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Setting a Water Proof Floor in the Kitchen

Tile A Kitchen

Tile A Kitchen

If you are interested in upgrading your kitchen flooring tile is a durable waterproof option. The kitchen is full of wet spills so you want to be sure the flooring you install will stand up to the job needed. Not only are spills common most people have an ice maker in their fridge. These water lines are notorious for bursting and the resulting flood will buckle a wooden or vinyl tile floor in minutes if the leak is not caught.

Not every person feels capable to perform little jobs, but they also don’t want to pay the high prices that are charged to have someone else do them. One of those basic tasks that anybody can do is tiling the kitchen floor.

While not very hard to do, you might think that you can make a mistake that would ruin the job. But this really isn’t true. Tiling floor isn’t physically easy but it is very straightforward. You will be able to save a lot of money by doing this yourself. This will be a simple decision, provided that you know the do’s and don’ts. When you’re ready to go, you need to choose the tile you want. You may be blown away at all the different options you have. There are many different types of flooring based on material, sizing, colors textures and finishes. There are firms that produce tiles in odd sizes so that you will need to buy more tiles from them.

When you select a tile, it is usually based on your own personal aesthetics, you have unlimited options to choose from. But bear in mind, the moment it is done, it isn’t really something that is easy to change. Before you begin tiling, you need to meticulously measure the area, how the tile should be run and to determine how it will workout for waste. The dimensions of the tile might have more or less waste, for example, a 6×6 inch tile may be a greater fit than 4×4 tile. In order to save money, figure it out so there is as little waste as is feasible. If you go around kitchen cabinets, make sure that you diagram your floor to scale so you know exactly how many tiles you need. It is best to move the refrigerator out and tile that spot, rather than leaving it because most of it is never seen.

Always figure on 10% waste for cuts, mistakes, and breakage. If you’re able to perform basic math, you should be in a position to figure out where to begin and how you should layout your floor. You’ll want to get started right, because if you get going crooked, your floor will not look too good. If you can draw a pair of lines that are perpendicular and parallel to the walls, then you should be fine. It is important to end up with a point in the center to ensure the cut pieces on the outside walls will have the same measurement. You never want to simply just start with a whole tile against one wall and then head in the other direction, or the piece on the other side won’t match, more than likely. The moment it is all totally setup, you will be able to begin tiling.

The adhesive you will need is based on the type of floor you possess like wooden sub floor or concrete. If you’re laying tile over wood, a flexible mastic is best. Once the tiles are set and the adhesive has dried, then you can apply the grout, wipe the excess and let it dry and now you have a new floor.

Check out this video below for step by step instructions.


Be sure to check out our post on Winterizing Your Home, for great tips you can use.

Colored Sealant for Decking Upgrades

Freshly Sealed Deck

Freshly Sealed Deck

Everybody prefers to have their house look nice and be protected from the elements, and with a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, you can do it easily. By using splashes of color, you’ll be able to take your outside deck or patio, and jazz it up. First you will want to make use of a colored sealant to preserve the structure of the deck and give it a face lift. It may well only take your creativity to perk up the outdoor living spaces, by purchasing a few accent pieces that will make a bold statement. In fact second-hand pieces can look new with a little effort and creativity. Continue reading and discover several techniques to make your deck an enjoyable place to gather.

Absolutely nothing you do can help, if your patio needs painting, so the first thing you should do is power wash it, and then give it a new coat of paint or stain. Or keep the natural wood and go with a colored sealer, this is less ongoing work that painting a deck. You should consider the color scheme you want to have. Imaginative use of coordinating colors can have a nice impact and really give your deck a visual lift. Methods to brighten up your outdoor deck or patio are only restricted to your imagination. A backyard deck should look attractive for when you are expecting friends round. You’ll find some affordable furniture that is offered in the colors that match everything you have already chosen.

Perhaps outdated wicker chairs and tables might be brought to life with color matched paint and used on your deck. Perhaps, you’ll feel slightly adventuresome, and paint some kind of pattern, and when you do, use acrylic paint that you protect with a coat of varnish. For any individual touch you can easily custom paint your own design onto the side of a galvanized bucket oblong or container to use as an ice bucket to chill drinks etc. You should keep food apart from the surface, unless of course you are using paint that is safe for food. Use natural objects and settings to inspire your patterns and colors, for instance a seashore theme with pale blues, yellows and greens is eye catching. An interesting effect can be achieved if you paint the slats of a slatted table-top with varying shades of one color. You be the judge of what you want, and use the colors you like.

