Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How to Hang Gutters

Gutters are your house's first defence against water damage and help to direct water away from walls, pavements and foundations. Proper installation of a gutter system can prevent costly structural and cosmetic repairs. Hanging gutters is a fairly simple project with just a few steps and important tips.

The first step is to remove the old gutter if one exists. Once the gutter is removed, it is the perfect time to repair or replace the fascia. Prior to purchasing the gutter materials, decide the type of gutter that is most appropriate for the area; a deeper gutter is indicated if there is a lot of local rain, debris guards are a good choice if there are a lot of trees overhanging the roof line. The location of the downspout is the first step to hanging gutters. If there is an existing drain, hang a plumb line and install the outlet in line with the drain. If there is no drain, the downspout should be aimed toward an existing gully. Never point a downspout at a driveway or pavement since it promotes the growth of algae and ice formation. The top of the gutter should never be more than 30mm from the bottom of the roof. After installation of the outlet gutter section, install a fascia bracket 150mm from each end of the gutter run. The gutter may be installed level or with a maximum fall of 3mm per metre. Using a string, extend a line from the insertion line of the outlet to the end of the run. The insertion line allows a moveable joint for expansion. Once the line is extended, install fascia brackets every metre. In addition to brackets every metre, all joints require brackets as well. Install the gutter by tilting the gutter under the back of the fitting and then pushing down into the front of the bracket. Install end caps at the end of the gutter run.

Once the gutter is installed, install the downpipe. If the house has a large overhang, use an offset bend to bring the downspout closer to the wall. Downspout support brackets are installed every two metres. If the downspout discharges over an open topped gully, finish the downspout with a rainwater shoe. If the downspout of the gutter discharges into a drain, use a drain adapter. For new construction projects, such as a conservatory, consult the local building authority for proper placement of the downspout.

A properly installed and maintained gutter is an inexpensive way to protect your biggest investment. Hanging a gutter requires a little careful planning but can be accomplished in a short amount of time.

Your gutters should be cleaned out at least one a year, maybe twice if you live in a very tree lined area.

Autor: D L Anderson

Added: September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How to Fix a Steel Gate

A gate is used as an entry or exit into a plot. It may also be used to secure the home compound. This are made of different materials. They could be made with timber, steel sections or metal sheets. The home owner desires a beautiful entry into the compound. the gate may have a sentry cubicle on the side to control movement into and out of the compound. The height can vary depending on the location. If its fixed on a long driveway it can be opened by remote control.

The gate should is fixed such that the home owner can open and close effortlessly. It is important to have the posts hanging the gate very strong. The hanging post can be made of steel or concrete stanchions. This should not buckle under the weight. The hinge system should be able to open and close smoothly. On the hanging stanchion, a bell or security system can be installed. Also lighting should be provided for ensuring a lit entry or exit into the home. Also a gate sensor can be added.

Once the gate is fabricated then fixing commences. The width of the gate is measured and the support post position is established. Column pits are excavated to a depth of three feet. The stanchions are plumbed and kept straight upwards. These should also be in line. The stanchion column is then put into the excavated holes. Concrete of one part cement, two parts sand and four parts ballast is mixed and poured into the pit. It is then vibrated properly. Power points are placed on the side and top for lighting and the bell.

The gate stanchion concrete should dry for at least four days. The gate is then lifted and put into position on the hinges. If the columns are done correctly it will fit on the provide hinges. The top of the hinge is then capped by welding to prevent lifting of the gate. The tower bolt position is marked at the center of the gate. Two steel round hollow sections of one feet long are driven into the ground. A concrete surround is done to prevent movement when locking the gate.

Autor: Andrew Karundu Andrew Karundu
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Added: September 29, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Landscape Sprinkler System - Learn to Install One

This article is about a system that will water flowers, gardens and trees only.

Identify the incoming water line at your residence assuming this is where the sprinkler system is, if you already examined the sprinkler heads at the store, you know doubt saw that they spray in different designs: 360 degrees, 180 degrees, 90 degrees. Some will allow you to adjust the degree of spray and some will only "bubble up" a small quantity of water.

Spray water away from your house not towards it. Some water is very hard and continued spraying of this water on your house will leave an ugly yellow or brownish color that is hard to clean off.

A typical 360 degree sprinkler head running on normal residential water pressure on a circuit properly configured, will spray a circle about 12 feet in diameter. (Or a 6 foot radius from the sprinkler head, however, the type of sprinkler head you use will vary this number). Plan accordingly. Soon you will see about how many individual sprinkler heads you'll really need to cover the square footage required. 180 degree heads may be the best bet here.

