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Applying Epoxy Coating to Garage Flooring

Installing epoxy flooring takes a little up-front preparation before beginning. The most important step in the process is making sure that the floor you are going to apply the epoxy coating onto is free of moisture, residual paint and does not have a cement sealer or other finishing applied to it.

To test for moisture, take a sheet of plastic and take it to a 3-foot x 3-foot area using masking tape. Keep it there for about two days and then remove and check for any moisture collecting on the side of the plastic facing the floor. If moisture is present, than an epoxy flooring coating is not suitable as epoxy needs a dry surface to properly bond with the flooring.

Next, we’ll test to make sure the flooring does not have a sealant already applied to it. This test will also check for the presence of oils in the cement as well. Take a cup of water and pour it directly onto the existing flooring. It should soak into the floor in a reasonable

Tile Floor For Basement

1. A tile floor is relatively inexpensive compared to other types of flooring. Depending on the grade and style you buy, you might be able to get the peel-and-stick brand that you can lay down yourself instead of hiring it done. This will suit not only your wallet but your schedule, since it can be done in stages, as you have the time, and perhaps with the help of a friend or family member. Of course, you can get the more costly styles, and pay more, for a richer or more polished look, depending on your plans for the basement‘s use.

2. Tile is replaceable, so if one or more pieces should get stained, chipped, or torn, you can take them up and lay down new ones at your convenience. Instead of waiting for a service call from someone who only works weekends for double-time pay, you can do it yourself in time for the next party or family get-together.

3. Tile flooring is easy to clean. You don’t have to worry as much about spilled beverages, pet

Exterior Waterproofing

In case the house where it has been built on soil, knowing that the soil will be moist having high and fluctuating water table. In case of a leak in the basement, then the water coming in will do a lot of damage to the basement walls and floor leading to the need of exterior waterproofing.

The wet basements leave out an unpleasant smell and lead the people to get infected and results in potential health hazards. The growth of mold or mildew will start if there is moisture content in the basement, which again needs basement waterproofing services to avoid further damage to the basement.

The main sign of exterior wet basement is the presence of water on the foundation as the drainage system may not be working well leading to damp walls. This situation is a serious hint that the house needs to have the basement waterproofing services to be given along with exterior waterproofing, which will prevent the basement from getting more damages than ever.

The exterior waterproofing is a costly affair, but

Building Strong Foundation

  1. Soil Inspection

Checking the condition of the soil is the foremost step before beginning any work on it. When it comes to building a strong foundation, the soil type and its condition become very important. If the soil inspection is ignored, it can lead to instability in the future. Your structural engineer or your architect may be a trustworthy person to approach for inspecting the soil.

  1. Excavating and Grading Process

Remove all the small stones, rocks, pebbles, twigs, roots, etc. from the soil as such waste materials may hamper the process of building the foundation. Removal of waste material is necessary because it may also interfere in maintaining a particular level of slope while grading the soil. Make sure to dig the soil up to the required depth only. For accurate results, an excavation contractor may come to your rescue.

  1. Building the foundation

To begin building the foundation, install the footings. Keep in mind that you would either be pouring concrete into wood forms or directly into the trenches to create footings. It depends on the type of foundation you want and the type of soil.

Concrete needs reinforcement for

Underpinning Basement

Underpinning is used for reasons such as:

· To correct faulty foundation in case it has suffered a lot of cracks and settlement

· If the foundation is not strong or stable enough to hold the weight of the property

· To increase the load bearing capacity of the existing foundation

· To add floors to the existing foundation, rather than constructing a new building

Choosing an underpinning method solely depends on the type of foundation of your home. There isn’t a single method that will be suitable in every situation. In order to choose the correct method, you should keep the following points in mind:

· The structure of the foundation

· The factors that may have caused damage to the existing foundation

· Depth of excavation

· Site restraints

· Local permits and regulations

· Cost of the entire process

· Time duration

Commonly Used Methods for Underpinning

  1. Mass Pouring

The most commonly and traditionally used method of underpinning is mass pouring. It is suited for shallow underpinning in which a lot of digging is not required. It simply involves excavating

Tricks to Care for Laminate Flooring

much as you can and refer to them if a problem develops.

2. Ask for post-installation care instructions.You may not be able to mop the floor for 48 hours or you may be given other care instructions, depending on the flooring brand.

3. Don’t wet-mop laminate floors, because puddles could seep behind basebords and under your floor, damaging them.Only vacuum and then damp-mop them.

