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Archive for November, 2009

DIY Sliding Door Repair Ideas – The Affordable Way of Repairing Your Door

By Singapore Home Guy On November 23, 2009 1 Comment

Most of home owners especially US homes are using sliding door as entry door for their patio, backyard or even main entry door (not a lot in Singapore). If you are one of those homeowners, you maybe find some simple damages or out-of-figure problems in your sliding glass doors due to longer period of time usage. This article will help you to find out those damages so that you can keep it from worsening. I will also discuss with you some basic repairs for your damaged sliding glass door so that you don’t have to employ professional contractors to do the repairs for you. Most of sliding glass door repair tips is easy to do and just require basic knowledge in home maintenance and repairs.

Due to age and some elements, our house becomes out of shape and sometimes gaining a lot of damages. Our sliding door maybe one of those house parts that you may find having dents and damages. Sometimes, it becomes out of square and start to fall apart. You maybe find it hard to close and to open. It is due to unusual soil movement in the foundation of the house caused by earthquakes and other soil disturbances. To start with, you need to inspect what is the cause of malfunctioning sliding door. At the bottom or top part, it maybe has some dents and cracks that’s why it becomes hard to open and close.

Mostly, sliding doors has rolling wheels in both top and bottom part of it. Sometimes, it becomes unaligned due to some elements. To settle it again, you need screw driver to pull out screw in the rolling wheel and align it back properly. Or you just need some adjustment to move the rolling wheel upward or downward by inserting screwdriver in the holes to adjust. This way, you will be able to settle the rolling wheel back into shape.

Now, if the problem is not in the rolling wheels but in the shimming of sliding door, you need to loosen up the secure screw in the door frame so that you will be able to repair the frames back into shape. Firstly, remove the molding in the sliding door. You will probably see the door frame after the molding has been removed. Secondly, inspect the door trimming. Determine which part of the door has been out of square that causing hurdles in opening and closing of it. Once identified, with the use of screwdriver, re-square the out-of-shape door. This will not just repair the damage but also add endurance with the sliding door. This way, it will last much longer with smooth function.

Another problem you may find in your sliding glass door is the fallen apart handles and lock mechanism. In this part, you might need to replace the worn out part for you to have back into shape mechanism latch. In replacing hardware part, make sure that you know the specific measurement of the door lock. It is better to bring the worn-out hardware to the store when you purchase a new one. This way, you’ll have the correct hardware to buy. If you didn’t be able to find correct door lock in hardware store in your area, you can search through internet for e-stores that sell certain hardware parts. Just make sure that the proper measurement was able to meet up upon ordering online. Replacing broken handles and locks mechanism not only giving you convenient function in your door but also upgrading the security measure within your home that is beneficial to you and your family.

Dents and damages in sliding door can be avoided with proper cleaning and maintenance. Through this, you don’t have to exert too much effort repairing and replacing parts of the sliding door. All you have to do is to maintain it so that damages and dents will be prevented. You have to protect it from harmful damage causing element inside and out. The common damage causing element is dirt and molds due to changing weather. From outside, wash your sliding door using soapy water and brush. This way, dirt and mold forming will be washed out. From inside, you can use slightly wet rag to wipe dirt. Inspect the rolling wheels once in awhile to see if there’s any forming mold in it. You can also use some cleaning agent like wax to bring back the shine of the door.

All facts considered you don’t have to spend much just to maintain your sliding door. You just have to clean and maintain it regularly so that further damages can be avoided. And once you’ve found simple dents and damages in your sliding door, it’s better to repair it immediately so you can keep it from worsening.


Carpet Remnants – How to Buy Affordable and Useful Carpet Remnants

By Singapore Home Guy On November 16, 2009 No Comments

If you want to put carpet in only a single room, carpet remnants can be your choice rather than buying the whole roll. Carpet remnants are the left over pieces of the carpet. It is the excess part of the carpet if the whole roll is not fitted in the flooring. It is usually coming from the end part of carpet roll. Basically, carpet remnants can’t cover wide room flooring space but it is very useful if you intend to cover only one small room floor. You can come up with a lot of choices as carpet remnant has lots of styles and types at good quality. And because it is remnants, you can always get it for lower price, depends on the quality and size.

Now, if you are looking on where to get or buy carpet remnants, you can try search up carpet stores in your area. Usually, large store that sells wide variety of carpet also offer carpet remnants. Those stores have some carpet cut-offs from their previous sales. You can have lots of choices within the styles and quality of the carpet remnants as large stores can give you wide preferences. However, for you to have the best pick, bring dimensional description of carpet you need in your floor. Measurement, types and texture of the carpet you need should be at your hand for you to have easier and faster choice of carpet remnants.

But if you are having some difficulties on finding stores that sells carpet remnants in your area, you can look over the web. There’s a lot of e-store selling wide variety of carpet so most likely they also offer carpet remnants, Amazon.com will be a good choice to buy carpet online. You can make use of search engines to find them. Most of carpet e-store display images together with the description of the carpet in their website. Through this, you can have the clear vision on what will you get once you order and purchased the carpet from them. But before making any purchases, you have to make sure you understand the terms of buying. You should know if the installation and shipment of the purchased carpet remnants is included with the package once you purchased it. This way, misunderstanding within the payment and what you will get will be avoided in the future. Beforehand, proper tools and fitting should be at hand so that the carpeting of the floor will be more convenient.

Furthermore, there are other uses for carpet remnants. If you have enough carpet for your room floors, some leftovers can be used as rug or hall runner. This way, you don’t have to buy separate rugs for your hallway; instead you can make use of leftover carpet pieces. It can be used to protect your carpet and floor from stains and damages due to heavy traffic from hallway. While you’re protecting your expensive carpet and wooden floors, you’re also cost saving by using remnants.


Ceiling and Wall Cracks – How to Fix it yourself?

By Singapore Home Guy On November 10, 2009 No Comments

You don’t have to be surprised if one day you’ll find some cracks in your ceiling and drywall. It is natural to happen especially if the touches of the ceiling were made long time ago. This article will help you to understand why is it your ceiling is having some unpleasant cracks and how to repair them.

Our ceiling and walls are having some unpleasant crack due to numerous factors and reasons. Those factors affect the surface of the walls and ceilings as resulting cracks and damages. One of the factors that create cracks within its surface is the structural movement of the house. This happens when the structure experience unusual movement due to instability of the house’s foundation. This may be caused by earthquake or any other odd activity. Also, ceiling can start having cracks when the lumber gets dry out and the plaster has start shrinking.

Nevertheless, what ever the reason is, we still don’t want to see any cracks and damages in our wall and ceiling. So, while still in early stage, we have to remedy and repair it right away before it become larger and more serious. If happened, you have no choice but to seek for professional help to do the repair task for you. But if it’s still slightly damaged, you can do the repair for yourself.

Firstly, evaluate the damage you have to repair. This will help you to know how much caulking and plaster material you’ll use in repairing them. Also, you can have the picture of how it can be repair without enlarging the damage. Once done, prepare paintable caulking plaster and paste it into the cracks. Repaint the repair part so that the uneven ceiling texture will be hidden.

You can also try applying fiberglass drywall tape to the ceiling to fix cracks. Use drywall compound to adjoin the joints of the ceiling. You might need to reapply drywall compound if your ceiling has wall texture in order to fix it correctly.

If you found hairline crack, it is better not to mind it unless it becomes larger. But if you’re still not rest assured, you can apply a bit of caulking material and repaint the plaster part.

It is not really hard to fix simple damages in your wall and ceilings. But as I’ve said earlier, if the damage becomes worse, you can always look for professional repair contractor so that it can be fixed correctly and immediately.