How to Install Shutters on Your Windows

Posted on 29. Jul, 2017 by .

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Homeowners are always looking for ways to increase the curb appeal of their home for neighbors or prospective buyers. This can be done in an endless number of ways but one of the most eye-catching additions to the exterior of a home is to add vinyl decorative window shutters.

Vinyl window shutters come in a variety of colors and styles to liven up the design of your home’s brick or siding walls. Shutters are very easy to install and to maintain too! The total cost should be around $20-100 and the project itself require no more than 1-2 hours per shutter to complete. We do recommend asking a friend, family member or neighbor to assist you in this project.

If you want to improve the curb appeal of your home today, follow our tips on how to install shutters on your windows:

What You Need:

  • Drill
  • Hammer Drill (Brick)
  • Tape Measure
  • Masonry Drill Bit (Brick)
  • Wood Drill Bit
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Sawhorses
  • Exterior Shutters
  • Shutter Hardware
  • Ladder

Practice proper ladder safety during this DIY home repair and be sure to wear the necessary protective gear during the installation. This includes gloves and eye protection.

The first step is to measure your windows and window frames. You want to purchase shutters that extend from the bottom of the window frame to the very top of the frame. To measure the window frame, use your measuring tape and a ladder if need be to reach the top of the frame.

Once you are done measuring your windows, t is time to purchase the shutters. There are several colors and styles to choose from so be sure to choose a shutter design that suits your tastes and the exterior of your home. Don’t forget to purchase two shutters for each window.

Now line the shutters up along the sides of the window frames. You will need your partner to hold the shutter while you determine where to drill the holes into the shutters to attach them to your home.

You should mark the holes 2 in. from the top of the shutter and 2 in. from the bottom of the shutter and include one drill hole in the middle of the shutter for stability.

Now clamp each shutter to a saw horse or raised flat surface. You need the shutter to be 100% stable in order to drill the holes in the correct location. Then drill the holes where you marked them. Be sure to use the appropriate drill bit for this step of the project.

Now drill holes into the brick or siding using a drill bit that is at least 2.5 in. in length. The type of drill bit will depend on the material you are drilling into. You can consult the drill manufacturer’s website or instruction on which drill to use for your home.

Then place the shutter next to the window and hammer the vinyl fasteners into the drill holes and into the wall using your hammer. You shouldn’t need to hammer too hard for a secure fit. Repeat this process until every shutter is in place.

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Should You Install Nylon or Polyester Carpet

Posted on 14. Jul, 2017 by .

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The most common question when it comes to buying and installing new carpet in your home is which type of carpet fiber you should choose. You can choose between natural carpet fibers and synthetic carpet fibers. Natural fibers include wool. Synthetic fibers are more popular.

The two most common synthetic fibers are nylon carpet and polyester carpet. Should you install nylon carpet or polyester carpet in your home?

Polyester carpet is the cheaper of the two fibers. The problem is that cheaper is rarely better. You will start to notice the problem with polyester shortly after it is installed. Here is why …

Polyester carpet is a synthetic fiber and it is manufactured with recycled plastic. The main component of the recycled plastic is used soda bottles or water bottles.

The fact that polyester is recycled is good for the environment but the recycled materials are not good for your home. The reason is because the plastic for the bottles is made with crude oils. This means that the plastic in the carpet by nature will be attracted to oils that reach the surface of your carpet.

There are several oils that interact with your carpet every day. The bottom of your feet are very oily. This is why carpet manufacturers and professional carpet cleaning Sacramento companies recommend you wear socks or slippers in your home instead of bare feet. Your pets are also very oily too and there is a lot of oil in the asphalt of driveways.

This is another reason why you should never wear your shoes on your carpet since shoes will bring in oils, dirt and contaminants from outdoors.

The more oils that interact with polyester carpet the more oils it retains and the surface appears extremely dirty. One of the biggest benefits of carpet is its colorful appearance but this won’t last long with a polyester carpet. You can hire a carpet cleaner in Sacramento to clean polyester but it won’t ever appear clean, even if deeper dirt is removed from the surface. The oil permanently discolors it.

This is why we recommend nylon carpet instead. You should purchase nylon for your home despite the fact that it does cost a little more money than polyester. You should invest in a quality carpet pad too. You should purchase a nylon carpet that is low-cut and low-pile. Do not choose a shag type of carpet. It will feel comfortable at first but it will wear down very fast.

Visit our blog again for information on how to tear out your old carpet, how to refinish wood floors and which vacuum is the best for your type of carpet.

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Ladder Safety Tips

Posted on 24. Jun, 2017 by .

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There are several problems you can encounter during home repair projects but nothing is worse than suffering an injury. You need to be careful using tools and other materials required for projects on your home.

One of the tools that is the most dangerous is a ladder. There are several ways you can injure yourself on a ladder. Here are a few ladder safety tips to ensure you do not harm yourself during home repair:

It’s Not the Fall. It’s the Landing.

Sometimes the most dangerous time to be on a ladder is if you feel you are safe. You might not be too high on a ladder but if you fall off it and land poorly there could be a serious injury. This type of fall could be fatal too. Never get too comfortable on a ladder. It is important to be safe at all times. With that in mind, here are our tips:

1. Never Climb to the Top

You should never climb to the last step of the ladder or on top of the ladder. You will not be secure and the risk of injury will increase significantly. If you need to climb that high, you need to use a taller ladder or an extension ladder.

