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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Deck and Its Maintenance

1. The area and location where you live has certain impact on your deck in one way or another. Like if you live in West Coast (regular rains) most of the damage caused is due to water. Similarly, the people living in Florida may have to worry about the Ultraviolet rays. You have to workout on the factors which are responsible for the damage done to your deck. Water, mold, direct exposure to sunlight, dirt are some of the main factors affecting the deck.

2. If your deck is not protected by any sealant covering, it is best to apply sealant on your deck to protect it from water. Sealant not only provides shine to your deck but also make it water resistant. Before applying sealant, sand down the entire deck surface. This will help you remove any grime or dirt present on the deck surface. Choose a best water resistant varnish for your deck surface and apply it with the help of brush or roller.

3. If your deck has any stains or discoloration due to the direct exposure to sunlight, you can use bleach to remove the stains and to fight against discoloration. Bleach is powerful agent which removes stains and other dirt instantly. Bleach works well to fight against bacteria and other mildew or fungus. So, you can use bleach for mildew as well. However, it has mild effect on wood but that is negligible.

4. Inspect your deck regularly for any sings of damage. Any loose nails, chips or damaged parts should be treated as soon as possible. If you ignore these minor issues, they will extend over time and cause you major maintenance costs or might result in some severe damage. Repair any minor damage as soon as you come to know about it. If you find any major damage or cracks, consult some professional immediately to find any suitable way to fix those damages.

Following these directions will certainly help you to maintain your deck. You will be able to take proper care of your deck by keeping these important points in mind.

 

Seal Floor Tiles and Grout Tips

Required Material

– Acrylic floor finish
– Brush
– Penetrative tile sealant
– Topical tile sealant
– Water

Directions

1. Glazed or non-cemented tiles are usually water resistant. However, you can determine whether your surface needs a layer of sealant or not with the help of simple test. Take small amount of water and pour it on the surface and inspect it for some time. If you find that the color of the surface darkens, seal it. If no discoloration occurs that means there is no need to apply the layer of sealant.

2. Before applying the sealant, clean the surface properly. Make sure that no debris or dirt is left behind. Purchased the best sealant specified for the type of tiles you have. Start from the vertical surface. Apply sealant in an upward direction to avoid any stripes or trickling of the sealant. For horizontal surface, always work from inside out, i.e. from one wall towards another wall. Apply sealant evenly on the entire surface. Let the sealant dry for the required amount of time recommended in manufacturer’s manual.

3. After applying the topical sealant layer to your tiles and grout, now is the time to apply a layer of acrylic floor finish. A layer of acrylic finish provides a protection to the tiles that keep them secure from routine’s wear and tear. This layer is also called as wear layer for tiles that provides protection to the tiles and tile sealant underneath. Follow the instructions given on the manual of acrylic floor finish and leave it to dry for the time specified on the manual.

4. For stones or outdoor tiles, use penetrating sealant. Two layers of this sealant will be enough, but make sure that the first layer is dried off completely before applying the second layer. Apply the layer of sealant on the tiles or stones and let it dry. Later apply the second layer and leave it to dry.

Suggestions

– The ideal time to apply sealant is 2 weeks after of laying tile and grout.
– To get best results from sealant, let it dry for about 72 hours. However, the normal time for sealants to dry is between 24 to 72 hours. This time differs according to the different brands of the sealant.

 

Steps to Painting Steel Door

Required Items

– Following items are required to paint your steel door:
– Soap and water for cleaning
– Paint scraper
– Painting supplies, such as brushes or rollers
– Tarp
– Sandpaper
– 2 sawhorses
– Rags
– Tools to remove door hardware
– Masking tape
– Primer and paint

Steps

1. Prepare the area where you want to paint your door. Take a tarp and lay it down to keep your floor free from any paint marks. Place two sawhorses covered with rags to prevent any marks on the door.

2. Before painting the door, you have to take away all the hardware from the door. These include handle, doorknockers, locks, hinges and weatherstripping as well. Lay the door carefully onto the sawhorses.

3. Examine the door thoroughly and remove any dents or damaged areas if present. Take a paint scraper and scrape off the old paint from the door.

4. Clean the door with mild soap and water from both sides and let it dry for sometime.

5. Take a sand sponge or medium type sand paper and sand down the entire door lightly. Don’t apply force that might cause scratches to the door.

6. If your door contains and windows or glass or any such area, cover them with masking tape to prevent any paint stains on them.

7. Apply primer to the door surface. Two coats of primer are enough. You can use aerosol primer, brush or sprayer to apply primer on the door surface. Before applying the second coat make certain that the first coat is dried completely.

8. Once the primer is applies, apply paint to the door. You can use paint brush, sprayer or roller for your convenience. You need to apply two coats of paint on the door. Apply first coat and let it dry for some time and apply the second coat.

9. Let the paint dry completely. Reinstall all the hardware parts. Put back the locks, knobs, hinges and weatherstripping.

Points to Remember

– Before applying new paint, make sure you have repair all the damaged areas. If you left them unrepaired, they will soon spoil and damage your new paint and further deteriorates the condition of your door.
– Always do the paint job in well ventilated area and use breathing mask.

 

Ways to Soundproofing a Room

New Construction Soundproofing

1. The first thing you need to do while making a design for your home is not to keep the doors of rooms in the hallway directly opposite to each other. This will lower the sound transfer from one door to another.

2. You need to have thick walls than usual (2 x 6 plates) in your new construction. Put the studs in such a way that they form an alternate line amid of back and front edges of the top and bottom plates.

3. Use fiberglass batting insulation into the interior of the walls before applying drywall sheet to the walls.

4. Purchase a soundproof wall sheeting from any of the drywall contractor or home suppliers stores. Place the soundproof wall sheeting in a dangling position over the frame. It should remain behind the drywall.

5. Select double or triple paned vinyl windows for your new home. These windows not only provide good insulation against heat and cold, but also from sounds and noise.

After Construction Soundproofing

1. In an already built home, apply soundproofing is quite a tough or sometimes messy task. One way of which you might not think of is to dismiss one of the side walls, add fiberglass insulation and rebuild it again. However, there is a simpler way also. Drill a series of holes in the wall between the studs near the ceiling. Add cellulose insulation to those holes with blowing machine. You can take this machine on rent or you can hire a professional for this job. Secure the holes again and refinish the wall.

2. The next step is to insert soundproofing to your walls. Many sound deadening wall coverings are available in the market and you can purchase them easily from any home supplier stores or hardware and paint stores. You can also use cork tiles around your room or on the wall.

3. Build another wall inside the existing wall. Remember both the walls have an enough gap between them. This gap is due to the sound isolation clips. This gap will help to stop the sound waves from one room to another.

4. Paints containing fibers and resins are also available in the market. These paints have the tendency to absorb the sound waves. They are latex paints which are only renowned for their sound absorbing feature.

5. Carpets, draperies or shutters on the windows can also be helpful to stop the sound transmission. Solid doors can also be helpful in this regard.