You need circulation in your attic to allow the heat to escape and prevent moisture build up or condensation. If you don't have proper ventilation your wood will mildew and rot.
If the outside of your house is swarming with mosquitoes, there's an all-natural way to keep that pest population down. In today's Ready, Set, Home, Joe Sherinski has a mosquito-control solution that may make you think he's gone batty.
Before your child is crawling, walking and becoming a lot more mobile, it would be a good time to childproof your house. Get down on all fours and search the house for potential hazards to your child.
Remember that in addition to childproofing your own home, make sure that your child is safe at daycare and when visiting friends and family. Do grandparents have medicines within a child's reach? Does your family member have a gun that is not properly locked away?
Air circulation in your home is very important but sometimes the air vents alone aren't enough to get the air moving around.
Over time even the best carpet wears out and needs to be replaced. With so many floor covering options available today, what do you choose? More carpet, hardwood floors, vinyl or laminate?
A trellis is a great way to add climbing vines to your landscape. But sometimes it isn't feasible to have a permanently installed trellis where you are trying to grow vines. A hinged trellis allows you to have all the benefits of vines, but with the added benefit of being able to move the trellis so that you can access what is behind it without damaging your delicate plants.
By using either of these two methods, you can raise sunken areas of your lawn and achieve a nice, flat lawn...
Steps For Building Vertical Edging
Stumps can be removed using a chemical method, or a physical method. The chemical method involves "rotting out" the stump, while the physical method requires chipping out the stump with a stump grinder.
We are building a 6'x8' kidney shaped pond. However, you may choose any desired shape or size.
Recessed stone edging allows you to place your mower wheel directly on the edging. This prevents the need to trim around the bed.
It's no secret that a foundation with structural damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. That's why it's important to make sure the design of the foundation for your new house meets the conditions specific to your parcel of land and to your section of the country. Our segment featured a look at an excavated home-site that gave us an "x-ray view" of the foundation before contractors poured the concrete.
Wood flooring is timeless. It enhances the warmth of any home and complements the decor of any room. Like a fine piece of furniture, wood flooring increases in value and becomes more beautiful with time. In a national survey, 90 percent ofreal estate agents said that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for more money.
Stock cabinets cost the least and offer the fewest options. You buy factory-assembled, standard-size units at a home center, and you install them or hire an installer to do the work.
Safety during a fire is no joke. Eight out of ten fire deaths occur in the home, and an appalling number of households are badly unprepared to react when fire hits home. You literally cannot have too many smoke detectors in your house. Building codes require a smoke detector in every bedroom of a new house. Older homes should at least have one detector in every section of the house with bedrooms (like a hallway outside adjacent bedrooms, for instance). We'll highlight a few safety features you can deploy around the house to ensure the safety of your loved ones.
Every year people are electrocuted in their bathrooms and kitchens when appliances accidentally make contact with water. But you can avoid this life-threatening danger by installing a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter--known as GFCI--in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage, any place where water and electricity could come into contact.
If you've seen any news footage of tornadoes or hurricanes, you've probably seen how easily their storm-force winds can pry a roof off a house. The roof is the most vulnerable part of your house. And if the roof blows off your house, it is easy for other parts of the house to collapse.
Turning a plain door into an elegant entryway is an easy do-it-yourself job. It will only take a couple hours of your time and cost less than you think. Listed below are the steps you need to take to install a new brass doorknob and lock set, a brass doorknocker, a brass kickplate, and brass address numbers. Many manufacturers are offering brass finishes that will last a lifetime. Check your local hardware store or home center to see what choices are available to you.
The Wireless Motion Sensing Light Adapter is designed for converting existing house entrance lights, spotlights, and other light fixtures into motion-detecting security lights. It uses one 9-volt battery, so no wiring is required, and the patented design allows for an easy, screw-in installation.
