Fencing with Concrete Posts

A Guide to Erecting a Fence with Concrete Posts

Due to the size and weight of concrete fencing posts and concrete gravel boards, you may find it easier to enlist the help of a friend with this project. I was lucky to have my cousin visiting from Tucson, where he owns a garage door repair company, – https://www.ajsgaragedoorservice.com/, so he’s used to lifting heavy things!

Anyway… Begin by laying your concrete posts flat and spacing them out by cutting a piece of timber to the same width as the fence panels being used. Lay all of your posts on the ground, spacing them with the same piece of timber. Now begin to dig your holes for the posts, which should be a minimum of 450 millimeters. Remember when purchasing your concrete posts, they should be a minimum of 600 millimeters longer than the measurement of the fence panel and gravel board added together. For example, if the fence panel is 1500 mm and the gravel board is 900 mm then the height of the concrete post should be 2400 mm.

Now lower your first concrete post into the hole and while it’s being held upright, shovel in the concrete mix around the base of the post. The concrete mix should be one part cement to two parts concreting gravel to three parts concreting sand. Tamp this down with a firm object like timber. Now check the verticals with your spirit level. Run a length of string from the finishing point to your first concrete post and adjust this to the height of approximately 3 millimeters from the ground. Then double check that there’s enough height on the post to accommodate the fence panel. The string will act as a horizontal guide for the top of each gravel board.

Now position your first gravel board and make sure it’s inserted into the slot on the post. Then position the fence panel on top of the gravel board making sure this is into the vertical slot on the post. Now temporarily lower the string to the ground to enable easier maneuverability of the second post. Insert this into the second hole, driving the slot well into the gravel board and fence panel. Check your verticals and the post can now be concreted in as with the first post. Repeat this process for as many boards and panels you have to erect. Make sure that the fence panels and gravel boards are tight between each post.

Marking Out and Digging a Basic Footing

Start by cutting out several lengths of timber stakes. Fix them together with a hammer and nails. The two uprights must be spaced as wide as your footing needs to be. Measure the distance from where your footing needs to start. Find the center point and mark this with a nail.

At the other end of your footing mark out exactly the same. Now run a length of string from one end to the other. With a spade, mark out about 150 mm on either side of the string. Now dig this out to a depth of about 300 mm. Fill the trench with a concrete mix. Level out with a spade and then check with a spirit level. Get the footing as level as possible to help you lay out the first course of bricks. Leave the concrete to dry for 24 hours before attempting to lay bricks using a mortar of one part cement to two parts concreting gravel to three parts concreting sand (the same cement mix used in cementing concrete posts).

A Simple Studio Apartment Makes a Great Short Term Rental

Just because a property is small doesn’t mean you can’t do a lot for it as far as making it marketable and very attractive, especially for people looking for a short term furnished rental, like those found here: SunTree Corporate Housing in Arizona,  rather than a traditional hotel. These kinds of tenants and property rentals are becoming ever more popular. We’ll be looking at some examples of turning small, non-descript apartments into attractive, highly rentable investment properties.

This is a three hundred and fifty square foot studio apartment that started as a pretty simple bare box. I wanted to create a really layered and almost curated space, that’s full of personality and tons of decorating hits. In living area I started with the bigger pieces first. This slipcover tuxedo style sofa is perfect for this space because it’s still streamline, but also quite light and airy.

I then added some additional sitting. This great rocking chair, which is a vintage piece, is a nice warm accent, as well as this linen chair. A Taft thing and a rolled arm and a kind of turned leg is a really nice play against the sofa. In the center of the sitting are, I’ve added this vintage trunk. It’s perfect as a coffee table and it’s also great storage. I also just love the beat up quality and it’s such a perfect vintage piece.

They grounded the entire space by adding this amazing rug. It’s really inexpensive and just perfect in any room because of all the texture and natural color. And then, moved over to this dresser, another giant piece for the room and maybe kind of strange in the average living room, but in a studio apartment where storage is the key, this piece is perfect because of all the amazing storage.

The surface of this large dresser is a really great spot to style and add personal objects. The homeowner can also interchange these things in different seasons and just the layering gives this room a lot of character. Because this is a rental space, I left the kitchen basically as it is, but it’s still works because the configuration is perfect and all the wood tones really add a lot of warmth.

I did add an island with a warm marble top, it’s a great place for dinning and there’s actually extra storage underneath. To unify these two spaces, I’ve created this wall of drapery that kind of really echos the wall colors as well. The look is great and it’s also just more uniform and more consistent. Because this is a tiny studio apartment, the bed area is really open to the rest of the living space.

