any subcontractors? If the answer is yes I will need a copy of their Certificates of Insurance
  9. What associations and organizations do you belong to?
  10. If we have a disagreement we cannot settle what is the process to solve that disagreement?

Preforming these 10 tasks will help to eliminate stress later down the road. Remember there isn’t a shortcut to escaping Contractor John’s 5 P’s…. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!

Serious About Home Repair? This New Book Will Give You A Surefire Way To Save Time And Money

The Dimension Bible for Remodelers and DIYers: The questions that every person who has ever remodeled or built anything has had; “Where do I install this, How high do I mount this, Where does this go, How do I calculate the material needed?” These questions and more just like them have puzzled remodelers and DIYers for ages. Author John Knoelk aka “Contractor John”doesn’t believe these questions should stop you from undertaking your project, or completing it in a professional manner. Building or remodeling a home or a room is something worth accomplishing, and he wants to be there for you every step of the way.
In his new reference book, The Dimension Bible for the Remodeler and Do-it-Yourselfer, John presents readers with an all-inclusive building guide that goes from the inside out of building and remodeling. Whether it is creating that stylish, but functional, kitchen, to how to develop the most practical driveway, John answers every question of the reader through charts, measurements and a general insight in an understandable way.
“This book is the result of my forty years of remodeling and building experience. While no book can address every measurement for every situation, I believe within these pages you will find the vast majority of measurements, dimensions and formulas to calculate and arrive at the correct answer you will need to complete your project.”
John approaches discussions of each area of the house in a clear and concise manner, thoroughly explaining each step for the new builder, DIYer, and the seasoned remodeler. As he has seen over his forty years of building, nothing is of greater satisfaction than seeing the project that is drawn on paper actually coming to life right before your eyes.

Panasonic Bathroom Exhaust Fan

One of the most time-consuming parts of any building or remodeling project is specifying the material. There are just so many to choose from in every area, including exhaust fans.

When sizing and selecting an exhaust fan you will need to determine the appropriate CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air that it will move. Since all fans are rated by CFM they should all be the same, right? If you think it could only be that easy, you’re wrong. Consider the noise the fan makes when it is running. Also how much energy does the fan use. Fan/light combination units are also a consideration in some applications.

Panasonic has been manufacturing exhaust fans for over 20 years. They have worked hard on producing products that are energy-efficient and run quiet. They have been selected by Energy Star to receive the Sustained Excellence 2014 Award, the fifth consecutive year they were recognized by Energy Star. Their latest breakthrough product is the Whisper Green Select.

Maybe Panasonic isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think about ventilation fans, but I am suggesting to you that they should be strongly considered.

For more information on How To Properly Size your Bathroom or Kitchen Exhaust Fan, check out “The Dimension Bible for Remodelers and DIYers”

How To Replace stuck Moen Posi-Temp Shower Cartridge Model #1222

You have a leaking tub or shower faucet, you figured out the right part to buy, you start to take it apart and it is not going well. You go to YouTube and watch several videos and it goes perfect for all of them. That my friends is no the real world, things go wrong, and Contractor John shows you the good, the bad, and the ugly in this DIY video How To Replace stuck Moen Posi-Temp Shower Cartridge Model #1222. It is a long video but I wanted to show it all to you. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section of the video.

How To Repair A Broken Toilet Collar

Once the toilet collar is broken, it is a guarantee that your toilet will leak. In this Contractor John DIY video learn how to replace or repair a broken toilet collar. Sometimes it is not easy, but there is always a way.


Consumers Tire Of High Cost Of Going GREEN

I have long said the GREEN movement will not take off in earnest until the price of going GREEN comes down.  In my opinion too many companies have spent way too much money investing in GREEN. The general remodeling and building markets have recently found solid footing, after experiencing an unprecedented downturn. The general public is in large part still licking their wounds and not ready to throw more than a very small slice of their hard earned dollars into going GREEN.