As you can see, this door has been badly abused. There's a big dent over here. There's a ding right in here and a whole bunch of little dings over here. Now this is a metal door and a lot of people who have a metal door that's been abused think the only way to take care of it is to buy a new metal door. We've got a less expensive and very easy way for you to take care of these problems. The first step is to start sanding. Now the compound we're gonna be using is a two-component automobile body filler called Bondo. And the second part is a hardener and we'll just squeeze a little bit out of this. Wanna mix it up real good. You wanna be sure you work it into the dents and also feather it out about an inch beyond where you sanded here. And, give it about 15 minutes. Well our compound has hardened. Now we're gonna sand it off with a finer sandpaper. Be sure you wear a mask because you don't wanna breath this stuff. Now our next thing we need to do is to put a rust preventive primer over all the bare spots where the metal is showing. And we're using a spray, aerosol spray, because it's a lot easier and it doesn't leave any brush marks. Well our projects are finished and I think you'll agree you'll never be able to find these bad places, particularly when we get a coat of paint on this baby. The beauty about this is, that is cost us under 30 bucks. Now think how much it would have cost to buy two new doors - a bunch.
You know it's a piece of cake to let the dogs out in the middle of the day, but what about in the middle of the night? Well, of course, the solution there is to have a doggie door. But what if you have glass sliding doors like this? You can't cut a hole in the glass, but we've got a product where you don't need to cut a hole in the glass.
It's gonna be real easy for you to install yourself and we're gonna show you how. Now the first step is to loosen these little knobs right here. You see this top part is spring-loaded. That's gonna allow us to put it in place up here. You can see the edge here, it's got a track and we're gonna fit that right over the middle rail up here.
With that in place because it is spring loaded, we can lift up and fit the bottom part over the bottom rail. Now we just nudge it over in place. You're not gonna believe this but when we tighten this down, that's the end of the installation of this part of it. Now I know what you're thinking. What about weather stripping up here? Well, the kit provides two different types of weather stripping. This one is peel-and-stick which makes it real easy to apply.
With all of the things included in the kit they also had good instructions on how to teach your dog to use the new door. And the first suggestion was a good one and that is to just tape it open. Well let's see if they figured it out. I hope they'll be able to use this doggie door. And remember, it doesn't hurt to use a little bribery.
Now installation took about 20 minutes and you can get doggie doors in sizes to fit your dog. And the cost? About $150 to $300.
Do you want a great do it yourself project that can add an amazing new look and lots of color to your kitchen? Add tile to your backsplash and you'll be amazed at what an amazing new look you can achieve.
Now you can just buy regular decorative tile and put it up. But a custom look can be achieved by breaking the tile into varying sizes and shapes. To do a broken tile backsplash, simply pick out the colors of tile you want and get a large plastic bag.
Take a hammer and break up the pieces. Using a plastic bag to hold the tile will prevent any splinters or shards from flying all over your work area. Once the tiles are broken, you can create any pattern or look that you want.
If you're installing the tile onto a laminate material, use a rotary sander to slightly rough up the surface so the tiles will stick. Then take some mastic or glue and using a notched trowel, apply the mastic to a small area at a time. This way you can mix and match your tile pieces without hurrying before the mastic dries out.
Once you've finished with the pattern, let the mastic dry overnight. Then you can come back in and grout the area in. Once the grout is dry, use a damp sponge to remove all grout from the surface area and you'll be amazed at your new look kitchen!
Not only is this a simple project that takes less than two days, it's also fairly inexpensive (less than 100 dollars) depending on which type of tile you choose.
If you want to add some light to your home as well as add a decorative touch, track lighting is a good solution.
Track lighting is flexible in many ways. You can choose a wide variety of colors and styles both for the track and for the light fixtures.
Once the track is installed, power runs throughout the entire track so you can slide your light fixtures anywhere you want on the track and still have power. This allows you to move the fixtures anywhere you want on the track to highlight different parts of the room where it's installed.
Tracks come in varying lengths but they can be cut to fit any area that you desire to install the system. Before you start installing the track, it's a good idea to lay it out on the floor so you can get a rough idea of how it's going to fit in the area where it will be installed. Once you've done the layout, measure and mark the ceiling where you want to install the tracks.
Once you've measured, you will use a drywall anchor and screw to hold the tracks in place. Flexible elbows allow you to connect the different pieces of track around corners and ledges.
For more information about track lighting, contact your local home or hardware center.
IMPORTANT: before using Cedar, remove planks from their packages and place them in the area where they will be installed. Allow the pieces to acclimate for a minimum of 24 hours. Like all wood, cedar will expand and contract as its moisture content changes; this waiting period allows for this process and helps prevent warping or gaps after the closet is completed.