So I needed to be decorated at the same level. I started with this great four-poster bed. It’s a big size, but the vertical height almost creates its own sense of space and a bedroom area, really. I then layered up the bedding in the same way that I decorated the rest of the space by just adding texture and color and pattern. I started with the basics, a great white day cover, white sheets and a charcoal coverlet.

I added some more personality with these pillows. These patterns are perfect and I also love how the velvet ties back to the living area as well. The next thing was adding a bit more personality on the walls. This vintage  map is perfect. I love how it’s kind of stained and rumpled and the color just kind of blends in a little bit and really relates back to what we did in the living area.

At the end of the bed I’ve added this great wood console which is perfect as a key-drop. I’ve also added a runner which really finishes off that entryway look. Because this is such a small space, the key was to create dedicated zones that don’t sacrifice function. Also, with a really cohesive color palette and the same sense of layered decorating throughout it’s proofed that you can create just as much impact and style in a small space.

Fixing a Noisy Dryer – DIY Appliance Repair Tips

Okay, what we'll going to be doing in this article here today is we're going to be checking the rear bearing, the idler pulley and the blower wheel on this clothes dryer. And the reason we'd be doing that is we're checking for a squealing noise that's really annoying. So let's get started with today's Austin appliance repair tips from www.austinappliancemasters.com.

This is a GE style washer dryer, so remove the lid. Okay, we started up by opening the door, these to screws,, we'll remove those. Okay, now next thing we want to do is we want to lift up on this in a little bit of an angle slide it sideways, there's 3 hooks in there, we want to slide it sideways and then pull it down a little bit.

Okay, now there are 2 screws back here, we want to take those out and before we do that we want to close this door up, we're going to support the front with that with that knee, and we don't want it to fall off the front bearing. We're going to support the drum, we're going tilt this forward and set the drum down and there's 2 hooks down there, we're going to have to lift this up the hooks and be careful there's a not a lot of wire here.

Okay, so this is our door switch here, we got 3 wires going up to it, we want to unplug this and then we're going to disconnect the other terminals there. We want to use needle nose so we don't rip the wire out the terminal.

The next thing we want to do is we want to check this blower wheel down here to see if it's operating  right but we got the belt connected so what we going to need to do is disconnect the belt. Now to do that you need to push the idler pulley this way to release the tension off the belt so you can get it but the space is kind of tight to get your arm in there so what I'm going to do is I'm going to remove this screw, there's a screw on top here, I'm going to take that out and then on the back of the dryer, I'm going to take out all the screws, all the way down to the bottom. I'm going to leave the bottom screw in but I'm going to loosen that.

I'm also going to loosen this screw but I'm not going to take it out, that's the very bottom screw just close so I can move this panel, so I can my arm in there. Okay now that we have this loosened up, we can get our hand in there and we can release the tension off the belt. Okay, we got the dryer belt loose, so now what we want to do now this will spin free and we can't hear any noise we're going to try to wiggle it to see if there's any play in there and there isn't any and you want to pull it back and forth too.

So there's no noise coming from this, next I want to take my finger and want to spin this idler wheel to see if I can hear any noise which I don't.

So then the last thing we want to do is we want to take look at that rear bearing. Okay, now plug this drum out, we got to spread it apart a bit here, we 're going grab it right by the belt, it's the best way to do this and just support it in the front, grab a hold of the belt and you want to pull it straight forward, pull it right out in the opening. Okay, this is the bearing on this type, it's got a little flap here that holds it on and it's a little plastic piece.

There is the maiden piece on the back of the dryer but that's feels. So this is where the problem would be in this little plastic piece here. So all you have to do is pull this little clip up, put your part on it, put the clip back in.

Now, to put this back in there, we want to get our dryer dock in place, where it align from the drum, slide it in, you need to do a little feel on around from that hole. Okay, just slide it right into the hole like that, then set your dock right back down, reach in and put it back around the idler pulley and reassemble. That's all there it is to checking the rear bearing.

Fixing a Dishwasher Not Drainingor Cleaning Well

Hey folks! Today I will (hopefully!) help you fix your dishwasher. I am going to show you how to clear out your filters and check for things that might be stopping your dishwasher from draining well or draining at all.

If your dishwasher isn’t draining at all, a lot of times is because the drain pump is being stopped or blocked and this can happen from labels that come off plates, or even if a plate chips or a glass breaks and a little bit of glass gets caught in the impeller. It will stop the pump motor from moving and if you don’t take care of it yourself, you could end up calling in the professionals from Appliance Masters to help you take care of things… This is a  Whirlpool stainless steel model, it’s a bit newer than the one I discussed in a previous article.

To start, you’re going to take off the racks and although you don’t have to take out the top rack, I am going to. There is a clip on each rail , on left and right, just push it in and pull it up. This model dishwasher are great because they are very easy to clean the filters. This one you just twist and pull up. You want to check in here to see if anything is caught in the screen.

