A tile shower pan is one of the great mysteries of home repair or construction. Anything to do with tile showers is usually left to the pros. There’s a reason for that too! But sometimes handy people install showers themselves once they see the mysteries revealed. See the real tile shower trick is hidden beneath the floor. You can’t see the tricky part from the top of the shower or from underneath for that matter. Not too long ago my tile shower started leaking. Water had soaked the hardwood floor in the bedroom. That’s how I noticed. I finally saw the cracked grout down near the floor, but I thought there was a shower pan under the shower so why was it leaking? Here’s the scoop. Tile floors are not waterproof. Water seeps right through tile shower floors, mostly through the grout. Grout is porous masonry so water slowly soaks the grout and then goes through it. That’s why you need a shower pan. See the shower pan is actually a waterproof liner below the surface of the floor that catches the water. But then where does the water go from there? Ah, there’s another trick. A tile shower drain is a special design with two layers of drain holes. The bottom drain layer is actually below the floor, and that’s the one the waterproof layer sends the water to. So the shower pan is built in three layers so all the water is captured and routed down the drain. Three layers? The bottom layer is sloped masonry built over the subfloor or concrete. The bottom layer slopes to help send the water toward the drain. The top of the bottom layer is flush with the bottom drain holes. The second layer is the waterproof liner which is a tough vinyl sheet that’s glued to the drain base to make a waterproof pool to catch all the water that seeps through the floor. The top layer is another masonry layer that’s poured and sloped above the liner. This is the base for the shower floor. That’s the trick to a shower – the sloped layers and liner route the water to two layers of drain holes. If the waterproof membrane fails or if it isn’t installed properly , the shower will leak. As you probably know, shower floor leaks can be very expensive. It really makes sense to get a shower pan done right. Now you have other choices when building a shower. Several materials can be used for bases, but the traditional construction is hard to beat for price and performance. Plus you can learn to do it yourself if you want to. So the real mystery to a tile shower is the special drain. The drain has a bottom layer of drain holes that you can’t see. A waterproof liner is built into the shower floor and catches all the water that may seep through the shower floor. When your shower leaks the waterproof liner has probably failed.
Cleaning tile floors is a dreary task that takes a lot of time and effort. Most people who work all day do not have the time or energy to clean tiles on their days off or after they come home from work. Tile cleaning services make life a lot easier for people who want to clean their tiles but do not have the time and energy to scrub it themselves. You have to find the appropriate tile cleaning services and select a good cleaning company to work on your tiles. The tile cleaning service that will be offered to you will depend on the type of tiles you have. If you have brick tiles then you will be offered tile stripping services or deep cleaning services. If you have marble floors then you will be offered services like deep cleaning, scratch removal, polishing and slippage removal. If you have travertine floors then you will be presented with deep cleaning, travertine honing, scratch removal, filling holes, slippage removal and polishing. If you have slate floors then you will be given a choice from deep cleaning, polishing, enhancing and sealing. Some companies even change the color of stone floors upon requests. Since there are many companies that clean tiles it often gets confusing for most people to select one company. The best way to select a good tile cleaning service is to look online for reviews about various companies. There are many websites on the internet that provide unbiased reviews about cleaning companies and a reliable search engine will help you find these reviews. The other way to search for a good cleaning company is to ask your friend and neighbors that have clean houses. These people probably selected professional services to get their house cleaned. Good tile cleaning companies also provide tips on maintaining your floor after they have been cleaned. It is important to remember that good cleaning companies will not try to sell you unnecessary products or force you to take cleaning services that you do not require. Before registering with any cleaning service you should also ask questions and try to determine if the cleaning company is interested in helping you out or if they are only interested in your money. Most companies that are interested in expanding their customer base will be glad to answer a few questions to show you that they care. It is always better to go for a cleaning company that is ready to help you out with your concerns. The price for cleaning your tiles will depend largely on the types of tiles you have, the size of the tiles and the number of tiles that have to be cleaned. Many companies offer discounts and promotions to people who contact them online and most companies offer discounts during the holiday season. If you want to have clean tile floors but you do not have time or energy to clean floors yourself then you should consider opting for a reliable cleanings service that will get the job done for you.
