5 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn’t DIY

download (99)We are in the age of DIY. Because of websites like YouTube and Pinterest, it’s easier than ever to find instructions on how to do anything from nail art to re-tiling a floor. However, there are some projects that should really be undertaken by a professional-namely, home improvement projects. There’s nothing wrong with sprucing up a room with a fresh coat of paint or a new carpet. However, some projects (when DIY-ed) can end up costing you big time. Here are some home improvement projects that are best left to the professionals.

1. Major plumbing work

Fixing a leaky faucet is no problem, but any troubles bigger than that should fixed by a professional. Attempting to fix your plumbing on your own could make the problem worse, or create new ones. This also means you shouldn’t DIY any renovations in rooms that have a lot of plumbing in them, like a bathroom or kitchen.

2. Any electrical work

Messing up electrical repairs can cause major problems for you and your home. Replacing a light fixture is one thing, but replacing a circuit board is a whole

DIY Hanging Vase

download (98)This DIY project is the culmination of 3 very random happenings:

1) One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2016 was to find ways to incorporate more plants in our home. We love the sense of peace and purpose our plants bring to our home and we simply wanted to diversify our jungalow.

2) I came across Artisan Wall Mount hanging vases while browsing the Pottery Barn website and really liked the concept (just not the price $69-$119).

3) We can never resist the dollar section at Michaels and *somehow* ended up with 4 adorable glass test tubes for $1.50 a piece. If you have tubes around in your home (think spice tubes) that you aren’t using, this could be the perfect way to upcycle them)

A few visits to the garage later and we had the perfect design for a hanging vase we had pictured in our mind. The finished product involves 4 hanging glass tubes that, while certainly smaller than the Pottery Barn Wall-Mount Vase, are far more economical ($15 compared to $69) and just as dazzling visually. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way

Unique Bookshelf Ideas For Book Lovers

download (97)Metal bookmark:

Attach a vertical strip of metal to the wall where you can simply read the book and flip it upside down on the bookmark where you stopped reading so that it will be easy to continue later on. You can paint these metal strips in beautiful colours and print designs on them to make it look interesting and beautiful.

Hallowed TV bookcase:

Got a old vintage television set at home? You can now turn that into a hallowed bookshelf where it will be compact to store your recent or all time favourite collection in it. This will also give a new look to the old boring TV.

Ladder bookshelf:

Attach the ladder horizontally to the wall and you can simply arrange the books to the rungs of the ladder and make it look like a bookshelf that will look beautiful. This lovely d├ęcor idea is very simple to implement as all you need is just an old wooden ladder and your awesome collection of books and magazines.

There is another ladder bookshelf idea where you can simply make use of step ladders that is made to stand

Amazing Uses Of Bamboo

download (96)With a vast increasing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our planet’s survival especially for cleaning the air and our environment from all the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo instead of hardwood, you can make a difference. Read on, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.

Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the demand of wood doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees wouldn’t either. To give the earth a bit of a break, start using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or go digital to save paper. However, I will not tell you to stop braaiing, because it’s what we do!

Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?

Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after

DIY Interior Colours Made Easy

download (95)Interior walls have a unique purpose in either brightening the environment or it can give you a warm feeling of comfort. In choosing the right colours it is important to know the different variation of colour tones such as your analogous from monochromatic shades, complementing undertones that go well in your living rooms, bedrooms and other areas. A few great ideas for those who can’t quite afford to hire a professional, why not seek out interior designing schools and request for their students? They will be eager to assist with some fresh new ideas and usually come with a fraction of the cost or even offer to help for free on their uni project.

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the thousands of

So What Are Teplo Ties

download (93)Wall ties are an essential element in the strength and stability of cavity walls, but by crossing the cavity they act as a thermal bridge between the internal and external leaves. Generally speaking, the wider the insulated cavity, the more substantial the wall tie needs to be and the greater the effect the tie has on the u-value of the wall.

The teplo tie is a wall tie which is made up of a composite material based on basalt fibre and this composite is resistant to corrosion whilst also being alkali resistant. This particular wall tie is a lot stronger and lighter than the stainless steel wall ties. In addition to this and perhaps the most important is that improvements can be made to the thermal insulation of walls because the teplo tie is twenty times less thermally conductive than stainless steel and thus can remove the thermal bridges which are created by the stainless steel wall ties.

