Wood is no doubt one of the most versatile materials for construction purposes. Nevertheless, wood obtained from almost all varieties of trees are susceptible to termites, insects, bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. When wood comes in contact with atmospheric moisture or the ground for a certain period, it gets easily attacked by microbes and pests, thus reducing its durability. This is where the question of pressure treatment comes to the picture. Pressure treated lumber refers to wood that has been exposed to chemical preservatives under increasing pressure, so as to make it insect resistant.
Irrespective of whether it is an old post or newly purchased pressure treated wood, proper staining is a good approach to restore its color, appearance, and strength. Painting treated lumber should be avoided as the paint holding capacity of such wood is very low. It is to be noted that the chemical preservatives used in the making of pressure treated wood may be harmful to humans and animals. Hence, it is advisable to use protective gear while staining the wood.
Step 1: Cleaning
Prior to application of the stain, clean the
You might be planning to paint your bathroom in a fresh shade by opting for a unique color scheme this time. Interior decor trends keep changing season after season, and keeping yourself updated about the same is helpful for giving your house the latest look. But even as you browse through the colors, you might like to pick the one, which is from that ‘all time popular’ category, and not just good for a specific season. Let’s see the colors that can transform the appearance of your bathing space.
Fresh Green and Turquoise
Revamp your bathing space by using a beautiful turquoise with classy green. These are the best nautical colors that can turn your bathing area into a refreshing place. You can further use glass tiles in one of these colors and heighten the nautical effect. With turquoise shower curtains and colored bath accessories, you can have a great looking bathroom ready to use.
Plush Dark Red and Black
Dark red and black is a combination, which if used rightly, can create an extremely amazing space. You need to pay attention to the details, while you
Hinges are normally installed on doors, boxes, and kitchen cabinets to facilitate movement. The various types available can also help you determine the extent to which you want the door to open. Beautiful and innovative styles of hinges can also enhance your home decor to a great extent. Installing them is not a very complex procedure and can be easily done on your own.
Installing Door Hinges
Before you start installing hinges on your door, you must decide which way your door will open, to determine their placement. Some of them work both ways as they are reversible, while some of them will have specific left or right markings on them.
Normally hinges are installed at 5 inches from above the door frame and 10 inches from below it. You will need to mark these positions on the door frame where you will be installing them. Remove already present hinges in case you are replacing them.
Place the hinge on its position and trace it’s outline on the door frame. Use a pencil or an erasable marker for this. Ensure that
Motion sensors, as their name suggests, detect motion over a limited distance through infrared heat sensors. They can transmit their response to motion, through radio frequency transmitters. These devices are mainly used as home security devices.
Wireless motion sensors are designed to detect rapid motion in a specific area around them. They spot movement through detection of rapid changes in infrared radiation, incident on them.
There are certain crystalline materials that show pyroelectric effect. That is, when heat in the form of infrared radiation is incident on them, they generate a current on their surface. These crystals are very sensitive to small changes in infrared radiation and therefore, the current they generate, changes accordingly. Such crystalline material wafers are used as thermal sensors. Every object, which has a quantity of heat, radiates infrared radiation. The human body emits infrared radiation, which is around a wavelength of 9.4 micrometers. Motion of a human body, therefore, creates changes in the local infrared radiation pattern, in the vicinity of the sensor.
The incident infrared radiation is focused on the sensor by a ‘Fresnel lens’, which is made up of a material that is transparent to radiation, between 8-15 micrometer range. This frequency range is used specifically
The building envelope comprises the following physical structures – foundation, roof, doors and windows. These physical structures protect the building from external physical dangers, but they are permeable enough to transfer water vapor from the air into the insides of the building or vice versa. Water vapor can harm the insulation of the building, apart from causing physical damage to the walls, windows, and other physical structures. Thus arises the need of a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier refers to any physical structure made up of plastic or metal foil, which prevents the diffusion of moisture from external surroundings to the internals of a building. it can be used to protect the floor, ceilings and walls of a building from moisture intrusion. It is sometimes referred as a vapor retarder, as it retards or stops the flow of moisture into the interiors. But these barriers are often excluded from the construction plan or are just installed incorrectly.
