Friday, February 27, 2009

The Least Expensive Way to Build Stairs

Having a house with more than one level usually means that the house will need to contain stairs. If one is building a home from the ground up, there are so many costs involved, including materials and labor. When certain projects or portions of the home can be done in a cost effective manner, it is of benefit to the person who owns the property. When searching for the least expensive way to build stairs, there are many different ways that a person can save money when building the stairs as a do it yourself or DIY project.

The following is a list of tips to consider when one's goal is to find the least expensive way to build stairs:

Tip #1: Do not exceed the standard stair width of thirty six inches. While a larger width, such as forty inches, may seem elegant and attractive, it will cost more money in materials and labor.

Tip #2: Plan on building carpet grade stairs. If you choose to build stairs where the wood is exposed, you will spend a huge amount of money on wood that is high grade enough to use as a showpiece.

Tip #3: Use OSB or plywood to construct your carpet grade stairs. You do not need fancy wood to construct stairs, if you are planning on covering them up with carpet.

Tip #4: Consider doing the job yourself if you have some construction know how. You can save tons on labor costs this way, and this is one of the Least expensive ways to build stairs. Or, hire someone who is a good rough carpenter and offer to assist them with the job so that you can save on labor costs as well.

Tip #5: Do not opt for fancy railings or expensive handrails. They aren't needed. You can buy an inexpensive unfinished wooden handrail and stain or paint it to serve the purpose.

Above are tips that detail some of the Least expensive way to build stairs. By taking some or all into consideration and utilizing them, a person can save quite a bit of money on his or her stair building project.

Autor: Daniel Wessony

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Added: February 28, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Can You Save Money With a Build it Yourself Wind Generator?

The concept of creating and using a build it yourself wind generator has become extremely well-liked among people the world over looking to save money while contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. The dependency on fossil fuels has led to their depletion and people are now turning to alternative sources of energy such as the sun and the wind.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wind Energy

Using a build it yourself wind generator has a number of significant advantages, some of which we have discussed here. Firstly, a build it yourself wind generator is infinitely cheaper than a store bought wind generator. All the parts, equipment and tools can be purchased for under $200 from any local hardware store and the assembly of these parts is a simple task so as long as one is following precise and correct directions.

Also, when building a wind generator on your own, you save hundreds of dollars on the mechanical and construction costs. The maintenance and up keep of a build it yourself wind generator is almost negligible, and compared to the fantastic returns on the investment, it is barely noticeable. The electric power that is generated by a wind turbine can be used to meet most, if not all, the electric power needs of the house.

Once Initial Cost Has Been Recovered

As one is using a source of energy that is freely available in nature, once the initial setting up cost is overcome, using a wind generator actually does not cost any money. So in the long run, you can power up your house for no cost at all, depending the weather conditions in your region to provide for the necessary resource. However, even if you cannot actually power up all your systems using the energy generated by the wind turbine, you can use it for some lighting and electrical purposes, thus relieving a substantial part of the load on your electric bill.

You Can Even Make Some Money

And what's more, in the event that your wind generator creates excess power, more than that required by the household, it can be sold back to the power authorities. So by using a home built wind generator, not only do you get to save money, you can also earn some.

The second advantage of using a build it yourself wind generator lies in the fact that it is extremely ECO friendly. The wind is an environmentally friendly source of energy which upon being processed or used does not give off harmful emissions. Therefore, it does not add to the pollution levels in the environment. Also, the wind is abundantly available, and by using it, one is not causing the depletion of any exhaustible natural resources.

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There are many websites online that provide you with information on build it yourself wind generators. So make sure that you do your due diligence.

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Added: February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

DIY Brick Walkway With Ease

Many of the tools that you will need to install your own brick or paved footpath are familiar to any home upkeep project. If you have a yard, then you might already have a garden hose, rake, shovel, and trowel. It's important for you to have protection goggles and durable gloves for this, and a broom, hammer or mallet, measuring tape, and scissors are also needed. You will need string and stakes, in addition to whatever you want to use for edging (brick, metal, wood, or plastic restraints), 2x4 or pipe segments to use for leveling the levels, and if using wood for edging, a drill and appropriate bit. A wheelbarrow may come in handy to move supplies to the chosen area. You may be able to rent a plate compacting machine and brick cutter from Home Depot or Lowe's: bricks, gravel, and sand.

Be sure that you use materials specifically meant for sidewalk or patio use. Gravel or crushed stone mixes are an easier alternative to a concrete base layer. Do not use regular bricks, such as the sort found in fireplaces, for this; paving bricks do not have the holes found in regular bricks, and thus are more durable and safer to be used for ground implementation.

To start, ensure that the area you desire for the brick is secure. Check for any utility lines that may be hidden underground, and tree roots that may be disturbed. Also make sure that there is some sort of slope or decline for drainage, so that your yard or worse, your house, is not injured from rain or snow that has nowhere to wash away. To approximate the amount of sand, gravel, and bricks you will need, figure out the square footage of the design. Sand and gravel are usually referred to in cubic yards and one cubic yard is equal to around 27 cubic feet or 324 square feet, at one inch depths of coverage. Between four and five 4x8 inch bricks are needed per square foot, depending on the size of the brick and the shape of the design. It's always better to have more than less, so get an additional five to ten percent of the total amount of bricks, to allow for mistakes, edging, or even practice cuts.

