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How to Hang a Heavy Mirror

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Homeowners will need to hang several picture frames and mirrors in their home. There are some frames and mirrors that won’t require much more than a single nail but other frames and mirrors are much heavier and require a little more to hang them. Read our blog below for the best way to hang and display heavier mirror.

Let’s explain how to hang a heavy mirror in your home:

To hang a heavy mirror on drywall you first need to know the weight of the mirror. The specific weight is important because it will help determine what type of screw or nail to use to hang the mirror. Each screw type has its own maximum weight limitations.

You can weight the mirror by simply resting it on top of your bathroom scale.

Once you determine the weight of the mirror you can go to the hardware store and purchase the correct hook type. We recommend you purchase two of them for better stabilization of the mirror on the wall.

Now return home and find the spot on the wall you want the top of the mirror to be. Mark that spot with a pen or pencil.

Now find the wire on the back of the mirror and measure from the top of the mirror down to where the hanging wire is on the back of the frame. You should use a piece of scrap wood to push up beneath the frame to replicate how the wire will sit on the two hooks.

Take those measurements and measure down from the pencil mark on the wall to wear the screws will sit. Then use the scrap piece of wood and a balance to determine the correct horizontal placement. Now measure an equal distance horizontally for where to hammer each of the two hooks into the wall.

Place each hook onto the drywall and hammer it in.

Find someone else in your home or a neighbor to help lift the mirror onto the two hooks. Center the mirror for balance. Once the mirror looks correct on the wall the project is complete.

This is a home improvement you won’t need a professional for and it will improve the style of your home!

How to Choose the Right Saw to Use

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A repairman is only as good as his tools. You have to use the right tools for the best results during a DIY home repair or upgrade. A common tool for many home repair projects is a saw. The question is, what saw is the best saw for each type of project?

There are many types of saws to use to complete a project. Here is information on how to choose which saw to use for a particular project in your home:

#1. Hand Saw

A hand saw is probably the most common type of saw used for basic repair projects or home updates and builds. This type of saw is perfect for smaller repairs and is extremely versatile due to its small shape and sturdy handle.

#2. Miter Box

A miter box saw offers a more precise cut than a hand saw. This is also a smaller, handheld tool. It features a straight, thin blade to saw through standard cuts of wood.

#3. Hack Saw

The hack saw is another popular handheld saw. The saw is extremely durable and it is the best choice for cutting through metal, whereas the previous two saws should only be reserved for cutting wood or you could damage the saw in the process.

#4. Coping Saw

This saw features a similar shape as a miter box saw. It also offers a precise cut and is the recommended saw for more intricate cuts for wood molding.

#5. Drywall Saw

A drywall saw doesn’t look much different than a serrated kitchen knife or steak knife. This small saw should be reserved for cutting smaller, precise holes through drywall. Do not use this saw on wood or metal.

#6. Circular Saw

This is the first power saw in the list. The circular saw is easy-to-use and very versatile. A circular saw provides rip and cross cuts across standard wood boards and materials.

#7. Miter Saw

Don’t confuse this saw with the miter box. The names are similar, but the miter saw is a power saw that provides accurate angles and straight short cuts across wood boards and materials.

#8. Table Saw

This is the first saw that is not handheld. A table saw sits flat on a table or flat surface. This power saw provides a rip cut for larger materials and wood.

#9. Jigsaw

This handheld power saw is able to provide curved cuts and complex shapes for intricate designs and cuts in wood.

#10. Oscillating Saw

An oscillating saw is a small, straight saw used to remove grout from tiles and stone and to cut through drywall.

These are the 10 most common saws for most home repair projects. The other important consideration is what is the best blade and the correct size blade for the project.

You can see, there are several choices when it comes to choosing the perfect type of handheld saw or power saw for your home repair project.

You can email us via our online contact form and we will do the best to advise you on which saw to choose for your project.

