Archive for September, 2009
There is a wide range of tools to choose from but here is recommend list of tools for home improvement.
Variable speed reversible drill: This tool comes in either plug-in or cordless. Uses blades that are called bits to drive in or take out screws, drill holes, sand wood, and many other tasks.
Claw Hammer: I recommend getting a 16-ounce hammer that has a fiberglass handle to soften the blow to your hand.
Pliers: Pliers have toothed jaws that enable you to grip various sized objects. For example gripping onto a water pipe, the top of a gas cap or fishing out a tape measure you dropped into the toilet. Most pliers are adjustable allowing for a better grip.
Small Saw: A small easy to use handsaw is handy to have for cutting material such as paneling or shelving.
Various size screwdrivers: You will need to have a verity of sizes in both flat head and Phillips screwdrivers.
Utility Knife: A good strong utility knife with replaceable blades comes in handy for cutting cardboard and making precise cuts.
Staple Gun: A staple gun is good for securing things such as, ceiling tile, plastic sheeting and fabrics.
Level: A good level will contain 3 glass tubes with air bubbles for precise leveling.
Metal file: This tool is good for filing down rough edges, sharpening the edges of scrapers, putty knife and many other objects.
Allen wrench: These wrenches are often sold in sets of various sizes. They are L shaped and designed for bolts that have hexagonal sockets in their heads. This tool is also referred to as a hex key. They are used to assemble almost everything you buy in a box nowadays, grills, furniture, bicycles, toys, etc..
There are many tools to choose from but this is my recommend list that will get anyone new to home improvement on the right track. Focus on quality tools rather than quantity and buy the best quality tool you can afford.
Security, undoubtedly this is a matter of great concern that you surpass while owning a home. As a home owner you build your house with the most luxurious amenities so as to make your family comfortable and safe. But sometimes these material acquisitions shower their ill effects and the dangers like burglary, theft, confrontation and the fear of intruders.
Thus to protect your interest it is very much required that you own a security system which can give you mental satisfaction and can guard you against the envy. There are basically two major types of security services that you can avail and these are;
1. Do-It-Yourself Packages
These are basically the wireless systems that you get installed with in your home or sometimes out of the home. They are comparatively very cheaper and you can easily obtain these systems from any home improvement sore or hardware store. With respect to the money that you pay the service satisfaction is always higher. The degree of the sophistication increases the money cost associated with it.
This is useful in the placers where you are residing with limited family members and where you do not hold costly things such as antiques and jewelries in your home. The do it yourself package entails items that are easy to install and do not require any expert for it. Contrary to that if you have expensive stuff in your home try to rely on the better systems that are costly too.
2. Professional Systems
These are provided by the companies that come and install the security system and monitor the alarm systems. In case where you are residing in a big house with costly household or you are staying in a remote area you need to have better preventive measures. And these are nothing but the professional systems such as remote monitors, alarms, etc that require a huge installation cost along with maintenance and service cost.
Professional systems need to have a sound maintenance cost as your service provider needs to take care by consistently monitoring your security and this overall process makes it highly expensive. For this kind of services you usually ask to pen down a legal contract with the service provider.
There is a huge array of such products and services available in the market but what all you need to do is to buy it rationally. Pick out the best that suits your need and budget after making a well planned decision.
Having a sound home is probably the biggest aspect of contentment in our life. A sturdy house is the biggest essential when purchasing or constructing a home. The roofing of our home is perhaps one of the most important features of possessing a house. With repair costs soaring really high, it is also probably one of the most expensive areas to fix if damaged. But, being bound by financial constraints we tend to ignore the importance of use of durable materials during the construction of our dream home.
Understanding the importance of good quality we should acknowledge the fact that it can save a lot of time, effort and botheration. Another hitch about roofing is that more often than not it is one of the most ignored parts of a home. But efficient and timely maintenance can help us avoid facing any problem related to roofing.
Formation of a mould is a common problem related to roofing which can be prevented by checking any dampness in walls of the house. Leaking roof may actually require not just repair but at times even reinstallation. At times, reinstallation of the roof increases its life and helps to avoid any roof related problems. Therefore, if various tiles are damaged or broken then it best to go for restoration of roof rather than waiting for a trouble to come your way.
