Handy Drywall Taping Tool

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How To Use A Belt Sander

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Shannon from http://www.house-improvements.com shows you how to use a belt sander power tool.

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Video © 2016 SKS Media. Videos produced by SKS Media (House-Improvements.com) are provided for informational purposes only. The information contained in the videos is intended to give general guidance to simplify DIY (do it yourself) projects. Because tools, products, materials, equipment, techniques, building codes and local regulations are constantly changing, SKS Media cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained therein. Further, SKS Media will not accept any claim for liability related to, but not limited to, omissions, errors, injury, damage or the outcome of any project. It is the responsibility of the viewer to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes and regulations for a project. The viewer must always take proper safety precautions and exercise caution when taking on any project. If there are any questions or doubt in regards to the element of a project, please consult with a licensed professional. SKS Media conducts all matters in accordance with the laws of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Renovation Projects That Can Increase Your Home’s Value

Owning a piece of real estate can be rewarding, but it’s up to you as a homeowner to do what you can to maintain the value of your property. Once you know for a fact that your home is worth at least as much as you’ve paid for it, you can take the next step which is to increase the value of your home. Before you jump the gun and start aimlessly funneling cash into your next home renovation project, it’s important to come up with a game plan and figure out which projects actually give you a return on your investment when you do decide to sell your property.

Keep in mind, not all projects are going to yield a big payoff. In fact, it is often surprising to homeowners that the least costly projects were the ones that did indeed increase the home’s overall value. When choosing from the potential projects below, take your budget into consideration as well as your personal needs, especially if you’re looking to live in your home for a long time.

Keeping Up With The Curb Appeal

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The curb appeal of your home does play an important role in the overall value of the property. People’s first impressions when they see your front yard and the exterior of your home can either positively or negatively impact its value. It’s never too early to start thinking about curb appeal, even if you’ve just moved into the property. In fact, if you take care of your home from the start, you won’t have to worry about expensive fixes later on.

Things to consider for curb appeal:

  • Clear away old junk as well as debris that may be cluttering up your yard. Outdated trailers and non-working vehicles should be towed away!
  • If you need space for additional stuff from the inside of your home, build a large shed that matches the look and feel of your property. There’s nothing wrong with adding storage space, but it should be done in a classy manner.
  • Install plants and trees that are appropriate for your climate. For example, if you live in a desert climate, don’t attempt to grow flowers that require lots of water!
  • A driveway leading up to your property is a great way to increase any home’s value. You don’t need to go overboard with the complementary landscaping, but as long as it’s neat and clean, you’ve done a good job.

A Bathroom With A Modern Twist

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Bathrooms are generally the places that most homeowners look to when they want to sell a home. Potential buyers do care about the amount of space the bathroom has, but also the fixtures and the overall quality of the bathroom renovation job. You can go crazy and rip out the bathtub, sink, toilet and re-do everything, but if you’re trying to stay within your budget, there are quick fixes to take into consideration.

Quick fix ideas for the bathroom:

  • Give your vanity a boost by painting the cabinets and switching out the hardware if it’s starting to look a bit dated. In addition, if your sink is okay, consider replacing the faucet for a newer one to give it that modern appeal.
  • Your bathroom can always use a fresh coat of paint, and when in doubt, try something a bit more neutral to give you that spa-like relaxed look.
  • Vanity lighting, as well as a new mirror, are great ways to update the bathroom, especially if you’re not looking to rip everything out and replace it.
  • Re-tiling the shower is always a great idea and if granite is out of the question, choose neutral porcelain tiles. They’re not just durable, but they lend a timeless appeal to a room that can feel outdated quite quickly.

Restore Functionality To Your Kitchen

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Ask any real estate agent, and he or she will tell you that a nice kitchen alone can sell a home. After all, it’s the place where friends and family often get together. The problem with kitchens is that if you stick too close to trends, you may find that your kitchen is quickly dated. Our advice is this: use fixtures and cabinets that are timeless and can look great in the space even years from now!  Now may be the time to hire a local kitchen renovation expert.

Quick kitchen boosting ideas:

  • Worn laminate or tiled countertops serve as a setback if you’re looking to cash in on your property. There are affordable granite and quartz countertops out there, but if you’re opting for less dramatic and more utilitarian, try installing a butcher block. When all else fails, granite tiled counters still give you that great look for half the price of a slab.
  • Homeowners don’t like vinyl flooring in their kitchen, so replacing it with something more modern such as wood flooring or tiles is a much safer option. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t go crazy with your flooring options!
  • White or dark cabinets are generally preferred nowadays, so if you have older cabinets, slap on a fresh coat of paint! It’s cheaper to repaint and restore older cabinets than it is to completely replace them. Don’t forget to switch out the hardware that goes with your cabinets as not doing so can date the kitchen as well.

When done correctly, home renovations can boost the value of your home. With that being said, never expect to receive a 100% return on your investment as that’s impossible in today’s real estate market.

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What Is The Fastest Way To Paint A Room?

While interior painting is a remarkable way to freshen a space, the task can be quite tiresome, tedious and time consuming. Unlike professional jobs, flaws in amateur painting can be easily spotted through a trail of tell-tail signs. These include missed spots, mottled color and paint splatter. However, there are simple things that can be done to make the process faster and leave it looking more professional. Below are some tips on the best ways to speed up painting a room:

Safeguard Floors and Furniture

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Safeguard your floors and any furniture that has to stay in the space against spills and paint splatters. To protect the floor, forgo plastic drop cloths and choose fabric ones instead; plastic can become slick under your feet and even worse, it could cause you to fall off a ladder.

