Category: DIY

DIY Magazine Storage Containers

Before you start the woodwork project, you need to prepare the following tools to save you time and disappointment. You should handle these tools with care because they might hurt you if you will be careless. Children should not be left unattended with all these tools scattered in your house. Therefore, you need to keep them away from children. Here is the list of required tools.

  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Sander
  • Nail gun
  • Safety glasses
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Pencil to draw
  • Tape

After preparing all the tools above, you need to acquire all necessary materials for making this woodwork project. Just a tip, avoid buying the materials under heavy time constraints because this will make you choose the wrong materials which could affect the quality of your finished wooden magazine storage containers. It is therefore recommended to acquire all materials way ahead of time. The required materials are:

  • ¼ inches plywood
  • 1 x4 pine

After all the tools and materials are ready, you can now start to make your DIY wooden magazine storage containers. Here are the following steps.

  • Step 1: Draw the cuts. Get the plywood and cut it into eight pieces. Each piece should have the dimensions of 11×11 inches. Utilize the 5-gallon bucket to draw a natural S shape from each cut plywood pieces by placing it on top of the plywood pieces. Make sure that before you place the bucket, it is dry and clean. Start the S shape from the corner across the plywood piece. End the curve to a 6-inch mark on the opposing side. A smooth S shape will do. To be exact, an elongated S curve is suggested.
  • Step 2: Cut the curves. Pile two pieces of cut plywood and make sure that the smooth sides meet each other. Fasten the two pieces together with a tape at all four sides of the plywood. Make sure that they are fused together and they won’t be moved with any movement. After making sure that the two pieces are fastened together, cut the curve with the use of a jigsaw. You can also use a band saw if a jigsaw is not available. While doing it, make sure that you are wearing you safety glasses to protect your eyes from any flying particles caused by the plywood being sawed. Also do it in a stationary area, for example at the edge of a table, or a chair, to make sure that you will be able to cut the plywood pieces carefully while tracing an S curve.
  • Step 3: Nail the S-curve plywood with the pines. Cut the pine boards with a saw into 6 and 11 inches in lengths. The longer pine board will be positioned to the other side of the two S-curve plywood pieces while the shorter pine board will be placed at the opposing side of the two plywood pieces. Drill a 1-inch diameter in each shorter pine board pieces. After that, nail the pieces together. Nail the plywood to the pine boards with a 1- inch finish nails. To make the surfaces smoother, sand them properly. You can also paint them in any color of your preference to add vibrancy.

The total number of wooden magazines storage containers that can be finished in this DIY woodwork project is 8 cases. You can place them in your living room, library room, and bedrooms to organize all magazines in your house. You can also give them away as a gift to your relatives and friends. It’s simple and easy.


DIY Window Decoration Ideas

Tie-backs

An often overlooked but very easy way to personalise your window decorations, the tie backs that curtains usually come with tend to be fairly boring.

So why not replace them with…

  • Antique door knobs. Only basic DIY skills required here. Add some boutique doorknobs to pull your curtains back behind. Stylish, and affordable.
  • Gold or silver chains. But without the cost of the real precious metals obviously! Buy some heavy chains to use as ties, and spray them the colour of your choice.
  • Leather belts. Use some old leather belts – as long as they’re not too frayed around the buckle. Or in fact, even if they are! It all depends what look you’re going for.
  • Neck ties. Got a whole bunch of gentleman’s ties knocking around? Here’s a possible use for them. This can be a great option because there are lots of patterns readily available.

Valance

If you’re not down with your curtain-related terminology, “valance” is the decoration that hangs along the top of your frame. It often serves to hide the curtain rail or any other mechanism that you’ve got up there. They’re also sometimes known as “swag.”

Instead of expensive shop-bought valances you can try…

  • Pennants or small flags. This is particularly easy in the US, where most sports team, camps, and societies seem to do their own little bunting flags. There’s no need to sew these together to make a valance. You can simply tie them up in a row, possibly with a little bit of ribbon if they don’t come with attachments of their own. Great for kids’ rooms.
  • DIY with fun fabric. This will require some basic DIY skills again. All you really need to do is make a long and flat U-frame to shape the valance. Polystyrene is a good option for a lightweight material to use for this – you can get it in the form of ‘insulation panels’ from most DIY stores. You can pick up some interesting fabric (you won’t need very much after all!) for surprisingly little too. Then all you need to do is wrap your fabric around your carefully measured A-frame and pin it in place. Make sure the pattern is straight!

Curtains

New curtains can be horribly expensive – especially if you’re trying to match existing décor. So why not make your own matching sets for a fraction of the cost of buying them new?

