Q. I purchased Andersen windows which were delivered to my house and I am waiting for my contractor to install them. He got sick, and got behind in his work. I am going to have new cedar shingles put on the house, but he said the new windows must be installed first. Does it really matter which comes first?
Also, I need a new bathtub surround in the bathroom that fits over the old, scratched up tub. He wants me to wait until the new window is installed before I do this. Does it really matter which comes first?
A. The new windows should go in first to enable the shingles to butt up against the casing of the new windows. Sometimes new windows do not have casings (frames), and the installer puts up shutters to cover the flange, adding to the cost. If that is so, forget the shutters and you can put up your own casings, which is what I did with some new Andersens in an addition. Caseless windows are not a good thing because they can spoil the style of the house. Covering the gap where the casing should be is also not good, because decorative gutters really don’t solve the problem.
For the bathtub surround, it depends on whether there is a window in the shower area. If so, then the window should go in first. If there is no window, it doesn’t matter, except for the outside work.
Q. I’m thinking of putting up a fence and was told I need to call a surveyor to locate the border. Some estimates exceed $1,200. Is that the norm?
A. Confer with your neighbor(s). They may be cooperative, but you might find an old curmudgeon who will sue. So find a surveyor. Prices may seem high, but they are right with the times. Once your border is marked, you can put the fence within inches of the line.
I have a Dansk cutting board that is cracking and coming unglued in one spot. It is like a butcher’s block with small pieces. Can you tell me how to repair it?
A. You can reglue the board with one of three kinds of glue: Super Glue, Gorilla Glue, Rhino Glue. I have used them all, and I suggest you use Super Glue, sold in hardware stores. Gluing with any glue requires clamping, either by large clamps or by setting up a nailing system to keep the pieces together. Be careful with Super Glue. Don’t get it on your skin or fingernails.