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Category Archives: Home Improvement

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Tricks Install Floor Tile

The technique to installing floor tile is start laying the floor from the center of the room. The measure of the room should be done exactly and the any irregularities ignored. The center location on the floor has to be marked accurately using a chalk line. Lines should be drawn across the length and breadth of the room and the place where the lines intersect is the center. Recheck the accuracy of the center position as it is very important for quality floor tile installation.

The second step is to lay loose tile from the centre along the marked chalk lines. After laying the loose tiles, measure the distance of the last tile from the wall. This will give you an idea of the size of the last tile that needs to be placed to finish the row. Once you have an idea by placing the loose tiles you can have an idea of the number of tiles required to complete the entire room.

The third step is to place different color tiles at different locations as per your choice. Open the boxes and place the tiles at the accurate places on the floor. Now, start applying the adhesives on one fourth of the floor area and wait for sometime. It generally takes about 10-15 minutes for the adhesive to dry before you can start installing floor tiles. However, the time may depend on the temperature and humidity.

Start placing the tiles along lines starting from the center of the floor. Remember, placing the first tile correctly as it is very important and determine the finish. Place each tile firmly on the ground and also against another tile. This will ensure a quality finish. The border tile should be cut accurately to give a perfect finishing to the room. When fitting a tile along a pipe or any other obstruction, simply cut the tile into that shape so that it fits exactly into that position. Do not wash the tiles at least one week after installing floor tile.

Home Security Projects

Check the lighting around your home

How well is your home illuminated at night? Are the doors and windows dark or well lit? Motion activated lights are a great way to illuminate the outside of your home without having to leave the light on all night long.

Check the shrubs and bushes around your home

Have the bushes grown up so tall that you can not see the window from the street? If so, it is time to break out the hedge clippers and trim back the bushes. Tall bushes are a great place for a bugler to hide in and work on breaking into your home.

Add home security devices

If you already have a home security system installed, take an inventory of the accessories. There are a lot of home security accessories, such as sirens, strobe lights, motion detectors, surveillance cameras, and glass break detectors that can be added to your security system.

A commonly overlooked accessory category is fire and smoke detection. Consider adding smoke, heat and carbon dioxide detectors to your home security system.

A secure and locking mailbox

Why do you need one? Simple, two words identity theft. Around the first and fifteenth of every month people pay their bills. Their mail boxes are filled with credit card statements, utility bills and a host of other bills. For an identity theft, this is great information to use to steal your identity.

Video cameras

Video cameras have come down in price and the features that you can get in a camera are astounding. For the outside of you home invest in night vision video cameras that use infrared emitters to ‘light’ up the area they are watching.

Timber Retaining Wall

Timber Tie-Backs

If your wall will be higher than about 18 inches use tie-back timbers every eight or ten feet on various levels to hold your wall upright and make sure it will not fall forward due to the constant pressure exerted upon it from behind (top failure). To add a tie-back timber, simply lay one timber perpendicular to the other timbers but with its length extending into the area that will be back filled. When the area is back filled this timber will act as an anchor to hold the wall in place and ensure your timber retaining wall will last.

Timbers United into One Structure

One aspect of my retaining wall design which is a little different from others you may see is that I prefer to unite the entire timber retaining wall structure with re-bar driven vertically through all the timbers and into the ground via a hole that is drilled through all the retaining wall timbers after they are completely stacked. The re-bar should fit tightly into the drilled hole.

This step might be an overkill but I like strong stuff that lasts a long time. An alternative but similar method is to drive re-bar through the bottom two or three layers when the wall is about half-built and then connect the bottom timbers to the top layers once the top layers are added (see pictures).

Use Properly Treated Quality Timbers

Some books and sites will recommend that you use “garden timbers” (those cheap ones with two round sides and two flat edges) to build a retaining wall but I strongly advise against that practice because “garden timbers” are typically made from the cheapest pieces of wood leftover from the production of other lumber or plywood and contain mostly heartwood which does not accept pressure treatments. They will probably be heavily rotted within a few years and will quickly fail.

Building a timber retaining wall is hard work so use timbers that will last. You might even consider using timbers with a vinyl or polymer coating. American Pole and Timber is a reputable company that ships quality timbers nationwide and offers a few types of vinyl coatings that can make wood last virtually forever.

