Archive for July, 2009

Kitchen Laminate Countertops

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Laminates have now become one of the most common types of countertops in kitchen remodels. Although choosing the right one does require some thought. Laminate countertops are far less expensive than are solid counter tops of similar size. This makes them an attractive option for many do it yourselfers.

Price is always a major factor in any kitchen remodel. The materials used, the construction method decided on and the amount of customization needed will all be factors in your decision. There is a wide variety of laminates styles for you to choose from in your design. Another consideration is the amount of use the countertop will get. If you do heavy cooking and will be using the countertop daily you may consider a heavier solid surface. In this case you may choose a counter top made from reinforced plastics with glass fiber and carbon. Your next choice is the color that you want.

The most common colors for laminate kitchen counter tops are grey, black and cream. White is also becoming more popular. Of course, if you have a very personal taste, then you can find counter tops in most colors. The main thing is to keep the theme of your kitchen and match the counter top to it. Texture is also a consideration in your overall choice. With the advancement of technology, you can find many textures and patterns such as marble, quartz and natural stone.

A wood texture is also popular and used in many remodels today. If you decide to buy a wooden texture, then you have a choice between wide and narrow grain counter tops. The functional need of the counter top is very important. Although laminate counter tops are a great investment, they do have certain drawbacks. If you have the money, then you might want to invest in something more durable and longer-lasting.

Paint Sample Software

Friday, July 24th, 2009


Here’s your chance to view personal color matches for your own painting application.

For your home or business, Benjamin Moore offers an online tool to view and try thousands of paint colors. This online tool allows you to view and sample photos showing interior and exterior views of available paints. What an opportunity to preview color combinations on your home or business, before spending a lot of money on paint? With this tool you can use the online digital painting tools and save time and money.

This tool is more effective that bringing home individual painting samples on cards that don’t actually give you the total feel of the color once it’s applied to the entire wall. With this tool you just point and click to see rooms, furnishings, and house exteriors in many different colors.

One of the other unique benefits to this tool is that you are able to match your colors right in your own home, and actually have your home appliances and living fixtures right there to reference for proper coloration. Most of the tool are free, or you can buy a $10 cd that actually allows you to add photos of your own home, and adding the Benjamin Moore colors right to your own home needs.

Click on the link below
Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer

Door Latch Installation

Friday, July 24th, 2009


Steps to proper installation of a door latch in your existing door.
This installation only requires a limited amount of tools. The installation is quit easy to follow, with the majority of the work coming from the hole boring template.

Step number one is as follows. Transfer the lockset location from the old door to actual edge of new door. Next, screw the hole boring template to the door for drilling of the lockset holes. Then bore the door knob hole through the face of door using a 2 1/8-inch hole saw bit. Using the pilot hole drill half way through on each side of the door. Now use a 1-inch hole saw to bore the latch hole in door edge.

The next step is to unscrew the cutout template from door frame. Set the latch into hole, and mark its outline on door edge. Use somewhat heavy hammer and chisel. With these two cut a shallow mortise for the latch to be installed in. now you can screw the latch to door edge securely. After that just Install the new lockset in holes that have been drilled out in the face of the door and attach with screws that are provided with the locks system.

Professional Aluminum Rain Gutters

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Learn to professionally fabricate and properly install aluminum rain gutters.
First, load the roll of coil stock aluminum right to the gutter extruding machine. Then turn on the machine and allow the machine to form about 4 feet of gutter, then immediately turn off the machine. Apply silicone adhesive around inside edge of the aluminum end cap. Use hammer if necessary to lightly tap end cap onto end of gutter for tight fit.

Pinch the end cap onto the gutter using a crimping tool. Now run a bead of silicone along seam where end cap joins the inside of the gutter. Turn the gutter-extruding machine back on to produce the desired length of gutter. Turn off machine and mark the location of the downspout outlet on the inside of the gutter. Use hammer to punch out downspout hole using manual downspout cutter.

Spread silicone adhesive generously around flange of downspout outlet. Wipe dry the area around the hole in the gutter, after which install the downspout outlet. Cut the gutters length by using the machine’s forward-pull guillotine cutter. Install the other end cap onto the remaining gutter end, again using the silicone adhesive and finally the crimping tool.

Place aluminum drop on clips by spacing them every 2 to 3 feet. Holding the gutter against the house fascia, making sure it pitches down toward the downspout ½ inch for every 10 feet of gutter. Fasten gutter to the house with hex-head screws through the hole in the drop-on clips attaching them to the fascia.

Dirty Homes

Friday, July 24th, 2009

You can do all the home repairs that you want, but if you do not keep the outside of your home looking nice; it won’t really matter. This is because no one wants to move into a home that looks dirty even if the rest of the home is spotless. People want to move into a home that looks great from the outside as well as the inside. They want for the outside to look like someone took a lot of time and effort in making it look nice.

Homes that look dirty on the outside are often overlooked. That is because people figure that if it looks terrible on the outside, then there is no way the inside will be okay. You want people to notice the outside of the home. They should be drawn to home by the way the outside looks. The lawn and care of the home and really tell potential buyers of how well the rest of the home is taken care of as well.

Even if you are not in the market to sale your home, you could be costing someone else a sale. That is because buyers will look at a whole neighborhood to see what they will be moving into. You should respect your neighbors enough to maintain your home to the best of your ability. This is often why there are restrictions when moving into certain districts. Restriction can make sure that everyone is doing their part to keep the neighborhood looking great. Everyone can benefit from guidelines and regulation as long as they are actually enforced fairly.