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To Kill the Ivy cut the roots as far down as you can. Ivy creeps so you will most likely have to do this several times. Depending on where you live (i.e. Guelph Homes) and what your Bi-Laws are you may want to use herbicide as well.
The Best way to remove the Ivy for the stucco is to use a wire brush but, be careful not to press to hard and damage the stucco.
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To Paint Aluminum siding you will want to first clean off all the dirt and debris that has accumulated over the years. To clean the siding simply use soap water and a good scrub brush .Allow the siding to toughly dry I would recommend a few days depending on the temperature.
Next, apply high quality oil based primer to the aluminum siding read the manufactures instructions for application and use primer that is specially designed for oxidized paint on sheet metal. Don’t paint or prime in direct sunlight on hot days. It’s best to apply on cloudy or overcast days.
Finally, apply 100 percent acrylic latex exterior paint and look for paint with high amounts of acrylic paint resin. The higher the amount the long the life of your paint will last. Apply the paint within 48 hours after the primer has dried.
To Pain a stove you will need the following items: Stove Paint, a de greaser such as TSP a few rags, newspaper, steel wool or sandpaper and a facemask and gloves.
Use the de greaser to clean the stove make sure to remove all dirt and grease. Make sure to open any windows and allow for maximum ventilation.
Wrap anything you don’t want covered in pain in newspaper, also remove all the burners. Now put on your gloves and face mask
Use the steel wool or sandpaper to light remove the exiting finish on the stove, just enough so that the finish is rough
Apply the paint. If spray paint make sure to you stead consistent long even strokes. Make sure not to apply the coat of paint to thick. Once dried you can apply one final coat, once again make sure the coat is thin to prevent peeling.
I would recommend pine; stain it thoroughly with a high quality weather stain and sealer. Untreated lumber such as Pine and Poplar don't stand up well outdoors, compared to pressure treated lumber or cedar. Any cuts made to the untreated lumber should stained and sealed as well.Back to the Top
The easiest way to remove wallpaper is to use a steamer; you can rent one at your local hardware store. You can also buy chemical solutions to put on your walls that make it essayer to remove the wallpaper. If using the chemical solution be sure to follow the manufactures instructions. Please not that the chemical solutions can be messy though. Back to the Top
To plastic to wood you will need the following items: household “goop” or epoxy, a damp rags, steel wool or sandpaper, gloves and clamps.
Lightly sand down both surfaces to create a rough surface.
Use the damp cloths and wipe off any debris that is on ether of the surfaces.
Use the “goop” or epoxy and apply to the wood and plastic. Immediately use your clams to bond to the two substances tighter. Follow the manufactures instructions regarding dry time to determine how long you leave the clams on for.Back to the Top
Determine the length of the areas that needs the weather stripping. This would most commonly be the interior of the door frame less the bottom.
Use a utility knife or succors depending on the type of weather striping you purchased and cut the weather stripping to the predetermined lengths.
Apply the weather stripping to the predetermined area on the door. To attach the weather stripping use the method recommended by the manufacturer
OBS can be manufactured into panels of up to 8' x 24', far larger than plywood
OSB does not stand up as well when exposed to the natural elements as Plywood.
OSB will often peel when exposed to rain or water
It can be $3 to $5 a panel less expensive than plywood. For a typical 2400 square foot home, OSB will save about $700 if used as the sub floor, sheathing, and roof decking instead of plywood.
Long-term, plywood sags less than OSB in humid conditions.
Group 1 plywood, made from the strongest species of wood hold screws better than OSB
Get black water line and coil it on your roof. Connect the black water line to you pool pump and pump the water into your pool. The combination of the heat generated from the black shingles and the black water line will warm up the temperature significantly and the cost is relativity low.Back to the Top
The majority of all window air conditioner don't require brackets. Another option you may want to consider is purchasing a "portable air conditioner". They are very easy to set up, simply plug the unit into the wall. The unit will need to be located on the ground near a window. Next, set the exhaust and air in take into your window. They are easily set up, transported, and removed. You can purchase them at ROAN, Home Depot and Lowe's.Back to the Top
I would use a wrench or a pipe wrench. The longer the wrench is the more leverage you will have and the easier it will be to loosen the valve. If the pipe is expose and vulnerable to damage you may want to use two wrenches and turn them in opposite directions (one wrench on the valve and the other on the pipe). That way you will not be reefing to hard on the pipe.
You don't need plugs, just hand drive a screw into the wood. The point of a plug is to create friction to allow the screw to grab into a material that a screw, alone would not grab into.Back to the Top
As long as your floor boards are securely fastened, don't creak and and are level you are good to go. If your floor boards do creak your best method is to glue and screw them, but if you don't want to take up the floor board you can simply drive a few extra screws into the joists to snug them up.
First, sand the PVC to allow for adhesion of the paint . PVC it too smooth on its own and paint will not ad-hear very well. You will also want to thoroughly clean the PVC after you have sanded it down to ensure there are not particles left on the PVC.Now you can proceed to using prime and paint that is designed to be applied to plastics.
First, make a straight line on the back side of the drywall (the darker coloured side). Score the line with your utility knife, make sure not to go too deep (you don't want to completely cut thought the drywall. Put the drywall on its side with the front of the drywall facing you, then grab the ends and carefully snap it towards you.Back to the Top
Use your drill to make a pilot hole that is slight smaller in diameter than the screw you are using. Make sure to drill your pilot hole as deep as the screw you are using is long.Back to the Top
You have a few options:
* Use strong paint thinner although is may take several applications
* Use a pressure washer by its self or in conjunction with paint thinner (use a pressure washer with a minimum 300 PSI)
* There are several different types solutions and solvents that you can purchase at you local hardware store.