Volatile Organic Compounds in Your Home

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One downside to home repair projects and remodeling to increase the value of your home is the different levels of danger in the projects. One danger includes the presence of fumes and toxins emitted from the necessary equipment and products used during a repair project. There is a common form of toxins called volatile organic compounds.

You might not be aware of the number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home. There are over 10,000 types of VOCs and there are many that are common in products you use in your home.

VOCs are organic compounds that transform into vapors or gases. VOCs contain carbon, fluorine, hydrogen, sulfur, nitrogen and other elements. VOCs are often toxic and pollute the air outdoors or in your home.

The most common VOCs are gasoline, benzene, toluene, xylene, styrene and formaldehyde.

Long-term exposure to VOCs in the air in your home can cause kidney damage or liver damage. Short-term exposure can cause eye irritation, headaches and stomach pains.

You will often find a high number of VOCs in products related to home repair and design. VOCs are found in paint thinners and lacquers and other building materials. You will also find a high level of VOCs in new carpet from manufacturer stain guards and other elements. You can remove VOCs in carpet with professional carpet cleaning. Learn more here.

The VOCs will escape off of these home repair products, new carpet and cleaning products and into the air. This emission process is called off-gassing and it is how VOCs contaminate the air in your home.

The off-gassing process is its most potent immediately after the installation of new carpet or building materials or after first opening a can or gallon of a cleaning product. The off-gassing process varies depending on the temperature in your home and the element. The time range for off-gassing to end is between two to eight weeks.

This means you should practice proper ventilation in your home if you are using products known to contain a high level of VOCs.

You should open the doors and windows in your home for continued circulation. We also recommend that you run ceiling fans and floor fans if you are painting a room in your home or having carpet installed. You can also install a HEPA air filter to trap VOCs and prevent them from returning to the air you and your family breathe in.

If possible, avoid cleaning products all together. There are several all-natural alternatives or DIY solutions that are safe for your home and do not contain toxins or VOCs. Look for Green Guard and Green Seal products as alternatives to products that contain VOCs.

Now that you are aware of the presence of VOCs in home repair materials and products and their impact on the air in your home, you can practice safety measures to reduce your exposure to volatile organic compounds.

How to Remove Wallpaper

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It’s pretty common to move into a new home and discover several of the rooms have wallpaper. The days of wallpaper being a popular décor trend are long over. You will need to remove the wallpaper before you paint a room a new color. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to remove wallpaper:

1) PEEL & TEAR

Place a drop cloth on the floor beneath you so that you don’t make a mess on your floor.

This is pretty simple. The first step to remove wallpaper is to attempt to tear and peel as much of it off the wall as possible. Sometimes you can tear large portions of the wallpaper off the wall whereas other times it will be difficult to peel even small sections off. That being said, this is always the first step of the process.

You can use your fingers or a putty knife for this process.

2)  SCORING TOOL

You should purchase a scoring tool for wallpaper at your local hardware store. A scoring tool is a small circular piece of plastic with blades beneath it. You run the tool over the large portions of the wallpaper you can’t tear off. The tool creates tiny little holes in the wallpaper to allow air beneath the surface and loosen the adhesive.

You don’t want to press to hard with the tool to avoid indentations in the drywall behind the wallpaper.

3) POWER STEAMER

Purchase a power steamer at your local hardware store or from an online retailer. A typical power steamer costs around $40-50 per unit. You will be glad you spent the money once you see how easy it is to remove wallpaper with this tool.

Plug the tool into the wall and fill the steam tank with water. Once the tool starts to produce steam it is ready for use. Apply the handheld portion of the power steamer over portions of the wallpaper still intact. Leave the handheld tool there for 10 seconds or more to let the steam seep into the perforations created from the scoring tool.

Now remove the handheld tool and scrape your putty knife under the wallpaper. The wallpaper should come off the wall very easy at this point in the process.

Be careful using the power steamer as the tool is extremely hot and it can burn you if it comes into contact with your skin.