Use 1" T's and hook one in with the appropriate length of pipe running upwards to meet the ground level. Some heads will pop up when they are turned on, so these need to be mounted at ground level.

Install up to 6 of these per circuit for starters. Adjust the quantity once you see how your water pressure is pushing the water through the line. Reduce the size from 1" pipe to 3/4". Finally reduce to 1/2". Most of the time, 1/2" pipe threads will be the size of each sprinkler head.

Include the use of an automatic drain on the bottom of each sprinkler head especially if you know that you are NOT going to blow the system out in the late Fall months and you are located in a freezing climate.

Experiment with different heads to develop the spray pattern you need.

If using automatic valves, simply purchase a clock timer from the box store and run two wires from it to each valve.

A master turn off valve for this sprinkler system is suggested. It should be located in the house.

If other areas need to be watered, run pipe from the 2nd valve to the general area and then branch off again using smaller pipe and misc heads.

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Added: September 27, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

How to Build a Shed Using Shed Drawings

Acquiring a decent set of shed drawings to learn how to build a shed is a very important part before you start the construction process. Even before you get the plans to build a shed, you need to be educated within this area. There are resources available to you that will teach you about how to build a shed along with providing all the necessary drawings to get you started. There is no reason to go about building your shed without any guidance from reliable guides and drawings, especially if you are a beginner.

When you're not prepared with plans for shed building, you will most likely end up making more mistakes that could have been easily avoided. Make the building of your shed a fun and exiting opportunity because that is what it should be. There are many benefits that come out of this experience such as, saving money, learning something new, maybe picking up a new hobby, have more storage room, etc. Having a shed in general can also be a nice feature to your home.

Even for those that are not experienced in woodworking or carpentry can also benefit in learning how to build a shed using a quality set of shed drawings. So finding a woodworking course that offers a variety of plans for building a shed as well as step-by-step instructions is the starting point in creating a successful shed that you want. When you have a variety of plans to choose from, you will be able to pick out what shed that will best fit your need along with stay within your budget range. Materials lists are also a plus when looking for a course to get you started so you know exactly what you need to get to make your shed.

Autor: Matthew Bonner Matthew Bonner
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There are many resources to teach you how to go about the process in constructing your shed that can be instantly downloaded to your computer. Make sure to find a reliable course that has all the information that is readable and detailed to guide you every step of the way in order to build your shed.

One woodworking course that I know of is My Shed Plans Elite, by Ryan Henderson who is an experienced woodworker. He made My Shed Plans Elite with will provide you with, step by step instructions, plans, detail, sections, elevations, diagrams, etc. Ryan will also teach you the tip and techniques he uses to build a variety of woodworking projects. Learn how to build any kind of woodworking project from birdhouses to chairs to stables.

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Added: September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Secrets Broken at Last For the DIY Energy Project

I got the desire the other day to set up my own wind powered generator. While doing so, I found some information that was very valuable to be self sufficient regarding the energy needed to operate my home stead.

  • Finances are available from the Federal Governments which in some cases could completely pay for an efficient self contained system
  • Energy providers are encouraging individual home owners to be self sufficient.
  • Some energy providers will buy excess energy.
  • The green energy sustainability influence is making it much easier to find parts necessary to build things like photocell, wind and water power or blended fuel equipment.
  • Since the last time I investigated this idea, the whole process is now looked upon as being the correct thing to do. Back then, the hurdles presented were insurmountable.
The field of personal and home eco-consultants is relatively new. I noted one company had just over 3,000 listings under the umbrella term environmental consultants, up from 657 when the database was started in 2007. Included are energy auditors, health and wellness experts, interior designers and "eco-brokers," real estate agents who specialize in green homes. While real estate agents can get training and certification as "eco" or "green" by trade organizations, and states like New York run energy audit programs with accreditation rules, there are no industry standards for most eco-consultants, who can range from environmental engineers to the self-taught.

Homeowners should exercise caution, if they are thinking of hiring environmentally friendly consultants. They should do some research first and decide which areas they want to focus on before deciding if they want to pay for visits that can cost hundreds of dollars.

It is obviously prudent that we use caution when attempting to be a DIY person. In this instance one must have engineered instructions.

Autor: E B Patterson

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This makes his recommendations very valuable. Take a look at the website. This Meets the Requirements of an efficient, Engineered DIY for the average Joe or Josephine who wants to provide themselves with a self contained energy package for their home, farm or business.

Added: September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How to Use a Cordless Reciprocating Saw

When it comes to understanding how to use a cordless reciprocating saw, the first thing to know is that it is a powerful home improvement tool that is safe and durable. It is very effective in cutting through various types of materials including plastic, wood, and metal.