Step by step Build Trebuchet

If you’re building a trebuchet for the sole purpose of your high school physics teacher’s amusement, then you should probably consider one of the counterweight variety. If, on the other hand, you are building a trebuchet for fun or self education, the traction trebuchet may be something to seriously consider. (Keep in mind that at least three-fourths of the “free” plans on the web are of the counterweight flavor.)

Once you have determined your design plan, you probably want to decide on a suitable size. If your looking to launch bowling balls the length of a football field, you will want a much larger trebuchet than if your intending to launch eggs at incoming traffic. Which, of course, is a BAD thing to do. (Based on personal experience most drivers won’t enjoy chipping dried egg off their windshield.) Another point of interest is whether or not to buy premade trebuchet kits or design plans for your trebuchet. If you are just a beginner, kits are excellent to use. Plans also will help you out immensely if you are just a beginner.

Now, the next step is construction of your trebuchet. For most people, I would suggest using 1″x2″ pine for all of the pieces. But, if your going to be building a 10ft tall trebuchet, stretch for the 2×4’s. Once you have completed your trebuchet structure-wise, you will need to construct a sling and if used, a suitable counterweight. I prefer cutting up any kind of old cloth and attaching both ends to lengths of string.

Suitable counterweights can be anything from a box/bottle full of lead shot, to a sock full of rocks, or a dumbbell weight. After you have all of that stuff sorted out, you should attach the trigger mechanism and release pin. There are plans and pictures of these on most sites, but the only advice I can give you is that the release pin is the trickiest part of constructing a trebuchet. It should be angled so that the sling releases the projectile at an angle of somewhere around 45 degrees.

Final word: Building a trebuchet can be lots of fun and be a great learning experience. (Or sometimes an unbelievable chore for those unlucky physics students such as myself). Construct your trebuchet with quality and take care to add support where needed and it will last you a long time.

Install An Exterior Door

Let’s take a look at how a door functions so that you will have a better understanding of all of the different components that are attached to the door and why they are important.

A door is held up by various door hardware such as door hinges and the door hinge is connected to the frame and the door with hinge pins. There is going to be a door knob or door handle, door lockset, and other various door hardware that you might add to your exterior door to increase the look of it.

Generally an exterior door is going to be 32″ and 36″ in width, and 6″8 or taller in height. These are the standard sizes that give us the necessary width that we need to fit most of our furniture and appliances through.

Okay now let’s take a look a t how you can easily install an exterior door.

First you are going to need to remove the molding from around the door so that you can expose the nails. Now once the molding is removed you will take your sawzall and begin cutting the nails around the door. Doing this is going to remove the entire door frame. It’s always a good idea for you to install an exterior door, or even an interior door with two people. You will be able to do it alone, but it’s a lot easier when you have some help.

Once you have removed the old door you can now begin installing the new door in the opening. It’s very important that you make sure that the door is level before you begin nailing the door jamb into place.

And this is basically all there is to installing an exterior door with the frame. There are many online how to websites that will be complete with pictures to make this process much easier for you to follow along with.

Before you begin removing your existing door it’s a good idea to ensure that you have all of the necessary tools, and the right size door before you start. There is nothing worse than having to leave in the middle of this project.

Info of Home Projects

Everybody needs a “pat on the back” now and again. The successful completion of home projects will obviously instill a sense of pride but better still will have your better half acknowledge your success with pride. I find that outdoor home projects such as building a storage shed may also have the neighbours green with envy.

There are many home projects that enhance the value of a home, one of the most important being building a wooden deck. By utilising the best plans available you will have no trouble creating a masterpiece for less than half the cost of a contractor and also increase the value of your home substantially.

Using excellent plans, together with the necessary BOM (bill of materials) will exponentially save you money and enhance you reputation as a DIY expert with family, friends and neighbours. So whether your home projects include electrical work, plumbing or building a garden fence and more, get the best advice available.

