I mentioned in one of my previous posts that we would talk about closet doors. Bi-fold doors are some of the most common, and at the same time some of the most troublesome. They are great to be able to open up a 5 or 6 foot opening for a closet and not have to swing way out into the room to do so. But in doing so, they create a lot of issues with the joints and tracks. One of the most common problems that I see is the expansion of the track which puts the door pins out of socket. I explain this and how to repair it in the video.
Anyone with a back yard probably has a deck. And anyone with a deck probably has deck problems. I say this because most of the time decks are put on your home very quickly and very cheaply. Sometimes I think they are an afterthought. Like the builder walked around and said, "Oh yeah, just put it over there." Hopefully you are lucky and had a quality deck built, but for the rest of us you have two choices. Hire a deck company to rebuild or replace it, do it yourself, or put caution tape all around it and not use it. Ok, I guess that's really three things. So lets just focus on the two more popular choices. If you hire out the work take time to learn about the different designs and materials before rushing to a decision. There are a lot of choices of deck material, rail and baluster materials, and lighting that wasn't around not that long ago. And just remember when talking with a salesperson, never let them make you believe there is a perfect choice. There is no perfect, zero maintenance anything. There is always a give and take with every material. So, let's now talk about doing it yourself. There is no way in this small blog that I can explain to you how to build a deck. There is also no way that I can advise you if you need to completely re-build or just replace the decking boards and hand rails. Let's focus on the latter because that seems to be pretty popular. I do suggest that you have someone qualified to inspect your deck before you tackle the appearance because I have seen a lot of decks that need a bit of structural support too. Re-attaching and replacing balusters is pretty easy thing to do. Most are nailed on and come loose over time. If you just re-nail it or screw it in you will split the baluster almost guaranteed. Take a moment and pre-drill your holes first. Down below are a pair of videos that will help you lay out new decking boards to replace the broken, warped, and splintered old ones that will give your old deck many additional years of enjoyment.
Don't feel ashamed, everyone has had a squeaky door at some point in there life. Unlike other bloggers that would use this as a metaphor, I literally mean a squeaky door. It's a very basic problem to fix. And my favorite way to fix it is with one of the oldest and best known lubricants around, WD40. So take a moment to watch the video, then go attack those squeaky doors. Next week we talk about those skeletons in your closet. Not really, but maybe your closet doors.
I get it, life is stressful. Work, kids, bills, meal prep, gym time, ect. So when you get home taking time and playing with your kids seems impossible some times. I am going to take this moment and issue a challenge to every parent out there. Especially those of you that have strict schedules. You can still yell at your kids later for not picking up their room, but take a moment out and play with your kids. Put down your cell phone, take a day off from the gym, and go outside and play. Your phone can definitely wait, well at least after you bookmark this website. And going out and playing is a workout, so don't tell me that you can't miss a day at the gym. My two favorite things to do with my kids are mountain bike riding and Nerf Gun wars. Both activities are extremely active and will make you sweat something good. So, take this challenge and make some memories.
And by one of those I am talking about the people that make their own soaps / detergents ect. I always thought that it was wasting time to make soap. I mean, you can just buy it right off the shelf so why make it? Don't get me wrong, some of the soaps that you buy right off the shelf are some of the best around, but others can be improved. I got this laundry detergent recipe a couple of years ago. My wife wanted to make it so I helped. Honestly I was a bit reluctant, thinking there were better things to do with my time then to make soap. But let me tell you something, I won't go back to the off the shelf laundry detergents, and let me tell you why. I have kids and their laundry can really stink. And with me being in construction I get a bit dirty as well. I was using twice the large load amount of Gain and Tide soap and the laundry sometimes still didn't smell clean. I could smell the perfumes, but I could still smell the odors. With this laundry detergent recipe all the odors come out of my kids clothes. It is so much better then the expensive brands and it's cheaper. There is another benefit to this soap. I have a HE front loading washer and as many of you know these washers have a few downsides. One of those downsides is that they get stinky themselves. I know some people that have to leave the doors all the way open and leave a box of baking soda in them at all times. And I noticed this myself when a few months ago I ran out and didn't have time to make more so I just grabbed a bottle of detergent off the shelf. Well after two weeks of doing laundry with the off the shelf detergent and my wife started complaining that the laundry stunk. She told me that I can't leave a washed load in over night. But I know that I didn't so I went to the washer and smelled it. The washer stunk. All this time my homemade detergent was keeping it smelling clean. Well, a heavy bleach load cleared out the smell and then I immediately made some more of my detergent. So check out the video here on how to make it and check the description for some additional info.
This day and age security is a big deal. Keeping you and your family safe is more important then ever. Of course you can hire an expensive security company, but not everyone has the budget to do so. And even the best alarm systems aren't fool proof. Here are a couple of things that you can do that will take 10 minutes a piece and cost next to nothing.
Everyone knows Nerf guns. They are a staple in just about any home with kids. They have so many lines of guns that it would be too hard here to list them here, let alone talk about them. Though, for older kids one thing has been a problem. They really don't shoot hard enough. Those of you with kids ten years and older should know what I am talking about. You get the kids together and grab a couple of guns yourself, because of course you do. Right as you start everything is good, but after a few minutes someone is already yelling "I hit you!", then you hear "No you didn't! I didn't feel anything!". Then everything starts to fall apart because there is more accusations of cheating then playing. Well Nerf has stepped up the game with the new Rival series of guns. Think of it as Nerf's answer to air-soft. Check out my video review here to find out a little more.
I have an older video where I basically slam the cheap $.99 per square foot peel and stick vinyl flooring. On that video I have comments from both sides of the fence, some thanking me profusely to those that call me a flooring purist. To make a long story short I don't like a flooring that so easily fails, even at it's cheap price. Many told me that you can prime the floor, add adhesive, and use a weighted flooring roller and get a good flooring. I don't know about you, but that seems to defeat the purpose and that flooring is much more then $.99 per square foot then. So, call me a purist if you like, but I would rather just get a better quality flooring then. Of course, a few years ago there were no other DIY vinyl flooring. That has changed with the many new lines of vinyl plank flooring that act more like a floating laminate then anything else. There are two main types of this flooring, one that has self adhesive flaps that adhere to the next vinyl tile, and those that have locking edges just like the snap together laminate flooring. But because these are vinyl tiles, they have a much better water resistance then traditional laminate. Here are a couple of videos that I did on one particular line.
Most people don't think much about their fridge. Your kids just want to be able to open the door and grab out a snack while the parents relentlessly try to keep it stocked. What most people don't know is that your fridge needs a little help too. If you have a standard freezer over fridge design, having it leveled correctly will help to keep the doors closed. And there is the more important issue of the outer coils getting clogged with dust and pet hair. In these videos I go over some of the issues to help keep your fridge at it's best.
Author - Nathan Cox
I'm just a guy in his late 30's, well 40's now, living in the Mid-West. Just an average family guy hoping to share my knowledge and entertain a little along the way.