Now get dirty! Outline the area with yarn and stakes, or a hose its if a circular design. Use a flat shovel to get rid of the dirt, (a trowel for any hard to reach areas), and then begin layering the gravel. Use the compactor in between layering to guarantee a smooth foundation. Once you begin adding sand, use your screed materials to check for even levels by laying a couple of sections on the sand and running another piece over. Once smooth, remove the pieces and start applying the bricks and edging materials. Only tamp down the bricks once you are sure of the layout. Fill in any gaps between the bricks with sand, and rake or brush through to settle it down. Repeat brushing for the first few times after rain, to further reinforce the inlay.

Be sure to appreciate your hard work! Clay-based paving bricks come in many colors of brown, cream, green, orange, pink, red, and sparkling with metallic touches. You can have the traditional rectangular shaped brick or custom cuts, all of which are slip resistant, which is calming when walking in wet weather or barefoot. Common patio or walkway patterns include basket weave, herringbone, running bond, stacking bond, and all modification. Will you use a uniform or alternate model? Whatever you choose, make your walkway a reflection of your personal taste.

Autor: April Walters

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Added: February 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

DIY Slip Resistant Floors

You can now treat your own floors to make them slip resistant. Slip and fall accidents in the work place and the home can be significantly reduced by a process of chemically etching the surface of the tile to increase the coefficient of friction. This process should make no visible change to the appearance of the tile. By choosing carefully the materials that are used and the time that they are allowed to be on the floor, almost any hard surface floor can be treated.

Ceramic tile is the most common but marble, granite, porcelain, travertine, glass, quarry tile, and concrete call all be treated as well to make them less of an accident hazard.

Home owners and business owners can now purchase the exact product for their own types of floors. By following carefully a set of instructions they can have a much safer home or business. This should help cut the number of slip and fall claims.

The process is a relatively easy one. It starts with a good cleaning. This is a great process for restaurant owners or for any type of commercial kitchen. We start with a good degreaser that cleans and emulsifies greases. Once the floor is free of grease it is ready to be treated. Usually floors in a commercial kitchen are quarry tile. These floors are perfect for the non slip quarry tile products that are especially mixed for these types of floors. A small sample area is done first and then the entire kitchen is treated. It is important to treat the entire area and not just a pathway.

There are many other types of floors that can be treated and each has its own DIY product. In the case where someone is uncertain of their flooring type, it can be mailed in to be tested. This product is good in so many instances. It can be used on swimming pool decks, in nursing homes, in schools, in commercial kitchens, in bathrooms, in bathtubs and in showers. The list is endless. As long as the floor is not coated over with any other products or with grease or soap it should last for many years.

If the floor is treated properly and according to the directions then this is an easy process.

Autor: Lynda Logan

Lynda Logan is the President of Slip Resistant Solutions, Inc. She is the marketer and but her partner, Jack O'Connell has been known as the "floor man" all over the state of Florida. He has been treating hard surface floors for nearly twenty years and has perfected the process for each floor type to make them slip resistant. Visit them at

Added: February 23, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Learn to Replace and Adjust Garage Door Springs

Learning how to replace and adjust garage door springs safely is as important as taking care of the whole garage. These springs may not be as big as the garage opener but they sure are just as essential in making the garage door work.

Found at the upper portion of the door opening, the springs comes in two types: namely the torsion springs that are mounted on a stationary metal shaft. This shaft is positioned above the door that parallels the top door frame. The other kind of spring is the side mounted springs. These are long and heavy type of springs that are mounted in each of the upper sides of the tracks. The side mounted springs is tensioned for easy lifting when the door is closed and performs the same function as the torsion springs when a pulley is used.

The proper way to replace and adjust garage door springs is to replace it as a set. Prolonged usage of your springs decreases its strength. That is why it is not advisable to use a new string and old string all together as it causes door imbalance. Once a piece of spring breaks off, replace not just the busted one but the remaining old ones too.

It is highly recommended that in order to efficiently repair and adjust garage door springs, it should be done by a professional serviceman or yet, if done by the homeowner himself, it must be with caution. Bear in mind that adjustment of torsion springs can be a dangerous procedure and should not be taken for granted.

Autor: Xavier Devon

Professional servicemen may not be always available when you need them. Every homeowner, therefore, should know a little about garage door part maintenance. Find out then how to garage door openers safely and securely.

Added: February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Six Steps to Thoughtful Wooden Handcrafted Gifts That Are Fun to Make and a Joy to Give

There is a no better time than during these strained economic times to consider handcrafting wooden games, toys or furniture for your family or as gifts. Recall a simpler time when we were young and created our own amusements by using our imaginations and hands to transform simple objects into playful implements or games. Gosh, I still have and use some of the things we made with our Dad in his basement workshop or garage back in Cape Breton - a periscope, wooden toolbox, marble board game. At 15 years I built that water wheel and the well replica for our garden. Mom and Dad loved it.