Hardwood floor scratches are inevitable. At some point, scratches will happen. If you have hardwood flooring, it’s important that you learn how to do simple scratch repairs yourself. However, before you start fixing any scratches, you’ll need to learn how to differentiate between scratches and gouges on your hardwood floor. A scratch is typically a visible, but not deep, marking on your hardwood floor’s surface. Hardwood floor scratches can be caused by dragging furniture across the floor or by glass that has fallen and cut the surface of the floor. A gouge, however, is much deeper than a scratch. Think of a gouge as a “flesh wound” a hardwood floor could sustain. Dealing with a scratch is much different than dealing with a. For instance, it’s useless to apply hardwood floor scratch remover on gouges. You’ll need to be sure that you really are dealing with a scratch instead of a gouge before you can initiate any kind of scratch repair work. Between scratches and gouges, scratches on hardwood floors are much more common. It’s near impossible to keep hardwood floors from getting scratches. Moving pieces of furniture across or dropping sharp objects like glass are not the only things that can cause scratches. You may be causing scratches on your hardwood floor when you sweep it with a broom with not-so-soft bristles or you wipe off spills using a hard piece of cloth. Again, hardwood floor scratches are nearly impossible to avoid, so the best thing you can do is learn how to deal with the scratches, like learning how to do simple hardwood floor scratch repairs. Repairing scratches on hardwood floors is pretty simple; you don’t have to hire a professional to do it for you. Follow these steps on repairing hardwood floor scratches: 1. Using a fine steel wool or sandpaper, rough up the scratched area. 2. Rub the whole length of the scratch. Cover both margins. 3. Make sure to rub in the direction of the wood grain, or rub in a circular motion to avoid damaging the wood and floor finish too much. 3. Dampen a soft cloth with mineral spirits. Use the soft cloth to wipe off any wood and dust particles on the scratched area of the floor. 4. Let the solution dry up on the floor. Depending on how big the scratch is, the scratch removal solution and how much of it you use, drying time may take from several minutes up to a few hours. 5. Take a fine paintbrush, dip it in the finish originally used on the floor and brush it across the scratched area. Wipe with a soft cloth. 6. Be careful and gentle when you brush in the finish onto the scratch. Too much or too little and the area will look much different from the rest of the hardwood floor. Brush in just enough finish so that it looks almost the same as the rest. 7. Give the new finish some time to dry. This may take between 30 minutes to a few hours. If you followed the directions carefully, the scratch on your hardwood floor should be gone.
NEW IBERIA, LOUISIANA – Do-it-yourself home projects are growing in popularity as homeowners try to save money and simplify the home improvement process. However, in some cases DIY isn’t the best idea and it could even end up costing more than budgeted. It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to home improvement projects, whether complicated or simple, to weigh the potential risks. Homeowners should consider the following before any DIY: • Do they have the necessary experience? Not all projects are as easy as they look. A lack of skills and experience can outweigh that. Anyone not handy with a hammer, saw, paintbrush or measuring tape, should consider calling a contractor. • Do they have the needed tools? It’s generally not a smart move to purchase a big-ticket power tool if it will not be used in the future. • Do they have the time? Home renovations can last weeks, not days. Sometimes it’s more convenient to hire a professional. Projects that are worth hiring a contractor for: • Bathroom remodel • Kitchen remodel • Bedroom remodel • Room addition • Roofing • Flooring • Plumbing • Hardwood floor repai Even if homeowners understand the basic how-to of these projects, it’s still worth hiring a professional who would serve as a consultant or a subcontractor for electrical needs or other specialized tasks. Potential health risks of DIY projects should be considered next: • Toxins: When working with materials that give off toxic fumes it’s vital to wear a filter that will keep the materials out of the body’s airways. • Skin irritants: Oil-based or solvent-based liquids can be a serious health hazard with lasting damage. Wearing rubber gloves is advised as well as washing hands with peanut oil followed by soap. • Sight: Whether it’s a simple dishwasher installation or any other