Raleigh,NC Blog

WELCOME! to the AUTHORIZED TJ Kattermann pro bono Handyman Blog in Raleigh, NC!
(Accept no substitutes or imitations!)

Of course, all those letters would not fit in the title block so the formal
designator is: Kattermann’s Handyman Blog.

Such is life.


Latest Jobshop projects

From the Corona Chronicles CLICK HERE

Or pick Other Jobshop Work from this fine selection:


Legacy Door Repair CLICK HERE

Of course, my most popular post and video,
mortise a door hinge CLICK HERE



Since 1977 it has been an honor to serve the Raleigh Area and surround with a wide variety of one man repairs and improvements from the simple to complex.
(For some projects I have traveled as far as Stanly and Richmond counties and
at least one of my carpenter built shelf units was last seen installed in an apartment in France!)


Just an ordinary Fixit guy and all round problem solver at large.

From miniature kitchenettes; (CLICK LINK)

to cabinets; (CLICK LINK)
to cabinets(2); (CLICK LINK)
to cabinets (3); (CLICK LINK)

to shelves; (CLICK LINK)
to shelves (2); (CLICK LINK)
to shelves (3); (CLICK LINK)

to window sill repair; (CLICK LINK)
to window sill repair (2); (CLICK LINK)

to good old timey window glazing; (CLICK LINK)
to good old timey window glazing(2); (CLICK LINK)
to good old timey window glazing(3); (CLICK LINK)

to replacement windows; (CLICK LINK)
to replacement windows(2); (CLICK LINK)

to door jamb repair; (CLICK LINK)
to door jamb repair(2); (CLICK LINK)

to wheel barrow repair; (CLICK LINK)
to wheel barrow repair (2); (CLICK LINK)

to wobble boards; (CLICK LINK)
or foot stools; (CLICK LINK)

to buckled roof repairs;(CLICK LINK)
or eave,soffit and fascia repairs;(CLICK LINK)

to children’s play sets;(CLICK LINK)

to BIG sheds;(CLICK LINK)

to a helpful DIY tip to clean your paintbrushes;(CLICK LINK)
or a helpful DIY tip to clean your paint roller;(CLICK LINK)
or even a quick DIY tip to make easy clear plastic storage containers for parts, buttons or safety pins! ;(CLICK LINK)

and any number of other chores and minor repairs;(CLICK LINK)

you should find some variation of your project in one of over 250 posts and videos on this blog.

Click on any link in the column to your right or use the search box at the top of the page.

There is something for everybody!

The videos have a current collective view count of over 1,271,215 visits!

Learn to do it yourself, or call me to help you or even have me do it for you!

I would be happy to come take a look!

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  1. Ross McCormick said:

    Hello TJ,

    I really am hooked on the video you posted on the wood borer Beatles. So much so I’m looking to get hold of some as pets. Can you give any further information on

    – the type of Beatle you filmed which borers such a large hole.
    – where they can be purchased. (I’m UK based)

    Keep up the good work!!

    • Many thanks for your visit and your kind comment, Mr. McCormick.

      The beetles in the video are all free range wild beetles considered to be
      nuisance insects here in the colonies and not (usually?) sold for any purpose.

      I claim no credentials to properly identify either the genus or species.

      Sometime in the near future I look forward to a video from you with details
      on the proper care of pet beetles.

  2. Your handyman videos are very useful! I am so thankful for all the information that you give us!

  3. You guys do some pretty great repairs! I love the way your company focuses on the level of quality of work that’s needed. Thank you for all you have done!

  4. Glad I found you. I’ll have to refer business your way as customers need services I don’t offer.

  5. Howdy TJ,

    My name is Karl Deede. I saw your DIY conveyor belt online, specifically YouTube, and I would love to have more information about how you built it and how well it worked. It looks like just the ticket for a difficult crawl space excavation that I have to undertake. Here are my specific questions if you feel you might have time to reply.

    What type of motor did you use? Roughly speaking, how did you engage it with your head roller? What type of roller did you use at the top, bottom, and the midspan support rollers?

    Your use of lumber, rather than metal, is definitely intriguing to me, as any conveyor that I built would be a temporary, rather than permanent, part of my tool arsenal.

    Anyway, thank you for posting an inspirational video, and I hope to hear from you if you get the chance!

    Karl in Seattle

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