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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tricks Taping Drywall Seams

For the most part, you will need a 6-inch drywall knife, drywall paper tape, and drywall mud (spackle). In detail, you will probably also need drop cloths, work gloves, safety goggles, scissors, more. But for the taping part, the first three items are most important. Once you have all the necessary supplies, you can get started.

Begin by spreading a thin layer of drywall mud over the seam that connects two separate sheets or panels. Spread it to 1.5 inches on each side, and do not leave any bare spots. This can cause a bubbling effect!

Next, position a strip of paper tape along the entire drywall seam. Be sure the tape remains perfectly centered over the joint the whole way. Although you cannot see the seam because of the spackle, you can visualize where it is by remembering that you spread the mud evenly on both sides of the joint. (An inch and a half on both sides.) Use your knife to cut the tape.

Starting at the center (not at one end of the tape), use your drywall knife to press the tape down onto the mud so that it squeezes out from both sides of the tape. Smooth the tape out evenly using medium-soft pressure. Be careful not to move the tape from its positon; too much pressure can make it slide out of place. After a few go’s up and down using medium pressure, you can finish a few more times using firm pressure.

Accessorizing Home Theatre Room

Controlling Lights
The most important aspect of home theatre decoration is proper lighting control systems. If you manage to do that, you can mark your job as ‘70% done’. For sharp picture quality, vibrant color – managing the light sources is important and for that following tips must be followed:

  • Do not opt for overhead lights as they produce glare in the room.
  • Lighting should be on dimmers, which means mild or subdue lighting is required. For viewing awesome projection over the home theatre screens, subdue lighting is important.
  • Block light rays that are coming from window openings or door opening.

Wall Paint is Important for Seamless Functionality of Home Theatre Systems
Wall paint is the most important aspect of your home theatre decoration. Using darker shades is recommended. However, you can go for trendy painting options, like painting the wall with the Hollywood movie’s theme. Though, it is important to remain at the darker shades so that light cannot reflect from screen abruptly. A darkroom is perfect for viewing true colors on the home theatre screens. Choosing textured wall decoration would be fantastic! However, that would be a costly affair and if you have a low budget, then simply opt for dark shades over the walls.

Arranging the Basic Components
For a home theatre design, few basic components are imperatives. For example, having a home theatre projector is important. However, in these days, people prefer TV sets over projectors as they are more convenient. Thus, for contemporary decoration, opt for a TV. Have a look at the following tips:

  • Consider buying a big screen TV to get the perfect feeling of home theatre
  • Larger screens are easy to view, especially when your home theatre seating arrangement is at a fair bit of distance.
  • The speaker should be chosen meticulously and 5.1 system is just perfect, depending upon the size of the room.
  • Sitting arrangement should be cozy enough.

You Must Renovating Cottage

1. To give it a New Look

Have you inherited the cottage from your family? If your answer is yes, remember that old structures require frequent maintenance and repair work. For example, cracked foundation, leaky basement, rotten wooden floors, etc. need special attention. If your cottage is old, it is better to opt for a complete remodeling project instead of spending money on inexpensive superficial repair work.

2. To fulfill the Needs of Family

Space might prove to be an issue if your family is growing. Hence, if you are expecting a new member in your family, you will have to discuss it with the contractor. If you are getting married or expecting a baby, consider the changes that you will require in your second-home. The contractor will provide you with different ways of increasing the living space in the cottage such as extending the living room area, adding a new bedroom, etc.

3.To boost the Market Value

Are you thinking of selling your cottage in the future? Remember that a well-maintained property will fetch you a good price. If it is beautiful and stylish, you will be able to negotiate with potential buyers. So, consider maintaining the cottage on a regular basis and focus on improvising its look.

4. To renovate it according to the Modern Trends

Even if your second-home provides you with adequate comfort, you might want to refurbish it according to the new trends. It can include modernizing the kitchen for adding latest appliances, adding chandeliers to the living room, carpeting the bedroom floor, etc. Also, having modern facilities in your cottage will help it to stand apart from other properties in the neighborhood.

However, before beginning any renovation project, there are a few things to keep in mind. As you will be spending a lot of money on the work, you need to opt for the best cottage renovation contractor. Get him to inspect your cottage and tell him what you have in mind. Let him know about your renovation ideas. Even if you do not have anything specific in mind, ask him to suggest you different designs. Also, ask for a quote. Make sure that he has the required permits for under taking the renovating project.

Several Reasons Foundation is Cracking

1. Soil Pressure

When your yard has too much water in it after it rains (because of poor drainage), it causes the soil to expand.

This expansion puts pressure on your home’s foundation. OVer a short period of time, that expansion and pressure cause cracks. The cracks will begin on out outter walls (the part of the wall that is in the gound). Soon after, the cracking will begin inside as well.

Once the cracks start inside, they’ll soon be followed by flooding, dampness, mold growth and major structural damages.

2. Poor Drainage

This is a big factor. This is what leads to soil pressure in the first place. When it rains or snows a lot…or, if you are using your irrigation a lot, it can lead to your ground becoming saturated. Most homes are built on soil types that have really bad drainage.

The water sits in the ground, not draining, and causes soil expanision.

When you put in yard, driveway and basement drains, you can let the water get pulled out of your yard and keep the soil from getting bigger. This reuces the pressure on your foundation and keeps it from cracking.

3. Weak Foundation Walls

One of the biggest problems with foundations is that when some companies try to fix the cracks, they only fix the inside wall. And, usually this is ust putting some epoxy on the crack. The forces that are strong enough to crack your home’s foundation are a heck of a lot stronger than any epoxy!

The walls have to be waterproofed, pinned, and fixed on the inside and out. If not, the problem will simply return over and over again. If the outside of your foundaion is fixed and waterproofed, it will be strong and can repel excess water. Plus, the process allows for better drainage which reduces the soil pressure.