Consider the pleasure and sense of pride you will have when you create a gift from your own hands. And think of the pleasure you will bring to someone special. Someone for whom you took the time to craft a special wooden piece.

With a few simple hand tools and maybe a basic power tool, you can transform those ideas in your head to some very unique woodworking projects. With a little planing you could build these wooden creations right in your apartment, at your kitchen table or in your garage or basement. Covering your work area with some plastic drop-sheets or a tarpaulin and having a vacuum for cleanup opens up the possibilities of using your kitchen or dining room table for small woodworking projects.

Planning and measuring:

- On a piece of paper design your project (rough picture) and then measure it out on a rough piece of wood so you can get some kind of visual of how it will look


- buy a template plan that simply has you tape together the pieces of paper, lay it out on the board and simply mark then cut or drill as indicated. This is a simple way to ensure project accuracy and repeatability when you are making more than one of the same project.

Cutting the wood:

- Cut with handsaw, circular saw, table saw or miter saw


- Have them cut it to size at your building supply store. For a few extra dollars I have Home Depot cut my plywood to project size. Now I don't have to get out the table saw and deal with the sawdust clean-up that results.

Rounding corners and edges:

- Use a jigsaw and router


- With a straightedge or paper template, mark and trim the four corners with a handsaw or hand jigsaw and then, with a block and pieces of sand paper (coarse grit), round and shape the corners and edges

Drilling Holes:

- use a drill and wood bits (a drill is likely the first hand power tool you will buy)
No real alternative for a good drill and bits

Fastening the pieces together:

- No Nails Glue (This stuff seems to hold anything to anything!) - may require some clamps or weights to keep your project together during the 24 hour drying period

- Screws with wood glue (using the drill to pre-drill holes to avoid wood splitting and the screw bits to easily sink the screws)

- A small square will help ensure your corners remain square during assembly

Finishing the surface:

- poly fill or wood fill or wooden plugs will be need to cover the countersunk screws

- You will need coarse to fine sandpaper. Coarse sandpaper to deal with smoothing the edges and finer sandpaper to finish the surfaces in preparation for a wood finish to be applied.

- Go with natural wood finishes like polyurethane, lacquers and wood oils. Let the natural wood grains display all their splendor.

- Stain and paint first. Then finish with a polyurethane to make the surface more durable

You can be a talented woodworking carpenter with a few simple tools:

- measuring tape and pencil

- straightedge and/or square

- handsaw

- hand jigsaw

- power drill, drill bits and screw bits (this is the first power tool you should own) OR a versatile Dremel, which has a wide variety of attachments

- sand paper block (a piece of 2x2 or 2x3 wood) and sandpaper

- good quality paint brushes (clean and spin dry after each use and they will last for years)

Now, more than ever, is the time to unleash your woodworking talent and handcraft wooden treasures like toys, games and furniture. In the land of wooden handcrafts the recipients smile is the true gift of receiving.

Autor: Carl Chesal Carl Chesal
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Added: February 20, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Choosing Your Pebble Tile Design

It seems as though one of the hardest parts of choosing your pebble tile design is the color. There are so many different ones that you can choose from that the decision making can start to get frustrating. When you start this project, it is best to have some sort of idea of the color that you want for your pebble tile.

Many choose to go with one solid color such as polished white or black pebble. If you are in to earth tones you may want to choose a color such as an earthy tan or maybe even a reddish color pebble. The colors that you choose will breathe new life into any room.

Another choice that you have to make is whether or not you want the traditional type of pebble tile or if maybe you would prefer a mosaic type of tile. Both of these are polished but the shapes are completely different. The pebble tile is more rounded, such as the pebble. The mosaic tile is more of a square shape with sharper edges.

When doing your research on the different colors and types of pebble tile styles, you will probably find that the mosaic style is generally used for the outdoors with the pebble type style is great for the kitchen, bath and shower whether it is being used for the floor or the wall really won't make a difference.

All of the pebbles are flat so walking on them will not bother your feet or cause an issue. To bring variety and creativity to your design, you may want to mix and match colors for a certain type of pattern. For example, you may want to use a black and gray together for a classy, manly type of look. Or, you may want to mix a tan and white together for your kitchen to brighten things up a bit.

Pebble tiles are very easy to work with so if you are putting these in the shower area, it is very simple to get them to look natural around the drain and fixtures. This goes for any room in your home. If you are doing the installation on your own, most of the pebble tiles come in sheets and simple snap together. This makes for putting them up in your home a snap.

If you love to decorate your home and make it look original, pebble tiles are definitely the way to go. Your home will become a conversation piece amongst your friends and family. They may even ask you how you did it and if you could help them do their own home and start a trend.

The most important thing here is research. There are many different companies that supply pebble tiles and have different colors and different shapes. Look into several of them before making your final decision since this is your home. You will be happy that you decided to go with a pebble tile design on your home.