4. Don’t ever apply wax or acrylic floor finishes.

5. Use only the stain-removal products recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Typical suggestions in product literature are: acetone, for cigarette burns and nail-polish spills, and mineral spirits for grease and tar.

6. Buy doormats for doorways that lead to the garage or outdoors.These doormats will trap grit that can gradually cause light scratching on the laminate floor’s surface.

7. Put easy-glide protective buttons on the feet of the furniture.

8. Use dollies when moving a large piece of furniture or a heavy appliance across a laminate floor or else you could leave a scratch by getting tiny peebles caught under a furniture foot or a wheel.

Foundation Failing

Identifying lateral pressure damage is not difficult, but accurately quantifying the contributing sources is very difficult and should only be handled by a qualified engineer. The inward bowing of a basement wall is the simplest indication of lateral pressure. The bowing generally occurs when the external forces exceed the wall strength. The maximum bowing will often occur near the center of the wall because the adjoining perpendicular walls provide support in the corners. If bowing becomes severe, these walls can collapse inward.

Cracking can also occur when lateral pressure exceeds the strength of the concrete or block wall. The most common crack pattern begins in the corners and move up or down at 45 degree angles in concrete walls. For block walls, the cracks move along the mortar joints in a stair step pattern. Often these cracks end at a long horizontal fracture that parallels the basement floor.

Lateral pressure can affect the overall integrity of a house. Severe damage results in a visible opening between the top of the basement wall and the structure. Since water is one of the main causes of these cracks, water infiltration becomes significant in the largest of the cracks.

About Carpet Maintenance

Olefin fibers are the most stain resistant of all fibers used in the manufacture of carpet; however they tend to matt and crush easily. Olefin fiber is solution dyed, making it unique among carpet fibers, facilitating the use of a bleach water solution that will not damage or discolor the carpet when cleaned. Polyester is inherently more stain resistant than nylon; however it is not as resilient.

Routine maintenance of your carpet will ensure optimum performance in terms of durability and aesthetics. Carpet construction is designed to hide dirt and soil and the fibers are treated with chemicals that have the ability to resist soiling and stains. This coupled with certain inherent stain resistant qualities of the fibers itself, has resulted in carpets that are more stain resistant and are less likely to abrade and discolor.

Regular vacuuming is the key to maintaining the luster and health of carpet. Particles of dirt, dust and soil contain sharp edges and will cut into the fibers of a carpet, thus reducing its sheen and giving it a lack luster appearance. Regular vacuuming will remove these particles from the surface of the carpet, preventing them from being trodden into

Foundation Crack Repair

Inspect- Cracks can occur for a number of reasons. To repair cracks and address the real reason of cracks to develop, you will need to deeply inspect your home’s foundation. In most cases, you will able to yourself detect the cause of the cracks. The most common reason for these cracks to develop is due to the settling of the soil. Another common cause is the development of excessive moisture around the foundation. If the crack is small, you can easily repair it using DIY methods. But, if the crack is very large, call in a professional for evaluation.

Preparing the Crack for Repair- You will first have to clear all the loose material with the help of a screwdriver and a brush. You can use a hammer and a chisel to widen the crack and undercut the crack edges. After this, rinse the crack with water using a garden hose and pat the area dry using a towel.

Repairing Thin Cracks- There are many patching compounds available in the market, which you can apply using a paintbrush. You can also patch the crack using a cement mixture. Pack the mixture firmly into the crack and

Some Ways Install Bamboo Flooring

An added bonus to these beautiful floors is the knowledge that bamboo, unlike wood, grows quickly and abundantly, reaching maturity in five years or less. Red oak and maple, by comparison, can take decades to mature and then have to be replanted. Clear-cutting of forests also has a negative environmental impact and threatens the planet’s biodiversity.

After harvesting, cutting, processing, and finishing, bamboo flooring installation is not much different from standard hardwood floor installation. The important steps in installation occur before putting in the bamboo floor. First, make sure you buy from a reputable manufacturer who is willing to back up their product with a warranty.

The next step in bamboo flooring installation is making sure the subfloor is dry, clean, and level. Dirty subfloors will not bond well with the adhesive, and subfloors that are not dry will eventually cause rot. If not level, the bamboo flooring will squeak when walked on. If you are competent in home repair and good with your hands, you may be able to complete the bamboo flooring installation on your own. In some cases, with certain types of bamboo flooring, a professional will be needed.

