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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Exterior Painting Tips from Expert

To get the most out of painting the exterior of your home yourself, you’ll need some serious know-how as to what professional painters do. Painting the exterior of your home is a tough job that requires time, knowledge, and some serious elbow grease. The following tips will help make your job easier, as well as get you the most life out of your paint job.

# Cover Your Surroundings

Before you begin, it’s essential to use drop cloths or tarps on the ground around the area you’ll be working on. Even though you’re scraping, sanding, and painting outdoors, paint can be toxic to the environment, especially to any plants surrounding your home. Plants, concrete, and rocks in the vicinity of your exterior walls should be covered, but avoid using thin plastic sheets as these can heat up in the sun and damage plants underneath.

# Use Coarse Sandpaper

Before using a sander, try using sandpaper. Get the coarse variety rather than fine. Sand bumpy areas smooth until they are ready to paint.

# Always Use a Brush

Keep a scrubbing brush on hand at all times to brush away dirt, grime, or residue you find while working on the exterior of your home. Use it to remove anything that could get in the way of a neat paint job such as insects, dust, or flaking paint.

# Be Sure to Prime

Priming your home before painting will help the paint last much longer. It might be in your best interest to prime, especially if much of the paint has peeled, chipped, or been sanded away. It’s like paint glue, holding it all in place.

# Clean the Exterior

Before you begin any serious painting work, clean the exterior of your home. While professionals use a power washer, a hose with a sprayer will work just fine and not cause any damage to your home. Start at the top and work your way down. Allow your home at least two warm days to dry before beginning any painting work.

# Protect Yourself

If there’s a chance your house was painted with lead-based paint, be sure to wear a mask or respirator at all times, and collect all paint chips and ashes with the proper tools, such as sanders with catch-all buckets. Otherwise, a mask is still an essential.

# Know How Old Your Paint Job Is

If your home was built during or before the 1970s, lead-based paint could have been used. In this case, you’ll have to take extra precautions when scraping or sanding old paint away because it’s extra toxic to you and the environment.

# Watch the Weather

Be sure to check the upcoming weather forecast when you start your project. If it rains shortly after you paint, it can wash all your hard work away. Try to paint when you have a few days of warm, dry weather and allow the exterior of your home to dry completely if it does rain.

# Don’t Skimp on Product Cost

While it may seem beneficial to buy cheaper products for painting the exterior of your home, such as paint, sandpaper and primer, be sure to research the lifetime and quality of the products you’re using. When attempting a job as big as this, it can be worth it to spend the few extra bucks so your hard work lasts a few more years.

# Scrape Away

Before you start any serious sanding or painting, inspect your home for severe peeling or bubbling paint and scrape it away with a scraper such as a putty knife. Do not waste sandpaper on thick-looking paint.

# Use Metal Primer

This should be sprayed over nails or other metal surfaces so that the rust doesn’t eat through the paint in a year or two. Decide to use this based on how much metal is used in the exterior of your home.

# Caulk After Priming

Be sure to fill in any joints between walls and siding and other general holes and cracks with caulking after priming. This helps to create flat surfaces and prevent further damage from the weather. Get caulking that is not paint-resistant.

# Always Work in the Shade

When working on the exterior of your home, always try to work on the side that’s in the shade. This will make your work much easier and more comfortable for you, as well as keep your tools, paint, and primer in its best condition.

#Start at the Top

For all projects involving painting the exterior of your home, start at the top of your exterior walls and work your way down. This will save time in the long run

Decorating Bedroom Childs

The things that excite children are constantly changing as they grow and mature. That’s fine when it’s something simple like an outfit or a book, but if it’s their room they want to change, that’s a whole other ball game. Updating bedroom décor and rearranging rooms can become both expensive and tiresome. Use these tricks to create a bedroom environment that grows with your children and allows them to express their personal tastes along the way.

Buy Furniture That Lasts

When children are small, it’s heartwarming to become taken by nursery themes. These designs are cute for a while, but as children develop they soon outgrow the baby décor and look for something that expresses their maturity. Purchase furniture pieces that will fit into a bedroom for any age.

Consider buying full-sized bureaus and dressers that will accommodate both baby and adolescent clothing. A double bed will provide enough space for a little one to sleep safely with temporary guard rails installed, and it will provide enough room for friends who will eventually arrive for sleepovers.

Purchase Multifunctional Pieces

 Multifunctional furniture is perfect for transitioning a space from a nursery to an adolescent’s bedroom. Rather than purchasing a changing table, think about buying a bureau or dresser instead. You can purchase a padded mat made for the top of the piece to keep your little ones comfortable when changing diapers, allowing you to keep the furniture piece as simply a dresser after the child grows out of diapers. Beds with storage underneath are ideal for keeping a bedroom tidy and organized.

