Retail store carpentry

Apex Carpentry has worked on  many retail stores.

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Finish carpentry can be a real challenge in a retail store. The schedule is really tight and the dead line has to be met. You are working around other contractors so cooperation is a must. The variety of work has its own challenges. Every store is different and the blueprints have to be followed precisely. We could be working in the stock room one day building a mobile shelving system or installing security hardware on the back door. On another day we are working on the store front and making sure it will attract people into the store.   Every store has their own cabinetry and woodwork that has to be placed  just right.

The experience we gain on retail stores gives us better skills that we can use on any project. We can finish jobs on time and with precision. We give each customer the same attention and focus.


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The Best and Worst Skill Saws on The Market Today

Skill saws are versatile, allowing you to handle all projects big and small. For professionals that use them often and through thicker materials, finding a saw that is not going to let you down is essential and choosing the right saw for you and your projects is a must. When it comes to money, it’s wise to keep in mind that money does make a difference in the value that you receive in the skill saw that you buy. While you can find good saws at affordable prices, a cheaper price may also signify cheaper quality, only making you go back to purchase yet another skill saw for your home improvement plans.


Best Skill Saws

Makita Magnesium 5007MGAUtah professional carpenter

Rated as one of the best across many professionals in the industry, the Makita Magnesium packs a lot of power. The ergonomic design removes the worry of hand fatigue while cutting, while the powerful, raw power of 15-amps, producing 5,800 rpm slices through any material. The maximum depth of 2.5 inches at a 90-degree angle and 1 3/4 inches at a 45-degree angle make cuts smoother and more efficient. Plug into a 120-volt outlet and cut through various projects with ease.

DeWALT DWE575SBcontemporary stair rail

Weighing just 8.8 lbs., it is one of the lightest skill saws on the market. Easily and effectively cut quickly while at a job site. Cutting 2 9/16 inches deep at a 90-degree angle provides smooth cutting capabilities, while the 1 29/32 inches at a 45-degree angle provides more cutting capabilities. The power behind this 15-amp saw gives it 5,200 rpm of power. Run it through a 120-volt outlet and you’re set to cut through thick materials.

Bosch CS5Utah carpentry tools

The left blade design on this saw gives you more visibility while working on projects. This also provides the smoothest cutting experience with the 15-amps of power and up to 6,200 rpm. You can easily slice through up to 2x the amount of material than other saw options. Whether you’re working on a contemporary stair rail, door frames or anything else, the Bosch CS5 has a quiet operation, which is ideal if working on a quiet work site.


Worst Skill Saws

Black & Decker CS1015professional contractor in IUtah

Though it is a top name brand, this Black & Decker saw doesn’t have a lot of power and makes changing out the blade inside harder to do. It is lightweight, coming in at 8.6 lbs., but due to the small size, doesn’t cut through thicker, rougher materials as easily, even though it gets up to 5,500 rpm. The design makes it harder to cut intricate cuts on various materials, which may be a downfall for some.
Craftsman 10870Utah home improvement contractor

This model has some flaws, as well as some pros. The laser attached to the design helps cut perfect lines through materials. It however, does not do a good job at removing the saw dust from the area. Running at 14-amps and pulling 5,000 rpm, this saw doesn’t pack a lot of smooth, efficient power that you might find with some of the other options on the market. Smaller, intricate cuts can be made but thicker, longer cuts might not be a good way to go.

Whether you are a professional contractor or a homeowner searching for a contractor to complete a little work on your home, having the right tools, and knowing that they will last throughout the tough demands of the work at hand is vital to the end results of any home improvement job. Before you head out to the hardware store for your next Skill Saw or any other tool, especially power tools, be sure to do a little research to compare a few side by side before you make your purchase.


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Contemporary Stair Railing Design.

Metal balusters have been popular in stair railings for years. They started out with a few traditional designs and as the demand increased, more styles became available. Contemporary or simple lines are becoming very attractive to many homeowners. Stair part manufactures have meet this demand with new iron baluster styles. At Apex Carpentry we have installed many stair railings with simple and contemporary designs. We will work with you to design a railing that will be the focal point of your home and add value and beauty for years to come.

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Aalto style

The following pictures will show you some of the many design options that are available..

Contemporary stair railing in South Jordan Utah

Ring style baluster

Modern stair railing in West jordan

Double scroll baluster

3 leg versatile baluster

3 leg baluster

modern banister

tubular baluster

Double bar modern stair banister

Aalto double bar

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Herriman fireplace mantel

This fireplace was typical of many newer homes than just have sheet rock around the fireplace. We added this mantel to the room and it made a dramatic improvement to the feel of the room.Herriman Ut fireplace mantel

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This is a small stair remodel we completed in Sandy.

This is a small stair remodel we completed in Sandy.he metal balusters have a unique H pattern that complements the square design of the railing and newel posts perfectly.

