When you purchase a home or invest in a hardwood floor, you’ll probably want to learn a bit about proper care to protect and prolong the beauty of your floor. Regardless of the specifics of your floor, there are a few tips about what not to do and what to do. With that in mind let’s begin taking a look at some of the basics that apply to nearly every hardwood floor.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you begin to choose your hardwood floors. You will want to match the room and home design to make sure it fits in with the look that you want. Another consideration is what is involved in the installation. When properly chosen and cared for, hardwood flooring can be an asset and a pleasure for a lifetime.
If you’re not happy with the look of your current garage floor, you might want to consider adding a coat of paint. Paint can dress up even the dullest and oldest looking floors. However, painting the garage floor just isn’t the same as painting other surfaces. For one, a garage is subject to a lot more abuse and traffic than a typical floor. It also must be able to withstand dirt and even grease, something an interior is unlikely to see. Follow these steps for painting floor surfaces in the garage.
Cleaning floor grout is one of the most difficult tasks around the house. No matter how good a job you do applying grout or sealing it after installation, there will come a time when it needs to be cleaned. Understanding how to take care of the problem easily and effectively is important. Most of the dirt is going to be caused by mold, mildew, food stains, or just plain old foot traffic, so keeping it clean is a necessity. Follow these steps to keep your floor grout looking beautiful.
Ah, porcelain tile. Rugged. Dense. And we had just over 250 square feet of it to installâ€¦ mostly on the wallsâ€¦ and half of it in a diamond patternâ€¦ with chair rail and decorative inserts. This was not a time to try out a wimpy saw. For this job, we chose a 2.5 HP 10-inch wet saw from Chicago Electric Power Tools. Chicago is sold almost exclusively through Harbor Freight – a name that will bring to mind visions of bargain-priced inexpensive Chinese tools in some. In others, the thought will drift to how long their no-name tools will last. In either case, we were able to pick up this 10-inch behemoth tile saw for less than $200 – not a bad deal if you’ve done any shopping around for full-sized tile saws.
Most do not think of a miter saw as a multipurpose tool, but that idea might change with the Evolution Power Tools RAGE3 10″ TCT Multipurpose Sliding Miter Saw which is a “material eating machine.” The saw claims the ability to cut steel, wood, aluminum, plastic and more. In fact they also boast that with their RAGE3 10″ diamond blade, this jack-of-all-trades tool can also cut tile, slate and other flooring and roofing materials. It’s an understatement to say that we wanted give this saw a workout!
Adding a tiled back splash is a great way to dress up a kitchen. Often when doing a simple tile backsplash, some cuts are needed to get the tile around switches and receptacles. There are a few options and methods for doing these small cuts that donâ€™t necessarily involve expensive or fancy equipment.
What do you do when you have to take up a vinyl floor or remove tough adhesive off a surface? If you are like me, it usually involved getting down on hands and knees with a heavy-duty scraper or chisel. The reciprocating saw driven Simple Man Products Spyder Scraper is the new solution.
Perfect for tiling projects in and around the house, the Ryobi WS730 tile saw includes a 7-inch diamond cutting wheel, wheel wrench, hex key, rip guide, bevel block, end of cut reminder, splash guard and operator’s manual. Ryobi has a motto: “Pro Features, Affordable Prices”. Since this is the first overhead motor tile saw to be offered at under $200 they’ve certainly seem to be delivering.