7 Ideas for Easy DIY Kitchen Remodeling

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair    by: ITC

Whether you are looking to remodel your kitchen for yourself or for resale, there are a few helpful tips that can spice up your kitchen.

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DIY Home Improvement Useful Tips

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

When you are considering a do it yourself home improvement project it can be both fun and rewarding when you see the overall finished project. However if you do not take careful time and consideration before beginning it can end up being a big disappointment in the end of the project. There are some tips however that you can do to avoid that disappointment at the end of the project.

First of all you need to be aware that no matter if you are doing it yourself or hiring a contractor you will be in for a big mess. What this means for you is that you will have a home that appears to be in utter chaos throughout the home improvement project. This can be a very frustrating aspect of the whole entire project. Therefore if you are not wishing to have dirt and debris attaching to your furniture you will need to take some careful time to prepare your home before you even begin. You can do such things as covering your furniture with either plastic or old bed sheets and cover the floor with plastic and it will help you keep this dust and debris more contained.

Second thing you will want to do before you begin your do it yourself home improvement project is to make sure that you have a list of emergency numbers of plumbers as well as electricians among others just in case you happen to run into a real major issue that you will be unable to handle on your own. This will help you keep your project moving forward without a lot of unnecessary delay.

The next thing you will need to consider is the overall safety of the project involved. If you happen to have small children in the home you will want to make sure that you have all of your tools and other supplies put up high so that they will not be able to get a hold of them. Also if they wish to help give them small safe projects that they can help with.

The final most important tip is to be sure that if you need to work around appliances and plumbing that you know where all the shutoffs are located. It is very important that if you work around any of these areas that you shut off the electrical, gas, or plumbing. If you skip this step it can be very dangerous not only to yourself but your family as well.

Do it yourself home improvement projects can be very rewarding in the end if you take the time in the beginning to take these simple and easy tips into careful consideration. The more time you take to prepare in the beginning the less chance of disappointment in the end.

Renewing an Area of Roof Tiles

Filed Under: DIY Outdoor, Do it yourself, Home repair    by: ITC

If several tiles are damaged over a relatively small area of the roof, it is probably just as easy to re-tile that area than attempt to replace tiles individually. Buy enough tiles to do the job with a few spares in case you break any.

Always stack the tiles out of the way, since they are easily broken and always carry them on edge rather than flat on top of each other — that way they are less likely to break under the weight.

As with renewing an area of slates, you must recreate the original overlapping pattern of the tiles to ensure that the roof retains its strength and is also waterproof.

Unlike slates, you cannot cut tiles to size, so you must make sure you get the right number of special tiles for finishing off courses at gable ends and for making up the eaves course. You will also need a supply of 11/4in copper, zinc or aluminum roofing nails for fixing the tiles to the battens. If the tiles are of the interlocking type held to the battens by clips and nails, you must buy sufficient clips as well.

Wooden wedges, as described opposite, will be needed for lifting the tiles surrounding the repair so that the old tiles can be lifted from underneath them and the new ones hooked in place.

Begin at the top of the damaged area, working downwards and removing tiles as described opposite. Once you have removed a few from the upper courses, you will expose those below so that you can simply lift them off. If they are nailed down, cut off the nail heads with pincers.

The tiles will be heavy and brittle, so handle them with care and lower them to the ground with a bucket and rope. Keep perfectly good tiles for re-use.

Once the tiles have been removed you can inspect the roof structure below. This will comprise the tile battens and, in most cases, below them a layer of roofing felt. Brush off any dirt and dust and pull any remaining nails from the battens with pincers.

Begin fitting the new tiles along the bottom of the repair area, working your way up the roof. Hook the nibs of the tiles over the battens and nail every third or fourth course down for extra security.

As you work, use the wooden wedges to lift the surrounding tiles so that those below can be lifted into place. Make sure any interlocking types are properly linked together and if these are normally held to the battens with clips and nails, fit these to every course.

Continue to the last tile, fitting it in the same way as described opposite. If retaining clips are used on the tiles you will not be able to fit a clip to the last tile, but the weight of its neighbours will hold it down.

Gaps between the overlapping tiles at the edges of the roof should be pointed with mortar. First coat the edges of the tiles with a bonding agent and then mix some more into the mortar before you use it.

Home Repair Tips – Door and Frames

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Remodeling    by: ITC

Doors are subject to constant use, so it is understandable that they don’t always open and close properly. All doors have the same problems. They are caused either by the frame and door or by the hardware. Door and frame problems include:

• Swelling

• Warping

• A loose fit

Wood swells when moisture gets into it. Never sand or plane a swollen door. Wait until the weather gets drier or remove the door and keep it in a dry, warm place until the swelling goes down. If the door continues to stick even after the wood is dry, inspect it to find out where it is binding. Then lightly sand the area until the door moves freely. Seal the wood and finish with paint or varnish. The sealer and paint will keep moisture from swelling the wood again. Be sure to seal top and bottom of doors as well.

Humidity can also cause doors to warp. A warped door lets heat out in the winter and, in summer, lets heat in. You can straighten a warped door by removing the door and piling weights on the, bulging part. But it’s usually easier to pry loose the side stop and renail it to fit the warped door.

Since there is always a little swelling and shrinking, doors should be smaller than their openings. To have the door work properly but fit tightly, use weather stripping. The simplest weather stripping is adhesive-backed plastic foam. To install it, first clean the door stop. Remove grease and dirt. Then press the weather stripping along the top and side of the door frame

Seal the bottom of the door with a folding (hinged) threshold seal, or use a special aluminum-plastic strip that tacks into the threshold. You can purchase weather stripping in specific lengths or cut it to size.

Self-adhesive weather stripping is pressed along the door stop as the paper backing is removed. Since straightened doors fre quently warp again, it is easier to move the door stop to fit the door than to try to reshape the door. Remove the stop. With the door closed, draw a guide line on the frame and renail the stop along this line.

The bottom of the door can be sealed with a special strip attached directly to the door. Another type of seal, made of plastic and aluminum, fits right into the threshold.