Posts made in May, 2016

How To Install Modular Hardwood Floors

Installing hardwood floors in your kitchen is not that difficult if you buy the right product. Modular hardwood floors are specifically designed with the consumer in mind. That is, they are made so non-professionals can install them quite easily. You will need a few power tools, and the work can be physically demanding, mainly because you have to bend down so much, but it is certainly a manageable DIY project. This article explains how modular hardwood floors are installed so can decide if you want to do it yourself or let a professional contractor do it.

Cutting the Planks

The hardwood floor planks are easy to cut if you have a miter saw. But, make sure your saw has a movable blade that allows you to make angled cuts. Cutting the planks lengthwise is easy, and you will have to make a lot of cuts. However, there is also a chance that you will need to reduce the width of a row of planks. This is much more difficult if you don’t have a table saw. You won’t need to make too many cuts like this, but it still might be worth renting a portable table saw. Otherwise you will need to cut the plank with a handheld circular saw. The best technique is to clamp your plank to the edge of sturdy table and then cut it.

Ultimately, cutting the planks is the most time consuming part of the job. But, you can speed it up if you have helpers. One person can measure the space while the other cuts the planks to size. If only one person is working on the floor, it becomes very time consuming as you constantly need to bend down, take the measurement, stand back up, walk over to the, make the cut, and then go back to lay the plank. Doing this hundreds of times takes forever on your own.

Physical Requirements

The last thing you need to consider before deciding on installing your own floor is the physical nature of the work. Besides needing to constantly bend down and work on the floor, you also need to carry the planks. By themselves, the individual planks are not that heavy, but they are a little awkward to carry since they are so long. The planks are sold in packs that include 6 to 10 planks, so you need to be prepared for a fair bit of lifting before you begin the job. In the end, you really shouldn’t have any problem installing your own hardwood floor.

For more information, contact Bob Carroll Building Contractor or a similar company.

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4 Strategies For Containing Water In A Curbless Shower

Curbless showers improve the aesthetics of a bathroom in a unique and refreshing way. Not only that, but they’re a great choice where accessibility and mobility concerns are involved. Yet many people hesitate to install a curbless shower because they’re worried about how to contain the water. If you are considering a curbless shower for your home, read on. This article will present four commonly used waterproofing strategies.  

Sloping Floor

Perhaps the simplest strategy for keeping water from escaping the shower is to slope the floor subtly toward the drain. This slope should not exceed 1/2″ per foot, however. If the slope is steeper than this, it will undermine the accessible nature of curbless showers, by making it difficult for wheelchair-bound individuals to remain level while utilizing the shower.

Linear Trench Drain

A linear trench drain consists of a narrow trough across the floor at the opening of the shower. The trough is covered with a perforated grate, which allows water to flow down into the trough. A linear trench drain may be used either in conjunction with sloping floors or alone. The latter case is preferable for those with mobility issues, as it allows the floor of the shower to be much more level, thus lowering the risk of falls.

When used as the sole means of water containment, a linear trench drain should be equipped with multiple drain lines. This prevents a safeguard in the event that one of the drains becomes clogged, blocked, or otherwise impeded. Having multiple drains in a trench also increases the volume of water which the trench is capable of handling.

Collapsible Threshold

A collapsible threshold, also known as a water dam, differs from the two options above in that it projects above the surface of the shower floor. In other words, a collapsible threshold presents a physical barrier, preventing water from escaping beyond the perimeter of the shower. Water dams do not present an impediment for those who use a wheelchair or walker. When these or other mobility devices pass over the water dam, it easily compresses beneath the weight, then springs back up into place again.

Weighted Shower Curtain

For those who prefer a greater degree of privacy while showering, a weighted shower curtain might be the best option. The weights help ensure that the curtain hangs straight down, providing even coverage along the full length of the curtain. Just be sure that the curtain is long enough that it almost touches the floor, without bunching up or dragging along it. This increases the likelihood of mold and mildew forming on the curtain.    

Contact waterproofing professionals, such as those from State Wide Waterproofing, for further assistance.

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