Drain all your water lines and leave the taps on your waterlines open. Open all the taps, in side and out side, open all the faucets and leaved all of them open for the winter. Put RV Anti-freeze into all the drains (sinks, and bathtub). Also drain as much water as possible out of the front and back of your toilet. Next, pour RV Anti-freeze into the front and back of the toilet, the more you use the better, Anti-freeze is in expensive and if you don't use enough your pipes will crack.Back to the Top
There are a few things you can do. You can apply "Duck Roll-On 3-Window Film " or "3M window insulation Kit" this product will increase the insulation value in your windows. You also need to remove the moisture from your home, a very effect way to do this is by install a HRV unit. You can also purchase a dehumidifier although it will only work in a localized area.
Do not remove the vent, you Absolutely need that. Depending on your situation and municipality you may be able to replace it with a "cheater vent". They are much smaller but not accepted everywhere.Back to the Top
First use your utility knife and score the caulking around the tub. Next, to remove the drain use pliers to grab onto the drain guard in the drain and twist to loosen. Note that on some older tubs the drain and drain pipe could have fused together. If this happens you will need to use a grinder to cut around your drain so you can remove the tub. Once the tub is out you may be able to then remove the drain from the pipe if not you can replace the drain pipe. In most cases when the drain and pipe fuse its because the pipe is an older type of steel and not PVC.
You should use a hammer drill and a masonry bit. First, drill into the mortar using your masonry drill bit, make sure the bit is slightly smaller than the "tap con" you will be using to create good friction. Second, use a screw driver or drill to drive"tap con" into the mortar. I prefer to use a screw driver because you need to be careful not to use too much torque, if you do you cold risk stripping the hole.Back to the Top
First, create a water and bleach solution in a bucket, roughly 20% bleach 80% water. Soak a rag in the solution then lay the rag directly only the bleached area. Leave the rag on for several minutes, wipe and repeat. After doing this several times allow the wood to thoroughly dry in the sun. The bleach should will kill all the mold.
Use a drywall anchor. Punch a small hole in the wall slightly smaller than the size of the drywall anchor. Insert the drywall anchor. Choose a screw that is slightly larger than the opening in the anchor so as to provide good friction and good grip in your wall. Use a screw driver and drive the screw into the wall anchor.Back to the Top
There are several things you can do to reduce the sound in a room. One of them is installing a sounds reducing door. Most doors are hollow in newer homes and don't provide much in terms of sound reduction. You can also re-insulate your interior walls with sound reducing insulation "safe and sound" is one particular type.
Mount two 24" 2x4's into the studs in your wall then mount the TV bracket onto the 2x4's. If you don't want to see the 2x4's remove a section of drywall where the where the wall mount will be installed. Make the opening roughly 30" wide and install the two 2x4's in between the wall studs. Nail the 2x4's in place and patch the drywall.
You have a few options you can patch the holes and relocate the toilet paper holder. You can also install butterfly anchors they open much wider than a wall anchor and can be purchased at your locate hardware store.
When staining wood make sure it is clean and dry. If not clean you can light sand and scrub the wood clean. You will then have to wait until it is thoroughly dry. Following the directions on the product for application instructions. Make sure you have quite a few rages though and can lay them out open to dry.
Depending on the paint product you are using will determine the temperature at which you can apply paint. I would suggest heating your garage to let the paint dry evenly on the cold nights.Back to the Top
You can apply "Duck Roll-On 3-Window Film " or "3M window insulation Kit" this product will increase the insulation value in your windows. You can purchase this product at your local hardware store.Back to the Top
You can use a plunger. Make sure you have a tight seal around the drainage hole when using the plunger. If you have no success you can use a plumbing snake. You can purchase them at your local hardware store. They are fairly easy to use and are very effective.Back to the Top
I would suggest using a plumbing snake. If that does not work you will want to drain your P-trap then, once all the water has drained you can then better access the situation. You should also remove you skin plunger (if you have one) as debris can be caught on it and cause clogs.
To do this you will need very cold temperatures and you would need to contain the water in the the concrete. The expansion needs to be contained in the concrete in order for the ice to crack the concrete. If the water is not contained it will expand out of the concrete
Carpet is quicker to install but, laminate is easier as long as it is engineered. Carpet can be tricky to install in large spaces and hiding seams can be difficult.Back to the Top
You can use a standard skill saw but you need diamond cutting blade. You can purchase these blades at your local hardware store. To void chipping the edge of the granite, which is caused by the blade's vibration. To avoid this use collars, they will act as big washers on both sides of the saw's blade reduce the vibration, allowing a cleaner cut.
I would recommend a paint removal system. There are many out there that you can purchase at your hardware store they use a gel or paste to dissolve the paint. They are safer for the brick and are least likely to cause damage to historic bricks. You could also rent sandblasting equipment yourself, or you can heir a company to complete the sand blasting, providing the brick on the home is in excellent condition.
I would use Aylmer's spray adhesive, test a small area first though to make sure the adhesive does not bleed through the fabric. You can purchase it at you local hard wear store or at a craft store. It's relativity inexpensive and easy to use.Back to the Top
Removing super glue from a finished wood will be very difficult to do without damaging the wood. To remove the glue use nail polish remover, apply the the nail polish remover to a rag and gently apply to the wood.Back to the Top
Try scrubbing the concrete with a De greaser and use a high powered pressure washer to remove the reaming De greaser and stain from the concrete. Make sure not to hold the nozzle too close to the concrete would could possible damage the concrete.Back to the Top
If you Hung your TV on a dry walled wall you can cut a hole in the drywall behind the TV. Cut the hole slightly smaller then the size of an electrical box in the space between the studs. Make another hole straight below the previous hole near the bottom of the wall .Insert a low voltage box that simply pinches between the drywall to hold it in place. Then install a wall plate that insufficient for the cables you are running. You could also use wire mold.