2. Never Lean a Ladder Against a Plastic Gutter

There is a good chance the plastic gutter on your home is not stable enough to hold the wait of you and the ladder. You could also damage the gutter by doing this and then you will have another home repair project to worry about. Find something more secure than the gutter to lean your ladder.

3. Avoid Slanted Ground

Place your ladder somewhere where there isn’t a slant or slope in the ground. Utilize the stabling feet on the extension ladder too and if possible place a concrete slab or piece of wood beneath the legs for additional stabilization.

4. Pay Attention

If you need someone to hold the bottom of the ladder to weight it down and prevent it from turning, be sure that person is 100% focused on holding the ladder. Don’t ask a child to do this or someone that you don’t really trust.

5. Pitch is Important

There should be an arrow or symbol on the side of the ladder to ensure it is 100% upright and pitched correctly. You don’t want to push it to for in or too far out as either could cause the ladder to slide off the roof. Pitch is one of the most important ladder safety practices.

6. One Hand

Only use one hand for the project you are working on. Keep the other hand on the ladder at all times. Always keep both feet on the ladder the entire time too. If you are leaning too far out with only one foot on the ladder you are putting yourself at risk of a serious injury.

7. Slow Down

Be patient during any project that requires using a ladder. You may have to climb up and down more than you want to or move the ladder a lot but that is better than suffering a serious and even fatal fall. Patience is always good advice and that is true for using a ladder as well.

We hope these ladder safety tips lead to a safe home repair project for you!

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What Problems Can You Encounter When Doing Home Improvements?

Posted on 04. Jun, 2017 by .

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It doesn’t matter if you are going to do the improvements yourself, or if you are going to hire someone to do the home improvements for you. The one thing that you need to know is that there is always the risk of something going wrong with the improvements. There are many things to consider for home improvement. And even if this is the last thing you want, you need to know how to fix it or even better, how to avoid it. Here are some of the problems that you can encounter when doing home improvements:

More things needed to get done than what you might have realized

When you are doing improvements for example to your bathroom and you think that, you only need to replace the floor and add some tiles to the walls. And, after you start with the repairs, you realize that a pipe in the wall is broken and you need to repair it first, before you can continue with the improvements.

This happens all the time that you think that you know what needed to be done, just to find that there are some other things that you should have considered also. This can make the improvements a lot harder.

Doing too much at once

Another problem that can occur when you are doing home improvements is if you are trying to do too much at once. Then the whole home is full of little projects that aren’t being done. This can make the home look untidy and really not in the best possible condition. Or, you might not find the strength to get it all done.

Then, you will have a home with half-way improvements that are not going to look nice in your home.

Running out of money

A quite common problem is that someone with doing the home improvement is going to run out of money. This will mean that you can’t finish the task or you need to pay the professional home improver more money to get the job done.

This is why it is important to do your homework before you start on the project. You need to know that you have the right amount of money to finish the project correctly. And, not to have a home that still needs a lot of work.

Using the cheapest materials

Using the cheapest material that you can find, can be a mistake that you will regret for the rest of your life. You will have low quality improvements that will be in need of improvements after just a short while. Or, people that are coming to visit you, will see that you did some home improvements with cheap material.

Many people are encountering some problems when they are doing home improvements in their homes. Problems that could have been avoided when they only did their homework and know that they have planned every single detail. Then, you will know for sure, that these mentioned problems will not be your problem and you will be able to have a home that is improved and great to live in again.

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Top 3 Things to Consider with Indoor Home Improvements

Posted on 04. Jun, 2017 by .

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Before you can start considering to do some indoor home improvements, you need to make sure that you are considering everything before you make your final decision. Or, even before you can start with doing the home improvements. There are many things that you should consider before improving your home, but these three things are the essential things to consider first.

Your budget

The most important thing that you should consider is your budget. You need to know how much money you have before you can even consider what improvements you are going to do. This includes anything from a new roof to installing carpet. You need to know your exact budget.

Otherwise, you might end up with improvements that aren’t finishing because you have run out of money. You need to know what your final budget is going to be, and you need to plan thoroughly before you can start doing the improvements. This is the only way that you can make sure that the improvements are going to be successful. Knowing your budget will also show you if you should save a bit more or if you have enough money for the home improvements.

The look you are going for

Now that you know what your budget is, you can start thinking and planning about what you really want to get done. If your budget is too low for all the improvements, you need to take it one step at a time. And, you should decide which project is the most important one that you should get done first.

Doing some research and getting some ideas on the internet or from books, can be a great way to make sure that you know what you are going for, and how to achieve the look correctly.

Hiring a professional or not?

The last thing that you should consider, is if you are going to hire a professional home improver to improve the home for you, or if you are going to do it yourself.

There are many benefits in hiring a professional, but there are also some benefits in doing it yourself. If your budget is limited and you can do the improvements in your free time, then doing it yourself might be a great idea. However, if you are in a hurry for the improvements or you don’t have the experience to do the improvements correctly, then hiring a professional might be your best option. This is something that you should consider carefully, before you start with your home improvement projects.

When it comes to improving the inside of your home, there are three essential things that you should consider beforehand. This is the only way that you can make sure that you are going to make the right decisions and that you are going to get the results you have been looking for. There are a couple of things you should consider, but the budget, the final look and the question if you should hire a professional or not, are the three most important things you should consider before doing any home improvements.

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