Challenge Instructions

Below are a series of videos and other resources that explain how best to perform many healthy housing repairs and improvements.

Draft 1: April 17, 2013

 Location Repair Instructions
 Chimney Repoint Chimney http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/Projects/RepairingChimneys.pdf
and
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/repoint-chimney-27820.html
Replace Chimney Cap http://www.ehow.com/how_5923543_replace-chimney-cap.html
Rebuild Chimney http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCExAATHXIg&feature=channel&list=UL
 Siding/Wall Repair Wall (Brick) http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-repair-damaged-brick-work
and
http://voices.yahoo.com/how-repair-damaged-brick-wall-7889968.html
Repoint Masonry (Brick) http://www.ehow.com/how_8479149_repoint-masonry-stone.html
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYRWHsyHYUw
and
http://www.lets-do-diy.com/Video/Brickwork-and-masonry/Repointing-a-wall.aspx
Seal Exterior Gaps, Cracks, and Holes Critical Details Sheet: Exterior Wall Sealing
 Exterior Door Replace Exterior
Door Hardware/
Lockset
See “How to Replace Exterior Door Hardware _ eHow.pdf”
and “How to Change a Doorknob _ How-To _ DIY Network.pdf”
(to be Hyperlinks)
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-change-a-door-handle/index.html
Replace Exterior
Door Trim/Casing
See “How to Install Door Casing.pdf”
and “How to Install Door Casing–2.pdf” (to be hyperlinks)
Install/Replace Storm/Screen Door Combo (Aluminum) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFqk06cz1yI
Rework Exterior Door Video not perfect fit for spec:  http://extremehowto.com/install-an-exterior-door/
Replace Screen Door (Wood) http://www.wikihow.com/Install-a-Screen-Door
Replace Threshold
(Exterior Door)
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/overview/0,,20051658,00.html
Install Weatherstripping http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20441335,00.html