Measure the surface you wish to cover to determine square footage needed. If you are lining a closet, measure the square footage of each wall. Example: if the area of the walls, ceiling, and floor totaled 96 square feet, and a package covers 10 square feet, you would need 10 packages. (96 divided by 10 equals 9.6. Fractions are rounded to the next whole amount.)
Lay out the planks in the order in which they will be installed, staggering the ends for a random appearance. Set aside a few knot free pieces to fill in the gaps.
Although super cedar can be applied vertically, diagonally, or horizontally, horizontal installation is recommended
for most do-it-yourselfers.
Remove shelves, hanger rods, moulding, etc., from the closet. If using nails, locate wall studs using a stud finder and mark a centerline along each stud to indicate where nails are to be driven. ( Standard studs are 16" on-center.)
Place the grooved side against the floor, beginning in a bottom corner. BE SURE THE FIRST ROW IS LEVEL.
Nail at stud mark directly through the face of the plank, using 1 1/2" panel nails if going through the sheetrock and 1" nails if installing directly over studs.
Cedar may also be installed using sub-floor adhesive. Just apply the adhesive following the manufacturer's
directions. BE SURE TO PROVIDE THE PROPER VENTILATION.
Adhesive is recommended if planks are being installed vertically. Once the first piece is in place, continue that row across the length of the wall. To finish the row, saw one piece to make a perfect fit. Use the remainder of that pi
It's a fiberglass door meant to replace steel; it won't dent or rust; it comes "embossed" (that means it's molded under 2000 tons of pressure); it's primed and ready for a coat of acrylic latex paint once it's in place.
Prybar (like a Stanley Wonderbar)
Screw gun or Drill
Reciprocating saw with a bi-metal blade
Caulking & a Caulking gun
Nails, screws & fasteners
Measure the existing (old) frame to make sure the new doorframe will fit. Most doorframes come in standard sizes.
Remove the old threshold - this will probably require removing three or four screws and lifting the old threshold away.
Remove the hinge pins on the old door - pry them up & out with a hammer and screwdriver.
Remove the old door - the door can be very heavy, so don't do it by yourself if it's too heavy to lift alone.
Remove old door trim with a prybar and a hammer. Be careful not to damage the wall around the doorframe.
Detach the old Doorframe from the House- The doorframe will probably be nailed or attached to a 2x4 which is attached to the house. Use the reciprocating saw with a bi-metal blade (it'll cut through most anything) to saw round the perimeter of the old doorframe to separate it completely from the house. Make sure to wear safety goggles when operating the saw. Keep a tight grip on the reciprocating saw and be careful when sawing, because the saw may "buck' or "jump" when it hits some of those nails. You may have to remove brick trim from the exterior of the doorframe as well before you're ready to remove the doorframe.
Remove the old Doorframe - Give the frame a little kick to loosen it from the doorway; bring the two side pieces together as you lift the bottom of the frame out first. Discard the old doorframe.
Clean the opening - get rid of dirt, bugs, loose bits of wood, etc.
Wondering whether you can install new carpet to update a room in your house? Want to fix the squeaky floor while you're at it? If you rent the right carpet tools and set aside a day for the project, you can do-it-yourself!
Materials you'll need:
New carpet and pad
Inch-and-a-quarter wood screws
New tack strips (as needed)
Heat-activated carpet seaming tape
Special tools you'll need to rent:
Carpet seaming iron
Knee kick carpet stretcher
As with all projects, you will need to ask your tool rental shop to point out the hazards and safety precautions for each tool you rent. Never leave the rental shop without a copy of the
owner's manual that explains safe operation of the tool. Always read the manual before using
Here are the steps you'll take in this project:
1. Take up the old carpet being careful not to damage the baseboards
or underlying tack strips. Roll up the old carpet as you go and use
a utility knife to cut it into rolls of sections that are not too heavy to
carry out of your home. Using a utility knife, carpet is easier to cut
on the back side.
2. Evaluate the old pad to see if it is still thick, resilient and clean enough
to use under your new carpet. In most cases, you will want to remove
the old pad and install a new pad. But before you lay down new padding,
check the subflooring for loose nails. Loose nails cause floor squeaks.
