Leather furniture can absolutely change from pretty to gorgeous the look and feel of any home; as upholstery material, leather works wonder at making any space looks elegant and comfortable. However, this excellent material can sometimes be subject to more abuse than it is able to handle; crack and eventually peel are two of the main damages you can notice in your piece of furniture over time. Continue Reading…

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may 12 web 300x200 Install your windows with these DIY stepsI really like encouraged people who design and plan their home improvements; but I love when decide to make it to tackle their own DIY projects. This post is based on how you can install a new window at home; we all know that there are a few reasons why homeowners make the decision to replace their home windows, security and energy efficiency are two of the most important. It is well known that non- impact windows won’t protect you from storms, or intruders and old windows leak air make energy bills considerably raise. Continue Reading…

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Haven’t you experienced the fresh and great smell of a just cut bouquet of flowers? Don’t you love it? Beyond bringing beauty and fragrance, when you think of flowers as part of your home decor you are also providing your spaces with an array of health benefits, including mood improvement instantly. Expert suggest that people with fresh flowers in their homes are most likely to feel less worried and experiment fewer periods of anxiety or depression and in my opinion, this is an amazing reason to place flowers in your home than can easily take the place of a boring everyday table decor. Continue Reading…

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As homeowners, we all know how annoying can be having a constant “drip…drip…drip” coming from our kitchen faucet; it could be not only an exasperating noise, but a terrible way to misuse one of the most essential resources out mother nature has provided us with: water. As a matter of fact, kitchen faucet leak is a very common home improvement problem many people have to deal with, worn out washers, seats, o- rings or seal are some of the causes that make your leaky faucet ranges from a simple inconvenient to a really urgent situation which needs to be addressed immediately.

There are four types of kitchen faucets: compression, cartridge, ball and ceramic disk, based on each type as well as their dripping issues, you can fix them yourself because they are generally pretty simple fixings. What you will need to do before starting any leaky faucet repairing project in your kitchen, is to identifying the type of faucet your own as well as getting the proper tools that will help you to do the job right. The following is an interesting compilation I would like to share with you, which shows what are the most common kitchen faucet leak problems and some guidelines you need to follow in order to execute a good home improvement project.

Guidelines: how to fix a Leaky Kitchen Faucet. Fix your Ball Rotary Kitchen Faucet

Materials & Tools Required

Even though you might not need to replace the entire faucet, kitchen ball faucets have several parts that must be replaced. On the other hand, you will need to be sure you have some special tools that you need, they should be designed especially for the make and model of your faucet. Prices of this type of kits normally cost between $8 and $35, it will depend on your faucet model. Regarding materials needed for such improvement project, you can find them in the plumbing section of most home repairs shops and they are:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Slip- joint pliers
  • Needle- nose pliers
  • Flat- head screwdrivers

Turn off the water to your faucet: to make sure you do this properly, look underneath your sink for the pipes which run up. Along those pipes somewhere, you will find the handles you have to turn to shut off in order to stop water flow; twist clockwise to shut off. When water is already off, open the faucet so it water excess can drain; then plug the sink drains, this is important to prevent small parts from falling in during the fixing process.

Detach and remove the handle: start by unscrewing and removing the handle; lift it off and using an allen wrench, remove the screw that you see on the handle’s underside. Set the screw aside, in a safe place.

Use slip- joint pliers to remove the cap and collar: in order to loosen and lift the dome assembly to reveal the bonnet, ball and cam. Now remove the inlet seals and springs, reach into the mechanism itself to accomplish this step, you will need needle- pliers. At this point, it will be a smart idea if you inspect the balls in order to detect signs of wear, cracking or sediment buildup; if you notice any of these problems, then replace the ball.

O- rings replacement: the next step is to use a flat- head screwdriver that helps you to cut off each old o- ring and spring set located below the ball. Make sure you take note of each spring’s orientation, then replace the set with the new one from the repair kit. Orient the spring in the same manner as the set. You can also coat the new o- rings in plumber’s grease before installing.

Resemble the handle: by reversing the above steps, you can resemble the faucet because the leak should be repaired.

Repairing Ideas that You Might Be Interested In

As it has been mentioned in this post, depending on the type of kitchen faucet you have, you will need to check the following three faucet elements to determine why your faucet is leaking:

The Washer

In case you have a faucet with two separate handles tat loosen and tighten to turn on the hot and cold water, you own a compression valve faucet. Then a solution for this type of leak issue is to replace the washers in each handle first.

