Archive for February, 2017

Tips on Fixing Basement Wall Cracks

Person repairing Basement Wall Crack

Basement Wall Crack fixed by a home owner

If you’re thinking cracks in basement walls are not unusual, but fixing a simple basement wall crack is easy to fix. There are many reasons or causes for such basement all cracks like accidents, natural expansion, settling of the home, contractions caused by fluctuating – high and low temperatures and damaging construction works.

But most of the basement wall cracks are not so serious that can cause water leakage. But, in many cases it might be looking small, but it can easily penetrate water through the small cracks and lead water to enter the foundation or the basement of your home. When you observe such things taking place, it’s advisable of repairing you’re the cracks for preventing the water to enter up your basement premise. But, I can say, repairing these cracks might turn up a challenging task for the home owners. You can repair it but only if you have right types of tools and materials for the same. Follow the guidance of repairing or fixing a basement wall crack for protecting our foundation as well as the basement from the risk of water damage.

Basement wall cracks fixing tips:

  • You can simply start your process of fixing the basement wall crack by removing any accumulated debris any old paint or any loose concrete particles by making the use of a stiff wire brush. This brush is easily available in the market and is easy to use.
  • If you’re unable to remove the paint applied around your basement wall crack, it’s advisable of using paint remover for getting it off from the surface of the walls. It’s advisable of using softer brush for cleaning the surface of your walls accumulated with loose dirt and debris.
  • Make the use of surface sealer by mixing a surface sealing solution with water. Start applying it by placing a bead on the bottom section of the basement wall crack. But make sure you don’t cover the entire crack by using a sealer. Attach the port of bead each and every section of the crack at the distance of 6 to 7 inches. Allow the sealer to rest say for 10 to 15 minutes. And after that cover the entire crack by applying proxy and let it rest for another 60 to 70 minutes.
  • You can confirm it well, by scratching your fingernail. Start preparing inject of Urethane in the cracks. Make the use of a spray bottle for applying the water on the top surface of the crack. The water helps in working like a catalyst that further helps the urethane for setting up completely.
  • Now, it’s time to insert the solution of urethane into the crack and it’s advisable to be slow for this process. Start from the bottom section of the crack and run towards the upper section. The catalyst will react and will help in foaming up a firm confirmation of filled up cracks. The solution of urethane helps in sealing the cracks and also helps in preventing the water entering or damaging your basement.

Tips on Cleaning Asphalt shingle Roof

Asphalt shingles cleaning process

Cleaning Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles, one of the traditional and longer lasting roofing material that benefits the home owners in different ways. Asphalt shingles helps in offering secure, safe and longer lasting roof coverage. But, this carefree asphalt shingles might also get damaged if proper care is not shown towards its maintenance and material. It can easily get susceptible to accumulation and the growth of mold and mildew. Staining from moss, algae and other moisture related organisms leads in damaging the look as well as reduces the life of your asphalt shingles installed.

It not only leaves unattractive or bad dark moss stains but the growth of moss or lichens on the roof also leads in damaging or loosening the adhesive applied on the edges of the shingles for keeping them intact on its place. It simply results in creating potential areas for inviting water leakages through the roof to the interiors of your home. Well, according to me, both the activities like DIT project or hiring professional roofing contractors are suitable. But, it’s advisable of taking good initiative before you head ahead for performing the job of cleaning your asphalt shingles on the roof. It’s advisable of knowing the product carefully before you use it on the shingles as, the solutions might turn harming to your roofing shingles.

Asphalt shingles cleaning tips:

  • Start the process of cleaning the asphalt shingles by wearing all the safety means and precautions before you step ahead on the roof. Put on some protective clothing on the shrubs or other plants surrounding your home. It helps in protecting them from the harmful effects of chemicals and the solutions used for cleaning the asphalt shingles.
  • It’s advisable of using large covering cloths, specifically waterproofed in nature. Waterproof drop cloths are easily available in the market. Purchase it and place it on the plants and large establishment in your home. It’s important to soak the plants throughout the process of cleaning asphalt shingles.
  • You can also prepare your DIY solution on your own by simply mixing diluted Trisodium Phosphate and water in a bucket. Mix it well by using bleaching ingredient for spraying on the asphalt shingles.
  • Before applying it on the shingles, it’s advisable to follow the instructions, so that you don’t end up getting even worst. If you want, it’s recommended some amount of dishwashing liquid to the prepared mixture for increasing the capacity of cutting off the greasing effect from the shingles.
  • After preparing the solution, start spraying the solution on the entire surface of the roof and let it rest unless and until the stains gets completely off from the surface. You can easily notice the change as the solution will start working on by fading the stains present on the shingles.
  • Make the use of a garden hose for removing off the solution from the surface of your roof. Pressure washer can also be used but it’s advisable of taking the recommendation of professionals or take their help because it can lead in damaging the shingles installed on your roof.

