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The Dog Days of August howl with pain when a beautiful clear fir vintage solid wood door
arrives in the shop seriously crippled by an encounter of the unpleasant kind!

A real good old timey Legacy Entry Door should not suffer such indignity!

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! O how hast this most grievous wound come to pass?

Fortunately Habitat for Humanity provides a perfect replacement salvage panel to transplant
into the damaged heritage door with complete recovery anticipated and followed by many more
decades of useful service in the dwelling of origin for this most hearty and faithful relic
of times past.


The world made whole again. Whew!

For other door repair adventures

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TJ Kattermann-One man repairs and home improvements in Raleigh’s Glenwood South and the metropolitan area.

(919) 834-4833

Okay, summer is officially here!

Now is a good time to look back at all the Springtime Spruce up 2017 repairs
completed between thundershowers and routine maintenance chores here
in beautiful downtown Raleigh.

You can even compare and contrast Spring Spruce Up 2017 with Spring Spruce Up 2016! (CLICK HERE)

Spring came early in 2017 with flowers in January!

And to keep up the tradition of deck work on hot days,the ONLY and HOTTEST Day
in March (80+ degrees)was reserved for floor board refurbishment:

Previous hot weather deck refurbishment in June not March! (CLICK HERE) and (CLICK HERE)

And yes, this year more window work!

(For other views of Window Work CLICK HERE OR CLICK HERE)

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This spring included a road trip to Chatham County to swap out an old slab stave
core door with a new slab stave core door. $5.00 round trip on the 540 toll road.
A long day but definitely an exciting adventure!

Previous Door Adventures (CLICK HERE OR CLICK HERE OR CLICK HERE OR CLICK HERE)

Sometimes steps are not the proper 7/11 inch rise and run. A simple fix is to change the height
with the proper size tread.

Another step/front stoop height adjustment (CLICK HERE)

And not to forget the ever popular undersink Sponge Tray installation with special offset
tools! (CLICK LINK HERE)

Or the ever popular sliding cabinet drawer retrofit:

Of course, Great Grandma was right. Carpets should be beaten clean every spring regardless of
whether they are dirty or not. Good habits and all that.

So here at the International Handyman Headquarters we just dragged that office carpet outside,
drenched the entire surface with soapy carpet cleaner, cranked up the pressure washer and went
to town!

Great Grandma would be so proud!

So there you have the story, the whole story and nothing but the story!

Just a small sample of the mischief and merriment from Spring 2017!

Now I brace for the heat and humidity of the Dog Days Of August! Call me a with work order!
We can laugh together in the steamy Southern Sunshine!

Okay, summer is officially here!

Now is a good time to look back at all the Springtime Spruce up repairs
completed between thundershowers and routine maintenance chores here
in beautiful downtown Raleigh.

For example, door jamb repairs remain a popular option for many people with
spring fever.

Here:

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And the finished job here:
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Sometimes a window sill or two could use some tender loving care:

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Up on a ladder again!

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Brand new maintenance free PVC replacement sills will do the job every time!

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And, nothing like a nice new fence to shape up the yard.

Sometimes you need a fancy homemade right angle layout tool to make
straight lines for the fence posts!

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Of course, no fence is complete without a gate latch:

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And yes, with all the rain this Iris bloomed early and often!

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Just a small sample of the mischief and merriment from Spring 2016!

(There was a soffit repair with blurry pictures which I cannot post! Darnit!)

Blurry Picture Soffit Repair (See the beautiful tongue and groove board patch? Yeah,
neither can I! -sigh- )

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So now I brace for the heat and humidity of the Dog Days Of August! Call me a with work order!
We can laugh together in the steamy Southern Sunshine!

Oh, yeah, there was a rebuilt kitchen drawer this spring as well. Amazing how often kitchen drawers
need help! Quite a few have come my way over the years!

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If you want to see some of these repairs live on camera, I made videos wayback long ago! Yes!

CLICK THIS LINK HERE FOR A WINDOW SILL REPAIR

CLICK THIS LINK HERE FOR A DOOR JAMB REPAIR

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Yes! (Some!) window sash repairs are possible. This latch rail was probably destroyed by
a wood virus, not water rot or insects. So, overall, frame stiles were repairable with a
new latch rail inserted in place of the badly decomposed original. A cheaper, faster
alternative to the special order replacement kit which can take up to 3 weeks to arrive.
As Hannibal Smith famously said: “I love it when a plan comes together!”

This, of course, is not my first rodeo.

A previous wildly improbable wood damage repair can be found AT THIS LINK.

And here find TWO sash repairs from the wayback machine in the days before insulated glass!

WAYBACK SASH REPAIR #1

WAYBACK SASH REPAIR #2

Just another day on the job here at the International Handyman Headquarters.

To paraphrase the famous philosopher Forrest Gump “Repair work is like a box
of chocolates, you never know what you will get!”

For some reason this car found a shortcut into a downtown office building.

Needless to say, scheduled repair activities were suspended for the rest of the day
and a good part of the evening.

Well past sunset the wall was finally fitted with a lally column,
ceiling brace and boarded shut.

Fortunately the office was vacant with no injuries to vehicle occupants.

The building not so much.

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Yes, while Raleigh has been deluged with near perpetual monsoons at least once a
week for the last three years there remain windows of opportunity to complete
exterior repairs when a short break of dry, warmish weather arrives.

This soffit and fascia needed some attention last December during a nearly week long
dry spell which was just enough time to rip open and replace the damaged 2×6 rafter cap,
3/4 trim fascia, box in the underside and undercoat the whole business with
primer before the monsoons returned.(Just barely!)

Run between the raindrops and “get er done!”

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A classic staple of shed construction for over two centuries, the tin roof remains a popular
choice for sheds and out buildings in the 21st Century!

2×4 rafters crossed with spaced 4 quarter deck boards (recycled or repurposed
as the yoots say today) this roof is strong enough to support the weight of a full grown adult.

Economical and durable for any number of uses- firewood storage, utility sheds and out
buildings around the back forty.

Try it, you will like it! Get yours today! More roof stuff CLICK LINK HERE and CLICK LINK HERE