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Make Small Room More Spacious

A room in your home becomes a quiet refuge  from the bustle of everyday life. However, if the room is
small, decorating it with dark-colored pieces of furniture  and painting or wallpapering the walls dark might not be  the best step. This is because dark colors tend to  constrict space — a small room becomes even smaller.  Thus, that feeling of pleasant seclusion can become so  strong that it will eventually give you a feeling of  confinement. That room in your home then becomes a place  you would rather escape from rather than relax into.

So what is the best way to decorate a small room? Decorate  the small room using bright, light colors. Bright and  light colors are meant to create the illusion of space.  If your furniture pieces are dark-colored, use light  colors with rugs or carpets, and wallpaper or paint.  White or light-colored walls can make a room seem much  more spacious than dark-colored walls.

Don’t think that you’re limited to white or beige. There  are several light colors to choose from — pale turquoise,

Build A Wood Fence

Materials Needed:

Treatment preservative

Concrete

4×4 posts 8 feet in length.

2×4 for railing in either 8 or 16 feet in length

1×6 or 1×8 fence boards (your preference)

3 1/2″ galvanized nails

2 1/2″ flat head galvanized nails

Hardware for gate (hinges and latch)

Before you get started you must first figure out your fence line. This will help you calculate the materials needed to build your fence. When determining your fence line the best thing to do is talk to your neighbors. If you’re in disagreement you can look for the property survey markers or if all else fails have your property surveyed. It’s best to keep the entire fence on your property. Once you know the fence line mark it with a string line. Using stakes hammered into the ground run the line 2 feet past each end of the fence line. Secure the string tightly to the stakes.

Next you need to treat your posts by following the manufacturers recommendations. I would suggest treatment at least 8

Bathroom Plumbing

Every drain in your home plumbing system should have a trap installed as part of the line. This is simply a curved section of pipe that “traps” water in it. If you look under your sink you should see an example of a trap. This will usually be a straight portion of pipe from the sink connected to a curved section that dips down and then back up before connecting to another horizontal section where the water exits. If you were to look inside your wall you would see a “T” section where the pipe goes down to your septic/sewer and up to an external vent.

The purpose of the trap is not to capture jewelry or other object dropped down the drain as many think but to hold water to prevent sewer/septic gas (and odor) from entering your bathroom. Every time you use the sink, shower, or tub some water collects in the trap blocking the gases and odor. If a component of your bathroom is not used frequently (i.e, the bath in a guest bathroom) then

DIY Home Security Projects

Install sturdy door and window locks

Each exterior door should have a dead bolt lock installed on it. The dead bolt must have at a minimum of 5 levers inside the lock and should be a double cylinder. They are more difficult of a lock difficult to pick.

The sliding glass doors are another favorite of intruders. The doors can be easily pushed off of the track. Patio bolts provide a good defense especially paired with a deadlocking handle.

Check the lighting around your home

How well is your home illuminated at night? Are the doors and windows dark or well lit? Motion activated lights are a great way to illuminate the outside of your home without having to leave the light on all night long.

Check the shrubs and bushes around your home

Have the bushes grown up so tall that you can not see the window from the street? If so, it is time to break out the hedge clippers and trim back the bushes. Tall bushes are a great place for a bugler to hide in and work on breaking into your home.

Add home security devices

Coffee Table Plans

Finding those perfect coffee table plans is easy if you know what to look for. First, use a search engine you are comfortable with using such as Google, Yahoo, or MSN. Once you have the search engine open, type in what you are looking for exactly like “coffee table plans” – exactly like that, with the quotes as well. You can also do “free coffee table plans” to find free coffee table plans for your home coffee table needs.

Of course, you will come up with a lot of “hits” for your search. Sifting through what you want or need is a little more complicated. First, you want to steer away from sites that are going to offer you free coffee table plans at a price. This is obviously a rouge and not free at all. Be on the lookout for such things and you will get what you want in no time at all.

Once you find some free coffee table plans, you should carefully examine those plans. Can you make all of those fancy cuts and such? Do you have the proper tools available for your coffee table? Do you have everything needed or

About Basement Finishing

You will find that doing a basement is not really expensive as there are no outer walls to build. All you have to do is finish the inside and the best part is you can take your time building it as it is not a crucial part of your living quarters. You can do this work yourself and if you’re not sure of what you are doing you will find all kinds of advice as close as the internet.