Bamboo flooring may

Need Foundation Underpinning

Foundation underpinning has many meanings as the word can be used in construction or even in the make up world. In the area of construction foundation underpinning means the procedure that is adopted for stabilizing and increasing the strength of any existing structure or building. The strengthening of the existing foundation is done by increasing the breadth and the depth of the old foundation. This takes the foundation to a level of soil which is deeper than the surface soil on which the structure was built.

Foundation underpinning is required when you observe any kind of change in shape on the walls of the building that is the walls start bulging or develop cracks. Another factor that gives a warning about the weakening foundation is the defects that develop in the alignment of the doors and the windows of the house or the building. Cracks may also develop on the floor of the house or the building.

Must Know about Pergo Flooring

Pergo is just a name brand for a type of laminate flooring. It’s basically a company’s name. Granted, Pergo is more well known that a lot of other manufacturers, but in the end, it’s probably not worth paying more for “Pergo floors.”

Now if you’re new to all this, you might not be that clear on what laminate flooring is either. Basically it’s a material that’s made to look like hardwood. It’s made of synthetic materials (or sometimes synthetic materials combined with natural ingredients) that are topped with a wood-styled design.

The main benefit to laminate (including Pergo) is that it’s cheaper to buy than hardwood floors, but it still looks good. It’s also easier to care for than hardwood (it’s pretty impervious to scratches and dents and doesn’t need to be refinished periodically). Lastly, laminate floors can be installed by do-it-yourself types, whereas hardwoods typically need professional installation.

Despite these perks, many homeowners still prefer hardwoods to laminate. Wood is a tried and true flooring material that lasts for generations (while laminate is relatively new to the flooring world and, despite decades-long guarantees, has yet to be proven). Also, wood feels warmer and softer

All about Concrete Foundations for Smaller Walls

Before starting to dig any trenches, however, there are a couple of points to be taken into consideration. You shouldn’t dig any trenches too close to the house, as they could undermine the building. This is especially so in the case of older houses, where concrete might not have been used in the foundations. Also, check with your local Authority to see if you need planning permission. I’ve heard of instances where they have insisted on walls being demolished because of the fact that planning permission was not sought beforehand.

For single thickness walls, which are 100mm (4in) thick, 300mm (12in) strip foundations should be adequate. For double thick walls, you’ll need to dig out a trench about 450mm (18in) wide. Remember that for a single thickness wall over 450mm (18in) high, you’ll need to build piers alongside it every so often to strengthen it. Those should be about 1.8m (6ft) apart, and you should widen the trench by 200mm (8in) to accommodate them. Dig down about 350mm (14in) or further until you find hard ground. You should begin the brickwork below ground level, so the top of your concrete should be set accordingly. If it’s going

Some Advantages from Cork Flooring

Natural cork is a fire inhibitor, not spreading the flame. Cork also does not release any toxic gases on combustion. Another major benefit is the fact that cork is antimicrobial and insect repellant. Even termites are unwelcome. The suberin, the inherent substance of cork, is a natural insect repellent

Perhaps the most valuable asset of cork flooring is the ease of maintenance. Today, waxing is no longer needed. Sweeping and mopping will be the usual maintenance. A few years down the road when the finish starts to wear off, lightly sand the floor and reapply a new coat of urethane. Your floor will last for several decades.

High heels and furniture can do no damage! Cork flooring tiles are typically protected with a durable environmentally friendly urethane containing no formaldehyde. When cork is subjected to pressure, the gas in the cells is compressed and volume reduces considerably. When released from pressure, cork recovers very rapidly to its original shape. Cork is remarkably resistant to wear, as it is less affected by impact and friction than other hard

Picks of House Foundation Layouts

The slab house foundation is a concrete slab poured on top of the soil grade with no spaces. No room for a crawl space or basement. These are typically used in areas where water can be high in the soil. The crawlspace foundation is used in areas where there is an abundance of clay soil. Crawlspaces allow you to have a small access between the soil and the first floor of the home.

The basement foundation is used a lot for colder climates because they sit below frost levels. A basement also allows you to have space between the soil and first floor, but unlike the crawlspace, a basement is large enough to be used as an extra room in the house.

House foundation layouts differ from house to house. Some house foundations use concrete masonry units or insulated concrete forms for the foundation walls and support. There are different forms for foundation layouts even though they are all typically made with concrete.

