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Cleaning Products For Linoleum Flooring

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Cleaning linoleum floor like pro

Before and after image of linoleum floors

There are various products which are available for cleaning linoleum flooring. But if you want to clean your linoleum flooring, you must find the best ways to clean it and get the best result out of it. There are also several cleaners which are not appropriate for cleaning linoleum flooring as it would damage it and such cleaners must be kept away from your floor. You can go to any home improvement store and ask for cleaning products suitable for linoleum flooring. However these products can be good for your floor but they might not be good for environment or even you skin. If you don’t want to take a chance then you can opt for homemade cleaning supplies which can be used for cleaning linoleum flooring. You can get this from your home only and hence you don’t have to spend money for buying them from the market. Here are some of the combinations that are homemade and can be used as cleaning supplies for cleaning your linoleum flooring.

  • Vinegar and baby oil

Vinegar and bay oil can be a good combination for cleaning linoleum flooring. You will have to take one cup of white vinegar and pour it in a container which should be large enough to contain 5 gallons of warm water. After that, add up one cap of baby oil to this mixture. Boil the water and fill up this container as per your need, make sure to add up the water after all the other contents are added to the mixture. Mix up all the contents by using a wooden spoon for ensuring that it is mixed properly before making use of it.

  • Vinegar, baking soda and soap

Take 1/4th cup of baking soda and dissolve it while you are filling the container. Take two gallons of hot water and mix it up with baking soda. When it is probably full, add up dish washing soap one tablespoon to this mixture. If you add up the soap at an early stage then it would make the water lathery and will result in leaving unwanted marks on your linoleum floors. When these contents are properly mixed, add up 1/4th cup of vinegar to it before you are ready to mop the floor.

  • Vinegar, baking soda and oil

Take three gallons of hot water and add 1/4th cup of vinegar to it. Also add up 1/4th cup of baking soda to this mixture. Mix it properly by using a wooden spoon and add up some drops of essential oil to it. After you are done with mopping the floor with this solution, make sure to give your floor fresh scent for good smell in home.

Extra tips

For getting the optimum result while using all this cleaning supplies and making your linoleum floor sparkling clean, you must start from one of the corners of the room and make use of brush or broom for sweeping any dust or dirt from your floor. Sweep properly till you are sure that all the debris has gone from the room.

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How To Build Metal Roof Truss

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Constructing metal roof truss

Building metal roof truss

Homeowners many not like the idea of building metal roof truss on their property. But on other hand, taking into consideration the important function that roof truss play, it is advisable to build metal roof truss on your property. Building metal roof truss will provide support for those components which makes up your roof which will result in making your roof stronger. All those triangular wood frames which are entangled are attached with your roofing material will ensure that your roof will remain sturdy. Installation of metal roof truss is actually very easy. You can also build metal roof truss by yourself. There are plenty of things to consider when you are undertaking the project of building metal roof truss by yourself. If you are also thinking to go for installing metal roof truss by yourself then here are some of the tips for building metal roof truss.

  • Proper fixing of screws

You need to position your screws on the interval of every 6 inches on the outer part of the metal truss. These screws should be placed at an interval of every 12 inches in the inner side of your metal truss. Keep on doing this till you reach the opposite side of your roof. By following this correct method of interval of screws, you will get the secure attachment of the truss and the plywood which is below it. Placing these screws inside metal is not at all an easy task to do and hence you need to be sure for knowing the required number of screws which must be placed on metal.

  • Proper measurement of metal truss

Metal roof truss comes in plenty of different length. There are several manufacturers that order the metal roof truss which are meant specifically for your roof. Make sure that you have the appropriate length of the truss as cutting the metal is not at all and easy thing to do. Cut the design load and end of the truss very accurately. This will help you in saving money, effort and time.

  • Specific metal truss fasteners

When you are making use of metal roof truss for building your roof, you will have to secure the truss with the wood by using special fasteners. The usual wooden screws which are used for installing metal truss will not work properly while installing metal truss. These special truss fasteners will be made from metal plates which have holes where you can attach the screws. You can also build these metal truss fasteners in barbs for fastening trusses.

  • Cutting ply board properly

When you are making use of metal truss, you need the position of the ply wood to be correct. While you are doing this, make sure that the plywood grain is perpendicular with your metal truss. While you are adding ply boards, ensure that the ends of ply board are positioned directly on the top of truss. Positioning them accurately will make sure that the truss is secure.

