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Update: Hard at Work at Callow Avenue in Baltimore

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UrbanBuilt’s largest residential contracting project to date at Callow Avenue in Baltimore, MD is coming along nicely! This project is an 8-home full-gut renovation in the heart of Baltimore that we have been working on since late spring of 2015. We recently completed a lot of the framing and insulation at these 8 homes but there is still some construction work to be done before they are complete and ready to be moved into. Here are some of the previous updates that we’ve done on Callow Avenue:

Construction Begins at Callow

Huge Progress Made at Callow

Callow Starting to Come Together

Dedication Ceremony! 

Dedication Ceremony with the Mayor of Baltimore at our Callow Avenue project!

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An exciting day for UrbanBuilt and the Reservoir Hill community. A public ceremony was held today to celebrate the Callow Avenue Re-development project in the City of Baltimore. Representatives from the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Healthy Neighborhoods, UrbanBuilt, Department of HUD, State department of Housing, local residents from the neighborhood and even Madam Mayor of Baltimore – Stephanie Rawlings Blake – were all present today to express their eagerness for the renovation of the row homes on Callow Avenue. Speakers discussed the project and expressed that this is only the start of the rehabilitation process in this vulnerable neighborhood.  The event was helped bring a feeling of togetherness and community to this blighted neighborhood.

Tuesday’s Tool box Tips – How to Repair a Rocking Toilet

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A rocking toilet is not only annoying, but can lead to more serious damages in the bathroom if left undone. In some cases a rocking toilet is a result of not having the mounting bolts tight enough on the toilet, in which case this can be fixed with a few turns of a wrench. Usually though you must remove the toilet in order to reach under it and make adjustments from there. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to repair a rocking toilet.

  • Look for any gaps between the bottom of the toilet and the floor
  • Make sure there aren’t any water leaks by checking around the bottom of the toilet for any water
  • Use a shim or Wobble Wedge to slide under the back of the toilet or any other gaps
  • Make sure that it is level throughout and secure the toilet by tightening the mounting bolts on the side until it is stable.
  • You may have to cut away some of the shim around the toilet if it is overlapping
  • Caulk around the toilet to secure it to the floor even better and allow for a cleaner look

It is important to make sure that the rocking of the toilet didn’t cause a leak or break anything on the bottom of the toilet, so it is usually smart to double-check by removing the toilet momentarily before adjusting it.

To remove the toilet:

  • Shut off the water supply line
  • Flush away any remaining water in the toilet
  • Remove the water hose from the tank
  • Remove the mounting bolts on the side of the toilet
  • Lift up the toilet and place it in an open area

If you notice any serious problems or can’t figure out how to stop the rocking, call a plumbing specialist for help. Make sure to go to our Facebook page if you want to give us any suggestions for tips that you want us to provide you with in the future.