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DIY Home Improvement: How to Seal Limestone

You will be surprised that limestone can actually be a DIY home improvement project for your home. If you are in doubt as to your ability to purchase and handle limestone, you can still seek the help of professionals or study it on the internet. Limestone is defined as a sedimentary rock that is composed largely of the mineral calcite and aragonite. Basically, other than sedimentary rocks, limestone is composed of grains. These however, are skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral and foraminifera that have been left behind.

Limestone is very common in architecture; this is widely used in the UK and the United States as well as many European countries. Across the world, great landmarks such as the Great Pyramid and its associate complexes are made of limestone. Therefore, to trace back history, limestone is already used by most people for building purposes. In today’s time, limestone has been more popularly used in housing and business structures for finishing or accessorial purposes. It has now come to its new phase, with various types and colors depending on your choice.

Though limestone may be just a natural stone, it also needs protection against other elements in order to protect and retain its durability over the years. This type of stone can easily absorb moisture, therefore, this may cause it to discolor and may appear somewhat dirty. To avoid this, a seal is necessary over the stone surface to protect the coating all over the stone. Limestone Rockseal is available at most home improvement stores. It aims to protect natural limestone by converting it from soft material to a hard wearing water repellent finish.

The Rockseal penetrates the deep pores of the limestone and strengthen it so that the treated surface will not dust and still highlights the color of the stone. It also breaks the fungal growth and other elements while allowing the stone to age naturally. This makes it resistant to airborne pollutants, and will not be affected by CO2 or ultra-violet light.

The Process

  • The sealant is supplied in liters and must be stirred thoroughly before application.
  • Stone should be power washed with a low pressure fan spray to clean pores before sealant is applied.
  • Allow stone to touch dry before application of sealant.
  • Stone should not be washed or sealed until the mortar has hardened sufficiently.
  • Ensure site is free from dust during washing and sealing.
  • Sealant should be applied in one heavy coat only, making sure once an area is coated it is not double coated as this may cause run marks.
  • Allow at least 24 hours to dry. Allow two months for product to cure.
  • Wash out hose lines with clean water after use.

 

Do It Yourself Power Washing a Deck in the Proper Way

Power washing a deck can be a daunting task even for professionals. Doing it incorrectly can lead to extensive damage to both wood and composite decking. However, as a do it yourself job, it’s not beyond reach even for DIY amateurs or novices. Be focused on the main reason why you need to power wash your deck safely. This is to wash away dirt, grime, and debris. You just need to know how to do it the right and safe way.

Watch Out and Always Be Prepared

When operating a power washer, it’s important to wear heavy duty work boots and eye protection. Wear foul weather gear if you have it because you are dealing with a dangerously strong stream of water.

Rent a Pressure Washer

If you don’t already have a power washer, visit your local hardware store and rent one. Alternatively, check with your neighbors to see if anyone can loan one to you. You can also check with relatives or close friends to see if you can borrow one, saving you the rental fee.

Move Everything and Dry Clean Your Deck

Move everything off the deck. Pressure washing damages outdoor furniture and grills. Sweep your deck with a broom to remove dust, debris, small tree branches, and leaves.

Wash the Railings First

Connect the pressure washer to your hose. The proper pressure setting to use on your deck is 1200 pounds per square inch. Never set the pressure to 1500 or more because this will cause damage to your decking. Begin on the outside of your deck and pressure wash the deck railings and the exterior of the deck in a smooth and vertical movement.

Now Wash the Deck Floor

Move onto the deck, and in a long, smooth, sweeping motion begin pressure washing the deck floor. You have the option to go over dirtier sections of the deck again to get them clean.

Letting the Deck Dry

Let your deck dry for a minimum of 24 hours. You are able to see areas that you missed more easily when the deck is dry.

If Needed Go Back and Touch Up

Look over your deck and take note of areas you missed. Take the pressure washer back out and pressure wash those areas. Let dry again for 24 hours.

The key to power washing a deck is to not use the highest pressure possible. Instead, use the pressure that cleans the deck without damaging it.

How to Replace a Stinky and Damaged Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal unit under the sink provides a convenient way to eliminate food scraps and reduce garbage odor. However, garbage disposals are not indestructible and will eventually burn out with extended wear and tear. If your garbage disposal no longer works properly, you can save money by replacing it yourself.

The following guide provides step-by-step instructions for installing a new sink garbage disposal unit.

Turn Off the Electricity

It is important to make sure the power is off before performing any electrical work. To do this, locate the circuit breaker panel for your main power supply. Flip the breaker that controls the power to your existing garbage disposal into the off position. Make sure the power is off by trying to turn on your garbage disposal.

Remove the Old Unit

Unplug the old garbage disposal. Using a pipe wrench, unscrew the drainpipe connected to the disposal. Be sure to have a bucket and a big rag on hand to catch water trapped in the pipe. Disconnect the old garbage disposal from its mounting ring. Including the flange inside the sink’s drain hole, remove the old mounting assembly and strip residual putty from around the drain hole.

Install the New Sink Flange

From the new mounting assembly separate the new flange. The flange fits over the drain hole, and the mounting assembly fits under it. To form a putty snake and run it around the rim of the flange, roll plumber’s putty between your hands. Set the flange into the drain hole, and press it down evenly and firmly.

Attach the New Gasket

From under the sink, slip the gasket over the bottom of the flange. Place the mounting ring over the gasket, and secure it with the mounting screws that come with your new under sink garbage disposal. While holding the flange in place, snap the retaining ring over the ridge on the mounting ring. Tighten all screws until nearly all of the plumber’s putty squeezes out from between the sink and the flange. Trim excess putty, and wipe the sink clean.

Attach the New Disposal

Fit the new unit in place over the mounting assembly, and turn the mounting ring until the unit is securely engaged. Tighten the mounting lugs or bolts. Reconnect the disposal’s discharge tube to the drainpipe.

Check for Correct Installation

Before you plug in your new disposal and turn the power back on, make sure that the new disposal doesn’t leak. Run your water for a few minutes, and monitor the disposal unit and drainpipe for moisture. If everything remains dry, turn the power back on, plug in your new disposal and give it a test run.