There are two things that could be causing this to happen. A lack of insulation in the attic could be causing heat loss through the roof causing snow to melt and ice to form. Also I would suggest adding extra venting in your soffit is the area where you are getting the icicles.
I would suggest laying drop sheets in the area you plan to remove the popcorn ceiling. You may also want to moist the ceiling with a sponge it will soften up the popcorn ceiling, then use a scrapper or a trowel to save you a bit of time to scrape it off.Back to the Top
Yes, you can but in most cases your insurance company will not cover you if any problem should arise. I would recommend simply replacing the cord as they are relativity inexpensive. If you know a listened electrician they can put a plug on the end of the severed cord.
You can purchase a new one at you local hard ware store. To install, unscrew the shower faucet replace the existing plunger with the new one, put new teflon tape on the thread's on the water pipe and screw the faucet back on.Back to the Top
Your local municipality will have local building code information on there web site, for the entire Ontario building code you can purchase it from the Ontario government. If you have specific questions regarding your homes building plans you can find them at your local municipal building services department.
You can put a bathroom in your basement. You must first determine weather or not you have floor drains, if not you will need to install them. To do this you will need to to determine where you main drain stack is. Once you know you will need to break up the concrete in the basement so you can set, lay and attach you new toilet and sink drain. This should not be performed by anyone other than a licensed plumber.
If you live in a area where the temperature drops below 0C then yes you need to insulate the plastic pipes. There are many options you have but the colder it gets in your area the better the insulation you want to be using, read the insulation value on the product you choose to help you determine what will work best for your area.Back to the Top
You have many options when it comes to choosing a subfloor for you basement, what you need to first determine is what you would like you basement subfloor to achieve. If you are looking to add warmth to your basement and would like added protection again small flooding you can purchase a product called Dri Core, there are many similar manufactured products on the market which are all quite costly. At Cedar Line Contracting we give you the same results for half the cost of the product. We make our basement subfloor with similar products but you save on the manufactures costs. If you would like to know more information please “contact us” and we would be happy to answer and question you may have.
There are 2 reasons that your air conditioner freeze up;
Air-conditioners that freeze up typically have one of two issues. The most common issues leading to air-conditioners freezing up include low freon and restricted air flow.
As an air-conditioner runs, a refrigerant known as Freon flows through a series of tubes inside the unit. The refrigerant passes through an expansion valve, where expansion allows the gas to cool. If the Freon level becomes low, increased expansion allows for too much cooling and the unit may freeze.
As Freon circulates through an air-conditioner, it picks up heat from ambient air passing through the unit. If air flow becomes restricted, the refrigerant may not acquire sufficient heat and the unit may freeze
You may have a bulb with too high a wattage for the light fixture. You may also get getting fluctuating voltage. Try using a lower voltage bulb if that does not work I could contact a local electrician.Back to the Top
You will need, drywall compound, drywall tape, a sheet of drywall and a drywall saw. Use a drywall saw to square off the holes. Next, measure the size of the squares and cut the drywall to fit. Place the new drywall into the wall apply the self adhesive drywall tape to the around the perimeter of the drywall path. You will then apply your first coat of drywall compound. Once the first coat has thoroughly dried you can apply your second coat, you may want a third coat depending on your second application. Finally, lightly sand out any in-perfections and apply paint.
Unfortunately, because it is winter you can't patch the concrete steps right now. You can purchase new precast steps from local concrete manufactures in your area, in my area I would contact Lafarge. To" help" avoid liability clearly mark the area on the steps with pylons or orange spray paint (if you will be replacing them)Back to the Top
There are single stud TV wall mounts but the largest I have found that they will how is a 40 inch television. Rocketfish makes a single mount that holds a 40 inch and can be purchased at future shop. There should though another stud in ether direction at ether 16 or 24 inches.
GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter. Also sometime referred to as GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. The purpose of this device is to reduce the chances of you getting severe or fatal shock from electricity.Back to the Top
I would absolutely recommend this tool, its very versatile and has helped me in many binds when no other tool could complete to job. I would recommend the corded version as it does have more power. There are also many other companies out there that make a similar product although I have not used them and can't speak to the reliability.
As long as the wood was not damage before the caulking was applied, the wood would be in the same condition as the rest of the window frame.When removing the caulking use a utility knife to score ether side of the caulking then peel away. Make sure to be careful with the knife.
You can absolutely use silicone to seal a window. When applying if you have trouble obtaining a consistent bead of caulking dip your finger in water, then use your finger to smooth out the caulking.Back to the Top
If there is enough of the screw sticking out of the wall use a pair of needle nose vise grips and lock them on to the protruding screw, then twist the screw out. If there is not enough protruding out of the wall hammer the nail and wall anchor back though the wall using a nail punch. Then, patch the small hole.Back to the Top
I would suggest removing the water damaged wall, you may have mold forming and that can be toxic.
You will need to determine if any of the studs are damaged or have mold on them in which case they will need to be replaced. If so, you may want to contact a professional to help you determine weather or not the wall is load bearing. If the studs are fine you can proceed to re-tiling the bathroom wall. First, install a vapor barrier. Next, install cement board, then dampen the cement board with a sponge (to prevent it form soaking up all the moisture from the thin set) mix enough thin set for bottom row. Using a notched trowel apply thin set and spread it evenly for the bottom row of tiles, then apply first row of tiles.
At the bottom (underneath) of your sliding screen door there will be a screw at the front and back these adjust the height of the wheels. Completely unscrew them and the wheels will fall out. Replace the wheels with new ones and readjust the wheel heights for optimum coasting.