3. After remo
The first thing we will have to do is locate the studs on the wall underneath the bar to install the brackets. We will use an electronic stud finder but may even use the old tap in nail method for another example of how you can find a stud.
Once the studs are located, we will mark for pilot holes and drill the holes that we will need to mount the brackets.
Mounting the brackets will require the hand held power drill being used
As a screwdriver.
Once the mounting brackets have been installed we will cut our first tube of brass railing. We will have a hacksaw to explain that you can cut it with that tool but it doesn't look as good... we will also have a tube cutter that we will use to show another tool you can use to cut this brass rail so that it's a much smoother cut... not only that it is easier to use.
We will then slide the first leg of brass rail tubing into place.
We will then have to install decorative fittings pre-cast at a 22-degree angle in order to cut the corner of the bar with the brass rail.
we will then cut the next tube and install it.
After all of the brass rails are in and mounted we will install the end caps to finish off the ends of the rail. Then we polish it. Total cost of materials for this rail $200.
You know, a whole lot of decks and patios and maybe some houses have what looks like a flat roof. Actually, this is one of them, but it's not really flat. It has a little slope to it. Now, I have patched this thing I can't tell you how many times. It's now time to replace it.
The reason being that the decking, the wood, that's down underneath here has begun to rot and I'm afraid the next time I come up to patch I might step right through it. My friend and roofing expert Fred Bolanz is here to help me out.
Our first step is sweeping this top layer of gravel into piles and moving it off the roof. Then, the old felt paper underneath the gravel has got to go too. Fortunately, not all the surprises were bad. We found that most of the wood in under here, the decking, was still good. Now we did have some places that are rotted. We're gonna have to cut those out and replace them with 3/4 inch plywood. Now the next step is to put this #15 felt down. Okay, next we're gonna put these little tin caps down and what they do is the nail head would be a very small holding area, this gives you a much broader holding area, not as likely to rip.
After we get all of our felt paper nailed down, we're ready to install some metal flashing around the drip edge of the roof. That way, rainwater won't be able to blow in under our new roofing.
Personal safes are fireproof boxes that lock either by using a key or with a combination lock. Use them to protect valuable items, such as jewelry, money or legal documents. Freestanding safes can be placed anywhere in your home, but if they're small, they can be easily stolen. Install a wall safe to solve this dilemma. Wall safes go right inside your wall, making it impossible for a thief to steal.
Different Types of Home Safes:
Data Safe: Data safes are the only ones recommended for keeping diskettes, tapes, or CD's in safe storage. Any temperature above 125 degrees ruins electronic data items. So you can rest comfortably with those important records stored in a data safe.
1 Hour Fireproof Home Safes: Construction: Most of these are a true composite safe. Steel wrap on the outside and lined with steel on the inside. Sandwiched between these layers is a concrete based fireproof material acting like a steel wall that gets reinforced by a concrete wall. The safe is also UL rated and listed. (UL is important. Many safes that are "factory rated" for 2 hours will only pass a 1 hour UL fire test)
Features: Usually includes bolt down hole with bolt down hardware for security against theft. Seamless body construction for longevity of the fireproof core. Dial combination or electronic keypad for easy opening.
Wall Safes: It is important to remember that wall safes get most of their security from being hidden. Most wall safes are attached to wall studs. If you want added protection to your wall safe, it is worth considering having it concreted in place. This will help in case of discovery by undesirables.
One other note, you will find with the easy to install wall safes no fireproof material. This is because the typical space where a wall safe goes is too thin. Standard wall is made with only 4 inches in depth. If you were to add 1 inch of fire material to the front door and 1 inch to the back of the wall safe, you would no
Base molding runs along the floor and adds a polished, finished look to any room. Base floor trim is installed after doorway trim and is usually the last trim installed. The molding consists of either one or two pieces, and it's a project you can do yourself.
Which Baseboard Molding is Right for Your Home?
This depends on your budget, the look you're going for, if you're concerned with green building, functionality, and how much work you're able to put into installation. Here are a few different choices:
Wood is the most traditional kind of base. It's a fairly broad category in itself so you have many choices. The type of wood you choose figures heavily into the cost of your material. Hardwoods such as oak are more expensive than soft woods such as pine.
