I'm doing a makeover on my screen porch and I'm doing it on a shoestring budget! The screen porch was built last year over a part of our existing deck and the floors were less than
pretty. When pricing everything I wanted to do on the porch with almost no money, I decided to stain the floors in a semi-transparent white. When I got the stain on, I wasn't thrilled so I experimented with wiping a little of the stain off to give them a distressed look. Here's what I came up with! This isn't for everybody, some of you guys might not like it-I understand, but I'm happy and I spent only $33.00 at Home Depot for the stain!
Storage in a small, century home is scarce. So, we are making the most of our space by adding storage drawers in the steps. The project didn't really cost us anything except the cost of
the carpet on top of the steps. We dismantled an old changing table/dresser and repurposed the drawers and drawer glides. We attached the drawer glides to the risers and then added the steps on top. You can check out the entire tutorial and more home improvements at:
This past weekend I, ahem, was in our bathroom and noticed the toilet bowl could move.
And since we'll be hosting holiday festivities I thought it'd be a good idea to fix this
problem now. Let's just say the bathroom gets a lot of use this time of year at parties.
We recently had hardwood floors installed in this bathroom and the installer stacked two wax rings together. While this is acceptable I decided that I'd rather raise the toilet flange to ensure a good seal between the new wax ring and toilet bowl.
My buddy Joe just bought a house and had a similar issue. So I decided to put together some tips for him and the Hometalk community. There's also a short video that shows you how to do this simple repair and save a few bucks (use the extra money on toys or charity). Check out the tutorial via this link http://www.homerepairtutor.com/fix-a-leaking...
Here are some quick tips:
-Avoid nasty toilet bowl water spilling on your floor by turning it into gel (use LiquiLock)
-Add blue tape to the floor and mark the position of closet bolts (ensures you'll line up the toilet upon re-installation)
-Use a wax ring that doesn't have a plastic flange (the flange could dislodge and prevent solids from being flushed down the waste pipe)
-Add plumber's putty to the bolt caps to keep them in place
After you view the post you'll have the ability to remove your toilet, raise the closet flange, add a wax ring, and re-install your commode. I hope this helps. If it does I'd love to hear from you.
Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major heating mistakes that end in higher electric bills and larger environmental footprints. Here are 10
of those errors, with the cause and effect of each decision. http://bit.ly/WaQTfH
1. Maintaining a constant temperature
Cause: A persistent myth suggests that you can save energy by leaving the house at a comfortable 68 degrees (a widely recommended winter setting), even when you are sleeping or away at work.
Effect: You could miss out on significant potential energy savings by not using a programmable thermostat and adjusting the temperature overnight and during the workday.
2. Closing off vents in unused rooms Cause: You don't want to waste energy heating rooms you aren't using. Effect: Again, this just wastes energy and makes your furnace run inefficiently because it changes the air pressure in the whole system. Experts recommend never shutting off more than 10 percent of vents. Sealing your ducts is a more efficient way to save energy.
Separate The Myth From Fact! Read More: http://bit.ly/WaQTfH
Commented on Nov 21, 2012
Thank you or all your information ..really does help. I guess I'll open those vents back up ha