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...

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...

What are the Most Popular Tile Types?

Shopping for tile might seem overwhelming at first due to all of the different types of tile available, but it doesn’t have to be. Some tiles are used for floors in areas where there’s high traffic, while other tiles are fragile and designed for walls only. Keep in mind that every floor tile can also be used as a wall tile – but the opposite isn’t true. If you’re just tiling your walls, you can choose what you like. But, when you’re tiling a floor, you need to be a bit more choosy. Here’s a guide to the most popular tile types and how select the right one for your project. Ceramic Ceramic is one of the most popular types of tile. Made out of clay and sand, then molded and fired in a kiln, it’s durable enough to be used for flooring in high traffic areas. The tiles can either be glazed or unglazed, but they’re usually glazed on one side (the side that goes up). Ceramic tile has a much longer life in comparison to other flooring materials due to its scratch resistance, color permanence and strength. Ceramic tiles are also water-resistant, making them an ideal choice for bathrooms, basements, kitchens, porches, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Porcelain Porcelain tile is similar to ceramic tile, but there are slight differences. Porcelain tiles are generally slightly stronger than ceramic and offer greater design flexibility. Porcelain tiles are made out of a clay-like material, just like ceramic, but the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. It’s also fired at a higher temperature, resulting...

Tile Installation Basics

Tackling a tile project may seem like a stressful job, but once you know the basics, you’ll see that installing tile yourself isn’t that difficult. Here’s an overview of the different products, tools, and techniques you may need, depending on the look you want to achieve. What You’ll Need Tile Not all tiles are created equal, so select the type that will work best for your space and last the longest. As a general rule, all tile can go on a wall, but wall tiles cannot go on a floor. Here are a few popular types: Ceramic Porcelain Travertine Slate Marble Granite Glass Adhesive Adhesives are what stick tile to a surface, and different adhesives will work for different uses. Here are the two most common types: Thin-set is a mix of fine sand, water, and cement. You may see this under other names such as thin-set cement, thin-set mortar, drybond mortar, or dryset mortar, but they’re are all the same thing. This adhesive can be used for nearly all tiles. Thin-set is ideal for areas of moisture because it isn’t water soluble and it will remain hard-textured when wet. Mastic is an acrylic adhesive and should only be used for ceramic and some porcelain tiles. It’s not suitable for use in bathrooms because it’s organic, so it can harbor mold in high-moisture areas. Mastic will also liquefy when submerged in water, and it can expand or contract due to changes in temperature. Grout Grout goes into the spaces between the tile and keeps any moisture away from the adhesive on the back. There are several options, but only...

Remodeling Projects that Can Increase your Home’s Resale Value

Even if you aren’t considering selling your home any time soon, it pays to know which home improvement projects offer a reliable return on investment (ROI). Keep in mind, though, that what you’ll get back on your investment depends on the value of your house, the value of houses in your immediate neighborhood, the current housing market, and the quality of the projects. With that said, here are a few home improvement projects that can increase your home’s resale value, according to the 2016 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report: New Siding Some of the finest choices for updating a home lie in outdoor projects. Replacement siding adds to the property’s curb appeal and also helps control energy costs, which makes it a smart investment. Vinyl siding is the most popular because it’s cost-effective and relatively easy to install. Concrete siding can add fire protection, while wood siding is eco-friendly and easy to repair. A 77 percent return on investment can be expected. New Front Door The front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior. Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest ways to add curb appeal and a touch of personal style. You’ll also get a solid return on your investment- up to 91 percent, depending on the door’s material. Here are some tips on choosing your new front door. Basement Remodel A basement remodel can give you a return on investment of 70 percent, plus a lot more. A renovated basement can mean an extra bedroom, an extra family room, or a kid’s play room. This is a bonus for any homeowner. Roofing Replacement A new...

What are the Differences Among Countertop Materials?

Remodeling your kitchen is an important investment in your home’s overall value. That’s why it’s important to choose the countertops that go best with your kitchen design and budget. Experts say you should be spending between 10-15% of your total kitchen remodel budget on countertops, including installation. With that in mind, here is a summary of the four major countertop materials available so you can make a plan and budget for the countertops you want. Granite Granite, one of the most popular countertop surface types, is a rock comprised of quartz, mica and feldspar mined around the world, including the United States. Resilient, attractive and long- lasting, granite is also recyclable, but the large amount of energy required for mining and transport make it one of the more expensive materials you can buy. Pros:  Each piece of granite is unique in color and pattern, beautifying your kitchen for years to come. It holds up to everyday wear and tear like liquids, nicks, heat and other kitchen activity. Cons: Granite is a heavy material, so you’ll need to make sure you have quality cabinets underneath to support the weight. Granite also needs to be sealed once in a while to avoid stains from appearing. Synthetics Also referred to as Corian, synthetic countertops are a popular solid-surface choice for homeowners buying countertops, and for a fraction of the price of stone. Made from non-recyclable products like petrochemicals, aluminum trihydrate, acrylics, polyester resins and marble dust, these countertops won’t provide the long-lasting quality of other surfaces but are available in a wide range of colors and styles. Pros:  Synthetic countertops don’t need...

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