The O- Ring

Cartridge and compression faucet models have generally o- rings installed within the handles in order to create a waterproof seal. Once o- rings become damaged, they can break and that’s when the leak problem shows up. So by buying the right o- ring size or the new part, replace the old o- rings.

The Cartridge

This type of faucet can have one or two handles. When it comes to turning the handle or handles, this process is a bit smoother and easier than compression faucet; whenever your cartridge faucet is leaking, it would necessary to replace the entire cartridge valve within them; the good news is that they are easy to install.

What may seem like a minimal leaky kitchen faucet, can turn into serious damages that will make you spend both, money and time. You can be surprised by the consequences that an unchecked leaky sink can make to your kitchen; it can put added stresses on your plumbing as well as cause drain clogs and overflows. Moreover, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaky faucets that drip one time per second can actually reach a waste of water that upwards of 3, 000 gallons each year, and let me tell you that this is enough water to take 180 showers. This number should make you reflect about two aspects; the first one is that your will be spending a lot of money in water bills if you do not strive to solve your kitchen leaky faucet issue, and the second one and most important, by addressing this type of home problem you will be contributing to preserve our main and also threaten natural resource: water.

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Known as a high performance lightweight wall system for interiors, which consists of a GI steel frame that is encased in gypsum plasterboards on side attached with self- drilling screws; drywall is a popular building material that today is present in a significant number of modern construction projects. What makes this material so common in the construction market is that drywall offers a wide range of excellent benefits if compare with other alternatives. When properly installed drywall looks simply beautiful, walls and ceilings are way more attractive and thus, this increase the value of your property.

If we talk about energy efficiency, then this material pops up from the list as it helps improving insulation and contributes to retain room temperature at a remarkable level. Drywall is also one of the favorite option for a construction projects since it is considered a cost efficient choice; this material is affordable for homeowners who are on a budget, and once installed you will only need to painting your walls in order to change your home’s overall appearance.

Now let’s mention an important aspect that can take place at certain point: drywall damage. It is completely normal if your house expands or contracts due to weather conditions, this may cause your drywall’s framing to swell or shrink and therefore cracks appear. There are another types of damages you might be facing, but fortunately they are easy and inexpensive to fix not to mention that you can actually repair them by yourself with minimal equipment. In order to repair and conceal the most common drywall damages, read and follow the steps I have enlisted below.

Small Section Fix

To start this type of repairing, make sure you count on these basic small- patch tools and materials:

  • Drywall joint compound
  • Ready- made drywall patches
  • Painter’s putty
  • Around 6 or 12 inch taping knives
  • Utility knife
  • Sandpaper

Whether the damage was caused by moving a piece of furniture or a door knob, patching with a new piece of drywall is the best solution you can achieve, so get ready- made drywall patches. They are available at big box home stores or in hardware stores, be sure the ones you choose use a peel and stick, metal backed for added strength. Now it is time to clean up the hole’s edges, use a utility knife and by pressing back into any small chunks you might find, you will eliminate flaps that can be still hanging. Then, carefully shape the patch so it can fit the hole, to securely attach the drywall to the surrounding area be sure to leave extra backing.

Next, clean that area that needs to be repaired in order to have maximum adhesion, but don’t clean it too much so the drywall doesn’t get too wet, let it dry and then apply the patch to the area with smooth movements tape edges, using a putty knife to do this is ideal because it will remove air bubbles. It is time to apply a thin coat of joint compound over the damaged area, use a wide blade putty knife to spread it; the idea is to apply compound in such a smooth way that the patch backing is literally feathered into the rest of the wall. at this point, non- shrink joint compound should be applied liberally on the repaired area with a wider putty knife, which produces smoother results. Let the patched area dries thoroughly, and then sand the area by using drywall sandpaper, and if possible attach ii to a drywall sander, you won’t want to create a huge amount of dust. To hide slight imperfections, you can apply a very thin topcoat of joint compound and if you skillfully accomplish this step, you won’t need to do additional sanding.

