Archive for May, 2009

Sunroom Energy Saving

Friday, May 29th, 2009

A sunroom can help you save energy. This podcast gives you a few guidelines to follow.

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Article:

http://www.homeimprovementcorner.com/sunroom_energy_saving.php – Save energy in your sunroom.

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Driveway Repairs

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Repairing your driveway is a fairly easy project. This is one that you can do yourself, and it will not take just a whole lot of time to complete. There are several important steps that you need to take before you start your project. You will want to make sure that the area that you will be working on is clean of all residues or build up.

You will want to remove all debris from the cracks in the concrete that you are planning on repairing. A broom or brush should be enough to remove the debris. As you are preparing the crack to be filled, you will most likely need to make the crack slightly larger. Using a small chisel will allow you to cut away the needed amount. It is common to use what is called an undercut when removing the excess concrete. Undercutting is where you make the bottom of the crack larger than the top. By doing this, it allows for the filler to not be pushed out of the crack during temperature changes.

Once you have completed preparing the driveway for the repairs, you are ready to begin the process of filling in the cracks. Mix vinyl concrete filler with water as recommended. Fill the crack only a ¼ at a time so that all the layers will dry correctly. Once all layers are dried, you will use a steel trowel, a broom, and a wood float to finish and texture the surface to match the rest of the driveway. The steel trowel will give you the smoothest surface. Using a swirling motion during this step will give you the best results.

Fence Choices

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


If you are looking into fencing in your yard, then you may have noticed that there are a few different options available. You can go with the traditional wood privacy fence, chain link fence, or the newer vinyl fence. The price varies widely with the different choices. You will also want to take into consideration the style of your home. Some of the fence options may look out of place with certain home styles.

Chain Link Fence
The chain link fence is going to be the cheapest options available. It is also pretty easy to install yourself. If you are not looking for privacy, then this kind of fence is a great option. A chain link fence will last a long time if it is installed properly.

Privacy Fences
A wood privacy fence is a great option for those who want to keep their yard separate from the neighbors. Privacy fences have a very nice look to them, and they will fit with just about every home style. They are also easy to install, but can be a little heavy when lifting into place. You may want to think about recruiting some help when the installation process begins. After the fence is in place, you will want to use a wood protector so that you will keep the original color. This will help keep the appearance of wear and tear down.
The vinyl privacy fence is an option for those who do not want to have to worry about the up keep of a wood fence. The vinyl does not need to be painted or sprayed with a proctor every couple of years. Vinyl fencing is a little more expensive, but it is well worth the money that you pay. The life of the vinyl is more than that of the wood privacy fence.

Trimming Trees and Bushes

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009


The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. You want to take care of the property that your home is on. Taking care of your property by trimming trees and bushes regularly can help prevent damage to your home. A bush or trees that are not properly trimmed can cause a lot of damage. An untrimmed tree may lose branches during a severe storm causing roof damage. It is common for bushes that are not trimmed to break windows during severe storms as well.
This is a good time of year to take a good look at all of the trees and bushes that may be on your property. Trees and bushes often need to be trimmed back to prevent damage to nearby structures. Bushes, especially, can look really bad if they are over grown. Trimming the trees around your property can really change the way your home looks. A home can look really run down if you have too many trees or bushes that are taking over.
A good place to start is at lowest branch of the tree. You want your trees to look tall and straight. If you have a tree that is start to look more like a bush then you should trim off the bottom branches. This will give the tree a whole new look. Also, if you have a fence line where trees like to grow then it would be best just to remove them all together. They will eventually tear up your fence. A tree should be planted at least a foot from the fence line to prevent it from growing through the fence. You do not want to have to replace your fence because this can be a costly repair.
Trimming back your bushes is a little easier. Most bushes are short and round or square in appearance. If you are not sure about the way your bushes should be then you may want to look up that particular bush. This way you will get the correct look of your bush.

Adding New Cabniets

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Selecting New Cabinets

Have your kitchen cabinets seen their best days? You could spend quite a bit a money on a luxury make over. You could also consider resurfacing or refinishing your cabinets. Instead of spending a large sum on an entirely new kitchen, you might simply consider updating your cabinets. There are a few options and things to consider before making your choice. Whether you choose in stock, custom built cabinets, or semi stock, make sure you know your options before spending any money.

Semi-Stock and Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets come readily available at most do it yourself or home improvement centers such as Home Depot or Loew’s Home Improvement Center. These options are very popular with do it your self conscious individuals. These stock cabinets are made from wood and or other commercial products and come in limited styles as well as colors. Semi-stock cabinets are available in many designs and usually feature higher quality materials. There are many different woods used in these cabinets but some very popular choices are maple, cherry, and oak. Semi stock cabinets may not be in stock items. They may have to be ordered, and can take a few weeks to receive. This choice can be well worth the wait.

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are built to your exact specifications and desires. This can a very expensive option, but it also leaves you with a unique cabinet experience. Custom cabinets offer you unlimited options as to cabinet design, size, color and of coarse wood type. There are many different style homes and cutom cabinet design allows you the ability to match your cabinets to your specific home style.