Exterior Painting – DIY Tips

Posted on 21 October 2019 (0)

Painting the exterior of your home may seem like a hard, long, and tedious nightmare. But with careful and well-organized planning, the project will be done successfully. Just keep reading this write-up that will help you accomplish just that.

 

Pressure Cleaning

 

Open face cracks need to be filed with a patching compound, not caulk. Caulking is utilized to seal home windows, doors, and also corners. Caulk on an open face surface will blink when repainted. Change any type of broken trim such as a wooden door trim.

 

Sealant, Conditioner

 

An absolute necessity. I can not stress sufficient the relevance of securing as well as keying an exterior before painting. Sealers and primers are less expensive than overcoats as well as when appropriately used lower the amount of pricey leading layers needed, saving you cash. But more vital is the moisture protection a great seal brings. Sealer locks out dampness and boosts the life of your topcoat. It stops wetness infiltration that works to damage down your topcoat while boosting the likelihood of mildew growth.

 

The Top Coats

 

You always should select top-notch paint for the topcoats. A few bucks right here will make your painting experience extra enjoyable. Better protection, less work, a far better surface is just some of the benefits of using high-quality topcoats.

 

Flat vs. Satin

 

It is always recommended using satin paint sheen over a flat. It is a little more expensive but worth the price. It produces a far better dampness barrier securing the home from water seepage and also mildew. A satin sheen also gives a far better paint coating look.

 

Color

For a straightforward guide, exterior trim may be painted either lighter or darker than the body depending on the neighborhood, landscape, or geographical area. The front door may be painted in a much darker, bolder color than the body and trim for more elegance. If you follow this simple exterior house painting tips, it will make your exterior house painting project less aggravating.

 

 

DIY – Install New Cabinets

Posted on 28 March 2019 (0)

Cabinets are a necessity when it comes to kitchen furniture; cabinets help us to keep things in place when there is much keep track off. The base cabinets will do work for the utensils, and the wall cabinets will hold all the tiny things. If you are good with doing these things yourself, then we are here to help in getting it done the best way. Here are a few tips for you to make things easy while you install the cabinets in your home.

 

  •    Make sure that you have done all the wiring fixed for the kitchen because once the cabinets boards set, then it will be messy to do the wiring work after that. Finish all the wiring work behind the board’s to make your kitchen look cleans and well.

 

  •    Measurements play the most crucial role in the installation of cabinets in your furniture. Make sure that even centimeters are taken into count while taking the measurements because even a difference of a centimeter will become a huge problem while fitting.

 

  •    If you are replacing old cabinets, then make sure that the nails and bolts of the former office removed and there is a plain and smooth wall to fit the office.

 

  •    Always start from the bottom part of the cabinet. The base will help the other parts to hold and be stable while you fit the hinges and other boards. It would be tough to provide the bottom portion if the side or top boards fixed first.

Hope the tips will be of use while you install cabinets in the kitchen.

 

 

DIY – How to Install Crown Molding

Posted on 29 October 2018 (0)

Want to give an elegant and sleek look to your home? A crown molding is the best option these days that will without a doubt add style and beauty to any area in your home. Installing a crown molding by yourself is a hard-hitting job and perhaps not for beginners as there are various edges, and you are working with long pieces overhead. Crown molding requires basic carpentry skills and lots of patience too so if you want to learn how to install crown molding by yourself? Here are some great tips to prepare you for installing molding on your own.

 

Here are simple instructions for install crown molding!

 

  1. Measure Walls where you want to install Crown Molding– The very first step to installing crown molding in your home is to start measuring walls by using a measuring tape to and add up the length of all the walls where you want to place it. Make sure to buy an adequate amount of material to represent cutting and fitting beforehand.

 

  1. Find and Mark Studs– We recommend you to use a stud finder to position and mark all the studs around the room. Position a piece of molding against the wall and ceiling to mark guidelines for the bottom edge.

 

  1. Consider Longest Wall to Begin Installation– The best way to install crown molding is to start installation on the most extended walls first. Here, because the divider is longer than the actual length of trim, we’ll have to join two pieces to finish the run in the end. To perform this task, we’ll utilize a scarf joint. A scarf joint is two restricting miters that cover.

 

  1. Fix with Scarf Joint – The primary piece ought to be cut square on the left and mitered on the right. A hand miter box and an electric miter saw can be utilized to complete this process.

 

  1. Tie up Molding at Stud Locations – To install, adjust the base edge to the reference lines and bang the square end into the divider. At that point, nail the embellishment at each stud area utilizing a pneumatic trim nailer, and a nail set. At the scarf joint, make sure the scarf arrives on a stud for firm support and secure. The abutting pieces are cut square on the right end with a turn around miter on the left.

 

  1. Apply Glue Joints – Apply wood glue to the joint, position it, and affix before nailing off whatever left of the piece. On the nearby walls, a piece of appropriate size needs to be installed which has an estimated length from one end to the other.