How about…

  • Re-purposing old bed sheets. You’re going to need some basic sewing skills for this one, but the world is then your oyster when it comes to plaits and ruffles.
  • Printing designs on plain linen curtains. Saving you the expense of pricey patterns, is this fun solution. The easiest way to do this is with stencils and spray paint. But you could also make a stamp out of a sponge for easy repeat patterns.


Started With a Revolv Hub

That bundle is a decent deal, but if you’re not ready for some of those pieces you are better off just purchasing the hub and the devices you really want. I chose a door lock from Schlage, an open/closed sensor for my front and sliding glass doors, and two light switches for the front porch and the garage hallway. This way when I arrive home in the evenings the lights come on in the house and out front so I can see where I am going and open the door based on my proximity to the house. I will also get alarms on my mobile device or in my email should someone open the door without my being there.

Once you get your hub get it set up by following the steps on the Revolv app for your phone. It guides you through a series of steps to correctly locate, plug in, configure with your wifi and connect to your home system. If your have a very large house and are worried about the range of the Hub, (usually about 50-60 feet in a normally constructed home) make sure to get a few Z-Wave devices as they will create a Mesh network allowing better control over longer distances and thicker walls.

Once the Hub was up and talking on my network I went ahead and installed my Schlage Home Keypad Lever door lock on the front door. It replaced my previous, boring, keylock without any extra drilling or hardware. The Insteon Hidden door sensor installed inside the door jamb without much fuss, I did have to scrape down the top of the door a little bit and I used a forstner bit to sink the magnet into place so there wouldn’t be any rubbing if the wood managed to swell a bit in the wetter seasons. With those two devices in place I launched the Revolv app and searched to see if they had been pulled in.

It didn’t take long at all for those two devices to show up in the app. Once I had control of them I created a simple “Action” for the devices that would unlock the front door and deactivate the alarm sensor when my wifes or my phone were within range of the geo-sensor. All in all it didn’t take long at all to set up the alerts for the door and to program in the lock codes. Even programming the revolv Hub and the actions took no more than an hour to set up and test appropriately. Now my hub is ready to go and I can add devices at will without having to purchase extra software or hubs. Currently Revolv supports Wifi, Z-wave and Insteon. You can connect Wifi and Zwave devices to the hub and control them all using the Revolv actions, or configure them separately depending on your preferences.


Info of Modular Storm Shelter

Choosing the Right Building

To get the right building there are several things that you will need to take into consideration.

  • How many people will there be in the storm shelter? This will help you to determine the amount of area you will need to have in your building.
  • How much space do you have? Determine how much land you will have to set your modular building in. Take into consideration any kind of drainage you will have to run and any utilities.
  • What price are you willing to spend? Modular building can vary on price. It will depend on the size, company, and whether or not you will be building yourself.
  • Do you need utilities and plumbing? Some people choose to put plumbing and/or electricity in. You will need to choose which is your preference and what will be viable to you.
  • What will your city/state allow? Each city and state will have a different regulation. You will need to call and figure out what you will need to have. If you have a HOA you may need to contact them to see if there are any regulations.

Installing your Storm Shelter

There will be many different designs to choose from so make sure you choose the one that will work well. Next you will need to prep the land you will be using. If the land needs to be cleared you can hire someone to do the clearing or do the clearing yourself. If there is a lot of overgrowth consider getting some goats, or rent some goats to do this for you.

Once you have your lot cleared, you will need to rent some equipment to dig for your modular storm shelter or hire someone to dig it for you. Make sure that there is ample room for the home and any extras. Once the area is dug, you will need to put down a base like gravel and cement. You will then need to follow the directions from the modular building. Ensure that you follow all the steps and directions given to you by the company. Once your storm shelter is secured you will want to recover it with dirt and put an access door in.


Modern Wooden Stairs

You will then need to meticulously plan your wood staircase, making sure that you meet the local building regulations. Because people are so used to using professionally built staircases, it is vital that you build your stairs in a way that ensures that there is no difference in height between the steps, the steps are neither too shallow nor too tall, and, of course, everything has to be true and stable.

If you are going to build your own custom wood stair design, it is also advisable to purchase all the wood stair parts that you will need from a reputable supplier. If you use a specialist supplier, they will be able to supply you with quality stairway components and help you with design, fabrication and installation as well.

You will also need to understand the terminology used for the various wood stair parts, so here is a guide to some of the terms that are used in a custom wood stair design.

Tread

The tread is the horizontal part of the stairway that is stepped on. The thickness of a tread is the same as any other wooden flooring and the tread depth refers to the distance between the vertical panels, called the risers, which sit between each step.

Riser

The riser is the vertical panel that is situated between the treads. It forms the face of the step, but it may be missing on some custom wood stair designs, which would be called an open stair effect.

Stringer

A stringer is the structural long piece of timber that supports the risers, treads, wood stair balusters, and other components of a staircase. On a typical stairway there will be three of these stringers; one on each side and one in the centre.