Critical Details Sheet: Weatherstripping Doors

Install/Replace
House Number Set
Affix to outside wall close to front door in easy view of street.
Exterior Stairs/Steps Repair Exterior Stair Treads (Wood) http://www.ehow.com/how_4811530_replace-stair-treads.html
Install/Replace Handrail http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Replacing_Stair&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053
Concrete/
Pavement
Pour Concrete
Sidewalk
Repaired slabs will be the same dimension as those remaining in the old walk. Slope to curb not less than 1/4″ or greater than 1/2.” Use 2″ lumber for forms; lumber free from warp and stout; staked securely enough to resist pressure of concrete; subgrade wetted and concrete applied in one course to required depth. Use forms as deep as the depth of the sidewalk. Make the forms tight to prevent mortar leakage. Clean and oil all before placing concrete against them.clean work forms after use. Create 1/2″ expansion joint between sidewalks and adjoining backs of curbs; between intersection of 2 sidewalks and between sidewalk and driveway; after forms removed, backfill void with suitable earth, spread and compacted. Traffic excluded from the sidewalk for 14 days using barriers or barricades.
Landscaping Remove
Tree Limb
Cut limb off close to trunk. Then cut limb in 2-4 foot lengths and dispose of following local regulations. Use an expert tree contractor if the size of the limb poses a safety risk for volunteers.
Fence/Gate Install/Replace House Number Set Install 3″ high metal or PVC house numbers on a 1″x 4″ pine backer-board painted with 2 coats of low-VOC exterior white latex paint. Affix to outside wall close to front door in easy view of street.
Deck/Porch/
Ramp
Install/Replace House Number Set Install 3″ high metal or PVC house numbers on a 1″x 4″ pine backer-board painted with 2 coats of low-VOC exterior white latex paint. Affix to outside wall close to front door in easy view of street.
Unfinished Attic/ Basement/
Crawlspace
Install Vapor Barrier in Crawlspace See “Installing a Vapor Barrier in Your Crawlspace – For Dummies.pdf” and “crawlspace Moisture Barriers_ How to do it yourself.pdf” (This will eventually be hyperlink to online).
Seal and Insulate Crawlspace See “crawlspace Insulation_ Insulating Your crawlspace with CleanSpace Encapsulation.pdf” and “Installing crawlspace Insulation _ How to Insulate your crawlspace.pdf” and “insulate a crawlspace- batt insulation.pdf” (This will eventually be hyperlink to online).
Install Attic Access Door/Hatch http://www.ehow.com/how_6712484_install-attic-access-door.html
Install Attic Ladder http://us.wernerco.com/attic-ladders/installation-support
Insulate Existing Attic Hatch Cover On a similar path:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSLIbuR5WqU
or, on a slightly different path:
http://blog.sls-construction.com/2011/air-sealing-the-attic-hatch
Mitigate Radon http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/consguid.pdf
Waterproof Basement Masonry Wall http://www.wikihow.com/Waterproof-Your-Basement
Exterior
General
Plumbing
Install/Replace
Hose Bibb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLpHS9Pdox0
Seal Well http://www.ngwa.org/Documents/ClipCopy/Sealing-Unused-Wells.pdf
Exterior
Electrical
Install Ground Fault Protected Weatherproof Receptacle – 15-Amp http://www.creativehomeowner.com/index.php?pane=project&projectid=chele189
Install Entrance Light Fixture – Single Bulb http://www.ehow.com/how_6540801_mount-outdoor-entrance-lights.html
and
http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Lighting/Outdoor-Lighting/how-to-install-outdoor-lighting-and-outlet/View-All
Replace Entrance Light Fixture – Single Bulb http://www.bobvila.com/articles/2494-how-to-replace-an-outdoor-wall-sconce/pages/1
and
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/skill-builder/0,,20193225,00.html
Install Flood Light http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,216632-2,00.html
Drain/Sewer System Unclog Septic Tank Pipe http://www.ehow.com/how_5932253_unclog-pipes-leading-septic-tank.html
Repair Septic Drain Pipe http://www.ehow.com/how_6522610_repair-septic-tank-drain-pipe.html
Replace Kitchen or Bathroom
P-Trap
Determine if you have a P-trap or S-trap and confirm the size as 1-1/4″ or 1-1/2″. Material: PVC trap kit- or build a kit with individual parts.
Replace Kitchen or Bathroom
S-Trap
Determine if you have a P-trap or S- trap and confirm the size as 1-1/4″ or 1-1/2″
Replace Drain http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Plumbing/Plumbing-Skills/how-to-glue-and-join-pvc-plastic-pipe/View-All
Sink Replace Entire Kitchen Sink -Double Bowl Materials: Sink- including drain, faucet, supply lines and ball type shut off valves if needed, plumbers putty, caulk, Tools: Screw drivers – phillips and regular- plumbing wrench, plyers, rag or towel, possibly a faucet wrench to remove old faucet.
Install Bathroom Faucet Aerator Shows installation in a kitchen but the concept is the same — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3oTR3BCSL8&feature=related
Install Kitchen Faucet Aerator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3oTR3BCSL8&feature=related
Bathub/
Shower
Replace Shower Head See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Bathroom- Replace Shower Head Install Stop Valve” (This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Install Grab Bar – Tub/Shower Set http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631608,00.html
and http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/Home101/Install_a_Grab_Bar_0611.aspxCritical Details Sheet: Grab Bar Installation
Install Grab Bar – 45 Degree http://www.ehow.com/how_2068710_install-grab-bars-bathroom.html
Toilet Replace Re-Fill Valve See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Bathroom- Adjust Toilet Water Level”
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Replace Broken Flange http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20344342,00.html
Install/Replace Low Flush Toilet See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Bathroom- Replace Toilet.docx”
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Install/Replace Low Flush Toilet – ADA Height See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Bathroom- Replace Toilet.docx”
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Install/Replace Dual Flush Toilet See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Bathroom- Replace Toilet.docx”
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Install/Replace Dual Flush Toilet – ADA Height See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Bathroom- Replace Toilet.docx”
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Install Grab Bar – Fixed Side and Rear Wall Set, near Toilet http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Indoor-Projects/Bathrooms/DIY-Tips-For-Bathrooms/how-to-install-bathroom-grab-bars/View-All
and
http://www.wikihow.com/Install-a-Grab-BarCritical Details Sheet: Grab Bar Installation
Install Grab Bar – Fold-Up, near Toilet http://www.ehow.com/how_8027286_folddown-grab-bar-installation.html
Install Grab Bar – 45 Degree http://www.ehow.com/how_2068710_install-grab-bars-bathroom.html
Stove/Cooktop Replace Vent Hood http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,218403,00.html
HVAC Seal HVAC Ducts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vm1fkZ3xvk
Replace Thermostat with Digital http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Mqxl6NBKU
Repair/Unblock Condensate Line http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyvPR7yMqbk
and
http://www.ehow.com/how_2120311_unclog-ac-condensation-line.html
Water Heater Adjust Water Heater Temperature (Gas) http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Safety/DIY-Tips-For-Home-Safety/how-to-adjust-hot-water-heater-temperature/View-All

