Avoid the Following Five Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

We often like to do “DIY” projects most especially with the bathroom. However, when we make renovation mistakes in the most important room in the house, these can cost a lot when repairs are needed to undo what you did.

Don’t Lose Focus When You’re Almost Finished

Some people are excited when they start a renovation and seem to lose steam before they finish. And because they’re suddenly excited to see the end product they start to rush things. What happens is that the overall finish is either wrong or not as clean as expected. Always start and be consistently steady on any project and slow down towards the end to make sure everything is being done correctly. Remember the clichéd saying, “patience is a virtue.”

Ignoring Minor Mistakes

Mistakes may be inevitable but never overlook them. Always fix them, no matter how small. Don’t settle for anything less or that mistake may become bigger and damage your renovation.

Be Realistic with Your Budget

It’s completely unrealistic to work on a $2,000 budget when you have only $1,000. What will happen is that you will be forced to cut corners and the project will either end up unfinished or the end result will be less than satisfactory. If you don’t have the budget, don’t start any renovations. Make sure you have the right amount of money to start and finish any bathroom renovation.

You Don’t Have a Plan So You Just Make Do

You demolish something in your bathroom and you don’t have a clear plan? You think you can figure things out as you go along? A bathroom renovation isn’t like repairing the roof or repairing the garage door. You need a clear cut plan before you do anything, most notably before doing any demolition. You need to plan out and write down everything before you even start, from the budget, materials, and doing the actual work. A well laid out plan means a well finished renovation job.

Don’t Ignore the Bathroom Fan

Overlooking the bathroom fan will have huge consequences. Some people either don’t install a fan or if one is already installed, they don’t clean it regularly. Without proper ventilation humidity builds up on bathroom surfaces and as time goes by this moisture will damage paint, deteriorate tiles, cause metals to rust, and cause mildew to form. If your bathroom needs a fan, install one now. If one is already there, clean it at least once every two weeks.

Why Do Pipes Freeze and What to Do About Them

Pipes Freeze in the Winter; Deal with That Fact

If you recall your basic Chemistry 101, water is a unique element that boils when heated and freezes at cold and high temperatures. When it freezes, it expands. Take note of a can with a cover filled with water and left in the freezer for some time. Observe that the can becomes distorted and misshaped. This is the same thing that happens with water pipes.  Plumbing pipes that run outside the house have a greater chance of getting frozen. While at times it can cause minor annoyances like slow running water from the spigot, there exists the possibility that the pipe can split or be damaged at the fittings.

How to Handle a Frozen Pipe

First determine how much of the pipe is blocked off, or damaged. Go around your home and turn on faucets to determine the location of the damaged pipe. Check to make sure if the hot water is flowing. Once you’ve located the frozen or damaged pipe, see if there is any serious leakage. Open the faucet nearest it so as to thaw it out. If the damage is really severe, stop here and call a plumbing service as this needs the repair of a professional. If the pipe is just frozen and is not damaged, you can thaw it out using the following methods:

  • You can start off by putting some hot towels around or under the pipe and see if the water will start flowing easily.
  • If the freezing is severe, you can wrap an electric heating pad around the pipe.
  • You can use a hair dryer.
  • Set up a portable room heater, but keep away flammable objects.

Even Under Extreme Circumstances, Never Use the Following:

  • Blowtorch
  • Propane or kerosene heaters
  • Charcoal stove
  • Any open flame device

Prevention is Still the Best Solution

As they say, the best solution will always be prevention since an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure. Prepare for prevention in advance during the summer so your pipes can adjust during the fall. Basements, crawl spaces, underneath cabinets, attics, and the garage should be completely insulated. Also, when insulating water pipes, make sure to insulate both the hot and cold pipes. You can use “heat tape” or similar products on very hard to reach areas.

Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Outdoor Project Ideas

Sprucing up your deck, patio, or yard just got an inspirational boost, thanks to these practical projects you can do yourself. They are all small and simple and all are worthwhile to make the outdoors more livable and lively come spring or summer.

Pallets in a Perky Palette

Wooden pallets are easy to come by on the cheap; many businesses will even give them away. They are the building blocks of a coffee table so low-maintenance, it can stay outside year-round. Stack two pallets together for height and feature a window box-style planter as a centerpiece.

Double Duty

Boost the function of a store-bought potting bench, which doubles as an outdoor serving station. Cut sections of lattice to fit the sides and back, paint them to match, such as saucy hot-pink, and fasten the lattice with screws. Use S-hooks or screw eyes to hang garden tools, gloves, buckets, or other necessities so they’re always within reach.

Flaming Centerpiece

Conjure up a festive mood with an outdoor fire bowl. Start with a fireproof container, such as a galvanized bowl primed and coated with outdoor paint in a cheery hue. Fill the bowl with recycled tempered glass chips, and tuck in a can of alcohol-free gel fuel. With a click of a lighter, the flame will dance and enchant for hours.

A Table that Rocks

Create an outdoor cocktail table both rustic and glamorous with just a few supplies. Five feet of heavy-duty metal hairpin fencing forms a wire cylinder, and use additional wire and pliers to secure the cylinder shape. Clip the bottom to a finished edge so there are no jagged spots. Set the cylinder near a cozy seating arrangement and fill the wire frame with river rocks, arranging them so that flat stones sit flush to the interior walls of the cylinder and so that the top tier of stones sits below the top edge. That way, a tempered glass tabletop can crown the whole assembly.

From Fins to Feather Bird House and Home Address

An old bait box can be outfitted as a birdhouse so it beckons to feathered friends. Drill an entrance hole into the door, and smooth the edges with a metal file. Position a doorknob plate an inch below the door, and secure with quick-setting epoxy. Clip off the metal points of brass house numbers, and adhere them a few inches below the door with dabs of epoxy to give this birdhouse an address. To hang, thread rope through the bait box’s loop and a vintage spring, and knot onto a sturdy branch near the home entrance.