Repairing holes in Sheetrocked Walls

Written by Mark Donovan

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Holes larger than 2 inches.

With large holes, I recommend cutting out an area such that a new small piece of sheetrock can be applied torepparttar 2”x4” studs. For example, I would consider putting in a new 16”x16” piece of sheetrock for a hole that is greater than 2” in diameter and less than 16” in diameter.

The best method to removerepparttar 100406 piece of damage sheetrock is to use a Carpenters knife (razor blade) and scorerepparttar 100407 area where you want to cut out. Repeatedly applyrepparttar 100408 knife until you have worked your way throughrepparttar 100409 sheetrock. When complete, you should have about ½” to ¾” ofrepparttar 100410 2”x4” stud showing on each ofrepparttar 100411 two exposed studs.

Note: Care should be taken to ensure no wires are cut behindrepparttar 100412 sheetrock when cutting outrepparttar 100413 damaged piece.

Next, cut a piece of new sheetrock torepparttar 100414 size ofrepparttar 100415 hole, and secure with sheetrock screws or ringed sheetrock nails.

Next, taperepparttar 100416 cracks withrepparttar 100417 mesh tape material mentioned above. Then as described earlier, apply three skim coats of Joint Compound, with each successive coat getting flared out further. Make sure you wait forrepparttar 100418 Joint Compound to dry before applyingrepparttar 100419 next coat. Perform a final light sand afterrepparttar 100420 final coat has been applied and has had time to dry, and then paint.

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. His projects have included: building a vacation home, building additions and garages on to existing homes, and finishing unfinished homes. Mr. Donovan's formal education and profession have been as an Electrical Engineer and Marketing Manager.

Quick and Dirty Guide to Wood Flooring

Written by MJ Plaster

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Solid wood is milled from one solid ¾" piece of wood. Solid hardwood floors expand and contract more than engineered woods and are particularly susceptible to moisture. Asrepparttar wood expands and contracts, it may buckle or it may leave gaps. Two common methods of counteracting these gaps include beveled edges and leaving expansion gaps—gaps betweenrepparttar 100405 wood andrepparttar 100406 wall—hidden byrepparttar 100407 base molding.

You'll find most ofrepparttar 100408 popular wood species, such as oak, maple, cherry and others available in engineered wood. Sometimes called pressed wood, engineered wood comes in 3-ply or 5-ply versions—three or five bonded layers of wood. Engineered wood floors succumb to little, if any expansion and contraction and are perfectly suited for rooms susceptible to moisture. If you want wood floors inrepparttar 100409 bathroom,repparttar 100410 kitchen or in any room where moisture accumulates, consider engineered wood for its greater stability. If you plan to lay a wood floor directly over concrete, you must install engineered wood to maintain structural integrity.

Wood Styles

Once you've determinedrepparttar 100411 species, wood grade and decided between solid and engineered wood, you can move on torepparttar 100412 fun stuff—the style. Common wood styles include:

 Parquet  Plank  Strip

Strips and planks are long, linear cuts of woods. The main difference isrepparttar 100413 width ofrepparttar 100414 wood. Strips range from widths of 1 ½" to 2 ¼", while planks range from widths of 3" to 8". Consider strips if your goal is to createrepparttar 100415 illusion of a larger room. Series of small wood pieces create parquet's geometrical design. Parquet floors complement large, airy rooms.

Select your hardwood floors with care; they can add beauty and warmth to your surroundings for a very long time, even a lifetime.

M J Plaster is a successful author who provides information on shopping online for and in general. M J Plaster has been a commercial freelance writer for almost two decades, most recently specializing in home and garden, the low-carb lifestyle, investing, and anything that defines la dolce vita.

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