Critical Details Sheet: Gas Water Heater Treatment

Install Water Heater Blanket, Electric http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL010ZwGg9s

Critical Details Sheet: Electric Water Heater Insulation

Install Water Heater Insulation Blanket, Gas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL010ZwGg9s
Insulate Water Supply Pipe http://www.ehow.com/how_4707948_insulate-water-lines.html
Laundry Install Dryer Vent Critical Details Sheet: Dryer Vent Installation
Vent Dryer Outside Critical Details Sheet
Windows Weatherstrip  Window Weatherstrip both sash of double-hung window with spring zinc or bronze weatherstrip to create a positive seal.

Critical Details Sheet: Weatherstripping Windows

Replace Screen See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Windows- Replace Screen.docx”
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Replace Broken Window Pane in Wood Sash Window http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9TYFJA-ByQ
Interior Doors Replace Interior Door – Prehung Passage Remove existing trim around inside and outside of door jamb, taking special care if you plan to reuse it. Measure the rough opening between the framing members and purchase a prehung door appropriate to the size and width of the opening. Remove the door from the jamb. Cut or remove nails or screws holding the door jamb in place and remove the existing door jamb. Remove the new door from the new jamb. Cut the bottoms of the jamb legs to the appropriate length and rip to match the wall thickness if needed. Install the jamb shimming the hinge side near the hinges until it is plumb and screwing it securely to the framing. Replace the door in the new hinges and shim the latch side of the jamb to create an even reveal around the door. Cut back the baseboards if needed and reinstall the door trim. Fill in baseboards if needed. Patch all nail/screw holes. Paint.
Flooring Refinish Hardwood Floor – Low VOC http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631611,00.html
Cabinetry Replace Bathroom Vanity http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Installing_a_Vanity&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053
Walls/Ceiling/ Paint Install 1/2″ Drywall http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/overview/0,,217215,00.html
and
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,410343,00.html
Patch Plaster For smaller holes in plaster:
http://www.bhg.com/decorating/paint/how-tos/how-to-repair-small-holes-in-plaster/.
For larger chunks of damaged wall: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631611,00.html
Install Cement Board durock-cement-board-installation-guide-en-CB237.pdf
Prep and Paint Vacant Room See “Helpful House Captain Hints.”
Interior Stairs Replace Stair Tread – 5/4 Stock See “Spec Instructions- Interior- Stairs- Replace Interior Stair Treads.docx
(This will eventually be a hyperlink.)
Install/Replace Handrail http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Replacing_Stair&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053

Critical Details Sheet: Handrail Installation

Interior Electrical Install GFI Circuit Breaker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMzEibyL4V8
Install Arc-Fault Circuit Breaker http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=KH_PG_EL_Installing_ARC_Fault_Circuit_Breaker&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053
Replace Receptacle http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Installing_a_Receptacle&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053
and
http://www.planitdiy.com/how-to-projects/electrical-lighting/installing-an-electrical-outlet.html
Install 15-Amp Receptacle http://www.wikihow.com/Install-an-Electrical-Outlet-from-Scratch
Install 20-Amp Receptacle on Separate Circuit http://www.wikihow.com/Install-an-Electrical-Outlet-from-Scratch
Install GFCI Receptacle http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Installing_a_New_GFCI
Install Light Switch http://www.planitdiy.com/how-to-projects/electrical-lighting/how-to-install-a-light-switch.html
Replace Light Switch http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/changing-a-light-switch/index.html
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imia1J7a8No
Replace Surface-Mounted Light Fixture http://www.planitdiy.com/how-to-projects/electrical-lighting/how-to-replace-a-light-fixture.html
Install LED Recessed Light Fixture (Replace Existing Fixture) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cqvt9aiGVQ&list=PL026CAC4261914EB7
Install Light Fixture and Light Switch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Mqxl6NBKU
Replace Light Bulb, Fluorescent Tube http://www.ehow.com/how_5188220_change-fluorescent-light-tube.html