Three Beautiful Ideas for Using Pavers Around Your Home

When you live in a warmer climate, you’ll love how much time you get to spend outside. You can curl up with a good book as you rock on a swing on your front porch, keep an eye on your kids while sitting in a comfortable chair and invite some loved ones over for an impromptu party. One of the best products that you can use around your home and on your lawn is a paver. Made from either brick or concrete, pavers come in different colors and are easy to install. You’ll find some great and beautiful ways to use them too.

Create a Pool Deck

If you have an in-ground swimming pool, you can jump right in the water anytime you want without climbing up a ladder. Though you can install a pool without any type of deck, adding a pool deck made from pavers makes that pool the focal point of your lawn. This deck provides guests with a place to lounge before jumping in the water and can make a smaller pool look and feel much larger. You can even use pavers to create a stairway to the pool or to highlight the size and shape of the pool.

Build a Walkway

Do you love gardening and planting new flowers around your yard? Unless you have a walkway through your yard, you risk visitors walking right over some of your favorite plants and trampling those flowers. With pavers, you can create a walkway that shows guests exactly how you want them to move across your lawn. This new walkway also provides you with an elegant way to walk through your own lawn as you admire your plants.

Add a Retaining Wall

California retaining walls are beautiful but also serve an important purpose. These walls keep unstable parts of yards from collapsing because of a build up of water below ground. A retaining wall can help prevent damage caused during a mudslide or a rainstorm too. These walls feature pavers stacked together along the side of a yard or another space. Even as excess moisture puts more pressure on this piece of land, the wall will keep it from collapsing. Your insurance company may offer you a discount for adding a retaining wall. Contractors can use pavers to create walkways, retaining walls and patio decks for your home.

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Ceiling Repair

The causes why the ceiling could be damaged are due to a combination of water and gravity. Water that drips onto a ceiling surface could get it way through. And when this happen it will leave stain on the surface. Gravity is the major problem if the one who made your roof used 1/8 inch drywall on ceilings or spaced joists too far apart. In the old days most builders used nails to fasten ceiling panels, which can lead into a problem since the weight of the panels tugs on the nails that will cause them to slip in.

If you would like to repair a damaged seam in a ceiling, cut back any loose joint tape until you reach to where it’s still well adhered. Tug the exposed seam with a 5 or 6 inch drywall knife to make the surface smooth and guide it closely to bare the drywall. Then scrape off any texture for 6 inches on both sides of the seam. You need to make sure that the panel edges are tightly fastened to the above framing to avoid any accident.

Fill the seam with the drywall compound using your 6 inches drywall knife, adding a 3 inch wide 1/8 inch thick layer of compound centered over the seam will complete the process. Ram a strip of paper joint tape into the compound, use a knife to make it smooth, flatten the tape by pressing it hard. Leave the joint to dry. Add two finish coats, then texture the surface so the part that was damaged and repair could not be too obvious.

 

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Want To Paint Cabinets? No Problem

You might think that this job is for professionals only but nope you can do it in your own and the advantage is you don’t have to pay labor fee for anyone you will hire.

First thing you need to do is to remove doors and drawers, this is for better access. You also need to include removing the hinges and all other stuffs. Clean the surface thoroughly and then give a light sanding with 150 grit sandpaper enough to make the surface rough to provide tooth for the paint.

Fill the holes and dents with wood putty, make sure you have the non-shrinking one, let it dry for a while and sand the area smoothly. Put a prime in the cabinets, doors and drawer fronts. Apply two or three light coats enamel paint on the doors and face frames, this is to provide durable appearance.

Fill in also the interiors, make it light colored paint for new look. Be extra careful not to clog shelf hanger holes. You can paint also the shelves if they have the same material with the boxes.

Let it dry. Let the final coat dry maybe for days before you reinstall doors and hardware to prevent them from sticking.

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Faucet And Sink Combination

Kitchen and sink, they should always be remarkable to the eyes, they should always blend together because if you have the combination of both it will serve as point of convergence. The only thing that link to the impression of a how hygienic your kitchen is you have the combination, blemish-free faucet and spotless sink. So if you want to update your faucet sink, the great is to clean it thoroughly. You can start by removing any dust stains. When it is already clean, make your faucet shine with a commercial polish to bring back the brightness, could not be the original when you have it new but at least it is shiny and clean. Repair the drips or leaks right away after you noticed it that saying “Prevention is better than cure” apply that too in your kitchen sink otherwise when it get worse, you may not be able to repair it at all and you will end up with replacing the whole sink.

Faucet can be easily repair when you have the right parts and you closely checked how the faucet was assembled while you are taking it apart. When you are repairing the faucet, this also could be your opportunity to clean and repair the sprayer attached to the faucet. But if the faucet is already busted or cracked, it is better to replace it. The same goes with the sink, if it is already discolored or whack, it is better off replacing it.

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