You know that one project that you just keep putting off for one reason or another? Well, that project for us was cleaning the vinyl siding at Steph's house. It's been so long since it had been cleaned that it was looking like some kind of science experiment!
Two sides of her house stay fairly shaded creating (unfortunately) perfect conditions for the formation of algae, mold and mildew growth! Cleaning this green mess was going to take a little muscle!
Seems like when you do one project, another needed project is revealed! That happened when Steph had the glass in her windows replaced recently. They are insulated glass that had become cloudy inside that no amount of cleaning would ever help. She bit the bullet and hired a local glass company to complete the project.
Replacing the windows necessitated removing the screens which turned out to be really, really dirty. Cleaning was in order, but some of them also had holes (squirrels like to hang on them), so repair was needed for those.
There's a lot of interest in garage floor coatings—the appeal of which is the ease of cleaning and the fresh look it gives to the floor. But what to choose?
In January 2016, we used Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid floor coating in silver bullet metallic on Steph’s garage floor. RockSolid is an epoxy like product advertised has having superior quality and durability as well as being DIY friendly. One year later—how’s it holding up?
Watch the video above and read more below!
Have you ever looked up at your shower head and noticed a bunch of the nozzles aren't working? I (Steph) installed a new shower head in 2013 when I moved into my house, and haven't thought about it since. Over time I have noticed the water seemed to be coming out harder and was spraying in different directions. It also didn't have the 'rain' effect it once did. I decided it was time to try to clean it! Here's what I did.
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When I moved into my house, I had the good fortune of having a working, natural gas powered fireplace. It's pretty amazing to just flip a switch and have a fire! I love the look and turn it on often (it does offer some heat but not too much- which is ok since we're in FL).
Before using it, I had it inspected by a natural gas specialist. While in my home, he lit the pilot light. He said all was good- I just have to use it to keep it in working order. One thing I started to notice was the bottom grate only lit up halfway and there was something that looked like dryer lint (or something you would find in a litter box) in the fire box area.
One of the switches in my master bedroom quit working so we removed the old one and put in a new one. It seemed like a pretty straight forward repair, but there was a bit of learning curve to it.
After purchasing a replacement switch, we realized that switches are not "one size fits all!" Once we took off the switch cover and got a look at the switch, that's when we saw that our replacment switch was not going to work.
We searched Home Depot online, but they only offered the type of switch that we got at our local store. We then searched the Leviton (switch manufacture) site for an exact replacement, which we could not find under the parts number on the old switch. Leviton has "live" chat support which we utilized to get a match. We provided the old numbers and description along with pictures of the old product. With that information the tech was able to give us the part number we needed. We ordered from Amazon, because, you know, free shipping!
A search of the book, "The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair" by Black & Decker provided the information we needed to successfully and safely replace the switch.
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Recently I noticed a build up of organic material up against the side of my A/C fence enclosure. I thought, "I need to clean that up so the fence doesn't start to rot" --too late! Once I revealed the bottoms of the pickets I saw that rot had already started. Replacement was necessary for those four boards and prevention, in the form of debris removal, was necessary for the rest.
What started as a replacement of four boards morphed into a much larger project. We replaced the boards, washed and painted the entire fence, removed the ivy climbing on and near the fence, dug away dirt under the fence, edged, mulched and added a few mums for color!
When I (Steph) moved into my house 3 years ago I quickly realized I needed to figure out how to take care of my lawn. I had three options:
Mom found a reel mower (manual push mower) at a yard sale and brought it to me to try out. I was not sure this "old fashion" mower would do the job, but I was really surprised at how well it worked. I also invested in a manual edger. Look below for some pictures of these tools in action!
Recently we were trying to spray paint, under a deadline to finish, but it was really windy out wrecking havoc with our efforts! We needed help. We searched Steph’s garage and came up with a child-size pop-up tent. Surely this would work!
We found out quickly that our homemade spray paint tent didn’t provide the wind protection we needed, plus it kept blowing over and there was no way to secure it into place. It’s a great play space for kids, not so much a paint space for DIYers!
It’s inventible, you will have a home emergency--you don’t know when, you don’t know what, but it WILL happen. Unfortunately, it happens to all homeowners at some point! Check out the video below for some tips on how to turn off water, power, gas, etc. in an emergency.
A few months ago an extension cord got stuck in my leaf blower. Everyone in the family tried removing it but it would not budge. We decided there was no hope removing the cord so we cut the cord off the leaf blower in order to replace the plug. Watch the video above to see the project.
I have a lot of trees in my yard so that means I have a lot of fallen leaves! I have tried all kinds of tools to make leaf collection easier, but nothing has worked as well as the lawn and leaf chute I picked up at Home Depot. Watch the video above to see it in action!
Steph is on a mission to convince me that battery powered tools are a viable alternative to their corded counterparts. As a millennial, she has grown up with all things battery powered and has no doubt that they all work well. I, as a Baby Boomer, having experienced first gen battery powered tools, am not quite as convinced of their usefulness. Anyone who used a first gen battery powered tool probably ditched it for a corded version pretty quickly.
(Disclosure: we were given this pole saw by Ryobi to try. All opinions and evaluations are our own.)
When we were at a recent blogging conference we had the opportunity to try out Ryobi’s line of battery powered tools. I’ve had battery powered tools in the past, but was never impressed with their performance so I’ve been reluctant to try them again.
On our first trip to Rockler (best woodworking shop!), we purchased a bunch of stuff including this $5.00 silicone glue brush. In the short time I’ve had it, it’s become an essential part of my “tool box” although I have found several “off-label” uses for it.
This is what the product description says about it:
"This brush features silicone bristles that are easy to wash with water, and quickly shed dried glue for long-lasting service. They're also spaced to hold plenty of wet glue, meaning less time dipping and more time spreading. Use the narrow dimension for edges and the wide dimension for faces. The paddle end opposite the bristles can be used like a pen for finer detail work such as mortise and tenon, dovetail, and boxjoints, or like a spatula for spreading glue into grooves and mortises."
It’s definitely designed for the workshop, but I haven't used it for its intended purpose yet, with the exception of DIY projects with craft glue! Take a look at some of the ways I’ve used it:
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