How to Prevent Moisture in Basement Carpet

Posted on 17 October 2017 (0)

 

Homeowners tend to prefer hardwood floors for their home in 2017 and recent years. However, carpet is still very popular. Carpet is a common choice for bedrooms, for example. But what about basements?

Homeowners should not install hardwood floor in a basement because the moisture can warp the wood. This leaves carpet or concrete as the only two options.

We prefer carpet for basements. But it requires special attention during installation in order to prevent the carpet from retaining moisture and leading to mold and mildew.

Here is how to install carpet in a basement:

(1) Vapor Barrier

In a living room or bedroom on the main floor, you would typically install a carpet pad over the subfloor and then lie down the carpet across the room. For a basement, there are additional steps.

First, you need to install a vapor barrier. This barrier should be made of mold and moisture-resistant materials. You can find several synthetic options available. This layer will lie directly over the concrete subfloor of the basement.

(2) Wood Subfloor

The next layer is a wood subfloor. The wood floor will lie over the vapor barrier and provide an additional layer of protection from the carpet pad and the carpet above.

We recommend using flat plywood boards for the wood subfloor. You will need concrete screws to fasten the wood through the vapor barrier and the subfloor.

(3) Carpet Pad

You should now place a carpet pad over the plywood subfloor. We recommend a mold- and mildew-resistant pad. This will cost a little more but will be worth the investment in order to protect the carpet. You can also purchase carpet pads that are odor-resistant too.

(4) Carpet

Now it is time to install the carpet over the previous three sublayers of flooring in the basement. We recommend an industrial fiber such as Berber for the floor. You do not want a plush fabric for the basement.

You can also consider carpet tiles for a basement. Carpet tiles are a relatively new option for home flooring. The tiles are cut in square pieces and then laid out across the floor piece by piece. This way if a piece of the carpet is damaged from moisture, you can replace the single piece instead of the entire wall-to-wall carpet.

(5) Sump Pumps

The sump pump isn’t directly related to installing the carpet but you want to be sure it is 100% operational if you plan to install carpet in your basement. If your basement is prone to flooding or pooling in the past, consider installing a dual sump pump system as an additional precaution.

You can see that there are a few additional steps to complete in order to install carpet in a basement and ensure it maintains its quality over the course of its lifetime. You can also help with proper care and maintenance which includes vacuuming and scheduling professional carpet cleaning from a local service like Champion Chem-Dry.

If the installation is completed successfully and the carpet is cared for, you will love carpet in your basement for many years.

How to Install a Standby Generator

Posted on 20 September 2017 (0)

Power outages are frustrating as they can continue for hours and even a few days if there is some major problem.

Fortunately there is something which is called as ‘generator’ and can support the utilities and power of your home.

While your primary generator helps you during an outage, it is necessary to install a standby generator. This can help in protecting you and your family from inconvenience and prepares you for all sorts of emergency situations in case your primary generator is down.

We understand that a standby generator might be expensive so this is how you can install a unit by yourself and save some money too!

Setting the Unit in Place

This is the foundation of the generator so this step in the process should be done effectively. You need to ensure that the surface where you are putting the generator on should be seamlessly leveled. If you are putting somewhere in your basement or inside area then it won’t be difficult to find a leveled area. But if the area is high-low and you are placing it somewhere outside, then you should simply compact the soil underneath and pour some stone dust over the area to create a solid surface. Since the generator is quite heavy in weight, you can use pipes or cylinder rollers to slide it into the designated place.

Installation of Transfer Switch

The transfer switch is a medium through which generator gets to know that the power outage has begun and thus it should be installed properly so that the generator gets a signal as to when it should be turned on!

Installation of a transfer switch is fairly straightforward. All you have to do is to place it next to the entrance panel so as to re-route the electricity entrance conductors into the transfer switch.

You can connect the same through wire after applying corrosion inhibitors in case of aluminum conductors. There are manual and automatic transfer switches.

Manual switches need to be manually started after loss of power while automated switches monitors the power and speed up and stabilize the utility power without any sort of human intervention.

Installation of Fuel Source

Your generator might run on diesel, petrol or natural gas and thus you need to install the source so that it may source its fuel when the time comes for the generator to run. For this, you need to install few basic pipes, one end of which would be connected to the source inventory and the other end would be connected to generator.

If you are using natural gas, then it doesn’t require any storage space but if it is petrol then you need to have space for an extra container.

Installing an Inlet Box Hookup

The inlet box is meant to connect to the panel system of your house which has all the connections. But this box is connected to the plug house through the transfer switch. The transfer switch acts like a stabilizer and helps in easing the flow of electricity from the generator (inlet box) to the appliances (panel system).

Always follow safety instructions and refer to the manual before installation as the process may slightly vary depending upon the model and brand of generator.

Here are some of the best standby generators for purchase.

5 Must-Own Tools for Home Repair

Posted on 26 August 2017 (0)

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There are hundreds of tools necessary for home repairs. Every home repair or upgrade requires one or two unique tools; screws or fasteners you have never used before.

But there are some tools that are commonly used in several different projects for your home. You must own at least one of these tools in order to complete most home repair projects.