Baluster

Wood stair balusters are the vertical posts that support the handrail. Sometimes called a spindle, or a guard; the balusters act as the infill between the treads and the handrail. They can be either plain, or decorative, and treads often need two balusters each.

Bullnose step

The bullnose step is a step that has a rounded, quarter circle, edge to it, which is usually found at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Sometimes called a starter step, the bottom step is quite often wider than the remaining steps of the staircase.

Winders

Winder steps are the steps that are used when the stairway changes direction without a landing. They are the treads that are shorter at one end than the other, which you would find where a stairway turns a corner, or on a spiral staircase.


Effectively Install New Rainwater Drainage System

One of the biggest problems for homeowners these days is issues with their rainwater drainage systems. Once installed it is imperative that you get up on a ladder on a semi-regular basis, removing leaves and debris to allow the water to flow freely at all times.

Installation is a detailed process and the steps need to be followed to ensure the rainwater drainage system is installed correctly and effectively to provide years of use and eliminate the need of replacement in a short period of time.

The first step to the installation process is the positioning of the drain. This is probably the most complex part of the process, but once you have identified this, the rest is quick and easy and you can complete the project in one day with ease.

You will want to run the plumb line for the gutter outlet, this can be one once you have identified the positioning of the drain. Ensure the fascia is level before you continue, this will save you energy and time as you continue through the process. Carrying on at this point without confirming the fascia is level may result in you having to undo all your hard work and start from scratch, the last thing anyone wants to go through in any DIY project.

The next step is to start at the furthermost end and fit the support bracket for your rainwater drainage system. With the bracket secured in place, place the pipe in the bracket to ensure you have it at the correct level. From here you will need to remove the pipe and then fit the next bracket approximately one metre away. You will want to continue with this process until you reach the final bracket, where you need to fit a stop end.

You are half way to installation your new rainwater drainage system. Slip the pipe into the brackets. This is where two people come in handy to make this process a little easier. The good news is that rainwater drainage systems are often made of plastic, which is very lightweight and easy to lift and manoeuvre as needed.

Now you will want to fit a pipe clip to the bottom and then work two metres apart, working your way up to the drainage system. Once this is completed, you can insert the pipe and ensure it is held tightly and securely in place, reducing the risk of it coming loose or falling out when the first heavy rain of the season hits.

The final step of the installation process is that once all your adhesives have dried you will want to perform a test. The best way to achieve this is to stand at one end and open up the host pipe, allowing a strong volume of water to flow down the rainwater drainage system. You want to check for leaks and ensure a good water flow. If all is in order, then you have completed the project successfully. Leaks can be fixed with some silicone to seal the area and ensure that the leak is eliminated.


DIY Sliding Door Repair

Cleaning

Over time and with use, it’s typical for this entryway to accumulate debris and dirt. When this occurs, you may notice sticking as you try to move the glass along the track. Use a stiff brush to loosen and remove caked dirt out of the tracks. After removing the dirt, wash the tracks with soap and water to clean them.

Adjust Screws to Fix Sticking

Sticking mechanisms can be frustrating. Examine the bottom of the unit along the face or the edge to find two screws. The screws may sit beneath trim caps. If this is the case, pry off the trim caps to reveal the screws. Tightening and loosening these screws will adjust the height on the track. Look at the height of the door to ensure that it looks even. If one side looks higher or lower than the other, turn the corresponding screw to either raise or lower that side of the door. If the entire mechanism is sticking, tighten both screws one-quarter turn to lift the entire unit. Glide the glass back and forth to see if it moves more freely.

Examine Rollers

Continued issues with sticking could indicate a problem with the rollers. To examine the rollers, remove the door completely. You may need help maneuvering the glass after removing it because it will be heavy. Remove the stop molding from the inside of the jamb by unfastening the screws. After removing the stop molding, pull out the glass carefully by tilting it back and lifting it out. Check the rollers to see if they are dirty. If you see dirt and debris, clean out the rollers. Check the rollers for mobility. If they are not moving freely, spray a lubricant on them to loosen them. Check them again to see whether the cleaning and lubrication resolved the problem. If they still do not work correctly, consider replacing them.

Replacing the Screen Portion

Replacing the screen door is a common sliding door repair. The screen portion of the unit often comes out of adjustment with use. People tend to exert too much force with the screen, which can result in broken wheels or a bent frame. When it’s time for a replacement, consider purchasing a replacement made from extruded aluminum, which will provide more strength and rigidity. You will need basic tools for this project. Have some silicone lubricant on hand to lubricate the tracks after you install the new unit.


Air Conditioning Repair Tips

#Issue 1: My air conditioner does not cool well.

#Solution:

This is the most common issue that every AC owner faces. Here is the list of things you can do about it.

Make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature.

