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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Solution for Door Knob Holes

You can purchase all of the above tools and supplies at any local home improvement or hardware store at a reasonable price. But for small holes like those caused by doorknobs, you can also purchase a patch kit. Just ask a store representative for help locating one that’s right for your drywall repair project. Look below for a simple guide to patching a doorknob hole in your drywall.

Step 1

Later drop cloth on the floor beneath your work area. This will catch all of the loose dust and debris.

Step 2

Use your utility knife to scrape away any access debris along the edges of the hole.

Step 3

Apply the self-adhesive mesh patch on top of the hole.

Step 4

Use your drywall knife to apply the lightweight joint compound over the self-adhesive mesh patch. Use a crisscross pattern to ensure full and even coverage. Taper the edges as you go to blend the compound into the wall. To spread thinner coats of joint compound, simply increase the amount of pressure you use.

Step 5

Allowed the drywall joint compound to dry completely.

Step 6

Apply another coat of your lightweight joint compound.

Step 7

Once the compound is completely dry again, use your sanding sponge to smooth it all out into an even surface. This may take a few attempts to achieve a smooth-enough surface.

Once you have finished sanding the dried joint compound, you are ready to prime and paint. Be sure to use a quality primer and paint, and also be sure that your paint color matches the existing color on your wall. A store representative can help you match your existing wall color, since it can be hard to do on your own. Sometimes a color chart displays a different shade than the one that appears once your paint has dried. Avoid this with some forethought.

Storage Ideas

The simplest and easiest way to save space is by keeping boxes or containers under other furniture. That space never gets used and what better way to keep toys, books and shoes tucked away. Put wheels on these containers for easier handling.

Artists, children, craftsmen and project makers always have stationery lying around. These handy home tools also tend to get lost in the depths of drawers or between stacks of paper. To solve this problem, all you need to do is put that stationery inside empty tins. Tins are the most versatile recyclable material and you could decorate them too. You can also keep cooking utensils in tins decorated with a kitchen theme.

Are you the type of person that has millions of shoes that just lie all over the place? You can easily fix this problem by stacking plastic piping together or use an old wine rack. By doing this you never have to worry about shoes falling out of your cupboards.

Showers don’t have a large area of space. So it would get annoying if you constantly have shampoo and soap bottles falling on you or around your feet. It is well known that showers have an incline to allow water into the drain. This will also make those bottles slide to the centre of the shower to exactly where you are standing. Cut a plastic 2 litre bottle halfway through and add a hook at the top of the bottle. Hook the plastic bottle to the shower handle and you will instantly have a shower gel holder.

We know that there are ladies out there that have an incredible, colourful collection of nail polish. Doesn’t it just get on your nerves when you have to dig through a bag and not find the colour that goes with your dress? Make use of a spice rack. Not only does this stick to a wall but it also gives you extra drawer space.

Renovate Old Bathroom

FIRST MAKE YOUR MIND REGARDING DESIGNS-

It is necessary to do research on your part instead of depending solemnly on the designs that the contractor shows you. Visit nearby showrooms selling washroom supplies, checkout various showers, taps, tubs, its design online and set your mind regarding what kind of technology you want to get installed in your bathroom. After getting an overall idea, contact your contractor for getting an estimate of the cost.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE FINALISING THE CONTRACTOR-

Taking opinions from neighbors or peers does no harm, in fact, you can take notes from their experiences and take precautions beforehand. Read the reviews online and you may contact the recent clients of the contractor and ask about their experience, quality of the services and work done by the contractor. These tips will help you in selecting a trustworthy contractor who will meet all your expectations. The fee for contractors varies according to the work, place, time, etc, so keeping in mind these factors, choose a qualified person for your remodeling project.

SET YOUR BUDGET-

Remodeling the bathroom is a challenging task because of the many hidden costs and problem pops-up which you may never expect. So, it is important to set the budget beforehand that will cover the cost of such unexpected situations. Choose the accessories according to your budget, because the contractor fees, delivery charges, plumber or electrician fee is also involved in remodeling the bathroom. Do not expect all your expenses will get covered in the contract, there are few hidden expenses for which you have to pay separately from your pocket.

DO NOT FORGET TO ASK FOR INSURANCE OR BONDING-

This aspect is often overlooked, but it is important to be on the safe side. A legitimate bathroom remodeling contractor will never hesitate to share such information with their clients. The proof will help you to check the credibility of the contracting company. Another important thing to keep in mind is to verify the validity of the license of the contracting company. Check they have certificates from legal government associations, such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association, etc. For this purpose, you may hire the services of such agencies. Remodeling of the bathroom is an expensive work, make sure to get it done by experienced and qualified workers.

GET IT IN WRITING FROM THE CONTRACTOR-

Before making the final deal, scrutinize the contract to make sure it is legal and clearly defines the project plan, complete budget, a change-order clause (if any problem arises during the working period), warranty period, etc. Getting all these things in writing will serve as a proof in the future if any conflict arises between the client and contractor.

About Types of Bathtubs

A freestanding tub has an air of antiquity about it. They can be clawfooted or not which only adds to their charm, and they look heavy and sturdy, just the thing for a nice long soak. What makes freestanding tubs different is that they aren’t surrounded by any walls. They stand alone which means if you have your heart set on this type of tub, you need to make sure you have ample room in the bathroom for it. It gives you freedom, it gives you grace and it gives you exposed plumbing which you can pretty up at will.

The alcove tub is the one we see the most. It’s the easiest option and usually the cheapest as it allows your tub to nestle between three walls. If you choose to tile or get a surround for the tub, you can also easily have a tub/shower combination that is ideal for every member of the family. Yes, they look utilitarian, but they do the job, they’re neat and the plumbing is hidden from view.

Combining the alcove and the freestanding tub design is the drop in. This type of bathtub is freestanding but in a deck like box that makes it covered on all sides. The tub is then dropped in to the box and presto, you have your bathtub. You will need a lot of floor space for this type of tub but they finished product is very nice to look at and of course functional. Again, you can hide all the plumbing parts in the deck itself for a seamless look.

If you want your bathroom to mirror an upmarket spa, you’ll want to go nuts and get a corner tub. These triangular affairs offer bathing for more than one person at a time and are usually jetted to add to the luxury aspect. Yes, they use up a lot of floor space and yes, they take a long time to fill, but who cares? Once you’re in you won’t be thinking of any of that stuff anyway.