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Putting Good Siding Over Bad
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366 (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)



Putting Good Siding Over Bad



We don't get every siding job that we bid on but we do get our share. Since Tromler Construction is active in many Sacramento apartment community projects, we sometimes get a chance to look at some of the work that others have done. In particular, jobs that we did not get that was completed by another contractor.


While working inside a vacant unit, the manager insisted that I look at a leak above the sliding glass door at the back of the unit. We were assured that the leak could not be coming from the exterior because the siding had just been replaced a couple years ago. (I know, I bid on that job!) I told her I'd take a look.


I could see right away that the entire back of the building had new siding. The upper level had siding that was installed over the existing wood siding; I know this just by looking at it. We have seen these kinds of repairs in the past with mixed results. I had to pull off a trim board to get a better look inside the wall.

Much to my surprise the siding that was covered up was very rotted wood. This wood rot needed to be removed, not just covered up and hidden. The photo shows what I was looking at, you can see that it could be a problem right? Apparently the contractor felt that this was okay to cover up. Being on the back side of the building, no one seemed to notice or pay attention to what was being done.


If you are looking for a Sacramento siding contractor that you can trust to do the job right, be sure to do a thorough job in checking out the contractor. The work you do in the beginning of your search will help in the quality of work that you receive during the siding project in Sacramento.



I Can Repair Vanity Cabinets to Save You Some Money, But Not This One.
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366 (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)



I Can Repair Vanity Cabinets to Save You Some Money, But Not This One.



Tromler Construction spend a great deal of time working with the owners and property managers of rental properties. Everyone is concerned with costs, and we do our best to produce a quality product that doesn't create a financial hardship. To do this, we have to make some choices when it comes to the repair or replacement of some items.


Let's take vanity cabinets for example, drain leaks and flooded floors can cause a cabinet to swell and become noticeably damaged. They can often be repaired rather than replaced. Damaged doors and swollen bases are pretty common and can often be fixed. The question is really, “Is it worth repairing?”


How much will it cost to repair? There will be material costs and time spent in rebuilding; a quick analysis of what will be involved versus the cost and time to replace a vanity will lead to an answer. If a contractor can fix a vanity cabinet and make it look good, he may be able to same the owners some money.


There are some cabinets that are just beyond repair. The vanity cabinet in the photo we removed from an apartment in Carmichael, CA today, it could not be salvaged. It was a lost cause. A new base cabinet will be installed instead.



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I received an atta-girl letter yesterday from a reader of my articles about homebuying on Just out of the clear blue. It sounded like something I would force a person to write if I tied them up and put a gun to their head -- it was pretty flowery and flattering. It just surprised me that some person would read my words and care enough to write to me. I get these every so often and they really make my day. It's nice to be appreciated. It's not mandatory but it's nice. Especially since I can be really opinionated. That's why I write. People without much of an opinion tend to keep to themselves and not write much, thank goodness. I'm not gonna say who I'm talking about at the Sacramento Bee, so let's just leave it that.

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Can I switch a two prong to a three prong GFCI outlet in the bathroom?
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366 (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)


Can I switch my two prong outlet to a three prong GFCI outlet in the bathroom?


I don’t know if you have ever been in a home that did not have a three prong outlet, but it can be frustrating. So many devices that we use today come with three prongs and an adjustment will need to be made to plug in the cord. One of those adjustments can be a three prong to two prong adaptor. The danger with using one of these items is that there is This does not provide grounded protectiona false sense of protection. That third prong is a “ground”, and it is no longer providing protection when used in this fashion.

Over the years, not only do home have a three prong system with outlets that are properly grounded. In many areas of the home, even greater protection is required. The GFCI outlet is required to be installed for the consumer’s protection against shock.


Some of the areas that are required to have GFCI outlets are

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Outdoor plugs
  • Swimming Pools
  • Unfinished basements
  • and more...


For a more comprehensive list you can contact your local building department or contractor with questions regarding where the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet is needed.


What does the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter do?


GFCI Outlet in Bathroom in SacramentoIf properly installed, a GFCI is rated to "trip" quickly to protect the user. It is designed to shut off the electrical flow of power when there is a break in the low-resistance grounding path from the device plugged in or the electric system. Without this protection, you can be the path through which the power will flow - You will be shocked!

The outlet should trip so quickly that you will not be harmed from the shock. There is also a level of protection from overheating and even fires from the over flow of power going through the electrical line. For example, if you are using too many devices on the protected circuit at once the GFCI will "trip" and shut itself down. Without this protection the wires can get overheated and catch fire within the walls.

Yes, you can change your two prong outlet to a three prong GFCI outlet, but it is suggested that a qualified contractor do the work. This will help to insure the proper electrical protection in the bathroom. Protect your home and yourself!

That Sacramento Plumbing Repair Will Not Be Expensive
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366 (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)


Believe It or Not, That Plumbing Repair

Will Not Be Expensive


The most common material used for drain lines in buildings today is the ABS pipe and fittings. This pipe material does not rust and can be an excellent product to use. On occasion, ABS pipes crack. The pipe cracking can happen if the strapping is not done correctly, if struck sharply, or too much pressure is applied to the drain.

Broken ABS pipe under Sacramento sink


So we often times see the need for this sort of repair when the ABS pipe comes out of the wall. When we see this, under a sink for example, there is a fitting just inside the sheetrock wall. Since the fitting inside the wall is stronger than the pipe itself, the pipe will tend to crack just before the connection to the fitting. The standard repair would require opening of the sheetrock and cutting out the fitting and going to great effort to connect all the pieces again.


But there is a much easier way to do this repair. There is a tool available that can eliminate all of the time and mess of this plumbing repair. No cutting of the sheetrock or plumbing inside the walls, using the hole that is already provided by the broken pipe. The tool allows you to drill out the pipe inside the fitting.

Inexpensive plumbing repair in Sacramento

Through a unique design this drill bit allows you to drill inside the fitting, coring out the ABS pipe from the ABS fitting. By doing this the fitting can be re-used and a new pipe glued into the existing fitting. Here is a photo of the repaired drain line. Note that the sheetrock was not cut, so no need for sheetrock repair. Such a repair is quick and much less expensive than the traditional method of opening the wall.


One of the benefits of hiring a licensed general contractor is that he may know of ways of correcting a problem that you may not have known about. Trusting a contractor to use his best judgment is important in solving your plumbing or construction problem.


In the Sacramento area, consider Tromler Construction to help solve your plumbing and other construction problems.


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We have a trashed vacant unit that became available Tom, wanna see it?
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366 (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)


We have a trashed vacant unit that just became available Tom, wanna see it?



Music to my ears! I have this fascination with wanting to get into the rental units that have been torn apart by the tenants. Years of smoking stains, holes in walls, moldy bathrooms and strange odors really excites me. I like to be a part of the “before” in a personal way. I can envision what it will become soon.



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