Quick Ideas on Setting Up Your Man Cave

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The man cave is a great place where relaxation and enjoyment for dads or for all men – married or single, with kids or no kids. It has TV, games, audio system, internet, food and other stuff that make every man happy.

Constructing a room of such epic description can be very challenging. This is especially true if you will be doing everything on your own. Keen to know how you can get your man cave project running? Read the rest of my post.

Basics – Make sure your floor and walls are designed to your specifications. It would be hard to convert walls that are already set even before you decide to make a man cave out of your chosen room. You will also need plenty of shelving and storing space. Clutter is not healthy for the ambience of any room.

Entertainment system – Apart from the TV, you will need a sound system, video game consoles, and all the other mod cons. A component switch box will be helpful if you’re going to setup an assortment of electronic devices. This prevents you from constantly swapping whatever is hooked to your main hub.

Funky chairs – Look for chairs that look good and are comfortable to sit in. You can go for chairs which look like car seats if you want. Or, you can go for chairs with cool arm rests. Funky chairs can match your personality and provide a great impact on the guests you’re entertaining in your man room.

Include a luxury item – A luxury item will make your man cave look cooler than ever.  Do you love music? Why don’t you invest on a jukebox holding all your favorite songs? If you love gaming, you can position an arcade machine in one of its corners.

Make your interests  – Are you a fan of Star Wars? Display all your Star Wars memorabilia in a shelf. You can also pin to your wall the posters of the Star Wars movies you might have. Perhaps, you’re an athlete. Decorate your man cave with memorabilia from your sport.

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5 Home Improvement Projects You Can’t DIY

Most of us do DIY  repairs and improvements in our houses to save money. Some do  them for the thrill of doing and accomplishing things on their own. While there’s nothing wrong with this, you must keep in mind that there a number of tasks or projects which must be left in the hands of professionals. They are as follows.

1. Major plumbing work – Any problem bigger than a leaky faucet is no problem should fixed by a professional. Attempting to fix your plumbing on your own could make the problem worse, or create new ones in your bathroom or kitchen.

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2. Any electrical work – Messing up electrical repairs can cause major problems for you and your home. For example, replacing a circuit board must be done wit caution and excellent planning.

3. Structural changes -Don’t just knock any wall in your property. You will never know its purpose especially if you don’t understand your property’s floor plan. That wall could be load-bearing. A contractor will be able to determine which walls are safe to remove, and will be able to remove them without damaging other parts of your home.

4. Window replacements – Windows that aren’t properly sealed will make your heating and cooling work much harder than they need to. If you want them to increase your home’s appeal and increase the energy efficiency of your home, have them done by professionals.

5. Roof repairs and replacement – Your roof provides protection and enhances the look of your home. While problems with your roof can be very expensive, never be tempted to do it yourself. Most homeowners don’t have the roofing equipment that professionals do. This means the result of your DIY repair won’t be as high quality as a professional’s. Also, it is dangerous to climb up on your roof without the correct safety equipment.

 

All You Need to Know About Tree Removal

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Removing a small tree in your backyard by yourself can be doable and safe.  However, removing a big one can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. It is best for you to leave the job in the hands of professionals.

Let’s go back to the  small trees in your property which you can handle. First of all, you must be ready with the right tools, knowledge, and planning. Check out these tree removal tips which I have outlined for you.

The Preparation

Comprehensive inspection of the tree – Check if the tree leans one way or the other. Plan an escape route in case it does not fall the way you expect it to fall. Examine whether or not there are any obstacles in any direction of the tree such as vehicles, structures, and other trees.

Prepare your equipment and tools – These include utility gloves, goggles, hard hat, steel toe boots, chainsaw, ax or hacksaw, ladder, rope, wedges and first aid kit.

The Process

  1. Using your ax, knock on the bark a few times, and in a few different places, to learn how solid or hollow the tree is. Next, plan which side of the tree you want to make your cut. Look to see where the tree naturally leans; it is better to cut a tree in the direction in which it wants to naturally fall. Be sure the area where the tree drops is level so the tree does not roll or bounce after it falls.
  2. Make a horizontal cut at hip-height, and about 1/3rd into the tree. Do this on the side of the tree where you want it to fall. If you want the tree to fall to the right, you must make you cut on the same side so it falls inward, towards the cut. The tree will fall perpendicular to your horizontal cut. Your second cut should create a wedge into the tree. So make the second cut at an angle from the initial cut. It should look like a lemon wedge.
  3. Your third cut is called a back cut will make the tree fall over on the side of your wedge cut. It should be made on the opposite side of your wedge cut. Make it about 1.5 inches above the wedge cut, and as thick as possible. You can also use a wedge to prevent the tree from settling onto the chainsaw. Add more wedges as necessary until the tree begins to fall. Then, run away as quickly as you can!

Quick Tips on Refurbishing Your Staircase

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Are you planning to refurbish your staircase? Maybe, you want the carpet replaced or have the stairs repainted? Whatever your plan is, it would always be good to have yourself and all the materials you need ready.

Remove the carpet. If you have a stair carpet, start by removing it. How? Firstly, lever up the carpet using a pry bar.  Using a sharp knife cut it from the back to divide it into manageable sections. Remove protruding nails and staples with a claw hammer, pliers or nail extractor. If you can’t pull them all out, just hammer them right into the wood and cover up any marks afterwards with wood filler.

Sand the stairs. It is best to sand the stairs if you are planning to stain or paint your stairs rather than lay a new carpet on them. Use a coarse 40 or 60 grit sandpaper and working your way up to fine 120 or 240 grit paper for a smooth finish. If you have budget, use a random orbital or belt sanding machine for the larger surfaces such as treads and risers, and a detail  sanding machine for corners and small stair parts.

