How to Install a Pre-Hung Door

Installing pre-hung doors is the easiest method of hanging new doors or replacing old ones. All you have to do is install the new door into an opening. Here’s how to install a pre-hung door in your home. Things You’ll Need Level Pencil Measuring tape Wallboard saw Circular saw Shims Straightedge Finishing nails Drill Hammer Nail set Spackle Before You Purchase a Pre-Hung Door When ordering a pre-hung door, be sure you know whether you want a right or left-hand swing. The manufacturer may be able drill the holes in the door for the lockset and the hinges, which can save you time. If the door comes with a brace to keep the door and frame aligned, leave the brace on until the door unit is secured into place. Steps for Installation Trim the door opening. Trim any excess drywall with a wallboard saw around the doorway. This will ensure that the new door will hang plumb. Make sure the floor under the door is level. The pre-hung door will come with longer sides on the frame that extend past the door. This will allow you to cut each side of the door frame according to how level the floor is. If the floor isn’t level, one side of the frame will be shorter than the other to fit with the floor. This won’t be a problem after the door is in place. Determine location for shims, if needed. It’s important that the door jambs are installed plumb. Use a level to see how plumb the rough opening is that is common to the hinge-side of the door. Cut...

Ten Ways to Use Carpet Tiles Around the Home

Carpet tiles can be used in any room or for many arts and crafts projects. They are versatile, inexpensive, easy to install on the floor and easily maintained. Here are ten ways you can use carpet tiles around the home that you may not have thought of before. 1. Runner Rug Runner rugs are great for long hallways. Give the budget a break by purchasing carpet tiles and converting them into a rug for your hallway. You can use one tile or two tiles across depending on the width of your space. This is a great way to add a pop of color to your home or provide a softer touch to wood floors. 2. Area Rug With carpet tiles, only your imagination is the limit. Area rugs can be created from carpet tiles, and in any pattern you can think of. Simply find a pattern you like and cut the carpet tiles to match using a razor blade. Use several colors to add a little bit of a mix to the room! 3. Outdoors Some carpet tiles can even be used outdoors to cover a deck, patio, garage floor, or the surrounding area of a swimming pool. For example, carpet squares placed around a pool can prevent slipping. 4. Bulletin Board Staple some carpet squares to a corkboard or to a lightweight piece of wood and make a fun bulletin board! Using carpet tiles is a nice alternative to the standard cork, and can add some color and texture to your wall. 5. Ottoman Cover a plywood cube or an old wooden pallet with carpet tiles for a DIY...

How to Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring can easily be installed with the right tools and a little preparation before you start. Not only is laminate flooring economical, but it’s also very durable and can be installed within one day for most DIYers. It’s a great choice for almost any room! Tools You’ll Need Hammer Tape measure Level Jamb saw Circular saw Utility knife Clamps Nail punch Carpenter’s square Foam underlayment Floor installation kits Sealant Silicone caulk Floor leveling compound (if needed) Duct tape Concrete patch FInishing nails Moulding Threshold Preparation First, remove your existing flooring and baseboards, then clean the subfloor of dust and debris so the floor is as smooth and flat as possible. This is important so the laminate flooring can lie down properly. If you have concrete subfloors, make sure any damage is filled with a patching compound. If you have original wood floors, remove protruding nails and replace any damaged boards before you start. If you are installing the flooring in a room with high humidity or moisture, like a bathroom or laundry room, lay down a vapor barrier before you install the flooring. These can also be installed in other rooms for added protection. Next, lay out the unopened boxes of laminate planks in the room so they can acclimate to the room’s temperature and humidity levels. Leave them in the room for around 48 hours before you begin the project. Cut Door Jambs By cutting your door jambs before you install your new flooring, you will have to make fewer cuts to the laminate and it will produce a more streamlined look when you’re finished. To do...

Unique Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

A new kitchen backsplash doesn’t always have to mean using tile or spending a lot of money. Backsplashes made of material other than tile are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s a good way to add a touch of personality to your kitchen while still remaining functional. Here are several unique kitchen backsplash ideas that will get your creative juices flowing on any budget. Peel and Stick Laminate Flooring Backsplash Wood-paneled walls are in style these days. You can get that look in your kitchen, but for much less money if you use peel and stick laminate flooring for your backsplash. Not only that, but it’s so easy! You simply peel and stick the faux laminate flooring onto the wall. That’s it. Be sure to stagger all of the planks as you want them, and get them as close to each other as possible. Some cutting around outlets will be needed, but it’s easily done with scissors or a razor blade. If you want to take the project a step father, you can lightly sand, prime and paint the planks with the color of your choosing. Mirror Backsplash Mirrors for a backsplash can be customized to your liking. No matter how big or small, they can be purchased at most craft stores to create a unique look. A small kitchen space will immediately feel larger with the mirrored surface. Coffee Bean Backsplash A coffee bean backsplash may sound odd, but it actually creates an eye-catching focal point and gives texture to the walls. Start by cutting a piece of plywood with a table saw to the measurements appropriate for your...

How to Clean Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring provides a modern elegance to your home without the hefty price tag of real wood. If laminate floors are cleaned properly, you can get a long-lasting floor option that can hold up just as well as hardwood. Basic Care Like with any type of flooring, basic day-to-day care is necessary. Use a dust mop or a vacuum paired with a soft brush attachment to clean up dirt and debris. For mopping, use a cotton, terrycloth or microfiber mop. Avoid harsh chemicals that can ruin your laminate flooring. You’ll want to protect your laminate floors from the sun’s harsh rays. Excessive heat and direct sunlight can cause fading and aging on exposed areas of the floor. If possible, purchase blackout curtains and keep them closed throughout the day. How to Prevent Damage Liquid isn’t good for laminate. Any type of aqueous substance can seep in between the laminate boards causing swelling and unnecessary damage. Keep in mind that you don’t need a lot of water or disinfectant in order to achieve a thorough clean. Only spray as much as you need on a section of the floor as you mop. If a lot of water or liquid is left behind after you mop a spot, you’re using too much. The floor should dry on its own within one minute of mopping it. Ice is helpful in removing wax or gum. By using the ice method to harden tough substances like wax or gum, you can gently scrape them off with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface, and wipe down the...

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