Condensation is forming because warm air from your home is escaping through your ceiling and is mixing with the cold air that is coming into your attic. This is causing your condensation. You need to better insulate in between your ceiling joist to stop the heat loss escaping into your attic.
The most cost efficient way to heat your water is by installing a take less water heater. They instantly heat your water and you are not paying to keep water warm that you are not currently using. You could also install a "Power Pipe" this will recover the heat lost from your main stack.
Mildew is caused by moisture, if you are finding that you are getting mildew you need to remove the moisture from the area. One option is to purchase a Dehumidifier.Back to the Top
The most important component for low cost high efficiency heating is the proper insulation of your home. If you don't have sufficient insulation it does not matter how efficient your heater is. High Efficiency Furnaces are the best bang for your buck. Geo Thermal is the lest expensive but by far the most expensive to install.
You purchase this product at Home Depot, Princess Auto, Part Source, large marine stores, Amazon.com and alibaba.com. This putty is recommended for the holes patching, filling large damages, rust points, and for reinforcing of weakened elements, mostly in the car bodies
First, Apply the masking tape over the area you are going to drill. Next, using a metal drill bit, drill a small pilot hole, slightly smaller than the size of the desired hole. Drill at low a very low speed and to prevent friction you can spray water on the hole as you are drilling.
The R value will be R24 along as the batts are not compressed. As soon as fiberglass batt insulation is compressed the insulation value is compromised and the R value is lessened.Back to the Top
There are a number of factors that could cause a higher electricity bill in an older home. Older houses usually are not as well insulated and therefore require more heat. An older home may have old appliances that are not "energy star" rated and use more energy. A older home may have an old water heater that is not energy efficient and has a large water tank.
It depends on the location of the pump, earth is an excellent insulator as long as the pump is deep enough and the top of the well is sealed you should be okay. That being said I am always leery about freezing so although it should not freeze I would remove it.
There could be a few different factors, your sub-floor may not be securely fastened in that area. There may be no under pad in that area or, if the flooring is old and the area is high traffic, the under pad may have warn thin. You may just have had the flooring installed incorrectly.Back to the Top
This does happen from time to time on new homes. This can be caused by the house settling, moisture and temperature changes in the house through its first seasons or even poor mudding by the drywall installers. I would contact the home builder and tell him about the cracks and he should send someone out to repair them.
To remove the wax you will need a hair dryer or an iron, and few sheets of paper. Fist, cover the wax with a sheet of paper then using a hair dryer blow the hot air on to the the sheet of paper. Make sure to the the paper hot enough to melt the wax, then as the hair dryer is melting the wax through the paper firmly press onto the paper to absorb as much wax as possible. Repeat these steps until all the wax has been removed. If using and iron follow the same steps. Make sure to be careful thought as the wax will be very hot.
I would remove all the existing damaged brick and replace them with new bricks. I would bring a sample to a suppliers and see if they can match it. Although if the bricks on the building are older they may be difficult to match because of the weathering. If this is the case, you may have more luck purchasing recovered bricks for older tear downs, as there brick will already be weathered.
Hang drapery hardware from the wall. If you are concerned with the weight of the drapes, you can use drywall anchors. Attaching the hardware to the window casing will damage the casing and if your casing is made from MDF it may not be repairable.
I would suggest ceramic tile for the bathroom floor and shower. Ceramic will last for a very long time ,usually unit it is out dated. It's very easy to clean and maintain and looks very nice if properly installed. A glass or plastic shower door can be low maintenance as long as you clean it weekly, as soon as you leave it for a prolonged period of time you will notice build up which can be difficult to remove. A shower curtain is probably your best bet.Back to the Top
Most all lights work on dimmer switches although for high efficiency CFL bulbs, you will ether need a dim-able CFL bulb which will work with a stranded dimmer or you will need a CFL dimmer which will work with a standers CFL bulb.Back to the Top
Plaster of Paris can but very useful in small applications for patching as it sets very fast and does not shrink, which can cause cracking. Make sure that you have the patch as smooth as possible as Plaster of Paris is difficult to sand.
It is a unit used to transfer heat from one source to another. Most common system would involve two or more water tanks. One tank for cold, one for hot. The two tanks are separated by a thin layer of conductive metal. The hot water will transfer its heat through the metal wall into the cold water.
The Pros would be that you no longer need to shovel your driveway or worry about ice build up.
The Cons would be the cost, to install a radiant heat driveway you need to tear up your existing driveway, run the electricity and lay the heat grid, then lay your driveway. You also have to consider the cost to run the radiant heat at all times during the winter.
At the back of the toilet seat where the seat hinges you will see two white domes. Use a slot screw driver and pop the dome cap off. Now, you will see the screw head and directly below is the bolt. Use a screw drive and vise grips to loosen and remove the bolt. Now, repeat for the other side and then remove the seat.
Stand up shower units can be much less expensive, but when purchasing one make sure you don't buy one too inexpensive as the cost does reflect the quality of the product in most cases. Back to the Top
Primer is an important step, it prepares the surface so you can apply your paint. One example is as follows: If you would like to paint a bathroom that has just been built, in most cases the Gypsum board will be "Green Board". If you try to paint directly onto the surface the paint will not adhere and the paint could peel off once dry.
In southern ontario it is the responsibility of the homeowner and contractor to obtain a building if they are completing a renovation that requires a permit. If, no permit is obtained and renovations are taking place neighbours have the right to call the municipality and enquire. I would suggest getting a permit when ever required, it protects you the homeowner and the contractor as well.