Autor: Kyle Tyler

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Added: February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How to Repair Your Electric Dryer

Homeowners deal with a lot of maintenance and repairs at home. Sometimes, it gets too expensive when everything seems to need replacement. That's why most homeowners today try to repair whatever they could. Besides, if you can do repairs by yourself, what's the point of having it repaired by a professional if it means burning your pockets? Remember, we are in the world of endless expenses and that repair charge could go a long way. Let me help you learn how to repair your dryer the cheapest way.

If you have an electric dryer, you will find that the electric heating elements of that dryer is self-contained. Most of the time, electric dryers stop working because of a defective heating element. If your dryer seems to have drying problems or seems to be not releasing any heat, then most likely the problem is the dryer's heater. In order to fix the problem, you will need to access those heating elements. Here's a step by step guide on what to do.

1. Remove the back service panel of your dryer. You may need to remove some screws.

2. Locate the heating elements which are usually inside the heater ducts.

3. Test your heating element by using a volt-ohm-milliammeter, also known as VOM. Set the scale to RX1.

4. Remove the leads from the terminals of the power source.

5. Use one of the probes to clip on to one of the terminal of the VOM and then do the same to the other probe.

6. Check the reading. It should be 12 ohms. If it is higher than that, then your heater needs replacement. If your volt line is 110 volts, then it should be around 8.4 ohm. For 220 volts, it must be around 11 ohms. If you need to replace the heater, jot down the type, brand, and electrical rating so you know what to buy.

7. On the other hand, if the ohm reading is normal, your dryer might be grounded. To check for this, go back to step. Then remove the leads to the heater.

8. Now the probes of your VOM should be one connected to the heater terminal and one to the heater's case of housing. There should be a jump in the meter needle. It should have a high rating. However, if it goes back and forth while at a low figure, then your heater is grounded and needs replacement.

9. To replace the heater, disassemble the back part and cabinet top of your dryer.

10. Remove the screws and leads holding the duct in position. Now, remove the whole heater unit from the dryer.

11. If there are screws holding the heater in the duct, remove it.

12. Now you can bring that old heater to a store so you'll know what to get. Then simply put your new heater to the dryer by assembling and putting the screws and leads back.

Autor: Althaf Ahmed

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Added: February 17, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Plumbing Hardware - Ways to Fix Simple Plumbing Problems

Most of the people living in the western countries are taking the convenience of modern plumbing technologies for granted. Be it a running tap or flushing toilet, it does not come to anyone's mind as to the changes plumbing has gone through or the history of the technology. Plumbing hardware roughly includes all the equipment that helps in plumbing like hose fittings, pipe fittings, plumbing pipes, tube fittings and valves. Today pipes and fixtures are mostly located underground and the sewage drains and cesspools of ancient times have been almost completely eradicated and replaced. As technology continues to advance, the cleanliness and efficiency of plumbing and toilets have become more efficient and clean.

However, when at home, if some problem arises like leaking faucets, clogged drains and faulty pipes people get anxious to hunt for a plumber. Only a few realise that these petty problems can be tackled at home only and that too without the help of any plumber. Yeah its very much true. All you need is your plumbing tools and some patience ensure the blueprint for sparkling success. Routine plumbing problems in the house does not necessarily explicate harbinger of doom. Here's how you can go about conducting minor repairs yourself without disastrous results.

  1. Make sure you are equipped with all the plumbing tools before you embark upon the task of repair work. After making a bee line to the nearest plumbing supplies store, pick basic tools like an auger, a plunger, a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, pipe wrenches, slip-joint and needle nose pliers, compression nuts and rings and faucet seats.
  2. Getting familiar with the location and functioning of the shut-off valve of every fixture and main shut-off valves in the house is extremely crucial. Make sure to turn off the water supply before beginning with the repair work.
  3. If the problem is in a particular fixture, then you can close the valve of that fixture only. The valve is generally located at the beneath the fixture and you can slow it by turning it clockwise. In case the fixture does not have a valve of its own, then close the main shut-off valve in the house.
  4. If there is a leaky faucet, then get on the root of it by taking off the faucet with a screwdriver. Then take off the screw cap that secures the stem, with an adjustable wrench. Make sure you do this with patience and precision to avoid any damage.
  5. In some of the faucets, one needs to replace the washer in order to stop the leak. While in some washer less faucets the cause of leakage can be the 'O' rings.

These are some of the most effective and workable tips that one can follow to mend small plumbing problems at home with the help of plumbing hadware, thus evading the need to call a professional plumber. These routine plumbing problems can be conducted by oneself without calamitous results. Plumbing technology is changing day by day and various equipments that can help the house maker solve it on their own, are being launched in the markets.

Autor: Pallavi Vyas

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Added: February 15, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pebble Tiles - How to Install Them

Are you thinking of adding nature into your home, such as when you go for a Zen design? Then, definitely, you're looking for pebble tiles. However, because of their unique statistics, they are not installed the same way as other kinds of floors. So how do you install them? How complicated can they be?

To Hire a Professional or Not?

Like other floor installations, they need to be worked on by a professional. They can be pretty complicated, depending on the materials that you have chosen. There can also be some equipment and techniques that only an expert will be able to accomplish with ease-with less amount of time and effort.

