The Online Guide to Building a Shed
September 8th, 2014
Raised beds save you a lot of hassle. You won’t have to bend over as far, and your plants will always be within easy reach. Here’s how to make your own raised garden bed out of concrete blocks.
What Will I Need?
You will need ten items including:
Concrete blocks in any size you prefer. Larger is better, since it means less work for you!
A weed barrier cloth
Plan Your Raised Bed Follow these steps to plan the layout of your raised bed quickly and easily.
Start by making a plan. You’ll need the bed to drain well, and that means you need to know the type of dirt you have in your area. If it’s clay or rock, you might need to leave a gap under the bed to allow the water to escape. If you have traditional dirt that drains well, then you can build your bed up directly [...]
September 4th, 2014
When your carpet installation is complete, you are sure to love the look and feel of your brand new carpeting. But the challenge is keeping your carpet looking good, and extending the life of your carpet for as long as possible. Luckily, this is pretty easy to do if you follow a few simple tips.
Plan to Vacuum Regularly
Vacuuming is absolutely essential to keeping a carpet clean and in good condition. How often you need to vacuum depends on how much foot traffic your carpet gets. Plan to vacuum all of your carpeting at least once a week. Carpet that gets medium traffic should be vacuumed twice a week, and high traffic areas may need to be vacuumed every day. Investing in a high quality vacuum can make a huge difference in the look and cleanliness of your carpet. Your vacuuming style also matters- don’t go back and forth quickly over [...]
September 4th, 2014
If you’re a new homeowner, you may not have ever had to deal with a plumbing emergency. Well, sooner or later, if you own your home, you’ll probably have to face one, and you won’t be able to just call the landlord and have it taken care of for you. Here are some tips for how to handle three very common plumbing problems.
There are some signs that a sewer emergency is brewing in your pipes:
All the drains in the house (not just one) may be slow to drain or not draining at all.
The smell of sewage is emanating from your shower or sink drains.
Sewage is backing up into your shower, sinks, toilets, or basement floor drain.
This is because the sewer main, where the drainage from all your pipes winds up, is clogged or blocked.
You need to have a plumber come to the house and unclog the sewer main. Any [...]
August 5th, 2014
Are you tired of the decor in your living room, but feel that a change would be too expensive? Well, there are actually some affordable, and even free ways to update your living room so that you can have a pleasant change that you have always wanted! Here are five ways you can perform minor home remodeling by changing up your living space without spending too much:
Rearrange the Furniture: Don’t think that your current layout is the only way your living room will work with all the furniture that you have? Just by moving even one thing from its place can still keep the flow and provide a refreshing change that you may even enjoy. Once you get started, you may find another layout that works perfectly in your living space that you never thought of before. However, even if you do not feel like moving all the heavy furniture [...]
Before you start building your shed, there are a few questions you should ask yourself and a few steps that you should take to prepare. First, you should determine if you need a shed or if you can afford one. Then you should find out if you need a permit to build a shed in your area. After that, you should decide what you’ll use the shed for and make plans.
Constructing a shed is easier than you think. You can always just order one from a home improvement store, but it is rather simple and very rewarding to build one from scratch too. At this point, you know what kind of shed you need and how big you want it to be. You can start construction by laying down a foundation and putting all the framing into place.
Finishing the Shed
After you’ve gotten the bones of the shed into place, you can start adding the finishing touches to it, painting it and making the outside look presentable. Your shed is not a “shack,” so make sure that it looks good, won’t fall apart, and is comfortable to work in if you’re using it for more than just storage. Put the right siding and shingles on, and your shed with be an enhancement to your yard.