Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Interior Painting Tips & Secrets

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Interior painting is one of the cheapest ways to completely transform the look of any room. Painting may seem very straight forward, but the littlest mistake could erupt into a more expensive and stressful project. Here are a few tips & secrets to help you out on your next interior painting project.

  • Prep the walls you are going to paint. This means that you should spackle any holes or cracks, sand down any imperfections, and wipe down & dust the surfaces before you start painting. Paint won’t cover up these flaws, so it is important to make sure the walls are perfect before you start painting.
  • Mixing cans of paint of the same color will allow for color consistency. Cans of the same color from the same store can sometimes be a shade or two off, so mixing cans of the same color into a large bucket ensures consistency throughout the room.
  • Wrap paint brushes instead of cleaning them when taking short breaks. Cleaning paint brushes that you are going to use again soon is a hassle and can be avoided by wrapping rollers/paint brushes in plastic wrap and placing them in the refrigerator. This is a little known tip that can save you valuable time, but should only be used if you plan to use the brush/roller in the next 3 days or less.
  • Invest in fabric drop cloths instead of plastic. A good cotton drop cloth will last a life time and will save you a lot of stress throughout your painting project. Not only are cotton drop cloths easier to lay down, but they aren’t as slippery and the paint doesn’t stay wet like on a plastic drop cloth.
  • Save time by using an edger instead of painter’s tape. Taking your time and using an edger instead of painter’s tape can save a lot stress and even some money. You only have to buy an edger once!

We recommend using these tips to avoid any unnecessary errors on your next interior painting plan. Be sure to follow our Facebook page to keep up with future Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips and other UrbanBuilt updates.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

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Making home improvements is one of the only controllable ways to increase the selling value of your home. Even minor adjustments can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Here is a list of some home improvements that you can make that can instantly add value to your home.

  • Repaint: This is a simple way to add value and make any room look brand new. Make sure to stick with neutral colors to appeal to most buyers.
  • Bathroom updates: The bathroom creates a lot of value in a home, so making sure that the bathrooms are clean and updated is important. Something as simple as changing the wallpaper or putting in new grout can change the whole look of the bathroom.
  • Clean or replace flooring: Clean floors make a huge impression and may affect the spaciousness of the room. Be sure to deep clean any spots on the carpet or replace flooring when necessary.
  • Kitchen Updates: The kitchen is the biggest value adder but it is also one of the most expensive. Installing new appliances, storage, or materials to a kitchen can influence a buyer into making an immediate decision on a home.
  • Exterior/ Yard work: The outside of the home is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Making sure that the yard is organized is important, but don’t forget to make sure the roof is in good shape and the exterior paint isn’t faded.

Make sure that before you start on any improvements to your home that you plan the expense and potential value for each improvement. It is always wise to talk to a professional before starting on any serious home improvement project. If you have any questions or need some assistance with your home feel free to contact JD Smith, our general manager of home improvements, at JdSmith@urbanbuiltllc.com.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Power Tool Safety Tips

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Power tools are a convenient and quick way to fix or finish a home improvement issue around the house, but without the right knowledge they can cause some serious harm. We want to ensure that everyone is safe when working with power tools, so here are a few tips to keep in mind from the experts here at UrbanBuilt:

  • Always unplug your corded power tools when they’re not in use!
  • Wear appropriate clothing – Avoid wearing loose clothing that could get caught in the tools. Clothing that covers as much of your body as possible is also a good idea to add a line of protection.
  • Wear the right gear – Make sure to always wear eye & ear protection when available.
  • Keep a clean work area – This helps avoid any tangling of wires or lose items that could be tossed around.
  • Keep your finger away from triggers or switches when you don’t plan to immediately use the power tool.
  • Store your tools in safe areas away from children
  • Don’t use power tools in the rain or in wet areas – Electrocution is a dangerous possibility if power tools are around water.
  • Inspect your tools often to avoid any unnecessary risk.

We definitely recommend following these tips to ensure that all of your home improvement projects are safe and successful. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and leave a comment on one of our posts with suggestions for future Tool Box Tips!

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Home Improvement Projects that should be Left for Professionals

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We are all in support of saving money and spending time on do-it-yourself home improvement projects, but there are some projects that are more complicated than they appear and you can potentially cause more harm than good if you don’t have the right expertise. Here is a list of projects that you should delegate to experts and find the right professional for:

  • Demolition & home additions: Knocking down walls sounds fun, but you never know what are behind those walls (like wires or plumbing)
  • Electrical work: Messing with electricity & electrical components is extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing!
  • Large plumbing repairs: Although plumbing repair costs can be expensive, a minor mishap can cause thousands of dollars in damages
  • Roofing jobs: Not only can this be dangerous without the right precautions, but a roof is the key defense for a home and can lead major damage if not done properly

There are also additional projects that aren’t too complicated but they require special equipment such as window and carpet installation. Don’t fret though, because at UrbanBuilt we can handle any home improvement need or idea that you have in mind! For any home improvement questions or to get an estimate on a project, contact JD Smith at JDSmith@urbanbuiltllc.com.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – Must Have Tools for Every Home

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Everybody has a set of screw drivers, wrenches, and a hammer, but these tools won’t always do the job. To make sure that you have the right equipment for almost any at home modification, we have provided you with a list of must have tools for every toolbox.

