DIY, Painting / 19.10.2021

Caulking is an extremely underrated task. People either don’t know about it, or don’t appreciate the difference maker that it is. I have covered caulking and different types of caulks in this article here, but this time I would like to focus on caulking before painting your trimwork. Painted trimwork is the trim of choice these days because it is cheap, easy to work with, and paints very well. However, the homes and do it yourselfers that I have come across don’t realize the way it is supposed to...

DIY, Painting / 19.10.2021

A well-planned paint job can add texture and dimension to your surroundings. Choosing the right color or color story can tie in your existing furnishings, update them and create a real flow in your home. Here’s an overview to give you some basic guidelines to help you get started. Who Will Do the Job? The first step is determining whether you’re going to hire someone or do this yourself. Hiring someone means you have to get a referral from someone you know and trust or you get at least three...

DIY, Painting / 19.10.2021

How do you feel about your home and how does your home feel about you? It is a well-known fact that different colors in the home can have an immediate impact on our mood. Changing a color is one of the most exciting and economical ways to transform a space; alternatively, choosing a color can be a very overwhelming experience, since there are as many colors available on the market as there are grains of sands on the beach. Understanding color is vital to creating your perfect space. Choosing a...

Bathroom, DIY / 13.06.2018

Installing a laminate countertop can be completed yourself with a few tools, and you can follow these simple instructions to replace a countertop and install a new sink as well. Remove the Sink Shut off the water supply by turning off the water valve underneath the sink. Take out the bathroom sink. Remove any objects off the countertops. Disconnect the faucet from the water lines by unscrewing the nut underneath the sink that attaches the sink to the waterlines and it will be near the top of the lines. Undo...

DIY, Windows / 12.06.2018

One thing that most homes have in common is a lack of storage units. And oftentimes, the space in front of windows is under-utilized. Why not kill two birds with one stone and install an attractive window seat that doubles as storage space? It's a good idea to install solar window film to increase comfort and to save money on utility bills while cooling and heating the home. Designing the Window Seat It's a given that the dimensions of the window are not going to change, so that's a good starting...

Construction, DIY / 18.05.2018

Drywall seams will crack or separate for different reasons. A damaged foundation can cause it, as well as improper drywall finishing during construction. It could be that the sheetrock hanger didn't use enough screws or nails. If you have a foundation problem you should fix that before spending time on your drywall. A foundation issue is serious; it will cause your windows and doors to bind up and can cause roof problems. When drywall is screwed or nailed to the studs, it makes for a seam every 4 feet...

Construction, DIY / 18.05.2018

Hanging drywall, or Sheetrock as it's also called, is easier than plaster if the metal or wood framing is proper. Gypsum board is an economical wall finishing product. The history of drywall begins around 1915. The major component is the mineral gypsum, which is processed into sheets and then wrapped in paper. A variation of the basic drywall is greenboard, which is designed to be more moisture-resistant, and up until recently was the preferred backer for ceramic tile in bathrooms. Today, cement fiber backer board is preferred, and mandated...

DIY, Renovations / 17.05.2018

Cracks in brick siding make a home look unkempt. Learn what causes cracks above windows and doors and prevent this type of cracking. Cracks that sprawl between the mortar joints on a brick wall are not an uncommon site. You can often see a stair step appearance where new mortar has been added to compensate for the settling of a building and to keep the structural integrity of the building intact. However, new homes often have cracks that form on the corners of the windows and doors only and...

DIY, Safety / 16.05.2018

When planning a home improvement project, don't forget to familiarize yourself with building codes and guidelines. Doing your homework will keep you safe and save money. If you have a home do-it-yourself project in mind, it's important to consider the law when planning your work. The National Electrical Code written by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has guidelines that will help insure a safe and legal electrical repair or update. Examples of Code Restrictions Receptacles and Switches Fire Prevention Code limits the number of wires under each screw in a receptacle...