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Category Archives: Home Improvement

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.

Maintain A Garbage Disposal

Don’t put starch and fibrous items in the disposal

These items bring about stubborn drain blockages as the fibers get tangled and starches get thick. Some of the items that you should avoid putting in the disposal include: banana peels, celery, potato peeling, artichokes, coffee grounds, fruit pits, onion skins, egg shells, and corn cobs.

If you can’t avoid putting these items in the disposal, you should cut them into small pieces.

Run cold water while the disposal is on

After the waste matter has cleared the drain, you should keep the disposer and water running for up to 60 seconds. Cold water keeps the motor, shredder assembly, and bearings from overheating. The water also makes it easy for the waste to go down. This is because the water pushes the waste down.

You should not use hot water because hot water can melt fat and allow it to re-solidify and block the drain.

Clean the unit regularly

To clean the disposal, you should ensure that it’s off. You should then clean the inner side of the rubber in the sink leading to the disposal. You should wipe it with a paper towel.

Information of Desk Lamps

Adjustable-neck lamps

These units are ideal for people who constantly adjust the level of light. The lamps are fitted with a weighted base so that they sit firmly on the desk surface. To allow flexibility, the lamp’s neck is fitted with multiple hinges or telescoping spines.

Wall-mounted lamps

These units are characterized by a base that is mounted with screws directly into the wall. The lamps have a flexible or hinged neck that gives them freedom of movement. These units are ideal for homes with curious pets and young children.

Bankers’ lamp

The lamp is designed for aesthetic purposes. The unit is completely stationary and often sits on the back center of a desk. While the lamp provides lighting and increases the appeal of a desk, it’s not meant for computer desks. This is because the computer’s screen tends to block the lamp’s light.

Buying the lamps

For you to get the benefits of the units, you need to buy the right ones. This calls for you to consider your needs. Since the lamps are designed to provide light for different purposes such as studying, reading, and hobby work, you should ensure that you buy a unit that has the right light capacity that will match the intended purpose.

Another thing you need to consider is the style and décor of your room. As rule of thumb you should go with a lamp that blends with the equipment in the room. For example, if you are looking for unit for a child’s room, you should go for a brightly colored lamp.

Where you buy the lamps is of great importance. This is because there are many places where you can buy low quality lamps that won’t be of any help to you. To be on the safe side you should always do your research to identify reputable places to buy from.

Conservatory Blinds

Style

Conservatory blinds are available to suit all tastes, and as they often need to be made to measure due to window size variation, you will definitely be able to find the right styles for you. Whether you want something traditional or contemporary, simple or pattern there will be the right option available for you. Don’t feel like you should be limited by what you’ve seen in conservatories in the past; there’s no reason why you can’t be a little different.

Comfort

A conservatory blind isn’t just an aesthetic object, they serve some very practical purposes as well. Because these rooms (and we’re talking orangeries as well) have huge panels of glass, temperatures can be extreme. In the summer it might feel like you’re sitting in a greenhouse on occasion and in the winter months you’re going to want all the insulation you can get because it’s likely to get ever so chilly in there. With solar reflective and thermally insulated fabrics available, you should be able to substantially alleviate this problem with just some simple blinds. Who needs modern technology?!

If you keep your television or have your study in this room, the sunlight can be a problem at times. Glare will be hitting your screen and seemingly coming from all angles. A simple, light coloured blind will be able to temper the light somewhat without blocking it out altogether. At night time, privacy might also be an issue (especially if you’re keeping valuables in there). Shut all the blinds and everything will be well hidden from prying eyes.

Cleaning Dryer Vents

Another reason why vent cleaning is always important is the fact that lint can cause external harm as well. Not only does lint impact negatively on the functionality of the dryer, but I can also be life threatening to the inhabitants of your home and the surrounding neighbors. Do not think that all the house fires are either triggered by bush fires or electrical faults. The simple fact is that a good number of house fires may have been caused by lint. Since it is highly inflammable, the substance should not be allowed to come in contact with any flames. It is important to call to mind the fact that flames that are triggered by this substance are almost beyond quenching. It usually takes sometime before a fire triggered by lit can be quenched. If you want to prevent your house from being engulfed by an infernal, you must always wipe your dryers clean.

Not only are lint’s constituents flammable, but they are also highly poisonous. If you have children in your home, they may be at risk of being contaminated by lint’s constituents. As a matter of fact, you will also be at risk of being contaminated by lint’s constituents. In some cases, your food may even become poisoned. Therefore, make sure all your dryers are as clean as possible. Remember to hire a cleaning company to ensure that the vents are properly cleaned. Apart from the hazards that have been indicated above, your clothes may have a bad smell. You may need to rinse your clothes thoroughly before you can wear them. In addition to this, you will also be forced to wait for very long hours before your clothes can be dried. In most cases, your dryer will need several cycles to clean a single piece of cloth.

Waterproofing the Basement

· Prevent mold, mildew & insect problems

A leaky, damp or wet basement can prove problematic if left untreated, generating into further problems like growth of mold and mildew. Waterproofing the basement helps in preventing the growth of mold/mildew in the basement, which often find its way to other parts of the house. It is a well-known fact that mold increase cases of allergic reactions; wheezing & shortness of breath; coughing & phlegm build-up; and eye, nose & throat irritation. Furthermore, people diagnosed with serious lung disease or those with a compromised immune system often develop chronic lung infections due to mold.

· Maintain/improve house value

Owning a home is considered one of the largest investments a person gets to do during his/her lifetime. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to safeguard the value of this investment, while seeking for better ways of improving its value. Waterproofing the house offers an effective way protecting this valuable asset from water damage. Furthermore, when the time comes to dispose the property, homebuyers will be ready to pay more for a house that has an effective waterproof in the basement.

· Protect valuable items

When water seeps through the basement walls and floor all the valuable items stored there will most definitely be damaged because of being exposed to water. The best way to protect your valuable is by waterproofing the basement.

· Transform basement to a livable place

If you are interested in creating more rooms in your home, without spending more money on extensions, the basement makes a practical option. Waterproofing can help to make the basement livable, by creating conducive environment free from water and humidity.

Porcelain or Ceramic

Ceramic or porcelain tiles are also much more durable than wooden tiles so you don’t have the issue of chips or dents and you don’t have to awkwardly ask friends to remove high heels when they come over either.

Are all the benefits completely true?

There are some key positives that aren’t entirely relevant to wood look floor tiles so it’s always worth exploring all your options before you commit, thinking it’s your only choice.

The three main advantages of; better underfloor heating, cost effectiveness and easy maintenance, and the fact it’s easier to find the size of ‘plank’ you want, are largely debatable.

Ceramic or porcelain wood look tiles are fantastic for underfloor heating systems but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same result with a wooden floor, you just have to select the right type of natural wood. And it is true there is an extensive range of tile widths and lengths available to choose from, but the natural wooden floor market is growing and offering more selection than ever now.

In regards to the cost, it really does vary depending on what type of finish you want. While some tiles will be much cheaper than wooden floors, higher quality designs may well come in at a higher price than natural wood floor tiles.

The easy maintenance benefit is definitely true as there is a huge selection of surface specific cleaning equipment and products on the market which make it easier to maintain. However, there are also now a lot more products available to help you maintain wooden floors so, the difference between the two is marginal.