  • Locking Pliers – Great for holding things in place & pulling out stuck objects
  • Air Compressor – Very versatile and can be used for just about anything, like attaching it to other tools such as a nail gun or filling up a car tire
  • Cordless Drill: Makes your life easier and it is awesome for home improvement projects
  • Stud Finder: Extremely important when hanging items on the wall to ensure good stability
  • Tape measure: An obvious necessity that is a must for creating organized layouts & projects
  • A Level: Another obvious tool that can align your layouts to perfection
  • Allen Key/Hex Wrench Set: Common on do-it-yourself furniture and other miscellaneous items that need adjusting or tightening over time.

Now of course this isn’t an all-inclusive list of tools, but these are some that are often overlooked until the time comes when they are needed. Not only are a lot of these necessary for some tasks, but adding these tools to your existing tool collection will save you a lot of stress and time in the long run. Make sure to go to our Facebook page if you want to give us any suggestions for tips that you want us to provide you with in the future.

 

Introducing JD Smith – Our New General Manager of Home Improvements

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With the recent rejuvenation of our home improvement department, we have hired JD Smith as our General Manager of Home Improvements. He will be handling most residential clients and assisting with design and development throughout the process. Having previously owned a home improvement company, JD has the expertise to professionally design, plan and build any home improvement project. As our residential sector grows, we can’t wait to see what projects JD will add to his portfolio. If you’re interested in talking to JD about any home improvement projects, you can E-mail him at JDSmith@urbanbuiltllc.com.

Tuesday’s Tool box Tips – How to Repair a Rocking Toilet

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A rocking toilet is not only annoying, but can lead to more serious damages in the bathroom if left undone. In some cases a rocking toilet is a result of not having the mounting bolts tight enough on the toilet, in which case this can be fixed with a few turns of a wrench. Usually though you must remove the toilet in order to reach under it and make adjustments from there. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to repair a rocking toilet.

  • Look for any gaps between the bottom of the toilet and the floor
  • Make sure there aren’t any water leaks by checking around the bottom of the toilet for any water
  • Use a shim or Wobble Wedge to slide under the back of the toilet or any other gaps
  • Make sure that it is level throughout and secure the toilet by tightening the mounting bolts on the side until it is stable.
  • You may have to cut away some of the shim around the toilet if it is overlapping
  • Caulk around the toilet to secure it to the floor even better and allow for a cleaner look

It is important to make sure that the rocking of the toilet didn’t cause a leak or break anything on the bottom of the toilet, so it is usually smart to double-check by removing the toilet momentarily before adjusting it.

To remove the toilet:

  • Shut off the water supply line
  • Flush away any remaining water in the toilet
  • Remove the water hose from the tank
  • Remove the mounting bolts on the side of the toilet
  • Lift up the toilet and place it in an open area

If you notice any serious problems or can’t figure out how to stop the rocking, call a plumbing specialist for help. Make sure to go to our Facebook page if you want to give us any suggestions for tips that you want us to provide you with in the future.

Tuesday’s Tool Box Tips – How to install floating shelves

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Shelves that don’t use visible brackets are known as floating shelves and can be extremely eye-catching due to its clean and simplistic design. Installation is fairly straight forward, but one of the most important things to take note of is what kind of material the wall that you will be putting the shelf on is made of because this will determine what type of wall anchors are needed. For a plaster wall, hollow anchors would work just fine, but butterfly anchors are much more efficient for drywall. Regardless, make sure that if you need to use anchors because there aren’t any available studs inside the wall, that the weight that you plan on putting on the shelves can be supported by the anchors that you are using. To install floating shelves into a wall:

  1. Find a spot for the shelf by measuring the desired location and use a stud detector to see if there are any studs that can be used for the shelf.
  2. Line the internal bracket with the measured spot and use a level to make sure that the shelf will be straight. Lightly mark the wall with a pencil to see where to drill.
  3. Using a hand drill, drill on the marked locations where the screws will hold the bracket. If you aren’t using a stud in the wall to hold up the bracket, then make sure to use anchors and follow the advice listed above for wall anchors.
  4. Line the bracket up with the holes and install screws to hold the internal bracket in place
  5. Slide the shelf onto the bracket and attach the bracket and the shelf together, usually by installing screws into the bottom of the shelf in the designated holes.

Easy as that! Make sure to visit our Facebook page if you want to suggest any Tool Box Tips for us to give.