March 13th, 2017

Hey DIYer’s,

How have you all been? As always, I appreciate the love from everyone who has commented on previous posts. It has been surreal to find out the number of people who take on the same tasks that we do. All in all, we are better for it. Right?!

OK. Recently we had some nasty weather and the wind was gusting up to 55 miles per hour. Unfortunately, a couple of trees on our property fell and our fence was damaged but luckily no one was injured; including our neighbor since one tree crossed on to their property.

The next day, I called my father to come by and assess the incident. Some of you are probably wondering why I contacted my dad, is he a tree guy? Well, no my dad is not a tree removal expert but he is a DIYer and I learned a lot from him over the years. Anyhow, dad stopped by and we checked out the fall trees and the damaged fence. While we were outside, my neighbor Troy came outside and joined us. My dad encouraged me to call a tree service professional but Troy said he could do it with his chainsaw. Of course I said….LETS DO IT!

Later that day, Troy and I started cutting up the tree. We planned to take turns with the chainsaw. Before we started I took every per-caution possible: long pants/shirt, steel toe boots, heavy duty gloves and protective eye wear. I started with the the branches, Troy and my father piled them up. I cut the tree for about an hour, after that we switched, Troy ended up finishing the tree in  must say this was no easy task. After, 20 minutes or so I had to stop. My hands became tired and I did not feel safe handling the chainsaw. Troy ended up finishing the first tree….

The second tree was smaller than the first and went smoothly however, if I did not have an experienced and skilled friend that is knowledgeable with a chainsaw I definitely would have contacted a tree removal company like my father suggested. I definitely owe my neighbor for helping me out with this and it was the first time he helped me out and it will not be the last. One of the greatest things is having a dependable neighbor. I always remembered the close relationships my family had with their neighbors. Granted, most of them were family but some were not and they always looked out for each other. Today, it is much different. Many people avoid their neighbors. I wonder, why? Wouldn’t you want an extra set of eyes looking after your house or children (while playing outside)? I certainly do, and that is what me and Troy do for each other!



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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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February 1, 2016

Hello DIY’ers,

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Mine was good. My wife and I hosted Christmas recently which was fun but it created quite a mess of our condo and brings me to my next home project. Let me give you a bit of background before I get into today’s tip, I promise it will be short. Well, my nieces spilled grape juice on the carpet Christmas night. Luckily, we were planning on getting our carpets cleaned for awhile now. I went out the next day and rented a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot. The results were not good and we had to hire professional carpet cleaners to come out and they did a great job removing the grape juice stains but the wife and I decided to get a new carpet in the living room.

Now, since we spent money on the rental equipment and the professional crew. We decided to do the labor on removing the carpet. Saving us about the same amount we spent on the cleaning. Therefore, if you want to get new carpets for you home here is an easy way to save some money.

To separate the carpet from the tack strip that holds the carpet set up along dividers, begin in a corner; simply get the carpet with pincers and force. At that point snatch the carpet by hand and keep on pulling it up along a whole divider. Fold back around 3 ft. of carpet and slice it into simple to-handle strips. Carpet is much less demanding to curtail than from the front. Utilize a sharp new cutting edge in your utility blade and be mindful so as not to cut into baseboard or dividers. Continue pulling back the flooring and cutting it into strips.

On a solid floor, the carpet is stuck set up, so enormous lumps of carpet will stay adhered to the floor. To uproot them, utilize a scrubber. A few scrubbers have extremely sharp edges; others have obtuse cutting edges. Either sort works fine on cement. On a plywood or particleboard subfloor, you’ll have many staples to manage. You can pull staples with forceps, obviously, yet that can take hours. With a sharp-bladed floor scrubber, the occupation takes only a couple of minutes. The edge will shear off a few staples and yank out others. Make sure to go over the entire floor so you don’t abandon any. In the event that the scrubber delves into the floor, flip it over so that the edge’s inclined side countenances down. On the off chance that regardless it burrows, work at a lower edge.

As a rule, you ought to leave the old tack strip set up, however there are two or three special cases: Remove any areas that are spoiled, delaminating or severely rusted. Rust can “seep” through the flooring, making stains at first glance. You ought to likewise evacuate the tack strip on the off chance that it’s under 1/4 in. from the baseboard. The installer needs a crevice no less than 1/4 in. wide to tuck the edge of the rug down against the baseboard. To uproot tack strip, simply pop it up with a level pry bar.

