Windows / 17.05.2018

Repairing broken windows is an unfortunate reality of home ownership. For those of you with single-pane windows, the process of replacing the broken pane is pretty straightforward. If you are dealing with a large piece of glass, larger than you can handle comfortably, it is better to let a professional do the job rather than struggle to do it yourself. Glass can be dangerous, so use common sense when deciding what you can and can’t repair. Tools and Materials For Repairing Windows Glass repairs require heavy-duty gloves and protective goggles....

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...

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...

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...

Basement, Roofing / 16.05.2018

No matter how well you clean, if the basement smells musty, the house seems unclean. Molds thrive in damp, dark places and may be the source of the problem. Often times they occur in places that are visited less frequently like roofs and basements, or they stars from the roof and then spread to the rest of the house. Molds thrive in warm, moist, or humid environments. A basement can be a perfect place for molds to grow. Molds are most likely to appear during warm damp months in...

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...