This is default featured slide 1 title
This is default featured slide 2 title
This is default featured slide 3 title
This is default featured slide 4 title
This is default featured slide 5 title
 

Category Archives: Home Improvement

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 well worth the expense.

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 to be north and rest accordingly east, south and west.

– Take the west string over the north one and similarly north one over the east and east over the south and finally south over the west.

– After this pull the strings tightly and you will have the first knot.

– The person can keep on making the knots depending the length of the lanyard the person wants.

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. Many of the same service manuals that professional small engine mechanics use are readily available via the Internet and are quite inexpensive. Some online stores offer a wide selection of service manuals in a number of formats including paper, downloadable electronic PDF, VHS video and CD-ROM. These manuals are quite detailed yet are written at a fairly basic level. They contain important safety information, adjustment procedures, troubleshooting tips and specifications in addition to step-by-step repair instructions. The service manual will easily pay for itself on the first job.

After using the service manual to diagnose your machine’s problem, decide if it is something that you can repair yourself. Some problems require specials tools or are covered under the machine’s warranty and these repairs are best left to a professional. Many common problems however are easy to fix yourself. Replacing a clogged air filter for example is quite simple and takes just minutes. Replacement parts are available online and at local dealers that support your brand of equipment.

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 than the single sided foams. This is because of how and where the foams are expected to perform. Foam density combined with high performance adhesives ensures excellent tack, peel and holding power. Industrial mounting and anti vibration applications are typical uses for double sided foam tapes. A particular range of double sided foam tapes are used in industry for a direct replacement for mechanical fixings. These double sided foam tapes are known
as VHB or foamed acrylics.

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, kits are excellent to use. Plans also will help you out immensely if you are just a beginner.

Now, the next step is construction of your trebuchet. For most people, I would suggest using 1″x2″ pine for all of the pieces. But, if your going to be building a 10ft tall trebuchet, stretch for the 2×4’s. Once you have completed your trebuchet structure-wise, you will need to construct a sling and if used, a suitable counterweight. I prefer cutting up any kind of old cloth and attaching both ends to lengths of string.

Suitable counterweights can be anything from a box/bottle full of lead shot, to a sock full of rocks, or a dumbbell weight. After you have all of that stuff sorted out, you should attach the trigger mechanism and release pin. There are plans and pictures of these on most sites, but the only advice I can give you is that the release pin is the trickiest part of constructing a trebuchet. It should be angled so that the sling releases the projectile at an angle of somewhere around 45 degrees.

Final word: Building a trebuchet can be lots of fun and be a great learning experience. (Or sometimes an unbelievable chore for those unlucky physics students such as myself). Construct your trebuchet with quality and take care to add support where needed and it will last you a long time.

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 posts that slide over the 4X4 post. Finally attach the mailbox to the post (if using cement you will want to wait till the cement has cured. Now you can start receiving your junk mail and bills!

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 are for people interested in decorating rooms without spending a fortune. Some decorating tips cost nothing to implement and some require several hundred dollars. Pick out the tips that align with your budget and you will find it easier than you ever imagined to design the interior of your home easily and completely.

Everyone has a different interior decorating idea. The steps outlined in an interior decorating guide apply whether you live in an apartment or duplex, small home or large home, office, or anywhere with a room that requires a make-over. Read your guide thoroughly so you can create a realistic blueprint for success when planning to decorate your interior on your budget. Interior decorating DIY (do it yourself) is not as difficult as it may seem. Take action. Obtain an interior decorating guide. Implement a simple decorating project to enhance one room. You CAN do it yourself!

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 from the wall. This will give you an idea of the size of the last tile that needs to be placed to finish the row. Once you have an idea by placing the loose tiles you can have an idea of the number of tiles required to complete the entire room.

The third step is to place different color tiles at different locations as per your choice. Open the boxes and place the tiles at the accurate places on the floor. Now, start applying the adhesives on one fourth of the floor area and wait for sometime. It generally takes about 10-15 minutes for the adhesive to dry before you can start installing floor tiles. However, the time may depend on the temperature and humidity.

Start placing the tiles along lines starting from the center of the floor. Remember, placing the first tile correctly as it is very important and determine the finish. Place each tile firmly on the ground and also against another tile. This will ensure a quality finish. The border tile should be cut accurately to give a perfect finishing to the room. When fitting a tile along a pipe or any other obstruction, simply cut the tile into that shape so that it fits exactly into that position. Do not wash the tiles at least one week after installing floor 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 are following instructions and using the right tools.

Simpler Upgrades

If you are not ready to tackle siding just yet, you may want to check out something like gazebo plans online. Setting up a gazebo or a pergola is much easier as you are constructing something new. Even if it does not work out, you can just start over and nothing has changed. What you can do is find sites that will help you select the right DIY plan for building a gazebo or pergola. Then it is just about getting the necessary materials and setting up everything. Think of it like a fun spring or summer project.

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 with leg room.. The plans should give you a money back guarantee and provide e mail support if something should go wrong. Make sure that your plans allow for a hole for an umbrella in the middle.

Every cut on an hexagonal picnic table is at 60 degrees. All of the cuts on an octagonal table are either 60 degrees or 45 degrees and you could do all of the cuts with a miter box and a hand saw. A circular skillsaw would save a lot of time and effort while a compound drop arm miter saw would be the ultimate if you have one. (Or maybe borrow or hire one for a weekend?) Other tools required would be hammer, drill and hole saw, tape measure, small hand plane and a straight edge.

The lumber required varies with the different plans and you just need to be able to access the sizes required. The most common type of lumber used is pine and this will need to be pressure treated for outside use so that it can withstand the weathering of the elements. Other lumber can be used if you have access to it. Tables have been made from teak, kwila, redwood, douglas fir and many others. Just check with your lumber merchant about the practicalities and prices of using these. Using dry lumber will ensure that gaps don’t open up as the boards dry.

When it comes to putting the table top on there are several ways of doing it. The most effective as far as looks is concerned is to have the top that is segmented into 6 or 8 sectors depending upon whether it is a hexagon or an octagon. This does take a little bit of patience and accuracy to get it looking right with all of the pieces fitting without gaps but the finished job will be well worth it.