project, it is always a smart idea to wear safety goggles or glasses to protect eyes from particles and dust. • Hearing: This is a necessary preventive precaution. Earplugs should be worn when working with power tools and any other loud machinery. • Accidents: Falling off the ladder during a DIY project and getting cut on drills and saws are injuries that occur very often. Other risks: • Poor quality work: The biggest risk of all is that the project could fail and actually hurt the value of the home when it comes time to sell it because of poor workmanship. • Budget: It’s imperative to plan how much materials cost as well as research how much a contractor would charge to provide the materials and preform the job. Getting quotes from a few contractors is the best way to compare prices. Contractors can offer discounts, as they have access to wholesale suppliers. It’s important to look into permits and licenses that might be necessary for the project. These are usually determined by local state, city and government regulations and must be properly upheld. The average DIY-er will encounter set backs, hidden costs and questions throughout their project and they will find their once simple project isn’t that simple, especially if they don’t have the experience. The best way of deciding if a DIY project can be tackled correctly is to plan and analyze the steps and the ability and skills the project requires, to see if further help may be needed. There may be something that homeowners can accomplish by themselves, but there is no shame in recruiting a professional to help in specific steps that may be a challenge.
After laying your beautiful mosaic floor tiling, you then install elegant-looking 5.25-inch-high baseboard. How do you paint the baseboard to get professional results without slopping paint all over your new mosaic floor tiling? The secret is, before installing the baseboard over the tile, put down blue painters tape on the floor in a position so the baseboard will be on top of the tape at least 1/4-inch. Before getting to the point of installing and painting the new baseboard, let’s talk about the old baseboard. Before laying your new mosaic floor tiling, completely remove the old baseboard. Even if you like the old stuff, I suggest installing new material. That way, you don’t have to worry about breaking it when removing it. If you have the narrow 3-inch baseboard, you can instantly make the room look more elegant by installing wider 5.25-inch-high baseboard. After the old baseboard is removed, lay the mosaic floor tiling up to the wall. Then, when ready, install the new baseboard on top of the tiling. Don’t leave the old baseboard down and tile up to the baseboard. If you do, it looks so unprofessional. If you’re going to spend the time and money to put down gorgeous new mosaic floor tiling, then do the job properly. Remove the old baseboard, tile to the wall (it’s okay to leave a small gap between the wall and baseboard that’s less than the thickness of the baseboard, usually between 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch, assuming your new baseboard is 5/8-inch or more thick), and then installing new 5.25-inch-high baseboard on top of the tiling. It just looks so much nicer and more professional. Install the tape on the mosaic tile about 1/4-inch away from the wall. Then, install the baseboard directly on top of the tape. Put down a second piece of tape on the floor, overlapping the first piece by a hair, all around the baseboard to ensure a thick-enough width of tape so you don’t slop any paint on the new mosaic floor tiling and grout. Paint the baseboard with two coats of your favorite color of high-gloss paint (use high-gloss for all trim molding). I prefer white, but not pure bright white. Then, when the paint is dry, use a razor-blade knife with a new blade and run the knife along the edge of the baseboard cutting away the blue tape. Angle the blade slightly so the tip cuts just a hair under the baseboard. As long as you use a fresh sharp blade (i.e., change the blade after every 30 linear feet of cutting), the blue tape will cut precisely and you won’t see the tape that remains under the baseboard. This gives a clean, beautiful finish. I believe putting the tape down before installing the baseboard and then installing the baseboard on top of the tape results in a more professional look after painting than if you were to install the baseboard first and then put down the tape adjacent to the edge of the baseboard. The paint job doesn’t look as perfect. This method gives wonderfully professional results without slopping paint all over your beautiful new mosaic floor tiling.
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