How to Install Granite Countertops – Overview

In this project, we’ll show you how to install a solid-granite-tile counter top that costs less than $30 per sq. ft. for all of the materials you’ll need (or about the same cost as a professionally installed plastic laminate counter top).


Home Repair & Maintenance : How to Patch Drywall

Patching drywall is easy as long as you use backing to keep your patch flush with the wall. Patch drywall with step-by-step instructions from a residential construction consultant in this free video on how to patch drywall.

Expert: Tyler Elliott
Bio: Tyler Elliott is a residential construction expert with almost a decade of professional residential construction experience.
Filmmaker: John Baldino

Series Description: Maintain your home and make simple repairs with clear, step-by-step instructions. Tackle tasks including appliance installation, drywall repair, electrical work, and more in this free video series on home maintenance and repair


Solar water heater simple DIY project

a short video showing the small solar water heater i designed a couple of days ago. it consists of 136 feet of 1/2″ black tubing. internal diameter is actually 3/5″ (cost approx $10.00), 4 connector pieces (to connect the various pieces together and to connect it to the house (cost approx. $5.00)), and finally the ‘y connector’ so i could have the garden hose hooked up at the same time (cost approx $5.00). all purchased from home depot. total cost was approx. $20.00. all i did was coil 100 feet of the hose and attach it to a piece of plywood. after 30 minutes of sun the water temperature is about 130-133 degrees and after 60 to 90 minutes it can reach 150 degrees. the tubing can hold about 2 gallons of water at a time. if you drain and refill several times throughout the day you could easity get 10-15 gallons of hot water a day. of note: they call the tubing 1/2″ but the actual internal diameter of the tubing is 3/5″ (.6 inches). 100 feet of tubing holds 1.47 gallons and 136 feet of tubing holds approx. 2 gallons. home depot sells a 500 foot roll for about $35.00. that would hold 7.36 gallons of water. For extra pics and info. – click on the website link from my youtube channel page.


Quick DIY Projects for Under $10!

Charlotte Home Inspector Shows You How To Clean A Dishwasher home inspector Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina in Charlotte Nc shows how to maintain clean and make your dishwasher last longer. Preston explains the two places he normally sees leak during home inspections and explains how to clean them.


Home Roof Maintenance 101

home inspector charlotte Most homeowners do not think about their roof on a daily basis. They assume that it is performing its duty unless something happens that tells them otherwise, such as a leak. Realistically, there were probably signs of roof trouble well in advance. Luckily, there are some easy tasks that can be done to help you keep an eye on the condition of your roof so your home and investment are properly protected.

Do-it-yourself visual inspection
With all types of home maintenance, safety is paramount. The following five actions can be done safely and help determine the condition of the roof.

Look around
Look around the neighborhood for other roofs being replaced, especially if the homes were built about the same time as yours. Chances are if your neighbors’ roofs are showing signs of wear and tear or are being replaced, it may only be a matter of time before it’s your turn.

Also when doing yard work, look along the ground around gutter downspouts to see if there are abnormal amounts of granules washing off the roof. Granules not only give your shingles a distinct appearance, they also protect the asphalt against premature aging. Finding a small sprinkling of granules is normal, but large piles may mean that your roof is losing its ability to protect against UV rays.

Look up
Another easy action that can be done while on the ground is to look up at the edges of the roof for shingle curling. When the corners of the shingle start curling, your roof can be more exposed to the elements, and if a proper roofing underlayment is missing, the interior of the home is also at risk of damage.

Look out
While on the second floor of your house, look out a window that overlooks part of the roof and look for shingle wear and tear or missing shingles. If you are already on the ladder cleaning out your gutters, you can conduct many of the same inspections. Cracks or missing granules showing patches of black asphalt could mean it’s time for a new roof.

Look down
If you are not already in the practice of cleaning your gutters, you probably do not realize this is another element of protecting the life of your roof. By making sure gutters are clear of debris, you not only ensure proper drainage, but decrease the chance of ice damming in the winter. Ice dams can cause melting snow and ice to push under shingles and down through your roof deck into your attic or living space. There are special “ice and water” underlayment to help combat this issue. Owens Corning Roofing has several types called WeatherLock. Unfortunately, ice and water underlayment cannot be added to an existing roof, but is a great product to include if a new roofing system is needed.

Watch your roof’s back
An additional area that is often overlooked in visual inspection is what is behind the shingles. Whenever you are in the attic, take a few minutes to look for problems such as water stains on the back of the wood decking or holes in the insulation. Also, make sure your attic ventilation system has free air flow. A balanced system of air intake and exhaust is preferred. Often times, the air flow can get blocked off at the soffit, which affects the performance of the system and can result in poor ventilation throughout the home.

Leave the hard work to the professionals
If you conduct these inspections and you notice that there are problems, it may be time to call a professional contractor to conduct a thorough inspection and make a recommendation on the actions to restore or replace the roof.

A complete roofing system consists of roofing shingles, as well as other essential components such as felt underlayment, ice and water waterproofing underlayment, starter shingles, ventilation products and hip and ridge shingles.

Owens Corning Roofing offers insight into the things you should know about your roof on their website, including information about locating and selecting the right roofing contractor. The site also has videos as well as an interactive tool, called DesignEyeQ Visualization Experience Tool which allows you to upload a picture of your roof and “try on” different shingles and color combinations.

A healthy roofing system is important for providing shelter to your family and for protecting your valuables and financial investment. Being proactive in watching the condition of your roof before being surprised by a leak could cost you less in the end. These few easy tips can help you properly maintain your roof, which can result in long-lasting comfort, beauty and overall energy efficiency.

Get your garage ready for winter

Get your garage ready for winter
Colder weather not only has you shutting the windows and cranking up the heat, but also bringing all your belongings indoors to protect them from the winter elements. This means it’s time to get your garage geared up for the season.

Making sure all your belongings fit is one thing, but this space houses your workshop, truck, big toys and, in some cases, the man cave where you escape for a football game or afternoon of hanging out with some pals. This is the perfect time of year to make your garage the storage and hang-out space you need for those long winter months.

Here are a few tips that can help you turn your garage into a space that meets all your requirements for many years to come:

* Clean it up. While the weather is warm, take the time to clean out the garage of anything not needed (broken car parts, duplicate tools, half-empty cans of paint or stain and even products you’ve outgrown) and find storage space for what’s left over. Purchase storage containers and shelving, or build hanging racks to help keep items off the floor and out of the way. Wash down the floors, scrub the walls and let it dry out before putting everything back in.

* Protect your floors. After driving through the slush and snow, your car or truck is going to be bringing a lot of sand and salt chemicals into your garage. As it melts, this corrosive mixture congregates on the floor, developing pockmarks and cracks in the concrete. Give your garage floor a protective coating like ASPART-X from LINE-X. It’s waterproof, abrasion and chemical resistant, and can be customized to any color with the potential for color chips to be added in. It’s perfect for designing your man cave with the colors of your favorite team. And think of the concrete repairs you’ll save money on down the road.

* Maintenance is important. Sometimes just cleaning the garage isn’t enough. You may need to invest a bit of time and energy into the electrical and – if included – heating as well. Replace all the batteries in your garage door openers, and clean the weather stripping between the door panels. Also have a heating professional check out your garage heater at the same time you are getting your home furnace inspected and cleaned. You don’t want to come out to the garage on the day the temps drop below freezing and discover the heater isn’t working.

Winter will be here before you know it, sending all your equipment back into your garage’s protective custody. Try these tips to turn your garage into a great work space, storage space and potential man cave to hang out with your pals.