For many people doing home renovation and additional construction, a cordless reciprocating saw can cut through rough patches in your walls and quickly eliminate the amount of time used to finish up a home improvement project. The biggest advantage of having a cordless reciprocating saw versus a non cordless one is being able to move about on a project in a quicker manner.

The most popular brands have blades that cut on average 3,000 strokes per minute. They also feature an anti-slip grip that allows you to safely cut and saw without fear of your saw sliding out of your hand. On average the saw will cut for about 45 minutes before the battery needs recharging. For heavy duty projects that require extensive sawing, the best cordless reciprocating saws are lightweight and compact for all types of jobs.

For low-budget home renovation needs cordless reciprocating saws are very affordable in price. One of the biggest selling points for them are the flexibility of it being able to complete jobs from the very small to the super large that you have. Known for its accuracy, power and speed along with being safe and secure for all home project uses, purchasing one will give you the benefit of having complete satisfaction for all of your project needs.

Autor: John C Harris

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Added: September 23, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Square a Corner

A square corner is one of the most important facets of quality construction, in particular, framing. If you do not have a square corner, you will not have a square room, causing the walls to be different lengths, cabinets won't fit, etc. Obviously a framing square is one of the best ways to ensure a square corner, but this is not always practical or available.

So, without a specific tool, how can you ensure a square corner? All you need is a tape measure and geometry will do the rest. The method we are going to use is called the 3-4-5 rule. Geometrically, if you have a triangle (which by definition means you have a 90 degree ,or square, corner) that has one side at 3 units (such as feet) and another side at 4 units, then the diagonal will be 5 units. If these measurements exist, then you are sure to have a square corner.

To use the 3-4-5 rule, simply measure out two sides of a triangle, one side for each wall, on the inside of the corner. This is easiest to do before you build the wall or set the plate. Often it is best to do this with chalk lines or a single piece of wood until you have found square. Measure one side (wall) to 3 feet and make a mark. Measure the other side (wall) to 4 feet. If your wall is square then the diagonal between the two marks will be exactly 5 feet. If the diagonal measures more than 5 feet, your corner is over 90 degrees and you must move one of the walls towards you. If you are under 5 feet your are less than 90 degrees and you must move one of the walls away from you. It is that simple. Just keep adjusting the marks until meet the 3-4-5 rule.

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Added: September 22, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

DIY Shed Construction - Finding the Best Plans For Shed Construction

Before you even start your own shed construction project, you will need to find the proper plans for shed construction to get you going. I'm not talking about those little drawings you find in the corners of magazines, but some full-blown DIY shed plans. There are many clear and legible sets of shed drawings found in woodworking courses. Nobody wants a shed that doesn't come out the way its supposed to due to not having a set of plans that are not easy to understand.

Many of these types of woodworking courses will offer a variety of plans for you to choose from. This is good so you will have more options for you to decide on what plans are best for your needs and to begin the shed construction phase. Many of the DIY shed plans will also have materials list, step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and other useful information to get you started in learning and building that perfect shed you want.

So when you are on your quest of finding the right plans for shed building, make sure to keep the other information (mentioned above) in mind. The more information the better, but you also don't want to get overwhelmed either. This is one of the reasons why the guides are in step-by-step format. They will usually teach you right down to the basics so you know how to read the plans. What good are the plans going to be if you cannot read them?

Even people with no experience can benefit in shed construction with the proper information and shed drawings. Learn from people who have experience in building sheds and other woodworking projects. Usually these woodworking courses are created by seasonal and more experienced master carpenter's and woodworkers. They will share their tips and techniques to make the shed construction process go much smoother and help you avoid making mistakes.

Autor: Matthew Bonner Matthew Bonner
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One course that I know of that has many diy shed plans and other woodworking projects is My Shed Plans Elite. My Shed Plans Elite was created by Ryan Henderson who has years of experience and is willing to share with you his own expertise in shed construction. No matter if you have little experience or have experience, there is something that can be taken away from following Ryan Henderson's My Shed Plans Elite.

DIY Shed Construction is one of the best ways to save money but it all starts by finding the proper Plans For Shed Construction

Added: September 20, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Drip Irrigation Systems and DIY Installation Guide For Enthusiasts

Installing a water-efficient drip irrigation system is very easy. A typical system consists of " plastic pipe that routes water from a hose spigot to trees, shrubs, and garden beds. The plastic tubing is fitted with small plastic nozzles, called emitters, at plant locations. Emitters are essentially mini-sprinklers, and they come in a variety of forms depending on the type of plant you need to water. If you're watering plant beds, assume you'll need 1 ft. of tubing with emitters for every square foot of plant bed space.