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How To Cut Linoleum Floor Sheeting

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Linoleum floor sheething cutting

Cutting linoleum floor sheeting

If you are considering installation of linoleum floor sheeting then you must be doing it by yourself as installing linoleum flooring is quite easy job. One of the parts of installing linoleum flooring includes cutting linoleum floor sheeting and you would have to do that also. However before you go for cutting linoleum flooring, you need to have some knowledge about it and you also have to do proper planning. You don’t have any other alternative then to cut linoleum floor sheeting if you want to install it. One of the great ideas is to make paper template of your room and then implement your work. This idea would be saving you from many mistakes and also save you time. Here are some of the steps for cutting linoleum floor sheeting.

  • Brown paper

Purchase a brown butcher’s paper which is of 18 inch width. Put the paper along the walls of your room by leaving a gap of 18 inch in between the wall and the paper. Make a triangular hole at a distance of every 18 inches in the paper and apply masking tape on the hole for attaching the paper properly on the floor. When you are putting up your brown butcher paper template ensure that you are overlapping each and every piece for about 2 inch and tape up all the pieces with each other. Make sure to slide the paper under your door casings.

  • Fit the piping around

Tape up the paper on one of the side of the pipe for fitting the paper template around the pipe. Take the distance from the wall to the center of the pipe. Take a distance of 1/8 inch and then draw a circle on another paper of the diameter of the pipe by using a compass. Cut the circle properly and then fit up the paper around pipe and then tape it up with the paper on other side of the pipe. Roll it up and then carry it with the linoleum sheeting.

  • Make the area ready

When you are working, make sure to clear up the area of large flat surface. Decide which area you want the seam to fit. It is advisable to install the seams in those areas where there is not much traffic or where it will not come into notice very easily. Be careful about cutting over the pattern lines ort around the grout lines which will be seen along the edge of any part which might be connected. Leave distance of 2 edges for overlapping or even more than that and secure all of them together by using tape. Make sure you are not standing or kneeling on the seams.

  • Put up the template

Place the paper template over linoleum sheet which you want to cut. Also tape the sheet so it is secured in its place. Try and use more tape so that the template will stay in its place while you cut them. For tracing the template outline make use of erasable felt tip and don’t smudge the outline while removing the template.

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How to Apply Paint Sealant to Metal Roof

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Person Applying paint Sealant

Paint sealant applied by a home owner

Are you having a painted metal roof in your home? If your metal roof is painted, it is important to put and apply a paint sealer. It is important so that it can help in making your roof work well and to make sure that it is weather resistant completely. Metal roof has flashing; other joins and seams where there are high chances of water to seep in. This will end up causing damaging effects to the metal roof. If you’re thinking that the process of applying the paint sealant is difficult, let me tell you it’s not. It’s not at all difficult of applying the paint sealant to the metal roof but you need to be prepared of the things that are important for the roof. Here are certain steps on applying paint sealant on the metal roof. Follow them for enjoying your metal roof that can last for a longer period of time.

Paint sealant applying process:

  • Start the process by cleaning the surface of your metal roof. Well, you roof might completely be painted but it is also important to be clean and neat before you apply the sealant. For performing this process, you need to limb up on the roof by using a ladder and sweep the surface. Make sure you remove each and every thing from its surface.
  • Start inspecting the joins and the seams and also the screws. Paint is applied in the form of color but it doesn’t perform correctly all the time. It is advisable of laying patching cement on the surface of the joints as well as the screws so that it doesn’t become the reason for water seeping into your home.
  • Make the use of paint brush for applying it on its surface. It is advisable of using a stiff bristle brush that can easily spread up the cement on the entire area. It is advisable of letting it dry completely before you step ahead for the second step.
  • It is important to identify your sealant that you can use in your roof. You simply can’t open a paint sealant for applying it on the surface. You need to recognize its features and then follow up further for applying it. Follow the instructions that are stated on the paint sealant before you apply it.
  • This is important because the manufacturers know the exact period and the type of sealant they have prepared for the roof. Now it is the time for applying the sealant on its surface. You can make the use of roller for applying the sealant. After applying it makes sure you’re letting it dry completely. It is advisable to wear your safety gears so that you don’t end up harming yourself while performing the process.
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How to Repair Roof Flashing

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Person installing Roof Flashing

Process of repairing roof flashing

We all know the importance of installing roof flashing. Roof flashing is important and among the essential material for the construction and the maintenance of the home. It works in preventing water leaks that might end up damaging the interiors as well as the exteriors of the home. Even, there are many reasons for which it is designed. It is also designed for withstanding the wear and tear of weather conditions. It is effective both the higher temperature as well as the lower ones. But, if you anytime observe any large sized water marks on the ceiling of your home, it simply means that your roof flashing is damaged or leaking. This is the high time for repairing it so that it might not end up damaging the entire premise of your home. It is advisable of taking the repairing process immediately before you end up with a costly damaging issue.

