Posts made in April, 2015

How to Mount a Splashback in Your Kitchen

Splashbacks are a fantastic addition to any kitchen; they look sharp and they provide an incredibly easy surface to clean. Did you know that you can install your own?

To attach your splashback, follow these steps:

Step One: Remove Tiles if Present

It is likely that the back wall of your kitchen is tiled. If this is the case, you will need to remove the tiles. How this is done will depend on the specific type of tile that is used. Generally, tiles can be pried off the wall using a wide-blade putty knife. If, however, the tiles are set in mortar, you may need to break them off. Luckily, mortar is rarely used to bind tiles.

Step Two: Prime the Wall

Once your tiles are removed and the back wall is exposed, it is time to prime the wall with paint. This is important, because the paint protects the back of the splashback from damage. The colour/type of paint isn’t all that important, as most splashbacks come with a coloured rear.

After painting, it is imperative to allow 3 weeks before the adhesive is applied. This is to ensure that no solvents or reactive products are present, which could potentially react with and denature the adhesive.

Step Three: Clean the Surfaces

Before you’re ready to attach the splashback, the surfaces that are to be bonded must be cleaned. Use a product that is designed to clean grease and grime. Make sure both surfaces (the wall, and the splashback) are thoroughly cleaned before moving on.

Step Four: Apply Adhesive and Mount the Splashback

Bonding the splashback to the wall is a fairly simple matter. To do this, you will need a neutral, high-strength construction adhesive. It is important that you use one that is heat and steam resistant, and is intended for use with glass repair.

Allow an edge of 5cm from the perimeter of the splashback, then apply the adhesive in 5mm diameter beads at 8cm intervals across the entire length and width of the splashback. Attach 4-5 strips of mounting tape between the beads of adhesive, to help hold the splashback in place while the adhesive dries (which takes around 72 hours).

Once the adhesive and mounting tape are in place, firmly push the splashback onto the wall until you feel that the mounting tape has taken hold.

Step Five: Seal around the Edges

After 72 hours, the adhesive should be firmly set. Now, seal around the edges of the splashback with a glass edge sealer.

If you follow all of the above steps, your splashback should be firmly in place, and thanks to the paint primed foundation, it won’t discolour or loosen as it ages.

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Why You Should Renovate Your Home One Room At A Time

Renovating your home is a big deal no matter what scope of work you’re looking to put in. A home renovation will change the way your home looks, feels, its size and even its value. Most importantly, a home renovation will cost you. To make sure you balance all these factors and avoid overwhelming yourself, renovate your home one room at a time. Start with the kitchen then move into the bathroom and so on. Read on to see how having a structured renovation helps.

Track the renovation as it unfolds

When you renovate your house, you can never really tell how it will all turn out until the job is done. However, when you renovate your home one room at a time, you get to see the changes unfolding at a manageable pace. With a structure renovation, you get to see how the new flooring looks, how your new paint work matches with the ceiling and so forth. This lets you get enough time to react and make any changes you might want to carry out in the rest of the house–for example, changing materials, builders or the design.

Watch your finances to avoid over spending

One of the big considerations you have to keep your eye on during a renovation is the budget. Your expenditure can balloon significantly, especially due to last minute changes or additions. If you have planned to renovate your entire house all at once, such cost effects can really leave you in a rut. However, when renovating one room at a time, you get to track the finances as each phase is completed. This gives you a chance to cut back on non-pertinent areas if costs rise too high.

Reduce the level of disruption in your home

Another thing to expect with a home renovation is the disruption brought about by the process. You’ll have walls knocked down, roofing removed, floors torn off and furniture covered in plastic. Your home will temporarily look like a post-war site. However, if you take the renovation one step at a time, you will limit the disruption to smaller sections of the house at any given time. This will not only reduce the confusion, it will make it easier for you to manage the renovation better as you can focus on one area at a time.

Get the best labor for each job

Lastly, when you segment your renovation, you are in a position to get specialized builders for each phase of the job. You can get the very best builder to work on your kitchen, another on your bedrooms, roofing, patio and so on. This will ensure you get the very best people for each part of your renovation.  

With a structured renovation, you’re also not in a rush to get the job done. You can take your time and ensure that each room in your house gets properly done before moving onto the next. For more information, contact a business such as Vickers Home Improvements.

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Some Must-know Tips for When You Move Home

Are you in the process of moving home, and would like to know what you can do to make the transition a smooth one? Then make a time investment of learning some common home moving tips. By applying these tips to your home move you can reduce the occurrence of problems that can potentially lead to financial setbacks, which is the last thing you want when moving into a new home. Therefore, take the time to read on to gain some insight into considerations that must be made during a home move.

  • Parking Permits: You will need to organise parking permits for the removal company if the home you are moving to requires them. Otherwise fines might be issued in the event of a lengthy unloading time. The removals company will most likely pass down the cost of the fine down to you. Some removal companies might not need parking permits if they have authorisation from the authorities, but don’t take the risk—find out from the removals company if that is the case.
  • Don’t Overfill Boxes: It is often the case that boxes are packed whilst on the floor with little attention given regarding how they will be carried. This can result in boxes that are too heavy to lift, or simply things will fall out adding time to the length of the move. This is not only frustrating but can also increase the removals bill if you have hired them on a per hour basis.
  • Insurance: Most removalist companies offer different levels of insurance so that you are protected if your personal property gets damaged during the move. However, you might not need this insurance if your home insurance already covers you even during a move—check with your insurance agent to be certain.
  • Pack Ahead of Time: You should make sure that all the belongings are packed well before the removals crew arrives. This will decrease the amount of time it will take to load the van up, and that in turn reduces the bill. Also you can take some of your belongings by the side of the road if it isn’t raining so that the distance between the van and your belongings is reduced even further.
  • Help: Get friends and family to help you move boxes and furniture as this will both reduce the stress on you during the move, and it will mean fewer removal professionals will be required, thereby reducing the bill.
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