Sophia Bates, Author at Pro Construction Guide
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Sophia Bates


How to avoid nail blowouts

Carpenter Jesse De Geest has some very insightful and useful advice about how to avoid nail blowouts. He knows his stuff, and he’ll show you how in a short the video below. In the video, De Geest shares two hard-earned tips concerning nail blowouts—particularly around window and door jambs, where they can be most problematic. […]


7 cool new homebuilding tools for 2017

Check out these great new homebuilding tools – from a bunch of Pro hammers to Rapidrill (what’s that, you ask?) to a Darth Varder-looking face protector – selected by tool experts. Every November, the companies that make and sell homebuilding tools meet to cut deals at the STAFDA (Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distribution Association) convention. […]


5 steps to installing crown molding on a vaulted ceiling

Traditional crown molding is installed horizontally, so angling it upward to suit a vaulted ceiling makes the molding look broken, disorganized and confused. One solution for installing crown molding on a vaulted ceiling is “flying” crown molding, which is installed horizontally several feet below ceiling height. The straight line creates a triangular patch out of the [...]

Construction Podcast 65: What to put in your social media toolbox

Andy Bergren of Group Two Advertising, an agency that specializes in remodeler and builder clients, tells Pros what social media platforms they should use to boost leads and sales – plus which ones not to bother with. Bergren also provides great easy – and free – ideas for what to post. Podcast: Play in new […]


10 steps for installing mosaic tiles

Homeowners like colorful mosaic tiles on the floor and as an accent in their showers. Installing mosaic tiles requires patience and time, so it’s important to remember this for any time-sensitive projects. What you need: Mosaic tiles Tile adhesive Tile spacers Tile nipping tool/grinder/wet-cutting tile saw 3/16-inch V-notched trowel Rubber grout float Caulking gun Grout [...]

10 Pro-tested tips for flawless crown molding installations

An installer’s job isn’t finished once the crown molding is on the wall. Here are 10 post-placement tasks that will elevate the project from finished to flawless.  Spackle, don’t caulk, nail holes. If you hide the nail holes in the molding with caulk, it most likely will leave a small dimple once it’s dry because […]


How to re-grout a tiled shower

If you are remodeling an old bathroom where mold is present in the shower, it’s likely you’ll have to re-grout the walls. The hardest part of the job is removing the old, stained grout, but here is how to re-grout a tiled shower and what tools make the job a lot easier. Aside from an […]


How to install a leak-resistant tile shower floor

A neatly tiled shower floor can add a special sparkle to a bathroom, and is a much-admired feature by many homeowners. To install a leak-resistant tile shower floor, follow these step-by-step instructions below. Tools and materials needed: Tiles Thinset mortar Plastic buckets Short spirit level Cordless power drill with whip attachment Sharp utility knife Tile cutting […]


8 common crown molding materials

Wood, plaster and polyurethane are the most common crown molding materials. But they’re hardly interchangeable when it comes to price, quality and ease of installation. Here is a rundown of common crown molding materials and their uses. Popular crown molding materials Solid wood. Hardwoods like oak and mahogany are the most traditional modeling material, and […]

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