Here are the 5 tools every amateur handyman should own:

HAMMER

You will need a hammer for several different DIY home repair projects. One of the most common uses of a hammer is to hang picture frames on the walls throughout your home but you will also need a hammer for various woodworking and craftsman projects as well.

SCREWDRIVER

Every handyman should own a flathead screwdriver and a philips head screwdriver. There are now versions of screwdrivers for purchase that include both types of heads for easier use. You will use a screwdriver for several types of assembly projects in your home and it is often necessary to screw two pieces of wood or fiberboard together.

TAPE MEASURER

A tape measurer comes in handy when you need to know the measurements of a room or a specific surface in your home. You will need to know how to measure width, height and how to measure square feet with a tape measurer. These measurements are used for installing carpet or hardwood floor, purchasing larger furniture items or appliances and installing countertops and cabinets.

WRENCH

You need a wrench to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts. There are several types of wrenches available, including crescent wrenches and allen wrenches. The type of wrench you need for a project depends on the type of fastener. Nuts and bolts are often used in plumbing projects and projects that involve metal materials.

SAFETY GEAR

Safety comes first in home repair. You should have work gloves to protect your hands during projects and a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from loose debris and other materials. You do not want particles or debris touching your eyes. You also want to purchase sturdy work boots and a helmet to protect your head from falling items or from falling yourself.

Cut Home Remodel Costs

Posted on 20 August 2017 (0)

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The costs of a home remodel are very expensive. You have to consider the cost of hiring professionals, materials, décor, tools and equipment.

You will find that before you know it the cost of the home remodel is more than you can afford. You will need to cut home remodel costs in order to complete the project.

There are several ways you can cut costs during a home remodel:

#1. DIY

The best way to lower the costs of a home remodel is to do as much of the work on your own as possible. DIY solutions to different parts of the project will save you $100-1000 or even more depending on the size of the project.

You can learn how to complete almost every project online with tips from our blog or from helpful videos on YouTube and other informational websites.

We recommend you hire professionals for projects where there is the risk of serious damage or injury but for minor projects you should try your best to complete as many as you can on your own to save yourself money during your home remodel.

#2. USED ITEMS

You can save a lot of money if you are willing to purchased used items from garage sales, thrift stores, ebay.com and craigslist.com. You can find exceptional deals on furniture, appliances, tools and other home items.

You will save $100-$500 if you buy used items to decorate or remodel your home with instead of paying the price for new items online or at local hardware stores and appliance stores.

#3. LOWER QUALITY

You don’t have to purchase the highest quality materials for every part of the home remodel. You can cut costs and purchase laminate floor instead of hardware floor or a laminate countertop instead of a granite countertop. There are several ways to get the look you desire and sacrifice a little quality along the way. You might have no choice if you want to complete the home remodel.

These three ideas are some of the easiest ways to cut home remodel costs and still complete the project on time and in style. You will be amazed at how nice your remodel is when it is done and performing some DIY projects or purchasing a used item or too will be worth it.

How to Install Baseboard

Posted on 30 July 2017 (0)

In our last post we taught you how to measure square feet. In today’s post, we are going to provide instructions on how to install a baseboard (also known as molding) along the bottom of the walls in your home.

Baseboards function to conceal the joint between a wall in your home and the floor but baseboards can provide visual appeal too. Your baseboards add a little polish to the décor of a room. Baseboards are available in various materials, including wood, composite and laminate.

You will want a tight, secure fit during the installation of a baseboard and we will show you how to do it. To complete this project, you will need 3-4 hours and around $100-200.

The Tools You Need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Drill
  • Stud Finder
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Baseboards
  • Wood Cover
  • Wood Putty

Don’t forget to wear the proper protective gear during this installation. You will want to wear eye goggles at all times as well as gloves.

The Steps to Success:

#1. Measure

The first thing to do is measure along the walls to determine how much materials you will need and the necessary length of the baseboard. If you plan to install the baseboard prior to installing carpet you will want to create some depth between the bottom of the baseboard and the top of the floor.

You can now purchase the baseboard and necessary installation materials.

#2. Placement

Place the baseboard into an interior corner of the room. Now locate the studs in the wall along the length of the baseboard using your stud finder. Each time you locate a stud in the wall, mark the spot on the baseboard using a pencil or chalk.

#3. Nails

Hammer your finishing nails into the spots along the baseboard where the studs are. You should hammer one nail near the top of the baseboard and one near the bottom of the baseboard. Then push the nails into the baseboard using your nail set. This will make the nails more discrete. You can use a nail gun and compressor to speed up this step of the process. Then place wood putty into the nail holes and let it dry.

#4. Joint/Corner

Now create an inside joint using your miter saw. You will want the joint to line up in the corner and be balanced. Then saw the other end at a 45-degree angle to create the outside corner of the baseboard. Be very careful when using the miter saw as this is a very dangerous piece of equipment that deserves your complete attention.

#5. Shoe Molding

Then add shoe molding along the bottom of the baseboard. The shoe molding adds more polish to the finished looked and helps create a balanced look along the base of the wall in spots where the floor is uneven. You will need to saw the shoe molding as well to fit ends and corners. You should install the shoe molding using nails and conceal the nails with the wood putty.

You’re all done! The baseboard is installed and in place and you can now install carpet or admire your finished work.