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Deconstruction vs. Demolition

Deconstruction vs. Demolition

So you’re ready to start that big renovation project — a new kitchen, an updated bathroom, or maybe even an entire house! Before you install the new, you’ve got to take care of the old. In the past, the most common practice was demolition, whether performed by sledgehammer-wielding homeowners or […]

Honolulu Is Serious About Construction Materials Recycling

Honolulu Is Serious About Construction Materials Recycling

After any sort of demolition, whether it’s a towering skyscraper or a residential bathroom, recycling previously used materials in a new project is always an ideal method to create a more sustainable structure while decreasing excess waste. Yet in Honolulu, things are getting serious. A bill is moving through the […]

Lose Soffits, Gain Cabinet Space

Lose Soffits, Gain Cabinet Space

What is a soffit, you say? It is the drywall or plaster ‘box’ above your short upper cabinets that connects to the ceiling creating typically a dead space of six to twelve inches. Most soffits were placed in homes for past style trends and tend to bury either electrical wiring […]

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

4 Simple Solutions For A Drop Ceiling

I remember the first time I saw what is now our house in person. I walked into the living room, my eyes following the giant bay windows up, up, up to the ceiling and saw … gridlines. There was a drop ceiling. I remember saying to my then-fiance that the […]

Bulldozing Detroit for Farmland

Bulldozing Detroit for Farmland

It’s not uncommon knowledge that one of the hardest hit areas of the recession was Detroit, the center of the now-barely-afloat automotive industry. The housing sector has been almost completely obliterated within the city limits — whole blocks of once-thriving neighborhood has been reduced to vacant, abandoned homes left to […]

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

The Homewrecker Demolition Hammer

The Homewrecker Demolition Hammer

The Homewrecker is another demolition tool that promises to help you tear down much faster. What’s unique is the cat’s paw claw end that will have you pulling nails at a much faster rate. If the Homewrecker is too light duty to do the trick then check out our previous […]

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects

If you visit our website you are most likely a person inclined to tackle home improvement projects on your own. But this list of 5 Don’t Do-It-Yourself Projects is a helpful reminder of tasks that often times require professional help. Calling in a professional is not about just giving up […]

Top 5 Tools of Mass Destruction

Top 5 Tools of Mass Destruction

We all love the demolition part of a project. The primitive satisfaction gained from tearing into a wall with abandon is unmatched. Not only is it gratifying to remove old, rotted, and unsightly structures it’s also better on the wallet and typically easier to find friends to help out. Besides […]

Contractor Goes Aggro over Unpaid Bills

Contractor Goes Aggro over Unpaid Bills

This video proves that builder rage is real. We definitely do not condone his tactics and putting people in harms way as they did is outrageous but I’m sure he’s doing what thousands of other contractors which they could do. Continue for the video.

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Photo: courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! As seen in the latest […]

Remove and Recycle Old Carpet

Remove and Recycle Old Carpet

Tearing out old carpet is a quick way to give your room a fresh new look and if you are fortunate enough to live in an older home you may find wood floors underneath. Here are some tutorials for doing the job yourself which will at least save in 1/2 […]

The Fubar Utility Tool

The Fubar Utility Tool

A couple weeks ago we needed to do a few quick projects on an old house that required the demo of a bathroom and the removal of fascia and gutters. We brought the usual demo tools (sledgehammer, cats paw, various nail pullers). But we also tried out the new Fubar […]

Building and Demolishing an Interior Wall (redux)

Building and Demolishing an Interior Wall (redux)

One of our most popular entries is “Build an Interior Wall”. We noticed it was a bit sparse so we have decided to revisit this subject as well as provide insight into “Tearing Down Interior Walls”, which is much more fun. Breaking up larger spaces is a common remodeling project […]