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Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Baseboards & Flooring Transitions

Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Baseboards & Flooring Transitions

By Mike Holmes

Bending Baseboards:Not all walls are straight. So when we add baseboards to curved walls they need to bend too. But you can't take a 3/8 piece of wood and bend it naturally. So what a pro will do is make a series of cuts along the back of the baseboard. These cuts are called back cuts. And not only... Read More »

Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Caulking, Shimming & Grouting

Mike Holmes’s Tricks of the Trade: Caulking, Shimming & Grouting

By Mike Holmes

Shimming:Sometimes window and doorframes don't fit securely when you're installing them. And if there's a gap on either side the whole thing can shift, and it might not open properly. So a pro will shim the frame. But shimming isn't easy. Some people think you just stick a piece of wood in and throw... Read More »

Mike Holmes’ Holiday Wish List 2012

Mike Holmes’ Holiday Wish List 2012

By Mike Holmes

We caught up with Mike Holmes when he wasn't busy making it right on Holmes Makes it Right, to find out what is top of his holiday wish list for this year:   One month vacation down south To spend more quality time with my grandkids and my kids One of the new CAN-AM Side by Side... Read More »

Mike Holmes on Building with Cedar

Mike Holmes on Building with Cedar

By Mike Holmes

Photo Credit: Alex Schuldt, The Holmes Group I love the look and smell of cedar. It's a popular building material for decks, fences, sheds, shutters, pergolas and gazebos-all kinds of outdoor structures and exterior finishing. It's the classic go-to lumber because it's naturally resistant to... Read More »

Mike Holmes on Fireplaces

Mike Holmes on Fireplaces

By Mike Holmes

Photo Credit: Alex Schuldt, The Holmes Group A fireplace can be a great focal point to any room. It can increase a home's appeal and transform cold living spaces into cozy retreats. And once cold weather sets in, nothing can remind you more of warmer days gone by than the right fireplace. Most... Read More »

Mike Holmes on Tiling

Mike Holmes on Tiling

By Mike Holmes

Photo Credit: Alex Schuldt, The Holmes Group Floors account for more surface area than anything else in a home, other than walls and ceilings. They set the tone for living spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms and main traffic areas, like the entrances to homes. And tiling can add a lot to those... Read More »

Mike Holmes on Electrical Dangers

Mike Holmes on Electrical Dangers

By Mike Holmes

Photo Credit: Alex Schuldt, The Holmes Group I'm not a big fan of homeowners taking on reno projects on their own. In some cases, more damage is done than good. I would rather they learn everything they can about the reno to help them hire a pro who will do it right the first time. There's nothing... Read More »

Mike Holmes on Kitchen Renos

Mike Holmes on Kitchen Renos

By Mike Holmes

Photo Credit: Alex Schuldt, The Holmes Group Kitchens are one of the most popular renovations homeowners invest in. They can increase the value of your home but they're also very easy to screw up. Think about it. It's one of the few rooms where carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical all come... Read More »

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