The foundation of any home is extremely important and should be evaluated in the instance of buying a new home. Damaged foundations can be the result of a bad deal. Foundations cannot be

Information of Leather Flooring

Cowhide leather used to make tiles is 3/16 to ¾ inches thick. It is bonded to ½ to ¾ inch Birch plywood tiles. Each tile is grooved on all four sides for easy installation. Foam sheeting is laid down first as a vapor barrier. The room is measured and the tiles are custom sized to fit each room. It is done this way to prevent wastage.

Leather tiles will last 20 to 30 years if properly maintained. All you need to do is sweep or dry dust and wipe up spills immediately. It is also recommended that they be waxed occasionally. Leather floors used in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens need to be sealed with an acrylic sealer.
Each tile will be unique. Through the years, the steer could have rubbed against barbed wire, injured by other steers etc.

Leather tiles have a seductive aroma and very soft to the touch. You will never walk on anything as sensual as a leather floor. They are sound proof and insulating, therefore, excellent to install in bedrooms, libraries, and media rooms. Some people install it like an area rug with wood flooring or carpet.

A talented

Info of Crawlspace Foundation

• THE ROTTING OF WOOD

Wood rot is basically the gradual deterioration of wood caused by one or many pieces of fungus. The fungus does the job of gulping down the distinct parts of wood that leads to giving the wood a certain kind of strength and stiffness. This is one of the most unfortunate effects of a bad crawlspace and leads to some serious amount of damaging of the wood present in the house.

• THE FLOOR JOIST DAMAGE

If it is not known to many, then first know that the crawlspace floor joist has a very big role to play in the construction of the house. A not very strong and considerably weak and a much damaged or a very over- spanned floor joist can sort to need a lot of different types of repairs. There is however a solution present to resolve this crawlspace floor joist issue that is to first understand the exact kind of problem the floor is facing. This will give you the lead and make you discover the correct problem for the solution to take place.

• THE DAMAGING OF THE BEAM

A beam can either

Info of Bathroom Flooring

First, decide what type of flooring you want for your bathroom. Tile works especially well, because any of the pieces that become rotted, mildewed, or damaged are easy to replace without taking up the entire floor. Just be sure to buy extra tiles when purchasing the initial batch so the replacement pieces will match their original counterparts. Linoleum may be cheaper, and some people find it a smoother application and fit than tile. But linoleum can be a little trickier to replace if one part becomes damaged, because you will have to cut away the broken part and cut the precise shape and size of replacement tile, which is no small feat.

Next, buy your supplies at the hardware or flooring supply store. Ask the sales associate for suggestions or help when you go shopping for bathroom flooring needs. Read the directions on the adhesive container as well as guidelines that come with the tile or linoleum. In addition, you can check with the sales associate at the store or visit the manufacturer’s website to get help in planning the installation. If you haven’t already, check out tips for removing the old flooring, and repair or replace

Wood Sub Floors

The problem is this: concrete is porous like a sponge. If you have moisture in the earth around your basement floor, the concrete floor will soak that moisture up from the ground and release it into the basement air in the form of water vapor. The dirt around your foundation was backfilled in when the foundation was built. Because of this, it will always be looser and more porous than the virgin earth around it, and water will always collect against your home’s foundation more than anywhere else.

As this moisture soaks through to the basement and is released, it will collect on anything lying on your basement floor. If you’ve laid a wood sub floor and carpet on the floor, then you can count on that to soak up this moisture and grow mold, mildew, and rot. Your basement will fill with mold spores, dust mite feces, and unpleasant odors as your wood sub floors and beautiful carpet decays. In a few years, the damage will be more than you can stand, and the whole finished basement floor will need to be ripped up and replaced. The solution to this comes in two easy rules:

Deal With Wet Basement

The extra costs are what stop the average contractor from offering you , the homeowner, a product that is effective and will last and “stand the test of time”. We have developed and recommend if you plan to re-seal your basement; that you use a  MULTI-STEP EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING SYSTEM which, uses a cement-based fiber re-enforced wall resurfacing system and NO LESS than two waterproof rated sealants. This is by no means the cheapest of methods, however, and it may or may not be the BEST system to put into place. Which system you should use depends entirely on the specific nature of YOUR problem. There are NO miracle systems than can solve ALL basement problems. The thing I can guarantee is if you use a multistep outside waterproof system it will actively drain water away from the foundation, and the water leak will be a thing of the past, not only that, but the sealants will outlast the wood on your house GUARANTEED!

The second solution is an Interior solution which I call the sub-floor water re-directional system. This involves trenching around the interior of the basement wall and installing a drainage system around the perimeter of the inside of the