Repair a Hole in Your Drywall – DIY Tips

Posted on 21 October 2019 (0)

Holes in the wall are inevitable. The drywall could only withstand limited abuse and child’s play or even a flinging the door open a little too hard may cause damage. Some holes are oddity but some can be an eyesore. Fixing your drywall hole is not tedious that you think. It can be easily fixed by amateur homemakers if the following tips are followed.

 

Things that you require are replacement drywall, a keyhole saw, self-adhesive wire mesh, joint compound, a putty knife, and sandpaper.

 

Wipe away debris from the damage. You should need to make sure that no hanging loose drywall is still attached on the surface. Them cut a section of self-adhesive wire mesh. The size needs to be 2-3 inches larger than the hole. After that, you have to place the wire mesh over the damaged portion and press it firmly to keep it in the right place. You can also use fiberglass mesh tape as the alternative of a wire mesh. Just simply stretch the tape over the hole until it is covered completely.

 

Now, patch the wire mesh with drywall patching compound or joint compound until completely covered. Blend in the edges of the compound with the wall to make it inconspicuous. Smoothen the whole layer and get rid of rough edges with the putty knife. You can also apply and smoothen out the drywall joint compound to section 2-3 times until your desired coverage is obtained.

 

For larger holes to fill, you will need to hold up a section of new drywall over the hole and cut through both portions of the drywall using a keyhole saw.

 

Slide the drywall patch into place and secure it with the adhesive wire mesh. Apply the joint compound with a putty knife to completely cover the patch and adhesive wire mesh. Blend the joint compound to blurring the edges and let it dry completely.

 

Let the compound dry completely and sand the final layer using sandpaper to make it smooth and even. Wipe the dust that came from the sanding and touch up the patch with wall paint. You may repeat adding a joint solution to the wall until you are satisfied.

 

Sand the edges and rough surfaces with sandpaper. Wipe away any dust or debris from the sandpaper and cover the patch with primer and paint that matches your wall or get a wallpaper extra to place it directly on top of the hole.

 

Aside from buying all the materials separately in a hardware store, look for a drywall fixing kit right away to make things easier. In that case, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions in using this set of drywall repair materials.

 

Patching up your home and keeping it clean and in order will always make an impression on your visitors. Give time to inspect your home for the constant home improvements that you need to do. You may also consult your local hardware personnel to introduce to you new products on drywall repair.

Install Storage Shelves in Your Garage

Posted on 28 March 2019 (0)

A messy garage is indeed an eyesore; when you look at the mess, you see all sort of crammed objects. Being motivated, you begin to minimize the clutter by getting rid of the useless items and arranging the remaining things in order. Now where will you keep them and how will you be assured of the continued state of cleanliness and orderliness in your garage. You will then decide to use garage storage shelves.

Now, let’s have a look at how exactly to install storage shelves in your garage:

Step 1: consider which equipment should need to be used

 

To install a standard shelf, you’ll need suitable wall anchors. When the wall anchors are being introduced, a hole should be drilled into the drywall, and then the anchors can be inserted to hold the screws securely. For cinder block walls, lead anchors will be needed to grip the screws.

 

Step 2: Select the proper Locations for the Standards.

 

Place the shelf on the wall. First and foremost, measure how far you’ll like your shelf to be from the floor or the ceiling and then mark the desired spot for the bottom or top of each standard shelf. After doing this, you’ll have to decide on how far apart the standards have to be to hold the shelf. Then, measure up the length of the shelf, giving at least 8 in of overhang on the exterior of each standard, as to not allow the shelf to be placed on the very edge of the brackets.

 

Step 3: Mark the Positions of the Anchor and Insert

 

Place the first standing up on the wall, and confirm it is both plumbed vertically and leveled horizontally with the aid of a level. The standard will have open holes meant for screws; place a pencil inside each hole to mark the position for the wall anchor. Find the studs in the walls using a stud sensor to locate them.

 

Take this standard off the wall. Then, insert the anchors at the marked spot using a drill and screwdriver, or you can use a power screwdriver.

 

Step 4: Attach the Standards

 

Line the standard correctly over the anchors and be sure once again that it is plumb and level. Then attach the screws through the slots on the rule and then into the anchors. Properly screw the standard.

 

Re-confirm the spacing between each standard and install the second standard using the above process.

 

Step 5: Insert the Shelf Brackets

 

Correctly insert the brackets into the appropriate standard slot and gently tap them in with your hammer. Now, you can place your shelf on the brackets and start utilizing your new storage shelf!

 

You can build your storage shelves from scratch by using plywood or lumber available from the same source. Then for information on how to make the shelves, look at the web for instructions.

 

DIY Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom

Posted on 26 October 2018 (0)

Bathroom remodeling is the trending task in present days. Many homeowners pay particular attention to bathroom structures. Everyone loves renovating bathrooms more than kitchens. There is money concern also; the space of bathroom is smaller as compared to the kitchen, so typically one will have to spend less for a bathroom renovation project. Moreover, we all want a bathroom, a reflection of our style or status and deliver the comfort we need at the same time.

 

Following are some basic bathroom remodeling tips to aid you in best renovation:

 

  1. Recess outer holdings – To get the classic look within small space, consider built-ins for all external holdings like recessed soap dish holders, medicine cabinets if any, and even sanitary roll holders, etc. It will upturn the space for vast remodeling.