There are several ways on how to look for installers for pebble tiles. You can just look around your neighborhood. Normally, those that work with floor and wall installations can work very well with pebble tiles. You can also search for them in the World Wide Web. Expect to be paying few dollars for hour or on the complexity of the project.

Working Alone

Nevertheless, you can always choose to work with pebble tiles on your own. There are several guidelines that you can download from the Internet. You can also find these manuals for pebble tiles directly from manufacturers. There is only one important rule: follow the instructions to a T. Every tile floor may require a different kind of treatment, so you have to really pay attention.

First, you need to measure the area where you want to place the pebble floor tiles. Just to give you an idea, the tiles are measured 12 inches by 12 inches. They also interlock with one another. Then, you will have to pick for the pebble tiles of your choice. You can shop for them in the Internet, or you can buy them in your home depots. If you're living near the beach, see if you can discover natural stone pebbles around the area.

When you already have the pebbles ready, you will have to apply mortar on your trowel. You can settle for a 2 feet by 2 feet of thin mortar set. Start placing the tiles into the floors or walls. Since they will be interlocked, they need to be placed one over the other. You also have to tap the squares to ensure that they will stick into your mortar. Continue doing so until you're satisfied by the look and placement of your pebble tiles. Make sure that the mortar has been dried.

Just so no one will be able to remove the stones from where they are, you can apply impregnators over them. They can also assure you that the stones will not immediately lose their luster over time, especially if they are exposed in natural elements like rain and wind.

You may also have to add some sand grout in between the crevices of the rocks. They also need to be dried, and the excess ones should be removed from the pebble tiles. You can do so by simply using a sponge. Finally, use a sealer.

Autor: Kyle Tyler

Kyle Tyler Helps you get creative! - Learn more about how you can easily decorate any surface at home or in the office with pebble tile

Visit Kyle's website at: http://www.PebbleTile.Info

Added: February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

DIY Windmill Power - Energy of the Future

It is no secret that we're in the midst of an energy crisis. The government is (theoretically) doing what it can to help solve the problem, but the easiest way to end the crisis is to make changes yourself. One of the best things to do is to start producing your own power, which means that you're not dependent on the government and you're saving a great deal of money. Alternative energy sources like solar power and wind power are two great ways to start to make a difference.

Building your own windmill isn't especially cheap, but the long-term benefits, both financially and ecologically make that initial investment well worth it! In areas where the average wind speed is about 11 miles per hour (and in some places even a bit less), you can reduce the cost of production to zero and have more than enough power to go around.

If you're seriously considering constructing a windmill there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you need to make sure that you do have enough wind to efficiently generate wind power. Secondly, just because the initial investment is a little high shouldn't deter you. Third, make sure that you have a solid plan in place to set up your windmill. You'll want to have a good design, sturdy materials that can withstand high winds, and an understanding of the market before you begin to set up your own windmill.

Things to look for in a windmill plan:

Pictures or illustrations: No matter how detailed a description of a particular windmill you find, you'll also want to see an illustration or photo of the windmill. Knowing what the windmill will look like and understanding what shape and size it will take on are essential to having a handle on your windmill set up.

Simple language: Windmill plans are sometimes so full of jargon and specialized language that following the instructions is virtually impossible. Unless you are very well-versed in windmill construction and design you'll want to look for a user-friendly windmill plan that makes sense to you.

Detailed Descriptions: Yes, illustrations are important, but you also want to make sure that the plan you're following has detailed, easy-to-understand descriptions. The more information available about the plan, the better, so long as you can understand it. It is especially important that there be a description of each and every component that will go into your windmill, so you can fully understand what you're building.

Location-Specific Information: We all know that Holland is the windmill capital of the world; however, if your windmill plan talks about all of the best windmill supply stores in Holland and you're reading the plan in the USA, you're not going to be able to make much use of it. Often times windmill plans will offer location-specific information-simply make sure that it matches your specific location!

Autor: Ryan Kaufman Ryan Kaufman
Level: Basic PLUS
Ryan Kaufman is an Internet Marketer and Real Estate Developer in the Northwest. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors camping and sailing....

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Added: February 12, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Installing 12x12 Ceramic Tile - 5 Tips For Success

Installing 12x12 ceramic tile is a great way to cover a lot of surface in a hurry. With large tiles there are several points you can consider. These large tiles work better in many areas, especially if you plan ahead. Planning is the key to success to any tile project. Installing ceramic tile is a series of fairly simple steps, but there are tricks you need to know.

Basic to success with any tile job, especially with larger tiles, is getting the mounting surface right. If you see a cracked tile surface, the base over which the tile is mounted has moved. Take the time to get the mounting surface very stable. Often the best way to do this is to put down cement board as a backer.

Most rooms aren't exactly square. Most rooms aren't even close to being square. Carefully measure to find where your best corner is. That's often the right place to start, especially on a tile floor.

The first tile you lay is the most important. That's because all the other tiles are positioned off that tile. Take plenty of measurements and know where that tile needs to go to get the best finished appearance.

An easy way to visualize how the surface is going to look is to lay out dry tiles. Once you have laid out some lines for guides, set out some tiles to see how they look. Time spent simply setting out tiles will help you see whether your plan looks good on the surface.

