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Kitchen is one of the busy-area in your home. So, it is important that we consider the right materials to be used and its durability before we come to mistake and spend high-cost for the repair or remodeling.
Here are some materials to avoid for your kitchen:
Plastic Laminate Counters
This should never be used in your kitchen countertops. This is easy to melt with just one misplacing of hot object or utensil. They also scratch easily and delaminate.
Laminated Cabinet Fronts
Avoid cheaper vinyl cabinet fronts. This material is not heat resistant, when there’s a lot of heat from the oven, it could warp or split into layers.
Glossy Lacquered Cabinets
A glossy look can be eye-catching, but it is not preferable for frequently used kitchen. It is susceptible to scratches. Also, high-gloss can be pricey.
Low quality Vinyl Flooring
If you have low quality vinyl floorings, and you spend all day stepping on it, it will become thinner and will be delaminated sooner.
Never use carpet in your kitchen. Any kind of carpets get stained easily and collect dirt and foods you dropped.
Don’t use flat paint if you want a durable paint for your kitchen. In just one splatter of sauce, you can ruin the paint. High-gloss paint is a good choice in this area; it can stand up to several scrubbings.
Avoid super trendy colors and materials when it comes to backsplashes, countertops, or even floors. Trends change and so with your taste. Also, trendy materials are usually expensive. Choose the classic tiles for the backsplash that matches to the countertop, and remember that you must prefer materials that will last longer.
Load up your brush with paint. Start applying at the top of the wall. Paint down each corner, and across the bottom.
Start applying the paint from the bottom to the top and spread it out. For even finish, keep the roller loaded. Use a roller extension pole to reach the top of the wall.
While these areas of your home are the most frequent to overlooked during your cleaning, these can be a safe place for germs.
Under rugs. Keep your rugs and floors in good condition. Move the furniture aside, roll up the rug and vacuum underneath. Do this at least twice a year.
Light switches. This item comes into human contact several times a day. Clean this surface with a cloth moistened with vinegar or any antibacterial cleaner.
Tile adhesive Iron
Mineral Spirits Putty knife
Rolling Pin Rags
Warm the tile with a preheated iron. Heating the tile with warm iron will loosen any adhesive that still holding the tile. Avoid forcing out the tile, because this could break. Using the putty knife, lift out the loose tile from the center to the edges on all four sides. Set the tile aside. Dissolve the adhesive on the floor using a rag dampened with mineral spirits. It’s best to dissolve the adhesive. Scrape away the old adhesive, using the putty knife. Be sure to take it all out before applying new adhesive. If there’s a stubborn spot, warm the adhesive using the iron, then, scrape it out. Make sure not to damage the surrounding tiles. Apply new adhesive to the floor and to the tile. Put the tile in its position. Using the rolling pin, roll and press the tile hard to get rid of any air pockets. Use the rag dampened with mineral spirits to clean up excess adhesive around the edges of the tile. Weigh down the tile with any flat and heavy object for up to 2 days.
Two hammers should be enough to start your toolbox. Get one heavyweight and one lightweight. The bigger the nail, the heavier the hammer should be. This will help you in pounding nails, crowbar action, or even pulling nails.
A multipurpose drill can be used for a large number of tasks. This is the most comfortable when tired hands have turned many screws. A multi-purpose drill can be used not only to bore holes, but also to screw-head bit making it go quickly inside the hole.
A Flathead screw driver is great for replacing switch plates. Philips screw driver is one of the common tools in any toolbox.
You should get at least one cutting tool, bigger than a utility knife. This can be used for cutting plastic and metal pipes, wood, threaded rods, brackets, and many more.
Keep an electrical extension cord around the house. This will help you extend the limited cord of your tools to your jobsite, or any outdoor activity.
Keep a good selection and some general-purpose nails so you will always have choices available. A box with compartments is helpful for separating nail types and sizes.
Your tape measure is indispensable for figuring out placement of objects, measuring window blinds, furniture sizes, or hanging artwork.
You don’t have to own a full set of wrench just get one or two adjustable wrenches; since its jaws may be adjusted to fit nuts and bolts of different sizes. Some self-adjusting wrenches are self-ratcheting, meaning you don’t have to remove them from the bolt to tighten it.
Use this for breaking down boxes, scoring drywall, making precision cuts, or cutting the tops off glue bottles, and so on.
Putty knives are not just for applying putty, paste and spackle. They are super useful for removing old decorative coverings or scraping down loose and flaky surfaces.
Buy pliers of different types and sizes. Locking pliers are a good multipurpose gripping tool. Get channel-lock pliers for larger pipes and valves. Electrician’s pliers have a fine point and can usually strip and cut wires. Small needle-nose pliers are great for getting into tight spaces.
These are great for putting together furniture, especially assembling bicycles, and for hanging towel bars.
This has a blade to cut and remove the plastic coating of the wire to make electrical connections.
You should have plastic gloves for cleaning or refinishing and a leather-type work gloves for dirty work and gardening.
Flashlight and Batteries
Repairs can happen in dark and even when the power is out.
This is necessary to install light bulbs, dusting the cobwebs out of corners, and everything that out of your reach.
Be careful about what goes down your drain to keep you away from calling a plumber. Here are some ways to treat and prevent these issues using you already have at home.From time to time pour a little bleach into the sink and let it sit for at least an hour before you run down water in the sink. Use drain screens to keep hair, soap scum, and other solids from making their way into the drain. Clean the sink stoppers regularly. Never dump paint, paint thinners, and other chemicals down the drains. Avoid pouring down the drain cold water. This will keep the grease and oil in solid state. Never pour grease down the drain, and clean greasy pots and pans as thoroughly as possible with a paper towel before cleaning in hot water in the sink. Pour boiling hot water down your drains once a week. This will help to melt and flush away oils and grease.