Check for the circuit breaker. The issue could be as small as a tripped fuse.

Check if the outlet’s voltage meets your AC’s requirement.

Switch off the AC, remove the filter and get in cleaned. A clean filter allows easy air flow.

Clean the compressor and condenser unit with a damp cloth. Do not use a water faucet.

Make sure that the compressor is working. If it is working you will be able to hear the outdoor compressor and the fan will be turning. If not then it is the time to call your technician.

#Issue 2: Water drips and pools around the base of my AC

#Solution:

Water formed due to condensation and it usually exits the air handler through plastic pipe or a drain tube. Dripping may be caused by a leaky pipe that needs to be replaced o a blocked pipe that needs to be cleaned.

Sometimes condensation can occur when the pump that transfers the hot air into the condenser becomes non-functional. In this case, In this case, you would need the help of a AC technician.

#Issue 3: Huge chunks of ice forms in my AC

#Solution:

This can be caused due to a number of reasons.

Ice formation occurs if the indoor unit’s evaporator coil is frozen and cold liquid refrigerant starts flowing to the outside unit through the refrigerant line freezing up the whole unit. This can be resolved by turning the AC off and the fan on to melt the ice.

Pieces of ice can appear if the filter is not clean which in turn reduces airflow over the evaporator coil, causing it to freeze. Regular cleaning of the filter solves this issue.

Blocked or closed supply and return vents reduce the airflow to the evaporator coil thus causing ice formation. Make sure that these vents are not blocked by cloth or any piece of furniture.

Issues like refrigerant leaks, malfunctioning indoor blower and clogged evaporator coils should be repaired only by trained AC technicians or professionals.


Get a Cleaner Carpet

Proper Vacuuming Technique

The most important habit you need to have is proper vacuuming technique. This refers to more than just the frequency you vacuum, although that is very important as well. It also means the way that you perform the task. Frequent vacuuming should be performed at entrances and in high traffic areas. More than just one pass should be made in these spaces. In fact, you should make 8-10 passes in the heavy traffic pathways. The reason for this is that most vacuums require several passes in order to lift dirt that has settled deeply into the carpet pile.

Spot Clean the Right Way

All spills should be cleaned up immediately in order to prevent staining. However, many people can do damage to their carpets during spot cleaning. This is usually due to the use of improper cleaning agents or harsh scrubbing techniques. Only use the kinds of carpet cleaning agents that are recommended by the carpet manufacturer. Use a gentle blotting motion instead of vigorous scrubbing. This can help to prevent the fibers from becoming frayed.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Having your carpets cleaned by a professional on a regularly scheduled basis will help you to maintain a healthy and clean environment. By staying on a schedule, you can ensure that you don’t do permanent damage to the carpet fibers. Keep in mind that a properly cleaned carpet can look cleaner for longer.


About Acrylic End Tables

Acrylic end tables are very beautiful and clear but you can also find them in different colors and tints to suit your preferences. Coating the acrylic sheets prevents fogging, makes it scratch resistant and also reduces solar reflections and glare. Because this material softens when exposed to extreme temperatures, it is easy to form it into any given shape. For this reason, you will find the tables in unique striking shapes that add a touch of beauty to your space.

Advantages of Acrylic end tables

  • They can be formed into any given shape; hence you can have some unique pieces in your home.
  • They are lighter compared to glass and therefore easy to move and place at desired locations with no problem at all.
  • They are stylish and very beautiful and can easily transform your living areas into functional beautiful spaces.
  • They are durable and resist impacts. They are not as fragile as glass, but they also require to be handled with care to serve their functions for a long period of time.
  • Compared to other plastics, the acrylic end tables can withstand different weather elements making them ideal even for the outdoors.
  • They do not yellow over time. You will enjoy your beautiful end tables for years without any color changes. It is an amazing property, especially for the clear version tables that need to maintain their good looks to make a difference.

Choosing the Tables

When buying acrylic end tables, there are things that you need to consider both on the tables and on your available space.

  • The size – The size of the table can determine how functional it is in your chosen area. Even though most tables are small, you can find all kinds of sizes and you should choose the size that suits the available space you have for the table.
  • The design – Your acrylic end table design will determine how beautiful it is, but it can also determine the amount of space it demands. The designs can also have effects on its stability or sturdiness. Luckily, you can find a design that is perfect from all these angles. Choose acrylic end tables that are not prone to tipping over. The weight should be well-distributed and the base should be good enough to keep the table in position. Ensure also you have enough space for the design that you choose.
  • The color – Clear acrylic end tables are stunning, especially because they look like glass and it can be hard to tell they are not unless you touch them. Clear color works with any given décor making it easy to add the tables in your space. However, you can also choose other colors and tints you feel will work best for your interior décor. When choosing the color, also consider any other additional accessories you might include to make sure they will work in harmony.