Cutting tile is one of the arts it takes some practice to master. Wasting big 12x12 tiles can get quite expensive. So practice a bit and plan your cuts carefully. Your tools are important too. Some inexpensive cutter boards don't score the tiles well enough and you can break tiles if you're not careful. Proceed with care.

Installing 12x12 ceramic tile is a fast way to cover a surface. Larger tiles look better in many areas. With larger tiles you can easily waste a lot of material if you make mistakes. That's why you should really think through each step. If you can get an experienced person to help you with some of the basics, that's a good way to get started right.

Autor: Al Bullington Al Bullington
Level: Platinum
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Added: February 10, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Do it Yourself Solar Panels - Simple Process to Cut Your Home Electric Bills

Our monthly electricity bill is one of the largest household expenses. We need electric power to run all our electrical equipment. While power demand is expected to rise, the cost of electricity will increase in the near future also. This is due to limited supply of oil needed to generate power by utility companies. One of the simplest ways we can take to reduce our power consumption is by using Do It Yourself Solar Panels. How does the procedure works? This article will shed some light of the science of a home solar power system.

Before you start any home construction project, you have to be well versed with hand tools and ample working space. To build your own home solar energy system, you have to construct a solar array on the roof. A solar array is made from a series of solar cells linked together. The function of the solar array is to collect the sun energy and convert it into electric power. To harness the solar power, the solar array is connected to a charge controller where electric current will be diverted into deep cycle batteries bank. The batteries will be used to store electric power to run our electrical appliances. Since a battery can only store Direct Current (DC), you will need an inverter to convert it to Alternate Current (AC). AC will be used to power our homes.

With proper planning, do it yourself solar panels have the potential to reduce our home electric power consumption. This can be done by slowly changing our home power demand to the solar energy system. With rising energy cost, any idea that can help us to save cost would be a blessing.

Autor: Ken J. Maxwell

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Added: February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

9 Basic Steps to Construct Your Own Wall Pocket As Wall Decor

Are you a fan of Do-It-Yourself projects? They can save you money. They are fun to do. They can give you that same feeling of accomplishment that you had when you tied your first shoelaces. In the wide world of home decor, you can create several pieces on your own including wall decor. Here are some basic steps to follow, in order to create your own wall pocket:

Step 1: Secure your materials

For this project, you will need:

- bud vase
- drill bit (metal-cutting)
- electric drill
- floral wire
- safety gloves
- tin snips
- vintage ceiling tile (2)
- wire cutters

Step 2: Cut one ceiling tile

You can use the entire ceiling tile if you want. Another option is to cut it down to a smaller size. It is your call!

Step 3: Drill a hole in the tile

This should be from the top of the tile, and the hole should go completely through it. Make sure to wear safety gloves!

Step 4: Curve the second vintage ceiling tile into a tube

This curved ceiling tile will serve as the front of the wall pocket. Make sure to wear the safety gloves. Remember that one alternative to creating your own wall pocket is to purchase quality metal wall vases.

Step 5: Drill holes into the curved ceiling tile

The holes should go into both the sides and bottom of the tile. Make the holes near the perimeter, and roughly inches in from the tree side.

Step 6: Place the curved ceiling tile atop the other flat tile
Make sure that the bottom and the sides of the two tiles are lined up perfectly.

Step 7: Align the two vintage tiles

Next, cut a lengthy piece of the floral wire. At the end, tie a knot. Beginning from the bottom left of the back, feed the wire through the pair of holes. Draw the wire through the front and then push it back through the nest hole. This process should mirror the steps you use when tying up shoelaces on a pair of shoes.

Step 8: Using the end of the floral wire, tie a knot

You should take this step after you have threaded the final hole.

Step 9: Hang your vintage wall pocket onto the wall

Now you are ready to place the bud vase into the wall pocket that you created. Finally, place a flower into the wall vase. The function of the bud vase is to prevent rust from forming on the metal. If building your own wall pocket is too difficult, then consider buying metal wall vases instead.

Step 10: Seal the metal of the pocket (optional)

Use an oil-based burnish that is clear. Where the two tiles meet, use a clear epoxy glue to seal the juncture. This will provide temporary waterproofing for your wall pocket.

If you are a fan of DIY projects, then consider building your own wall pocket. This provides many benefits. Otherwise, consider buying quality wrought iron wall vases!

Autor: Jessica Ackerman

Jessica Ackerman writes for, a site featuring metal wall vases and modern wall art.

Added: February 8, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Screw and Bolt Tips For the DIYer

Screws are a great invention; they secure things ten times better than nails and don't need any impact to insert. However there are quite a few tips you may need to know on how to deal with screws. Now not being a DIY expert myself I have looked up ways of solving some of the problems you have when using screws.

