Friday, June 29, 2007

Installing a Wood Closet Shelf

By Mark J. Donovan

After seeing so many homes with wire closet shelving, I decided today to revolt. I needed to install a closet shelf in a basement closet. For years, I have procrastinated in doing this simple task, and for years I felt guilt. After installing my new closet shelf today, I am now actually feeling pretty good about the fact that I procrastinated for several years. Why? Because I broke ranks with the modern society and decided to install an old fashioned wood closet shelf.

The wood closet shelf consisted of one shelf and a coat rack. I used a couple of pieces of pre-primed 1x4 stock, trimmed down to 1x2, a closet dowel, and a 14.5 inch wide piece of high end ½” thick plywood. To dress up the front face of the plywood shelf, I married up to it a section of 1x2.5 inch material. This created effectively a skirt on the front side of the wood closet shelf.

I then painted the wood closet shelf and stained the closet dowel. With the paint and stain dry, I attached the closet dowel to the 1x2x14.5 inch end supports using two pieces of closet dowel hardware.

Stepping back and admiring my work, I just have to say that the end product looked much better than the modern day wire closet shelving. It was also much more securely fastened to the closet walls and it was significantly more functional. No more worries about items slipping through the wire spaces, or the blankets and pillows getting creases imprinted into them.
If you have a closet shelf project to do, I’d highly recommend taking a little extra time and building one the “old fashion” way, with wood. You’ll like the end product. Readmore »»

Monday, June 18, 2007

Luxury Home Sales are still on a Tear

By Mark J. Donovan

Everywhere you read the housing market has cooled. However there is one exception, the luxury home market. The wealthiest Americans are still buying up luxury homes and vacation homes. Some reports suggest that the wealthiest 10% of the nation’s households could account for nearly half the home sales this year.

So what are the reasons for this anomaly, and are the wealthy setting themselves up for a major correction in their own ball field?

First, wealthier households, with incomes greater than $250K per year and high net assets, are typically immune to higher mortgage interest rates, inflation, and other household cost increases such as gasoline and grocery products.

Second, wealthier households in general have bigger appetites than the average household. Historically their diet has included big-ticket items such as homes, automobiles, and boats.

Luxury homebuilders have been more than happy to help fuel the demand, and I might add, increase their prices. At some point, however, even the rich will begin to feel the pinch, or at least become smart enough to know when they are not getting good value. When that point comes, the luxury housing market will probably have at least a soft landing. Until that point comes, however, this last bastion in the residential home market will probably continue to flourish. Readmore »»

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Joins Yedda’s Interactive Knowledge Community enables Homeowners to Connect and Share Do-it-Yourself Home Improvement Knowledge and Information with Yedda’s Toolset

Tuesday, June 12, 2007: announced today its move to join the Yedda interactive knowledge community to provide its site visitors with fast access to a growing community of do-it-yourself home improvement individuals and resources. Yedda’s toolset enables site visitors to post questions to the and Yedda community, where other site visitors can help answer their specific questions.

“The Yedda toolset set enables our site visitors to proactively search for help on their specific home improvement and home building questions. Instead of just pouring through search engine results for non-specific answers to their home improvement questions, they can post their unique questions to the community and get highly focused answers. At we believe the Yedda tools will be a valuable resource for our site visitors”, said Mark Donovan Editor and Publisher of

In addition to the tool, has also added Yedda’s Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) porthole. The FAQ porthole provides a summary of the most frequently asked questions associated with home improvement, home remodeling, and home building topics. The FAQ porthole is constantly updated so there are always new and interesting home-related topics to view at

There are no costs associated with becoming a member of the do-it-yourself home improvement community, and membership sign-up is simple and fast. By becoming a member of this community you can personalize your account to not only ask questions, but also to provide answers on topics that you may already be an expert on. As a building contractor this is a great way to promote your professional experience and business, and as a homeowner it’s an ideal way to share your personal home improvement experiences. Visit and join our do-it-yourself home improvement community today.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Stop a Squeaky Floor before it Happens

By Mark J. Donovan

Nothing can be more annoying in a home then hearing the floor constantly squeak when you walk on it.

The best way to stop a floor from squeaking is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. When building a new home make sure the builder uses something like Liquid Nails, or some other type of construction adhesive, between the floor joists and the subfloor to help ensure a solid and permanent bond between the two surfaces.

The cost of adding a construction adhesive to the subfloor is extremely inexpensive and it takes only a minute to run a bead on each floor joist prior to laying down a section of subfloor. Don't let your builder cut this corner when building your custom home. Readmore »»