A Few Finish Carpentry Tricks Anyone Can Use

January 27, 2017 by  
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finish-carpentry-miterWhen you’re working on finish carpentry, presentation is everything so you want to make sure you’ve done all you can to get the look just right. The more you do it, the more you’ll find that being good at it just involves care and precision. With these tips, anyone with the proper tools can make the cuts or adjustments they need.

Tightening Up Miters

Misaligned door jambs and uneven drywall can lead to gaps in your miter. If this has been a consistent problem for you, then try to slide a shim or a pencil below the miter as you make the angled cut. That additional support will help you get a back bevel on your cut, which should tighten up the cut and bring it closer to the wall.

No Stud to Nail the Baseboard

Sometimes, you’ll find yourself in a situation where there isn’t a gap to nail the baseboard to. Sometimes, it’s a matter of too much joint compound on the board itself, which requires re-application and some cleanup work. Other times, all that’s needed is for you to drive a nail into the board at an angle. You can do this with either a hammer or a nail gun, just make sure you angle such that you aim into the stud at the base of the wall.

Final Thoughts

The most important rule in carpentry is patience. Practice patience and your skills will grow exponentially. Take your time with each cut, and be as careful as you can when applying joint compound. Also, make sure you thoroughly clean the surfaces you’re working with.


Since his retirement from the Church, Archbishop James Provence is a volunteer docent for the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento. James Provence resides in Vacaville, where he practices furniture making.

Deciding Whether a Claim is Worth Legal Action

August 30, 2016 by  
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construction-delay-claimsConstruction delay claims can be as costly to recoup losses from as the losses you incurred to begin with, if you’re not careful about which ones you pursue. Deciding whether a claim has a good basis to pursue is what construction consultants specialize in. These insider tips should provide a good measure to work with. If you’re unsure, you should consult a professional. As always, retain an attorney for legal advice before making any serious decisions with legal repercussions.

Calculate the Costs

What are the true costs of pursuing the claim? Do you have someone on your team who can actively fight a claim, or will you need to hire a construction expert witness to testify on your behalf? Is your recordkeeping meticulous? Can you document everything you’ve done, and compare it to the work order?

If you’re unsure about any of these, you might be looking at a claim too expensive to pursue. If your losses were substantial, it might make sense, but construction mediation might be a better, more efficient route to resolution.

Resolving the Claim

Another concern is whether you can prove your side of the claim, and get the full resolution you seek. What you document as your losses may not sync up with what the opposing side is ordered to pay when the claim is settled. Make sure you’re evaluating your real losses properly, and documenting those losses in connection with the claim.


Lyle Charles has been helping businesses of all sizes to navigate complex construction delay claims; acting as a mediator, witness and consultant as needed.

Business Consulting for a Commercial Construction Project

July 18, 2016 by  
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Commercial construction projects require many moving parts to complete on time, and under budget. Often, there will be delays and other problems that can threaten to cost the construction crew money and serious lost time. Construction advisory services can fulfill a number of those challenges, from filling in for key personnel to project management or advisement.

Project Management

One of the most important roles for a consultant to fill is that of project manager. The loss of key personnel can be devastating for a project, its budget and all stakeholders involved. Project managers will need to determine how to respond to these challenges, schedule personnel accordingly, and ultimately get the project back on track. That requires experience and expertise.

Dispute Resolution

Disputes are common, but construction claim preparation requires a great deal of careful bookkeeping. You’ll need all documents related to whatever incident is at hand, and if your office isn’t organized that’s quite a task. Hiring a consultant can alleviate some of that anxiety. They understand the forms, which documents are necessary, and how to expedite claims so you and your crew can get back to work.

Other Duties and Roles

Consultants are well versed in all aspects of construction, especially the legal side. As a result, they frequently fill the role of mediator for disputes. They are usually able to provide a ruling that works for both parties, and helps get the project started again. Mediators also save both parties from the costs and time of going to trial.

A consultant may also have expertise, such as a structural steel expert who can help to verify and analyze materials. Such a person on staff helps safeguard against disputes as much as working to resolve them.


Lyle Charles is a commercial construction project consultant, mediator and expert witness with more than 30 years of experience helping to resolve disputes.

Enhance Your Home’s Interior Look by Focusing on these Details

March 2, 2016 by  
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Enhance-Your-Home’s-Interior-Look-by-Focusing-on-these-DetailsCommitting to a specific style can be a puzzling and complex task for a homeowner that has little to no interior design experience. However, the next best thing that a homeowner can do is to understand what techniques and methods that interior designers utilize to achieve pro-level results.