Before you start you should have your plans in place as to what you’re going to do with your basement. This means considering the state of your basement and what type of living space you have in mind. You may find that you will have to move some things such as water heaters, furnace or oil storage tanks or maybe your design can fit around these things. This is also the time to check your basement walls for any leaks that you may have. This is very important for the future use of your basement. It would probably be a good idea to seal all of your walls before you start building finishing your basement just to be

Infrared Sauna DIY

Before I go into explanations I want to warn you about safety. Building a sauna yourself may involve doing some electrical wiring. Infrared heaters used in a sauna usually have high power requirements – as much as 1000 Watt. Please, do not try to build sauna yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing. Better ask or hire someone who has experience with electricity to do it for you. If you’ll set up a sauna in a bathroom keep in mind that as a wet place it has strict requirements for electrical wiring safety.

Infrared sauna with two infrared heaters

First way to set up a home sauna is described by Jim Clements in his article The Bathroom for FIR Sauna, in which he explains how to use two infrared heaters placed in a relatively small room (5×11 feet suggested). He uses two 500 Watt 9 Amp infrared heaters from THMI, saying that these heaters give similar experience as in an infrared sauna cabin. He gives no specific information about this heaters aside from wattage and don’t know if any other brand of heaters will suit for this sauna set-up. I think it is important that

Guide To Vacuum Cleaner Repair

The very first thing you need to consider in vacuum cleaner repair works is find the source of the problem. Always consider asking this three questions:-

1) What has causing it to malfunction?

2) How does it happen?

3) Is it easy to repair? (Very important. If it is not, send it to a real specialist)

Damage to the parts of vacuum is the one that always cause problems. You need to check the whether the belt of the vacuum cleaner is still functioning or not. How are you going to know whether it is still working? Make sure the belt does not snapped or got stuck around the brush that is located inside the vacuum cleaner. You will have to unscrew the small plate located on the brush in order to have a better look into this problem.

If you really want to repair the vacuums yourself, you have to clean up the vacuum agitator brush from any dirt, dust, debris or hair. In order to do this, cut the damage belt with a new belt and screw the plate back to its original position.

Some people prefer to use a

Stainless Steel Sinks

  • Stainless steel is relatively lightweight as compared to other materials. They are available in varying sizes and thicknesses, so their weights vary accordingly. The weight of stainless steel sinks is usually dependent on the gauge of the steel. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the steel. Homeowners commonly choose gauge numbers 18 and 20. Thinner stainless steel thinks (gauge 20 or higher) usually dent and scratch easily, so it might not be highly recommended.
  • Stainless steel sinks are relatively easy to clean and they tend to stay looking new for a longer period of time as long as they are cared for properly. You would not have to worry about leaving orange juice stains overnight, as it can easily be cleaned the following day. Stains can cause dulling and scratching however, so it is still best to wipe debris and spills as soon as possible. Putting rubber or plastic mats in the sink can protect it from scratches and protect its shiny surface.
  • There are lots of durable and beautiful stainless steel sinks that do not have rims or seams. The absence of seams gives a very modern and sleek appearance. These are usually made from one

Carriage House Garage Doors

Well, let’s start with cost. You can dress up a plain two-car garage door for under $300. Or you can replace the door or doors for anything from $700 to the sky’s the limit ($30,000 or more). But keep in mind the goal. You want you home to have the same appeal as those houses you drove past without upstaging you house. What good is that? Then you’d have some major remodeling to do to. You don’t want that. Be realistic. Visit your local decorative hardware showroom or garage door manufacturer. I suggest these over your standard lumberyard/hardware store because the decorative hardware store and the garage door manufacturer will be better equipped to walk you through the process, they will offer many more options than the big warehouse stores and they know what they are talking about. Your cost may be a little more but the look will be stunningly different than the big box warehouse store could offer.