Plaster of Paris is used in small applications, it sets up very quickly and dry's very hard. It does not crack the same way "wall putty" or compound can. Compound is used in large applications for drywall patching and joints. Compounds sets in various times depending on the type you purchase.Back to the Top
The is a large variance in cost, shower enclosures can cost as little as $200.00 and as much as $4,000.00 (with jets). You need to determine what's right for you. If, this shower will be use on a fairly regular basis you should not purchase the least expensive one you can find as quality does reflect cost.
If, you drooped the ring down your kitchen or bathroom sink it will most likely be located in the P-trap. That is the loop under your sink, unless this was a very large ring it is unlikely this will not clog your drain. That being said, I would still remove the ring as it is not very difficult to remove the P-Trap.
This is possible, but most likely not the case. Now, many modern smoke alarms also detect carbon monoxide In fact on all new homes build in Ontario every new home is equipped with hardwired smoke detectors and at least on hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide detector.
No, you must first remove the tub surround. Next, you will need to install cement board. Then, prepare your thin set and apply thin layer with notched trowel. Next, you will install your tile boarders. Next, begin to apply tiles. Finally, once all the tiles have been applied and the thin-set has dried you can apply your grout.
I would suggest lightly priming the walls with a good even coat. Then, when apply you colour make sure to apply long even stokes or rolls, you want to over lap as well but make sure you apply consistent light pressure.Back to the Top
If you are installing a sub floor then, you first want to make sure your basement floor is level. If its not, you will want to apply self leveling cement in the areas that are low and not level. Once this is complete and the cement has dried you can begin to install you sub floor.
Your pipes could possibly freeze, depending on how cold the temperature outside your home gets and how well your pipes are insulated. If you are not sure of theses factors I would suggest emptying your drain pipes and water pipes and pouring anti-freeze into your drains, or just leave the heat on low in your home.
Tank-less water heaters are fantastic, I recommend them in the proper situation. They require much less energy to use, they are much more efficient at heating water and you also use much less water. When choosing your tank-less water heater you want to be aware of how rapidly it heats the water and the demand it is designed for. If, you don't do you research you could end up with a cold shower when your dishwasher is on.
If you are simply replacing a toilet you don't need to snake the drain. The only reason to do this is to unclog the drain or increase water flow thought the drain pipes.Back to the Top
Absolutely not, that post is part of what supports your home. If you remove the post your home will sag and you will have structural damage. If, you want a professional to remove the post it may be possible. Contact an engineer and have them come in to your home and let them tell you what your options are.
There are definitely pros and cons for a steel roof vs a shingled roof; Steel roofs are more expensive, they are more difficult to retro fit any changes you may make in the future, they are almost impossible to walk on once they are complete, they last much longer, they come in a variety of colour's and styles, they can provide insulation depending on the type of steel roofing system you install. Shingles, less expensive, easy to install and alter, don't last nearly as long, styles and colour's are limited and can be much more costly for a unique colour or style. What you need to decide is what works best for you.
No, I would recommend removing the existing shingles. If the are old and damaged they need to be removed, they will do more harm then good. You need to remove the existing shingles survey your roof to determine its condition then start new with Ice and Snow, tar paper and shingles.
First, make sure to wear a dust mask as removing old carpet will cause airborne debris. To remove your old carpet, start at the edge underneath the baseboard using pliers to pull up the carpet along that entire wall. Now, using a utility knife cut the carpet in strips, so when you pull up the carpet its easy to roll up and remove. Finally pull up the tack strip with a pry-bar.
There are a few variable you may want to consider when choosing the correct type of decking material for you. What will you be using your deck for? if you are planning to putting a hot tub on your new deck, I would advise not too use composite as the moisture, water and chemicals that would come in contact with the composite will cause damage. Aluminum decking a a relatively new product, and with most new products there can be growing pains. For a complete list of the pros and cons of these products check out http://www.cedarlinecontracting.ca/Compair.html
If, you have a shingled roof that needs replacing some of the warning signs are, curling shingles, moss or algae build up, blisters from moisture in the shingles, rotting and missing shingles. For more signs and information and a picture of what these damages look like visit http://www.cedarlinecontracting.ca/Roofing.html
To drive a screw in concrete you need to use a hammer drill, a concrete drill bit, a tap-con (which is slightly smaller in diameter than your drill bit) and a drill. Pre-drill your hole with your hammer drill, next use the drill to screw the tap-con into the pre drilled hole. Back to the Top
If you are looking for a 6ft wood fence that is removable, here is how I have done it; Dig holes deep enough so they are below your winter frost line. Next, get steel forms that are slight larger than your 4x4 fence post, set your form in the middle of the Sono tub and pour your concrete around the form (make sure your form in long enough to reach the bottom of your Sono tube) Next, slide you posts into the forms attach galvanized brackets and attach your sections of fencing. When you need to remove the fence unscrew the brackets and pull out the posts.
As long at they are just hair line cracks you should not have a problem, most poured concrete basements will get a few cracks. That being said, pouring in January is usually not the best practice if it is below 0C as the cold weather can cause more cracking in a foundation.
First remove the toilet, then tile until you reach the toilet, make the appropriate cuts in your tiles so they fit comfortably around your drain pipe. Then put down your new wax ring and screw the blots down. Don't caulk around the base of your toilet, because if you have a leak you want to know. You don't want the water sealed under your toilet base from caulking as it can rot your sub-floor and cause other damage.
To repairer a leak in you roof and fix damaged plywood, first make sure you have all the appropriate safety equipment such as ropes and harnesses before you go on the the roof. Once, you have determined the area that needs repairing remove the shingles for the area. Remove an area that is 2-3 times larger than the area that is leaking. Next, cut out the area of damaged plywood use your skill saw and set the blade depth to 1/2" to 7/16" to make sure to don't cut into the rafters. Make sure you span at least 3 rafters with your cut so you can firmly attach the replace piece of plywood. Once you have replaced the plywood and securely fastened is down to the rafters apply blue skin around the edges of the old and new plywood, then cover the area with tar paper and fasten then install and fasten your new shingles.