Spatial Awareness

There are a variety of factors to consider with your space. Before you begin decorating and unleashing your creative outlet, you’re going to want to determine how much space you have to work with. Luxurious furnishings tend to look better when they actually fit within the room.

Commit to Your Style

By selecting a specific style that you want to work with, you’re defining a cohesive space for you to work with. It also simplifies the decorative process by narrowing down your options. It also helps to look around your home for items that fit the specific style that you’re going for, primarily for visual purposes.

Doors Can Compliment Your Room

With all the interior door styles available on the market, there’s bound to be one that fits your room’s style. The perfect door will compliment your space to the point where it is visually enthralling but doesn’t steal the rest of the room’s thunder, so to speak.

Solid wood interior doors are just one example of an aesthetically enhancing addition to your room. The natural look embraces almost any style, and can also be painted to the specific color that you’re looking for.

Colors Can Make a Statement

There’s no rule that states that you have to stick to one specific color. Streamline your palette by separating your colors into three – one complimentary color and two main colors. By doing so, you’ll still be able to display the vibrancy that you want your room to showcase as well as a calming factor that prevents it from becoming too extreme. While the color of your interior is your foundation, don’t forget that the accessories and furnishings that you place also hold significant value.

Ask Yourself Questions

How cozy do you want your space to be? Are there too many “loud” or shiny objects within the room that make it clash? What specific vibe do you get when you walk into this room? Continue to ask yourself questions in regards to the decorative aspects. Not only will this enhance the overall look, but you’ll naturally start to visualize it come together piece-by-piece.

Bio: ETO Doors will help you find industry leading doors and hardware at competitive wholesale prices. Whether they’re interior French doors or exterior entry doors, you can shop with confidence knowing that you’re purchasing laboratory tested and approved products.

Construction Consultants Can Aid in Financial Recovery

February 29, 2016 by  
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Financial RecoveryIn the construction market, recovering from financial obligation is a major problem. The idea of retention is popular in a lot of U.S. construction companies. There will be professionals and subcontractors not being paid which almost always causes contractual concerns.

Lawful Assistance

In order to seek out legal assistance in a prompt and efficient manner, construction advisory services are often sought out to obtain the retention money without requiring there to be a prolong court hearing.

Additionally, because of the amount of crashes that occur or take place in the construction market, claims appear to be unavoidable in this day and age. The best way to go about handling claims is to seek out a construction claim analysis service that will guide you throughout the claims process. Because claims should be handled swiftly to avoid delays, it’s important that the legal process is not dragged on, as companies will tend to bleed money.

Choosing the Right Consultant

If you want to maximize your protection against claims, it’s necessary that you choose a consultant that has the experience and understanding. This is important as you’ll want maximum protection on claims received against your company. Depending on the consulting service, some will work with your designers and other specialists to negotiate and collaborate to assist with claim reduction. Because the collaborative efforts of all of your employees need to relatively be on the same page, it’s important that you negotiate with your consultant to determine what social interactions he will have with your crew.

Bio: Lyle Charles, of Lyle Charles Consulting, a structural steel expert who is familiar with every phase of the steel fabrication and erection business.

Choosing the Right Type of Garage Door Opener

August 3, 2015 by  
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Choosing the right opening mechanism is critical for finding the right garage door. Modern automatic garage door openers get rid of the hassle of having to lift and pull on a garage door in order to open or close it. There are many different types of garage door openers to choose from, each with their own benefits. Here is a look at some of the key features of popular garage door openers:

Chain Drive Openers: These types of garage door openers operate via a chain that is attached to a trolley, which moves to open the door. These are most most economical garage door openers because they have the least amount of moving parts. However, they are also the noisiest, which may be an issue if you have a two-story house with a room directly above the garage.

Belt Drive Openers: A belt drive garage opener operates in a similar manner to a chain drive opener. The main difference is that a solid belt of material drives the opening and closing of the door rather than a chain. The belt is made from a sturdy material such as polyurethane, fiberglass or rubber. The lack of metal on metal contact makes this quieter than a chain drive opener.

Screw Drive Openers: Instead of using a belt or chain, a screw driver garage opener use a steel rod that is threaded to facilitate the opening and closing of the door. This method is very quiet and also has less moving parts that can break.

ETO Doors has one of the largest collections of interior and exterior doors on the market today. See the items they sell and read informative ETO Doors reviews at their website.

Better Air Equals a Better Home

January 14, 2014 by  
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When it comes to fixing up our homes, most of us think about different color schemes, new furniture or maybe even knocking some walls down. But there are other steps we can take to make our home even better than it already is. One of the most important things we can do, in fact, is simply change our air conditioner filter.

