Spreading The Good Word For Home Improvement

We love everything to do with DIY and improving the layout of your home. We cover everything from a complete renovation through to the odd jobs you get nagged about. Not sure how to fix a leaking pipe? We got you covered. Need more info on how to build a patio, we got you covered again.

We help bring together the very best tips and tricks we can get our hands on to help you make the right decisions when it comes to remodeling your home, or just wanting to keep your property beautifully maintained on a day to day basis.

And just to get you started, here’s something we thought you’d find helpful…

How to Avoid or Thaw Frozen Pipes During the Winter

It is that time of year again, and winter is in full swing. From Christmas presents to sledding in February, winter brings many pleasant memories and activities for many. However, not every aspect of these cold months is a positive one. One of the most important incidents to prepare for is the freezing of pipes. Whether you are working to prevent or need to thaw your home’s pipes, it is time to winterize them.

Frozen pipes more often happen when a house is left vacant for a long period of time. When you know that you will be away from home during the cold months, you will undergo the winterization process. Even when you will be home during the winter, there are sections of your pipes that will be more at risk. Any pipes that run against exterior walls that have very little insulation are at higher risk of freezing, as well as any sections of pipe that are exposed to severe cold (such as those outdoors).

Unheated parts of your home, such as the garage, basement or crawl space, are also at higher risk of freezing. Add insulation to the colder rooms in your homes, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. An investment in proper insulation will help to maintain a higher temperature in these forgotten rooms. Even pipes can be insulated, often called a pipe sleeve, heat tape, or heat cable. In some cases, the newspaper does the trick, but it does not have a significant protective effect as these other products do.

To avoid frozen pipes, there are several steps to take. The first step involves emptying your water heater – shut off the main valve, as well as the water pump. The heating elements will not be damaged if there is no water in the tank. Make sure that no excess water is left behind. Drain water from the pipes, including flushing any toilets and checking all sink and tub drains, and anything that has a drain trap. Each of the drains should be filled with an antifreeze solution.

Insulate pipes after they’ve been properly drained. There should be no gaps without insulation, these can let cold air in and affect the pipes negatively despite your preparation.
For pipes outside of your home, these should also be drained before winter comes into its full power. Drain the water from your swimming pool, as well as any water sprinkler supply lines, but do not put antifreeze solution in these pipes. It can be environmentally harmful and is particularly damaging to the plant and wildlife in your yard.

Remove and drain hoses that are used outdoors. For hose bibs, make sure that inside valves are closed. Open the hose bib and make sure that all water is properly drained from the hose – keep this pipe open to avoid expansion of any leftover water. Store the hose in a dry place, such as a garage or shed. If left in a particularly cold part of the home, however, remaining water left in a hose can still put in in danger of freezing and breaking.

It is important to remember that plastic pipes are much more tolerant in these freezing temperatures than copper pipes. Because some people do like to steal copper pipes from houses still using them, plastic pipes have several benefits and are worth the time and cost put into this renovation.

When winter is on its way, many people become excited about the holidays and fun in the snow. However, it is important to remember that you should prepare your home for these colder months as relatives begin to visit and your family spends more time indoors. Winterizing your pipes is crucial and can help you avoid a much larger project.

Helpful Tips On Maintaining Your Tools

toolsDo you have lots of tools at home? These tools maybe used in woodworks, gardening, repairs and more. How do you keep and maintain them? These tools might be expensive and they need to be well taken care of in order to last for a long time.

When tools are maintained, it can help you save money as you never have to buy them over and over again. Some tools may be cheap but they are usually not that long lasting compared to branded or expensive ones. If you want to learn about how to maintain and take care of these tools, read some helpful tips from here:

How To Take Care of Your Tools

Good tools can be quite an investment, but if you take good care of them, they’ll return the favor. Keeping your tools properly stored, cleaned, and maintained will save you time and money and make your DIY endeavors that much more rewarding.

We’re mostly talking about hand tools, power tools, and garden tools in this article, but much of the same advice applies whether your tools of choice are kitchen knives, crafting tools, or whatever else. Store them well, keep them clean and well-maintained, and you won’t be sorry. Read more…

There are many kinds of tools and they vary according to their uses. Some tools are used for measuring, marking, holding, fastening, cutting, etc. We all know that most cutting tools are sharp and their edges must be well maintained in order for these tools to function properly.