Purpose of a Vapor Barrier
As was mentioned earlier, a vapor barrier helps prevent the diffusion of moisture and water into the interiors of a building. The moisture can cause lots of harm, as it can affect the insulation system of the building. Due
The commonest of mistakes that people make, when out of their homes, is to leave their house keys under doormats or in the potted plants which hang outside their door. Everyone, including the burglars and thieves “know” such locations and there are high chances of them finding your house keys, if you too do the same! House break-ins occur anywhere, anytime. Their incidences particularly increase during the holiday time, when families are out on a vacation. That’s why, if you are planning a vacation and nobody’s going to be there in your house for a long period of time, it is advised that you take certain precautions, to keep your house safe!
List of Home Safety Tips while on Vacation
# 1: When out on a vacation, be careful as to whom to tell and not tell about your plans. As far as possible, avoid discussing your plans with neighbors, colleagues and other acquaintances whom you do not know that well. Also, do not leave a voice mail message on the phone or keep such a status message on any website which tells others that you are out of town for long. You never know, how this information can be misused by
Picture this, you are at a friend’s place, helping him or her set the table for dinner. You are handed a hot, steaming pot of soup or gravy and you set it down, unthinkingly on the elegant wooden dinner table, without a coaster or place-mat. Either your folly is noticed immediately or after the dinner is over and the dishes are being removed. The proof of your misdeed is a big, white spot marring the table’s surface. It can happen with that expensive coffee table, you got as a gift or an old favorite chest of drawers, that has seen one too many days. Never mind the hows and the whys, there is a white spot on your wooden furniture piece, how does one get rid of it?
White stains can be rings, vague circles or cloud-like large spots or stains. They can be raised or flat and appear as if a film or layer has been painted onto the surface of the wood. Such stains should not be confused with watermarks, which are transparent and slightly raised. White spots or stains are caused by keeping hot vessels or objects on the furniture’s surface. Wait a minute, isn’t that what furniture
The beds for children come in various types, sizes and themes. Kids beds need to be safe for use and allow them to climb easily and any other room in general should provide a sense of comfort to the user. Kids need to store a lot of their stuff like toys, books, clothes, etc. For this purpose, a lot of space is required. It is not always possible to make separate arrangements for storage. The types of beds for kids such as trundle, bunk, etc. could prove to be useful in such cases.
Types of Beds
The bed types enlisted in this article take into account the factors like functionality and appearance. There are a variety of beds available in the market suitable for needs of children.
High Sleepers: The high sleeper beds are again used for saving as much space as possible. Seating areas, drawers, computer desks, drawers, etc. fit in the space below these high sleepers. Different colors, shapes, and configurations are available in this form of kids furniture; one can also decorate these beds in a variety of ways.
Toddler Beds: It is one of the different types of beds for kids that is low in height. A shorter height facilitates
Usually the smallest room in your house, the powder room is mostly ignored. However, it can prove to be the most interesting room to renovate. A powder room consists of a sink and a toilet, and is called a guest bathroom or “half-bath”. In the early nineteenth century, people didn’t like guests to enter their private space to use a bathroom. So, they found it convenient to have a small bathroom somewhere in the outer parts of the house, which the guests could use to freshen up and groom themselves. This small bathroom, meant for non-overnight guests, eventually came to be known as the powder room. Having a well-designed powder room will make your guests appreciate your fine taste and creativity. You can incorporate a few of these creative decorating ideas, to give a fresh feel to your guest bathroom.
Powder Room Decoration Ideas
Before you start with the actual beautification, it is important to decide what theme or color-scheme will best suit your powder room. This depends on the space available, the style of your house and whether or not the room has windows. Since it’s a room that is not used more often, you can focus more on elaborate fixtures
Home security is a major cause of concern due to an alarming rise in the number of crimes like theft and murders taking place these days. Most systems fail to guard your house while you are away. These systems do not have any provision for recording the crime. However, the new wireless system not only protects your house in your absence, but also provides you the necessary evidence if something goes wrong.
This system consists of a sensor, a camera, and a base unit. Considering the benefits that this system provides, its cost is surprisingly low. You should consider installing this system in your home as it not only detects the break-ins, but also records the whole event. This helps the cops in investigating the crime and also present it as valid evidence in the court.