This might seem simplistic, but it’s spot on. We all love our air conditioning systems. In fact, most of us would be lost without them. They provide nice cold air when the temperature outside is simply too hot to bear.

Unfortunately, this isn’t where the story ends. Our air conditioners can also make life worse, even if we don’t know it, by pulling in unclean air, cooling it and then spreading it around the home. Of course, we don’t notice at first. Inside the home, we’re just happy for nice cold air.

But overtime, you may start to notice a harder time breathing or maybe new or more intense allergies. These symptoms could very well be because your air conditioner is shooting our unclean air.

Luckily, all you need is a replacement Honeywell air filter to solve this problem in short order. They’re affordable and easy to install, so it won’t be long before you’re breathing in nice clean air once again.

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Article submitted by Your Filter Connection.  The company sells all kinds of home air filters for your furnace and air conditioning systems. Brands include Honeywell and 3M filtrete air filter options.

Filter that Air

November 15, 2013 by  
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You care for your health, and your family’s health as well. You take every precaution to ensure that your family is kept in pink of health, from annual check-ups to being up-to-date on every vaccination possible, no steps are left out in maintaining the best bill of health for you and your family. You bring home only the freshest food, prepared in the cleanest, most sanitary way possible to ensure that your family gets only the best nutrition to keep their tummies and bodies strong and happy. You clean the house with fervor and much gusto, making sure that every nook and cranny are left spotless. You have everything locked down, or do you?

Have you ever thought about the air you and your family breathes? There are millions and millions of pollutants floating around in the very air we breathe. No matter how sheltered or how indoor we are, the air we breathe is still a buffet of pollutants, contaminants, and allergens. Protect you and your family by equipping your home with furnace filters. By making sure your air is filtered by high-performance air filters not only do you ensure that your air is clean and allergen free, but you also help to ensure that your family stays sickness free when they are at home. High-performance air filters and furnace filters work by using electrostatically charged filter media to strain out the air of pollutants, contaminants and allergens to make sure you only breathe clean and fresh air.

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Article submitted by Your Filter Connection, expert suppliers of replacement honeywell air filter refills of all shapes and sizes.

Keep Your Home Cozy and Germ Free

August 17, 2013 by  
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The only thing that is worse than going through at tough, freezing and arid winter season is probably weathering the cold months with faulty heating. While heaters keep us warm and fuzzy during the cold months, they are almost always neglected during the warmer months. During this period of inactivity, furnaces and heaters tend to collect a lot of dust and other small particles that clog up the filter. Dust buildup which was not given a second thought throughout the year then comes back to haunt homeowners once the cold comes in. Clogged air filters causes weak and inefficient heated air delivery which not only causes discomfort but causes electricity bills to go sky high as well.

When it comes to replacement furnace filters, nothing beats 3M air filters. Their Filtrete air filter line from 3M is 90% effective at capturing particles like dust, pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter. It is also electrostatically charged to attract all the nasty micro particles like dust, pollen, smoke and fumes that can potentially carry harmful bacteria and viruses. By installing a quality air filter on your furnace, you not only keep your home cozy but you also keep it germ free.

Luckily, changing the air filter is an easy task and finding the right replacement furnace filter for you is just a click away.

Article submitted by Your Filter Connection. Your Filter Connection offers a wide variety of air conditioner filters with convenient online ordering and nationwide shipping.

Why You Need To Install An Air Filter At Home

June 14, 2013 by  
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Aside from taking dietary supplements, exercising regularly and watching what you eat, ensuring that the air your breath is clean will affect your overall health. Air and heater filters are a great way to improve the quality of the air inside your home. Nowadays, there are a lot of filters readily available in the market, you just need to remember that you have to clean your filters at least once a month and purchase a disposable filter such as the replacement Honeywell air filter.

With a good quality furnace filter, you can be assured that your air is cleaner by up to 98%. It efficiently catches harmful airborne pollutants and allergens to lower your risks of developing allergies and respiratory diseases such as asthma. Once you have a filter installed at home, your primary duty is to make sure that it works just the way it is supposed to. Clean it every month and replace the filter when you can’t see through it. A dirty air filter will draw in more energy, thus, increasing your monthly energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent. Also, if you do not maintain your filter properly, an equipment breakdown may occur.

Article submitted by Your Filter Connection. Your Filter Connection is an online source where you can find various air filter products such as a replacement furnace filter. They carry popular and world trusted brands such as Honeywell and 3M.

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