Popped Nails Section Fix

A nail is obviously used to hold two pieces of material together, so it is completely normal to face this type of repairing. Sometimes the nail head is pounded below the top surface and thus the nail can lose its holding power, therefore it can lead to additional damage. For this repair, besides the before mentioned materials and tools, additional screws and some other tools or materials will be needed, it will depend on the method you follow to execute your fix.

Get the help of a utility knife to scrap away the drywall, scrap until you can see the screw. Next you can continue with one of the two ways to fix nail pops; you may use a hammer to drive the nail back into the studs, then bracket each nail head with closely spaced drywall screws. You can also do this repair by removing the nail and drive a screw in its place, along with a second screw nearby in order to re- secure the drywall to the stud. Be careful when using drywall screws, recess their heads slightly so in case you create a dimple in the drywall surface, you can cover it with joint compound. If there are several screws placed in a row, spot- patch each one with compound and cover them with fiberglass tape.

Corner Bead Fix

Sometimes even good secured drywall outer corner bead can be affected by strong knocks, that lead the outer drywall to chip or crack. To this fix you will also need:

  • Metal cutting saw
  • New corner bead
  • Pry bat or claw hammer
  • Metal snips

To start this repair project cut out the damaged corner bead area. Based on the size of the area, you will have to pry part of the corner bead off the drywall sheets. Then, measure and shape the metal snips to create a new corner bead’s section, apply it using joint compound on the underside. Make sure to secure it on the wall, to cover and blend it back into the wall, apply 1 to 3 additional layers of compound on top of your new corner area.

Drywall is a strong and robust construction material which have many different applications since is used to partition any interior for instance: homes, offices, hotels, schools, industry and hospitals. Although this material typically lasts the lifetime of a building, when it is subjected to abuse or alteration there will be some repairs you will need to address. You can achieve a repair yourself (and save some money), because the finishing work for any drywall repair is really straightforward and manageable for DIYer.

If you are willing to complete drywall repairs there are some practices, you might want to keep in mind to achieve a great project; remember to wait at least 24 hours from the compound’s application to start sanding. Using light pressure with a fine grit sanding sponge is an exceptional way to create a smooth finish on the wall and last but not least, let the primer completely dries before you repaint the patch area, blend it into the painted area and you will have an even smoother final look.

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Tipos de piso destacada 300x138 How to Make a Proper Vinyl Flooring DIY Installation

Vinyl flooring usually has preserve its common presentation, such as single in rolls of large sheets, however time also has reward vinyl in matters of style and nowadays vinyl flooring is available in more practical, much easier to setting up formats.

At Finish Build vinyl flooring tiles are always recommended for commercial uses. Due to the lack of weight FinishBuild vinyl flooring products are usually purchased in 12-inch squares that feature adhesive backing. The thicker the tile is, the better it will hold up over longer periods of time, but what we really think it is important is the acoustic properties this material owns. Installing tile is an ideal project for DIY eagers, particularly in smaller rooms or in this case fashion shows ramp.

Nevertheless, it is important to purchase all tiles from the same lot because, while other lots may be labeled as being the same pattern and color, slight differences in shade may occur. When it comes about setting your chalk lines, starting in the center of the room is what we usually recommend. After removing paper backing, press tiles into place. Keep into account that trimming your tiles at the walls and other edges. Subsequently we suggest you to roll tiles in both directions to set them steady.

What FinishBuild recommends:

3 300x300 How to Make a Proper Vinyl Flooring DIY InstallationWhen it comes to installing vinyl planks, let me tell you is perfectly doable. Since vinyl flooring planks come with an easy interlocking system, you can easily jump on the journey of actually doing it yourself. At FinishBuild we are here, once again, with the purpose of helping you on do the first moves.

First of all let’s clean the room. Before starting, empty your room of all furniture and make sure that the surface of the room is perfectly smooth by removing nails, debris and scraping up any old adhesive. Take into account that your sub floor needs to be dry as well as be smooth and as even possible because every lump, bump and crease may appear visible. Make a template of the floor using felt paper.


 

Materials you would use:

  1. Pencil
  2. Tape measure
  3. Hammer
  4. Vinyl cutting knife
  5. Sealant
  6. Broom

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Once we have a clean surface, there is an important move you should definitely consider if you are aiming for outstanding results: Level your subfloor​, generally vinyl planks flooring products can be install onto existed flooring surfaces. Therefore check the condition of your subfloor, if a surface is in poor conditions, you may need to substitute it. You can drill in a plywood underlayment with screws fairly easily, nevertheless it is important to screw heads below the surface of the wood. If you install an underlayment over your existing subfloor, make sure the surface is level. Afterwards, sealing is our next step. Paint a coat of sealant onto your subfloor. Protect the bottom of your walls or cabinets with strips of masking tape to avoid splash. Once the floor is sealed, let it cure for as long as required before you start laying your vinyl planks.