A Fresh Coat of Paint Works Wonders

If you’re trying to keep to a strict budget but want to make a few changes to your child’s room, a fresh coat of paint can transform a space with little money. Visit your local hardware or paint store and get some paint chips to test at home. If your child is old enough, talk to him or her about the plans to get some help in choosing the best new color.

Sometimes a new wall color and the smell of fresh paint are enough to make a space feel alive and vibrant. When you’ve determined the best color choice for the room, speak with a color specialist at your hardware store about the right type of paint you will need. It’s important to ensure that you get some help in choosing an oil or a water-based product. Once a can of paint has been tinted there is little chance of getting a refund, so be sure to choose the product wisely.

 Personalize With Accessories

It’s important to add enough personality to a bedroom so that children feel that their character is reflected in the space and that it belongs to them. Add these personality pops through accessories like pillows, rugs and wall art. This will make it easy to change the space over time with little extra investment.

Shop through online bedroom catalogs to get an idea of the latest trends. There are hundreds of bedroom décor websites that provide great room ideas for children of all ages. When you’ve found the design you like, print out the picture or save the photo to your computer desktop for reference.

Get Your Child’s Input

Children spend a great deal of time in the bedroom, so it’s important they feel comfortable and at home in their space. While you might like to add certain items or design features to the space, keep in mind that some of the choices being made should be decided by the child who will sleep in the room. This gives children a sense of pride and responsibility and helps in their both their creative and social development.

 Keep Expensive Items Neutral

When determining the changes you will make to space, consider the cost of each item you’ll need. Apply the neutral rule to more expensive items. If you’re purchasing décor pieces with a high price tag, choose options in a neutral design or color to ensure that they will last through trends that arise in the future.

Enjoy the Adventure

The lives of children are always changing. One day their favorites include a particular food or style and the next day, it’s something completely opposite. Their sleeping and play space is no different. Be ready for the changes they will request and help them in the process of growing along the way. By following these ideas to create a bedroom that grows with your child, you will find that you are able to save money and time, and learn a lot about your child in the process.

Build Carports Tips

If you are looking for some shelter for your vehicles but don’t want the hassle of building a garage, carports are a great alternative. You can buy some carports premade, but with a little ingenuity, you can actually build your own!

# Plan

Before you can begin to construct your carport, you need to check to make sure that you aren’t breaking any local building codes. Also, make sure that the spot you plan to put the carport doesn’t interfere with any gas or water lines or sewer pipes.

Mark out the area using string and stakes. Once you have plotted it, double check to make sure it is square by measuring your diagonals.

# Set Posts

Dig post holes at the edge at least one foot wide and one foot deep. Mix your concrete in accordance with the packaging instructions, pour into the holes, and then set a stirrup bracket in the center of each of the concrete pads. You will need a minimum of three inches of clearance between the ground and the bottom of each post. Make sure the brackets are level, and then place a piece of plywood over the concrete. Allow two days for the concrete to dry.

 Cut 2×6-inch notches (rebates) in the top of each post for the bearers. Place the posts in the brackets, checking to make sure that they are perfectly vertical. If the posts are wobbly, you can use stones or wooden braces to support them while you work. Drill holes for the carriage bolts and secure the posts to the brackets.

# Plan the Roof

Using a string line, measure out the height that you want the roof to be, cutting any excess on the post. To prevent the roof from gathering water, you should have a slight angle to it, allowing it to slope away from your house so that snow and water can run off.

# Secure Bearing Beams

Cut a bearing beam to fit the length of your car port and set it into the rebates you’ve cut. Bolt the beam to the rebates with galvanized 4 ½-inch coach bolts.

If attaching the carport to your house, measure and cut another bearing beam and, making sure that it is parallel to the first, attach to the side of your house. For a wooden wall, use coach screws. If the wall is made of masonry, dynabolts are best.

# Hang Rafters

Following your local building code for carports, measure and cut the appropriate number of rafters and attach them between the two bearing beam with joist hangers, spacing them apart approximately every three feet. Attach the rafters to the beams using galvanized nails.

# Attach the Roof

Once you have measured and cut your roofing, attach it to the top of both the bearers and the rafters. Make sure that the roof screws are fitted with rubber washers before tightening them. You will also want to make sure that your carport roof extends several inches beyond the frame for rain and snow runoff.

With the structure complete, you can choose to paint the wood to make your home, or to coat it in a protective finish. Either way, it is best not to leave the wood exposed to the elements.