Thinking about building a Log Cabin?

Written by Jack Hudson

Thinking about building a Log Cabin? This is how your determine your foundation

There are at least three types of foundation that may be used with many ofrepparttar popular cottage plans available today. These are: a concrete slab on grade; a full foundation wall (or basement) aroundrepparttar 118018 outside perimeter ofrepparttar 118019 building; and a pier type of foundation. Most plan drawings show pier foundations, because they are usuallyrepparttar 118020 cheapest to build andrepparttar 118021 easiest forrepparttar 118022 amateur craftsman to construct.

If you have a level piece of property on which to build, you may want to use a concrete slab. It is fairly simple to make. After you have selectedrepparttar 118023 cottage or camp you wish to build, refer torepparttar 118024 foundation plan that is shown with it. Getrepparttar 118025 over-all dimensions firmly in mind.

On your site clear awayrepparttar 118026 brush and lay outrepparttar 118027 lines ofrepparttar 118028 building with strings and batter boards. The next step is to dig a trench about 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide aroundrepparttar 118029 perimeter ofrepparttar 118030 building. If you hit some large rode, leave it. Taperrepparttar 118031 inside edge ofrepparttar 118032 trench as shown. By cuttingrepparttar 118033 outside edge ofrepparttar 118034 trench square, you can use it as part ofrepparttar 118035 form forrepparttar 118036 beam edge of your slab.

While you're trying to getrepparttar 118037 crimp out of your back, have someone callrepparttar 118038 local supply yard and have them send you enough gravel or crushed rock to lay a 6-inch bed underrepparttar 118039 slab. The following table tells you how to figure how much grave! or crushed rock you will need.

At this point, while you are waiting forrepparttar 118040 delivery ofrepparttar 118041 material, you will want to get allrepparttar 118042 rough plumbing in place. This means that allrepparttar 118043 pipes which will be permanently buried inrepparttar 118044 slab should be put in place, connected, and tested.

Whenrepparttar 118045 rock or gravel has been delivered, borrowrepparttar 118046 neighbors' wheelbarrow and start spreading it. The finished bed, in cross section, will look likerepparttar 118047 picture atrepparttar 118048 side. Don't stop now, you've only begun. Get enough 15-pound roofing felt to coverrepparttar 118049 slab area. Coverrepparttar 118050 gravel area with this, lappingrepparttar 118051 edges about 3 inches. You're doing this, I might add, to keeprepparttar 118052 ground dampness from coming up into your finished slab.

How to Care for Laminate Flooring

Written by E. Timothy Uy

It's hard to damage and easy to care for laminate floors. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain them:

1. Carefully readrepparttar warranty and care instructions provided for your flooring. Follow them as much as you can and refer to them if a problem develops.

2. Ask for post-installation care instructions.You may not be able to moprepparttar 105562 floor for 48 hours or you may be given other care instructions,depending onrepparttar 105563 flooring brand.

3. Don't wet-mop laminate floors, because puddles could seep behind basebords and under your floor, damaging them.Only vacuum and then damp-mop them. 4. Don't ever apply wax or acrylic floor finishes.

5. Use onlyrepparttar 105564 stain-removal products recommended byrepparttar 105565 flooring manufacturer.Typical suggestions in product literature are: acetone, for cigarette burns and nail-polish spills, and mineral spirits for grease and tar.

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