How to Replace Ceramic Tile on Floor

Here at Appleby, we don’t fabricate or install stone or tile, but we do repairs.  This means we replace tiles, fix mortar, caulk, replace shower sweeps, fix holes in Travertine and generally make your home more clean and beautiful.  Here’s a very scaled...

How to clean and re-seal vinyl flooring

  Vinyl floors are generally maintenance-free, or at least that’s what the manufacturers advertise.  We clean and seal VCT (vinyl composition flooring), rubber and cork floors too, when maintenance is actually required. Here’s before and after photos...

How to Fix a Broken Brick Step

This blog is a simple primer on how to fix bricks that have come loose at a step edge. Often, the reason mortared material comes loose is because the brick, slate or stone was not backed correctly.  In this case, a layer of compacted sand was laid, and then the bricks...

Staining a Wood Deck

Cleaning and staining a wood deck isn’t difficult–it just takes hard work. The exciting part about staining a deck is that there are so many color options now—60 different colors are offered by Behr. These are the pigmented and semi-pigmented stains, the ones...

Working in Glorious Glamorous San Francisco

When I lived in LA, I would occasionally run into famous people, or at least people who were on TV. They were always shorter and less impressive than I imagined, and, if I caught them in the lobby of a hotel where they were working a room, they were caked with...