CT Home Renovation




This Bits'n tips section gathers a broad selection of renovation tips and advice. 

The entire content is this page is based on hands-on experience. Some of the tips were originally posted on twitter, hence, the restriction of 140 characters on each subject. We plan to expand the contents on this page in the near future.




Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise during summer to save on cooling costs.


Always use clamps to secure electric wires to electrical connection boxes


Replacing a damaged garage sill can only be accomplished by jacking

up the garage structure slightly so a new sill can be fitted in.

  The best insulation for a crawl space is a poly-encapsulated vapor retardant, entirely wrapped in plastic. Tools

  A tub must be perfectly leveled, the idea to leave it with a small pitch toward the outside is wrong!

It is best to cut 1/3 off and stagger the remainder 2/3rds once you set a floating floor system.

  How much attic insulation do I need? In Connecticut a minimum of R-38 is required by Code.

Caution when boring through joists: Do not exceed one third of the joist depth,

 located at least 2" from the top or bottom edge.

Bits'n TipsWhen setting a new bathroom tile floor be sure the toilet flange sticks up above the tile surface between 1/4" to 1/2" to seal the union.

 Unlike regular cement mixes, hydraulic cement expands to fill cracks and holes effectively stopping flowing water or seepage.

What's the right pitch for gutters? Between 1/4" to 1/2" slope per ten linear feet of gutter.

Adding an extra layer of R-30 or R-19 of fiberglass insulation in your attic can save you an estimated 15 to 25% on energy bills. REQUEST A QUOTE

Grouting tile requires replacing the water frequently. You want to remove the grout residue from the tiles before it dries.
When replacing garage door springs be sure the pull tension load remains the same than the original.
New construction doors require plumb king studs. Attach the door hinged side to one stud and shim the other with 3/8" gap.
Sewage ejector systems are perfect for basement bathrooms with discharge main drains above the floor. Call for a quote!
Typical rough-ins for toilets are 12 inches. If you have more space available it will show a bigger gap between the bowl and the wall.


Non-rot trim boards are the best choice because their low maintenance. However, expect to pay almost double than pre-primed select pine!


Finger joined primed wood is a great choice for fascia trim board replacements.
Old galvanized drains can be safely replaced with PVC counterparts. Plastic pipes are connected to galvanized through ferncos and washers.
Installing hand railings into a concrete landing and steps is possible if the railing is solidly fastened with four-inch plus concrete anchors.
Engineered wood flooring is more suited for high moisture areas than traditional laminate planks. The installation process is very similar.
Assemble vinyl fencing on the ground with required hardware and inside lumber. Lift up, plumb and level into the holes while cement hardens.


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Fans must be attached to an electric box which is properly hooked up to a

metal bar safely fastened between the ceiling joists.


Vent a bathroom fan to the outside if possible otherwise venting right up

to the ridge roof vent or soffit in the attic is OK.



Beware: horizontal deck balusters are against code because children can get hurt using them as steps!
You can extend the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures if you lubricate the threads to prevent rust build-up while ensuring a good seal.


Installing molding and trim on odd shaped walls and ceilings...leave the task to us
Setting tile over tile is acceptable only a few steps must be followed to ensure proper adhesion...Contact us to learn more.


Installing molding and trim on odd shaped walls and ceilings...suited only to the experienced!


Linoleum vinyl Sheets are suited for imperfect or uneven floors. the sheets will bend and contour with the flaws and hide some problems.


Exterior doors standard size opening is 36" wide by 80" high and 1 3/4" thick. With fiberglass, steel or solid wood finishes.


Interior doors are 80" high but are only 1 3/8" thick. Typical standard widths of 28",30" or 32".