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On the doors for your home, the following are standard door sizes: The words common and standard will be used interchangeably.   It basically means that the manufacturers run these sizes all day long. The sizes listed are the standard door sizes. Standard means not ‘custom’ made. Stock doors are available ‘off the shelf’.  It simply […]

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Prehung Doors-When to Choose the Hardware When prehung doors are ordered, the homeowner needs to choose which finish they want on the hardware.  Because (here’s a big tip), the salesperson may not ask you about the door and the hinges, which are usually a default color- brass. If you want a different color hinge, then […]

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Standard Door Sizes of Stock Doors Most door and door units for new house building or remodeling projects come from a local door company and all standard door sizes are either ordered or carried in stock. In some cases, you can literally walk out of the store with your chosen door. These are called “stock” […]

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Planning to Buy Doors? Ready to Shop for Your Interior Doors? You could spend hours searching the Internet, looking for door information or buy the Complete Guide to Interior Doors and make it easy on yourself. See Inside the book for a preview. Ebook Download Download version-$11.95 Read and study it before you head out […]

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Managing Your Money during Building or Remodeling Allowances are a critical part of managing your money during a home building or remodeling project. Homeowners often get sort of hung up by allowances because they don’t really understand what they are and how they work.  I will attempt to clarify how allowances are used in home […]

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A Must Have Clause in all of Your Home Improvement Contracts For any home improvement project, an important clause to include in the contract is “Owner needs at least 24 hours to review all invoices.” In addition to the written contract, be sure to verbally discuss this with any contractors you hire.  Tell them-face to […]

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There are many terms to know during any construction and home remodeling project.  The terms below are used throughout the Builder in Your Pocket books and articles. They are listed in the order that you are most likely to encounter them during your building or home improvement project. Beyond just technical terms, I’ve also outlined […]

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Air Sealing Kneewalls

by Paul LaGrange

Any attic wall that adjoins an interior space should be insulated and air sealed! Where air barriers (See Info Sheet #1.3) are not installed on the unconditioned (attic) side of the walls, very hot or very cold air in the unconditioned space can easily flow through and around the wall insulation.   Figure 1 depicts cold […]

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Relationships Count in Home Improvement Projects The most essential rule of construction is this: good relationships make a good building experience.  A good relationship with your contractor means more than just a few quick meetings – there must be clear, on-going communication and trust on all sides.  Likewise, your contractor should have solid relationships with […]

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Panel Door

by Julie

A Panel Door Offers the most Options There are only 4 general door styles: flush or slab, paneled, louvered and glass. Some manufacturers might call these selections “types” or “design”.  There are countless variations available within each.  The variations come from all the other choices associated with the doors, like: casing, types, panels, profiles, finish, […]

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A building or home improvement project that goes from beginning to end without a single hitch is a rarity.  In almost any project there will be periods when things move along swiftly and smoothly and times when holdups and snags upset the flow of the schedule – and disturb your peace of mind. Stops, starts […]

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Step by Step Planning (for the homeowner) All build or remodeling of homes requires a sequence of steps.  There are those the builder must follow and those for the homeowner.  The homeowner must make all of their selections and choices in a different order than the building of the home.  The following sequence is not […]

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