Repairing holes in Sheetrocked Walls

Written by Mark Donovan


It is quite simple to repair a hole in a Sheetrocked wall, however there are minor differences in methods of repair depending on how largerepparttar hole is.

Small size holes (1/4 or smaller)

With small holes, simply apply a little joint compound or wall putty with a small putty knife or trowel. Let dry, then sand lightly and paint.

Medium size holes (Greater than in diameter and smaller than 2 in diameter).

First clean outrepparttar 100406 hole and surrounding area of any debris and loose sheetrock. Then apply a mesh tape, specifically manufactured for sheetrock applications, acrossrepparttar 100407 hole. Use your putty knife to ensure that it is applied evenly onrepparttar 100408 wall surface. Next apply a liberal amount of Joint Compound overrepparttar 100409 hole and mesh. Let this set for 1 to 2 days.

Afterrepparttar 100410 initial coat has been applied and has had time to fully dry, apply a second skim coat of Joint Compound overrepparttar 100411 area. However, this time spreadrepparttar 100412 Joint Compound over an area that is 2-3 timesrepparttar 100413 size ofrepparttar 100414 original hole. Basically you want to flare outrepparttar 100415 area that you are repairing so that it will blend in nicely withrepparttar 100416 rest ofrepparttar 100417 wall. Again letrepparttar 100418 area dry for a day.

Finally lightly sandrepparttar 100419 area and apply one last skim coat overrepparttar 100420 area. Again spreadingrepparttar 100421 Joint Compound out a little further thanrepparttar 100422 last application. Letrepparttar 100423 Joint Compound set up one more day, sand lightly and then paint.

Quick and Dirty Guide to Wood Flooring

Written by MJ Plaster


If you've always longed for hardwood floors, you're in good company. While soft wooden floors date back torepparttar Colonial era, hardwood floors first burst onrepparttar 100405 scene inrepparttar 100406 late 17th century. If you only know that you want hardwood floors gracing your home, read this quick and dirty guide so that your head won't spin when you talk with your contractor. This ten-minute read will guide you throughrepparttar 100407 basics of wood species, grades, types and styles.

Wood Species

With over 50 wood species available for wood flooring, red oak accounts for more than 50% of hard wood flooring sales. Its popularity stems from its elegance, durability and cost-effectiveness. Maple ranks second in popularity for new wood flooring. Newer trends indicate a growing appetite for bamboo, cherry, and white oak. Some ofrepparttar 100408 more esoteric imported woods used in hardwood floors include Brazilian cherry, Australian cypress, African padauk, and Burmese teak.

Color options are plentiful. If color is a priority, and you wantrepparttar 100409 natural beauty ofrepparttar 100410 wood to shine through, select a wood species that most closely matches your color preference.

Wood Grades

Grade refers only torepparttar 100411 beauty ofrepparttar 100412 wood, not to its durability or serviceability. Not every grade applies to every wood species. A wood species is graded as Clear, Select or Common, or it is graded as First, Second or Third. Clear/First, Select/Second, Common/Third grades are not identical, but they are close enough to present a shared consumer definition. The six basic wood grades include:

 Clear or First free from most visible defects and discoloration, contains only minor visible imperfections  Select or Second may contain slight imperfections, such as color variations  Common or Third contains knots and color variations, often classified as "rustic" wood

Solid vs. Engineered Wood

Many people believe that hardwood and solid wood are synonymous. They're not. If you're hearingrepparttar 100413 term engineered wood forrepparttar 100414 first time, you most likely think that it is somehow inferior to solid wood. That's not necessarily true.

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