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November 28th 2015

Hello Everyone. Thank you to those who have reached out. I appreciate it. Therefore, after I have received a few questions on how to replace a kitchen faucet. I decided to review a step by step process of removing and installing a new kitchen faucet.

First thing is to kill the water under the kitchen sink. Clear the entire space under your sink so nothing gets wet in the event that some water drips from the connectors (this will happen). Every sink framework is distinctive yet you ought to see some kind of handle. Mine is really new and was anything but difficult to identify. You will see two handles for both hot and cool water lines. Turned them both clockwise to turn off the water flow. Second, disconnect the water lines from each valve, utilizing a wrench.

Third, there will be a nut holding the fixture set at the base, under the counter all the way up in that is staggeringly hard and cumbersome to reach. Get a couple pads to place under you, and get a headlamp on the off chance that you have one. Since each fixture is distinctive the nut sizes will be different too. You may need to attempt an assortment of tools to have the capacity to get the nut free. For my faucet, there were two nuts under the sink. I utilized two wrenches hanging on the screws to slacken it. To remove the faucet, they should include the tool you can use to loosen the nut, which was exceptionally helpful. Save this tool after you’re done in the event that you want to remove the fixture at a later date.

Finally, once the nut is removed you ought to have the capacity to push the whole unit up and take the faucet out. With the sprayer fixture unit, you have an additional hose down underneath the sink which ought to be detached, making it less difficult to push up through. What’s more, it additionally has a weight on it which you have to remove too. On my specific fixture was crimped from the factory and wasn’t going to detach. So I needed to jimmy it (an extremely troublesome task) to get the nut off every one of the threaded pipes. Most faucets have a pressure installation with the sprayer hose–all you need to do to is push a little bit of plastic in the right heading.

Look at the next post for step by step installation instructions. Please let me know what you think after following this tutorial.

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November 20th, 2015

Hi there, my name is Michael. I am a lifelong learner of all things that apply to home improvements. I have learned most of my skills from my grandfather and father. However, within the last several years I have used the world wide web to expand my skill set. The internet gives me the opportunity to search and watch videos from experienced individuals who appreciate the value in teaching others.

My main objective here is to share my knowledge, experience, and provide value to all who have the interest in broaden their knowledge base with valuable information that will safely help you take a part, install, remove, clean, fix, and troubleshoot almost anything that is inside your residence or home. Please bear in mind that you are one hundred percent responsible for any action you take. I am not a licence professional, therefore, I am not responsible for any possible errors you might make. If you are unsure about anything please consult a licence professional.

Today, I am going to start with the best all natural product to clean your hands with after working with oil or grease. Most of us who work in the garage at home know that grease and oil is greatly apart of this environment. Yes, there are plenty of effective cleansers that do a decent job in removing oil, grease, and grime. However, when you are constantly washing your hand with those types of cleansers you may notice some irritation, drying, and cracking of the skin. This maybe due to the ingredients or the frequency of hand washing.

Now, what if I told you there is a NATURAL way to clean your hands after working with grease and grime. True, that probably would not be a huge surprise. Right? Well, what if the product is mainly composed of “dirt”. That’s right, dirt! For those who do not know dirt is an excellent natural cleanser and there are many all natural industrial cleaners on the market but none of them are made of dirt and one hundred percent biodegradable except one, Grip Clean.

Grip clean is a all natural industrial cleaner that removes oil and grease from your hands. This revolutionary product completely made of dirt. In addition, it is one hundred percent all natural and biodegradable. That right there is revolutionary. There is no other product on the market like that. It is not to rough on your skin but is still coarse enough to get the most stubborn grease and oil stains off of your hands.

I tested Grip Clean with grease, motor oil, and air filter oil and the results were amazing, it removed everything! The smell of this product is nice and pleasant. The bottle design is not round so it fits in your hand without slipping out. My favorite part about this soap is does not dry your skin like other industrial hand soaps because grip clean is also a natural moisturizer.

So, for all you guys (and gals) who work around the garage or the house and expose yourself to grease, grime, and / or oil. I highly recommend using Grip Clean for your hand cleansing needs. If you buy the product on my recommendation, drop me a line and tell me how do you like it.

Until next time….


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Welcome to my new website

Hello everyone, welcome to my new website called Michael Silvesters. I want to take a quick moment to “thank you” for reading my blog and I would appreciate any questions, comments, and feedback. So, THANKS, again!






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