A spring hinge is a type of hinge that is used when you would like to be sure that a door will close completely. Spring hinges come in various types depending on where the hinge will be used. A spring hinge is commonly called a self closing hinge. Self closing hinges typically come with a set screw that has an Allen wrench head to easily adjust the tension of the spring and the close rate of the hinge. The tension will need to be adjusted to be more kid-friendly or even adult-friendly if the door closes too fast. Most times a spring loaded hinge will only be used in the place of one of the normal butt hinges.
While you can’t recoup everything lost with a few simple home improvement jobs, you’d be surprised how much your value will increase with just some aesthetic patches. For example, if you home is a little worse for wear and there a small holes in the wall from furniture being moved or scuff marks on the floor, then they can have a tremendous impact on your home value.
Quality cabinet hardware is by no means cheap. When compared to the cost of a complete remodel however, it’s not that expensive. A classic example of how hardware can update the look, take the bright brass color that was quite popular not that long ago. Now the popular color is satin nickel or pewter. Replace the hardware with satin nickel or pewter and you’ve instantly updated the look and feel of your kitchen. While you’re replacing the hardware, you’ll want to match the hardware to the faucet to be consistent with the look.
Growing up, we technically had a dishwasher, but it only worked about half of the time. My mom knew she was more than capable of washing dishes by hand and using the broken dishwasher as a giant drying rack of sorts. We’d eventually get it fixed, but it’d break again a few months or a year later. After I moved out on my own, there was nary a dishwasher to be seen. I’ve dreamed of no longer having to hand wash dishes. Washing them is absolutely my least favorite chore and I would rather do everything else as long as I didn’t have to do the dishes. However, the four or five apartments I’ve called home in the past 15 years never came equipped with one and I’ve just had to tough it out.
If you basement backs up once every five years, you’re not going to go out a buy a motorized drain snake to clear the pipe. So what happens is, you hire someone to come in and fix the problem and it ends up costing less than the price of the equipment, but it’s still a hefty chunk of change.
- Passage- A passage handle set has no lock at all. It is simply a door knob. These sets are also known as hall/ closet sets because that is mostly where they are used. Usually, halls and or closets are not locked up allowing for free “passage” into them.
I’m a rare type of person, I sort of like to clean, but I could take it or leave it…except for vacuuming. I find something oddly encouraging about running my vacuum over my home’s floors. I suppose it has a lot to do with the fact that, to me anyway, vacuuming leaves a much more noticeable path of completion than many other cleaning activities. I’ve always been the type of person that could encourage myself to do something as long as I could visually see what exactly I was accomplishing.
There are pros and cons to carpet cleaning, but if you want to keep you carpet looking as best it can and last longer, then you'll need to break down and have it cleaned. Even without staining, you're walking on the carpet day in and day out. You are tracking in dirt and grime from the outside and it is being embedded into the carpet.
Screws or bolts can be used for jobs where swinging a hammer is impractical or where the job calls for a little bit of a heavier duty fastener. Screws come in galvanized, stainless steel, aluminum, or ceramic coated steel for outdoor applications.
For holding heavier members together, such as attaching posts to skirt boards, a carriage bolt might work the best. A carriage bolt has a rounded head with a square post directly under it to grab into the wood and keep it from turning as a nut and washer are threaded on at the opposite end. These are available in zinc for interior applications as well as various finishes for exterior applications.
A hex bolt may be used in much the same manner as a carriage bolt except for the fact that the head is a hexagon shape to grasp with a wrench or socket as the nut and washer are tightened at the opposite end. These also come in a variety of interior or exterior finishes.
The website WebUrbanist, which mostly focuses on stories of urban decay and structural abandonment around the world, recently posted an interesting story about Steve Jobs’ now-demolished former residence. The article, called “Haunted House? The Abandoned Mansion of Steve Jobs” includes beautiful pictures of what must have been a beautiful home.
I’m in the market for a new vacuum cleaner and I started a bit of research online and I came to realize that I’m a review junkie. Whenever I buy any sort of appliance I spend days and maybe even weeks reading reviews on the product I’m thinking of buying and its competitors. Why spend that much money on something if it’s not going to work?
Top Cities for Foreclosures
Again, you will find foreclosures in nearly every city in the US. In addition, they occur in urban areas as well as luxury neighborhoods, and everything in between. The following are some of the top cities facing the highest number of foreclosures, according to Bankrate.com.
· The Milwaukee, Waukesha and West Allis areas of Wisconsin come in at the most with an average discount of home values on these properties of 57.9 percent. The average foreclosure here costs $77,592.
While not a professional chef, my wife’s culinary instincts are phenomenal. People are always asking her to cook for parties and bring dishes to events. It’s part of the reason why I’m a tad bit on the heavy side. It might be surprising some of the things she uses in the kitchen including my blowtorch.
One of the dishes my wife makes on a regular basis for parties and even occasionally private dining is crème brulee. It an amazing dessert, but you create a dark spot on the top through caramelizing. This means melting the sugars using a very high heat. What’s that heat source? My blow torch.
I must confess that I am a coaster junkie and if I were allowed free reign, I would probably have them scattered throughout the house. For the moment, I keep a couple out for display for when I'm expecting guests to come over. I realized when I thought about how much I like a variety of coasters that they would make an awesome gift for someone who is getting ready to move into a new home.