Make your own barbeque pit

May 05, 2013  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: DIY

barbeque pitA good old barbeque on a family weekend can do wonders, the great food along with friends and family is something people look up to in the weekend. Barbeque which started in the 1950’s is a rave at present. More and more families opt to buy commercially available barbeque pits but it can actually be fun building one on their own.

Barbeque pits are made of bricks or metal. When deciding to build your own barbeque pit consider the availability of space in the backyard. Make sure that the barbeque pit does not wrap your home or for that matter your neighbors home in smoke. Also make sure that it’s not too far away from the kitchen as access to tools and ingredients can actually become a pain. Make sure to keep the bricks wet over night before making the trench 3 to 5 feet long and 3 to 4 inches deep, pour gravel on it to form the base. Then mortar and wet bricks can form the lining and cedar chips can e the furnace.  

Home decor the natural way

March 15, 2013  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Decor Themes, DIY

Home decor is a tricky subject. You do it a little more and it looks overdone and you restrict yourselves a little bit and the decor looks understated. One must strike a right balance between the both. Here are few tips to decor your home, the inexpensive way. Bring the flowers, in !

DIY Tips To Install A Ceiling Fan

March 12, 2013  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: DIY

Install A Ceiling FanAs the temperature slowly rises, you get more and more dependant on ceiling fans.  A ready to install ceiling fan brings a difference to your household ambience at a lower maintenance cost and doing it on your own even eliminates the cost of installation.

The first basic step is to choose the perfect location to distribute the air flow uniformly to every corner of the rooms. Usually the central location of the room is chosen. Then switch off the central electricity supply to avoid getting electrified.  Usually a ceiling fan weighs about 50 pounds, so you need to put up a support brace to hold the fan.

The next step is to add the fan-bracket by joining it with the electric box with the help of screws.  Then you need to identify the wiring according to the colour of the wires and install the fan motor.  The next step is to match the wires coming out from the electric box with those from the ceiling fan, taking help from the manual instructions.  After you are done fasting the wires, attach each fan blades with the socket with the help of screws and screwdriver.

How to fix your washing machines at home

January 28, 2013  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: DIY

Tips to repair washing machine, DIY tipsIs your washing machine giving you a lot of trouble? Well, if it is, you can call a mechanic to fix it. However, if the problem is nothing major then you can get it fixed yourself. Here are some common washing machine related problems and how you can fix them.

One of the most common problems that washing machines face is leaks. To fix the leak, you will have to first check the back of the machine. If water runs down the back of the machine, there is a loose clamp or bad hose. You will have to check each of the hoses carefully, make sure that all the clamps are tightened and use Teflon pipe sealer to seal the pipes. If your washing machine is refusing to start, check the wall units that help your machine to start. Use a voltage tester and see whether power is coming to the unit or not. If the problem is a thrown breaker switch, you can flip the breaker in place.

DIY Tips for Basement Water Proofing.

May 30, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Basements, DIY

diy basement proofingBasements are rooms in the house which are used as either storage rooms or places for entertainment. Many a times, these rooms leak because they are not well taken care of. Some of the things you can do to ensure that your basement is waterproof are: one you need to access your water drainage properly so that you can ensure that it is functioning in the correct manner. Another thing you need to do is make sure you have a water powered sump pump installed.  A sump pump can help move water away before your basement floods.  It is a great way to make sure that water doesn’t damage everything in your basement. If you find that it has any problem such as clogging, make sure you repair them immediately so that they do not cause you further problems.

You then need to know where water is directed to in case there is heavy downpour. The down spouts should be directing water away from your house very fast. You should also look at the landscaping of your house and raise any parts that may be leading water to your house so that water can be led away from the foundation of your house.

Cleaning the Condenser Coil

February 10, 2010  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Cooling & Heating, DIY, Home Improvement, Repairs & Maintenance

nullCleaning the condenser coil is the only way to ensure the air conditioner is in good working condition and stays for long. You can do this on your own or find a professional to clean it for you. After some time, the condenser coil gathers debris which prevents it from circulating enough fresh air effectively. The first thing to do is to switch off the air conditioner and put on protective gear to keep yourself away from the dust and other dirt particles.

You can use a brush to remove the dirt from the coil depending on how much dirt the coil has gathered. Make sure you brush all the sides of the coil and do it very well before applying any cleaning solution. A gentle sprayer will come in handy for spraying condenser coil cleaner to the unit and afterwards you can spray the unit with water to rinse.

Have You Changed Your Air Conditioning Filter Lately?

February 04, 2010  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Cooling & Heating, DIY, Home Improvement, Repairs & Maintenance

nullChanging your air conditioner filter is very important, and should be done regularly. Lots of dirt and dust accumulate on the filter, and when inhaled they cause a lot of ham to your body and may result in illness. Changing of the air conditioner filters also prevents damage to the air conditioner, and ensures that it always stays in good working order. This will save you lot money in terms of repairs and replacement of the air conditioner.

The air conditioner filters should be replaced every thirty or sixty days to ensure that the air conditioner is working at optimum level. A filter which is clogged with dirt makes it difficulty for the air conditioning system to work properly, and this makes the system to require a large amount of energy. Therefore regular changing of the filters reduces the amount of power consumed, helping you save a lot of money.

Sure Shot Ways to Making Guestrooms Special

August 25, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Decor Themes, DIY, Guestrooms, Home Care, Home Decor

Guestroom, Home Decor,Well if you can’t turn your guestroom into a Hilton Suite, with a little bit of effort and lot of creativity you can turn any spare room of your house into a welcoming place for your guest. Here are some of the tips on how to make guestrooms special:

Start by filling it up with a comfortable bed that doesn’t squeak on every movement. Invest in a good quality mattress and pillows to go with the bed and spread clean crisp linen which will make the room appear inviting.

Get rid of all the unnecessary clutter from the room but don’t push it under the guestroom bed which will pale all your efforts. Put some floral arrangement, an armoire to hang their clothes and a comfortable chair to complete the look.

You can even add some magazines on a small stool or if you have a spare television connect it to the guestroom for providing your guest with some form of entertainment.

To make your guestroom special you don’t have to go overboard but browsing discounted stuff on any home décor store you will surely be able to find the stuff you have been looking for at extremely reasonable rates.

Home decoration-the DIY way

February 18, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: DIY, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

DIY homeDIY stands for Do It Yourself; today, home decoration and improvement measures have become an integral part of home dynamics. But it is not always easy to hire the services of a decorator. At given times, they are quite expensive and at still other times, they do not keep the promise of keeping up to the customization measure they talk about.

We can attempt to be self-constructors and improve and decorate the home ourselves. There are quite many things that can be tried all on our own. From removing the wallpaper to treating the home for ventilator ergonomics and from clearing the blinds to putting wall dots in the child room, a little bit of discipline and creativity can help us improve our home.

The idea is to take help from few of the top DIY sites in the market. They look thoroughly at our entries and then suggest practical modifications to it.