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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