The sensor in this system is equipped with an alarm that sets off in case of a break-in, alerting the occupants of the house. It detects any unusual or suspicious movement and causes the alarm to go off. The sensor is sensitive enough to pick up movements like tripping over a garbage can or barging through a back door. This utility warns the occupants of
In recent times, the popularity of epoxy paint coating for garage floor has increased manifold, and it can be attributed to its many good points and the fact that it comes in a variety of colors that you can choose from. The durability of epoxy paints has always been talked about and another factor that works in its favor is the fact that it does not allow oily or greasy particles to attach to its surface which makes the paint easier to clean, and thus, ranks it higher than several other types of paints. There are three different types of epoxy paints that are available in the market; water based epoxy, solvent based epoxy, and solid epoxy. The most popular type of epoxy paint for garage flooring in the market are solvent based paints.
Applying Epoxy Paint to Garage Floor
Solvent epoxy paints have an adhesive quality and it penetrates the flooring of the garage easily. But while using this type of paint, it is important that you use proper protective gear, as the fumes of the solvents are extremely harmful. It is also important that after you paint the garage, you leave it ventilated, so that there is no build up
Ebony is a name used for wood that is rich black in color. It is used as an ornamental wood in making exquisite pieces of furniture and items of home décor. There are many species of trees that yield black wood, and these can be found in parts of South East Asia, Africa and Mauritius. Ebony is prized for its smooth finish, fine texture and rich color. Most ebony trees belong to the genus Diospyros. The history of ebony being used in carving furniture, can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. However, during the 19th century, the popularity of ebony was revived in China and it slowly spread to the West.
Today, people are once again taking a liking to this rich, lustrous wood. Black is a color preferred by most people, when it comes to choosing exquisite furniture and other wooden artifacts for their homes. However, due to the rising price of pure ebony, people are more in favor of coloring their wooden furniture in a shade of ebony, instead of opting for the real stuff. This is what exactly the process of ebonizing is all about. It lends that expensive touch to your wooden furniture at a fraction
Holes are easily formed on your wall due to various reasons, like, removing the nails used for fixtures, regular wiring, plumbing, etc. If you find that the walls in your house have been damaged due to any of the aforementioned reasons, then simply follow the step-by-step instructions given below.
Putty knife or chisel
Latex bonding agent
Clean out the loose material around the hole using a chisel and then dust off this area with a dusting brush.
Next, take the latex bonding agent and dampen the edges of the hole. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before mixing and applying it.
Now you’ll need the patching plaster. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare the mix accordingly. Using a broad knife you have to apply the plaster to fill up the hole. A single layer is usually enough for small holes.
In case of deep holes, you would need an extra layer. In this case, after applying the first layer in the hole, press it inside and let it set for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, take a nail and score the surface. This
For new homeowners, the shift away from having a landlord or maintenance professional handle every little problem that goes wrong in an apartment or rented home can be a bit shocking. Rather than making a phone call and having someone magically appear to fix a leaky toilet, malfunctioning furnace, or patch holes in drywall, the new homeowner must learn to be self-sufficient or, alternatively, pay the price to have a professional come in to correct small issues.
For the enterprising sort, or for those who simply do not wish to absorb the costs of paying someone to fix small issues―which is always a shock after living in a maintenance-free rental environment―learning some basics and acquiring the requisite tools to perform the most common household tasks is a good first step. Without further ado, here is a quick list that can be very helpful in overcoming what new homeowners are likely to face.
The Real Basics
Most major home improvement stores and hardware stores will carry tool sets that include the most commonly-used tools, which can then be supplemented with a few extras. These are the things that most people will have acquired along the way prior to owning a home, though for
Today, motion detector lights are considered to be the source of security, or you can say, watchdogs, if you speak about the safety of your own house. They not only help you see through the darkness, but come on with an alarming bang in case of hunches. The best part is that they automatically switch on when they sense any sort of motion, burglary, human, or animal movement in the surrounding area of a residence. They stay on for a while and all the detector alarms go off automatically. Now, in this time of action, all the chaos that is aroused is good enough to instill fear in the burglar and scare him till the end. Since these lights are so handy and useful to a homeowner and his property, it is obvious to keep a check on its regularity and proper functions, whether they work well or not. If, however, they malfunction, you could try out some simple motion detector lights troubleshooting tips for fixing them.
