No doubt you have seen old houses with wooden exterior stairs that are in disrepair and rotting from years of exposure to the elements and use. While wood is the foundation for most construction projects, it requires special care and treatment when it is exposed to weather. If you have wooden exterior stairs there are certain procedures you can take to prolong their useful life and keep up their appearance.
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Luan plywood subfloor is a less-than-ideal subfloor that is usually made from the cheapest plywood available. Though it can be used as a top-layer subfloor when laid on top of sturdier plywood many manufacturers do not recommend its use for tiling and other projects.
Luan plywood subfloor can be used in situations where you need to shore up an existing subfloor without spending a lot of money, and does have its value when used as an aid in installing certain types of flooring.
Slate flooring is known for its character nearly indestructible physical properties. Once sealed, its micro-crystalline composition makes it very stain resistant. Slate flooring is a popular choice in kitchens, patio areas and in bathrooms. Installing slate floors takes a little time and effort but the end result is a truly unique floor that will last for years with very little maintenance.
In this article we will walk you through some of the basics of installing a slate floor so that you can decide if this is a do-it-yourself project that would like to tackle.
Installing hardwood flooring is increasing in popularity amongst homeowners as a way to spruce up and revitalize any room, with the kitchen being the most popular. Anyone with some basic carpentry skills, patience and the right tips can install a hardwood floor. Lets walk through a basic how-to when it comes to installing wood flooring.
1. Choose the hardwood species and board widths for the room installation. Remember, different species of woods have different properties. Consult your local home improvement store for information on choosing the right type of hardwood for your floors.
Cove lighting is a form of indirect lighting that emanates from ledges, valances, or horizontal recesses on the upper wall or in the ceiling of a room. Installing cove lighting is relatively easy compared to other forms of lighting because it requires no special tools or hardware and many manufacturers design their lighting so it can be either hard wired into your electrical system, or soft wired (via a plug) into an available outlet.
Lighting from cove lighting is designed to be directed upwards and distributed over the ceiling or cabinet space to produce a warm, soft glow without any harsh direct lighting effects.