Sharpening tools is not an easy task because extra care and safety should be observed when doing it. Most tool owners prefer to have a sharpening service do the job for them.

There you have it. These tips can help you maintain your tools and hopefully they can last for a long time. Tools are good investment and taking care of them can help you save money. Good luck!


How to Clean Your Garage Like A Pro

Okay, so you’ve got a garage. Well done! You made a wise choice when you bought your house. The only problem is that now it looks nothing like a garage!! When was the last time you fit a car in there? You see what tends to happen, is that all of a sudden our garage becomes a room, not for our car but for storing every piece of junk we have lying around.

So…it’s time to have a clear out! Here are some great tips to help you clean out your garage like an industrial cleaner!

If you’re looking for further tips to help inspire you and motivate you to pick up that brush and get working, then check out Bobvila’s site here.

What Options Do I Have To Extend The Space In My House?

Because of the current economic climate many people are finding that moving house isn’t an option any more simply because it’s too expensive and of the economic uncertainty. But you’ll be pleased to know that there are other options. Two of the options we’ll be discussing here are to do with verandahs (examples here) and a typical home extension.

By the  way, if you want to jump quickly across to a possible solution for your space issues, you can always check out Custom Outdoor Living who specialise in building single storey home extensions. They’re a fairly experienced custom builder company based in Melbourne. It’s always good to check out the experience and reputation of a builder beforehand.

Knowing they’ve been in business for a while is always a good thing, because you can bet your bottom dollar they’ve come up against a wide range of problems, including having to sort out all manner of building regulations. They’ve written up a very helpful article on what you need to do to start planning your project which you can read about here.

As the size of our family grows, so too does our requirement for space. For some of us it may not even be down to the increased size of our family but our simple desire for extra space. Usually this comes about because of the never ending stream of purchases and odd bits and pieces that eventually take up all of the available space leading to us feeling cramped and claustrophobic. On the other hand, you might just want a beautiful modular home extension, but don’t let that persuade you too easily!

That leaves us with a couple of options if moving house is out of the question. The first option, and perhaps the easiest, is to have a tidy up. If you decided to spend one weekend going through all of your belongings and clearing out all of the unnecessary junk you’ll be surprised at how much space you can create.

If on the other hand, you’ve already had a tidy up, and decided that regardless of the amount of stuff you have you would like to extend the size of your house, then the most obvious option here is to build a home extension. This opens up a whole host of options!

If you’ve decided to go down this route, then you might begin to wonder which part of the house you would like to extend. This will require some discussion. Around the kitchen table is a good way to bounce some ideas off of each other.

The reason for this, is because mums would probably prefer extending the kitchen while the dads might want a new study. One of the most common Extensions is a kitchen extension which might include a complete refurbishment job to modernise the kitchen and expand the dining area. This is worth considering because the kitchen area can actually be one of the most commonly used rooms in the house and is actually a great place to socialise and bring the family together.

If you were considering a simple extension out the back of your house, then it would be worth considering either a verandah or some sort of alfresco design. Verandahs provide you with a beautiful outdoor space which will supply both shade and some fresh outdoor air! You can see an example of a verandah built for a Melbourne property here.

Another option is to convert your loft and this is another very popular option that is common in many households. If you happened to have had a new introduction to the family, You’ll probably want to create a new bedroom and the loft is a fantastic space that you can utilise to convert into a much-needed bedroom.

If you are on a tighter budget, then it might be worth considering a garage conversion. The reason for this, is that garages provide a good amount of space and as well as this, the cost of a conversion to extend your house, is actually a far cheaper option in comparison to either a loft extension or a kitchen refurbishment.

So there you have it, a wide range of choices for you to make. I hope you found this insightful and informative and I hope this will help you consider the available options to extend your home.

Your final decision will depend on the required amount of space you would like to add, the functionality, and the overall budget you have available to you.

It’s always advisable to seek the advice of a local builder, particularly if you have no building experience yourself. If you decide to employee the skills of a local building company, it is worth taking your time to investigate reviews about the company before taking them on-board. This will help you avoid stresses further down the line.