If you're planning on priming and painting it, pine is a good choice. But for a more natural finish, a hardwood may be a better choice. Unlike pine, oak stains well and has beautiful "pin" grain.
The most popular kind of Composite Material is MDF (Medium Density Fiber Board). It's very inexpensive and is best suited to cases where you're going to paint it with a glossy sheen. Also, it's very flexible, goes up quickly with an airless finish nail gun, and will not rot.
Vinyl Cove Base
Even though Vinyl cove is most often seen in commercial applications, it works quite well in the home. You probably wouldn't want it in the living room, but it works well in utility rooms and walk-in pantries.
Cove base (sometimes called rubber instead of vinyl) usually comes in 4' strips and is 4" tall. It goes up fast; just butt the ends in the field and on inside corners, and bend it and use a utility knife to shave the thickness for outside corners.
It goes up by applying a cove base adhesive to the back with a notched putty knife.
Have you ever wanted to repair that appliance that just isn't working at full capacity anymore? You can usually fix it yourself with a few easy troubleshooting tips, and it can save you a lot of money!
Here are a few examples for you:
MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL BLADE WON'T TURN
Garbage Disposals are known to stop working. This is sometimes caused by something becoming lodged in the gears. Here's an easy solution:
- Use a flashlight to inspect the drain, and look for objects that might be caught up in the gears of the disposal. If any are visible, remove them. Now turn the water on along with your garbage disposal to see if it is operational. If it is not, use a broom handle to manually turn the blade counter clockwise. Keep turning until the object is dislodged, and your blade spins.
MY DRYER TAKES DOUBLE THE TIME IT USED TO PREVIOUSLY TAKE TO DRY CLOTHES
This is more than likely the result of a bad dryer door seal. With a worn out seal, the warm air will escape from the dryer. New seals commonly cost between $10-$20 dollars and come with the directions on how to install them.
MY WATER HEATER MAKES A STRANGE "RUMBLING" SOUND WHEN IT'S FILLING UP
This is usually the result of a substantial buildup of sediment in the tank. First turn off the water supply to the tank. Next, connect a garden hose to the spigot at the base of your water heater, and run the hose outside. Then go open any hot water spigot in the house, and your tank will drain.
MY REFRIGERATOR IS COOLING VERY POORLY LATELY, AND THE SEAL AROUND THE DOOR LOOKS CRACKED
You can purchase a new seal at most any appliance store. You first need to remove the old gasket. You do this by lifting up the seal, and unscrewing the screws that attach it to the refrigerator door. Now follow instructions included with the new seal for the installation procedures. This should have your refrigerator running just like new again.
A stone stairway can provide a sturdy, long-lasting walkway; while adding a natural accent to your landscape. The stones used are very heavy- the project may require several people to complete.
- Large pieces of flagstone (Number of stones is determined by number of steps)
- Bricks or other uniformly cut flat stones, for the risers
- NOTE: There is no mortar used in this stone stairway. The enormous weight of the stones will keep the stairway in place.
- Spade and Shovel
- Plan your stairway. Determine the length your stairway needs to be. Approximate the number of stairs you will need. This will assist you in determining the number of stones and risers to purchase.
- Lay your first (or bottom) stone. When creating the steps, there are two important things to remember. First, be sure that your risers, as well as your stones are level. Secondly, be sure that the back of each step is setting securely on solid ground. You may have to shave off some soil to either level or secure the stones. The first step is the most important. If it is not level, the following steps will not be level. It is also a good idea to use two layers of bricks on the first step. This will provide additional support.
- Continue your steps upward. Be sure to keep steps level and supported as your ascend your slope.
- Double check steps for stability. After completing your stairway, check each step for wobble. Additional bricks can be used to level and steady wobbling steps.
Most of the time, birds are a welcome addition to our yards and landscape, however they can be pests when it comes to vegetable gardens. Here are a few simple tips on repelling birds from your garden.
Artificial predators. A simple Rubber Snake works wonders when it comes to repelling birds. For instance, tying a Rubber Snake to a tomato stake or laying the snake in the top of the plant will do the job.
