Monthly Archives: January 2010

Greek Revival Renovation

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Collums Construction has recently completed a restoration of a beautiful historic home on St Charles Avenue. The house, built in 1861, is a great example of the Greek Revival style. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and even has a name – The Walker House. Working on a property of historic […]

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New Orleans Renovation – Art Gallery Expansion

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In 2008, Collums Construction began a project to expand an existing Julia Street gallery. The gallery project had an accelerated construction schedule due to its grand opening coordinating with the Prospect 1 city wide art exhibit in 2008. So from the start, there was no room in the schedule for any kind of delays. The […]

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When the appliance is bigger than the door opening!

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An event this week reminded me of a crazy problem some friends of mine had several years ago when they relocated from New Orleans to a townhouse in Washington DC. Perry Bird, who was the Director of Christmas In October and his partner Richard Martin relocated to Washington DC, Perry had accepted a job with […]

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Rare & Hard to Find Items

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Searching for those hard to find items like window sash weights, old doors, or shutters?  You may want to try The Green Project, www.thegreenproject.org, located at 2831 Marais Street, on the corner of Press and Marais at the railroad tracks. The Green Project carries a variety of donated items from doors, windows, shutters, window sash weights, […]

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Collums Construction / Central City Millworks Recycles

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Here at Collums Construction / Central City Millworks, we are trying to do our part to help out by recycling our saw dust. Sawdust is collected through vacuum systems around the mill and collected into a bin and then donated to the LA SPCA’s Rescue Ranch and other area horse barns. The Louisiana Rescue Ranch […]

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Gauge – Different for metal studs and rebar? YES!

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One of the first things I learned during my career in construction that has continually come up is the gauge of metal studs and the gauge of rebar.   Gauge is a unit of measuring, and is completely different for metal studs and rebar! Metal Studs When gauge is applied to metal studs the lower the […]

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Water Heaters – To use a tank or not!

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Sometimes places are too small to fit a tank water heater. This is when the tankless water heater comes in handy.  There is a hierarchy with tankless water heaters, and below are some things to think about.  Many thanks to Randy Deslatte of Metro Plumbing in New Orleans, LA. Tank / Tankless Water Heater Options: Gas Tank […]

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Soundproofing Your New Orleans Home

Soundproofing Soundproofing  is broken down into two areas: noise reduction (stopping the noise) and noise absorption (changing the noise).  These are achieved by different applications. I will approach this issue by separating floor, walls, and ceilings; there may be some overlap.  Measuring of soundproofing is usually indicated by an NRC value. (Noise Reduction Control)  .45 […]

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Update on St. Ann Shotgun Renovation

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Through the challenge of the wettest month in the recorded history of New Orleans and also the discovery on New Years eve of additional termite damage requiring stud replacement, we did meet our goal for this phase of this renovation in New Orleans. The goal was to have our contracted repairs completed by the first […]

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Painting 101 – Choosing Color

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Choosing the right color is a personal choice but a few helpful hints used along the way can save you time, frustration and money. Most people choose interior colors from something in the room they are painting that inspires them. It could be flooring, tile, wood tones, curtains, bedspread, furniture or others or just a […]

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