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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Install A Decorative Ceiling Medallion

Firstly, take essential safety precautions by turning off the main power to prevent electrocution and use a tester to make sure that it’s off. Clean your ceiling before you start to avoid any debris or dust getting in the way; using some mild soap with a sponge will do fine.

Next, you have to cut the center hole in the medallion if it doesn’t already have one. If the medallion does have a hole, check to see if it allows the light fixture access to the wiring and enlarge the hole if it doesn’t. For reference on how large you should cut the hole, place the cover plate on the medallion and draw lines around it. After drawing the lines, use a compass and draw a circle half an inch within the reference lines.

Drill a hole inside the medallion then use a drywall saw to cut along the circle. Make sure to cut carefully and use some sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges and uneven contours. Before bringing out the adhesive, test the assembly. Place the medallion so that the center allows access to the electrical box. If the hole isn’t large enough to access all wires, you can enlarge it using sandpaper. Test to see if the length of the threaded bolt allows it to connect the fixture to the junction box while the medallion is attached. After this, you can paint your medallion to match your walls and then begin the installation.

Hold it by its face and use a caulk gun to apply the adhesive on the back of the medallion. Attach the medallion in place by positioning the center over the junction box. Make sure to screw the cover plate to the threaded bolt before the adhesive dries and tighten it so it can fasten the medallion into place.

Use a drill to drive screws past the medallion and inside the ceiling so that the medallion is fixed. Make sure to screw them in hidden places to avoid tarnishing the appearance. Remove the cover plate and fill any gaps between the ceiling and medallion using caulk. Remove the threaded bolt and the mounting bar then use nuts on the mounting bar to fasten it to the threaded bolt. Pass your fixture’s wires through the threaded bolt and out of the mounting bar then screw it to the fixture.

Get someone to help by holding the fixture while you connect the mounting bar and junction box. Connect the wire from the junction box to the screw in the mounting bar. Twist the end of that wire with the ground wire from the fixture and use a wire nut to secure it. Secure the fixture’s neutral wire with the ceiling’s white wire using a wire nut after twisting them together. Connect the remaining wire to the black wire from the ceiling then replace the cover plate by attaching it to the medallion. Turn the power back on and admire the results.

Paint Furniture

The first step is to sand the wood. This is just to allow a place for the paint and primer to hold on to. This can also take out any blemishes like watermarks, or other imperfections that make your furniture look unsightly. Sanding is still a good idea if your furniture already has a rough feel to it. It will just make a nice, even place for the paint to lie. Also, you don’t need to sand it too much, just enough to roughen it up and be careful not to over sand one area and under sand another. You want it to be even throughout without any hills and valleys in it.

After you have sanded it is time to apply the primer and prepare for the paint. First, apply primer in an even coat over the whole piece of furniture. Let it dry and then wipe it off with a tack cloth. This will make it so that there is no lint or fluff pieces on it.

While painting, use a nice roller to apply the paint in a few coats. Be sure that if you use a latex or oil based primer you use the same based paint. This will result in a better adhesion of the paint. Between each coat sand any imperfections and wipe with a tack cloth before you put on the next coat of paint. Make sure to paint evenly and with the same pressure so you don’t get any bubbles or running paint.

After you are done letting the paint dry you can either use your piece of furniture or apply a clear protective coat over the top. This will just protect your paint and the furniture better. If you do decide to put on a clear protective layer use a new roller and apply with light pressure so it applies in an even coat.

Benefits Glass Mosaics

Versatile design

There are plenty of design options when it comes to glass. Creativity is only limited by your imagination. The naturally small size of these tiles makes it easy to combine multiple sizes and colors. Also, there is the option to mix the different types of tiles and include a blend of ceramic, stone and glass. A well planned design layout has the ability to add beauty, elegance and style to any room.

Reflects light

Glass has the ability to naturally reflect light to give a room a brighter and bigger look. This is certain to benefit the small bathroom, which would otherwise feel quite small.

Easy to Clean

Glass mosaics are very easy to clean using a mild detergent and a wet cloth. The clear nature of this type of tile makes it very easy to see signs of dirt or stains. Glass is resistant to mold, mildew and stains which are often common problems for the alternative ceramic based tiles. A further great quality of glass is the ability to retain its color to make sure the original design created stays for the long-term.

Environmentally friendly

The glass mosaics are certain to appeal to the homeowners with green concerns. They not only use nearly 50% less energy to produce compared to producing a similar volume of ceramic tiles, but are also recyclable. This is a useful step to minimize the waste of natural resources.

When Toilet Is Leaking

First of all, do not panic. If there were ever one particular rule to follow in plumbing, it would be to remain as calm as possible. Remember, your dealing with a toilet leak, not a plumbing catastrophe. There has to be a reason for this to be happening. Even though toilets are strong fixtures, they do take quite a lot of stress during their lifetimes, and as with anything, that stress can reach a (in this case) literal breaking point.

Aside from not panicking, the first thing you want to do is turn off the water to the toilet in question. By cutting off the water to the toilet, you only have to contend with the water still in the toilet itself. You may not think it, but significant water damage can occur with even a small leak being ignored or not noticed. If you’re having trouble cutting off the water at the toilet, you might have to shut-off the water at the main line to the house. This is certainly the bigger inconvenience, but in either case, you need to know how to perform these tasks prior to the leak.

Next, start inspecting the toilet from every direction and try to identify where the leak is coming from. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially if you don’t have a plumbing background, but it’s not impossible. Do the simplest things first like looking at the connection of the water supply line to the toilet tank. Look around the base of the toilet and see if there is water coming from there. Identifying the location of the leak will give you a better chance of knowing how extensive the leak repair may be.

Finally, if you know where the toilet leak is, and you’ve got the right tools for the job, you have to ask yourself a big question — can I handle this on my own or do I need a professional plumber to come save the day? It may seem weird to think that you’d bypass the chance to be a DIY super hero, but you have to judge the amount of time to make the repair, the number of attempts you’ll need for the repair, and if you run into any issues, you need to know whether you can navigate the snag.