tool information No matter the project measurements matter. When you are getting your construction supplies if you buy too much you end up losing money and if you don’t buy enough you will not be able to finish your project. If you are doing this for work that means you will be stuck with an unhappy customer. If this is for your home it will leave your house feeling incomplete and in some cases can lead to something that can fall apart and cause harm to someone. The easiest way to make sure that you never have to deal with this problem in any of its forms is to invest in a tape measure.

To best ensure that you are able to get all of the measurements you need you will want to pick a couple of tap measures of varying lengths. You don’t have to go super crazy if you are looking to just build something simple you won’t have need for a 50ft tape measure even though you will still be able to get the measurement you are looking for, you will end up paying more for extra feet you won’t need.

Protecting your tape measure from the elements while keep them in good condition making sure the measure works every time you need it. Not being able to get a proper measurement is a very costly mistake for both your budget and time. It can be easy to forget about having a tape measure. Most of them tend to be a small size and with how common knowledge it is considered to be there is always the chance that it will easily slip your mind. The true professionals always have a few stashed away in their work trucks or tool boxes just to make sure they are always able to do the job right the first time.

crack repair kitWhen it comes to cracks forming in concrete there are a lot of environmental factors that go into this. When cracks first form they have a tendency to not possess any immediate threat, but left unchecked a small crack can grow in size and cause more problems that you may have planned for. The easiest way to be prepared for fixing a crack is to understand what causes them and how to best go about fixing them. One of the most common form of cracking is hardened state cracking.

Hardened state cracking happens when the moisture in the concrete decreases the over all volume of concrete. When the concrete becomes saturated with too much water, the water can eat a way at the over all strength of the surface. Hardened state cracking can also happen because of thermal stress. If the concrete surface is subjected to extreme temperatures such as going from very hot to very cold. When this happens there are certain stress points that will separate that crack will be formed.

While dealing with cracks in your concrete is something that nobody ever really wants to deal with there is some good news to be had with it. Fixing cracks is one of the easiest things you can do and you can do it yourself and save some money at the same time. To make sure that you don’t have any issues from concrete you can invest in a crack repair kit that has every tool you will need. Most of these kits come with a special epoxy that can move with the concrete instead of creating more stress points for the crack to spread. Within a matter of minutes you can solve this problem without needing any special skill. When you are a home owner or are looking to maintain a retaining wall, keep the concrete in top shape can be easily done by having the right supplies to address the repairs as they come up instead of putting them off for  later date. A small crack today can grow to a large one in no time.

injection guns An injection gun is one of the most useful tools that you can invest in. Injection guns are perfect for crack repair or any type of job that requires you to fill gaps. When many people get tool kits or the decide to make their own kit generally speaking they tend to grab the normal hammer and pliers set. While these can be enough to take care of most of the jobs they will face, you are limited on how much you can do with just the standard set.

Cracks that may form in concrete can be filled using a putty knife but this can be time consuming and sometimes it can be more work that you may have first thought. Using an injection gun will only save you time but it will allow for you to use just the right amount of sealer without having any go to waste. Another job that an injection gun comes in really handing is tile repair in the bathroom. Sometimes you want to redo the whole bathroom other times you may want to replace some of it because of mold and other issues. This can be a very daunting task to do with putty knife. Like the cracks in your  basement using an injection gun for this task will save you time and money.

Investing in tools isn’t just simply buying as much as you can. You have to make sure that the tools you do invest in will serve a practical use. Injection guns pay for themselves off shortly after you start your first job. The time you will save will not only let you finish the project quicker but will also allow you to enjoy the fact that you made a successful repair, or in some cases, that you manage to give your bathroom a face-lift.

crack repair kit When you are a home owner there are somethings that you are going to want to have on hand for those worse case scenarios. A lot of these items many people tend to have kicking around such as tool kits or wood glue. Others items however have to do with parts of your home that  you may not think about on a regular day to day basis. One of these areas is the cellar of your home. The concrete that makes up your basement, while most of the time may not require the same level of care as other parts of your home it is still one of the most important parts of your home that is exposed to elements that can cause wear and eventually lead to costly repairs.

When you are looking up all the different elements that can effect the basement of your home most of them that will have a negative effect that leads to the concrete cracking. With this being the base that keeps your home together it makes it all the more important that you make sure you do your best to keep it in as good condition as you can. A crack that forms while at first may not be enough for any significant damage to occur, the longer you allow the crack to sit the more likelihood of it growing into a major and costly fix. Having a crack repair kit in your home will allow for you to fix cracks before they are allowed to grow.

