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Installing a French Drain

How to Install a French Drain

Water is the basic necessity of life and we can’t survive without it. In some parts of the world where it’s scarce, people and their animals walk hundreds of miles just to get this rare commodity. Whoever, in some areas there is too much water and this is a problem to them. Too much water can Couse damage of property either directly like in flooding or indirectly through rusting. Stagnating water is a great inconvenience eyesore and thus we must develop measures to do away with such a problem. A French drain is the best solution.

What do you need to build a French drain?

A French trench drain is a gravel-filled trench that has a perforated pipe, used to drain stagnating water from your backyard or basement. Here is a list of materials that you need:
– Shovel
– Nails or pins
– Gravel
– Landscape fabric
– Perforated pipe

How to install a French drain

Installing a French drain is a simple process and should not cause problems since it involves the following easy steps; Continue reading “Installing a French Drain”

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Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping Ideas to Help Improve Your Home

 

If you are for looking for the best landscaping ideas for improvement then your are in the right place. I am glad to share with all landscaping ideas you need to improve your home.

ADAPT A TECHNIQUE OF MIXING SOIL WITH COMPOST FROM HOMEMADE SOURCES

When you are growing some flowers and plants it is always good to use potting soil which is important for providing the plant with required nutrients. IN order to save on the cost of buying potting soil, it is advisable to mix the soil with remains of organic materials.The ratio of the potting soil to the organic scraps can be 1:1 in order to get a good nutrient mixture that is nutritious to the plants. The potting soil can also be mixed with other material like mud-like soil or plant remains to in case a compost pile is not available. Likewise, you can al Continue reading “Landscaping Ideas”

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Installing Ceiling Fan

How To Install a Ceiling Fan 

 

First things first; you don’t have to be some expert technician to install a ceiling fan for your home. Anyone with the capacity to follow instructions, and (though it isn’t a must) with a basic electrical knowledge can effectively and successfully accomplish this task. It is a job that will only take a few hours, so it’s ideal for completing on a weekend. Tools that you will need are a hammer, screwdriver set (it’s best to be prepared to deal with any kind of screws you come across), needle-nose pliers, tape measure, wrench set, wire stripper/cutter, circuit tester/ multimeter, and a refreshment of your choice.

Installing a ceiling fan will be easier if; the room you intend to install it has an existing fan fixture, and or the space above it can be accessed from the attic. If none of these preferences is true in your case, then you may have a little more work to do to be successful. I never said that it will be a piece of cake, but it is definitely doable. Let’s begin.

Start by confirming the correct size of the fan for the room you want to install it. The bigger the room, the larger the fan you will need. Determine the room size by measuring the longest wall (hint – tape measure). If the wall is below 12ft, the suitable fan will be 36″ in diameter. If it’s from 12ft to 15ft, a 42″ fan will be required. Finally, if your wall falls above 15ft long, then you will have to go for the 52″ fan.

Replacing a pre-existing fixture will require you cut off all power to the circuit that powers the lights and their respective switches. Use the circuit tester to check that no power is still present before you touch any electrical wiring. Detach the fixture wires, followed by the central mounting nut, and get rid of any screws that held the old fixture. Next, you want to check whether the electrical box is safely held to a support bracket or ceiling joist. If the ceiling box is covered by drywall or alternative material, this is where having an accessible attic will come in handy. You will have to access the joists from the attic to check it and add a support brace if necessary. Fans can be as heavy as 50pounds, so a sturdy mount will be necessary to prevent any accidents.

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Changing a Door Knob

Changing a Door Knob Like a Pro

 

 

You may view a doorknob as an ordinary and common  thing, yet a closer look can sometimes puzzle you, making you be curious, on  the best approach you can take to change the doorknob incase of failure. Here  we are going to talk about how to change a door knob like a pro. Effective  removal and replacement of doorknobs requires you to have some basic carpentry  skills.

Nevertheless, before you begin the process of changing your doorknobs, you have to know the different types of door handles that exist in the market: Most businessmen sale modern and standardized doorknobs as a lockset, and it comes with all relevant hardware-that is the spindle, the latch plate, the knob, etc. Moreover, some doorknobs have sunken hex-head screws that come with a compatible Allen wrench.

Other knobs have a thin hole. It is through this the hole that you can insert a firm wire and press it on an activated pin (detent) releasing the knob from its shaft or spindle. Furthermore, some doorknobs will allow you to use a flat-head screwdriver for purposes of reaching the detent. The hole that you can use to reach the detent in these doorknobs is usually a slot. From these examples, you can use different techniques and tools to change and remove your doorknob, depending on its nature.

It is therefore important to determine the category of your knob as it will dictate the most efficient method y Continue reading “Changing a Door Knob”

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Give Your Front Door a New Look

Give Your Front Door A New Unique Lookdoor

The first impression lasts and since your front door ushers you and the visitors to your house then it needs to be attractive and welcoming. You need to know how to successfully paint your front door so that your home looks beautiful. There are many factors to consider while planning to paint your front door. For instance, wooden doors are painted differently from metal doors and new doors are painted differently from the old ones that need to be repainted. Below is step by step methods that you can customize to suit your front door painting needs.

  • Choose the color for your front door.

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