Archive for the ‘Repairs & Renovation’ Category

Resurface Your Pool with a Great Plaster Job

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010


Resurfacing older pools requires a specialized professional. It enables you to create a water tight seal for your pool. It also referred to as white cement and when properly done can last for more than twenty years. Plaster is known to degrade with time. It usually starts eroding on the corners of the pool. When you notice this happening then you know that plastering is necessary.

Pool plastering is quite a task and require careful planning. However, when you have the right tools and knowhow you can do the plastering yourself. It is rather obvious the first thing that you do when plastering is to drain all the water from the pool. Use a chisel to remove hanging pieces of plaster. Mix the white cement in a container and apply over the pool. After one day, you can apply another coating and apply a water sealant.

Repair Cracks on the Walls

Sunday, February 28th, 2010


If you realize that your walls have cracks, you only need a few tools to repair them. The cracks usually occur when you bump something against the walls, after a natural disaster or when your home is naturally settling on the foundation. If the walls are cosmetic, you can make them look more presentable. In some cases, the crack indicates that there is damage on the joists or studs in your house.

Before you start repairing, determine whether you have a drywall or plaster wall. If it is plaster, you need to apply plaster paste to fill in the cracks. Make sure you sand and paint the area once the paste dries.
For a drywall, you will be required to use spackling putty to fill in the cracks but unlike the plaster one, you have to apply the putty twice. It also has to be sanded once the cracks have been filled in.

Concrete crack repair in basement walls

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Concrete, Construction, Home Improvement, BasementThe basement walls inevitably develop cracks which can be both narrow as well as wide up-to 1.5”. The cracks can be due to many reasons but main reasons include thermal movement and drying shrinkage. The narrow cracks seem innocent but over the time they cause lot of problems. All cracks start leaking at some or other time.

Now cracks can not give structural failures as there are easy ways to fill up the cracks. Pour-in concrete walls can be injected with low pressure epoxy or polyurethane foam. This permanent, cost-effective and reliable method is preferred by everyone. But a concrete block walls can’t have epoxy injection. The cracks are fully filled and the treatment arrests the seepage of water. Drilling is not needed to inject the treatment. The injection is made from the inside the no digging is required. Basement is the diciest place from where the seepage occurs and the complete building decays. Thus basement walls have to be repaired at the earliest.

Fixing Squeaking Stairs in Older Homes

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Construction, Stairs, Homes,The home you live in is not getting any newer hence once in a while you will find some part of it wearing out and needing repair. Once the home gets older, the stairs might become weak and start squeaking. Squeaky stairs can be frightening because you don’t know when they might let go. This does not mean that the home stairs construction guy did not do well his work but the home is just old and repairs will be many.

Squeaky stairs can be due to several reasons and if you are not an expert in the building process, you may not know what the problem is. Before you start fixing you need to know where the problem is. Fixing them will

cost you and especially if you hire someone to do the job, but if you are not sure just find an expert because he will know how to fix the problem better.