09 Tools, Ticks and Trips


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· Talking to Project Manager, Susan, from AmyWorks. Susan talks to us about the lumber prices and how is it affecting the home building and remodeling industry.

· A new home built today costs $36,000 more today than the exact same house built a year ago due to the increased lumber costs.

· Tariffs, mill closings and Covid…we’re all left wondering when it will start to turn around.

· Building and remodeling doesn’t have to cease, just think about material alternatives.


New DIY’r wanting to replace baseboards and is looking for an option that will look good AND be easy to install.

· Amy couldn’t think of the name of the sculpted base at the time but it’s called “Colonial” as opposed to “Craftsmen” style trim work.

· Manufactured Dairies for Fridays? Not quite. Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).

· Craftsmen style or flat stock is easier to install using 90 degrees cuts instead of coping.

· Nail into the studs or sill plate to attach the base, caulk the top with painter’s caulk, and use spackle or a wood putty to fill the holes.

· Determine stud location using your tape measure, placing the 16” mark on a known location, like next to an outlet.

· Buy or borrow or rent a nail gun? Check out “Buy Nothing” http://buynothingproject.org for tools and materials that may be available in your area.

· Painting the base…brush, roller or sprayer. Amy talks about a small aerosol bottle with spray nozzle for small paint projects.


Spring-loaded nail punch: An upgrade to an old standard.

· Saves your hand from your misaligned hammer blow.

· Worth the cost of the tool even if you don’t use it often

A toilet jack: A nifty little toilet forklift that helps lift toilets during install and removal.

· Keep on the good side of your chiropractor.

· Again…buy, borrow or rent? What a great way to make friends. “You got a toilet jack?” “I got a toilet jack!”


Project delays.

· Be understanding and flexible

· Ask for a cushion or buffer to keep them under control

· Appliance, material and subcontractor availability is a big factor in project scheduling

· Order materials as soon as you can in order to get them when they are needed

· Alicia asks “what is the best way to get the contractor’s attention when there are issues?” Make sure your contractor has a defined process for regular communication such as status meetings. Immediate notification should be a given for high priority issues.

To get your question on “Let’s Talk…Home Repair” email us at askamy@amyworks.com

Recorded at THE WINTERBLUE ROOM, Seattle.

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