Category Archives: Lagniappe

Here is some lagniappe…stories that tell a little more about us.

Christmas Party!

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Today we had our annual Collums Construction and Central City Millworks Christmas Party and it was more fun this year than ever. We started off with lunch catered by Felipe’s – which is a favorite spot among our staff.  Once we ate all of the Quesadillas we could we moved on to the entertainment. We […]

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Bi Part Sliding Pocket Doors with Simultaneous Opening & Closing

Recently, estimating a kitchen in an old Uptown New Orleans home, a client asked me to look for hardware for pocket doors.  It was not just any pocket door hardware, it was pretty specific and it took me a couple of hours to find it.  Needless to say, there were blog posts but none listed […]

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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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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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Glass Basics

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Recently, a client of Collums Construction ask us to do an estimate for glass shelves for a bay window to accommodate his orchids. We asked Zack Zoll of Standard Glass what type of glass was needed for the shelves, and we learned some glass basics. Here is a brief description: Plate Not safety rated Comes […]

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