Solar systems are gaining ground. This is not a DIY project at this stage and you should have professional installation. The beauty of a solar energy installation is that you will have free energy after 7 years, plus of course, once again the increase in the value of your house

Up to now we have been discussing a typical male environment but home projects are much more than this. Males and females can do money-making home projects full-time or part-time. This may include working on your computer doing blogs, affiliate marketing, article writing and much more. The money-making opportunities are limitless.

A word of warning! The internet is rife with scammers who will offer you $6752.97 in the next 24 hours if you buy their program. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” Yes the internet has limitless possibilities but my suggestion is to stick to the tried and tested marketers, there are more than enough of them.

Getting back to home projects. It is entirely feasible for a DIY expert who has a passion for woodworking etc. to make a full-time occupation creating things like sheds, doing maintenance and best of all working for yourself.

Interior Waterproofing of Basement

1. Prevent

To prevent leakage, concentrate on sealing walls and draining water away from the foundation of your home when planning an interior waterproofing of basement. Use silicone caulk or tanking mechanisms to fill in cracks, holes and depressions on walls. Either solution will literally hold water back from your basement walls.

Furthermore, try using drainage systems along with your sealants when assembling the interior waterproofing of basement. Cavity drainage can be placed in wall and floor linings to push water away. Use the exterior foundation drain if you want superior protection. The exterior foundation drain is convenient in a way that it uses gravity to pump water out so you won’t actually need pumps or electricity.

Interior waterproofing of basement is useful if you are on a budget. Interior waterproofing is actually more affordable compared to exterior waterproofing. Exterior waterproofing will need excavation and therefore costs so much more.

2. Cut down moisture

As mentioned earlier, moist can do extensive damage on almost any material. So even if you’ve already sealed wall cracks and provided drainage systems, you still need to be prepared. For example, the weather could be extremely humid for a very long period of time, or rainstorms can recur more often. You may not know just how many cracks your walls actually have. The bottom line is, the more moisture there is the more leakage and mold problems you’re going to have.

Enhance protection from sealants and drainage systems by lessening moisture levels in your basement. When preparing for your interior waterproofing of basement, dispose of fabric, carpets and curtains, as these types of material retain moisture. Use materials that have smoother surfaces.

3. Maintaining It

There’s no point in sealing and draining water away from your basement if it still reeks of mold and mildew. The unpleasantness will remain if there’s too much moisture. Maintain a dry environment by encouraging good ventilation and regular cleaning of appliances.

You can use fans, dehumidifiers and air-conditioning. These can keep moisture and molds at bay. Clean appliances every now and then so condensation doesn’t form.

Ways Build Fireplace

I tried reading up on it, only to learn that I didn’t know half of the terminology they used. What’s a 2×3 anyway, and does anyone know what mortar is? That wasn’t a big deal, though. I could always harass the guys at the local hardware store until they explained things to me.

Unfortunately, I was going to have a party within the week I planned to have the fireplace completed. In fact, the book I was reading was called, “Build Your Own Fireplace in a Week.” Great. So I had dried mortal on my hardwood floors, stone pieces scattered all over the plaqce, and some kind of large box I had tried to build.

It was all sitting in the middle of my den floor, and I wasn’t even halfway done. I had to keep re-cutting the stones I was trying to use because I couldn’t get them to all fit together perfectly. This called for action! This is how I got my new fireplace.So, here is how I got my new fireplace!

I decided on the perfect fireplace I wanted and let them swipe my credit card. They came to my house and had it installed within three hours!

Simple Tropical Floral Decorations

An interesting thing about using dried twigs is that you can make a bouquet that will last really very long.

All you got to do is to glue a leaf to a small tube, attach an iron rod to the tube and use the iron rod to tie the tube to the twig. You can then place any flower you like in the tube and this will give a real nice look plus you’ve got an infinite number of possibilities if you got a choice of various flowers in your garden.

It’s really worth trying.

Some additional tips:

You can use a gold spray to embellish the palm leaves

Some artificial flowers can also be attached to the dried twigs. This will give a nice look to the general arrangement.

If you do not have the iron rod at hand, you can use cotton threads or any other threads. Green ones will look better.

So table pieces, it would be better to keep the arrangement flat, while for other pieces, the height can be kept tall.

Always make sure to attain a balance in the arrangement, otherwise the arrangement will not look so nice.