* Quite often we want to get a screw out and it has rusted up. If you soak it overnight with some lemon juice by wrapping a lemon juice soak tissue, this will make it much easier to remove.
* If a screw is stuck no problem here's a great trick to sort it out. Assuming the screw head is above the surface use a small hacksaw blade to cut a new groove
* You know those little bags of silica gel crystals you find in many electrical products packaging? Save them and put it in you screw boxes. Apparently it will keep them shiny.
* Another tip for rusty screws came up trying to remove it. Try using a soldering iron to heat the head of the screw. The heat will expand the metal and loosen the rust.
* Coca-Cola has a phosphoric acid content, which eats rust. So when you have a rusted screw dip it in some coke overnight and the rust will be gone.
* Yet another interesting, but successful tip for rusty bolts is the use of good old Tabasco sauce. Just squirt a small dose on the screw and make yourself a cup of tea. After which there shouldn't be any problem unscrewing it.

Finally, a very useful tip for the storing screws using a jam jar with a metal screw top. Simply drill a hole in the top of the lid and screw it to the underside of a shelf of table. You now have a place to put the jar and its contents, what a space saver this is.

Autor: Martin Miller-Yianni Martin Miller-Yianni
Level: Basic PLUS
Born in Erith, England in 1958 and coming from a working class background the author has spent much of his working life as a Primary ... ...

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Added: February 7, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Are You Considering DIY Solar Power Or Using Solar Energy For Homes?

We are all trying to find ways to save money in today's economy. Our gas and electric bills seem to keep climbing and climbing with no way to stop it. One of the best ways to save money on your bill is to install solar panels in your home.

By installing solar panels in your home, you will be able to drastically reduce your billing costs. If you are to decide to do this yourself instead of hiring a company to come out and do it for you, there are a few things that you need to consider before taking on such a project.

For one, will your roof support the weight of the project that you are about to embark upon. You will also want to make sure that the side of the roof you are considering for the installation is in the direct sunlight for at least and no less than 6 hours. If it is not, the solar panels will not do you any good and you have wasted your time and money as well.

After doing an adequate amount of research on companies that provide solar panels, you will want to ask a lot of questions of them as well. Do they offer installation support, phone and technical support and do they have a warranty on their product are some of the most important questions that you should be asking.

The cost of installing solar panels into your home is not cheap. But, if you think outside the box at the savings you are going to be getting in the long run, you will realize that all of the hard work and the cost are going to be worth it in the long run. Some people even create enough electricity that they contribute to the power grid and get paid for it. There are definite cost savings right from the start when you use solar energy for your home.

Remember, it is important to do a lot of research on do it yourself installation of solar panels. This is not an easy task that you will be taking upon yourself by any means. This could be one of the smartest money saving moves that you can make for your home and your pocket.

But, make sure that it is the right decision for you before you begin. Nowadays there are so many great online resources available to show the homeowner what is involved and how to purchase and install all the equipment necessary for a green house using alternative energy sources.

Autor: Sturat Mitchel Sturat Mitchel
Level: Platinum
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Added: February 5, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tips For Building Your Own Home Bar

Is your home the place where your friends and family tend to gather for sporting events, card games or just a great place to hang out on a Friday night? Why not consider building a home bar to add a little flare to your entertaining? Building a home bar is a great addition to any home, but deciding on building a bar is just the first step. Many decisions have to be made throughout the building process to determine what the bar will look like, where is will be located and just how much money you want to spend on such an endeavor.

In many homes the bar is located in the basement in a large rec room. If you have the space to do this, it makes sense to locate the bar there, but it is entirely up to you where you locate it. If you are not handy with tools, it's likely best to hire a contractor to build a proper home bar that you will be proud of, however if you do have some technical skill, building a bar doesn't have to be difficult. It is possible to even purchase a home bar kit that can make it much easier to build. Most people however prefer a more custom bar that fits in with their current decor

Many types of home bars exist to suit any decor including Tiki Bars, Tuscany Bars or a Renaissance Bar. For those in warmer climates, a home bar could even be installed outdoors, around a pool or on a deck. For most people that live in parts of the country that have cold winters, an indoor home bar may be more appropriate. Depending on the current decor of your home, some bars work better than others, but if you are looking to build a themed room, any style will work.

Once you decide on style, now comes the important decisions of what your home bar will include. A simple bar does not need to include electricity or water, but both these utilities will greatly improve what you can do with the bar. With electricity and water your home bar can include a sink, a beer fridge, an ice maker and even a kegerator. With all these elements you can have a fully stocked bar without having to make trips to the kitchen for ice, water or cold beer. For those that want to provide their guests with an authentic bar experience, installing an LCD TV on the wall can add to the ambiance and a pool table would also be nice if space allows.

Once your home bar is finished, all your friends will want to spend their spare time lounging around your bar, having great conversation. Of course during those big games like the Super Bowl or NHL Playoffs, your home bar is sure to make it a fun time with cold beer and good friends.

Autor: Doug Seymour

Building your own home bar can be as simple or as challenging as you would like. Consult tiki bar plans if you are interested in designing and building a world-class tiki bar. If you would rather purchase a tiki bar kit or need the right decor to complete your bar, check out the Tiki Bar Shop.

Added: February 4, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Over Boarding a Ceiling - A Short Explanation

I often overboard lath and plaster ceilings this is because the customer does not want to pay for the time it takes to pull down and old ceiling and clear it up. Due to lath and plaster ceilings normally being full of rubbish and the dust created is unbearable I normally recommend the overboard option.