Roof flashing repairing tips:

  • Start with the project by cleaning up on the roof surface. Climb a ladder up but be sure of your safety. Make sure the ladder is high enough that can easily reach up to the surface of your roof. Make sure that the ladder is safe enough for this purpose.
  • It is advisable of taking a friend of a family member for helping you step up on the ladder. It is important to perform this process on a clear day so that you can step up on your roof. It is advisable to select a sunny day for the process ahead. Locate where the roof flashing is installed.
  • Most of the time, the roof flashing is installed around the dormer windows, skylights, the chimney and around the pipes of the roof. It is important to check this entire roof flashing areas thoroughly before you start repairing it. Don’t forget any of the part, so that it doesn’t end up getting worst.
  • Find out which area or the part of the flashing is leaking and is needed to be repaired. Observe that if any of the seal near the drip edge is broken or not. It broken, it is advisable of applying the roofing cement to it. This will prevent water damage and the water to enter up the premise of your home.
  • It is basically placed 6 to 7 inches below the surface of the roof. It is advisable to check that you don’t end up applying the cement on the eaves of the roof. Don’t forget the valley area of the flashing. Lift up the shingles that are installed near the valley flashing. You need to apply the cement on that section so that it won’t end up letting the water enter up the home premise.
  • Seal up the vents of the flashing that seems to be open. Make the use of caulking gun for sealing up the vents in the flashing. It is advisable of applying enough of the sealant on the surface so that it helps in recovering and making it more study for use.
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How to Install Laminate Floors

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Laminate floor installation

Person installing laminate floors

WE might have observed any of the remodeling projects might turn up to be an expensive as well as time consuming project. But when it comes of redoing the floors, it might not be much time consuming and expensive as you’re thinking. If you want to save your money on specially calling for the contractor for laying the floor in your home, you have now the chance for dealing with this situation. You can easily install the new laminate floors in your home by yourself without calling for the professionals. Here are certain steps that will assist you in performing the process of installing laminate floors.

Process of installing laminate floors:

It is important to determine the area where you want to install the laminate floors. Take off the molding all around the room and also the baseboards. Don’t forget to remove any doors if it is installed in your room. Get rid of the dips on the base surface of the floor by using a leveling compound and fasten up any squeaking or loose floorboards on the surface of the floor. If you’ve already removed the carpet, don’t forget to take off its nails that might had left behind.

Now, it is the perfect time for laying the underlay by rolling it out of the rows butted against each of the other without overlapping with other. Make the use of duct tape for seaming the sides. If you’ve already installed your concrete floor and planning of installing laminate floors on it, it is advisable of putting down the plastic sheet first before you start laying the laminates. This works as a vapor barrier that will balance the gap between the concrete and the laminate floors.

Make sure of determining an accurate height for your laminate floors. The height of the new laminate floors should be according to the doorframes of the room. You can check it by laying a piece of laminate on the underlay and check whether it is obstructing the opening and the closing of the door or not. Measure the entire area of the room so that you can easily comply with the process of installing laminate floors in your room.

Also measure the cross section of the room so that you can determine the exact size and width of the room. Make the use of a circular saw for cutting off the laminate floors. You can also use a jigsaw tooth and blade for cutting the laminates. Make sure you’re cutting off the good sides of your laminates. It is important to wear the safety gears while you’re performing the task of installing laminate floors in your home. Don’t forget to cover your eyes with safety goggles.

Lay the rest of the laminate floors on the surface of the room. Don’t forget to attach it firmly by using nails and screws. This will act in making the installation process much easier and sturdy that will last for a longer period of time in your home.

