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Monthly Archives: July 2017

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 level it with a finishing trowel. After about an hour, go over the surface in circular motion using a float or a trowel. This will help it in blending with the surrounding surface.

Repairing Larger Cracks- These can be repaired using Polyurethane, silicone or latex concrete caulk. They can also be filled using hydraulic cement. But, it is always advisable to take the help of an expert.

Sealing the Walls- After the crack and filled and dried, apply waterproof sealant to the foundation walls. This will help in preventing water infiltration.

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 be glued down using a moisture barrier flooring adhesive. After applying the adhesive to the subfloor with a trowel, the bamboo flooring planks should be immediately placed. You may also install bamboo flooring using a nail gun over plywood or particleboard. Once starter rows are secure, subsequent planks should be nailed directly above the tongue at a 45-degree angle to face.

After installing the bamboo flooring, you will care for it in a similar way to hardwood floors; frequent dusting/sweeping, occasionally mopping, and use of wood cleaners. With regular care, bamboo flooring will add a stylish, beautiful component to your home for many years to come.

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 underfoot, and it’s all natural.