Clean the Lights
As most of them are outdoor motion sensor lights, cleaning happens to be the most valid point though. Clean all its light surfaces with a piece of cloth and a cleaning
The world of bathroom decorating has undergone a sea change over the years. While earlier people were satisfied with simple and practical designs for shower rooms, today they have realized that the visual appeal of a shower room is as important as its usefulness. Luxury and splendor can be incorporated even into a bathroom, and that’s what we’ll tell you how to do, in this Buzzle article. We have some ideas on how to design a glorious bathroom that will become the envy of everyone visiting it.
If a contemporary look is what you want for your bathroom, then the key is to use hushed tones in the design and the décor of the shower room. A simplistic design will work best for the contemporary, no fuss appeal. Have a shower enclosure with a glass door in the corner that faces the door. Get a clear glass door for the shower room, with a curtain hanging from the inside. The bathtub and the sink can face the shower enclosure vertically. Wood and light colored stone (cream, brown or beige) are the safest and most versatile materials you can use for shower room décor. Make sure that the sink (opposite the
If you ask me my favorite place in this world, I would say my bedroom. This is one place where I can be simply me! I think this holds true for almost all of us. We relax in our bedrooms, watch TV, read, and talk to our family members. In other words, we carry on a lot of personal activities in this space of our house. That’s why, when it comes to painting the interiors of our bedrooms, we should go in for colors that reflect our personality. Of course, this does not mean that you end up painting the room bright red. Keeping the impact of colors on the room surroundings as well as on the mood of the inhabitants is equally important.
For all those who have taken on the task of painting a bedroom, a bit of knowledge of color psychology is a must. There are basically three kinds of colors, i.e., warm colors, cool colors, and neutral colors.
Bright colors like yellow, red, and orange are considered warm colors. These colors are known to add energy and vibrancy to a room. They are believed to make the room look dark and small. That’s why, most experts
The garage is the most neglected part of the house. It is because of this that it tend to gets smelly and dirty, and requires constant repairs. The floor space also needs to be constantly touched up with paint because it is utilized the maximum. This information is only to create awareness, and ultimately you will have to take the decision yourself depending on your preferences for the space.
Types of Coatings and Some Tips
Epoxy, polyurethane, acrylic sealer/stainer, and latex are the four kinds that are available in the market. Here is some information about them.
This is the most widely used as it forms a hard durable surface and a strong bond on the concrete. They are a much thicker coating than acrylic and are also believed to be very durable. Further, this covering tends to turn yellow and loses its gloss when it is exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. Remember to prepare the area, before applying the epoxy and ensure that it is completely free of dirt and dust. When that is done, wait for the right temperature and apply it. However, they are difficult to apply as they require thorough concrete preparation and the use
Laminates are not a popular choice for bathroom flooring, as most people believe that high level of water exposure may buckle its planks. However, there are waterproof laminates available in home improvement stores which can be installed in bathrooms. There are a number of advantages associated with this type of flooring. It is made of an environment friendly material which is highly durable, and its cleaning and maintenance is not a big hassle at all.
As you know, waterproof laminates are to be selected for bathrooms. Take measurements of the bathroom and calculate the exact quantity of laminates needed. You also have to buy rubber underlay pads, nails, hammer, crow bar, power saw, rubber mallet, utility knife, etc. When you have procured all these necessary items, follow the installation instructions elaborated in the following Buzzle passages.
The Installation Process
Step #1: The first step is preparation of the work area. The best part of this flooring is that it can be laid on any type of surface, provided that the floor condition is good and is properly leveled. Remove the baseboards from walls, clean the floor, and check for any defects. If any damage is detected, it should be repaired before laying the
Vinyl flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as PVC. They are available either as tiles or in big sheets. In comparison with other flooring materials, vinyl flooring is more affordable. The cheaper option to changing the flooring is to just paint it. These are just a few steps that one should adhere to in order to avoid burning a hole in the pocket.
Vinyl flooring tiles have sheen over them. To remove this, buy a chemical wash from the paint dealer. There are two types of wash available, viz., trisodium phosphate or any ammonia-based solution. Use the chemical wash on the floor before painting it.
The floor should be dried completely, before starting off with the next step. Rub the floor using a sandpaper to remove all the shine.
There is a possibility that a de-glosser may be required, as the sandpaper might not be able to get rid of all the gloss from the corner areas. Before jumping to the next step, take a break for at least 15 minutes.
Just as in the case of painting walls, apply a coat of primer to the floor before painting it. Use any water-based primer, as PVC is a