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How To Remove Wooden Roof Trusses

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Getting rid of wooden roof truss

Removing wooden roof truss

Removing wooden roof trusses is a time consuming job. Along with being time consuming, it is also very risky job to do. The real risk involved in removing wooden roof trusses is that you might end up damaging it and you don’t want to do it and hence it is advisable to learn the process very carefully and then go for removing it according very smoothly. Experts and professionals will advise you whether it is possible to just replace the damaged truss with a new one. However you should be very careful while removing wooden roof truss and you must think about the safety measures while doing so. The basic method for removing wooden roof trusses is to get rid of the existing roofing layer and then install the new one. Firstly you should collect all the tools and supplies which are needed for removing wooden roof trusses so that you don’t have to leave the job in middle and don’t have disturbance. You will need crowbar, hammer and reciprocating saw for removing wooden roof trusses. Collect these supplies and you can easily go for DIY removing of your wooden roof trusses. If you are going for DIY job make sure you are bit of a handy person and have somewhat experience in doing such work. If you are not comfortable and experienced in doing such work then it’s better you opt for professional so that you don’t end up damaging your roof and also harming yourself. Here is an easy and simple process of removing wooden roof trusses.

Step 1: get rid of the existing roof

The first and foremost step of removing wooden roof trusses is to disassemble your existing roofing which will be probably causing load on the truss. This can be accomplished very easily by making use of a crowbar and a hammer. When you are removing the roofing materials and taking it from the roof, make sure that you are extending the path of demolishing to each and every existing truss on each and every side of the damaged shingles. This will allow the load bearing truss to get relieved from all the pressure and it will also enable to take the truss out very safely and securely.

Step 2: remove the wooden roof trusses

When you are done with removing the existing roof layer, it’s now the time to remove the wooden roof trusses. For doing this, you can use the reciprocating saw and you can cut it through the metal brackets and lower up the trusses downwards towards the ground. If you find the wooden roof truss to be very large, you might be in need of renting a crane for getting the damaged materials out of the way very safely. When you remove the old and damaged materials, then you can proceed with replacing it with the new one. You can either just replace the damaged portion or can go for replacing the whole roof itself as you find convenient.

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How to Clean Metal Roofing

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Person cleaning Metal roof

Metal roof roof cleaned by a home owner

Are you planning of getting the longest life out of your metal roofs? This can only be possible if you make a schedule of regularly cleaning the surface of your metal roof. Even, there are many means and materials that are available for performing the process of cleaning the metal roofs like wire brushes and pressure washer. But, most importantly the process of cleaning the metal roof becomes important for the areas which lie under the susceptible chances of growing mold and mildew. Don’t know exactly how to clean your metal roof installed? These tips of cleaning it offers a better approach for performing the process of cleaning metal roofs with right types of tools and cleaning materials that re both important for the roof. This will help you in not ending up the process by damaging any of the section of your metal roof. Following them will help you in enjoying a streak and damage freer metal roof that can last for a longer period of time on your roof.

Process of cleaning the metal roof:

  • Start the process by accessing the area of cleaning you need to attempt. Access all over the area and its condition before you start with the process ahead. The process of cleaning requires lot more amount of preparation and also the cleaning process of an old metal roof due to the buildup of corrosion over several years of time.
  • But if an old metal roof properly maintained requires less amount of preparation and cleaning process, but you might still fond the accumulated corrosion on the surface. If possible do remove any old paint that is observed on the surface of your metal roof.
  • Don’t forget the safety measures while you’re climbing up high on the roofing surface. Make sure you’re wearing your safety guards and using an accurate ladder that can help you in climbing up with safety. If possible, it is advisable of tying yourself with a harness and a safety rope so there are less chances of getting injured.
  • Start scrapping the accumulated corrosion and the old paint off the surface. Scrap the paint unless and until you think it would no longer damage the surface of the roof. It’s advisable of not using any metal instrument for dealing with the process ahead. Make the use of wire brush instead of any metal material. If you think the wire brush is not working properly, only then make the use of putty knife blade for scrapping the surface of paint.
  • Now it is the perfect time for cleaning the accumulated debris, mold and mildew from your metal roof. Make sure you paint your roof back again unless all the debris is not removed off the surface of your roof. For the final steps you need to perform the touch up test of the new paint. Don’t forget to clean the roof by using water and cleaning solution.
  • Make sure to dry the roof completely before you start applying the paint on its surface. This will help in adhering the paint completely on the surface of your metal roof.
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Basics Of Concrete Kitchen Flooring

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Using concrete for kitchen flooring

Concrete kitchen flooring

Kitchen is such a place which gets dirty very often and hence it needs such flooring which can take all the dirt and combat with them easily. One of the popular choices for kitchen flooring is concrete. Many people have this opinion that concrete is used just in the factories and industries and meant for those areas only but it is not true. Concrete kitchen flooring gives amazing look and is also very suitable. If you are confused regarding installation of concrete kitchen flooring, then here is a basic guide about concrete kitchen flooring which will help you to decide whether to go for its installation or not.