Scarecrow. You can build an old fashioned Scarecrow using a 12' length of 1/2" PVC pipe and a couple of PVC fittings. With a hacksaw, cut 4 feet off of the pipe. Next, cut the four foot section in half. With PVC cement, glue the three pieces together using a "Double T" adapter.
You now have a "T" shape that makes up the body and arms of the Scarecrow. A PVC "Toilet Flange" will be used to join the head to the body. In this case, the head is a 12" dia. Red Rubber Ball. Drill 4 holes in the collar of the flange, then apply an all purpose cement to the Rubber Ball and press it down onto the flange.
The 4 holes in the collar of the Flange will allow you to tie the Ball onto the Flange so it will stay secure while the glue dries. Draw 4 big, scary eyes, one on each side of the Ball. Next, using an old, white Tee shirt, dress your Scarecrow then attach the head to the body using PVC Cement. Mylar ribbon, or strips of pillowcase can be tied at the hands to add flash and movement. Drive your section of Re-bar into the ground and slide the Scarecrow down into place. Your Scarecrow can be easily moved about the garden so birds don't get used to it.
Terror Ball. A "Terror Ball" is an inflatable ball available at lawn and garden stores. This big yellow ball is decorated with big, scary eyes and apparently scares the seeds out of most birds!
Simply inflate and then suspend the ball from heavy
Almost every bathroom in America now features a medicine cabinet. In the past, the typical medicine cabinet was a plain metal cabinet good for storing bathroom necessities, but now they are decorative, beautiful bathroom essentials. Although they are called medicine cabinets, they are used to store many different items. Medicine cabinets come in a wide variety of types, sizes and styles to fit any home.
Corner Medicine Cabinet
The corner medicine cabinet is an ideal cabinet for small bathrooms with limited space. Some models of this type of cabinet come in traditional styles but most are contemporary in style and design. Homeowners can get them with or without mirrors, and if they choose the type with mirrors, they can get them with mirrors in the front, sides or both. This type of cabinet will not offer as much storage as other styles of medicine cabinets, but if the homeowner has limited space anyway, this cabinet will give them more storage than they have now.
Wall Medicine Cabinet
This type of medicine cabinet mounts to the wall of the bathroom just like the traditional ones, but that is the only similarity between the old and new medicine cabinets. Modern wall-mounted medicine cabinets offer many amenities that the old type did not. For one, they are made from many materials and come in a much wider variety of styles and sizes. They can come with lights inside as well as outside of the cabinet. This type of cabinet comes in about any shape a person could possibly desire. They can have traditional doors or sliding doors. Most wall-mounted medicine cabinets come with mirrors, but models are available without mirrors if that is what the homeowner desires.
Flush Medicine Cabinet
Flush-mounted medicine cabinets are fast becoming the most popular option for modern bathroom design. This type of
Making accurate cuts in wood can be difficult but also vital when measurements leave no room for error. Here are some tips to cutting once and right. Also how to saw safely and properly maintain your saw to keep you cutting.
Achieving accurate crosscuts
Crosscutting hard, wide, thick or resinous woods...or forcing your stock through the cut will often cause your blade to "climb" or produce an inaccurate cut. This is especially true with dull blades or thin kerf blades. There are two ways to minimize this problem. The first, of course, is to give your blade all he time it needs to cut without forcing it through your stock. The second is to make your cut in two passes -- the first, leaving a little less than a kerf width of extra stock on the cutoff end -- and he second bringing your cut to final dimension.
Creating a wider saw kerf
If you're building a project that calls for a saw kerf that's just slightly wider than the standard 1/8" or 9/64" created by an ordinary saw blade, try this approach. Insert a tiny piece of duct tape (or metallic aluminum or "chrome" automotive tape) in one spot between your blade and the arbor washer on one side of the blade, then tighten. This should create a very slight wobble to make a kerf that would be almost impossible to achieve with a dado set.
How to Maintain a Circular Saw
Circular saws need periodic cleaning with an unused paint brush or an air supply to remove sawdust. Better-quality circular saw blades can be professionally sharpened as needed. Less-expensive blades are more economical to replace.
How to Safely Use a Circular Saw
It is especially important to wear eye protection when operating an electric circular saw. To safely use a circular saw, select the blade appropriate to the job, firmly attach it to the saw using the arbor nut, then adjust the sole plate for proper height and bevel for the job. When ready to cut, plug the saw into an electrical outl
Many remodeling projects involve relocating or building one or more interior walls. Building a non-bearing interior wall is relatively easy, requiring just basic carpentry skills and tools.