Ensure Your Surfaces are Clean and Fresh

Paint will not stick very well to dirty surfaces; therefore, it is important to get rid of things like cobwebs, fingerprints, soot and dust. You could use a dry mop to dust the walls. Extra-grimy sections should be wiped down with a wet cloth or sponge.

Prep the Edges and Borders

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Take off light-switch and outlet covers and use tape to protect the sections you do not want painted. These areas typically include window frames, moldings and baseboards. Make sure you choose a good-quality tape that prevents the paint from bleeding through and leaves a crisp line.

Skip One of the Steps

Covering stains or applying light-colored paint over a dark wall typically requires 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint. A minimum of 6 hours is usually required for drying. As such, it is recommended that a self-priming paint be used to skip one of the steps. This is especially cost effective if you were planning to purchase primer. If you are using light paint to cover a light wall, 2 coats of high-quality paint could be enough.

Start Painting the Space

You are now ready to execute the main event. Use a sponge tool or angled brush to paint a 2-inch strip around the edges of the taped-off ceiling and woodwork in the space. Follow up by using a roller and paint tray to fill in the unpainted spaces. Use a 5/8-inch nap on rough surfaces, 3/8-inch nap on semi-smooth surfaces and a 1/4-inch nap on smooth surfaces. Using the wrong tool will cause too little or too much pain to be applied.

For a more stress-free cleanup, try using a frame-handle, quick-release roller. Other sensible investments include a paint can opener, a mess-control pour spout and an extension pole that can be used in place of a ladder after the edging has been completed. Allow the first coat at least 2 hours to dry before coating it again. Between coats, use plastic wrap to cover the bush and paint tray and refrigerate.

Wrap up the Project

Rinse the roller and paintbrushes until the water becomes clear. Put back any leftover paint into the can. Place a paper towel over the lid of the can and seal it tightly by using a hammer to tap the edges. Rinse the tray thoroughly. Once the brushes are completely dry, put them back into their original paper wrapper; this will keep the bristles intact. If the original wrapper is unavailable, wrap the bristles with a thick piece of paper and tape to secure.

Clean Up Your Work Area

Keep a moist rag handy to eliminate fresh splatters. Use a plastic spatula or credit card to scrape off dried up drips. Take the masking tape off before you wrap up the day. Pull it off at an angle to prevent the finish from tearing.

By investing the time to prepare the space, professional-looking paint results can be achieved by just about anyone. Putting the effort in upfront will get you off to a remarkable start. This will help your project in being more smoothly executed and will provide more beautiful results. Once you have become skilled at interior painting, you will be able to update any room décor whenever you want. You will be able to transform your walls into any color you desire, one room at a time.

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How To Install A Microwave [Over-The-Range Style]

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Shannon from http://www.house-improvements.com shows you how to install an OTR over the range or hanging microwave oven.

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Best Air Purifiers For Mold 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

To me, there is nothing worse than being exposed to mold. The health problems that can affect you are horrible!

Now, if your home is completely overcome with mold, you may want to hire a home renovation company and not just rely on an air purifier.

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Best Air Purifiers For Mold 2017

I am currently doing a whole bunch of research on this and am going to be sharing my findings soon. Stay tuned!

What To Look For When Searching For An Air Purifier For Mold

We often think of air pollution as thick dark puffs coming out of factories and vehicles. We are conscious of it when we go outside with some even wearing a face mask to avoid its ill effects. The research, however, reveals a very different picture. Studies show that the level of pollutants is actually higher indoors than it is outdoors. This surprising fact means that people should protect their homes from unwanted particles, especially if someone in the family has allergies and respiratory vulnerabilities. The following presents buyers with what to look for when choosing an air purifier for mold:

Energy Efficiency

Air purifiers will require power to suck the air in and filter the contaminants. Some households have them on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Others turn them on at specific hours of the day. Whichever the case, it will still draw a substantial amount of energy. It will not be as high as the power draw of an electric heater or an air conditioner but it does add to the total. It is always better to select an efficient option, especially since the appliance is likely to run around the clock. Efficiency at capturing impurities should also be considered.

Noise Generation

These purifiers will be dealing with fast-moving air. This may not sound like much but things can get pretty noisy in practice. It could become bothersome at night when you are trying to sleep. Everything will be dead silent except for this annoying hum that never quite goes away. There are a number of ways around this but it is best to do things right from the start. Choose a low-noise model to enjoy peace and quiet. This is best gauged with a real-life demo in a store. If you are purchasing online, then read product reviews to see what others are saying.

Warranty

The purchase of an air purifier can be considered as an investment in the health and well-being of the family. This pays off in the long run by preventing illness which can be expensive to treat. Just like any investment, you would want it to last for as long as possible to enjoy its benefits continuously. The best indicator of life span is the warranty. Check how long it lasts as it is during the length of time that the manufacturer covers any repairs or parts replacement. Afterward, you will be on your own with the upkeep.

Replacement Filter Cost

There are certain strategies that can prolong the life of an air purifier. This includes periodic filter replacement which is part of routine maintenance. This element is responsible for capturing the impurities and preventing them from being inhaled by the family. These impurities might be invisible to the naked eye when floating in space but they become quite apparent after build-up. They can clog the intake valve and make the device inefficient. Compare the prices of air filters from different brands as this will be part of your ongoing operational cost. Note the recommended replacement frequency.

Room vs Whole House

You can choose between these two types of air purifiers with each having their own pros and cons. If you would like something that’s small and portable, then get the former as it will be easier to move around the home. On the other hand, lots of models of this type have the tendency to produce ozone which can irritate the lungs. If you want to avoid this, then go for the latter. This works best for houses that have forced air cooling and heating systems. The filter can be replaced more easily and come in different sizes to fit existing openings, those some cases require ductwork modification.

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