Sandy Utah stair rail

Sandy stair remodel

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Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom After Water Damage

Utah remodeling contractorAt some point, most homeowners with outdated bathrooms experience some form of water damage in at least one bathroom in their home. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, your toilet will eventually leak, you may bust that rusted shutoff valve under the sink as you try to replace a leaky faucet, or you may have a faulty shower head that sprays water onto the walls, causing mold and drywall damage.

Regardless of the reason why your bathroom ends up with water damage, you’ve got to fix it. And what better time to turn your old, dated bathroom into the bathroom of your dreams! Even the smallest of budgets can turn an ugly and inefficient bathroom into a designer masterpiece. All you need are a few tips and a little guidance on how to get there.

Set your budget and stick to it

Bathroom remodels can eat up your budget fast. That’s why it is best to set your budget ahead of time and stick to it. Do a little research into the different types of materials that you may want to use, like granite Utah bath remodelcountertops versus tile, whether or not you are going to replace flooring or install a heating element in the floor, and price out your fixtures and hardware. Remember, you still have to prepare your walls, floors, and surfaces for any changes you make, so be sure to add that into your budget first. Also, you’ll need to figure in unexpected expenses when budgeting your bathroom remodel, especially when it comes to water damage as it often takes some exploring and a professional eye to determine the extent of the damage.

Assess the damage

Water damage can range from minimal to very expensive. Before you start ripping out drywall or cabinets to get rid of damaged material, you should assess just what needs to be done. This way you can decide whether it’s within your skill set as a do-it-yourself project, or if it exceeds your available time and capabilities. There is nothing worse than starting a project, realizing you’re in too deep, and then finding out that a professional won’t be available for a few days or more.

Remove mold

If you have mold as a result of water damage, it’s important to remove ALL mold (including damaged drywall, carpet, or ceiling tiles), and make sure your workspace is completely dry before you paint, caulk, or otherwise seal off a space. The Environmental Protection Agency has published an informative guide that addresses mold cleanup and prevention that is pretty easy to follow. We highly recommend reviewing this guide before starting your remodel.

Conservation and re-purposing

When ever possible, try to re-purpose bathroom cabinets instead of replacing them entirely. Often times you can save a significant amount of money and create a whole new look simply by painting or staining the cabinet a different color, installing new hardware, or changing the countertop and fixtures. If you are really longing for a new look, you can have new doors made for the cabinet and still keep the frame. This way, you are still re-using a key part of the cabinet, and you won’t have to make any adjustments to flooring or baseboards due to the cabinet’s base measurements.

Remodeling your bathroom after water damage has taken place doesn’t have to be stressful. If you take your time and stay within your budget, you will not only end up with something functional and fabulous, but you will be able to take pride in the fact that your new bathroom is now your own personal creation.

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Furniture Restoration

wood refinishingProfessional French Polishing Tips To Restore Antiques

Antique furniture usually demonstrates the rich texture of French polished surfaces over hundreds of years. The secret lies in using professional techniques to restore furniture from ill effects of heat and dampness. Antiques found in old homes and mansions generally follow simple ways of <a href=””>French polishing using readymade polish</a> easily available in the market. The basic process involves applying several coats of shellac mixed with alcohol. Improved manufacturing techniques ensure DIY processes are alive and kicking when it comes to acquiring the perfect surface using French polish.

Identifying French Polished Surfaces

With excellent finishes available in the market, it’s easier to restore authentic antiques coated with French polish, but surface coats must be identified before using the polish. The process to identify surface coat is pretty simple. Take a smooth piece of cloth with cotton wads folded into it to remove undulations. Dip it into methylated spirit and apply to the wooden surface at a corner away from sight.

French polishing immediately softens polished surfaces and leaves stains on the white cloth. Allow alcohol to work on the surface for an hour or two before inspection. Extent of damage is easily noticed in contrast to other surface areas. For example, antique furniture develops scratches over a period of time. A piece of furniture may still look luxurious and polished with limited restoration work required. The idea is to remove scratches without using too much polish or alcohol over existing polished surfaces.

Simple French Polish Restoration

You are now in a position to know how much alcohol is needed to completely clean the surface. If further cleaning is not required, remove traces of dirt from the surface with a piece of clean cloth. Avoid sanding as much as possible. Antiques are hardly soiled with dirt and grime, so polishing back to its former glory can be done with minimum effort.  Use fresh alcohol-dipped cloth to achieve consistent movements forming the letter “8”.  An old handkerchief wrapped around cotton wads can be used to complete the process.

Maintain a wet look on the surface with just enough polish being transferred to antique furniture. The process is simplified by allowing French polish to ooze through the cloth ever so slightly. The cloth remains wet ensuring a consistent surface coat. A scratch is less evident now with just a little bit of spirit needed to remove final traces. French polishing needs a methodical approach, but finished surfaces meet exact antique restoration requirements.