Pros and Cons: Tile Flooring

Tile flooring installed

Constructed Tile floors

Tile flooring is among the popular option of flooring that can be installed in any of the room in your home. Well, a wide variety of patterns, designs and colors available in tile flooring that might put the home owners in a huge dilemma is which one to select for the home. There are different ranges of colors, sizes, materials and shapes exist in today’s time. Tile flooring is a flooring option that is suitable in most of the rooms, but especially tile flooring option is sued in bathrooms and kitchen area in the home. With so many of its benefits, there are certain disadvantages that are supplied with the tile flooring option. Here are the list of Pros and Cons of Tile flooring option for your home.

Tile flooring option:

Pros:

Well, there are many benefits of tile flooring. Here are the most useful and accurate benefits that suits perfectly for home owners planning of installing tile flooring.

  • Tile flooring option is well-known and popular. It is one of the most beautiful flooring option that that helps in adding the element of beauty to your floors. It is available in so many different colors, ranges, sizes, patterns and shapes that increase your flooring style and you’re room’s designer look.
  • Tile flooring option is quite durable in nature. As most of the tile flooring option is hard to crack, destroy and break. You can simply try it out by dropping a piece of glass or any other hard material on your floors, the proof will be in front of you.
  • Well, according to me, tile flooring is easy to install as compared to other flooring options. With a little amount of time and using accurate tools and materials, it’ easy for any average person for installing it on their own.

Cons:

Each and every thing is supplied with some of the flaws in it. So, why not in the case of tile flooring?

  • Well, tile flooring option is quite cold to touch. If you’re having sensitive skin and feet or simply if you catch up the cold easily, going barefoot on the tile floors is not at all a good option. Especially for colder months, tile floors tend to catch up more cooling effects as compared to other flooring options.
  • If you like to wear high heels and click and clack shoes, well, I must say tile flooring is not a suitable option of flooring for your home. Tile flooring is noisier as compared to other flooring materials.
  • If planning of installing tile flooring as the option in your home, be ready for your every step known to the members and also for the echoing too. As tile flooring tends to increase the sound ratio and has the tendency of carrying the sound to the down hallway and across the rooms.
  • There are more chances of slipping when your tile floors are wet enough, you need to be attentive while installing it because it might damage your health as well some of your bones too!!

 

How to Fix a Leaking Toilet

Animated image of Leaking Toilet

Leaking Toilet preventing tips

Are you fed of those increasing rates in your energy consumption bills and those frustrating sources of leakage? It might also cause a rise in your water consumption bills to be much higher than it actually should be. Therefore, if you simply observe a leaking toilet, it’s advisable of repairing it right away. Many a times it is observed that a leaking toilet might lead in even damaging the flooring option installed in your bathroom.

If you’re thinking, repairing a leaking toilet is a difficult task, well it’s not folks. Here are certain tips that offer a better help in repairing and fixing a leaking toilet. Follow these handy tips for getting rid of toilet leaks that might prove harmful for your bathroom.

Leaking toilet fixing tips:

  • When it comes for leaking toilet, there are many causes for the same. But amongst all the common causes of a leaking toilet are the issues of water line supply. Either it’s not fixed or installed properly or is not completely sealed.
  • But by replacing the inlet of the water lines on time and regularly, it offers you with many advantages of fixing a leaking faucet by simply treating it well by using some Plumber Teflon tapes or by simply using a wrench for fixing it.
  • So, it’s advisable of storing a roll of Teflon Tape in your toolbox and a pair of adjustable wrench. In most of the cases, these are the only two useful tools used for fixing a leaking toilet inlet hose.
  • Don’t even over tighten the connection fittings observed in your toilet. As we all have made up our mind that tighter seal always works best in plumbing system. But, many a times, it is simply not the case you’re thinking. For example: When dealing with the toilet inlet hose, you need to be extra careful because if the toilet inlet is tightening a bit more, it might result in damaging effects.
  • Don’t over tighten the compression nut fixtures. Even, this tip is beneficial and applied when you’re installing flapper assembly or flush valve in your toilet. When you’re fixing these types of fixtures in your toilet, it’s advisable of tightening it only up to hand tight and not to make the use of wrench for tighten it.
  • One of the easiest ways of finding any leak in your toilet is by making the use of food color. If you observe any bad wax sealing in the base of your toilet, you can easily confirm it by adding a little amount of food color in your toilet flush tank. Let it stay for some while and if there’s any leak it will turn the color you added in flush tank. And if it’s not, simply understand, there’s no leak in your toilet.
  • You’ll simply observe the food color on your bathroom floor. This result in showing a virtual sure sign of damaged wax ring installed in your toilet. Check for the wax ring carefully because it might be the leaking spot for the home owners.