4) GLUE

The steam should help to loosen the glue and adhesive under the wallpaper. You might need to scrape the glue a little harder than the wallpaper but it should still come off of the wall fairly easily after the steam is applied.

5) CLEANUP

Now all of the wallpaper has fallen to the floor in a pile and it is time to clean it up and throw it into a garbage bag for disposal.

You can wipe down the wall with a sponge. Scrub in a circular motion to remove all of the glue and create a clean, smooth surface for your new paint.

How to Increase Your Home’s Total Value

The one thing that many home owners are considering is to increase the home’s total value with home improvement projects they can do on their own. They want to make sure that they are investing in the home, and to make sure that when they are selling the home again, that they are going to make some profit. However, they don’t always know what they can do to improve the value of their home. These are some tips on how you can increase your home’s value:

Upgrading the bathroom and kitchen

The first thing that you can do is to upgrade the bathroom and kitchen. This is the two parts of any home that people want to have modern and stylish. The moment that you are upgrading these two, you are going to increase the value of your home, by a lot.

The only problem is that with this type of upgrade, you need to spend a lot of money. However, it makes it worth at the end of the day. Selling a home with modern bathroom and kitchen is something that every new homeowner will look for.

Consider a total remodeling of the home

If you have the money to spend, or you know that you are going to stay in the home for a couple of years, you can consider doing a total remodeling of the home. Meaning that you are upgrading the home completely and making sure that you are going to have a new, modern home.

This is a great way to increase the home’s value and it will ensure that you live in a home that is in good condition and that your friends and family with envy.

The home inside and out

The one problem that most people are making when they want to increase the value of their homes; is that they are only doing upgrades to the inside of the home and not the outside. Or, they are doing upgrades to the outside of the home, but not even considering the inside of the home.

If you want to get the best out of a home improvement project, you need to make sure that you are going to improve the home the outside and the inside.

Well maintained home

You should not only consider doing home improvements to increase the value of your home. You should make sure that you are doing regular maintenance as well. It will not help when you have a great home, but the roof is leaking and the grass is long. A well maintained home with having a good value and will be able to sell at a high price.

There are different things that you can do in order to make sure that you are going to improve the value of your home. The only thing that you need to know is that you need to spend money in order to be able to make the money back when you are selling the newer, improved home.

Home Improvements You Can Do Yourself

There is no reason why you can’t do home improvements yourself. Yes, there are some of the tasks that you can’t do yourself, but there are smaller tasks that are easy to do. It can be expensive to hire someone to do the home improvements yourself. And, if you don’t have the money, it will be hard to get everything done that you wanted to do. Here are some home improvements that you can do yourself, without any problems:

Repaint a room

You can repaint a room over a weekend if you want to improve your home yourself. There is nothing complicated in repainting. It is just taking some time, and you need to purchase the right type of paint.

You will be surprised on how a new coat of paint can give a new look to a room. You really don’t need to hire a professional in order to paint a room. You should just get advice about the type of paint that you should purchase and be aware of the chemicals and volatile organic compounds. And, you need to know what color you want.

Installing ceiling fans

Many people don’t know this, but you don’t need to be a professional in order to install ceiling fans. The only thing that you should do, is making sure that the electricity to the home is off, and you need to have some knowledge about how to install it.

The ceiling fans can make a huge difference when it comes to home improvements. Especially if you are going to install high-quality fans throughout your home. It will keep your home cool and will make your home look modern.

Power wash the outside of your home

Anyone with a power wash machine can power wash the outside of your home. And, if you don’t have a power wash machine, you can rent one. You don’t need to pay high prices for a company to come out to power wash the walls and the roof of your home.

The only thing that you should make sure about is that you are going to be safe when you are on the roof of your home while washing the roof.

There are actually many things that you can do yourself when you want to do some home improvements to your home. You don’t need to pay for getting it done by a professional. You should just make sure that you are going to have a knowledge to the things that you are going to do. Then, the rest will be easy. You can ask for assistance, but you don’t need to hire someone to do these tasks for you.