 

  1. Cope with the Inside Corners – Correct side will be butted, and the left will be an adapted miter. To make the adapted joint, miter the left end of the embellishment and after that back cut it with an adapting saw. Make sure to pursue the trims profile as a kind of perspective for the edge. At that point, document the rims clean, so the pattern slips flawlessly over the last piece; making an inside corner. Secure the portion and proceed with the way toward estimating, cutting and fitting as you work your way around the room.

 

  1. Miter Outside Corners – When we remain with the last piece, it is the outer edge. Outside edges have two contradicting miters. Cut the adjoining section, apply glue and fit.

 

  1. Finalize New Molding for Painting – Make beyond any doubt to top off all nail gaps with wood putty, caulk the seams and your new molding is ready to go for painting.

 

 

With these tips as mentioned above for installing crown molding by yourself, you shouldn’t have any troubles with the molding installation. Ensure to have sufficient time and do the crown molding task carefully, and by the time you know installing crown molding, it will add extra grace to your home.

Build Your Own Backyard Fireplace

Posted on 14 May 2018 (0)

Before building your fire pit, you have to gather some essential supplies like: bricks, gravel, a stake, a tape measure, a string or tine, a trowel and a large shovel, a level, and a tamp.

Also, you’ll have to consult your local fire code to know if fire pits aren’t prohibited in your city, and if they aren’t – what the distance of the fire pit should be from a structure.

After carrying these out, then you are good to go!

Step 1: Create a circle

Choose an area in your yard for the fire pit and place a stake in the ground where the pit will be centered. Tie an end of the twine or string to the stake and measure up how wide you’ll like the circle to be. Normally, the diameter of a fire pit is about 4 to 5ft. Cut the twine then tie its other end to the trowel’s handle. Create a line in the grass with the sharp end of the twine.

Step 2: Shovel out the grass

Dig out the grass in the circle with a large shovel. For safety reasons, the hole has to be about 6 to 12 in. deep. You want to make sure there are no utility lines under your chosen spot before you begin to dig.

Step 3: Tamp down the soil

A tamp can be used for this, you can also use the bottom of the shovel.

Step 4: Level the circle

Ensure the tamped surface is level and bricks can be laid.

 

Step 5: Add gravel

Pour a really thick layer of gravel in the pit and spread it around evenly.

Step 6: Arrange the bricks

After spreading the gravel in the fire pit, arrange the bricks circularly and stack up until the pit wall is about 12 in. tall or more.

For safety purposes, you can add an inner layer of firebricks. Although you won’t have to use mortar if bricks weigh enough to make a solid stack, an outdoor mortar with fire-resistant can be used between the bricks for more stability.

Step 7: Sit back and enjoy your fireplace!

Gather chairs around, some firewood, call up some friends and you can start utilizing your new fireplace.

 

How To Repair Damaged Stucco

Posted on 28 April 2018 (0)

When talking about home sidings, stucco is one of the most durable and is dominate throughout the south and southwest. Stucco gained its popularity due to its beautiful outlook, durability, and being cheaper than similar home sidings (research says a square foot of stucco costs about $5 less than a similar home siding).

Stucco is so durable that it can last up to hundred years. However, to ensure this, it has to be effectively managed from time to time. We recommend you go with a local painting company (if you are in Arizona, check out the guys at BGB Painting) that knows how to repair stucco and match your existing color scheme to make your home look like new.

If you want to DIY, follow these steps:

Water is the main cause of damage to stucco as once it is able to get under the surface of the stucco; it breaches the barrier thus leading to gradual deterioration of the stucco and wall in extension. The following are the steps to take when attempting to repair your stucco.

  • Mix stucco.

It is important to know that stucco tends to change color over the years. This means that the new batch you got might not quite have the same color as that which you are trying to repair. You can remedy this by painting the new batch after you might have installed it to make it blend or you could purchase and add color pigments which you will add to your mix till you get your desired color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Apply the first coat

Before application, make use of a chisel and hammer to get rid of any loose damaged stucco pieces. Apply your stucco mix to the damaged area using a trowel. What you have done is apply the first layer which is known as the ‘scratch coat’

  • Add grooves

After step 2 above, to assist the application of further coats, make use of a trowel to scrape off grooves into the mix.

  • Prepare for the brown coat

The next layer to be applied is known as the brown coat (whatever the color might be). In preparation for this, you are meant to apply water onto the scratch coat that you have left to dry for at least 24 hours.

  • Apply the brown coat

Proceed to add the next coat. Be sure to spread the mix evenly and level it so that the brown coat comes off as being flat and level.

  • Apply the final coat

You are almost there! Be sure this coat is somewhat thick and evenly applied.

  • Texturize

Make use of a sponge to give the stucco that finished texture. You can then proceed to paint the stucco if you didn’t already add pigments to the mixture. Painting the edges is also advised to cover up the seams.