Keeping the concrete walls of your basement in good condition is one of the easiest ways to ensure your home has a long life. The best way to make sure that if a crack does show it, it doesn’t cause for the overall integrity of your to decline is to have the tools needed to stop it in it’s tracks. Having a crack repair kit is the perfect defense against small problems that can grow and turn into a real headache for any homeowner.

stone floor Stone flooring is favored flooring among households and property owners looking for flooring that fuses style and durability. Whether the flooring is made from slate or marble, natural stone flooring is always classy, naturally cool and great addition in warmer climates.  And since stone flooring can come in a variety of materials and colors especially marble, the choice of natural stone flooring provides homeowners with an opportunity to explore a variety of home styling. While the availability of stone types will excite many homeowners, it is also a source of issues and frustrations. Deciding on the specific type of stone flooring can be a daunting task, thus it pays to be armed with the basic details to make an informed shopping experience.

Popular types of stone flooring available

While granite is a popular stone material for homes, keep in mind that this stone type is often selected when working on bathrooms and kitchen. When it comes to flooring materials, you can’t go wrong with marble, limestone and travertine. Marble is a porous material and can work in areas where class and sophistication matter. This stone material comes in tiles or slabs, and available in different colors depending on the area where these were sourced. Quality and hardness also vary, depending on where these were quarried so it’s best to ask the supplier if the stone flooring can handle the task. Another popular option is limestone, cited for its earthen and natural appearance. Compared to other natural stone, there will be little color variation among limestone tiles and slabs. To address its rough surface, limestone tiles and slabs can be sanded or it can be machine-tumbled to give it that dated or worn look. While these two natural stone materials are great additions inside your home as flooring, it also poses some maintenance challenges. Marble and limestone are naturally porous, thus it’s critical that these should be sealed every few years.

Use natural stone sealers as part of maintenance program

Deciding on natural stone flooring is a serious investment that requires appropriate knowledge and continuous maintenance. If possible, it’s best to work with professionals who can supply the right natural stone flooring. Installation should be done by professionals as well since careful attention should be focused on the substrate, the surface where the stone flooring will be installed. A critical step in installation (and even maintenance) involves sealing the stone flooring. Sealers are used during installation and used as part of a maintenance program. Products like 511 Impregnator Sealer fill the spaces between minerals and crystals, thus making the stone flooring effective against stains and water intrusion.

Maintaining natural stone flooring may be labor-intensive but the value it brings to your home is something that can’t be denied. It adds a natural and sophisticated touch inside your home, and can even boost home value provided its installed and sealed properly.

If you are Greek, or if you love Greek culture, then why not add some fun home décor items that showcase the beauty and fun of Greece? Here are some ideas.

  1. Greek Road Signs. The aluminum blue signs that grace the roadways in Greece feature Greek and English letters, and they look great as home decor items. Quirky and bright, these cheery replica signs will add a cheery touch of fun to any room.
  2. Greek Name Signs. Not sure you want a road sign? Why not pick a customized sign that shows your name in Greek letters? This would also make a fantastic personalized gift for any of your loved ones.
  3. Greek Picture Frames. Throw in a touch of Greece with customized picture frames that showcase your name in Greek lettering. However, you can also get the engraving done in several other languages if you prefer.
  4. Greek Drachma Cork Coasters. These coasters look like ancient Greek coins. You can protect your wooden surfaces in style!
  5. Now that you have the right coasters, why not get personalized Greek mugs to put on them? Choose from red or blue customizable designs.
  6. Greek Magnets. These engraved wooden magnets will really make your fridge pop! There are several designs to choose from, or get your name or message engraved in English, Greek, or other language that uses English letters.

You can find all of these Greek home décor items and more at kantyli.com. Make your home exactly how you want it- show off your heritage!

When it comes to properly painting or staining your home proper brush care is extremely important. Old paint can not only ruin your brush but it can also mix with new paints that you are working with throwing the color off. When you first get a new brush it will work perfect and you can keep it working that way if you take the time and follow these easy to follow steps.

The first thing you will want to do when you go to clean your brush is run it through running water. When the brush first goes under the running water it will become discolored from the excess paint left over from your project. You’ll want to keep it there until the water turns back to it’s normal color. This should take care of most of the paint that is in the brush.

After you run the water through the brush you are going to want to inspect it for dried up paint. Left over paint will ruin your bristle. The will stick together preventing you from being able to lay a nice even coat on your project. To get this old paint off you will want to use a wire brush. The wire will be able to break up the chunks of paint without pulling out the bristle. Many of the brushes that are made for this job come with a small puddy knife on the top that you can use in removing paint from the metal part of the brush.

