Tips to keep your hardwood floor nice and shiny

January 30, 2011  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Care

Keeping hardwood floors in the house is very vital as they generate warmth and a homely feeling to the house. If you take proper care of the hardwood floor it looks beautiful for years. You will just have to do a little maintenance at regular intervals, keep the floor cleans and protect the sensitive areas to maintain the sheen of the hardwood floor. It is essential to vacuum and mop your floor at regular intervals. Tough dust and dirt particles stick to the floor and if you step onto it gets grind leaving scratches which wears away the shine of the floor.

Hence to keep the hardwood sparkling you will have to clean it very regularly. Also ensure that you clean the wood floor with products that are safe to be used on wood and need be get a cleaning solution to clean wood floors. You can also wax the floor with decent quality floor wax; avoid taking cheap wax as they leave the floor with a dull finish.

Keeps mildew away from your bathroom with easy home remedies

January 27, 2011  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Care

It is very unhealthy and dangerous to have mildew fungus in the house. Eliminating the growth of mildew is not at all costly and comes for very cheap if home remedies are used. The use of natural home remedies is not only cost effective but also less harmful and safe.

Tea Tree essential oils are one of the most effective ways to remove mildew. This can be easily purchased, mix 2 cups of it with 2 cups of water and then pours it into a clean spray system bottles. Spray the contents of the bottle well on the mildew and then wipe the area. Natural vinegar is another home remedy. Mix half a cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water and then scrub the area well with this mixture.

Building Foundations in the Clay Soil

January 27, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

When constructing a home, specific attention should be paid toward the type of soil upon which the foundation is laid. If the preparation of a construction site is not done properly, it can create foundation problems.


Typically a concrete slab poured over a primed area of ground that serves as the starting area for constructing the subsequent walls and ceilings is the foundation of a home. The soil type beneath the foundation can be different, but if it is a clay soil it absorbs moisture and it can damage the concrete due to expansion.


For keeping the foundations level and free from cracking you have some options. A helical pier supports the foundation by drilling a large screw down into the ground till you get a firmer earth. To allow the foundation to be leveled above, a bracket is then adhered to the screw.


Underpinning is a procedure in which the sunken soil holes beneath a foundation are filled with concrete for foundation leveling.

Wiring your Home with Cat5 cabling

January 26, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Lighting & Electric

A Cat5 network is useful to create a more secure system in your home.


1. The network router and each desired Cat5 outlet should be located and marked.

2. Holes should be drilled in the wood framing of the house from the router to each outlet. The holes should be in the center of the wood wires should be run at least 12-18 inches away from home electrical wires.

3. The Cat5 cable should be run from the router to each outlet.

4. The RJ45 modular jacks should be connected to each wire at the router end using the cable crimper. The jack should be turned over to expose the wire connections which are numbered one through eight, going left to right.

5. The Cat5 keystone jack is connected at the outlets in the same pattern as the last step. A visual color indicator is provided by the keystone jack for the connections.

Shingling your Roof step by step

January 25, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Roofing

Shingling your roof on your own can save money.


Laying Felt and Flashing

1. Nail one strip of tar paper along the bottom edge of your roof, spaced every 12 inches, along each edge of the felt.

2. A second strip of felt paper should be rolled out farther up the roof from the first overlapping the top edge of the first by two inches. It should be nailed in place and rolling out should be continued till you reach the top of the roof.

3. One layer of felt should be nailed over the ridge line of your roof.

4. A strip of flashing is nailed along the edge of your roof, nestled tightly.

Laying Shingles

1. One tabless shingle is nailed in the corner of your roof.

2. A second tabless shingle is nailed next to the first. Nailing tabless shingles is continued till you reach the edge.

3. A full shingle is set in place above the first row, overlapping by 5 inches and nailed.

4. Laying shingles and nailing them in place is continued in layers till you reach the roof top.

Put the Garage Door Hinges into place

January 23, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Improvement

If door hinges are not properly installed they may bend and damage a garage door.


1. A lubricant should be sprayed on the bottom of the garage door and the weatherstripping should be tilt.

2. The bottom bracket hinge should be placed on the bottom corner of the door and a screw should be drilled into the weatherstripping.

3. Screws should be drilled into the two side hinges on the top left and right corners of the first garage door panel. The middle hinge should be screwed in the center of the first panel.

4. The bottom garage door panel is set in the door area and the rollers are set into the side hinges. The track should be placed over the rollers and screwed in place.

5. The hinges should be attached on the top left and right corner of the second panel, as well as the middle. This second panel should be dropped onto the first panel. The hinge top should be lifted from the first panel and attached to the second panel with a screw.

Draw the House Plans yourselves

January 22, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Design

Using software you can build your own house easily.


1. A list of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you require should be made including amenities such as laundry room, garage etc.

2. Log in to design websites to see what features you want in your home. An initial plan should be drawn on your graph paper to help you once you begin using software or a website to do the actual home planning.

3. A software program should be installed to help you to plan your house.

4. A first room should be drawn, and then all other rooms as per instructions in the software or website.

5. Once you complete your house, save your work. Check all details, and be sure if they are satisfactory. Make changes if you are not satisfied and save them. These can be used as blueprints by contractors which you employ to build your personal home.

Installing the Electrical Box inside your Straw Bale House

January 20, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Lighting & Electric

Since the late eighteen hundreds straw bale homes have been known. Due to their use of renewable resources and high energy efficiency they have been revitalized recently. Special arrangements for electrical and plumbing must be made during construction due to their unique design. The installation of electrical boxes is done in a unique way.


1. The electrical box is attached to the end of the long wood stake with the screws.

2. Decide the location where you want to install the electrical box and clear the area. The size and depth of the hole should be according the size of the electrical box.

3. The stake is pushed into the hole until the front edges of the box rest about one inch from the bail. This is done so that some space is left to apply the plaster after you finish the wall surface.

4. The electrical wire is inserted into the box with the holes provided.

Design a Home Workout Room

January 19, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Design

To have your own workout room at home saves you time and you do not need a lot of space for this room.


1. Select a room for your workout. After taking the workout-room measurements the type of equipment that you want should be chosen. Enough space should be kept around the equipment to enable you to move about freely in the room.

2. A flat bench should be purchased because it is useful for a large number of exercises. A set of dumbbells with a storage rack and a treadmill or elliptical machine for cardio exercises should also be bought.

3. Some carpet or foam padding should be bought to put on the floor in your workout room. Sections of additional carpet should be kept beneath your exercise equipment.

4. Some aerobics or other workout DVDs can also be bought to help keep you motivated if you have a TV in the room.

Urethane Versus Styrofoam Building Panels

January 18, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Home Construction

In construction Styrofoam panels and polyurethane or urethane panels are used for insulation.


Styrofoam and urethane panels are both resistant to heat and cold, but the R-value of urethane products is higher R-value than the Styrofoam boards with reference to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Some of the insulating properties of Urethane panels are lost over the first few years, reducing their R-Values. However, if Urethane panels are treated with a radiant barrier coating, like thin aluminum sheets glued to the panels, they retain more resistance for a long time. The boards provide the highest levels of insulation although Urethane and Styrofoam are available in liquid form and also as beads.


As buildings tightly are sealed tightly by Urethane and Styrofoam panels the air infiltration is lower, lowering heating and cooling costs. The panels can also be easily installed by construction workers, so that the labor costs are reduced for builders.