Home improvement projects can work out wonderfully, or occasionally end in disaster. This list of tips should put you “in the know”? Use this advice to make every home improvement project a success.
If you must patch small cracks on your roof, using aluminum tape could do the job. To use the tape, simply remove the paper backing from the tape and apply over the crack. The aluminum provides a long-lasting, waterproof seal that will surely hold up for years with any type of small hole or crack.
It may be necessary to repaint your porch. You should use a high quality exterior paint. Make sure the bases of the old and new paints match. That means using oil-based paint if the existing paint is oil-based, and the same for water-based paints. Oil based paint works well for trim since it is water resistant, but avoid using it on an outdoor deck or floor because it is slippery after snow.
Use nails to drill some holes in your paint can’s rim. Why? Typically, paint will spill out and run down the can when you put the lid on it. Use a small nail to puncture several holes into this rim, allowing paint to drain from the channel back into the can.
Spackle all of the holes that you have in the walls. Pick up some spackle first. To take care of a few small holes, you’re not going to need much spackle at all. If you have a very small hole, use a bobby pin, put a little spackle on it, and cover the hole. After the spackle has dried, smooth the hole over with a firm object. Next, apply a coat of paint to finish the job. You will be rid of the ugly holes that are in your wall.
When you are painting, remember to put down plastic to protect the floors. This can help reduce stains, which can serve as a very costly expense. Using old layers of newspaper is an inexpensive and very effective way to protect your flooring. Plastic sheeting or inexpensive paint cloths will work, too.
You can make a lot of improvements in your kitchen. Start with the walls; if there are grease stains, mix up a 2 to 1 solution of TSP and water. This solution will remove the grease, and also most of the paint. Paint your kitchen an attractive shade of tan and marvel at how the character of the room has changed as a result.
To keep air from leaving through the doors, get some sealant strips and draft excluders. Draft excluders are used under a door to stop warm air from escaping and prevent cold air from entering. Sealant strips can be used for this as well. You can find them at your local hardware store.
As you can see, there is a lot more to home improvement than most people think. Every project requires research and a unique set of tools, but you can handle almost anything with preparation. The tips laid out in this article will put you on the right path to completing your project successfully.