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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Wood Floor Installation

The entire process of installing wood floors must be done methodically. The floors can be installed over concrete slabs, plywood , or even existing wood floors. Here is a look at the steps involved in wood floor installation :

– It is necessary to get all tools necessary for installation purposes. Things such as screws, saw, nails, and pry bar and so on have to be got together before the installation process begins.

– Draw a reference line at the beginning point of installation and at the end point of installation. A half inch gap between boards is essential for the wood to expand.

– Choose only the straightest of wood boards for installation. The first wooden board can be laid out on key areas such as the door area and so on. It is necessary to align the first row of wooden boards correctly so that subsequent rows come out straight.

– When you lay down the subsequent rows of hardwood boards, it is necessary to hammer the rows correctly so that there is a tight fit. Each of the boards must be laid down in a perpendicular manner and the process must be done accurately so that no gaps are visible.

– As you reach the last row, you would need the use of a pry and block bar for the purpose of locking them securely. When you install hardwood floors over large area, you need to make use of a heavy nails on each edge at the end of the third floor.

– In end row area, you will find it hard to install more planks and here using ring-shank nails are a good option.

Once you have done the installation fully, you need to check for flaws in the floor. If you find gaps in the flooring, try to push the hardwood using a pry bar. In case there are still some gaps in between the flooring using decorative borders can help to cover them up.


Guide to Fix Front Entry Steps

Required Material

– Cement
– Two buckets
– Hammer
– Plastic sheet
– Pressure washer
– Metal or wooden stakes
– Chisel
– Strips of lumber the length of your stairs
– Paintbrush
– Broom
– Coarse sand


1. Clean the front step properly to have a better idea of any loose or crumbling cement.

2. Remove the loose cement from the steps with the help of hammer and chisel.

3. Before proceeding further, pressure wash your steps with 10 inch spray. This will remove all the grime, dirt or other debris present on the surface of the steps.

4. Now you have to make your mind that how thick layer of concrete layer you want on the steps. The ideal choice would be around three quarters of an inch.

5. Put the pieces of the lumber on each side of the steps to prevent concrete coating to ooze over the edges of the steps. Make sure that the height of the lumber should be leveled with the concrete coating.

6. It is important to secure the lumber pieces so that they remain firm against the steps. Firm hold lumber pieces ensure that no concrete will ooze away.

7. Make a mixture of concrete and coarse for your coating or overlay. Take two parts of sand with one part of cement and make a mixture.

8. To make the mixture thin enough to flow out of the bucket easily add some water to it.

9. To prepare the cement paint, take another bucket and add water cement and water to it until you have consistency of paint. This mixture is helpful in proper adherence of the concrete coating

10. Spread a layer of cement paint on the steps. To distribute it evenly on the surface you can use paintbrush.

11. After the cement paint layer, apply the mixture of concrete over the surface of the steps to give it a new coating of concrete. After applying the coating of concrete, wait for an hour or so to take it position on the steps.

12. Cover the newly coat of concrete with plastic for few days. This will help concrete to settle down properly on the steps.

13. After few days take the sheet off from the newly coated steps and add a second coat of cement paint on to the surface. This layer of cement paint will even out the textures of the concrete surface.

14. Leave the cement to dry for sometime. Later remove the lumber pieces. Wait for 24 hours before using those steps again.

Guide to Clean Marble

Cleaning regular marble

Marble is considered as very porous substance which can sustain stains very easily. You need to take an extra care while dealing with your marble. Never put cups or glasses without having coasters on surface of the marble. Otherwise cups will leave a stain in the form of ring on the marble surface. Clean any drink or liquid spills immediately to avoid damage. Clean your marble regularly with damp cloth and dry towel to keep the marble surface sleek.

It is recommended to wash and clean marble thoroughly with solution of dish washing detergent and warm water twice a year. Wash the marble with solution then rinse it with warm damp cloth and finally dry it with the towel. You can also apply wax on the marble to keep its surface safe from damages or scratches. Marble sealer is also an option to provide a solid protection. One thing you have to remember here is; do not use wax on white marble as it fades it color to yellow.

Cleaning dull marble

If you find that the marble has gone dull and lost its shine and attraction, purchase a commercial grade marble cleaner and polish. Many marble companies provide you with marble care kits, but commercial marble cleaner is much faster and easy to use than those kits. You have to purchase the right kind of cleaner for your marble as many companies sell imported marble polishes which is efficient for soft imported marble. Choose the best amongst all.

Putty powder or tin acid is also useful for cleaning and polishing dull marble. Just apply it with damp cloth on the marble surface and then use electric polisher to a polish the marble stone. In case your marble stone is badly damaged or scratched, it is better to consult the professionals which are into the business of marbles.

Cleaning stained marble

Stains are of different kinds and hence different kinds of chemicals are available in the market to suit the customer according to their needs. Organic stains like those caused by coffee, soft drinks, and tea can be removed with solution of ammonia mixed in 20 percent of peroxide. Apply the solution on the stains and leave it to dry. Later, clean it with damp cloth and dry.

For oil stains which are caused by lotion, cream or butter etc, use cornstarch. Leave it for few minutes then rinse with foamy detergent with the help if brush. After washing the stains dry the surface.


Easy Home Improvement Tips

– Make a list of home areas that you want to renovate and write out a detailed description of what you want to change and calculate the time and cost factor. Materials purchased for renovation must fall into the desired budget.

– Decide on the look what kind of a look you want. Do you want something that is of the vintage type or do you want to go in for something that is modern and trendy.

– Beautiful flooring can completely change the look of your home. If you are planning to install new flooring, check out the many floor types available, and assess the pros and cons of each type of floor material.

– Improvement to the bedroom area can be in tune with the potential changes in the interior arrangement. Adding a new bathroom to the room can enhance it considerably. Using latest fixtures or painting the bedroom with new paints is a good option.

– Improving lighting is yet another home improvement activity. Adding new window structures can bring more light into the room. Another alternative is using lighting fixtures that are energy efficient, yet which provide good enough lighting inside the room.

– Buying new furniture always changes interior appearances. You can opt for furniture that has a modern look. Select upholstery fabric that has a bright color and which comes with abstract or geometric patterns.

– Basement is yet another place for home improvement ideas and it can be used in so many ways such as an entertainment room or as a game room for kids. Water proofing the walls and patching up the holes and cracks in the wall using waterproof cement is necessary as part of the basic improvement step. The next step is to enhance the lighting effects and to improve the wiring and piping.

– Make judicious use of existing space. You should look into making the maximum out of available space areas but do this in such a way that there is openness in the area.