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Category Archives: Home Improvement

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.

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.

Sanding Diamond Willow Wood

To get started on a diamond willow sanding project, you will first need to make sure you have the proper tools on hand. Gather up items like chisels, scrapers, knives (not the foldable kind), rasps, block panes, and the right grade sandpaper. When accumulating these tools, you need to keep in mind that this is a hand-carving and sanding project that can result in serious injuries if not implemented safely. Basically, watch out for the hand that is holding the diamond willow at all times!

Once you have all the necessary items, it is important to discuss the type of sandpaper you should use. For this type of sanding, it is recommended to go with tri-folded sheets of standard aluminum oxide production paper. Be sure to purchase a variety of grits, including 100, 120, 220, and 320. Although most of the sanding you’ll be doing will require the 100 grit, you may need to purchase all of these to achieve a certain finish.

  • Use a gouge chisel or non-folding rounded blade to remove the bark from the diamonds.
  • Be sure to not cut too deeply into the diamonds, exceeding its distinctive coloration.
  • Traces in the deepest recesses of the diamonds add unique beauty to the final finish.
  • Sand out all areas to your preferred degree of levelness using a scraper, rasp, or other effective tool.
  • Smooth out all areas again to your desired smoothness using sandpaper.
  • Finish with a proper coating but do not use polyurethane.

Aside from artistry and skill, getting the best results from sanding any wood product starts with using quality materials. Be sure you are choosing in-house manufactured abrasives for all your sanding needs in order to cement great results that last.

Make Over Bathroom

A common problem with any bathroom is the layout. You may be thinking you don’t have enough space to go with a larger sink area or more cabinets. The possibilities are there, you just have to be able to see them. Once you begin looking at the options, you can visualise how such changes could make a difference for your own area.

Of course, you can hire a professional to take care of the upgrades for you. They can get the job done in far less time. If you only have one bathroom, you may be worried about doing the work on your own at a slower pace. A professional will be able to evaluate the best bathroom sinks and cabinets for your needs, sharing the pros and cons of the choices out there.

They can complete the measurements for the area, show you examples, and share ideas. They will listen to your input and not order anything until you make your final decision. They can also give you a price for those materials as well as the cost to remove the old items and install the new ones. If you are happy with the price quote, you can hire them and get the job done.

Maximise Space

There is often a great deal of unused space in any bathroom. With that in mind, go with one of the bathroom sinks and cabinets which allows you to maximise the amount of space you do have available. You don’t have to go wider and longer, you can go taller. You can also go with more shelving in the cabinets, so you can stack rather than running out of space in there for your items.

Perhaps a common issue in your household is too many people needing be in the bathroom at key times. With a double sink, bed time and getting ready for school or work can be less stressful. Everyone can have the space to do what they need. It will get the day off to a great start and end it with everyone getting along.

If there are issues that make you wish your bathroom was different, now is the time to make those changes. Don’t underestimate how the bathroom sinks and cabinets offered can help you to make it efficient and lovely at the same time. Such changes make it a practical solution, so you enjoy your home and you are proud of it.

Types of Materials

Look for bathroom sinks and cabinets made from excellent quality materials. They should be designed to stand up to heat and moisture, which will often be found in any bathroom setting due to the showering and water running. Some items look great, but they are made from cheap materials that don’t hold up well. Avoid buying such products as they won’t last for long.

You have the freedom to pick from a variety of colours and designs too with bathroom sinks and cabinets. You can select something simple and basic that never seems to go out of style. You can go with something that accents your bathroom well and adds some nice touches to it. There is also the option of being elaborate and completely updating how that room used to look.