You first need to decide what kind of wood that you are going to in framing your interior wall sills. So, is important to know the different types of woods that can be used for this project. There are basically four types of wood for this project: hardboard, laminated veneer lumber, laminated strand lumber and parallel strand lumber.
Different Types of Wood:
High-density fiberboard is a type of engineered wood product that is similar to medium-density fiberboard and particle board, except that it is stronger and harder because of the highly compressed, exploded wood it is made of. It is the most common wood used in interior wall sills because it doesn't crack or split. It is produced by either a dry or wet process. Dry-processed hardboard has smooth sides while wet-processed has only one smooth side.
Laminated Veneer Lumber
Laminated veneer lumber is another type of wood used in framing interior sills. It has multiple layers of wood glued together with adhesives. It is straight, strong and uniform, making it less likely to warp, twist, shrink and bow. Aside from being used in framing interior wall sills, it is also typically used for beams and as an edge-forming material.
Laminated Strand Lumber
Laminated strand lumber is made of strips of wood that may be too weak, small or cut improperly. Aside from being used in framing interior wall sills, it can also be used for sill plates, door cores and other woodworking applications.
Parallel Strand Lumber
Parallel strand lumber is a type of manufactured wood often used in
Gutters are an essential part of protecting your home from water damage. Typically, a gutter system has three parts: gutters, drop outlets and downspouts.
They serve several important functions:
Keeping rainfall away from your foundation.
Keeping the rain off your wood fascia board and away from the any other wood
attached to the house where water might run off.
A well-maintained gutter system is something that no homeowner can afford to go without!
WHAT GUTTERS ARE BEST FOR MY HOME AND WHAT SIZES AND STYLES ARE THEY AVAILABLE IN?
Gutters come in a variety of sizes and styles. The diameter you will need depends on considerations like the pitch of your roof and the amount of rainfall your area receives. Basically, you need to make sure that your gutter is wide enough to catch water as it flows off your roof and to be able to handle heavy rainfall when necessary.
There are 3 main styles of gutters. K Style gutters have a squared-off bottom, and are especially well-suited to roofs with flat vertical edges, like those found in Colonial-style homes. Once installed, they look like crown molding, so they complement the exterior of older homes.
Half round gutters have a rounded bottom and a traditional look. High-back or apron gutters are designed for cold areas where ice is a problem, and can be either K Style or Half Round. With high-back gutters, the gutter apron is part of the gutter, so ice can't get stuck between the gutter and the flashing.
You also have many materials to choose from, including aluminum, copper, lead coated copper, galvanized steel, paint-grip steel and more.
When it comes to staining your fence, it can be tough to choose the right finish. You have a full range of staining options including naturals, semi-solids, and solid color stains. To help make your decision between colors and opacities easier, you can find sample sizes at your local hardware or home center. So try it first, so that you'll be sure to be pleased with the final result.
Tinted finishes add sheer, nearly transparent color allowing the most wood grain and texture to show through.
Unique semi-solid/semi-opaque finish that mostly masks the wood grain but allows texture to show through.
Solid finish adds rich, opaque color that completely hides the wood grain while allowing some texture to show through.
In general, the darker the stain the more long lasting it will be, though the differences can be minor. The darker types tend to last longer because they resist UV radiation a little better. Often, the look you want will outweigh that consideration.
A purely clear option is available in the form of shellac or an oil that contains no pigment. It will provide excellent protection from wind and rain while allowing the natural look of the wood to shine through. UV protection, though, is minimal.
For cedar and other colored woods, some fading of the original is to be expected over a period of years.
Applying your stain
Generally, the best method to apply oil-based products is a high quality, natural bristle brush, and either a high quality polyester or nylon brush for our acrylic products. Rollers and sprayers may be used.
After you are done, you may want to add a fence sealant to your newly stained fence.
Cost, ease of application, and personal preferences will all play a role when choosing how to treat a wood fence. Fortunately, thanks to modern chemistry, you can't go wrong when you want the natural look of real wood with a properly chosen stained fence.<