I always watch those home improvement channels as I like to pick up ideas from them and try to see if I can either incorporate it into my home or help a friend or family member that might need my assistance as they work on their home. One of my favorite shows is one that has people looking at homes to determine which one will become their first place. In one show, the girl was complaining about the color of the shutters on the outside of the house but she loved the rest of it and was worried that because the shutters were an ugly color that she should not buy the house. It occurred to me that this type of attitude was a picky one, and that we have a lot of people that are very picky when it comes to a home and it does not meet every single need on their list.
When I bought my first home I was probably the same way, I saw about twenty houses but found at least one fault with all of them. Read the rest of this entry »
Best Local Pest Control Companies
I have been having problems with a number of different pests recently, and my efforts to deal with them on my own have mostly ended in failure. I am tired of wasting money trying to get rid of these pests on my own, and instead, I am ready to hire a professional in order to rid myself of these nuisances. That is why I am currently trying to search the internet in order to pest control companies that are located close to my house.
I am also hoping to try to find a good deal on a pest control service, because I have already spent quite a lot of money trying to get rid of these pest animals on my own. I have a couple of problems with pests at this point in time. The most pressing concern is the problem with rodents I have been having in my house for the past couple of months. I am not sure if they are continually getting into my house, or if there is some sort of breeding population that is located either in my house, or nearby to it. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving Our Stuff into Storage During the Remodel
My husband and I decided that we were going to move all of the furniture and stuff out of the second floor of our house into storage while we did the remodeling that we have planned. We thought that it would be much easier to get the new paneling installed throughout the entire floor at once instead of working room by room.
I checked out the movers that 9kilo had listed and was able to find one that was only going to cost us a little bit of money to use. I thought that it was best if we found a company that was local to us and that we would be able to use to move the stuff back from the storage unit after we were done with the remodeling work.
I remember looking up pat testing last year when I wanted to have a series of my appliances checked, and I actually came across something on wood paneling. I decided that once I got my appliances checked, I would have some time and some extra cash, so it would behoove me to try my hand at a little project.
Wood paneling was something that I always wanted down in my basement. Now that I knew that my appliances and wires were functioning well down there, I figured that it would be time to flex my home improvement muscles and throw up some paneling. I got some general insulation work done down there first, and I got to work with my paneling project. I made sure that my surfaces were clean and dry, measured everything out, and went to pick up my paneling. After some serious consideration with regards to the different types of wood, I decided to go with a laminate version of the wooden stuff I was looking at. I just thought that it maintained the look that I liked a lot, and it was also going to be durable enough to withstand some punishment if we got to using the basement as an area for small parties.
I got the appropriate mounting materials, and set out to work. My best friend Bill and I got to work and it only took us a day or two to get everything up and functioning. It adds a really nice touch to the basement, having the dark wood down there. We are going to focus our next efforts on lighting the area, because we left some options open with regards to overhead lighting and side lighting. Overall though, I’m glad that we put some time and effort into the basement. It was such a cold space, and this new work that we put in down there has definitely spruced it up and made it very live-able.
How to Create Proper Paneling for Walls
Do you want to know how to create proper paneling for walls? If yes, then you will find some helpful suggestions in this article. Wall paneling is now back in fashion and this not just the painted country-style wooden panels, but also the ones from the 1970s. As expected the two applications would require a modern twist, continue reading to find out how you can choose the best interior panels.
Nearly all the groove and tongue wood paneling will be crafted from softwood, primarily from knotty pine. It’s also possible to use hardwood, but this is very expensive. The hardwood panels for plywood, MDF or veneered can be used as well. On the other hand, you could make panels lined with textile or textured paper because it is easier to get rid of these later.
Several manufactures state that glue can be used to attach planks directly on the walls. However, this might not be effective in some cases because most wall surfaces are not even, so it is best to affix the boards fixed battens. This will also make it a lot easier to fix or remove them in the future. Here is a short video about wall panelling that can give you a quick overview of the topic, check it out:
How to prepare panelling for walls
First, you need to remove the skirting boards, photo rails and so on. After that, screw horizontal pieces of softwood for vertical paneling or vertical pieces for horizontal paneling. These pieces of would be the battens and these must be around 400 mm or 1 ft 4in apart in a level position. If the room is not insulated properly, you can utilize the space in between the panels and wall to reduce heat loss.
After cutting the panels to the appropriate length, you can begin in one corner. In case you are attaching panels to adjacent wall surfaces, ensure that the corner boards connect neatly. This can be accomplished if you plane or cut them at a forty-five degree angle so that it can overlap easily. Use the hidden nail technique or perhaps metal clips to attach the first panel unto the battens. Next, slide the other panel on the tongue and then tap it in place using a mallet. For the last panel, it’s likely that you might need to cut the board so that it can fit the space properly. If you have external corners sticking out, you can plane a chamfer where one of the board edges meets the other.
For the fittings, the existing switches and sockets must be considered. You can panel all-around them or maybe fix the fittings that is mounted on the surface. Affix the mounting box unto the wall so that is flush with the panels.
Once you are finished with the paneling for walls, if required you can reattach the coving and skirting boards.
Having a Qualified Electrician Take a Look at My House
I am going to need to find the best electrician chester or Flintshire have to offer and have them come over to my house and take a look at a few things that are concerning to me. I am not really sure that I trust the wiring in this house, and I would really feel more safe about living here if I had an electrician look at the wiring and make sure that I am not at serious risk of having an electrical fire in the house. I have found a few things that are very quirky about the electricity in this house, and I am hoping that they can be fixed without too much trouble.
There is this out-lit in my room that seems to be vary dangerous. It sparks all the time when it is moved or disturbed in any manner. I am not sure what is going on, but I am pretty sure that the production of such large and bright sparks is not something that is normal or safe. I also have a problem with flickering lights in the hallway, it seems like the power supply to the lights is not constant, and I am really worried as to what could cause such a thing to happen. I have only lived in this house for a couple of months, but I am pretty sure that it was built a long time ago, and as such, I do not really trust that the wiring in this house was done properly. I do not have enough money to have everything redone, which is what I would really like to do, but I guess I will need to have an electrician look through the wiring as best as feasible, and replace anything that seems to be dangerous or has the potential of becoming dangerous in the future.
My Favorite Place in the House
My husband and were very happy that we were able to get a conservatory for our home from conservatories in Liverpool. We had been living in our home for the last fifteen years, and we really loved our neighborhood. We had wanted to do some improvements on our home. We were able to pay our home off in just twelve years, so we were very happy about that. I had always loved flowers, and I really wanted to add a conservatory to our home, but my husband and I did not really know if we would be able to afford it.
I decided that I would look online to see if I could find a company that would be able to build our conservatory at a good rate. Read the rest of this entry »