Cleaning, DIY / 16.05.2018

As anyone who uses running water knows, it’s only a matter of time until you encounter a clogged drain. In most cases, drain blockage can be removed with relative ease when using the proper tools and precautions. Two of the most common tools for unstopping a clogged drain are the plunger and liquid drain cleaner. Each one of the tools in its own right does a good job at clearing stopped up sinks, tubs, and toilets. But, both also have limitation depending on the severity of the clog, and...

Attick, Basement, DIY / 16.05.2018

Mold and mildew refer to tiny microscopic fungi that exist nearly everywhere. Fungi do not require light to survive, since they do not perform photosynthesis. Rather, they reproduce through microscopic spores. Mold and mildew often appear as brown, green or black spots, and usually cause a musty smell. Mold and mildew typically grow in damp locations, like basements and showers. Some common indoor molds include Alternaria, Cladosporium, Aspergillus and Penicillium. Mold Health Effects Fungus causes respiratory symptoms in some people, including coughing and wheezing. Other symptoms of exposure can include eye...

DIY / 16.05.2018

Leaking is one of those annoying problems that always starts slowly and often goes unnoticed until it too late and has already caused massive problems. Perhaps the only leaks that are easy to notice are the leaky faucet and I have covered it in this article. This time I will go over some common areas where leaks occur- basement, roof, and toilets. Leaky Basement Remedy Leaky basement promotes mold growth and generally create an uncomfortable living environment for homeowners. Basement water problems are not a new subject, but it is a...

DIY / 16.05.2018

Leaky faucets are just one of many home problems that can strain the budget (along with other leaks at home). With just a little knowledge and a few good tools, anyone can fix a leaky faucet. Whether a leak is caused by lime building up or by a washer that needs replacing, here are the guidelines for fixing a dripping faucet. Tools For The Job flathead screwdriver new washer masking tape Phillips head screwdriver 8" adjustable crescent wrench Repairing a Leaky Faucet Turn off the water to the faucet. Look underneath...

Bathroom, DIY / 15.05.2018

When tiling kitchen backsplashes, tub, and shower surrounds or using glass tiles, caulk is needed to finish the job and flex when grout cannot. Understanding when the caulk is needed, and where it is best applied can help any homeowner achieve a longer lasting tile installation. What is Tile Caulk? Caulk has been used for centuries as a flexible joint filler. First used in ships, to join together wooden boards, today's caulk fills a number of uses in the home. Caulk can be latex, or silicone based so that when...

DIY / 18.02.2018

The fireplace is a natural gathering point and focal of any home design. Giving the fireplace surround and hearth a makeover with a new tile design can be an easy way of updating the look of the whole room. Simple fire place tile designs can be installed quickly and easily by homeowners willing to work carefully and place close attention to detail. The Current State of the Fireplace Hearth and Surround Before beginning the tile project, take a look at the current state of the fireplace. Is there a hearth...

DIY, Renovations / 17.02.2018

Grout is one of the biggest concerns of homeowners undergoing a bathroom renovation. Will white grout discolor? Can anything help keep the grout clean? How does one repair grout if it cracks? What color grout should be used? Many homeowners will be concerned that they are installing tile that will just make the maintenance of the bathroom more difficult with all the grout involved. Today’s grout has come a long way from previous products, however, making many of these concerns a thing of the past. Choosing the Grout The first step...

DIY / 01.02.2018

The next time you head over to the hardware store, walk down the fastener section and take a gander at the MANY different types of nails. And if the types of nails makes your head spin, don't even try to figure out the sizes...