Phase 2:

Now is time for you to make an important choice. Decide on which direction you will lay your vinyl planks. Subsequently, measure the floor to work out where the middle of your middle row will sit. This is your middle line. In order to be double extra sure, I personally suggest (and if you have the time) to face vinyl planks on the floor to get a clear idea of how can tiles adjust to the space. This also can help you to get a visual plus of the vinyl planks you might have to cut in order to fit edges. Next, hammer a nail at each end of this line and then tie a string chalk line between them. Snap your string chalk line to mark your center line on the floor.

Now proceed to set each plank by laying the first row of vinyl plank flooring, whether is by peeling them off on the back for each plank (in the case they are the adhesive type) or by assemble them if they come with the interlocking system. Subsequently flatten them it into place, over the top of the center line and remember that each vinyl plank has a directional arrow on its backing paper. At FinishBuild we strongly suggest that in order to obtain the finest visual result, lay all your planks facing the same way.

Lay the second row of vinyl plank flooring next to the first. Stagger the second row so the end of each plank lines up with the middle of the plank in the previous row. When laying the third row of planks, use your combination square to make sure its joins line up with the joins in the first row and try to maintain this staggered pattern going the whole way across the floor.

Phase 3:

pros and cons of vinyl flooring destacada 8 300x300 How to Make a Proper Vinyl Flooring DIY InstallationOn this phase you must let go the extra vinyl material. Some of your vinyl floor planks will need to be trimmed to fit around the floor corners. Take into account that in phase 2 you can be aware of how much material is not going to be longer needed however, this phase allows you to measure and mark out your lines on each plank and make your cuts with a trimming knife. In order to get finest results, go over the cut line two or three times instead of trying to cut all at once. When your trim is finished, remove the backing paper and stick the plank in place hoping for the best. We recommend you (in case you have adhesive type) to curve and bend the board as you lay it down, visualize that when installing part of the vinyl plank would be against the floor while the part yet to be placed is in the air. Successively, roll the board down and onto the surface of your floor. The aim with this procedure is to avoid the development of air pockets, however you can also help yourself with a piece of fabric on your hand to press the boards to the ground.

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To sum up, after installation, clean adhesive from tile surfaces with wet cloth. Fasten trim and moldings to the wall, not the flooring. In addition, avoid heavy traffic on the new installation for at least 72 hours while adhesive sets. If you are interest on see more about vinyl interlocking systems installation, we invite to check this video:

How To Install A Floating Vinyl Plank Floor

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Crown molding is one of those architectural feature that when done well, makes the ceiling of your home look higher, more finished as well as more interesting , not to mention the adding value your home gets in its value. Now, what about the history of such a great home improvement idea? In order to share some interesting information regarding crown molding, I would like to mention that it all started with the ancient Greeks; they used it in buildings to visually divide spaces into smaller units, the most common molding shapes they used were based on the classical ellipse, parabola and hyperbola. Then the Romans simplified those shapes, incorporating molding on circles, developing the half round and quarter round shapes. Today it is still possible to find and see both the Greek and Roman versions of molding; they are actually considered the building blocks of interior ornamentation.

When it comes time to make some home improvements, it is the little details, as much as the large renovations, that essentially make an impact in transforming a room from a simple space to a textured and eye- catching area with a more finished, modern and sophisticated feel. Fortunately, adding those little touches and do it yourself elements in your home is easier and cheaper than it may seem. Understanding the ins and outs of molding installation is key in the process of arming yourself with everything you need in order to execute an outstanding DIY crown molding project; balance your skills and patience, the result will be your home’s rooms with a real impact. Crown molding is another great DIY project you can accomplish and today I would like to show how you can do it.

Determine the Style of Molding You Want

Since it comes in a wide variety of types that ranges from MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) to intricate wood designs, it is important for you to determine the material you want your molding to be made of. My suggestion is that if you are planning to install crown molding in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, do not opt for MDF molding as the humidity of these rooms can cause it to warp.