So With an overboard if the ceiling is lath and plaster I would use 9.5mm plasterboard this would allow for the just not being level as the plasterboard will "go with" the joists. It is also easier to lift 9.5mm board above your head for tacking.

So the first ting I normally do I find the joist the best way is to smash a hole in the ceiling with a hammer and have a look, once you have found a joist they are normally 401mm or 601mm apart.

I go round and mark on the wall where all the centres of the joists are then I get a chalk line and run it form one side of the ceiling to the other this will accurately mark the ceiling with the joist centres. This does take a fair bot of time but saves an age of time in the long run.

With all the joist marked measuring and cutting the plasterboard is easy as ll you do is measure to the lines and cut. Most rooms are not square so you will find that you will need to do some awkward cuts but that's is just the way it goes.

The tools I use are two props or dead-men which can be bought very cheaply drywall screws a cordless drill for screwing the screws. A chalk line along with a tape measure and stanley knife.

Remember that all the screws need to be flush with the board otherwise when the ceiling gets plastered they will catch their trowel and it will leave the screw proud.

Autor: Verdon Hackett

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Added: February 2, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Buying Your Own Heating and Cooling Equipment For the Do-It-Yourselfer - Questions Answers

Buying your own heating and cooling equipment for the first time can be a bit daunting. Your research may have left you doubting, probably because the advice you have received to the negative came from those who have a financial stake in your decision.

Regardless of what you decide to do, always remember that YOU control your money. When someone says you can't do something, step back and think about the why. If it is because legally you can't, then Ok. But, if it is because "that's not the way it is normally done", really step back and ask yourself why. If you stop to reflect on the naysayers, you will probably find that they are connected to the total potential outlay of your funds for your project.

Big Box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's have not exploded across the country because homeowner's "Can't" do-it-themselves. These stores are great examples of a shift in how people are taking control of their home projects. If you need or want a new faucet for the kitchen, or a new water heater, you go to one of these outlets and purchase the product yourself. You then have the option and personal choice to install it yourself, or contact a plumber who will be happy to install it for you, on a "Time & Material" basis. You can buy and install windows, doors, siding, roofing, plumbing, and lighting. These stores will sell you big scary tools that can cut, maim and if used improperly, can even end your life. But, most people who opt to do-it-themselves, have a respect and understanding that there is a responsibility that goes along with the use of these tools.

So how do the above statements relate to your ability to control all or part of your home heating and cooling project? Just like the example above, there are some risks involved when doing any project. Education and preparation are the tools that reduce risk, not only with HVAC, but with any project.

Some questions you need to ask yourself and answer: Do you control your money? Yes!

Of course you do. Who's name is on your checking account, credit card or deed? Yours! Not ABC Heating & Air. With that said, why shouldn't you be able to decide exactly how you want to proceed?

Is it legal for you to buy your own HVAC Equipment? Yes!

HVAC contractors will try to tell you that it is illegal for you to purchase this type of equipment. Here is something for you to think about. When you buy equipment from your local dealer and he installs it, you have purchased that equipment. I always laugh at that one. When you buy HVAC equipment from online sources, you are essentially buying from a contractor, so what is the difference?

Do you have the ability to install your own Heating & Cooling Equipment? Yes!

Here is where personal responsibility and preparation come into play. Because of the technical nature of Heating and Cooling equipment, you may not be able to do every aspect of your project, and will need to rely on possibly some help from a local technician or installer on a "Time & Material" basis. But, if you again think about the extreme savings that you can realize from doing as much of your project as possible, you will be surprised at how much control you have. When your local all inclusive contractor gives you a price, let's say $8,000 to replace your system, not only are they factoring in PROFIT, but within that you are paying for lots of things that even the least of us in relation to being handy can perform. Can you move the product to it intended location? Sure. You can prepare indoor and outdoor sites, lines and wiring and many of the most minor portions of the project that are built into the PROFIT. Why should you pay for those things?

Given the opportunity to save $1,000, $2,000 or more, is that important to you? I would think so!

When I talk to clients, I am sometimes amazed at how little thought goes into that question. That question has the ability to solidify or separate you from the original idea of doing-it-yourself. Because, if you are only interested in picking up the phone and contacting someone who will do every aspect for you, then you have answered your question. It is not fair to think that you can have both. But, if you understand that the reward of saving thousands of dollars, comes with the responsibility to take some control yourself, then you are ready to proceed. I don't know about you, but if someone told me that if I did the parts of my project that I am capable of doing, and that may require a little work on my part, and, that I could put $2,000 in my pocket, my response would be "SIGN ME UP!"


Do You Control Your own Money? Yes!

Can You Buy Your own Equipment? Yes!


Can You Hire Local Talent to Help? Yes!

Can You Save Thousands of Dollars? Yes!

Then Why Aren't You?

Autor: Jay Boyd

Jay Boyd owns his own heating and air conditioning store Home Air Direct where he helps the do-it-yourselfer save money. His blog site Ask Boyd contains numerous tips and stories involving the HVAC industry.

Added: February 1, 2009