Teplo ties improve the thermal insulation of walls through removing the thermal bridges which are created by the traditional stainless steel wall ties. Customers, architects and contractors

Four Common Tools Used in Tile Installation

download (92)Ceramic tile installation requires specialized tools that can cut through the rigid ceramic without shattering it. There are many different types of cutting tools available, each designed for different sizes and types of cuts. By understanding each one, you will be able to select the right equipment for your project.

Electric Wet Saw

Probably one of the most well-known pieces on the list, the electric wet saw is great for cutting notches, bevels, and, of course, center cuts. While this saw is one of the most expensive, it is a necessity if you plan to complete a large tile installation project. Many stores offer these items for rent if you don’t want to invest the money to purchase one.

An electric wet saw uses a diamond-edge blade to make accurate cuts. However, since the blade will quickly heat from scoring the ceramic, it utilizes a tube to feed water onto the blade. This keeps the blade’s temperature at an appropriate level and keeps dust from clogging the machinery.

Diamond Hole saw

For those who need to score tough tiles or drill a hole, the diamond hole saw easily

Air Conditioning Repair Tips – Do It Yourself

download (94)It might seem like a coincidence that your air conditioning unit fails to work only when you need it the most- during the scorching summer season. With a few fine motor skills, some technical knowledge, a bit of logical thinking and some common sense you might be able to correct some of these issues.

#Issue 1: My air conditioner does not cool well.


This is the most common issue that every AC owner faces. Here is the list of things you can do about it.

Make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature.

Check for the circuit breaker. The issue could be as small as a tripped fuse.

Check if the outlet’s voltage meets your AC’s requirement.

Switch off the AC, remove the filter and get in cleaned. A clean filter allows easy air flow.

Clean the compressor and condenser unit with a damp cloth. Do not use a water faucet.

Make sure that the compressor is working. If it is working you will be able to hear the outdoor compressor and the fan will be turning. If not then it is the time to call your technician.

#Issue 2:

5 Tips to Help You Use LED Lights for Christmas

download (91)For Christmas decorations, you can opt for LED lights. While they cost a bit more, they stand the test of time and utilize less power. if you know how to hang and fix LED lights, you can decorate your home a lot better than other people. Follow the 5 tips given below before using them as Christmas decorations.

Tip 1: Decide on Brightness Level

What brightness level do you like? For brighter displays, you can choose a light string with lights fixed not far away from each other. if you are unable to find this type of string, you can buy 2 light string sets and then put them together to get the same results.

Tip 2: Choose a Color

White LED lights emit light that is a little bit blue. In the same way, the light emitted by incandescent lights is a little bit orange. Hanging different colored lights side by side will be a bad decision if you are after a beautiful uniform color. You can choose any color based on your personal taste.

Tip 3: Know Power Levels

The beauty of LED lights is that they

Should I Install Solar Panels Myself

images (43)Solar installations in the United States have increased year after year and the extension of tax credits for solar panel owners has made it likely that solar installations will continue to grow over the next few years. Buying a solar system and having it installed can be very expensive. Is it ever a good idea to buy a solar system and have it installed independently? The answer is…

It Depends…

What are your goals with solar? Where do you live and what are the conditions of your home? The options available for a homeowner to go solar, varies by location and utility company. Other factors such as available roof space and shading conditions will also impact decisions to go solar.

PPA or Leasing Options

PPA & Solar Leasing Options are great for Homeowners that desire to save money on their power bill without having to spend any cash or invest anything on upfront costs. These options allow free solar installation taken care of by the solar provider. It makes no sense for the homeowner to install the panels themselves and the solar provider will not allow an

3 Techniques for a Timeless Decor

images (42)The artistry of a flower does not end when it starts to wither. You can actually save your bouquet’s grandeur through drying them up for a lasting home decoration. Even past their heyday, dried blooms still make an ideal gift as they bring joy all year round.