Concrete kitchen flooring installation

The process of installing concrete kitchen flooring will need several days or some weeks to get finished. Every project is very unique and will need some specific techniques and time taken for completing depends upon the specialist undertaking the project. The preparation of installing concrete kitchen flooring will take 1 or 2 days as you need to remove existing layer of concrete and clean the surface. After that it needs to be pigmented, poured and finished which will take 1 day. Embedding the materials and stamping should be done on the same day when it is poured. Acid stained concrete kitchen flooring will take approximately 2 to 5 days based upon whether the flooring is of the same color or is of the same look with several color slabs. If it is a stained concrete floor then it can take 2 to 4 days more for letting the stain to penetrate the concrete surface.

Cleaning concrete kitchen flooring

If you want to prevent your flooring from wearing and tearing, then it is very essential to take the dirt and grit off the floor. You need to install a protective sealer for making your floor long lasting. For cleaning your concrete kitchen flooring, you need to sweep it or vacuum it on regular basis. If you are using vacuum then make sure to remove the rotating brush so that it will not damage your floors finish. You can also use a soft cloth or a mop with warm water for getting rid of the stubborn dirt. Try not using detergent as they can leave the residue behind which can result in making the surface of the floor dull and can also stain your floor. Make sure to not to use citrus, vinegar, harsh chemicals or any such acidic substance. You can also use wax for protecting your concrete flooring.

Ideas for concrete kitchen flooring

There are many ideas and options for concrete kitchen flooring; here are some of them you can apply.

  • Pigment – You can add tint with the concrete floor to create any color you want.
  • Embedding materials – Stone, tiles and glass are among famous materials which can be embedded through the floor field or across the perimeter.
  • Saw cutting – You can use saw for cutting off the surface of your finished concrete for creating the look of randomly shaped stone slabs or even uniform shaped tiles.

 

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How to Add Hardwood Floor Sealant

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Person applying Hardwood Floor Sealant

Hardwood Floor Sealant application

Are you planning of increasing and improvising the life of your hardwood floors? Applying a hardwood floor sealant is the best option to exercise. It is among the great way for prolonging the life and the expectancy to live for the hardwood floors. Re-coating is the suitable word that is used for sealing because for maintaining the perfect finish of your hardwood floors, you need to seal the entire surface accurately.

Hardwood floor sealant not only helps in sealing the floor but also helps in saving the floor from any water damage or leakage in your home. It simply helps in preventing highest wear and tear to the hardwood floors. Hiring a professional for installing hardwood floor sealant is a goof option, but it is also considered as a DIY project that any home owner can easily perform in their home. Here are the basic steps of applying hardwood floor sealant to your floors.

Hardwood floor sealant application:

  • Before you start the process of applying hardwood floor sealant on the surface of your floors, it’s advisable of selecting right type of sealant that is not only suitable to your hardwood floors but it also helps in saving your floors from further water damage.
  • So, it is very important that you select the right type of sealant for your floors. Even, there are many polyurethane wood sealants available in the market that is specially meant for wooden fences and decks.
  • Make the use of certainly that type of sealant that is designed for hardwood floors. In fact it helps in lasting for a longer period of time. First thing you need to perform while sealing your hardwood floors is to clean the area. Clean each and every corner of the floor and remove any accumulated debris, grease or dirt that is seen.
  • Make the use of vacuum for cleaning the surface. If you observe any furniture placed on the floor, it’s advisable of removing it and shift it to another place for better cleaning process. Move everything out of your room life the pieces of furniture and many of your personal belongings.
  • If anything left on the floor, it will simply remain unsealant. So, it’s advisable spending some amount of time for checking any leftover dust particles on the surface of your hardwood floors.
  • Start applying the sealant on the surface of your floors. It’s advisable of applying it only when you’re convinced that you’re floor is enough neat and clean. Make the use of paint brush for applying the sealant on the surface of the hardwood floors. Even, you can make the use of brush strokes for evenly spreading it on the floors.
  • This will help you on removing any grains observe in your sealant. Even, it will help you after the sealant gets perfectly dry.
  • Allow the sealant to dry completely on the surface. If you wish you can also apply the second coat of sealant. But, let the first coat get dry. It is better to apply the seconds and the third coat after it is completely dry.
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