Tips on Beautifying your Home with Creativity

Wallpaper attached to the walls

Wallpaper on home wall

Many a times we actually get tired about those traditional decor ideas, isn’t it? Let’s go something fantastic this time. Get rid of those traditional home decor ideas of beautifying your home and allow some fresh look with creativity, styling factor and sophisticated look for beautifying your home. Here is the list of different, varied yet beautiful tips in beautifying your home. Grab the opportunity of transforming your home to something you wished to have in your home.

Tips on beautifying your home are stated below by using different materials. Make your call and decide which theme, texture or look you want to offer your home for increasing its charm and beauty.

Beautifying your home tips:

  • Stunning color choices and unconventional factors of paint is the perfect combo for beautifying your home. But, But, But!! Wait a minutes, why not try something different this time? Make the used of stencils for beautifying your home is an elegant and unique way of increasing the beauty of your interiors. Create your own walls by offering creativity and different look to the walls of your home.
  • Wallpapers!! AHH. I must say, it is not the new one in the market. It’s not a new method that is used for home decor. In fact in many of the homes, we might have observed the walls with fine work of charcoal. It is nothing but simply decorated by using wallpaper. But, think of something different this time. Use a monochrome pattern and design for offering your home walls another level of beauty.
  • Even applying a colorful example of wallpaper helps in offering something new. Even contrasting effects is something unique to offer your walls. Even mosaic is something interesting for your home walls. It is available in varied sizes and different colors. Well, the home owners can increase their art work by implementing some sorts of their own beauty and make it look aesthetically beautiful and fabulous. Simply make your home interiors well attractive by implementing mosaic as your piece of art work.
  • Are you planning of installing tiles as your choice for your walls? You can simply present it by making it your hallway. Don’t forget to decorate your stairs and corridor with this cute yet fascinating idea of using different colored and textured tiles. Make the use of vibrant tiles on your interior walls.
  • Well, I guess it might be a difficult task but the results will surely enlarge your attraction towards it again and again. Don’t be afraid of selecting the decor style. Want some affordable and cheap for beautifying your home? Gypsum board is the right choice for increasing the beauty of your home interiors.
  • It is fun to install and easily affordable. Thus type of option for home decor can be fitted on to any wall or flooring option. Want to hide those annoying wires or cables of your TV? Gypsum board is best suitable option for the home owners to offer your home with a sudden and totally a new touch of decor.

How To Start A Roof Garden

Initiating a roof garden

Staring a roof garden

Starting a roof garden is somewhat more complicated than starting a garden on the ground. There are varied steps included in starting a roof garden as to setting it up, what things to grow and the maintenance tips at last. Starting a roof garden can compared to that with carpeting on the floor. It’s like carpeting of plants in your roof.  Starting a roof garden will improve the energy efficiency of building and it will also decrease the water runoff during storm. There are many homeowners who have flower pots and small plants on their roof but they will not provide energy efficiency as roof garden does. Well you can start a roof garden having vegetables which can give you fresh vegetables and healthy eating’s along with savings on energy bills and helping environment. If you also like starting a roof garden then you can consider these steps and go on. It’s not that difficult to start a roof garden and with right tips and tricks, you will be able to do it very easily and efficiently.

  • Heaviness

When you start a roof garden, you will have to bring soil on the roof and do planting and it will need to be watered. Now wet soil will have more weight. Hence before starting a roof garden, you will need to do proper research about the appropriate level of weight load that your roof can manage. You can hire a structural engineer for knowing this. Extreme weight in the wrong place on your roof can cause serious damage to the structure of your home. In majority of the cases, you will have to use planting medium in place of soil.

  • Security

One of the basic things about starting a roof garden is to be safe. This safety is of both the sides, one is you cannot afford to let your roof collapse due to extreme pressure and you cannot risk the life of the passerby also. You cannot afford to get someone injured due to your roof collapse. Your roof is exposed to high winds and snow and rain and hence you have to install fence and tie all the equipment’s very securely. You should contact the local department for knowing the necessary regulations and should also know whether any permit is needed or not. Know properly about the appropriate height of the fencing.

