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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Room Look Bigger With Plantation Shutters

One of the keys to making a room look bigger is having a clutter free room; so that there isn’t a feeling of items encroaching on the room. Visual simplicity is important and shutters are a plain understated window covering which helps the trick the mind thinking that more space is available.

Not only doe the simple design of plantation shutters work in terms of the minds perception, but sitting in the window recess means that they sit flush with the window. This means unlike curtains or other window coverings, that there is clear space around the window. To add further to the notion of visual simplicity, having the same colour shutters as the rest of the decor in the room means that the room seems less cluttered and free flowing. For example having the room itself white or cream with white shutters gives you a classic seamless look.

The use of light levels and light reflection is another way in which to help your room look larger. Plantation shutters give you the optimum control over the levels of light that you let in. Having large louvres is one trick to allow you to get large levels of light into your room, particularly if you choose white shutters, which will reflect more light when light passes through them. Placing a mirror opposite your plantation shutters helps to further increase the levels of light that comes into the room.

Heavy curtain fabrics tend to take up wall space above below and around the window recess, meaning that the wall that they are on seems smaller and more cluttered. Louvre Shutters don’t have the same visual limitations and provide a much cleaner tidier window covering.

Install Sliding Barn Doors

When you buy the doors you should ensure that you read the instruction kit that always accompanies them.

The kit will guide you on how to properly install and take good care of your door. If you want to learn how to install your barn door, here are the steps that you should follow:

The first thing that you should do is to measure and cut two lengths of the mounting board for each of the doors. The boards that you cut should be the same length as the doors and 4 cm wider than the track.

Once you have cut the boards you should attach the mounting boards to the top and bottom of the doorway. You should ensure that the mounting boards run straight along the doorway.

You should then measure and cut two lengths of track for each of the barn doors and then use joint brackets to attach the required track sections. You should ensure that the tracks are the same length as the section along which you want the door to slide.

If installing two sliding doors, you should ensure that the tracks are twice as wide as each of the doors so that you are able to slide them together on one track. If you are installing one door, the track should be the same width as the door.

When placing the brackets you should ensure that they occur every 6 inches and they are located in the middle of the track. If attaching the track to softer or weaker material, you should measure more holes.

You should then drill holes into the tracks and mounting boards then use spacers and bolts to attach the two together.

By reading the instruction kit, you should be able to securely hang rollers in the right places. You should also be able to attach any washers and bolts then mount the doors.

Drywall Repair Materials

Also called drywall “mud”, there are two common types of joint compound used to repair and patch: light-weight and all-purpose. Both are easy to work with and retain a room-temperature shelf-life of 9 months. The most important tip for buying drywall compound is to buy enough. For large projects, expect to purchase 4.5 gallon bucket of material.

For smaller projects, you can get away with a one gallon bucket, but you may be paying close to the same amount for a larger bucket. If you think you might have future work in the next 9 months, it is more cost-effective to go with the larger bucket. If not, go with the smaller amount so to not waste any material.

Spackle and Plaster

Many people are confused about the difference among drywall compound, spackle, and plaster. The differences are subtle, and hardly noticeable to the average layperson, but they do exist. Compound, joint compound, or drywall mud all refer to the same product, and used mostly for larger drywall and gypsum board projects that require more durability, namely to cover joints between panels.

Spackle is very similar to joint compound, but used mostly for small household repairs for plaster and drywall. Plaster is a type of wall material found mostly in older or historic buildings. It is a more time-consuming approach to wall repair in comparison to spackle.

Drywall Repair Tools

You can purchase drywall repair kits that come with virtually all the essentials for drywall patching and repair. Kits range in quantity, size, and price, but common ones generally include 2-3 flexible knives, a utility knife, an insider-corner knife, hammer, screwdriver, saw, drill, nails, and screws. But drywall repairs also require additional materials depending on the needs of the project, including:

  • Compound
  • Self-Adhering Mesh Tape
  • Paper Tape
  • Drywall
  • 1×4 Block of Pine Wood
  • Hand Sander
  • Nail Bar
  • Level
  • Hack Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Miter Box
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush or Roller

Cleaning Air Ducts

One of the most notable benefits of having the duct cleaned on a regular basis is the fact that it leads to maintaining good health. This might appear irrelevant to this subject. However, it will prove to be relevant to the matter at hand after critical analysis. Suppose it become too hot, how will your conditioning unit function properly if the ducts leading to it are blocked or narrow?If this happens, you may not have fresh air in your house. The ultimate outcome of not having fresh air circulating in the rooms of your house is bad health. Suppose you are surrounded by people who smoke or one of the members of your house smokes, your health will be at risk if the conditioning unit is not functioning properly. The situation might even be worse if one of the members of your house has respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Based on all the reasons above, you have to ensure that the ducts are kept as clean as possible.

The simple fact is that air conditioners do not function properly if the ducts leading to them are either narrow or blocked. The conditioner can become overworked if the ducts are blocked or they are narrow. If the conditioning unit gets overworked, your electricity bills will increase. Suppose your conditioner runs on gas, your expenditure on gas will increase. As a matter of fact, your expenditure on gas might increase by more than three times. Imagine the outcome of such an increase in your expenditure on gas. It may call for the need to cut on certain important costs such as food and car fuel in order to sustain your air conditioner. If the conditioning unit is so overworked that it ends up breaking down, you will have to buy and install a new one. You may also be required to call an expert if there is still a possibility of repairing your current conditioning unit. All the above can be avoided if the ducts are kept clean.