 

  1. Sizing with Color and Lighting – We all want to give a more significant look of a small bathroom; this is possible with the right choice of color and lighting.  Make sure your color palette stays in the white-to-cream color, this color in spectrum aids to give a more significant look. Likewise in lighting, usually we use ceiling fixtures. For the more significant look and vintage look consider lighting around the bathroom mirror in sconces.

 

  1. Dim Lighting & Extra Pieces for Mood – Dimmer switch a simple device will add mood to your bathroom. It’s perfect for late night relaxing baths. It should at the top of your remodeling tips list. For more relaxing mode add extra pieces to give an appealing look to your bathroom like a cute cupboard with vibrant color, a beautiful chair in a corner, the freestanding section as a design element, only if space permits.

 

  1. Bath Tub & Commode Position – Make sure a toilet/commode or bathtub should not be positioned as facing the door. This makes the bathroom space messy; set the position at sides and far from the door, also get the rounded rod of the shower, to give a quirky look of the bathroom.

 

  1. Wall Protection and Beautification – The decorative beading has two great functions or benefits. First, it provides a distinctive antique look, and it is so easy to add during remodeling. Secondly, it is helpful in protecting the lower section of the walls from splashes of water that occur from tub and shower naturally.

 

  1. Fixtures makeover with Paint – During bathroom remodeling make sure to change the fixtures according to the paint color selection. If you want the soothing appealing look of the bathroom, then take time to think over the fixtures selection. It should be either matching to present color or in contrast of same.

 

  1. Plan for shower storage – In case you have a separate shower section in place of a bathtub then plan storage in the shower. This will not only build up space around but will also give a modish look. Placing all body foams and gels in the area under shower will also make bath easier without much mess.

 

So, through careful planning and choosing the right design, paint, lighting, and structure, you can have it all.  The tips as mentioned above could turn your bathroom remodeling dream into reality.

 

 

Refurbish Your Window Shutters

Posted on 05 May 2018 (0)

If you are looking to paint your shutters, removing them can be a little tricky. Special fasteners are used for most shutters, they look like screws but they can’t actually be removed using a screwdriver or standard drill.  I recently helped my cousin refurbish his home, including his windows and shutters and trim.  He did all his own interior and exterior painting, which only makes sense, as he is the owner of a local painting company (Mesa Painting Pros).  Here are the steps we took to replace the window shutters on his stucco home.  And, there is a short video below that we used to paint them. 

Removing shutters

  1.      Inspect the shutters’ face to know where fasteners are located.
  2.      Use a screwdriver or a drill to attempt to remove the fasteners. Remove all the screws and bring down the shutters.
  3.      If standard screws weren’t used for your shutters, pull the edge of your shutter away from the wall so you’ll easily identify where the fastener passes into the wall.
  4.      Place a sharp chisel behind the shutter and tap it in sharply with your hammer to break the fasteners into half. Do the same for all fasteners, then you bring the shutters down.

 

 

Painting the shutters

  1.  Carefully check for wasps or other insects
  2.  Clean the shutters
  3.  Scrape any loose paint
  4.  Determine if a coat of primer need to be added
  5.  It is recommended not to paint in a color darker than the existing color
  6.  Use a 100% acrylic paint because they are durable, resistant to fading, adhere properly, dry fast and can be washed off the brush with just soap and water
  7.  Mildewcide can be added to the paint if there is a problem of mildew growing on the shutters
  8.   Use a good quality firm brush, do not use a stiff polyester blend brush
  9.   Paint in the shade

Re-installing the shutters

  1.      Place the shutter next to the window
  2.      Using a ¼ in. drill, predrill into the shutter before attaching to the wall
  3.      With the shutter against the wall, drill through the shutter into the surface of the wall 3 ¼ in. deep. Ensure the holes are deep enough as to prevent the shutter fasteners from shooting out. Normally, the fastener will be less than 3 in. long.
  4.      Hold the fastener supporting shank and then push it through the hole in the shutter and then into the surface of the wall. Tap the fastener gently using a hammer. Do not over tighten the hammer because it caused the shutter to dimple.

With these steps, you have successfully removed, painted and re-installed your shutters without breaking too much sweat in the process.

Tips For Installing Crown Molding

Posted on 28 April 2018 (0)

 

Installing crown molding is a pretty much easy thing to do as all you have to do is follow the following steps:

  • What type of crown molding do you intend using? A lot of factors should be considered when making this decision such as where you intend to install the crown molding.
  • Cut the corners of the molding. This is arguably the hardest part of installing a crown molding. Due to the fact that the crown molding’s position is the angle between the wall and the ceiling, the corners can’t be cut anyhow.
  • Measure and mark the wall. Measure the wall to ascertain the length of molding to use. Mark the wall to signal the bottom edge of the molding and prevent errors.
  • Cut the first measured piece. After you might have ascertained the length, cut the molding at a 90-degree angle so that both ends of the molding rest against the side walls.
  • Cope the joint. You want to be sure the moldings cope with each other. This is done by using a coping saw to trim out any lines that prevent them from achieving that coping status.
  • Check the fit. To show any gaps that might need to be trimmed, check the fit of the molding against a scrap piece of molding. The coping saw can also be used here to make sure they fit perfectly.
  • Attach the molding to the wall. Once you are certain you got the right fit, proceed to the wall with the molding. For a molding of length, you are going to need the help of another individual in the holding aspect. Attach the end of the molding to the corner, pushing it to make it fit as perfectly as possible as you try to attach it to the wall.

Once the molding has been successfully attached to the wall, you are done. All that is left is finishing touches; you can decide to make use of little pieces of molding and a gum to cover up openings that might appear between the corners and the moldings.