Next consider the value added to your home. For far less than adding an addition, or upgrading a bathroom you have added value to your home. Its street appeal has risen greatly and after all – that’s

Lawn Care And Landscaping

As anyone who calls the suburbs their home will tell you, the appearance of your lawn is crucial to your survival. An unkempt exterior will draw a host of negative attention from your neighbors and can often do more to ruin your otherwise stellar reputation than if you had set the entire neighborhood on fire. Part of living in a community – fortunately or unfortunately – is your responsibility to your neighbors to maintain a well-kept uniformity. Lawn care and landscaping is paramount to upholding your neighborly responsibility.

Additionally, lawn care and landscaping will add value to your overall home, in many cases increasing its worth and that of the neighborhood. Putting money into lawn care and landscaping will ensure good resale value; and if you do decide to sell your home, your curb appeal alone will surely increase inquiries about your property.

The way in which you maintain lawn care and landscaping is a personal decision. As said, there are a multitude of companies that will professionally landscape your property to your specifications and perform maintenance – both lawn and landscaping – on a frequent basis. The money spent on such a service can be

Make Lanyards

It is very easy to make a lanyard. If you are confused on how to make lanyards, then you just need to follow right steps at right time to make a good lanyard. The most important factor determining the quality of lanyard is the type of material used to make it. You should use the best material to make lanyard. A person can use flexible, elastic and preferably thin and also small plastic rope to make a lanyard.

A person can make a lanyard using various techniques but then most of the techniques are time consuming and also complex. One of the most simple and express methods of making lanyard is using round knot technique, which is also popularly known as crown knot.

Follow the steps below carefully to make a lanyard using plastic small rope. The steps are:

– One should see what length of lanyard does that person wants and accordingly take 2 plastic laces and then tie both to them-self so that they are stuck together and not tied together.

– Now, one can expand the two plastic that now formed four separate strings far from each other. Randomly select one

Small Engine Repair

There are some good reasons to consider repairing your own small engine. Most repair shops charge a fee just to look at your machine. At fifty dollars or more per hour of labor plus the cost of parts, your bill can quickly add up. During busy seasons a repair shop may take weeks to repair your machine. Before any of that you must load the heavy equipment into your car or pay expensive pickup/delivery charges. Will they fix it right the first time?

With some basic mechanical ability and a few common tools you can often do the job yourself, saving money and time. Start by reading the machine’s owner’s manual. There you’ll find important safety and warranty information, operating instructions and maintenance procedures. If the solution to your problem isn’t found there then find the machine’s make and model number. Often these numbers are stamped directly into the engine’s cover, or they may be located on a sticker or tag attached to the engine. There may be separate model numbers for the engine and for the chassis or “body” of the machine.

Use your machine’s make and model number to obtain the correct service manual.

Double Sided Foam Tapes

All these combinations of foams are available in varying thicknesses and adhesive types, therefore satisfying a multitude of end user applications.

Many foams have high specification flame retardant characteristics which are essential for the electrical switchgear, aviation and automotive industries.

Single and double sided foam tapes are generally supplied in sheet, strip, roll, or gasket formats.

The adhesive type plays a significant role in the overall performance of the product. Pure acrylic, solvent acrylic and synthetic rubbers are standard adhesives for double and single sided foam tape products.

Single and double sided foam tapes are constructed from either low, medium or high density foam. This density rating determines the level of compression of the foam and in turn the application it may be used for. Some single sided foam tapes are supplied pre-compressed in their roll format, and so on unwind, will expand to its designated width. These types of single sided foam tapes are particularly useful for sealing smooth or irregular joints. The primary functions for single sided foam tapes are to create a seal which prevents air, dust and moisture contaminants.

Double sided foam tapes are generally of a higher specification

Build a Trebuchet

The first question you will need to ask yourself is whether you want to build a “historically accurate” traction trebuchet, or it’s simpler and easier to design and build cousin, the counterweight trebuchet.

If you’re building a trebuchet for the sole purpose of your high school physics teacher’s amusement, then you should probably consider one of the counterweight variety. If, on the other hand, you are building a trebuchet for fun or self education, the traction trebuchet may be something to seriously consider. (Keep in mind that at least three-fourths of the “free” plans on the web are of the counterweight flavor.)

