Learn How To Wrap Your Garage Door To Make It Look Like A Holiday Gift

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Decorating your garage door for the holidays will show your neighbors just how much spirit you truly have. Fortunately, you do not have to be an interior designer to learn how to decorate your door in a fun and stylish way. Use the following guide to learn how to make your garage door look like a giant present. Supplies You’ll Need Two Different Colored 9′ x 10′ Tarps Painter’s Tape Scissors A Measuring Tape A Washable Marker Cover the Door The first thing you need to do is cover the door with one of the tarps. To start, open your garage door. The door should go up onto the track and be flat over your head, when you stand in the garage. Stand on a ladder and spread the tarp out over the top of the garage door. Pull the edges of the tarp around to the back of the garage door and secure it with the painters tape. This will hold the tarp in place without allowing the neighborhood to see how you secured the tarp. Measure and Mark Next, take the second colored tarp and spread it flat on the ground. Use the measuring tape to measure the tarp width wise and make a mark every two feet. Use scissors to cut two long strips at the marks that you made. Secure the Ribbon Take one end of one of the strips and place it at the top of the garage door. Secure it into place with the painter’s tape. Pull the other end of the strip all the way to the bottom of the door, over the tarp that was originally secured to the door. Pull the strip taut and then secure it with painter’s tape. Take the second strip and secure it to the side of the door with the tape, pull it across the door until it is taut and then secure it with the tape. Create the Bow Cut another strip of tarp on the marks that you made. Cut that strip in half and then pull the ends of one half of the strip in toward the center of the strip. Use tape to secure the ends. At this point, you should have two open spaces. Use the second half of the strip to wrap around the center of the first half of the strip and secure it with the tape. This should create a bow. Lower the garage door and use the painters tape to secure the bow to the location where the two strips of tarp intersect on the front of the door. This should make the door look like a gift box that is wrapped with ribbon and tied...

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Resolving Black Streaks On Asphalt Shingles

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You used to appreciate the appearance of your roof, since you carefully chose the color and pattern of the asphalt shingles to enhance your home’s beauty. Now, however, the roof has developed dark streaks that you can easily see as you ride by the house or pull into the driveway. What’s causing this problem—and what can you do to resolve it? Fortunately, you can remove those streaks yourself with a little elbow grease, or have a roofing contractor do the job for you. Roof Algae Dark streaks on roofs can be caused by dirt or mildew, but typically those streaks come from algae. These algae like humidity and shade from trees. They don’t like copper or zinc, so they don’t tend to grow under flashing or galvanized vents.  How to Fix the Problem At a hardware store or home improvement store, you can buy commercial products specifically designed to remove algae from roofs. You also can use a quart of bleach with a gallon of water and 1/4 cup trisodium phosphate. Apply the solution with a spray device—but not a pressure washer, as that can damage shingles. If the problem is a stubborn one, you may need to scrub the area with a soft brush. You can do this while standing on the roof or by using a brush attached to a telescopic pole. After 20 minutes, rinse the liquid off with your garden hose. Do the project on a cloudy day or when the area has shade. That way, the solution doesn’t dry up before you hose it off.  Caution Protect the grass and other plants under your work area by hosing them down before and after you do the job. You also might cover them with a tarp or sheets of plastic before you start work.  Prevention Installation of a strip of galvanized sheet metal or copper under the ridge will stop the problem from happening again. When it rains or when snow melts, ions washing down from the metal kill the algae. A roofing contractor can do this project at an affordable price. Concluding Thoughts It’s possible to resolve this problem yourself. However, you may not feel comfortable doing all that work far above the ground, whether you stand on a ladder or get up on the roof itself. If that’s the case, contact a few local roofers, such as Lask Roofing and Siding Inc., and ask what they charge for this type of project. Soon your roof will look great again, and you’ll be pleased with the...

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Painting An Ornamental Iron Fence

