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Home Renovation

How To Fix Your Laminate Floor

Even though a laminate floor is extremely durable and is created to be able to withstand a high amount of foot traffic, from time to time it needs to be fixed. There may be nicks or scratches that need repaired or perhaps an entire board needs to be replaced. Many laminate floors will buckle or peak and this may be what the problem is. No matter which one is causing your laminate floor to look less than perfect, there are ways that you can fix the floor yourself.
You will need to purchase a laminate flooring repair kit and have that on hand. You will also need a hammer, screwdriver and the laminate flooring. The repair kit can be purchased at a local or large hardware store. Bring along a sample of your laminate so that it matches perfectly.
The easiest fixing would be the nicks and scratches. You can simply read the instructions on the repair kit and easily eliminate those unsightly scratches.
If you need to replace part of the laminate flooring boards, you will need to do more than just read repair kit instructions. Using a screwdriver or a hammer, loosen up the molding around the floorboard. Be very careful to not damage the molding because it needs to be put back once the floor board is replaced.
The next step is to remove the floor boards that are beside and that lead up to the board that needs to be replaced. Once you have taken up the board to be replaced, simply click the new board right into it’s’ place. After the new board is correctly positioned, the other floor boards that were taken up first can then be put back in their places. It is then time to hammer the molding back in it’s’ place. Pound it carefully to avoid accidentally harming the molding.
If you have the peaking or buckling problem, you need to reduce the tensions of the boards. The age of the boards and the weather can expand the flooring and that is what causes the buckling. Once again, it is necessary to take out the molding with a hammer or screwdrivers. Do this carefully and save it because it will need to be put back down. Then take out the spacers from the original installation of the floor. These are the units that give support between the wall and laminate board.
To replace the old ones by putting in much smaller ones. Then very gently, push down on the peak. If the peak does not go down right away, don’t panic. The floor may just need to settle on its own and without any force from you. It will have to expand by itself at some point. Then you need to carefully put back the molding by using the hammer.
If there is a gap that has formed between the boards themselves, this will also cause the buckling or peaking. In this situation you will need to put larger spacers in right along the wall and this problem will be solved.…

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Bathroom Renovations

Creative Up-Cycle Ideas For Home Design

Upcycling is trendy, green and economical, but all too often, upcycled projects look – well, upcycled. We’ve all seen those oh-so-crafty projects that use old CDs to make artwork on the walls, or repurpose old sweaters into sofa cushions. While some of them look great in any apartment living room, the typical “saved from the trash” decorating project really does look like it was saved from the trash. It doesn’t have to be that way! 

It is possible to turn trash into treasure that really looks like treasure. It takes attention to detail and a careful eye for professional finishing of your project. These tips will help you create beautiful furniture and design accents for your home from throwaways that you find in your own garage or at a local yard sale.

Start with quality materials. The best way to end up with a high quality upcycled accent is to start with a well-crafted piece that needs cleaning, repair and updating. Keep your eyes peeled for items at yard sales and on the side of the road that fit your design scheme, and that are basically sound.

Use the right tools. Good tools can make the difference between a frustrating, time-consuming project that looks slapped together and a fun, easy-to-finish new piece of furniture or decor for your home. The tools are dependent on the type of project, of course. A decent sewing machine is a must for sewing projects, for instance, and an electric drill with a full set of bits will make woodworking projects so much easier.

Start with a plan. Before you lay a finger on your project, decide exactly how to tackle it. Have a clear idea of what you want your finished piece to look like. Examine your starting piece to figure out what needs to be done to make it look the way you want it to look, then follow through on your plan step by step.

Clean and repair first. Any redesign or upgrade needs to start with a clean, sturdy base. Sand away any rust from metal pieces, and clean all surfaces of your piece. If joints are loose or rickety, tighten them up. Repair any parts that need repairing. Don’t let your eagerness to dig in overcome your good sense. This is a vital first step that will ensure a quality result.

Pay close attention to finish and detail work. The difference between a “craft project” and a striking piece of home decor is in the detail and finish work. Finish all seams on sewn work. Countersink screws on wood pieces. Clean up any corners and edges. Install the right hardware. Do whatever it takes to give your finished piece that finished look.

Creativity is great. Having an eye that can see a gorgeous planter in a paint-dripped old wooden ladder is a gift. When you couple that funky, creative side with meticulous crafting and attention to detail, you can truly lift a “home made” piece into the realm of “hand crafted design”.…

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General Article

Easy HVAC Maintenance Tips

There are several large cost items associated with homeownership, and your heating and air (HVAC) unit is one of them. Rather than leaving repairs and replacement up to chance, you can proactively reduce the risk of breakdown if you follow some simple maintenance tips.

The Maintenance Schedule

When it comes to keeping your unit in the best shape, you should have it serviced twice a year. A spring service tune-up is a good idea, as the pre-season maintenance can identify potential issues. It is also suggested you have fall maintenance routinely scheduled so you don’t deal with a breakdown in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, winter breakdowns can keep heat exchanger repair Signal Hill CA companies very busy. Trying to get your unit repaired quickly may not be possible, so preventative maintenance is strongly recommended.

The Maintenance Tasks

It is estimated that your heating and cooling system is responsible for two-thirds of the energy use in your home. If you neglect your HVAC unit, you may have decreased efficiency and performance. Here are some things to do to keep your system in it’s best shape.

  1. Conduct monthly inspections of filters, cleaning or changing them as needed. A dirty filter can damage your equipment and increase energy costs.
  2. Keep the area around your HVAC system free from debris. Trim any plants or scrubs near the unit to allow proper circulation and airflow around the condensing unit.
  3. One or twice a year, have the condenser coils and evaporators cleaned. You should also clean vents and registers at this time to help keep the air circulating as well as possible.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature stable. This can avoid excessive periods of demand or continual running.

Inefficiency in your HVAC system can increase your energy consumption by 30%, leading to higher electricity bills. Schedule proper maintenance to keep your unit in good condition.…