Dried blossoms are a pleasant and inexpensive substitute to crisp bouquets. Some flowers like roses and lavender exude a natural odor and can last for a long time. Primarily, you should harvest blooms at their best. They will not be good for drying if they are already past their prime. You can gather posies from your garden early at dawn or during a cold evening when they aren’t exposed to the sun. If you don’t have one in your backyard, you may visit a local flower shop or simply order flowers online.

The simplest drying method which involves plainly arranging the stalks in a vase with water and leaving the liquid to evaporate does not produce a good result to all variety of flowers. You can apply these drying techniques to your favorite bunch of flowers.

Air Drying

This is

Set Out Building Work Accurately With a Rotary Laser Level

images (41)Rotary laser levels are professional equipment used for different purposes in building. Make sure you choose a reliable brand that sells quality equipment, and remember that although this instrument might be pricy but will turn out very useful for any construction work you are doing. The laser emits a laser beam that covers a round circumference that can be used as a reference for even surfaces or perpendicular angles.

If you wish to install a ceiling, a rail, or any other kind of indoor work, you will need an indoor laser level. Place the laser level on an even surface, turn it on and use the laser beam as a reference. If you are doing outdoor work, you will need a laser level made for outdoor use. The human eye cannot see a laser beam in broad day light, which is why these levels come with a beam detector that indicates where the beam is.

If your laser level does not come with a detector, you can purchase one. Make sure you choose a detector that fits the color of the beam of your level.

New House Building Project Turns Into Family Tree

images (40)Whether it’s used as a fort, clubhouse, or just a place to dream, is there anyone who wouldn’t love to have a tree house in their backyard? Your whole family will enjoy creating a spot for your children to play and relax as they use their imaginations to discover exciting backyard adventures.

Of course, any new house building project does require some planning. So, let’s get started.

Location, Location, Location Still Applies

You need to choose the location for your project. It is important to choose a healthy, living tree that has a large enough trunk and sturdy lower branches capable of supporting your tree house. Younger trees may not have the strength needed to hold the structure, and those nearing the end of their life may be too brittle or even rotten inside the trunk. Be sure to check with a professional arborist before you begin your build in order to ensure that your selection is alive and thriving, as well as robust enough to hold your tree house for many years to come.

Deep and well-established roots are essential to the lifespan of the “Family

Pressing Cut Flowers to Preserve the Blooms

images (39)Winter is coming,” as the widely-watched Television show popularized, summer’s end tail has just left. I was sitting in my favorite chair listening to the strong pour of the rain hitting our roof and windows. Nothing can be more serene than sipping a cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallow while reading my latest book conquest. This is until I saw the flowers me and my mom collected from the summer. It looks scared of the gloomy weather.

I thought of ways on how to preserve the beautiful blooms and I remembered my art project in high school– pressing flowers.

If you feel sad for the eminent death of these blossoms, we can all stop mourning and ‘immortalize’ them with this easy do-it-yourself pressed flower project.

What we need:

Fresh flowers of your choice

Flower scissors or ordinary scissors strong enough to cut the blooms

Presser (You may use a real presser or a book)

Parchment papers

What to do:

1 If you are using cut flowers, choose the freshest ones.

2 You can use any blooms you want. But, remember that flowers that are naturally flat are easier to press. Do not

How to Build Your Own Shed or Home Project

images (38)You’ll never need to worry about cutting the wrong size, trying to figure out what goes where. If you’re going to invest your hard earn time, money and energy in building a shed yourself. Then make sure the plan you’re using has everything you need to get it done in:

The easiest…
Most inexpensive, and…
The fastest way possible.

To create the kind of shed, your neighbors and other woodworkers will secretly envy.

The Perfect Shed Plan Needs to Include:

Views Of All Angles & Details

See exactly how everything should look before you build them. You start building a part of your shed that looks like the drawing, but it isn’t. But you missed it because the plan didn’t show you each angle and sides. And the only way you find out, is at the end when you’ve wasted all that time, money and sweat and nothing fits together.