Innovative manufacturers have come up with French polish substitutes that are easily available in the market. The process is simpler with applications transferred with the help of special brushes designed to penetrate small crevices formed on the old surface. Split alcohol is applied directly to the surface.

Use soft cloth to remove excess quantity and allow the surface to dry on its own for a few hours. Scratches or any other scuff marks are easily removed by applying a coat of French polish normally. Small areas to be restored are coated with specially designed scratch repair sticks available in different colours. It’s definitely possible to restore your precious antiques by French polishing surfaces with minimum effort.

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Enter Your House Without a Key

keyless entryWe have used keys for hundreds of years to open locks. They do the job but can be lost, stolen or copied. There are times when you want to leave your house without carrying keys. Sometimes you might want to allow someone in your house while you are gone or in an emergency. We all know that leaving a key under the door mat is not very safe. Have you ever left your home and wondered if you remembered to lock the door?

Thanks to modern technology we no longer have to carry a key.  The leading door lock set companies make deadbolts that don’t need keys to open them.  They have a keypad on them where you can enter a code to open the door. Each member of the family can have a separate code and you can receive a notice on your phone when the door is opened and who opened it.  You can have a temporary code for a neighbor or a visitor or an emergency code.  You can even lock or unlock the door with your phone or computer. The lock can be programmed to let someone in only on certain days or hours.

Think of the piece of mind this will give you.  You can receive a text alert when your child come home from school. You can allow a neighbor in while you are on vacation to check on your pets. You can go outside to exercise or visit a neighbor without carry a set of keys with you and locking yourself out is a thing of the past.

These locks can be installed on any entry door and come in many attractive styles.

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5 Ways To Make Your Front Door Fabulous


Doors and windows are the centerpiece of any home and the first thing visitors see when they walk up to knock. Whether you are planning on selling your house or updating your home with a cozy new look, remodeling with a new entrance and replacement windows is a great investment.

Here are 5 ways you can make your front door shine:

Paint the Town

Painting your front door is an easy and inexpensive fix that adds style and charm to any entryway. Sometimes a door just needs a fresh coat of paint to allow it to pop out and look inviting. Or, you can go a step further and paint your front door a bold new color.

Red is an energetic, fun hue that symbolizes love and romance. Stick with rich colors that will compliment the style and siding tone of your house. It’s a good idea to stay away from more non-traditional vibrant colors such as orange, because they may clash with existing color schemes and won’t work well on most homes. The same advice goes for painting windows and sashes. Adding color to a front door lends curb appeal and warmth to your home, and some people even believe it brings good luck.

Experience a Conversion

Converting your front door can save you a ton of money and do wonders for your entryway. When converting a door, you save yourself the trouble of replacing door jambs or having to deal with the hassle of repairing drywall and moldings.

Converting a wood, fiberglass or existing metal door with a wrought iron insert, or adding beveled glass windows, can instantly transform your old door into new. It’s fairly simple to install these products yourself, but using a professional may save you a ton of hassle if something goes wrong.

Replace It

A new front door can change the entire look of your home, which makes it worth the extra expense. A home with a new front door feels refreshed, will sell better and has added curb appeal. Choose a new door that can handle weather elements and protect your family from unwanted outsiders, while still looking great.

A modern door that has style will give an older home a fresh new look. If you are looking to lighten up your home, select a door with glass panels that will allow sunlight in to enhance your living space. A money-saving alternative to traditional wood are  fiberglass doors, which mimic the look of wood and offer greater security.

Change the Hardware

A lot of people never consider changing the hardware of their front door, unless it breaks. Getting new hardware is a fantastic way to dramatically improve your door’s appearance and function. Update knobs and latches to lend a more contemporary feel to your home, or keep accessories simple and timeless to match the neighborhood. Look for hardware that is durable and has strong aesthetic appeal. Making a great first impression is easy when you have clean, shiny hardware.

Add Decorative Side Glass

Another great way to improve your front door is by adding decorative glass replacement windows around the sides of your front door. This option can cost less than half of what it would be for a replacement front door. Decorative side glass allows more light to enter your home. It can also showcase your style and give your home an elegant, yet welcoming look.

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Enjoy the atmosphere of a fire pit on your deck

Decks are a versatile outdoor space are used for many functions.  It is very common to have a gas grill on your deck but how about a fire pit?  Having wood or charcoal fire on a wood or composite deck can be a fire bbq-on-deckdanger and can make a mess out of your deck.

A new product on the market solves this problem.  It is called Deck Stones and they are slate or granite tiles than can be set into your deck.  They create a fireproof  and stain free area on your deck.  Even if you do not want a fire pit on your deck the tiles give your deck a unique look and feel.  Putting them under your grill or furniture is a good way to protect your deck from scratches and stains.   The deck tiles can be put into an existing or new deck without mortar or grout and are maintenance free and allow water to

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