Your basic irrigation equipment come with only a few components, but can be augmented with pieces purchased "ala carte". You'll also need a punch for piercing the tubing and "goof plugs" for repairing errant punches. Tubing for drip irrigation is thin-wall flexible polyethylene or polyvinyl, typically " or " in diameter. Internal diameters can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so it's good idea to purchase pipe and fittings from a single source.

Let's start to do it ourselves,

1. Connect the system's supply tube to a water source, such as a hose spigot or a rainwater system. If you tap into your household water supply, use a pressure gauge to check water pressure. If pressure exceeds 50 pounds per square inch, install a pressure-reducing fitting before attaching the feeder tube. A filter should also be attached to the faucet before the feeder tube.

2. At garden bed location, begin installing drip emitters every 18". You can also purchase " PE tubing with emitters preinstalled. If you use this tubing, cut the feeder tube once it reaches the first bed, and attach the emitter tubing with a barbed coupling. Route the tubing among the plants so that emitters are over the roots.

3. For trees and shrubs, make a branch loop around the tree. Pierce the feed tube near the free and insert a T-fitting. Loop the branch around the tree and connect it to both outlets on the T-fitting. Use " tubing for small trees, " for larger specimens. Insert emitters in the loop every 18".

4. Use micro sprayers for hard-to-reach plants. Sprayers can be connected directly to the main feeder line or positioned on short branch lines. Sprayers come in a variety of spray patterns and flow rates; choose one most appropriate for the plants to be watered.

5. Potted plants and raised beds can also be watered with sprayers. Place stake-mounted sprayers in the pots or beds. Connect a length of " tubing to the feeder line with a coupler, and connect the " line to the sprayer.

6. Once all branch lines and emitters are installed, flush the system by turning on the water and let it flow for a full minute. Then, close the ends of the feeder line and the branch line with figure-8 end crimps. Tubing can be left exposed or buried under mulch.

Autor: Ky Cheah

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Added: September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ideas of How to Install Pedestal Sinks

It looks so elegant, supporting a sink on a slender stem - no wonder pedestal sinks are such favorite in bath fixture displays. Yes, they look good, and there's something appealing about their classic shape. What's more, they can make a small space bigger, especially one that housed a vanity previously.

However, when you put in a pedestal sink, you may lose storage space. And, it's more complicated to install than it looks: You need to remove the wall covering to install a cleat to support the sunk. That's right - a pedestal sink is basically a wall-mounted sink. All the pedestal does is partially obscure the waste line and trap - and look good.

And contrary to the "beauty" shots in plumbing catalogs, pedestal sinks do not eliminate having to look at plumbing lines. The supply lines on a pedestal sink that's actually installed are connected to shutoff valves located on both exterior sides of the pedestal - they're highly visible. If you prefer a pedestal, that's something to keep in mind.

Install support blocking: since the sink portion of a pedestal sink is attached to the wall, you'll need to attach a cleat between the wall studs to support it properly. Start by locating the wall studs with a stud finder, and then remove only enough wall covering to expose the studs. Next, notch the studs with a handsaw and a chisel to accept the support cleat and secure it to the studs with 3" galvanized screws.

Reinstall drywall: with the support cleat in place, you can reinstall the drywall. Measure carefully and cut a piece to fit. Then measure and lay out holes for the plumbing and cut these with a drywall saw or hole saw. Position the drywall on the wall and secure to the studs with drywall screws or nails.

Install sink-mounting hardware: the sink will attach to the wall and support cleat in one of three ways: it'll hang on a bracket attached to the cleat, it'll be fastened to the cleat with hanger bolts, or it'll use both. Whichever method is used, it's best to set the sink on the pedestal and set both in their final position against the wall. Then mark the location of the bracket, or mark through the mounting holes of the sink onto the wall. Drill the recommended-sized holes for screws or bolts and, with the aid of a helper, hold the sink in place and secure it with the hardware provided.

Install faucet and pop-up mechanism: before you mount the sink to the wall, it's easiest to install the faucet, tailpiece, and pop-up mechanism now. With the faucet installed, set the sink in place and secure it with the hardware provided.

Autor: Ky Cheah

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Added: September 17, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ideas of How to Install Under Mount Sinks

With no rim, an under mount sink presents just a smooth, clean sweep of countertop. There's no entry point for water to leak through, and also no countertop crevices for dirt to hide in. There is, though, a limitation: Under mount sinks can be installed only where the countertop has a solid edge - such as with solid-surface materials or solid wood. You can't use a laminate countertop here, as the plywood or particle-broad edges will soak up moisture like a sponge.

