After a long cold winter we had to repair our cement steps. I'm guessing you might have to do this, too. So I decided to share how we fixed our steps in one and got our curb appeal back for the spring season!! You can totally DIY this same project and save some money for spring flowers.
For a complete step-by-step video you can also visit my blog post over on Home Repair Tutor.
Let me know if you've got any questions because I'd be happy to help :)...
It's a good thing that I enjoy working on home improvement stuff, because the updates at Mom and Pop's place never seems to end. Recently, I took on giving their driveway a makeover using this innovative new stamped concrete technique. The system is brand new on the market and can be done by a total novice. The basic gist of the system is that instead of pouring concrete on the driveway or patio or walkway, you're laying 1/4" concrete tiles. If you've ever laid tiles, you know how easy it is. And if you haven't laid tiles, then I'm telling you how easy it is. You mix up your mortar, smear on the back of your tile, set in place, and repeat.
But the best part of this system isn't how easy it is, it's how cost efficient it is. Traditionally poured stamped concrete will run ya about $10/square foot. This tile system will only run you about $3/square foot. That's a huge savings!
FULL TUTORIAL HERE: http://diyfunideas.com/diy-stamped-concrete-tile-tutorial/...
Our landscape was a huge selling feature for us when we moved in—green grass, nice landscaping, minimal maintenance—we loved it all. Then somewhere along the line, we started noticing changes. Our once sturdy walkway slowly began shifting away.Although we have attempted numerous times to adjust these sinking stones, it never really stayed in place. After a season change, we were right back at square one. Those same stones became a tippy, tilted mess.
There's nothing worse than a cracked, heaved, or sunken concrete pad.
Chances are you've experienced one of these 3 things if you're a homeowner (i'm in this club myself, and unfortunately it doesn't involve a cool jacket). ...
I'm not sure about you, but there isn't much worse than going out to my car to leave, and finding my windshield frozen over. It's especially frustrating if I'm not at home and don't have the liberty of leaving my car started for a while so it can defrost. Well, no fear my friends! I tried a little trick that my Grandmother used to use and it works like a dream! Your window will be clear of ice within seconds, and you only need two ingredients!
Difficult, messy beyond belief. More expensive than we thought. Wanted to cry & give up....at one point I hated them, but now, ah....I have to admit, well, you decide... Do they look good? Oh yeah, was it worth it? Yes it was.
On this episode, Kim demonstrates how to repair cracked rotting concrete, to help fix damp and dusky basements.
If your basement is feeling a little bit damp, you may need to get some water proofing done. A damp basement can lead to all sorts of costly problems. Luckily, parging is a cost effective task that can save you, and your sinking basement, from going under.
The deck at my home had not been stained or sealed and it needed to get cleaned up significantly. It started out with a lot of mildew and mold on the deck, as well as a lot of other stains.
The idea of a cement board siding product was new to me until we moved down here to hurricane country. With a few tips from a contractor and the right tools, installing Hardie Board siding turned out to be a very straight forward project that any DIYer can do. Getting started and determining the amount of reveal you want for each board might prove to be the toughest challenge. After that it's just a matter of keeping everything level around multiple sides of the house and the windows and doors. Find out all of the installation details with some tips and tricks at the blog post link below!
Are you looking at your rotten deck or fence post cap and dreading the time and expense it takes to repair it? Luckily, I found a no-paint 5 minute fix that you can install yourself!
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I'm really trying to wrap up the work on the front of the house. All that's left is replacing the drip edge that was removed when our predecessors built the dreaded tunnel of doom. I'd also torn off a good amount when I replaced the rotted facia boards.
Drip edge is a sheet metal flashing strip that slides under the roofing and over the top edge of the facia. It has a slight kick at the tip that kicks water off, away from the wood to keep water from ruining it.
Check out the full story on my blog. It has the full dose of humor and rain.
Your driveway is one of those things that you don't think about until something goes wrong. But a cracked, crumbling driveway is a massive eyesore that reduces your home's value and can even lead to sprained ankles or car damage. Fall is the perfect time of year to check your driveway and repair any problems you find, before colder weather gets here and increases the damage. Read on to see the "Big Four" problems that can destroy your driveway, and how to nip them in the bud and protect your driveway before it's too late.
Do you have an interlocking paver driveway? Then you understand my frustration. Do you have a brick patio? Then you can feel my pain. Weeds. The little buggers are pervasive and persistent.
I’ll be honest, the last time I replaced my AC filter was the month after I moved in. The last time I maintained my lawnmower? No idea. Weather-proofed my shoes? Let’s just change the subject.
When you’re busy, simple maintenance tasks can be pushed down the to-do list. But taking the time to maintain these expensive items can save you buku bucks down the line. So stop skipping maintenance tasks, and start knocking these babies off of the list.
Here’s a quick reminder of some things that might deserve extra attention this weekend:
Chain link fences are not my favorite style of fence but I dislike a broken chain link fence even more. We can only speculate on how this top rail of the chain link fence became broken and how the post ended up bent. We think that when the ground froze during the winter, the post was pushed upward but because the top rail is attached to the post, the post bent and then finally the insert connector broke.
I just love it when you can make a difference in enhancing the lifestyles of your customers.
This woodland contemporary home truly went from Drab To Fab with a new architectural shingled roof, stain change, pondless waterfall, LED lighting and a landscape design featuring Aquascapes Slate Stacked Urn at the homes entry. ENJOY
Remember El Nino? That sometime-in-the-‘90s storm sensation that produced crazy weather? Well, he’s backkkk! That’s right, El Nino, an area of warmer-than-average water in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator, is ready to wreck winter havoc on the United States during the winter of 2014-2015. While El Nino has not developed yet, Weather Channel forecasters expect a weak to moderate El Nino to emerge over the winter months and potentially persist into the spring.
So what does that mean for you?
Bitterly cold temperatures in the United States, especially on the East Coast and in the Deep South....
Has your deck seen better days? Before you get out the crowbar and start a full renovation, check out this tip! Those popped nails and uneven boards are soon to be a thing of the past.