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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Steps to Remove Shelf from Kitchen Cabinet

Required Material

– Reciprocating saw
– Locking pliers
– Flush cutting pliers
– Flat pry bar

For Adjustable Shelves

1. Clear the area around the shelf which you want to remove. If shelf contains any items or accessories remove them.

2. Hoist the shelf up and spin the shelf diagonally. Hoist one side higher than the other; this will help it to clear the cabinet opening. To release the cabinet shelf you need to press the clip holding the pins and shelf in place. Usually, you can simply press the plastic or metal flap at the top of the pin to release the shelf.

3. Take the shelf away from the position carefully. Don’t drag or bump the shelf along the cabinet opening. Dragging or bumping may cause damage to surface.

For Permanent Shelves

1. Permanent shelves are installed in a number of ways. You have to inspect the installation for your shelf. Some rest on the horizontal runner fixed to the bulkhead or side panel of the cabinet. Some are simply glued or nailed on the outside of the cabinet bulkhead.

2. Tap front bottom edge of the runner gently with a hammer to remove the shelves. You might need a pry bar to pry up the shelf gently from the runner. The shelves are usually glued or nailed to the runner so it might need some force to remove them from runner. Repeat the same process on all the remaining sides to let the shelf free from cabinet.

3. Take a flat pry bar and use it to remove the runner from the cabinet sides. Place the pry bar edge in the seam behind the runner. Tap it with hammer from above to widen the gap in seam. Pull the pry bar away from the cabinet panel. Keep prying until the runner is free enough to be removed.

4. Take a hammer and tap the shelf near the bulkhead gently to remove it from the cabinet. Keep tapping until you see that the seam between cabinet and shelf is beginning to wide. Once the seam is wide enough, pull the shelf away from the bulkhead of the cabinet.

5. In the end use locking jaw pliers to pull the nails out so that it will release the bulkhead. You can also cut them by using a pair of flush cutting pliers.


– You can cut the stubborn shelves in the middle with reciprocating saw to remove them easily.

Chimney Cleaning Tips

Before starting the cleaning process, close the fireplace area. Open the flue in the firebox and then the log grate. Clean up any debris from the fireplace and completely close the fireplace.

It is vital to get protective gear ready such as a face mask, gloves and goggles. Other important tools are chimney cleaning brushes, a rod that reaches down the full length of the chimney and a working flashlight.

After getting together the necessary tools, you can begin cleaning the chimney. If you choose the “Top down with Rod” method, the chimney is cleaned from the chimney rooftop. However, it is vital to seal of the fireplace so that soot does not spread all over the room. Lower the rod with the brush down the chimney length and rub it back and forth till the chimney is completely cleaned out. Use a flashlight to check out the chimney inside areas so that you can find spots that you have missed out. After cleaning the chimney, you would need to vacuum the area below to clean the debris completely. It is important to carry out the entire cleaning process very methodically so that it does not pose a danger for fires.

When you clean the chimney, you are bound to find cracked or missing bricks that have to be replaced or repaired. Be sure to replace them as it will help to keep the rain out of the chimney.


Tips to Clean Hardwood Floors

Regular Cleaning

Daily cleaning is an assurance of your hardwood’s long life. Always use a soft bristled broom to clean your floors. Using hard bristled broom can scratch the surface of your hardwood flooring. Dust mops or vacuum with soft brush attachment is another useful tool to clean your hardwood flooring. Dust mops are effective against the dirt and grime accumulated on the floor surface. To prevent the dirt accumulation into the finish of the wood through foot traffic, regular cleaning of the flooring is inevitable.

Maintenance Cleaning

A non abrasive solution is always suggested to mop the hardwood flooring. Mixture of 1/4 cup of mild dish washing liquid in a small amount of warm water is considered as the best non toxic and non abrasive solution to clean the flooring. Dry off the floor with dry towel attached to dry mop handle right after you have mopped the floor. It is better to take help from floor maker’s instruction before cleaning, especially when your warranty is still valid. Those instructions will best guide you. Besides this, you can use baking soda for scratch or scuff marks on the wood flooring. Gently scrub the marks to remove them. For old hardwood floors with insufficient finishing, you can use Murphy’s oil soap. Oil soap is not good for finished surfaces so avoid using oil soap as far as possible on finished hardwood floors.

Natural and Commercial Cleaners

Many natural products are available in the market which can be purchased and used for cleaning. However, you can make some of the cleaning solutions on your own that are equally effective and cheap. Natural hardwood cleaners are very usually non-toxic and help to maintain the beauty and shine of the floor for long time. You just need to mix a small amount of vinegar into a small amount of water. Use this solution to mop the sealed floor. For unsealed flooring water is harmful instead use any oil like linseed oil to clean the unfinished wood floors.


Know the Reasons why Choose Wood Flooring

There are many advantages in using wood flooring. This kind of flooring is long lasting and also easy-to-repair. You will find wood flooring to last for more than hundred years and it is a preferred choice as it is quite durable. Other types of flooring materials are not as good and it requires fewer maintenance efforts. There are lots of new technology products that enable wood to maintain it sheen. Wood stains are easy-to-remove and all that is necessary is just limited sweeping and vacuuming.

Many people prefer wood flooring to other forms of flooring because it does not cause allergies. When you have carpeted flooring, there is always the danger of dust mites, mildew and mold formation. This problem is not experienced with wooden flooring which is not subject to problems such as pollen, animal dander and so on

There is a wide variety of styles to choose from in wood flooring. Commonly used is the ordinary plank flooring which is made from three-inch long wood pieces. The wide plank wood flooring is made from thick planks that are cut out of logs of varying lengths. Older homes with wooden floors are seen to have this type of wood flooring. Parquet flooring makes use of various species of wood planks for the flooring. Strip flooring is made out of shorter pieces of wood that are about two and one-quarter inches (5.7 cm) in width.

Whenever you think about making enhancements to your home, the first point to come to mind is that you should be implementing features that increase the value of your home and this is exactly what you gain with wood flooring. A home with wood flooring has a higher resale price because of the value of the flooring and for people who are looking specifically to buy a home with wood flooring, the seller can state his or her selling price.

If you are looking for a flooring variety that is not very expensive or which does not cost much, wood flooring is the best option. This kind of flooring can be done in within desired budget.