There are a lot of responsibilities to owning a home. Home maintenance is a constant battle. A pipe breaks under the sink, mold develops on the wall, or a leak develops in the ceiling. An important question that the homeowner should consider is whether or not to do it themselves. Certainly, one has to ask if the time and labor could be considered a valid substitute for paying a professional. Home Remodeling, if approached wisely, can be a very inexpensive and effective means in home repair.
If you’ve ever had a leak in your roof, join the club. This is a popular phenomenon in older houses, as the wood beams underneath the roof can become rotted. I can remember repairing a ninety-year old house which had developed mold as a result of the moisture. The first step to tackling this problem was to get the external roof fixed by a professional. On the inside, I used a crowbar to tear off all the molding ceiling in a square shape, which exposed the boards underneath. I then went about replacing the gap with dry wall. With a nailing gun, I nailed the drywall to the exposed boards. The remaining gaps between the board and rest of the ceiling were filled with white plastering mud mixed with water. To secure the plastering mud, I placed 4″x 10″ strips along the gaps between the remaining ceiling. I added texture by splattering the mixture on the drywall with a trowel.
Building a porch can be a grueling task. I was asked to repair a porch that had become dilapidated. We first had to tear down the existing wall. The next step was to prepare the mortar mix by adding water. The package will describe the proportions. Mix the mortar well, so that it becomes like sand. The homeowner wanted a wall to be built along the outside of the porch. The first step was to lay the mortar on the surface, making sure there is no dirt underneath. Lay the concrete block on the mortar. Place the next block two inches from the previous block. Place mortar in between each block. Lay mortar on the top of each block, so that it becomes smooth. I added the next layer by placing each block so that it covered half of each block underneath.
Painting a house should be the easiest task when home remodeling. The first step is to wash the walls of any dirt. I even used plaster mud to fill in any little cracks or holes and smoothed it out. I then used a 12″ paint roller for the large areas and a paintbrush for the smaller areas.
Home Remodeling can be an effective way to repair a house. Aside from saving money, it is a great stress reliever and can give the homeowner a sense of accomplishment.