After sanding, vacuum the stairs from end to end to remove all dust and debris. Using a large sponge,  wipe it with water and a mild detergent – liquid floor cleaner is ideal, as long as it doesn’t contain bleach. Rinse thoroughly and leave to dry for at least a day.

Fill in the cracks. To conceal nail holes, cracks and dents, apply wood filler or wood putty in as close a shade as possible to the color of your stairs. The compound will probably lighten as it dries out, so test it on an unobtrusive area first. Overfill the holes slightly because filler tends to shrink as it hardens. Sand lightly when dry to level the surface, and wipe with a damp cloth.

Quick Fixes That You Can Make Around Your Home

Are you looking for things to improve in your house? Check out this short list that I have prepared. It includes small renovation issues which you might be overlooking.

Squeaky / problematic door hinges –  Try spraying a bit of WD-40 on it. You can also rub a bit of petroleum jelly on the hinges. If these methods don’t work, you can elevate the pings of the hinges about halfway and then lubricate them with a small quantity of oil.

Squeaky floor – Sprinkle a little talcum powder on the area that makes noise and then sweep it into the floor cracks. This shall resolve the sound issue for the time being. Remove the traces of powder so you can refinish the floor.

Worn caning – Wet the bottom of the caning with lukewarm water. Then, let it dry overnight.

Dusty chandelier -Turn it off and let it cool down. Wear a pair of gloves. Dampen one glove with glass cleaner. Next, you should wipe each of the prisms with the damp glove and then the dry glove.

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Stained tub – Create a paste with equal amount of baking soda and cream of tartar. Add a few drops of lemon juice in the paste and then mix the whole thing. Then you can use a soft cloth to rub the paste on the stains. After an hour or so, you should rinse with water.

Stuck sliding windows – Use a bit of silicone spray lubricant to grease the skids. All you have to do is spray the lubricant on a piece of rag and then use the rag to wipe the tracks.

Slamming door – Use some peel-and-stick weather stripping on the doorstop. Alternatively, you can use a rubber band around the knobs of the door on both sides. Leave the latch uncovered.

How to Protect Patio and Outdoor Furniture

While most outdoor furniture are made with materials that can stand all types of weather, it would still be wise for their owners to do the necessary measures to keep them in good condition for a long time. Here are some tips you might find helpful.

  • Brush them to remove the dust since most patio furniture are exposed to all forms of the pollution.
  • Check for any damages.
  • If there are frames and upholstery, remove them to them clean them separately.
  • Cover wicker furniture with a hose when cleaning them. Clean wooden and metal furniture with a sponge.
  • Use a cleaning solution which is specific to the material of your furniture to avoid possible damage.
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Upholstery Protection

The upholstery of the outdoor furniture defines the beauty of the furniture and they are sensitive most of the time. Hence, they should be washed properly. Use the right materials when washing your upholstery. Make sure to dry it properly to avoid the formation of mildew. It would be best to let it dry under the sun. If this is not possible, use blowers or electric dryers. Dry it until moisture level reaches zero. Apply a fabric protector which won’t damage the fabric. Apply it every now and then to bring more life to your furniture.

Frame Protection

Look for an Outdoor furniture protector which negates the bad effects of weather – sun’s UV rays and rain. For wooden frames, apply a normal paint. Pigments in the paint can protect furniture from heat and water. Do this periodically to avoid chipping and withering. Use gloves and masks when applying the frame protector of your choice to avoid any accidents or potential health problems.

Weather Resistance

A small stain can damage the appeal of the furniture. So, apply a stain and water repellant for every two years. The water repellent prevents the water from reaching the bottom layers of the wood and also fastens the evaporation process. Avoid using repellents, which have a high oil content.

Things to Consider When Buying Cabinet Hardware

Selecting the best hardware for your cabinets is a way to express your personal style and taste. Whether you choose beautiful ornate handles and knobs, or a sleek and simple design, your cabinetry becomes immediately transformed by the kind of hardware you choose.

Price – The price of cabinet hardware ranges considerably and depends on many different factors including design, quality and materials. Figuring out how many pulls and knobs you need, setting a budget, and looking for options within your price range is a great way to start identifying your options.

Style – While the budget decision may be the first step in the process, you cannot forget the overall style and look you are going for with the hardware that you choose. Selecting your options based on the complimentary styles of your cabinets and flooring will help eliminate unattractive pieces. With so many unique options to choose from, style has become a defining factor in the kitchen hardware industry.

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Material – Cabinet hardware is made from a huge assortment of materials. This includes stainless steel, pewter, porcelain, brass, glass, stone, wood, bronze, crystal, copper and marble. Make sure you choose a high-quality material that looks great with your cabinetry and also offers just the right look and function you want.

Shape – Whether you like square, rounded, oblong, rectangle or some other original shape, cabinet hardware comes in many different forms. Before settling on the first option that you like, explore different shapes to find just the right hardware for your cabinetry. And make sure to test out function too. You don’t have to compromise ease-of-use for an original look.

Durability – When you invest in new cabinetry for your kitchen or bathroom, you expect it to last a long time. Similarly, you want the hardware that you choose to be every bit as durable and long-lasting. Investing up front in kitchen hardware that you truly love will be an investment that rewards you time and again.

Installation – A final element to pay attention to when selecting your cabinet hardware involves installation. Before you make a purchase, be sure your selected pieces actually fit your cabinetry and that installation requires minimal effort. You don’t want your remodel to hinge on this one issue.