  • Giving water to roof garden

When you are starting a roof garden, it’s not only in the hot months that you need to water them. You should water your roof garden daily. You have to take the garden hose to the roof and attach a drip line and a timer system. This will save you from watering daily and you will also not be worried about the plants dying on the roof.

  • Type of plants

While starting a roof garden, you should make proper research as to which type of plants should be grown on your roof garden. The type of plants to be grown is also based on the weight taking capacity of your roof.

Benefits of Buying Prefab Homes

Prefab Home constructed by a professional

Contractor constructing prefab home

With the help and availability of so many options today, it’s very difficult to identity, which this is right and which one if wrong for us. But, we all have the knowledge for prefab homes. Prefab homes and its different variations seem to be making headway in the sector of housing market. Basically, a brief look as what is prefab homes. Prefab homes are basically those types of homes that are constructed off site whether it’s mobile, panel or a modular home. They are constructed to a total off set space where you’re future home is not located. Well, another name that suggests its perfect picture is modern energy efficient home. With all sorts of benefits, home owners can enjoy their dream home coming on their way. But with lots of benefits there are certain disadvantages that are supported with it. Here is the list of benefits ad non benefits of buying prefab homes.

Pros of buying prefab homes:

  • Biggest benefit of buying prefab home is a modernized look with more amount of energy efficient features. Historically, prefab homes were called and associated with lower quality and cost but the terms and scenarios have changed. It is not the similar case in today’s time.
  • Well, in most of the areas, prefab homes are one of the greatest attractions for the home owners. And in order to maintain the growth rate, builders come up with different energy efficient techniques for constructing the prefab homes.
  • Installing solar panels, making the use of LED lights and using recycling materials are some of its benefits that are helpful for the home owners. This attracts most of the home owners towards buying prefab homes. It helps in ensuring that you can easily save on your energy consumption bills and helps in producing clean energy that is beneficial for you as well as your family.
  • Another benefits of buying prefab homes is, there are minimal chances for interference of negative schedule while the construction process. This is possible because the construction parts and sections of the prefab homes are controlled by the indoor environment that can’t blame the weather for any delays.
  • And without any weather issues, an average construction period for home is not more than four to five months. It also helps in putting the workers to work in a safe environment because it is constructed in a site with all the supplements and materials and the safety measures too.
  • Materials used for the construction of prefab homes are mostly eco-friendly in nature. It helps in increasing the energy efficient at your home without harming the surrounding environment around your home.
  • The possibilities of waste are zero while constructing the prefab homes. As you already know how many materials you’ll need in the construction of prefab homes. So there are less chances of it getting wasted. There are separate pieces, which are made and are brought altogether for attaching it on its place. This helps in ease and simple process of constructing prefab homes of your own.

Tips on Cleaning Aluminum Siding

Person cleaning the Aluminum Siding

Aluminum Siding cleaned by a person

By using right types of tools and materials, the process of cleaning aluminum siding can be very an effortless and easy task. Basically, aluminum is a great option, if you’re planning of installing aluminum siding in your home. It is attractive, tough, and resilient materials that can be used in the form of siding material in your home. It just needs little amount of maintenance. But make sure that little amount of maintenance should be done for keeping its best look and also for making it fast for a longer period of time. Below are some tips on cleaning your aluminum sidings that are meant for helping the home owners in easing their work.

Aluminum siding cleaning tips:

  • Regular cleaning of your aluminum siding is the key factor for making it last longer. For preventing excessive dirt, mold and dust from getting accumulated, it’s advisable of regular cleaning. Cleaning the aluminum siding at least once or twice in a year, offers it to keep it up to date that simply makes it last longer.
  • It’s advisable of being prepared with the needed cleaning tool for your aluminum siding. Also make the use of bleaching solution if you observe accumulated mildew and mold. Simply you can water up by using a pressure washer or a hose. It’s advisable to be safe so wear different safety gears like a jacket, protective gloves and glasses.
  • Don’t forget the cleaning brush that is mandate for the cleaning it. And for the hard to reach spots, a ladder or a long handled brush is more appropriate. It’s advisable of selecting a pleasant day for working out in your home exteriors. As this task might consume more of your time. And if you’re selecting pressure washer as your option for cleaning, make sure to be very much careful.
  • Use it’s on a low setting that helps in avoiding with the damaging effects on your aluminum siding. It might also cause damage to the water to pass underneath the siding installed. Start the process of cleaning your aluminum siding from the top to the bottom. Never work from the bottom to top direction because it will make the bottom section dirty again when you’re cleaning the tops one.
  • Start scrubbing the top section by using a scrubber with soft brush that helps in avoiding any marks or scratches on the surface. As and when you’re cleaning it, make sure of promptly rinsing it away. This will allow better cleaning of your aluminum sidings.
  • Before starting the process, it’s advisable of pre cleaning it by making the use of water. Simply cleaning it with cleaned water and dry it up. This will help you in cleaning it in a better way. After applying the solution and cleaning it, promptly clean up the siding area for better results.
  • It’s advisable of using assistant if you’re in need of. You’ll be needed with assistant if you’re working on a ladder. And trust me fall from the ladder might prove dangerous and harmful to the home owners.