While you’re spicing up your patio or deck area, why not make other things more vibrant like window boxes, garden sheds and porches? A different way to try to get creative is to fix up colored lighting for your deck area. Strings of colored lights are generally lots of fun together with lanterns both of which can be mounted on trees or wooden beams. Take the time to fix any rot around the base of your deck. A little extra work now can save you costly repairs in the future. Any where you see lattice that is rotted remove and replace the pieces. There are lattice pieces made of durable plastic that you may wish to upgrade to.  Replacing rotted pieces on a window box is essential as is rotting boards on an outdoor shed. Be sure to get to the root of the issue and fix any drainage issues while you are at it.

A lot of people have bought ordinary white vinyl furniture in the past and you may be one of them. To make it match your brand new deck or patio colors you can paint it with a paint specially manufactured for vinyl. New cushions on your freshly painted vinyl chairs are going to complete that renewed look. Selecting your colors cautiously before beginning to get the overall look right is very important. Needless to say, all of us have differing likes and preferences and so color schemes may turn out with pastel shades or vivid and bold colors. Get familiarized with design schemes out there to inspire your own backyard renovation project.

Once you have your deck in top shape you may be ready to move on to an indoor project…tile work.

What a Waterproofed Deck Should Look Like

dad on deck

dad on deck

Here is a photo of my dad on a deck at his house.

We just finished doing some maintenance on this and I wanted to show you what a perfectly waterproofed deck should look like.

Once you get your deck waterproofed you should be able to see the water drops pool up on it.

Check out the photo below, this is exactly what you should see when you spill a little water on a properly water proofed, cured, seasoned, decking material.

Isn’t that a pretty sight?

This deck sealant should last five years at least and possibly longer because we did everything right and took no shortcuts!

Read more about how to upgrade your deck with sealant and new furniture.

water pooling on deck

water pooling on deck


DIY Foundation Waterproofing

I came across this video on how to waterproof your foundation. I have to say they got it right. If you are needing this done and want to give it a go on your own, this is a great step-by-step tutorial.



If you want a simpler project check out the deck I waterproofed with my dad.


Build a Greenhouse that Lasts and won’t Leak

Greenhouse with Skylight

Greenhouse with Skylight

What reasons are there for planning to build a greenhouse? There are a variety of reasons why you might like to build a greenhouse for yourself. The primary reason is almost always to grow plants to use during the cold months.The main reason is to be able to have living plants during the cold part of the year. To begin with, it is actually much easier to raise small vegetables as opposed to larger ones. Simply by using a greenhouse, you’ll be able to give starter plants a better possibility of becoming full-grown as they grow in a more controlled temperature. One positive function of a greenhouse is the testing you can do. It’s really a pleasurable hobby dealing with different plants, and developing new varieties.

Choosing a sensible location for your greenhouse will be the first step to take once you know it is what you want. You have to locate it where it is going to receive a great deal of sunlight. The entire day sunlight would be best, but for plants, ideally they need morning hours sun. There are two reasons why you should face the long side of your greenhouse to the south. The more lengthy side of your greenhouse should face the south for two reasons. First is to have the angle of the roof is created to catch the rays of the sun in the greatest amount. A second reason is the fact that when you use a shade cloth you are only required to shade a single side and not both. To protect your greenhouse from afternoon sun, you can shield it with maple or oak trees. It is necessary to keep in mind, however, that these trees shouldn’t shade the greenhouse in the morning as the plants require morning sunlight.

It is crucial that you have a reliable water supply with regard to your greenhouse. This is often created by way of a standalone water system or by using a hose that can easily reach to the end of the greenhouse. In addition to the water source, you also need a drainage process. The straightforward way to get this done is to create the greenhouse on higher ground, so this way the irrigation water will drain away, and so will rainwater, or snow melt.

If you install skylights you will have the benefit of ventilation in the summer. Just be sure to do it properly as skylights are notorious for leaking around their seals. Don’t skimp on cheap materials or you will have leak issues for sure after just a few years of use.

There are a number of different good structural models that your new greenhouse can look like. One uncomplicated option is to construct a lean-to greenhouse on the side wall structure of your house or garage. This really is cost-effective, for the reason that one wall is presently built, but that wall needs to be facing in the right direction for the proper sunlight. A different one that is also reasonably priced is the Quonset hut. With their dome design, they usually are warmed up without difficulty. A third option would be the Gothic Arch greenhouse which is closely related to the Quonset style with just a few variants in shape and form.

After that, there is the Classic A-Frame, which have high, slanted sides, which causes them to be trickier to heat. A Modified A-Frame could possibly be the thing you need if you want the Classic A-Frame without having the steep roof. Barn-Style greenhouses have got straight walls, making good use of the area, and they look like a barn. The even-span greenhouse is a full-sized structure that hooks up to one end of an existing structure.