Destacada2 300x138 Get to Know the Most Common Causes & Solutions of Water Stains

It is very easy for homeowners to identify water stains after a rainstorm, there are obvious signs people can notice in order to determine there is a problem with the roof. Ok, but what happens if it has not rained and constant leaks are still occurring? The answer to this question can be tricky sometimes as there are different reasons that can be causing such problems. Nevertheless, there is something very important you have to keep in mind and it is the fact that a slow leak is usually harder to find than a big one, this is due to the possibility stains have to migrate from their original opening.

As a new homeowner or potential home’s buyer, it will be essential for you to inspect your entire property in order to determine the different causes of leaks in any area of your home; to achieve this, your visual inspection skills will be key to identify the area above and around the stain, remember that the location of the stain will always give you an idea about where to find the possible source of that annoying water leak. What you are about to read is a list of some of the most common sources of ceiling stains.

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Stains at Outside wall or Ceiling Corners

These of stains appear at the ceiling along outside walls at the corners due to ice dams leakage; which causes trouble when they melt and once ice “dams”, blocks the path of the melting water because it has nowhere to go and typically finds their way in behind your gutters or underneath your shingles. Moreover, when attic’s insulation is insufficient and there are attic air leaks, it is very likely that ice dams causes the leaking. What it takes to prevent this, is to have the attic air leaks sealed and add more insulation to the attic; this way you will have roof leakage from ice dams away.

Stains Below Bathroom Exhaust Fans

This type of stains starts when a bathroom exhaust fan is connected to an un- insulated duct, runs through the attic space and thus does not make an airtight connection to an appropriate roof cap. Furthermore, moisture gets trapped in your home without the right ventilation and insulation system, this leads to condensation to build up. In order to solve this problem, you might need to contact a qualified contractor who can determine whether or not you have an adequate ventilation based on your house’s size. Additionally, you can also run kitchen and bath fans when you cook or use any of your bathrooms, make it a habit if possible.

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Once home inspector finds a stain below a plumbing fixture, the next thing to do is to use a moisture meter to see if there is active leaking. It could happen that the stain is dry, in this case the plumbing fixture above should be meticulously tested, then the stain should be checked again.

Ceiling Stains that Appear Without Any Sign of Roof Leaks

These random ceiling stains occur due to condensation in the attic, for instance. Once enough frost builds up in this area of your home, then it can leave enough water and when it melts stains in many random places show up. This is why it would be very important to check the attic, you should pay special attention to the valleys where two roos planes come together. Also, the insulation should be dry as well as in good condition. In addition, those houses located in cold climates are highly prone to develop ice dams on the roof, this can cause water to leak into the attic from melting snow and ice on the roof.

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Early solutions to water stains in your home will be always the best way to keep owning a home that not only looks amazing, but also is in great conditions; strive to avoid a frequent mistake many homeowners make which is ignoring their water stains, the prompter you address them the better you solve a minimal issue that can turn into an irreparable damage. It is true that water stains may have diverse sources which are not that easy to locate; however, deep inspection and counting on the assessment and help of a professional can save you from spending a lot of money as well as time, if you make the decision to call an expert as soon as you start noticing irregular water stains in your home. I also would like to recommend you not to try to fix any stain or damaged drywall until you are sure you have addressed the moisture problem licked that is causing the problem, otherwise water will continue to seep and all of the work and effort you have done will be in vain. In FinishBuild we are aware of the fact that your property is a huge investment, this is why we offer the best home inspection service; whether for your house’s interiors or exteriors, we will make sure your home is protected for many years to come.

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u8B_xE9ZVo&t=318s

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TIPS ON HOW TO DIY REPAIR YOUR FURNITURE destacada 300x138 Tips on How To DIY Repair Your Furniture

Did you know that 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? It is really a pity that (for a variety of “reasons”), many people ignore that 3 million of these items cab be repair and reused; of course not all furniture you find is necessarily eye- catching, however with a proper repairing plan, right tools, a little bit of patience and creativity you can bring back shabby pieces of furniture; even the ones that were passed on from your relatives and you thought were not chic anymore.

There is not denial that the furnishings in our homes are common targets of a considerable deal of stress and strain, for instance legs get wobbly, surfaces get dinged, dented or even scratched. This is mainly due to the rough and tumble that is life in any home. Nevertheless, in most cases damages are reversible with little expertise, and fortunately you do not need to be a seasoned carpenter to make long lasting repairs that allow you to save money. Actually, whether if you are a beginner or a pro executing DIY project that improve your home’s appearance, then this post has been made for you.

Arm Yourself with the Basic Toolkit

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Hide glue is one of the most essential tools you will need; this adhesive choice can make or break the long term success in your repaired furnishing. This amazing adhesive which is made from the skins of animals will dissolve when hot water is applied directly to it; this makes reparability easy and success. Modern synthetic glue is also another great item you can consider, it seals the surface of the wood and thus guaranties that no glue will ever be able to be used on top of it again.

Glue brush will be another item to include in your basic toolkit since hide glue is water- based; you will need it to spread the glue once you apply it for gluing joints and veneer. Generally a 3/8” wide brush will be more than enough to accomplish a good performance.

A 24oz dead blow mallet is a handy tool you need to have because they’ve got sand or lead shot in the head, which really helps giving a proper and direct thump where is needed.

West system epoxy syringe will be essential to get hot water into a joint. Sometimes you will need to apply small amounts of this liquid directly to the joint line to let it seep in. Small syringes are the perfect choice for this.

A fine rasp will be a great tool in case you will to clean up glue residue inside mortises before you re- glue the piece of furniture.