Measure the Space

Luckily crown molding is designed to travel the whole perimeter of the room around the ceiling. What you need to do is just run a tape measure along the floor and once you have the linear footage calculated, you have to add 15% or 20% to ensure you purchase enough molding material.

Make Sure You Count on the Required Tools and Other Materials

Your main material will be molding, however you will also need the following tools and extra materials:

Power miter saw
Coping saw
Sandpaper (file)
Laser level
Chalk line
Paintable caulk/ caulk gun
Rasp
Drill
Power nailer
4d, 6d, or 8d finishing nails
Carpenter’s glue
Wood putty

Cut the Corners of the Molding

The corner pieces of your molding should be cut at 45 degrees angles so they can fit into each space. Hold the molding upside down will be very useful in order to get each piece to fit together on the wall itself. When it comes to inside corners, you will only need one piece cut at 45 degrees, the other piece can butt against the wall 90 degrees. To make the two pieces fit together, cope the back of the 45 degrees piece so you can cut away the excess material and keep the profile at 45 degrees angle. As soon as you cope the joint, the 45 degrees piece has to fit in snugly against the 90 degrees piece on an inside corner. Now for the outside corner, you won’t need coping but only cutting two pieces at opposing 45 degrees angles; once again take care to cut them upside down. A smart idea may be using the opposing 45 degrees angle method for inside corners as well; adjust the angle of the cut’s long point towards the ceiling accordingly. Since the fit mitered 45 degrees cuts is not as tight as the coped cut for inside corners, you should pay attention and use caulk to finish these cuts.

Draw a Guide and Measure the Wall

Measuring the wall gives you an idea of the length your first piece of molding should have. Draw a guide on the wall to show the bottom edge of the molding, you might need someone else’s help in this step. Once you have mark the guide, press the molding into each other tightly enough that the fit is secure and aesthetically appealing. When you find that point, it is time to use a pencil to draw a line on along the bottom of the molding. Use a laser to level the molding and determine the angle of the ceiling. As a suggestion, draw a guide across the wall and leave a gap at the top so you can fill in with caulk or wood putty.

Cope the Joints

Coping a joint is simply scribing the end of one molding to the face of the other. To achieve this, darken the front edge with a pencil and the use the coping saw in order to cut as close to the line as possible. Hold your thumbs against the blade’s side so you can guide the start of your cut. Strive to start the cutting step slowly so you avoid splintering the delicate edge. Cut a slight angle and be sure to cut off more from the molding’s edge so you do not need to cut it all at one time.

Understand the Fits

Locate all the wall studs and ceiling joists by using a stud finder, mark each one with blue painter’s tape. These marks serve as your measurements for cutting the straight pieces of molding.

Attach the Molding

Take the molding to the wall once the fit is right. Ii is recommended to start at one corner and then make your way around the room. A power nailed with 2 inches finishing nails will be required to attach the molding at all the studs and ceilings joists. The use of this tool reduces fatigue and eliminates the need for predrilling. Additionally, it is important to add caul or construction adhesive to each corner as well as lap joint before to the installation. This not only creates a stronger bond but also ensures that the pieces firmly fit together, and makes finishing easier.

Make an Aesthetic Finish

Now that you have the entire room completed, add caulk to fill in the top areas; hide that nails by adding non shrinking vinyl adhesive to all nail holes. Be sure you tap in any nail heads which may be protruding, use a hammer and tamper.

Crown molding as a gorgeous home improvement has been part of the building tradition since the time of the Greeks and Romans; this architectural feature provides your spaces with classic and modern details that can beautifully set the tone of your room, whether to ornate or modern. I must suggest you to keep style in mind when deciding among the incredible variety of crown molding designs you can find; your style should suitably match the overall style of your house. On the other hand it is not worthy to install crown molding in a home where everything else is outdated, make sure to first upgrade other areas of your home for instance a fresh coat of paint, a new or refinished flooring and then focus on giving your home the best version of crown molding you can create, this architectural feature will ultimately give you the best bang for your buck.

Remember, address those various other issues in your home that need to be fixed and once you have them done, it will be time to move on to you DIY crown molding project; believe me, it will look out of place having such a good crown molding created by you in a home with worn- out flooring, peeling paint (or wallpaper) and outdated light fixtures.

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