If it is, just wash it off in the sink. This filter just pulls straight up. You want to make sure all the holes are free and clean. If there’s anything stuck, wash that out too. Inside you are going to see a sensor, make sure that is clean and clear, there is nothing blocking it. Next to the sensor, you can see a hole that the water circulates through. Opposite the sensor there is another hole and this leads to the drain pump.

This is where you want to look to see if anything is clogged. You want to make sure there is nothing stuck down here. In case you are wondering, this is the that tells the dishwasher to stop filling with water. And this sprayer comes off easily, spinning this knob, just give it a little turn and it comes right off. You don’t need to take off these parts, but you can if you want to look for any problems inside.

Flick this little tabs on each side and you can get the sprayer arm off. Give this a little twist and pull it out. To remove this part, you lift up this tab of plastic a little bit and turn it counterclockwise. In here everything really should be clean, you shouldn’t see anything. This spins around and helps diffuse the water for the sprayer. Again, chances are you are not going to have any problems in here.

Then you can put everything back together and hopefully that is where you find your clog. Usually is right there, right by the drain pump hole opening or clog filters. If you still didn’t find any problem there, then you need to check your drain pump. We are not going to replace the drain pump in this article, but I will show you where it is and what to look for. You can take the cover off by taking out the left and right screws, just a half turn and then pull it out.

When you take the cover off, you can see the drain pump. Right in front of it there is this corrugated clear hose and that leads right to your garbage disposal. When your drain pump goes on, it pumps the water out through this hose and empties into your sink. And it is possible that this hose could be clogged, that the garbage disposal end or this end, you want to look and make sure there is nothing blocking it inside.

Before you mess around down here with anything electrical, you do want to turn off the power to your dishwasher. Chances are it’s hard wired, so you’ll need to go to your breaker box and flip the breaker switch. If you do want to check to see if your drain pump is blocked by a piece of glass or a sticker or something like that, but you don’t want to take your whole dishwasher out, you can disconnect this hose right here, by pinching these two metal clips together and releasing this rubber black elbow.

It will spill out water, so before you do that, try to use a sponge or towels and soak up as much water in this part as you can. That way it won’t flood out and spill out all over your floor. Inside you should be able to see the impaler. If you stick your finger and you should be able to spin it a little bit, if it’s stuck, it might be stuck with debris or something and you’ll need to take it off to clean it out. Normally this isn’t the problem, usually is just clog screens. If you are going to switch your drain pump, you need to pull out your dishwasher.

You can do this by unscrewing these two screws right up under here and to do any repairs, you can tip it on its back. Make sure you turn off the water that leads to the dishwasher under the sink. This one hooks up with a quarter turn valve. I hope this article has been somehow helpful to you. If so, please click Like, if you have any questions, go ahead and ask and I will do my best to answer. Thanks, have a awesome day!

Got Home Improvement Plans? Read This Advice!

Try These Great Tips For Your House Improvement Job

Regardless of what kind of home improvement project you've got in mind, the aforementioned article will help you. Get creative and create a style that you may be proud of. If you're going to be doing a home improvement project, use the hints that you've read now to attain your ends.

Do your own homework in case you can not afford a professional designer. Review on-line resources, books and magazines to get ideas. You never know where you'll find an image which will determine the future of your renovations. Literature can also supply you with the info that you have to get your job done.

Making home improvements is a fantastic idea for making your home and increasing the value of your home a more enjoyable area, but it may also be a disaster if done wrong. Having to mend your home improvements with further improvements could be averted with a little thought and effort. For example, if you're doing any plumbing changes, make sure to check with the basic plumbing codes.

Replace your air-conditioning filter from time to time. A filter that is clogged up can definitely use much more energy to run. You might even be using way more electricity than essential. Change the filter often to conserve time and money.

Give a fast update to your kitchen by wiping down the cupboards and either adding or altering the cabinet hardware. Giving your kitchen cabinets a fresh set of knobs or handles can really improve the look of your kitchen without costing a lot of money. With so many styles of knobs and handles available, you can alter the nature of your kitchen easily and quickly.

In case you have an attic that you don't use, consider transforming your house into a loft or adding more rooms to it if the ceiling is rather low. This will certainly increase the value of your house besides giving you more space. Make sure you use proper isolation to prevent your new rooms from getting too cold or damp.

One habit that is great for maintaining your home improvement project, is setting aside a specific budget for upgrades and repairs. Homeowners who allocate a particular amount of cash for such jobs will likely be better at keeping their residences. Take it around to the subsequent year, in the event you usually do not use all your budget.



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