Create opening: Whether your sink mounts under a wood top or a solid-surface material, you'll need an opening cut in the vanity top. In either case, the edges of the opening will be seen and must be cut perfectly smooth and true. With wood, this can be done with a template and router. But since only certified fabricators can cut most solid-surface materials, you'll need to send them either the sink or a pattern in advance of ordering the vanity top so that they can custom-cut the opening.

Install sink: To create a watertight seal between the sink and the top, apply a generous bead of silicone caulk around the sink rim. Then set the sink in place and secure it with the clips provided. The screw that hold the clips in place can be driven into a wood top, or into threaded inserts epoxied into a solid-surface top.

Secure to vanity: All that's left is to add the faucet and set the top. With the faucet and pop-up assembly installed, flip the top upright and position it on the vanity. Adjust it from side to side and form front to back and insert shims as needed to level it. Then secure the top to the vanity with the screws provided.

Autor: Ky Cheah

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Added: September 15, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

How to Build a Storage Shed Ramp

A shed ramp is an important accessory to any garden shed. Whether you're storing garden tools, bicycles, or a riding lawnmower in your shed, a ramp makes moving equipment much safer and easier.

Different Types of Shed Ramps

When adding a ramp to your shed, there are various materials you can use.

  • Steel ramps have advantages in that they are strong and can be curved at the top. This makes them shorter while still allowing riding mowers to pass over.
  • Concrete ramps are long lasting and can have great traction. They are constructed using wood molds from the ground to the height of your shed.
  • Wood ramps are cheap and easy to construct. They are also flexible in that you can make them detachable from the shed, add wood curbs to the sides for increased safety, and build them to fit a variety of ground surfaces.

Choose the Correct Slope for Your Shed Ramp

The slope or angle of your ramp is primary consideration when constructing. It is important for both safety and for the ability to drive garden equipment into the shed without getting stuck. The official guidelines in public areas are safe enough for any garden shed equipment - a ratio of 1 inch of rise for every 12" of ramp length (1:12). This may be excessively long especially for sheds with a threshold that sits more than 1 foot above ground level. Probably the most common ratio used for garden sheds is 1:8 (1 inch rise per 8" length). This is still enough to allow most garden tractors over the top of the ramp. If you don't drive any equipment into your garden shed, you can make the slope as steep as 1:4. Realize, however, that this will probably be dangerous for garden equipment or walking during slippery conditions.

Adding Traction to Your Shed Ramp

Another important safety and usability factor is making sure your ramp has ample traction. A steel ramp should have traction plates built in. Concrete can be made specially to have a rough, textured surface for increased traction. For wood, there are multiple options. You can use gritted anti-slip paint, steel traction pads, or rubber mats. Without any additional traction device, however, be aware that wood ramps tend to collect mold and algae under normal weather conditions. This can make them extremely slippery.

Plans to Construct a Wood or Concrete Ramp

You can find many plans freely available both online and at the local library detailing instructions for building your own ramp. Often they include various types of wood ramps, complete instructions for easy concrete ramps, even welding your own steel ramps. They also mention attaching ramps to your shed and how to deal with uneven surfaces.Be sure to have the proper supplies ready before starting construction including saws necessary for cutting angles, nails and nail sets so nail heads don't stick out, and building material.

Autor: Florin Ciobanu

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Added: September 13, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

7 Silly Soundproofing Myths to Avoid

Believe it or not, there are quite a number of very silly soundproofing myths circulating the construction world today. You'd be surprised at the number of strange techniques people try, honestly believing they'll get the results they desire. Below are some of the most common soundproofing material myths and why you should avoid them at all costs.

7. Soundproofing with Eggcrates

Eggcrates are known for being a very strong and durable material. If they weren't, the eggs you purchase at the grocery store would be cracked every week. The problem is that despite their strength they are made out of a porous material. This means that no matter how much egg crate material you pack between your walls, the sound will still flow through.

6. Black or Dark Colored Paints

There is a rumor circulating stating that if you paint your walls with a dark colored or black paint the color will absorb or block sound. Don't waste your time or money. Paint itself does not absorb or block sound waves.

5. Filling the Walls with Cellulose

Some people believe that filling their walls with cellulose will effectively soundproof their homes. Cellulose will reduce the level of sound but enough to make a difference. Pumping your walls with cellulose is messy, costly, and a complete waste of time.

4. Stacking Hay Bales

As silly as it sounds, hay bales actually do have some sound absorption properties. The problem is that they're dirty, smelly, and cause fire hazards. They're not really designed to be used indoors (especially for soundproofing) and can be easily stolen.