Step By Step “LEGO” Instructions

Detailed instructions should be so simple that a kid could do it. Just like LEGO instructions. So detailed that you know exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. No complicated instructions that will

Dare To Do Your Own DIY Murphy Bed

download (90)For starters, let’s talk a bit about William Lawrence Murphy, the man responsible for this modern space saving solution. Little did he know that Murphy beds would sweep the world with his innovating idea of saving space and yet having a great looking area when folded away. He was a lady’s man and wanted to impress them when he invited them into his home, but lived in a small home. So he invented the first wall bed that would hide and make his home feel neat and tidy to impress the girls.

Piston mechanisms are used to operate them by using two of them. The less common use air pressure to raise and support in order to lower the bed frame. It has the ability to lock when the bed is vertical up hidden in the wall. This lock is a safety feature, however a very accurate installation must be achieved. Old traditional Murphy bed systems use steel springs. Springs are the only mechanism that the Murphy beds should use because they are heavy duty and bring measured balance. These make the lifting and

Tips for DIY Carpet Installation

images (37)Before you decide whether to install the carpet yourself or hire a professional to do it, you should know that it can be a labor-intensive and time-consuming project. Make sure that you do your research on all the different steps that are involved in carpet installation when doing it yourself. The first thing that you will need to do is remove the old carpet and padding beneath it. Sometimes you can reuse the older padding but it is advisable to install new padding when you get new carpet. Before you rip up the old carpet make sure that you vacuum the carpet to help prevent excess dirt and dust from entering the air. You should make sure that you have all the necessary tools needed for carpet installation before you start.

Once you have the old carpet and padding underneath you need to vacuum the floor that was underneath. You will also have to remove all of the old tackless strips and then replace them with new ones. These are what help to hold the new carpet in place. If the strips are

Tips for Collecting and Transporting Scrap Metal

download (89)People collect scrap metal for many good reasons. Not only is it fun and exciting, it is highly profitable! But in order to get the most from your scrap metal experience, you must learn how to be both efficient and effective at the same time. This is because scrap metal can be dangerous to handle, and even more hazardous to transport. And aside from safety, it can be quite frustrating figuring out how to get your findings where you need them to go, quickly and conveniently. So if this pastime interests you, continue reading to learn some important tips for collecting and transporting scrap metal.

Avoid Injuries and Accidents

Although there is a long list of advantages to scrap metal collecting, there are several possible injuries and accidents that can occur if necessary precautions aren’t taken. Not only can improperly secured cargo cause a wide range of traffic accidents and property damage, incorrect handling of junk metal can cause injuries to the epidermis, back, neck, spine, and more. In fact, back pain is among the most common long-term injuries among adult men and women in

Ways to Define Your Spaces With Area Rugs – Living Room Area Rugs

images (36)1. Create an Inviting Entryway – When your front door opens straight into the room without a designated foyer, you can build the illusion of one with an area rug. A chevron wool rug is a good example of creating a welcoming entrance and makes a nice contrast to the hardwood. Use a bold color area rug to build on the look by adding a small piece of furniture and some art.

2. Make Your Living Room a Focal Point – While big rooms and tall spaces are the inviting aspect of an open-concept home, they also bring a challenge for organizing a cozy space for hanging out. A beautiful living space can be undefined until you place a patterned rug for an inviting and cozier conversation area. With high ceilings and big windows, the rug provides an anchor to the room and draws the eye down from the big spaces, making the room feel friendly and cozy.

3. Define the Dining Area – Just because your home lacks a traditional dining room, doesn’t mean you can’t have one. In this contemporary living space, a

A Do It Yourself Space Saving Solution

download (88)Closets can come in various sizes, but what they all have in common is that they’re never quite big enough. We always seem to fill them to the brim; move into a large new home, and in a few years you are at capacity in regards to space. In such cases a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) space saving solution is ideal.

When rearranging the existing items on your shelf is not enough, it may be time to build a new space saving solution. As with most DIY projects, materials should be low cost, easy to install, and effective in their end-purpose. Wire shelving is a great DIY space saving solution, ideal for compact areas. The material is popular because of its price point and multifunctionality.

No matter your shelving project scope and size, wire shelving can help you get it done. Extensive projects like 3-walled walk-in-closets to in home garage storage can easily be set up using this material. Smaller projects like petite pantries or wire racks for your kitchen items can be done in half the time.

No Tools Required

No tools are required when you set up