Construction, Renovations / 18.05.2018

Never ignore substantial cracks across large areas of brickwork, particularly if the brick, rather than the surrounding pointing, is cracked. This can indicate serious structural problems, such as subsidence, so consult a builder or local authority building control officer. If a crack is stable, you can repair it yourself. Remove cracked mortar and then repoint the area in the usual way. If one or more brick is cracked through the middle, use a club hammer and cold chisel to remove and replace the brick. Follow the same steps for...

Renovations, Windows / 17.05.2018

Purchasing replacement windows for your home is the largest monetary output you will make after buying your home and car, so it's not something to be taken lightly. While homeowners often buy multiple cars and sometimes several homes during a lifetime, purchasing windows may occur only once or twice. Because this is a purchase that's going to stay with you for years to come, it's important to do your homework on what you'll be up against. Look at Samples Before You Buy Visiting a big box home improvement store, such as...

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...

Painting, Renovations / 16.05.2018

A painting project in your home is not just about brushes and rollers, masking tape and spill rags. Take the time to learn about painting safety so that you and all others around you will remain safe during the job. You're not properly prepared in home safety as a DIY until you do. Safety rules for safe work practices are in place because employers have learned what can happen from actual occurrences. With the proper information, you can be just as safe working on these projects at home. PPE (Personal...

Basement, Renovations / 15.05.2018

After a long day at work, it would be great to come home to a relaxing in home basement spa to get some serious relaxation in. But relaxation is hard when the spa turns into a burden for you and your family. The disadvantages of a basement spa can be a major deterrent and should be considered before doing a project of this magnitude. Extra Plumbing Costs Installing a spa does not have to be expensive, but in basements, the plumbing costs can be as much as the equipment for...

Attick, Renovations / 10.05.2018

The idea behind attic remodeling project is for homeowners to take advantage of unused space to expand their living area. Homeowners with step roofs and attics in which they can stand up in without hitting their heads on the rafters will find an attic renovation idea appealing. The types of things that attics can be used for are only limited by the homeowner creativity and available space. Home Inspection: Investigating Attic’s Suitability for Renovation When making a decision to renovate an attic, there are several important steps that need to...

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...