The center of the toilet flange should be located 12' inches from your back finished wall. If the wall is just framed and not boarded allow and additional inch from the back wall for drywall. If you have not framed the wall allow 16' inches from the location of where the framed wall will start.
I would dig below your frost line (here that is 4 1/2 feet) make a wide footing at the bottom of the hole then set your posts in the concrete and fill the hole with more concrete. I would then use temporary wind bracing until the concrete sets up. Then if necessary, design permanent wind bracing that adds character to your Pergola..Back to the Top
To start off, under your deck lay down landscapers cloth cover the cloth with gravel or 3/8 crushed stone, that will give you a base to set you belongings on and will promote drainage. Next, determine where you would like to locate the door or gate. Screw the hinges of the door or gate to a post and make you door or gate the width between two post. Next, attach 2 pressure treated 2x4's in between posts running vertically each about 2 1/2 feet apart. Finally, screw vertical fence board to the 2x4's you just installed all around the bottom of the deck. Note: this is a great use of space but water will still penetrate through the deck floor board, so if you want to keep things dry you may need to tarp them.
Pressure treats wood is designed to be exposed to the elements, it does not require any paint, stain or sealer. However, if you choose to apply a stain, paint, or sealer make sure to allow the wood to age a year in the elements to allow for the green colour from the chemicals to fade and dry out.
I would strongly advise not to. Bath wall tile should be adhere to cement board in the shower. A plastic tub surround us not porous making it more more difficult for the tile to adhere, its also most likely not a flat surface, finally the tub surround is probably adhered to drywall which is not designed to be in moisture rich areas and over time will most likely cause the adhesion on the tub surround to loosen. Simply remove you existing tub surround apply cement board and tile. Its better to do it right the first time then have to go back and do it again.
I would not advise applying tile over existing tile. I would suggest using a long handled scraper to remove the existing tiles then start from scratch and begin the tiling process. Tiling over existing tiles can cause problems in the future such as, tiles lifting or cracking, also if you ever want to have something other than tile you now have two layers to remove.
I would suggest wrapping your home in tyvek first then installing your SM insulation. The house wrap of Tyvek will allow moisture to escape, but resists water penetration from outside. This avoids harmful condensation build-up in the walls. In addition, Tyvek is a fire retardant material that is very strong and durable.
There could potentially be a few reasons for this occurring; if there is a plywood sub-floor beneath and it was not securely fastened (glued and screwed) that could cause the squeaks. Not, installing a foam under pad beneath the laminate flooring could also cause the floor to creek. In-proper installation of the laminate flooring could cause rubbing and lead to the floor creaking.
This really depends on a few variables; The colour options you want to have, the quality of the product, and the textured finish options you would like. You also need to look at the warranty options that are offered and the application of the composite, in some cases composite is not the best option. For example, I would not advise setting a hot tub on composite decking. Once you have determined all of that information it will better help you determine the right composite decking material for you.
HILTI does make an excellent product but if you want to know what is best, that is on and individual basis. The best way to find out is to read tool reviews they will go over the best brands and review them based on performance and price, then you can decide what is best for you..Back to the Top
Make the hole in your drywall square. Next, using another piece of drywall cut out a square that is 2 inches larger than your square. Trace the smaller square (from the wall) on the larger square and score the lines you just drew. Now, snap the scored lines and remove gypsum but leave the 2 inches of paper around the perimeter. Insert the square into your hole and use the tabs you created to mud and sand into place.
That depends on the primary application. If you are looking to do carpentry a great multi-tool is a dermal, where as a universal driver is also very useful in many applications when space for drivers is limited. An all round great multi-tool that does a bit of everything is a "leatherman". Do your research and determine what would be most useful for you.
When adding an extra bedroom you do need to obtain a building permit. If you are on a septic system and are planning on adding another bedroom you also need to determine if you current septic system will allow for the additional use age. In Ontario, the building code dictates that if you are adding another bedroom that indicates an increase in occupancy of the home by two. In which case your septic system must be able to handel the increase amount of waste.
The Black oxidation does not increase the strength of the drill bit, it simply helps to prevent rust. That being said it works fine for drilling pilot holes into wood, but if you are using a high speed drill or the wood you are drilling into is very hard you may want to use a "Spur Point Bit". The bit cuts through timber very fast when used in conjunction with a power drill.
I would first remove the existing vinyl flooring for the entire area you are planning to lay your new vinyl flooring. It's never good practice to lay new flooring over existing flooring. This could cause any moisture, decay or odors from the existing floor to be sealed against your new floor which could lead to a shorter life span or uneven flooring.
If strong winds are a concern in your area I would suggest not using lattice on a second story deck. Lattice is quite weak and does not stand up well in high winds. I would suggest building a louvered privacy fence, it's much stronger and performs better in high winds. Below is a link to an image of a louvered privacy fence. http://cedarlinecontracting.ca/CedarlinePhotoGallery/displayimage.php?pid=155&fullsize=1
If you have a leaky window the first place I would suggest to look is the caulking around the window. Has the caulking been properly applied? Is the caulking old and starting to crack, deteriorate and break down? If, you caulking appears to be in good working condition you may want to look at your window well. Is your window well tied into your weeping bed? Do you have sufficient drainage. Does the swale from your home go the correct direction? You need to do some trouble shooting to determine the cause of your problem, the above options are a good place to start.
