How-To

How to Repair Carpet

Shag CarpetMinor repairs to a carpet can be done yourself, but for a valuable antique or a major repair, I would say leave it to an experienced pro. It is possible to extend the life of a damaged carpet by repositioning it so that the damaged area is away from foot traffic; if the carpet is too large to be moved, you can instead move furniture around so as to redirect traffic away from the part of the rug that needs repair.

Do It Yourself Lampshade Recovering

Do you have lamps that have boring, plain lampshades that could use a little brightening up? Have you ever discarded a lamp because the shade was outdated, damaged or clashed with your décor? We all know that lamps are expensive to replace. Next time consider recovering that lampshade.

Do it yourself lampshade recovering is easy. Without much trouble you can turn that plain, old or damaged lamp into one with a brand new style. You don’t even need to know how to sew to recover an old lampshade. If you can trace, cut with scissors and use a glue gun then you are in business.

How to Install Weathervanes

Weathervane on a RooftopWeathervanes are traditionally mounted on the highest point of a roof, although there are a few different ways to install a weathervane. You can attach a weathervane’s spire to the ridgepole, which is the vertical member between a roof’s two end rafters. You can attach it to the top of a cupola, if your house has one, on a support from the inside. You can attach it to the wall with a mounting bracket or the top of the roof with a bracket. A weather vane can also be attached to the top of a pole in your garden.

Suspended Ceiling Installation

Suspended ceilings, also called drop ceilings or dropped ceilings, are relatively easy to install, and have the benefit of allowing ducting, electrical and plumbing to be hidden without installing soffits, at the same time giving quick access for repair and maintenance when needed. That is one reason they are seen so frequently in office buildings, schools and retail stores among other places. They also help improve air circulation and noise dampening, and add a clean modern look to a room. The latter is especially useful if you have a room with a sagging ceiling or uneven joists.

How to Read a Water Meter

Reading a water meter properly can help you catch leaks in your plumbing and save water. Water meters are devices installed to measure the volume of water usage. They usually display usage in either US gallons, cubic feet, or cubic meters on a mechanical register.

Round Reading Water MeterThe register can be in the form of a dial, like a clock, in numbers, like an odometer, both combined, or a digital electronic display. A water meter is usually owned and maintained by the public water utility providing service, such as a municipal utility, rural association or private water company, who also use it to read the water usage.