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wrought iron fences can give your home a mystical appearance. The intricate scrolling patterns and the tapered spires on the tops are majestic and elaborate at the same time. If you have decided to give your fencing a new coat of paint, you will want to take your time, making sure to get every crevice so that the new paint job comes out looking uniform. Here are some instructions that you can use to paint your iron fence. Cleaning Your Fence You will want to clean your whole fence before you paint it. You can do this in sections, as you will just need to start over again if you wait too long from the time you clean til you paint. Pick an area and use a pressure washer to remove any grime and webs that may be on your fence. Wrought iron attracts spiders, so make sure you get the undersides of the scrolling patterns to dislodge any webs or insects. Making Repairs Since wrought iron can easily rust, you will want to investigate to see if there are any areas that will need to have rust removal done before painting. If you find an area with rust, take a wire brush and gently scrape off the rust area until you are down to bare metal. Any areas of the fence that have chipped or flecked paint will need to be scraped before you can add any paint to the surface, or it will not adhere. Remove these areas with sandpaper. Use a medium grit sandpaper followed by a fine grit sandpaper to smooth the area completely. When you have finished sanding, rinse the fence with the pressure washer, once again. Getting Ready To Paint Use a rust inhibiting primer on the entire fence to help prevent any rusting from occurring. You should add two coatings of primer before starting to paint. When painting, a sprayer will do the job most effectively. You can use a brush or small roller for the areas that have small crevices, but the bulk of the fence can be done with a sprayer. Set a tarp or sheet on the opposite side of the fence when you paint, as the pattern of your fence will end up on the ground. You also do not wish to kill flowers or grass with the paint. Spray two coatings on your fence, allowing to dry completely between each...

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Questions To Ask When Switching To French Patio Doors

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you thinking about making the switch from a sliding glass patio door to a set of beautiful French patio doors? Perhaps you want something that looks more elegant and adds value to your home. A set of French patio doors can accomplish both of these goals. However, before you call out a contractor to give you a quote, there are some things you need to consider and questions you should ask yourself. Are French Patio Doors Viable for the Space? Many people love the thought of being able to open a set of French doors out onto their patios. However, in some cases, French doors simply aren’t a viable option due to space constraints. You’ll need to consider whether or not there’s enough room on either side of the entryway for a set of large doors to swing open. If your patio door is located in a small dining room, you might not have enough space for the doors to swing open into the home. On the other hand, if you’ve got a small patio, the same may be true for having the doors swing outside. This is exactly why some homeowners opt for sliding glass doors in the first place; they don’t take up any additional room when they open. Are Pets Going to Damage the Doors? Next, think about any pets you may have in your home and what that might mean for your new French patio doors. For example, if you’ve got a dog who loves to jump up on the sliding glass to let you know when it wants in or out of the house, this could pose a problem when you replace that sliding glass with a beautiful set of wooden doors. The last thing you want is to spend your hard-earned money on lovely French doors, only to have them scratched up and damaged. If your pet is a jumper and you’re worried about this being a problem, then it might be time to consider training your pet not to jump or scratch at doors. Alternately, you could gate off that particular room of the house as well. These are just a couple of questions you’ll definitely want to ask yourself before you make the decision to have French patio doors installed at your home by companies such as Fas Windows and Doors. From there, you can be sure to make a decision that’s practical for your needs in the long...

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Repairing The Parking Bumpers In Your Parking Area

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have parking bumpers (or wheels stops) in your parking lot, every once in a while they should be inspected to see if they need any necessary repair. Parking bumpers are a great safety tool and should be kept that way by having them aligned, reconstructed, and painted, if necessary. Here are some of the things that you can do to keep your wheel stops doing the job they were intended to do without compromise. Doing An Inspection Take some time away from your daily activities to stroll out to your parking area to look at your parking bumpers. Walk up to each one and make notation about the condition, and what repairs you may need to make so that you can figure out how much you will need to purchase for the repair. Note how many have crumbling or chipped pieces that will need to have a new layer of cement poured to repair. Are there any parking bumpers that look as if they are so demolished that the reinforcement bar is bent or showing? These may need to be replaced completely. Doing The Repairs You will want to use a mold of the parking bumper in order to repair the ones in the lot. Measure an existing bumper and construct a mold made of plywood that you can slip around the broken parking bumper. Mix up a batch of ready-to-pour cement inside a wheelbarrow. Pour the cement over the existing pieces to reinforce the crumbled or cracked spots.  If you need to make new parking bumpers to replace some that were totally destroyed, you would use the same mold. Remove the broken parking bumper and place the mold in its place. Pour the cement into the mold about halfway. Place a reinforcement bar into the cement to help keep the cement wheel stop in tact after it has hardened. Fill the remainder of the mold with cement and allow to harden. Remove the mold and allow the parking bumper to cure before paint. Last Minute Fixes Move any parking bumpers that may have been hit by cars to their proper locations to make them aligned once again. Paint all of your wheel stops with a bright-colored paint so that they can be easily seen upon entry to the parking lot. Sometimes painting them with vertical striping can be a great idea to help them to be seen better. If you need to purchase more wheel stops, contact Unit Step...

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