August 2018 (116)
Featured Video:
DIY Foundation Watering System
As promised on the show last weekend, Jim did a new video on how to set-up a foundation watering system at your house. This is a very important step to protect your home from damage that will cost thousands to repair. If you have further questions be sure to call the show and ask Jim - he wants you to get this right!
Selecting Tile
The beauty of tile is that it comes in a wide variety of looks, sizes, and finishes. Tile is extremely durable, versatile, and waterproof. From stone-look to wood-look, large format to subway, tile has something for everyone.
Why Buy Tile?
There are two types of tile – porcelain and ceramic. Both are waterproof and extremely durable, and inkjet technology is used to create the design of each tile. Inkjet technology is like high definition image capturing. Porcelain and ceramic tiles can be produced to look and feel real like hardwood, natural stone, cement or brick, and they also come in many different textures, colors, and patterns.
What’s the Difference between Porcelain & Ceramic?
Porcelain and ceramic tile are both are made from a mixture of clay and other natural resources, but are used in different ways. Porcelain tile is extremely dense and can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s highly water resistant and can be exposed to cold temperatures. Ceramic tile is also extremely durable. It comes in various colors, textures, and sizes, and can be used in many different ways indoors.
Choosing the edge of your tile is another factor to consider. Tile comes with two types of edges – rectified and pressed. Rectified edges are cut during production so that every tile is the exact same size, allowing for very thin grout lines. Pressed edges are more rounded and can have a more dimensional look.
The type of finish you choose often comes down to personal preference because both matte and polished tile are great options. Matte tiles are more slip resistant and have a natural finish that comes in a variety of styles. Polished tiles have a smooth and shiny finish that looks great on both floors and walls. Note that polished tiles are not recommended for floors in wet areas unless they have been pre-treated for slip resistance.
Floor vs. Wall Tile
It’s important to keep in mind that there is tile designed specifically for floors and walls. Floor tile tends to be more durable and is suitable for high traffic areas. It’s rated from light residential all the way to heavy-duty commercial applications. Wall tile is designed with decorative appeal in mind and should not be used on floors. Some options can be installed on either service so be sure to take note of the application requirements before selecting your tile.
Durability & Maintenance
Porcelain and ceramic tile are both easy to maintain. As one of the hardest working tiles, porcelain is a great choice for high traffic areas. To maintain your tile, you should clean it regularly with water or a mild detergent. Wall tile should also be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth or sponge. Grout is key when it comes to tile, so be sure to seal your grout after installation.

Check out your local Floor & Décor store to find a HUGE selection of tile, design experts, installation tools, accessories and to attend their DIY tile classes. 
Your Questions -- Jim's Answers
Cooling the Room Above the Garage
Rob is having a hard time cooling the room above his garage to the temperature of the rest of the house. Jim has a couple ideas on how to tackle this common problem.

Building Workshop or Outbuilding

If Jim was building a stout workshop, here's how would he do it - materials, insulation, HVAC...listen as he runs it down.

When a Loose Screw Won't Catch
Do you have sagging hinges or maybe when rebuilding wood furniture you discover the existing holes are stretched and the screw no longer catches? Here is a super simple fix:
Slide a few toothpicks (or matchsticks) into the hole before the screw. The screw will then be able to grip on to the soft wood and create a snug and secure fit.
THI Super Podcast
When it is hot Jim gets a lot of questions about foundations. In this week's podcast he dives into the Irving parking lot collapse, DIY home foundation watering systems, hiring a company to fix your foundation + replacing a cast iron tub, replacing a vanity, preparing the concrete slab for flooring, engineered hardwood vs. wood-look tile & more!
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