3. Tacking Up Foam Rubber

Foam rubber could potentially be a somewhat effective soundproofing alternative. The problem is that foam rubber can rot pretty easily, eventually look bad and not doing the job you intended it to do. The other disadvantages is the cost. You could easily purchase proper soundproofing materials for the same price.

2. Carpet

Why on earth would you want to nail carpet to the walls of any room in your home? Carpet can absorb sound (a little) but won't prevent noise from outside sources from entering. Nailing it to your walls is ugly and we guarantee it will eventually start to deteriorate anyway. Leave the carpeting on the floor.

1. Nailing Old Mattresses to the Wall

Who's idea was this, anyway? Nailing old mattresses to the wall is just plain goofy. They will have minimal effect and the amount of work you'll have to put into nailing them up and sealing the seams is ridiculous. They're ugly, smelly, and can also become moldy. Just say no.

Soundproofing your home doesn't have to be difficult. There are dozens of proper soundproofing materials available - even if you're on a tight budget.

Autor: Deborah Dera

Are you ready to get started on your own soundproofing project? All you have to do is decide what project you want to start with and purchase some quality soundproofing materials. You'll be astounded by the results you can achieve on your own!

Added: September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Benefits of DIY Home Improvement

Time-use surveys tell us that we spend over half our lives inside the property we call 'home', and having a beautiful, well-maintained home is a common dream for many people. With fewer people looking to move while the housing market remains in the doldrums, it makes sense to consider the many benefits that a successful home improvement project can bring.

As is suggested by its name, most people think that a home improvement project will not only improve the quality of a home, it will also add value to it. Adding value to your home will obviously benefit you when it comes to selling your property. However, you need to tread carefully - not all home improvement projects will add value to a property, some may actually lose you money.

Experts on the subject seem to have quite different opinions as to which home improvement projects lose you money. These can range from installing plastic double-glazing to laying new carpets. But experts are more in agreement as to which projects have the potential to add the most value.

In no particular order, some of the most frequently mentioned 'value-added' suggestions include:

  • Redecorating the interior of your house in neutral colors
  • Building a patio or deck
  • Keeping the exterior of your home neat and tidy
  • Carrying out a loft conversion that blends well with the rest of your home
  • Giving your bathroom and kitchen a modern feel
A further golden rule to follow when selling your house is don't do anything on the home improvement front that anyone could really dislike - such as installing gold-plated window frames or having anything too eccentric-looking in the garden.

But home improvement projects are not all about trying to maximize value in your home. Some tasks are basic repair and maintenance jobs - such as the need to unblock a sink. And it is jobs such as these that a lot of people want to be able to do themselves. Why pay someone $100 dollars an hour to do something which won't add value to your property? Why not learn a skill and do it yourself?

There are many ways to find out how to carry out home improvement tasks. Many stores provide in-store advice, often from members of staff who are willing to help, or else via free 'how to' leaflets that you are able to take away and read at home. Some of the bigger DIY and home improvement stores such as The Home Depot and Lowe's have 'how to' videos posted on the Internet. These are often worth a look, as they will tell you not only the tools and materials you need, but also how best to plan and successfully carry out the DIY project. Also, with videos, you are able to visually follow the task from beginning to end before you actually do it - something that is not always possible with leaflets, for example. This will help you build a mental picture of the different steps along the path towards successfully completing your home improvement task.

So, what are the benefits of DIY Home Improvement? There are many. It can save you money; it can even make you money; you maintain the quality and functionality of your home, and when the job is successfully completed you are able to sit back and bathe in the warm glow of personal satisfaction.

Autor: Jeremy Meek

Jeremy Meek has worked as a researcher and journalist for a leading consumer advice publication with over 1,000,000 subscribers. Currently he runs a number of websites including which gathers together a free selection of useful DIY and home improvement 'how to' videos. Visit for more information.

Added: September 8, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to Use eBay Parts to Reduce Your Electric Bill

Michael Davis of Arizona has always had an interest in renewable energy. Last year he needed a way to provide electricity in a remote location and learned that used parts found on eBay can be used to build a solar-powered electric generator.

Most of us understand the benefits of using the sun to produce electricity. Sunlight is available for free and there is less harm to the environment. Up until now, the main stumbling block has been the cost of solar panels which contain electricity-producing photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Michael found some damaged PV cells on eBay and decided to give them a try by using them to construct his own solar-powered electric generator. Here is what he learned:

  • Less then perfect cells can still perform efficiently.
  • These cells are much cheaper than new cells.
  • They are readily available on eBay or from other sources.
  • How To Construct Your Own Solar Generator

If you are handy with tools, you can construct your own solar-powered generator following these basic steps:

1. Determine How Many Cells You Need

You'll need to decide whether you want to produce enough power for your entire home or just power a few items such as lights or small appliances. This will help you determine how many cells you need.