Scratches on Wood Furniture

Sometimes furniture polish and orange oil just do not work on helping you eliminate scratches on your wood furniture. To solve this problem and make your furniture pieces look much better, you may try taking a kitchen rag and mix about 1/cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil (quantities might change, depending on how big the surface is), once mixed you need to dipped it in and rubbed it on. Make sure to spread the mixture over the entire piece of furniture, you will immediately start noticing the transformation. Try this and you will surely see differences that not only make your now usable furniture surface better but also will add a silky smooth and clean look.

Fixing Chewed Chairs

TIPS ON HOW TO DIY REPAIR YOUR FURNITURE 2 300x300 Tips on How To DIY Repair Your FurnitureEven though you have bought a bone, a toy or a piece of wood for your dog to chew in order to keep him away from chewing you chairs’ legs, your pet just find it enjoyable chewing them. Unfortunately, chew marks ruin the look of the furniture and most of the times also affect its structural integrity. To repair this problem you will need:

  • 220- Grit sandpaper
  • A putty knife
  • Fan bush
  • Auto body filler
  • Paper
  • Mineral spirits

Start this fixing by taking a look of the damaged area and clean it up, this way it is ready to be repair. Using the utility knife, scrape away any frayed edges of wood that stick out from the surface. What you should do next is to apply the auto- body filler on the chewed area; you might need to do a few applications more in order to build up the area so it will be level with the surrounding area. Once it dries, it is time to sand it down to the final shape. To accomplish a smooth sanding, use a 150- grit sandpaper on the filled area; sand both the edges where the filler meets and the non- damaged areas to feather it all together. Now you need to add color to your furnishing and a good tip is to mix the tone you have chosen with a little white to lighten, or black if you need to darken the color. In addition, colors like red, yellow or orange may help achieve the proper wood tone you would like to have. It is also important to make notice that once the acrylic paint is dried, you need to spray a couple of clear lacquer coats over the area, make sure the coats are light and start with a sheen that is slightly shinier than you need.

Scratches and discoloration on the surfaces of your furniture are just some of the damages your items are vulnerable to, but this does not mean you have to throw them away. Luckily, there are many of these problems that can be fixed by you; I think that learning some tips on how to repair your furniture will go a long way on inspiring your creativity, grow your patience and of course will save you money you can invest on another home improvement ideas. In few and easy steps you can find in the full blown DIY craze, repairing or refinishing what you used to call ugly and old furniture is possible, believe me! This is something that thousands of people are doing. Just by following a couple of key principles, you will be set on the right path to repair your furniture, you should also remember that any time you are thinking about removing original material or replacing parts, you need to be sure that it is completely necessary; of course this will not be a concern for a professional furniture conservator, but as you would like to repair your own furniture, it is important for me to remind you this.

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TOP 3 WORST WOOD ENEMIES PROTECT YOUR CHERISHED NEST destacada 300x138 Top 3 Worst Wood Enemies: Protect Your Cherished Nest

Small and fresh conical piles of sawdust in your home? Oh yes dear reader! You are probably having issues with some uninvited guests. Today we have decided to base our article on tiny insects that may cause such damage to your home’s furniture pieces or even floors; we would like to help you identifying them and moreover, give you some solutions you can consider to keep them away from your cherished nest. There is a variety of insects that can damage those pieces of furniture that give your home the look you have always wanted; some of them come to your home to eat wood while others destroy it when they burrow into the wood, leaving small holes or sawdust on the wood’s surface which is one of the first features that will indicate you your wooden structures are being damaged by insects. However, there are some cases where damages are not visible to the naked eye, this is why it is always good idea inspecting those wood areas at home so you can detect the problem in its early stage…better safe than sorry.

Top 3 Worst Wood Enemies

Wood enemies attack its structures, damaging almost any wood product among the possible target these tiny creatures may have there are; wooden pallets, shipping carts, firewood, household items such as picture frames, bamboo products, wicker baskets or furniture and even broom handles. So as you can read, there are important spaces and items in your home you should protect from these insects, that can cause serious damage to your structures and therefore, you will need to invest more time and money in repairing them. The following are 3 of the worst wood enemies we have selected for you to be aware of them.

Powderpost Beetles

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Being the largest group of animals (having about 400,000 species in 500 families), beetles have the basic insect anatomy of head, thorax and abdomen. Most of these beetles are found in homes, they do infest both hardwoods and softwoods. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feeds on the wood, chews a tunnel to the surface over the course of one to five years, this is basically the damage that powderpost beetles cause on your wooden pieces. Powderpost prefer wood in cool locations with considerable moisture levels.

Where can you find the damages caused by these types of beetle? They are often found in floors, planks, paneling, door furniture and molding.

Deathwatch Beetles

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This is a well-known species in Europe; the source of the name is Xestobium rufovillosum. They have given that name because of their habit of tapping on wood to attract a mate. Deathwatch beetles generally infest moist and partly decayed softwood timber. The beetle larvae fill their tunnels with powder that has a slightly gritty texture, just with less coarse that false powderpost beetles. The exit holes are larger than powerpost beetle holes, however the sizes can vary.

Where can you find them? They are more likely to be found in damp buildings or areas with poor drainage or water leaks.

False powderpost beetles

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This type of beetle infests whether hardwoods or some softwoods. Among the main target false powderpost beetles have, tropical timber and bamboo transported in international trade are often the damaged ones. Flooring, paneling furniture and many other hardwood elements are some of the items these beetles attack. Regarding the female false powderpost beetles, it does not lay their eggs on the wood’s surface but bore a space into the wood to lay its eggs in pores or cracks. The larvae pack their tunnels with a distinguished coarse that make them stand from other type of wood borer.

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