Category Archives: Lagniappe

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

Painting 101 – Touch-up Tips

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When you need to do touch-up painting, there are a few things to keep in mind to minimize any noticeable touch up marks. Here are a few helpful hints. The ideal situation is to use leftover paint from the last application. If you do not have leftover paint, then you need to touch up with […]

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Millwork Tips – Definitions of “Standing” and “Running” Trim

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Millwork Definitions: “Standing and Running Trim” When a client of Collums Construction is needing trim moulding (or molding) we turn to our in-house mill shop, Central City Millworks. The customer can select either “standing” or “running” trim. There is always some confusion regarding the meaning of these terms in describing trim moulding, even in the […]

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We Do Windows!

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New Orleans windows need to withstand dense humidity and many inches of rain year-in and year-out. Unfortunately, all that moisture tends to cause windows to rot. So when the time comes to install new wood replacement windows, you can get creative and we will help your imagination take shape! Whatever size windows you want, whether […]

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When it Rains…

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Whew!  We sure have been having a lot of rain down here!  Whenever a big downpour comes through it always gets me thinking…”I hope none of the job sites are leaking!”  So I spend most of the day after a rainstorm driving from job to job inspecting every window casing, door threshold, and roof for any sign of water […]

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Central City Millworks Carves Their Christmas Cards Again!

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Central City Millworks started a holiday tradition in 2007 when we designed our first CNC Router Christmas Card that we mailed out to over 200 friends and customers.  In 2008 we were so busy with the World War II Museum project we did not have time to use our CNC Router for the 2 days it takes to […]

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The “Ins and Outs” of Estimating

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The first step in the construction process is usually producing an estimate. When a potential job comes to Collums Construction it is given straight to the estimating department. The estimators then go through the plans and specifications doing takeoffs to determine pricing. Some items are given a general square foot price, such as sheetrock, wood […]

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Cedric’s Corner

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By popular demand…another blog post about Cedric, Hal’s adopted Doberman. Cedric was adopted from a fantastic organization here in New Orleans, The Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue Foundation. Cedric highly recommends that you take a look at their website to view available dogs and perhaps even find out how you can volunteer! Here are some more […]

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Cedric’s Introduction

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My name is Cedric, Hal’s dog, and I go to work with Hal everyday. Even with my demanding schedule of seven days a week, 12 hours a day, I find a few minutes to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. My day is mostly filled traveling to job sites, going to office meetings, and greeting […]

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A Brief Explanation of Insulation R Value

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The R Value is a measurement of thermal resistance or in plain English – the higher the R-value is on the insulation you are buying the warmer you will be. In addition to the above, the thicker the insulation the higher the R Value will be.  The R Value describes heat being transferred in three ways: conduction, radiation […]

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Painting 101 – Paint Sheen

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Paint sheen, like color, is a personal choice.  But, did you know that the choice of paint sheen will affect the overall look of a room, washabilty, and any desired hiding of wall or ceiling flaws. Paint is generally sold in 4 distinct sheens with a variety of slight variations of each level. Flat, Satin, […]

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