I would suggest PL Premium Construction Adhesive it has many applications, is relatively inexpensive and is very easy to apply. To apply, use a nail or the abrasive end that is part of your caulking gun to pierce the opening, the simply load into a caulking gun and apply.Back to the Top
When you are hanging a heavy object on the wall you want to use screws to secure the object in to your wall studs. Wall studs are located ever 16' or 24" depending on the builder. The studs will ether be pine or steel. Note, steel studs are designed to hold weight vertically and not horizontally.
If, you will be stain your deck you will want all the previous paint from your deck removed. The stain needs to penetrated the wood to properly protect it. Also any paint left on the deck, when stained over will change the colour of the deck in those areas. To remove the paint use a palm sander to evenly sand the entire deck, any remaining pain can be removed with acetone
If you have rotten floor boards it will need to be taken up and replaced. You may have more rot than initially assumed, this could include the joists below the floor boards. Once you have removed the rotten floor board check the joists to make sure that are still in pristine condition. If so, proceed in replacing the floor board, make sure to glue and screw when fastening the new floor board to help prevent creaking.
Deck joists are normal spaced to 16" centers. If you are using composite or resin decking they may require 12" centers for the increased material weight. Decks are built the way they are for a reason they are based on building code and engineering specifications. Cheap is never what you want to be looking for when building anything, you always get what you pay for.
Yes, as long as you keep the hardwood dry, away from moisture and off the floor. Hardwood can be left in an unheated area. Just make sure to give the hardwood plenty of time to acclimatize in your home I would suggest up to two weeks to be safe.
Lay your flange on your unattached tiles where your sewage pipe would be located. Lay the flange face down so that widest part of the flange is on the tiles. Next, using a marker trace around the flange on the tiles. Now you have the layout for where your sewage pipe and flange will be located.
For wood you want to use "wood screws" it will tell you on the container the length and type. There are many variations, any correct size wood screw will work for general purpose usage. To screw into cement you want to use a screw called a "Tap-con" they are usually blue and are designed to bite into the concrete. They are sold in a variety of sizes.Back to the Top
Pressure treated wood has many hazardous chemical in it. I would not advise bringing these hazardous chemicals into your home in a confined space. When indoors the chemicals in the wood will be present much longer than outside because there is no direct sun light on the wood and no drastic climate changes which help to weather the wood.
If you increase the size of your furnace pipe you will decrease the back pressure by increasing the pipe size. This can lead to issues with your furnace, if you furnace is only designed to have a 5" pipe. Refer to your owners manual or contact a professional before making any changes.
When wood siding is close to the ground it will rot this is very common. Fist remove the rotten sections of siding, then check to make sure the house rap and your exterior wall is still in pristine condition. If so, use a "break" and cap the section in aluminum. Make sure to tuck the aluminum underneath the existing siding so the water runs down the siding properly.
Use a can of Spray foam to fill the hole (use with caution though at the spray foam does stain and will expand rapidly, so use sparingly). Once the spray foam has set up and hardened cut away the extra foam which is protruding to the exterior. Once you have completed that you can parge over the hole.
Exterior walls are load bearing, sections can be removed but you need to contact a structural engineer to determine the extent of what you can do. To determine if an interior wall is load bearing you can view your homes structural plans, or you can also go into you attic and your ceiling joists will will indicate which walls are load baring wall.
You need to consult your local building code to determine what, if anything from you existing structure you can use (i.e. sonos and footings). If you didn't previously have a building permit for your deck you will most likely have to scrap the entire deck and start from scratch. Your municipal building department is the best place to start.
If your toilet is leaking at the base this is likely cause by loss of seal. Many different circumstances can lead to this happening. such as; an a deteriorated wax ring or gasket. I would recommend shutting off your water at the back of the toilet, draining your toilet and remove your toilet. Once your toilet has been removed you can better determine your issue. If, your seal was broken because of a deteriorated wax ring or gasket, you need to replace it. You can purchase a replacement at your local hardware store, and follow the instructions for the replacement you purchased.
Converting your gas fire place to a wood burning fireplace is not as simple as it may seem. There are many factors that need to be determined, chimney and flue size, chimney location, fireplace specs, you also need to consult with your municipal by-laws. I would advise contacting you local building services department they should have the specs on your home and can advise you on the necessary steps to take.
Electrical baseboard heaters require a large amount of energy to operate. Baseboard heaters are good for supplementary heat for a home but can be expensive to operate as the primary source of heat. Installing a baseboard heater should only be completed by a experienced electrician.
Absolutely, and depending on the location of the sun room to the property line you may not be able to add a sun room in the desired location. Call your local building department and go over everything with them, they will tell you what you can and can't do and how you have to go about proceeding.
You do require a window in a basement bedroom and they are required to be egress windows. I would consult your local building services as you may technically be able to have basement office without a window it may be difficult to prove that your basement office is not a basement bedroom.Back to the Top
The most important issue when setting a pool on grounds that were previously sloped is redirecting the water flow. The slop was presumably created for drainage purposes, so if you are going to level out a section of the slop you need to put in alternative measures to still allow the water to flow in the designed direction. I would suggest building a retaining wall and laying drainage tile at the retaining wall to divert the water flow around and beneath the pool. This is a difficult procedure, and if performed incorrectly could result in the collapsing of the pool I would consult a professional in your area to review your situation before you proceed.
When particle board becomes overly moist or is exposed to high levels of moisture it will absorb the moisture. This will cause the particle board to swell and expand thus causing irreversible damage. You will need to replace the particle board if swelling has occurred.