A faded roof may not necessarily hint at damage, it may simply require repainting. Selection of low quality paint can also greatly affect an otherwise durable roof. Therefore, a good quality and water proof paint is recommended to have a problem free roof. Also, inefficient labor can also affect the outcome of the roof. It is advised to hire experienced roofing contractors with a reliable background in the business. Many a times we tend to ignore the importance of choice of material according to the geographical location of the home. Therefore, the temperature of the location guides the selection of material to be used.
Also, most materials used in roof building come with a guarantee. It is better to opt for one with the maximum period of guarantee. It saves you from any financial blow at unexpected times. A onetime investment in roofing is definitely an easier option than various material and labor costs in future.
One of the first points to consider when remodeling your home is the budget. Ensure that you add on about ten to fifteen percent more when doing the calculations. Your remodeling will also depend on whether you are doing it for yourself to continue living there or for selling your home. Remember that remodeling involves diagrammatic planning and needs to be cautiously carried out.
Analyze the design you have in mind with your remodeling expert because the vital part of the renovating is the reorganization and the planning. Decide which areas in the house you plan to redo. Then go about choosing the necessary material for the project carefully so as to avoid expensive changes later on.
As far as possible involve yourself when the renovation is going on, paying attention to minute details. Try to hire an architect or an interior design professional who will charge you by the hour, so that you need to pay him accordingly.
Select new hardware that will match up with the new decor of the rooms you are redoing, so that at the end of the day they will have a whole new look.
Color is a vital element in any revamping that you do in the home. Knowing what colors to make use of in different areas in your house can make the house look really attractive. You can use different shades of the same color so as to make up various moods and increase the overall atmosphere of your home. Colors can change the visual appearance to a room, meaning that darker shades can make large rooms look smaller and vice-versa.
Furniture is also an important aspect. Keep in mind to eliminate clutter. Buy only what is absolutely necessary and preferably choose furniture that can serve more than one purpose. Take pains to arrange them tastefully.
Remodeling your home also means that in the long run it will also increase the value of your home and property. Do not go off track when you set out to renovate your home. Sometimes the urge to make further changes is irresistible, but if you do not stick to your original schedule, you will be unable to finish the work inside your budget or on time.
Most paints are mixtures of three main ingredients – a pigment, a binder and a liquid. The colour and opacity of paint are due to the presence of a pigment. This can also impart considerable protection to the other ingredients by harmlessly absorbing otherwise destructive ultra-violet light. The simplest paint is whitewash which once applied is merely a coating of pigment in this case chalk. Whitewash does not offer much protection to the surface beneath it because it does not generally contain a binder (sometimes called a film former or resin). A binder holds the pigment together and sticks it to the surface. Binders are normally solids, so to produce a paint which can be spread over an uneven surface the binder is usually broken up into small pieces and suspended in a liquid.
Paints by use.
An ideal ‘all purpose’ paint should satisfy a number of criteria – it should stick strongly to the surface it is applied to, it should cover well, it should leave a decorative and desirable finish, and should last, particularly when used outside. No one paint performs all these functions well; as a result, paints are formulated for specific uses. For example, when painting woodwork, a three-coat system is usually needed consisting of a primer (to stick to the surface beneath), an undercoat to cover well) and a top-coat (to give a pleasing, durable finish).
Primers and sealers.
These should be used on new or exposed woodwork, brickwork, metalwork, plaster and so on. They will slick firmly to the surface, seal, and provide a key for subsequent coats of paint. They should also be used when you want to paint over sound old paintwork with a new. completely different, type of paint. In this situation, primers and sealers prevent chemical attack between the different paints, reduce the likelihood of the new paint not sticking to the old one and should stop the colour of the old paint bleeding through.
A primer by itself is not permanent protection for the surface below – it should be painted over with an undercoat or topcoat as quickly as possible.
Normally, you use one of these immediately after a primer when building up a paint system, or on old paintwork when you are changing the colour significantly. Undercoats are designed to have: good opacity or hiding power so that you can cover a dark colour with a lighter one without having to apply many coats of paint; a high build capability so that you can put on a thick coat of paint around corners and over sharp edges where paints tend to be spread too thinly; and a soft finish which can be rubbed smooth easily with abrasive paper (ready to lake the next coat).
These are dual-purpose paints providing both a decorative and protective final coat. They are often available in a choice of finishes matte, eggshell, satin and full gloss. The choice of the topcoat affects the overall appearance of the paint system, its durability and its ability to withstand knocks.
Some modern paints, including microporous paints and preservative wood-stains. are designed to act as their own primer on bare woodwork and, often, only one, or at the most two coats are needed.