Welcome to my Home Maintenance Tips and Techniques DIY blog.

Photo courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee, from freedigitalphotos.net

Photo courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee, from freedigitalphotos.net

I have been involved in some form of the construction business all my life.  From building over 100 custom homes in Nebraska with my father to construction consulting and building inspection now in Colorado.  Over the years, I have seen a lot.  A lot of good, but unfortunately, the bad as well.  Much of it caused by the construction workers themselves, sometimes by a poor design, but also by the homeowner.  Many homeowners try to do the work or fix the problem themselves, or just ignore maintenance.

Those mistakes and lack of maintenance can be very costly and could be easily prevented by reading a DIY blog like this. With all of this experience and knowledge from my father, my grandfather, and consulting work, I have gained a lot of knowledge on how to, and how not to fix and maintain a home.  There is a lot of help on the web today on sites like YouTube that you can watch.   I have used those myself and will reference some of the good ones here.  What I have found is that they don’t give you the watch out for’s, or the gotcha’s that can sneak up on you.  I hope to do that here.

I am a wood worker and a (DIY) do-it-yourselfer and I am always building, fiddling, or tweaking on something.  Looking for a better way to make something work or look.  My sons have told me for years when I assist them with projects, “Dad, you need to write all this knowledge down.  It is too valuable to keep locked up in your head!”  Well here we go.  I will do my best to provide as much as possible over time.

With that said, my plan is to create posts on various topics.  Some will be based on the season.  For example, my first article was on the typical spring exterior maintenance of the home.  So thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more!

Posts will be under the Categories and Recent Posts on the left side of the page.  Enjoy, and I welcome your comments.

Rex’s DIY tip – “Read and follow the instructions that come with the product you are working with”



  • Converting a Tub Drain to a Shower Drain

    Converting a Tub Drain to a Shower Drain

    We removed our bath tub in the main bath to replace it with a shower.  The tub had a 1 1/2″ drain line.  The code requires a 2″ drain for most shower drains, based on the gallons per minute of your shower head.  Not wanting to go through that issue, I decided to put in […]

  • Light Switch Replacement

    Light Switch Replacement

    Light Switches Single pole, three-way, and four-way switches.  With repeated use, light switches can become defective.   To replace any of these, you need to have the same type as what you are removing.  This also refers to the amp rating of the switch; 15 amp or 20 amp.  First step is to remove the […]

  • Exhaust Fan Installation

    Exhaust Fan Installation

    Our basement bathroom did not have an exhaust fan.  Since the ceiling was drywall and the basement completely finished, this made installation more of a challenge.  The primary decisions I had to make were where in the bathroom ceiling to install the fan and where to exhaust it outside.  Part of the ceiling in the […]

  • Lighting Removal/Replacement

    Lighting Removal/Replacement

    Lighting Fixture Removal/Install If you want to change your lighting, most fixtures can be easily replaced.  Visit a lighting or home improvement store to see the various selections.  Most fixtures will come with installation instructions.   Be sure to thoroughly review these instructions.  The more complex the fixture, the more difficult the installation can be.  […]

  • Faucet Removal and Replacement

    Faucet Removal and Replacement

    Faucet Removal/Replacement If you have decided to replace your kitchen faucet, see the section for disconnecting the water supply lines.  You only need to disconnect the lower portion of the supply lines at the shutoffs.  Once those are loose, you need to disconnect the attachment(s) nuts.  Depending on the brand of faucet, you may have […]