2. Find A Source For The PV Cells

While eBay isn't the only source for damaged or blemished cells, buying them online is convenient. With some investigation, you may be able locate other sources, including cell manufacturers or contractors that install panels.

3. Wire The Cells Together

The cells must all be connected together. They may have tabs that simplify this or you will have to wire them together. You will likely need to do some soldering.

4. Construct Panels To Hold The Cells.

The solar panel is nothing more than a shallow box typically made out of wood. It needs to be large enough to hold your cells, but don't make it too large or you'll have trouble carrying up to your roof for mounting. You can have many panels, all connected together with wiring.

5. Assemble And Install Your Panels

Place your completed solar cells inside the panel, running the wires out through holes. Then cover the panel with Plexiglas. This will increase their efficiency and make the whole system more weather-resistant. Finally, test the panel under the sun using a multimeter.

6. Mount The Panels

Most likely, you'll want your panels to be on your roof, but you can place them anywhere that sunlight is available. If you're in the northern hemisphere, face them toward the south.

7.Connect Your Panels To Your Home's Electrical System.

To complete your project, you'll need to run wires from your panels to your home's electrical system. Here are some additional items you will need:

  • Inverter - necessary to convert your solar-produced electricity from DC to AC
  • Emergency shut-off switches
  • Optional energy monitor and battery back-up.

You can start out small and expand your solar power system over time. If you generate excess power, you can even sell it to the local power company and start seeing a profit.

Autor: John Horning

John Horning writes articles about do-it-yourself solar-power projects. Learn more about building a solar powered system for your home on his website,

Added: September 6, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Why the Green DIY Energy Guide WILL NOT Help You

If you don't like to work with your hands and construct things, and don't have the patience to follow assembly directions, then forget purchasing the Green DIY Energy guide; it will be a waste of your time. But, if you are willing to put in some time and effort, and want to slash your energy bills by 50%, I would definitely recommend building your own solar panel system to power your home.

The Green DIY Energy guide will walk you through the entire process. Read on to see why I think it is well worth its $50. There are many green DIY energy guides online today. A cursory Internet search will bring up around 10 such guides, all seeming to offer the same exact thing - how to build money-saving energy systems to power your home. Although they all appear to be the same, there are several factors that guides definitely do vary on, and they are important things for the weekend DIYer to take notice of.

If you are thinking about purchasing a green DIY energy guide, here are the things I would recommend looking for in the guide of your choice:

How many manuals come with the guide? Many guides offer numerous manuals on solar power systems and wind power systems. Buy a guide that is multi-faceted so you keep your DIY options open.

Training videos? This is a BIG factor for me. I like to have training videos included with my guide, so I can actually watch what I'm supposed to do, instead of just reading about it. Not all guides include videos, so keep an eye out for that.

Money-back guarantee? If you end up not liking the guide or choosing to not build a green energy system, it is nice to have a money-back guarantee to fall back on

Parts list? Make sure you buy a guide that has an extensive parts list included. A good green DIY energy guide will have a parts list included, and tell you exactly where to buy the parts.

What kind of bonuses come along with the guide? If you're like most people, you love getting free bonuses. Look for a guide that comes with some nice bonuses.

How expensive is the guide? There is no need to buy a guide that costs more than $50. There are several great guides that meet all my criteria and cost less than $50.

A green DIY energy guide is an important part of any green energy DIY project, and if you make a wise choice on a good energy guide, it will make the construction and implementation process much simpler. You can install a great energy system for under $200 and there are good guides out there that will show you exactly how to do it.

In my opinion, THE green DIY energy guide is Green DIY Energy. I love this guide because it gives you the most for your money. You get good clear manuals on how to construct solar power systems as well as wind powered systems. You get over 2 hours of instructional videos which cover the more technical aspects of solar panel construction, as well as a thorough parts and tool list. Another great thing about Green DIY Energy is the interactive forum that all members have access to, as well as the fact that they show you exactly how to build a solar panel system for under $100! I didn't find another DIY guide that offered that. Other good green energy guides are Earth 4 Energy and Homemade Energy.

Hope this short article helps you make a good decision for your green energy DIY project - Good luck!

Autor: Zach Lee Zach Lee
Level: Basic PLUS
I am a high school social studies intervention specialist, which means I teach social studies to learning disabled high schoolers. I love teaching and explaining ... ...

Ready to finally slash those costly electric bills? Then you must get your hands on the Green DIY Energy Guide to cut your energy bills by 50% or more, month after month after month.