Once you have determined your design plan, you probably want to decide on a suitable size. If your looking to launch bowling balls the length of a football field, you will want a much larger trebuchet than if your intending to launch eggs at incoming traffic. Which, of course, is a BAD thing to do. (Based on personal experience most drivers won’t enjoy chipping dried egg off their windshield.) Another point of interest is whether or not to buy premade trebuchet kits or design plans for your trebuchet. If you are just a beginner,

Install A Curbside Mailbox

Installing your mailbox is not a difficult task. Select a location that allows you to safely retrieve your mail. Postal regulations require that the mailbox door be located between 6 to 8 inches from the curb. Measure from the center point where the mailbox is attached to the post out to the front door then add 6 to 8 inches to that figure. Using that figure measure from the curb to find the center of your hole.

Postal regulations require the bottom of the door be located between 40 to 44 inches from the ground. When digging your hole it is recommended to dig a 12 inches diameter hole and the depth of around 20″. Cover the bottom of the hole with about 2 inches of gravel then place the post on the gravel. Check with your local post office for requirements some localities do not allow a mailbox post to be cemented in the ground. Using a level make sure the post is straight on all four sides and secure it with wood strips above the ground. Next either back fill the hole with dirt or cement keeping the post level.

Many mailboxes have decorative

Interior Decorating DIY

You do not need any experience as an interior decorator to improve the look and feel of your home. Most people know instinctively how to improve the looks of their homes. And the great thing is you can generally achieve your vision while working within your budget. Like most people who have tried interior decorating DIY, you will probably be able to achieve the look you want without going broke.

In addition to the sheer fun and excitement of changing the look of some rooms, you will inexpensively increase the value of your home. Simply find an interior decorating guide on the Internet or in your library. Then use the simple tools and techniques suggested in the interior decorating guide to create a happier more prosperous living environment. You do not have to spend a lot of money to create a superior interior for your home. Some of the most beautiful homes are designed and decorated with simple, practical, and beautiful objects. If you already have an interior decorating idea, a simple online search should produce a variety of suggestions for implementing your idea.

Most of the tips, strategies and tools provided in interior decorating guides

About Installing Floor Tile

There are five steps that have to be followed when installing floor tile. The first step is to prepare the base floor. The kitchen floor should be cleaned of all wax, grease, oil and grime with a good cleaner. It is always advisable to use a good quality, environmental friendly cleaner for the cleaning purpose. If you have a wooden base floor, it should be made smooth by removing any uneven areas and any loose boards on the floor should be properly tightened.

The technique to installing floor tile is start laying the floor from the center of the room. The measure of the room should be done exactly and the any irregularities ignored. The center location on the floor has to be marked accurately using a chalk line. Lines should be drawn across the length and breadth of the room and the place where the lines intersect is the center. Recheck the accuracy of the center position as it is very important for quality floor tile installation.

The second step is to lay loose tile from the centre along the marked chalk lines. After laying the loose tiles, measure the distance of the last tile

Home Upgrade Projects

Replacing Siding

One of the keys to making the exterior of a house look better is to replace the siding with new product. If the same siding has been sitting on the house for the past 15 or 20 years, it is no wonder everything looks old and outdated. And there is a good chance there are parts of the siding that are coming off, which is exposing the interior of the house in a way that is not ideal. What is the solution? The best thing that you can do is to go online and find instructions on how you can remove and replace the siding on your house.

You will be surprised to find so many detailed guides that will be able to help you out. Not only can you learn about the different wood siding types before you decide on what to put for your house, but you can also learn about how to get the job done. And siding is not something that you necessarily need installed by an expert. Sure, they will do the job quicker, but you can do it just as well. It is all about ensuring that you

Picnic Tables

Do you have that slice of hidden talent that perhaps has been lying dormant for some time? If so, it’s time to throw off those shackles and launch into a project that will prove highly satisfying to you and your family, and be a very useful addition to your patio or deck.

The new generation of octagonal and hexagonal picnic tables not only look fantastic but they also are very practical in the way that they can seat so many people. They are also simple to construct by the home handyman with the minimum of tools. They can come in various sizes to seat from 6 to 16 and even larger. Bare in mind that large tables are difficult to transport on the road and so this is another good reason to be building it yourself.

All you need is a bit of enthusiasm, a little bit of practical know-how in working with lumber, a few wood working tools and a good set of picnic table plans.

When looking for plans, check out how it is constructed. Some are much more stable than others, some have a lot of unnecessary woodwork underneath for bracing interfering