Archive for June, 2009

Removing Wallpaper to Paint

Friday, June 26th, 2009


Removing wallpaper can be a long process. There are a few different steps that you will need to take in order to remove all of the wallpaper. You will not be able to paint until all of the wallpaper has been removed. There are a couple of different methods that can be used to remove wall paper. You can use a steamer or a chemical solution. Tools that you will need for removing the paper are a scoring tool, a couple of broad knives, a small pump sprayer, a steamer, and /or a chemical solution.

Depending on what kind of wallpaper that was put on your walls will help you decide which method you will want to use to remove the wallpaper. If a primer was not put on the walls before the wallpaper was installed, then the wall underneath could be damaged it you do not use the right method. If you just try to rip the wallpaper off using the steaming method, then you are more likely to damage the wall if there was no primer. A solution method should be used in this particular case. If you are going to use a solution method, then you are going to want to make sure that you cover all of your floors before you begin the process.

Once you decide which method you are going to use, you may begin to score the wallpaper. No matter which of the two methods you use, you will need to score the wallpaper. It will help you remove it more efficiently. Once you have score and remove the paper that will come off easily, then you will use either the steamer or spray the remaining paper with the chemical solution. Continue this process until you have removed all the wallpaper from the walls. Once all the paper is removed, you will want to wipe down the walls to remove all leftover residues.

Bathtub and Shower Replacements

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

If you are looking for a way to refresh the way your bathroom looks, but you do not want to spend a lot of money on the project. You should check into a type of replacement where a new product is placed on top of the old. The new is just like an over lay that will change the way your bathtub and shower will look.

This product is becoming more and more popular as people want to flip houses. This is a quick fix for a bathroom that may not need a lot of other repairs. If you are going to be doing a remodel on part of the bathroom but do not think that you can afford to replace the combination tub and shower, then this is a great option.

The company offers several different color combinations. There is also many different styles and textures that are available. This is a great option that will truly change the entire appearance of the whole room. Since this is just a thin overlay that is placed on top of the existing fixture, you will not be out a lot of time or money. The installments will usually only take one day.

This type of replacement will need to be done by a professional unless you are familiar with the way these overlays are installed. Most companies will not sell you an overlay without paying for the installment because of warranty issues.

Counter Top Options

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

There are many different options that are available for homeowners who are in the market for new counter tops. Many different color options and material options can really make the decision a difficult one. You may find yourself overwhelmed if you are not sure exactly what you are looking for when you begin your search. You may want to make a list of the color options that you are looking for along with a price range. Taking the list with you to the store will help make a difficult decision a little easier.

An important factor that you will want to remember when choosing what kind of material you want for your home is that you stay with the style or price range of your home. You do not want to put high end materials in a home that would not allow you to have a profitable return. For example, if your home is in a price range of 70,000 to 80,000, then you will not want to use granite for your counter tops. Granite would most likely look out of place. A good material for this price range would be textured Formica. It would give the appearance of granite or other material without the great expense.

Choosing the right kind of counter tops for your home may be a difficult task, but with the help of a local home improvement store you should be able to find a great option for your home. If you are building or using a contractor for remodeling ask them for what kind of material they would recommend. They should be familiar with what materials are popular or in high demand.

Cabinet screw design

Sunday, June 21st, 2009


Installing cabinets takes a very secure application. Cabinets because of there wood construction are generally very heavy and cumbersome. It is for this very reason that choosing the right cabinet fasteners is important. GRK has designed screws specifically for this task, and the screws come in a varying degree of sizes and options. Cabinet screws have been designed specifically for use in cabinet construction and installation in homes and businesses. All GRK Cabinet screws have been manufactured in a heavy #8 gauge (4 mm) diameter. The lengths of these screws range from the smaller 1″1/4(30 mm) to the larger 3″1/8(80 mm).

These screws were designed thin enough to prevent splitting of most cabinet materials. This is an extremely important factor when dealing with expensive cabinets. These screws not only are designed not to split the material they are also designed to provide sufficient strength to guarantee a secure installation. The GRK cabinet screw washer head design presses flush against any cabinet surface.

Builders continue to discover new uses for these screws. In some cases, short GRK cabinet screws can be used in vinyl siding installation. For this purpose the cabinet screws are coated with an exclusive corrosion protection. GRK cabinet screws are also self-tapping, with a thread design, ZipTip.

Addressing basement waterproofing issues

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Look for these warning signs which might mean that you have waterproofing problems in your basement

Mold and Mildew fungus is growing in damp and dark areas, and cause dis-coloration, or damp musty odors.Moldy Odors are a result of the decaying process from mold, and dry rot throughout the basement.Peeling Paint can be a sign that you have moisture issues and problems. More importantly that there might be waterproofing issues in the walls. Damp Spots on Walls possibly means water has absorbed through your walls. This is usually a very deep problem and needs immediate attention. White Substance along the basement Walls can be a chemical breakdown of the bonding agent that holds your walls together. This white substance is a sign of possible structural deterioration and damage. Cracked Walls should be inspected to determine the exact cause of the cracking and the depth of the cracking to determine the root. Rust on Appliances or Furniture like coaches, tables and furnaces. Rust is caused by the wet environment of the home and it is definitely a sign of waterproofing issues throughout the basement. Dry Rot and black fungus grows mostly on walls or wooden surfaces, causing wood to decay.