Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More Home Renovation Tips

Ten More Home Renovation Tips

to make your remodeling project go a little easier!

1. If you are unable to loosen a tight or rusty bolt, try these steps:

* Tighten it the wrong way, and then try the right way.
* Tap it with a hammer.
* Use a heat gun or hair dryer.
* Use a product like Liquid Wrench or WD-40.
* If all else fails and you don’t need to use the same hole, use a reciprocating saw and cut it off.

2. Salvage your molding.

Oftentimes it’s difficult to find molding to match the rest of your home—especially if you live in an older one—and you might need it for another project. To remove the molding safely:
1. Tap a 3-inch scraper behind the edge of the trim.
2. Rock it back and forth until you can fit a pry bar in front of the scraper.
3. Slide the trim outward, being careful not to dent the wood with the pry bar.
4. Once the molding is free, pull the finish nails through the back with pliers.

3. Paint dries quickly when you are painting trim with a brush.

To minimize this problem, pour a manageable amount of paint into a smaller container and add latex extender. This will give the paint time to level out and leave a smoother finish.

4. When tiling, if you have a section where you need to build the height to match something else, use kitty litter in the thinset.

It will soak up the extra moisture, help the thinset dry with the tile in place, and will harden like concrete.

5. If a hole has become too loose to hold a screw tight (for a hinge, etc.), fill it with a toothpick dipped in wood glue, break off the toothpick at the surface, and then screw back into the same hole.

6. Tiling tip for difficult cuts and mesh-backed mosaics:

Draw the cut line on the front of the tiles, clamp the tile sheet to the workbench, and cut the tiles with a 4-inch side grinder.

7. Old plastic shower curtain liners and plastic-covered tablecloths make the best drop cloths for painting.

They are just the right weight, have straight lines (no gaps for drips), are a manageable size, and drips won’t bleed through.

8. Attach a strong magnet to the end of your hammer to hold nails while you’re working.

9, When replacing anything in your house, keep the old fixture in the best condition possible until the project is completed.

You never know when you might need that extra tile or faucet piece. If you don’t end up needing it,
you can donate it to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for someone else to use. There are also others who restore old homes that might be looking for exactly what you have. Check online before you throw anything away.

10. Headed to the hardware store?

Use your smartphone to take pictures of your project before you go. That way you can find specific products or consult with an expert and find exactly what you need to finish your job.

These and other great tips can be found in Maria Hoagland's first Romance Renovations novel, The {Re}Model Marriage.