The largest hazard with Concrete dust is the Silica (which is the main component in sand and in rocks). Initial exposure of silica dust will cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat like most other dusts. However, if excessive amounts of silica dust are breathed into the lungs over a period of time, it can cause damage to the lung tissue. I would recommend wearing a mast when working with concrete. Source http://www.workershealth.com.au/facts060…
I would suggest flag stones, I prefer the look and ability for more customization with the design and layout. Stamped concrete can be a good alternative but can be quite slippery when wet, when glazed. Also if the concrete is not coloured throughout the entire mix any chips are glaring as you will see the white concrete beneath.
Over time small gaps and creaking can be expected but, should not occur for quite some time. If, you don't allow hardwood flooring enough time to acclimatize to your homes environment before Installation. Significant shrinking and expansion can occur sooner, as the hardwood is not properly acclimatized to the homes environment.
I would recommend laying plywood on top of the plan flooring. Lack of stability is a concern when laying tiles, if the plank flooring was to shift or loosen this could result in the mortar cracking or popping of tiles. Plywood should be glued and screwed which will greatly reduce the chance of shifting or loosing.
The ideal location to install a sump pump should be in the low spot in the basement and close to an exterior wall. Make sure that the hole is least 8" away from the foundation wall, to avoid hitting any footings.Back to the Top
If, an item you would like to retrieve has fallen down the drain it will most likely be located in the P-Trap. The P-Trap is the pipe below the sink that is in the shape of a "p" . You will have to remove the P-Trap in order to recover the item. Place a bucket beneath the sink, most P-Traps will have a screw off cap at the bottom of the loop which will allow you to drain the water into the bucket before you remove the P-Trap. If, there is no drain cap you will have to remove entire P-Trap, be careful when removing, as the loop will have water in it.
Most likely you are experiencing condensation accumulation. New toilet tanks have a Styrofoam liner on the inside of the tank. This liner provides insulation that prevents the condensation. Your options are, replace the toilet tank or you can purchase the liner and install it yourself.
There are several items that may be causing the tape in the corner to peel. One may be an improper installation of the tape from the beginning. There may not have been a sufficient amount of mud applied or too much mud was removed during the sanding process. You may also have a moisture issue. I would recommend properly repairing the tape in the corner then you can determine if it was the installation of the tape or it was because of moisture.
To bond stone to stone for landscaping applications I would recommend using Construction Adhesive. A product such as "LePage PL Premium" works fantastic. The product is applied using a caulking gun and is relatively inexpensive and can be purchase at most home improvement stores.
You will need to remove the broken tile and replace it with a new tile. To remove the tile use a rotary tool to cut the grout around the broken tile. Once you have cut completely around the tile and most of the grout has been chipped away, you can start working on removing the tile. Use a scraper tool or a drywall knife to get up the tile and remove the thin set beneath the tile. Once the tile and tin set has been removed, you can proceed with laying a new tile.
The damage was cause from excess water pressure on the deck boards. You will need to light sand the deck to remove the frayed wood partials. Try using a pole sander to help save the extra stress on your back and knees. Make sure all wood practical's are off the deck boards before staining or clear coating.
You have a few options, if you have visible cracks in your foundation and can see where the water is entering you can opt for someone like "the crack doctor" to inject and fill the cracks. That would stop the water from entering but would not get rid of the water. Your best , but much more expensive option would be to install drainage tile, a weeping bed and a sump pump.
Concrete floor sealant can be purchased from most local hardware stores. To apply concrete floor sealer you will require a paint brush, roller, pole extender, and paint tray. When applying, fist use a brush and complete all the edges. Next, using the roller and pole extender work from one corner of the room out, making sure not to box yourself in.
To frame the play fort I would suggest pressure treated lumber, its cost efficient, great for framing and last for years. As for the material that will have contact with the kids I would suggest using composite wood and sanded cedar. The reason I suggest these two materials is because composite wood is splinter free but when in constant sun light can get hot to the touch. So, for flooring applications I would suggest using sanded cedar and for walls and other creative attributes I would suggest composite.
There are a few different products you can purchase from your local hardware store to paint concrete. Some products give you the options of many different colour's while other products also give you the option of adding texture which can be very beneficial. Make sure to follow the directions on the specific product you choose.
The best way would be to pre-drill holes into the concrete using a hammer drill and concrete drill bit. Next, install "tap cons" (they are special screws designed for concrete), which can be purchased at your local hardware store. Make sure the tap con you install is slightly small than the size of drill bit you used to drill the hole. Finally, install the wall mounted speakers on the tap cons and enjoy!
The minimum slab thickness you can use for a residential home is 4 inches. As a general rule this is the thickness for driveways, sidewalks, patios and porches. The more weight that the slab is expected to hold, the thicker the slab needs to be, and the only way to calculate the thickness properly is to contact a licensed structural engineer to help determine the weight of the home or other structure that will be on top of the slab. Source:http://www.ehow.com/info_12168506_concrete-thickness-calculations.html#ixzz24wHM74R5
The musty smell is coming from moisture. The first step I would recommend is trying to remove the moisture via a dehumidifier, I would also open everything up to help remove the stagnancy. Next, look to see if you have any water damage if so you may have mold which will also need to be removed.
There are several products that do exists which may remove the odor. You can also try using baking soda. Simply sprinkle the baking soda over the affected area push the baking soda into any cracks and allow to sit over night. Finally, vacuum up the backing soda and the smell should be removed.
I would suggest applying spray foam to fill the gap (spray foam can be purchased at your local hardware store). Once the spray foam has dried use a utility knife to cut off the excess foam on the exterior of your home and apply mesh over the area. When the mesh is set apply foundation parging.
Depending on the shape of the room and the size drop ceilings can be difficult when attempting to complete for the first time. Unless, there is a need for many access points in the ceiling I would suggest drywalling your ceiling instead. Hiring a professional to do ether would cost close to the same and, drop ceiling panels will, tend to become dated over time.