Once you are done removing the paint you are going to want to dry the brush. Putting it away soaking wet can cause the bristles to clump together. This will destroy the line up the brush has throwing off the amount of paint that the brush sucks up. The assists way to go about drying a brush is to hold it between your hands and spin it back and forth. After a few minutes of spinning the brush you will see the water droplets lessen until they stop coming off.

paint brushBy using these tricks you’ll be able to expand the life of your brush. Besides the paint or stain that you are using, the brush is the most important tool you will use. Keeping your brush in good condition will make sure that you made a sound investment in a tool that can tackle any job that you have to do.

deck stainWhen you are a home owner there are always a million things that can go wrong. It can seem at times that there is never a shortage of tasks that need to be done. One thing that can really do some damage to your home is rot. Rot eats away at every part of wood that your home has and not only decrease your homes over all value but it can also make parts of your home dangerous to go on or into.

The good thing about rot however is that it is fairly easy to combat. The first thing you will want to do is seal any wood surface that is going to be exposed to the outside elements. There are many types of sealers on the market and most of them are easy to put on to the wood. For the most part you just need a normal paint brush or a sponge brush to put an even coat on. Sealing the wood parts of your home is the first step to making sure rot doesn’t destroy your home.

Sometimes the rot can hit before you have time to put the sealer on. Once rot has set in and starts to destroy wood there is very little you can do outside of cutting out the destroyed wood to make sure it doesn’t spread. If the rot starts on a deck it won’t take much for it to spread to the siding of your home or into hard to reach spots. This is why it is important to take steps to stop rot from setting in before it can spread.

Rot is something that no home owner wants to deal. It can spread fast and make you lose money either in repairs or in the overall value of your home. Decks that are suffering from extreme rot can cause serious injury if someone steps on a board that is rotten there is a very high possibility that they will fall through. Taking steps early and investing in the right tools, such as wood sealer and a brush, can save you money and a headache.

Staining wood is common, but why exactly do we do it? Here are the main benefits of staining your wood floors, decks, wooden fence, furniture, and other wooden objects in your home.

Protects Against Rot

Wood, like all organic materials, eventually rots if you don’t protect it. Staining furniture prevents your beautiful wood from rotting away. Since you cannot reverse the rotting process, it’s best to stain and coat your wood right away so there’s no opportunity for rot to start. Staining also protects against termites, mold, mildew, and other things that affect organic materials.

Blocks the Sun

After a while, the affects of the sun on wood become visible. It degrades the appearance, and also compromises the structural integrity of the object. For outdoor wood, such as decks, window trim, railings, doors, and outdoor furniture, this is especially important. Staining the wood slows sun related damage.

Waterproof

Although any furniture can stand to be waterproofed, waterproofing is especially important for your deck or any outdoor wooden objects. It’s also a good idea to waterproof indoor surfaces that may come into contact with water (from spills or leaks), particularly floors and kitchen tables. If you do not waterproof your wood, then water will not harmlessly flow off of the wood and damage will result.

If you are looking for a high quality stain to protect your wood, try ewoodcare.com.

wood cleanerWhen you go to either refurbish an old piece of wooden furniture or even giving your deck a new finish, the first and most important step you are going to want to do is clean the surface of the wood. Old paint and dirt will interfere with the paint or stainer you decide to re-coat it with. Instead of having a nice smooth finish, you’ll have a bumpy and rough surface that will not last. The good thing is this is one of the easiest jobs you can do by yourself.

Before you start cleaning the wood surface you are going to want to make sure you have all the right tools to get the job done. You will need a cloth, puddy knife, sandpaper and a cleaner or paint remover. If you are lucky the only thing on your surface is just simple dust which you can easily wipe away. If however, you find old paint stuck to it or any other kind of stain you’re going to have to use the knife, sandpaper and maybe the cleaner.

The puddy knife will easily remove any piece of old paint that is peeling off. All you have to do is place the edge of the knife under one of the paint flacks and scrape it off. Once you have the majority of the flake off you may find that part of it is still stuck to the surface. Using the sand paper you can smooth this down to match the surface of wood. If you are worried the sandpaper may damage the piece of wood paint remover may take a little longer but it will remove the old paint without damaging the surface in any way. The sand paper can also be used to smooth out any rough patch you spot. Using both the sandpaper and the cleaner you will also be able to remove any bits of mold that have formed.

Prepping wood surfaces may not be the hardest or longest task when it comes to refurbishing projects, but it will make a world of difference on how good a project comes out. Dirt, paint chips, and mold are all things that will throw off a sleek look and could very well limit the life span of the paint or stain.