Ideas To Improve Your Deck

Options for deck decor

Deck decor ideas

Deck is by far one of the most beautiful and essential place in your home. You can have a great and private time in your deck. However beautiful you deck is, you can make it more beautiful by decorating and improving your deck. There are plenty of creative and unique ways to improve your deck and make it more attractive. Having a deck and improving your deck will increase the value of your home. You can have some great time sitting in your deck having a nice book and a cup of coffee. You can also have a beer in hand with couple of friends sitting in your deck and having some fun time. Here are some of the effective and attractive ideas for improving your deck.

  • Put on some pillows

Pillows are element of tempt for friends and family to hang around the deck as it makes the place really extraordinary. Pillows make the sitting place very much soft and comfortable and hence you don’t like to stand up once you are on your deck. Make sure the pillows you use to improve your deck are made from some strong and durable materials. It has to be out bearing the wind and sun light and hence make sure that it last long and the color does not fade away.

  • Add colors to your deck

Colors are always a nice way to improve your deck. You can paint the railing of your ceiling some funky color or you can add colorful pots and add spice to your deck. The sitting chairs and coffee table placed can also be of some attractive and bright color that can improve your deck. You can also install a cool swing that can improve your deck and add more fun to your spare time.

  • Install a railing

Installing railing in your deck works two way round for improving your deck. One of the basic things which railing does is safety. If you have kids and pets in your home there is risk when they are on the deck. Having a railing ensures their safety. However with safety you can also beauty, choose a railing which complements with the style of deck. You can go for installing glass railing as it can really look classy and is totally safe. Glass railing will add contemporary styling to your home.

  • Create a mini garden

Well gardens always give relaxing and calming feel. Well you cannot go to garden everyday as you don’t have enough time for that, so why not create a mini garden in your deck only. Creating a mini garden on your deck is one of the most beautiful ways of improving your deck. Bring the pots and go for planting some basic plants. You can go for planting your favorite’s flowers also. Choose colorful flowering plants to make your deck more beautiful. You can also plant some vegetables so that you can use it in your regular cooking.

Tips For Cleaning Your Closet

A girl cleaning her closet

Closet cleaning by a girl

A well-kept and well managed tidy closet is the best. But however, reaching this best level is not that easy. Having this clean and organized closet will make your morning to run smoothly. It might have happened to you that all of a sudden you have no outfit to put on. You won’t find anything in your closet to put on or it can also happen that the jeans you saw 2 days before is not visible now when you want to wear it. All this things do happen with every individual and trust me it’s very irritating. To get rid of this situation of not getting things on time when you need is, you have to become pro in cleaning your closet. Cleaning your closet will give it the respect that it actually deserves. Here are some of the tips for cleaning your closet and make it look beautiful and making its access easy.

  • Apply ribbon method

Put all your clothes on one side and tie a ribbon on another side. Now whenever you wear any cloth and put it back in your close, put it on the another side of the ribbon. After a month or two see which clothes you are wearing ad which you are not. The clothes left on the same side would be the one which you don’t wear. Sort these clothes out and put the seasonal wear in a bag and put it out of your closet while cleaning your closet. This will give you more space for your routine stuff. Put all your jacks together, all your dresses together, this will be easy in finding them when you need them. This is a great way of cleaning your closet.

  • Out of sight and out of mind

We all have some of those items which we already know that we are not using but we just can’t take it out and throw them. Take an extra bag and put those clothes in that bag and put it on the upper part of closet. By doing so you are not throwing them. Take some time and see whether you miss them and you need them, if yes then you can take them out and wear them and if no then you will finally realize that you can forget them very easily and hence you can now throw them or donate them and clean your closet.

  • One in and one out

Now this idea of cleaning your closet is just like its name suggest. Whenever you bring anything new in your closet, you have to get rid of certain item which you no longer use. Now say for example if you buy a new pair of shoes, you have to get rid of some old pair of shoes. Donate them to someone who really needs it. You have to be strict with this method and you will be able to clean your closet and never have an overflowing or cluttered closet.

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