During a recent poll 75% of professional remodelers reported that consumers are not willing to pay a premium for GREEN remodeling projects. The reason is twofold, first there is the original cost involved, and secondly is the insufficient return on the investment.

Although 60% of consumers view energy efficiency as an important part of their remodeling project, very few consumers, 5% to 10% are willing to pay more than a 5% premium.

So where does this leave the GREEN movement? Stuck in the weeds is where it leaves the GREEN movement, with little hope of turning around, until prices come down. Government and their ever increasing rules and regulations add unnecessarily to the GREEN cost. Let the consumer investigate GREEN options, using sweat equity, instead of the government doing it for them.

Nail Pulling Tricks

If you have done any work around the house you probably have used a hammer. There are a few tricks and techniques to using a hammer correctly. Watch this quick video to find out how.

Remodeling Your Kitchen? 5 Creative Tips

All major remodeling projects and some minor remodeling projects are complex, and a kitchen remodel leads the way. The kitchen is the most often remodeled room in your home and the most expensive to remodel. Budgets for major kitchen remodels can start at $25,000 and can blossom to $75,000 or more. With any size budget planning is the key. (Insider Secrets To Save You Time and Money) Following are a few different and cost saving options for you to think about to help keep that budget in check, and get the most for your money.

  • Creative treatments for the ceiling. To create a tray ceiling effect, apply 2×4’s, either flat or on edge to the perimeter of the ceiling, cover with drywall, leaving the center open to the original ceiling. Place can lights in either level.
  • If you have a separate dining room you could consider enlarging the island and eliminating the kitchen table.
  • There are many things you can do inexpensively with lighting. LED lighting is so incredibly versatile. Lighting in cabinets with glass doors, and under cabinet ribbon lighting. Trim-Tex has an embedded drywall track that will accept LED ribbon lighting.
  • Consider installing 24” deep cabinet’s floor to ceiling on the refrigerator wall, eliminating the counter-top, but providing lots of storage.
  • Eliminate the kitchen soffits and install taller upper cabinets to increase storage and make the kitchen appear visually taller.

As I always say plan, plan, and plan some more. Planning and research will ultimately save you money and have a functional and visually appealing project. Speaking of Planning a kitchen Remodel, take a look at “Insider Secrets You Can Use To Save Time and Money” while remodeling any room in your house

Kool Tool; Magnetic Wrist Band

When tackling  projects I have often wished for an extra hand, just for a minute to hand me a screw or a nail or just hold it for a minute until I need it. Enter this Kool Tool the Magnetic Wrist Band. Watch this quick video to learn how you can have your “extra hand wish” become a reality.

Protecting Your Home

It is not something that many of us think of daily, but houses are broken into daily. In 2013 there were in excess of 8.5 million property crimes committed in the U.S. Burglars look for an easy way into a house. Making it difficult will help to deter them from entering. Here are some tips to make your home more secure.


Exterior precautions

·         Installing motion activated lights.

·         Be a good neighbor, watch the neighbor’s houses and have them watch yours.

·         Keep bushes, and scrubs small and trimmed, as well as trees, large bushes create a great hiding spot.

Interior precautions

·         Have a monitored alarm system installed. Download the app so you can also monitor it on your phone.

·         Install slide locks on double hung or sliding windows that only allow the window to open 6” but are removable from the inside so you may use the window for exit in the case of an emergency.

·         All exterior doors should be made of steel or solid wood.

·         Always lock the door to an attached garage.

·         Always lock all windows and doors whenever you leave the house.

·         Secure sliding patio doors with a vertical bolt or wooden pole laid in the track to prevent the door from opening.

When you are not home

·         Use timers or better use phone apps to turn on lights and the television or radio at random times to give the appearance someone is home.

·         Stop all newspaper deliveries and have your mail held at the post office.

·         Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway.


Follow these precautions and your home is a lot less likely to be broken into.

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