February 25, 2016

Hello DIY’ers

First off I would like to thank all of my followers on twitter and Facebook (the few that I have so far). I recently opened up an account on both social media platforms. My goal is to get as many followers to read, comment and add feedback to this blog. Eventually growing this community and allowing others to get involved. The growth of this community will help all of us DIY’ers with the answers we need to start, continue, or finish a project.

Well, I just want to quickly mention that the wife loves the new carpet we had installed (and so, do I). She loves it so much that she is already calling around to local carpet cleaning experts for its first cleaning in a few months. I told her that I was planning on renting a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot this December. She said, don’t you dare! I began laughing. She also mentioned that the carpet cleaning professionals that cleaned our other carpet advised her to clean the carpets every six months for a healthier and safer home.

OK, now on to the fun stuff! This next project is a small one but the wife wants it and I agree that we do need it. Alright, for this small project we are going to make a wall mounted coat rack. The reason: every time we have guests, we have to place their jackets on the bed and sometimes our cat (Bronco) likes to lay on the nice, fluffy coats. So, the wife wants a wall mounted coat rack. So instead of buying one, we are going to make one. You must have several things before we start: wood plank, drill, 17/64 drill bit, four old dresser drawer knobs with screws, paint or stain, paint brush, googles, three wall mounts, three dry wall plugs, a screw driver and a level.

First, cut a piece of wood into 2×18. Then, measure from the edge of the wood every 4.5 inches until you have four marks. Be sure the also measure one inch down from the top so each mark is centered. Next, drill a hole on each mark with your 17/64 drill bit. Now, paint or stain the wood whatever color you want. We painted our 2×18 piece white. The four dresser drawer knobs we left alone and they are a natural light brown color.

After the paint or stain drys, add the three wall mounts to the back side of the wood. Spacing them out evenly (or oddly, LOL) and placing them about two inches down from the top. No drill needed, hand screw them in. Now, with the level (at level) make three marks on the wall where you want to mount your coat rack. Be sure to space them out as the same dimensions as the mounts on the back of the wood (remeasure if need too). Next, use the drill to make a small hole in the dry wall for the plugs. Make sure your bit is close to the size of the dry wall plug. If you are not sure, use a bit smaller in circumference than the plug.

Gently, push the plugs into the drywall then screw in the screws into the plugs, lightly. Leave enough of the screw head out so the mounts can grab onto the screw heads. Lastly, place the screws into the wood and tighten the knobs. Now mount the coat rack.

Excellent job, everybody! Check out my Facebook and twitter pages for pictures. Please post your pictures as well and any questions you may have.




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