DIY Storage Shelves in your Garage

Posted on 23 September 2018 (0)

Tools

Screwdriver

Stud finder

Electric screwdriver

Hammer

Materials

Brackets

Step 1: consider which equipment to use

To install a standard shelf, you’ll need suitable wall anchors. When the wall anchors are being installed, a hole should be drilled into the drywall and then the anchors can be inserted to securely hold the screws. For cinderblock walls, lead anchors will be needed to grip the screws.

Step 2: Mark the Locations for the Standards

Place the shelf on the wall. First and foremost, measure how far you’ll like your shelf to be from the floor or from the ceiling and then mark the desired spot for the bottom or top of each standard shelf. After doing this, you’ll have to make a decision on how far apart the standards have to be in order to hold the shelf. Then, measure up the length of the shelf, giving at least 8 in. of overhang on the exterior of each standard, as to not allow the shelf be placed on the very edge of the brackets.

Step 3: Mark the Positions of the Anchor and Insert

Place the first standard up on the wall, and confirm it is both plumbed vertically and leveled horizontally with the aid of a level. The standard will have open holes meant for screws; place a pencil inside each hole to mark the position for the wall anchor. Find the studs in the walls using a stud sensor to locate them.

Take this standard off the wall. Then, insert the anchors at the marked spot using a drill and screwdriver, or you can use a power screwdriver (if you’ll use self-tapping drywall anchors).

Step 4: Attach the Standards

Line the standard properly over the anchors and be sure once again that it is plumb and level. Then attach the screws through the slots on the standard and then into the anchors. Properly screw the standard.

Re-confirm the spacing between each standard and install the second standard using the above process.

Step 5: Insert the Shelf Brackets

Correctly insert the brackets into the appropriate standard slot and gently tap them in with your hammer. Now, you can place your shelf on the brackets and start utilizing your new storage shelf!

 

 

Building a Deck in Your Backyard – DIY Tips

Posted on 07 April 2018 (0)

Due to the fact that most decks are made of wood, they are expected to rot after some time. A deck composed of treated lumber beams, joists and posts can last for about 15-25 years depending on the climatic condition of the place it is in, how much water it endures and most importantly, how it is built. In most cases, it’s the treated lumber framing that rots and not the deck boards.

Hence, we decided to come up with three basic tips that will help extend the lifespan of your deck structure to about 30-50 years Yeah, you read that right. In fact, if you use exotic woods such as Ipe or Massaranduba which most architects use, they can last close 40-50 years.

 

TIP 1: KEEP THE SEAL TOPS SEALED

One of the major reasons deck structures get decayed is due to the water penetrating into the joints of the deck through the screw holes. The water moves from underneath the deck boards into the screw holes forcing it to rot. To reduce water penetrating into the boards, you can use Grace Vycor Plus Flexible Flashing.

 

TIP 2: PROTECT THE POST BASES

As much as you don’t want the deck joists to come in contact with the grade underneath, you should also avoid the post bases being positioned in the same manner, i.e., you should not encase it in the concrete or allow it to sit in contact with concrete. Raise the post bases few inches from the concrete or soil to prevent it from coming in contact with moisture and organic material.

TIP 3: APPLY A PROTECTIVE FINISH

Some people might think this is a little over the top, but wood decks actually require a protective coat finish to maintain their looks and for an extended lifespan.  There are varieties of sealers and stains to use in different color. Apply this finish on the deck as recommended by the manufacturer. For treated lumber, you’ll have to wait for some months before the finish is applied. Finally, you need to periodically clean and reapply finish; you can do this every couple of years.

Here is the Arizona, I recommend some local painting experts to apply exterior paint.  You should give these guys a call if you feel inadequate with the staining, coating, and painting. Check them out at: www.MesaPaintingPros.com

 

If you are feeling brave about doing it all yourself, here is a great YouTube video to help with some of the tips:

Tips for a Kitchen Remodel DIY

Posted on 01 April 2018 (0)

Decorating a kitchen is a very personal process and irrespective of what kind of budget you are on, your family deserves a beautiful, stylish and dated kitchen. From the countertop material to the cabinet color, to the appliances. The search for modern styles that are affordable for a kitchen remodel can be a little stressful and scary. So, we’ve decided to share with you some basic steps that will help you through the remodeling process.

 

Tip 1: Choose what you want to remodel and determine the budget

This is the first task to carry out. If you are able to work with your current electrical and plumbing layout, and cabinets, you’ll save a lot and be able to dedicate more money to fun and amazing kitchen upgrades. If you are remodeling a kitchen, you should NOT spend over 5-15% of the total value of your home. Whenever you intend to do an upgrade, make sure you do the math and be sure it favors you. It is advisable to budget an extra 10% as contingency cost.

