Archive for August, 2009

Bathroom Repairs

Friday, August 28th, 2009

A bathroom can be a source of endless repairs for some people. A recent survey should that bathroom repairs rank in the top three home repairs. This can be due to the amount of plumbing in such a small area. There are many things that can go wrong with plumbing that it can either be overwhelmingly difficult or extremely easy to fix. It just depends on what area of the plumbing you are going to need to fix.

The toilet is a common problem area for many home owners. A running toilet is a big problem if you continue to leave it running. It can really be a problem if you have a septic system instead of city sewer. This is because it can cause your septic system to feel up rather quickly. A running toilet can also cause a large or expensive water bill.

Fixing a running toilet can mean just replacing a few pieces on the inside. One way to fix a leaking toilet is to test and see if you lift the bulb in back of the toilet, does this make the water stop running? If so you may be able to bend the bar down to lower the bulb into the water. This often times will help with the running toilet. If this does not work, then you may need to buy some replacement parts.

Quick Fixes to Energy Efficient Homes

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

There are many different things that you can do to your older home to make it more energy efficient. You don’t have to throw out all of your old appliances to make your home more energy friendly though newer appliance to use less energy. They do not guarantee that you will spend less on your energy if the rest of your home is not properly equipped.

One great way to making your home more energy efficient is putting more insulation in your attic. This will greatly decrease your energy bill way more than buying new appliance or products. Insulation should be at least one foot deep, but the best is to make it up to 18 inches. This will not only keep your cold air in your home better, but it will also keep that hot air out. If you take the time to do this, it will greatly decrease the amount of air that you lose just through your attic space. You will see a marked difference in your energy bills once this is finished.

You may also want to check into placing weathering striping around all your doors and windows. This is where most air is lost. You can lose a massive amount of air through a hole the size of the tip of a pen. Many people do not realize how much this can and will affect your energy bill.

If you follow these two tips will definite see a difference in your heating and cooling bill. You will not being using nearly as much energy to keep your home comfortable because you will lose a lot less air through these particular sources.

Weather Proofing Your Home

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

As summer is coming to an end, this is the best time to get ready to winterize your home. It is a good idea to begin doing what they call a walk through. This is where you go through your home and check for areas that might be letting air in or out. Checking your roof now instead of during cold winter morning would be a good idea as well.

Being prepared now will allow you enough time to do any kind of repairs that is necessary for your home to be ready for winter. This is especially important if you have a summer home. Making sure your summer home will be well protected during the harsh winter months will save you money in costly repairs. Leaving plumbing uncovered during the summer is fine, but when winter comes around you could be paying an expensive plumbing bill.

It is a good time to start now so that you are not in a rush once the winter months get here especially if you find something that will require a licensed individual. Many times these people are very busy during the change of seasons because everyone is in a rush to winterize their homes. Waiting until the last minute could really put you in a bind and may even make you have to spend more money due to being in a hurry to beat out a winter storm.

Treating stains and mildew

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

It would be perfect if a fresh coat of paint, especially over a good primer, would cover stains, water marks and mildew. In fact, when the paint is still wet, it may appear to cover as it dries. However these stains will seep through and you’ll end up with a fresh coat of stained paint. Before you prime or paint remove stains and mildew. It takes elbow grease, but cleaning will save time in the long run because you won’t have to repaint. Regular household bleach diluted with water is extremely effective in destroying the spores that cause mildew. Water stains need to be fixed at the source before you repair the wall or ceiling.

Stuff you’ll need
Water, household bleach, primer and paint, TSP solution.  Tools needed include a bucket rubber gloves, 4 foot stepladder, some old clothes, safety goggles and or glasses, large round cornered sponge, rollers and brushes.

What’s the real problem? Anytime mildew or stains are present on your walls, it’s a sign of a much larger problem. Find the source of the moisture that’s causing the staining and fix it.

Safety alert! Beware of what you breathe. Do not mix bleach with other household cleaners. Household cleaners often contain ammonia, which reacts with bleach to produce toxic fumes.

Safety wear

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

You are vulnerable to particulate and fumes when you are sanding, painting or working with solvents. To protect your skin, wear cotton gloves when using sharp or abrasive tools. Wear latex gloves when working with paint, or handling solvents, strippers and harsh chemicals. To protect your eyes always wear safety glasses when working with tools. To protect against aerosol droplets when sanding, spraying or painting over you head you should protect your eyes with safety goggles.

To protect your lungs you should sand, paint or strip outside or in a cross ventilated area with a minimum of two open doors or windows. If there is a danger of breathing dust, aerosols or solvent fumes, filter the air with a respirator. Be sure to check the product labels for the recommended type. There are two types of respirators: dust masks, also called particulate respirators, filter out dry particles and most non oil based liquid droplets. Cartridge respirators contain both particulate filters and chemically active canisters for absorbing solvent vapors.  Use a cartridge respirator when spraying solvent based paints and working with solvents and strippers. Most importantly accept no substitutes for safety. To avoid toxic fumes wear masks that the manufacturer has expressly recommended for you particular job.