I only recommend DIY guides I've personally purchased and used, and Green DIY Energy is THE guide to learn how to build solar panels from.

Added: September 5, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Is GreenDIYEnergy the Best Place to Get Your DIY Guides? claims that anyone can build a solar powered energy system for their home for under $100; is that for real? Well, the simple answer is yes, it is for real. You really can build a working solar panel system for under $100 using's guide.


It does take a lot of work and a substantial amount of time. You have to do some complex assembly, and it can be difficult. Nevertheless, if you are willing to put in some time and energy, you will definitely be able to build a working solar power system and slash your energy monthly energy bills, or eliminate them.

I've reviewed many DIY green energy guides, and they definitely are not all equal. Some have better value for your money. Some have videos, nice bonuses and a money-back guarantee. has those things and more, and that is why I rate it as my number #1 choice for the weekend DIYer looking to "go green".

Here are some of the nicest features of Green DIY Energy and why I rate it above the rest of the competition:

  1. Includes manuals for not only solar energy systems, but also wind power systems.
  2. Has more How-to videos than any other green energy guide - over 2 hours worth of training videos, covering 7 of the most complex aspects of solar panel creation. If you're a visual learner like I am, you will really appreciate having clear videos to learn from.
  3. Is the only guide that includes directions for how to build a solar power system for under $100. All other guides offer directions for how to build one for under $200, but is the only site that shows you how to do it for under $100.
  4. Is the only guide that includes an interactive forum where members can post questions, comments and suggestions for customer service or other customers to answer. I like that.

At $50 a pop, Green DIY Energy is the most valuable green energy guide because it has the most features packed into that $50 price tag, plus you can quickly make back that $50 after using your solar powered energy system for one month.

Alternatively, if you decide the guide is not what you want, you always have the money-back guarantee to fall back on.

Coming in at 2nd place is's guide. It also has great manuals and good bonuses, but does not include nearly as many training videos as Green DIY Energy does, and that is the main reason why I ranked it behind Green DIY Energy.

Although, Earth 4 Energy does have some very nice features, such as its bonus EBook on making biodiesel, as well as the fact that each customer gets access to all future product upgrades for free. So, if a year from now Earth 4 Energy adds a couple more training videos, their customers will automatically get access to them for free. I hope you found my short article on helpful and informative.

Good luck with your DIY ventures, and rest assured that Green DIY Energy is a solid buy.

Autor: Zach Lee Zach Lee
Level: Basic PLUS
I am a high school social studies intervention specialist, which means I teach social studies to learning disabled high schoolers. I love teaching and explaining ... ...

I only recommend guides that I have personally purchased and used, and Green DIY Energy Guide is my #1 choice for learning how to build solar panels.

Get the guide today and start your solar panel project, you won't regret it!

Added: September 4, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Making Roman Blinds - Counting the Costs

Are you considering making Roman blinds? If so, you might want to consider what you will need to purchase. There is not really that much to buy, and most of it is not very expensive. Depending on the choices you make, you can save quite a lot of money making them yourself.

If you plan on making Roman blinds, you will need:

Fabric and lining fabric: This is an important choice. You need to balance your desire for a certain pattern or print with the necessary concern over the weight of the fabric and how it will cause the particular type roman blind to hang. Also, the lighter fabrics may not provide the protection from sunlight or privacy you were needing.

Plastic rings or ring tape: Roman blinds are made up of cord that runs through little plastic rings that are strategically lined up on the back of the blind. When the cord is pulled to raise the blind, the rings cause the fabric to fall into pleats or folds, a little different depending on the construction type you choose: London, relaxed, slotted, flat, hobbled, or butterfly shades. To avoid sewing all those little rings on, you can purchase a tape that already contains the rings and you just sew it on. This also eliminates some of the chance of placement error that will have a very big impact on the way it looks.

Cord: The cord that you need is pretty straightforward. You will need quite a lot of cord for one window.

Board: a 1" by 2" is usually recommended. If you desire, you can cover it with a fabric. The lumber yard can cut it to the dimension of your window. The fabric is attached to this board which is attached to the top of the window frame.

Screw hooks: Little screw hooks are needed, at least 3, to attach the cords to at the top of the window into the board. The cords have run through all the rings, and are now secured into these hooks and then run across to one side.

Hardware: You can either purchase the more intricate locking mechanism to lock the cords when you raise the shade, or you can just secure them with a little "cleat' that the cords wrap around at the side of the window.

Making Roman Blinds is not an expensive or overly-difficult feat. Do your homework, make careful choices, and you will succeed in acquiring a beautiful window treatment for substantially less money.

Autor: Teri Miller

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Added: September 2, 2009