 

Tip 2: Determine what style you want before talking to professionals

Knowing what style you want will help make your kitchen remodeling plans easier and it will also help you explain your ideas better to the designers. Go through blogs, magazines and photo galleries to get ideas.

 

Tip 3: Consider your kitchen space

The most important phase of any kitchen remodel is the layout of that kitchen. Properly visualizing how your kitchen will be used will be of tremendous help when planning your spatial design.

 

Tip 4: Carefully choose your contractor

It is very important that you carefully select the contractor you want to work with. Make sure they are reliable, go through their reviews or ratings, ask for referrals, and look at their credentials as well. In all these, it is also important to follow your instincts. Once you’ve selected the contractor to work with, put everything in writing and carefully go through the contract before signing.

 

Tip 5: Review the upgrade and make sure you are satisfied with this upgrade

Without being said, you must make sure all the appliances are working perfectly, the cabinets open and close properly and the hardware knobs are in place. Also, make sure you have the warranties for the appliances.

 

 

We hope you find these tips helpful as you begin the plans for your kitchen remodel.

How to Paint a Barn with Acrylic

Posted on 12 March 2018 (0)

First, Imagine what is possible. Imagine the image yo want on your barn and now transfer that image to the canvas.

Painting a barn scene in acrylic paint allows you to be creative.  To create this scene in your head requires practice and some patience.  It is also a lot of work, but oh so worth it when you see the final product.

Barns scenes are a unique niche and are sought after. Perfect your practice into a product or service you can sell.

 

 

Second, Set up your easel and place your canvas on it. Take a chair with you if you are painting on location.  Using a charcoal pencil, sketch the outline of the barn scene before you. Charcoal is a better choice than lead in that it will not bleed through the paint over time. Once satisfied with your outline, add details like the roof, door, wood planks and other parts of the barn structure. Keep things simple, depending on the level of detail you wish to convey in your painting.

Next, Take out your palette and set it somewhere so that it will not turn over. Some artists have a palette that can be held while painting, but a plastic one that can be set down will do fine. Observe the barn and decide which colors you will need. Start with colors right out of the tube, but do not simply paint a red barn red or a blue sky blue. The result will be a cartoonish painting that is far from realistic.

Last, There are many different shades of acrylic paint available that more closely match the realistic colors found in a barn scene. Use these, but experiment with mixing them with white and black in order to create the closest color matches possible.

Top 5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling

Posted on 06 March 2018 (0)

Whether you’re looking to renovate your kitchen and bathroom or your entire house, understand that remodeling projects often require proper planning. Remodeling any part of your home is a huge undertaking and it’s important that you think it through. Perhaps everything in your home looks fine and you’re happy at the moment. Well, one of the things you’re likely to think sometime is how you can make your house better. That explains why it’s important to take your time and know what’s required of you before getting started with your remodeling project. Here are some of the things you should keep in mind before you start renovating.

What do you want or expect from your remodeling?

What are your intentions? Are you doing it for long-term or just to flip? You might have been inspired to remodel your home after seeing a friend’s house or a magazine, but what do you want? Before driving to that kitchen showroom, it’s crucial that you figure out what you expect out of your remodeling project. Every decision you make should be guided by the big picture. The choice of materials will depend on whether you’re remodeling for the long-term or short-term.

If your goal is to have a quick sale of your home, aim at ensuring that your home is attractive without necessarily breaking the bank. However, you want to make your life more comfortable, you might want to use premium materials that will last longer and complement your lifestyle.

Be Realistic with your Budget

Once you’ve determined what you want from your renovation, it’s time to be realistic with your remodeling budget. You have to determine the budget for your renovation first. How much are you willing to commit to the project? You don’t want to contact the contractor before securing the required funds. At the back of your mind, know that undertaking a remodeling project can be expensive. The decision on what you’re going to do is dependent on your budget. Establish your budget upfront so that everything else can fall into place.

Hire the Right Contractors

Start by learning the relevant regulations that guide remodeling projects in your area. If you’re handling a major renovation, it’s important to let the experts help. You must do your due diligence to avoid hiring the wrong person for your project. Of course, you want the best service, don’t you? Walk away from anyone who’s unqualified to handle your remodeling project. You don’t want to hire someone who will cause more problems to your house. Proper licensing is key. Ensure the contractor has adequate insurance as well. Request for references so you can verify the quality of their service from past clients.

Get the Timing Right

Don’t start your remodeling project before carefully thinking about timing. With the help of experts, come up with a full schedule for the entire renovation. Planning early will help you avoid delays. You want the project to finish on time so you can settle back into your home. Have a plan that will guide every phase of the project and work around any issues that may arise. Having realistic expectations with your remodel will so help you endure during the project.