How to tape drywall joints

3 Feb

Next on the project list is to learn how to mud and tape the drywall joints. If this looks intimidating or you are a perfect noob when it comes to diy projects, I recommend you to take your time and to read these tips. Even if you will never undertake a similar project on your own, this will be a useful reading. Invest in high quality materials and visualize everything before starting the project, so you can save time and money. I “stole” a few ideas from this awesome tutorial so make sure you don’t miss it, for more images and for more tips coming from true professionals.

 

How to tape drywall joints

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First of all you need to attach the fiberglass mesh to the seams, making sure you center it into place. Use your fingers to press it to the seams. It may look as a silly advice, but make sure you apply the mesh to the seams using the glue side oriented to the wall. Use a cutter to adjust the size of the mesh.

Next, mix a small quantity of drywall compound. You might have to add some water to thin it a little, so you can work with it easier. Use a 6″ drywall knife to apply an even and constant layer of mud to the seams. Leave it for 12 h to dry out and then apply a new layer, this time using a 10″ knife. Focus on the transition between the coat of mud and the wall, trying to make them as smooth as possible. Leave the second coat to dry out for at least 12 hours.

Use sandpaper to smooth the surface before applying the final coat of mud. Use a 12″ putty knife to apply the third coat evenly. After it dries out, you need to use a sponge to remove the dust and to even out the surface. Check out more here: http://diypergolaplans.tumblr.com/

 

Free Garden Plans

15 Jan

Spring is coming to town any time soon, so we have to be prepared. Being taken aback by this wonderful season would be unpleasant, so in this article we show you several woodworking projects that you can do in just a few days, but which will influence your life to a great extent. Either we speak of furniture projects or about vegetable projects, you are the one that makes the final choice.

As you can imagine, the list of garden plans is endless, so you should make a short list with the projects most appealing to you. An outdoor sofa is ideal for a patio, as it is a great way to spend your time in the middle of nature. There are many designs, but you can involve yourself in the process, as to add a touch of character to the project.

Daybed plans

If you have a nice house with a porch, then you could take into account the possibility of building a cozy swing. Use these porch swing building plans and invest in the best materials you can afford. There are so many choices out there, but select them with attention, as you will see the difference on the long run. Although the initial investment might seem large, on the long run you will save money with repairs and other necessary steps.

A greenhouse is another option you have to upgrade your backyard. As you can probably imagine, you need to select from a free standing greenhouse and an attached greenhouse. Select a proper location, as the surface needs to be level and able to support the weight of the construction.

Buidling a round picnic table

Last but not least, if you want to create a small serving area in your very own backyard, we recommend you to pay attention to the diagram. A round picnic table is a fancy choice that requires more woodworking skills, but with little attention and with the help of a friend, the end result will be up to your expectations.

Lots of garden plans at the link. Click on the link and be amazed of the multitude of free projects for your backyard.

Building a TV stand

22 Oct

If you want to learn more about how to build a TV stand, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions describe din the article. It is essential to choose the right design for your needs and to plan the project from the very beginning. If you consider that the project is a lot more complex than your knowledge in the field, we recommend you to ask a skilled friend to give you a hand. Cut all the components at the right size and lock them together with screws, after drilling pocket holes.

Click HERE to see more information about how to build a TV stand. There are many designs to choose from when building a TV stand, so we really recommend you to work with attention and to invest in high quality materials. Adjust the size of the TV stand to your needs and make sure it matches the style of the rest of the furniture. Work with attention and invest in high-quality materials, if you want to save time and money.

Building a TV stand

Building a TV stand

 

There are also other project for your home that don’t require a high investment nor a lot of time, so make sure you take a look over the related woodworking projects. Work with attention and make sure you gather all the tools before starting the actual assembly. There are so many plans to choose from, that we recommend you to take your time and to select the right alternative for your needs.

 

Picnic shelter plans

10 Jul

If you spend most of your weekends outside in your backyard and you are also a big gourmand, we suggest you to consider building a nice pavilion in your garden. Nevertheless, we must say there are certain things that you should know before starting the actual construction project. Therefore, we recommend you choose proper plans and to plan all the steps of the construction in a professional manner. If you have no previous and relevant experience in woodworking, we recommend you to ask a skilled friend to assist you. In this manner you can also hang out with your friend while enhancing the look of your garden.

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If you want something more complex than a picnic table, we strongly recommend you to consider building a nice gazebo. Irrespective of your option, you should know that there are several cases in which your constructions require a building permit. Therefore, it is essential to go to the town hall and to ask them information about the legal requirements concerning your project.

Design the picnic shelter according to the dimensions of the picnic table you are going to place inside the constructions. Don’t forget that you can adjust the size and the shape of the shelter in any way, so that you can even place two tables inside the construction. Plumb the posts with a spirit level and lock all the components tightly, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

Diy Pergola Plans

18 Apr

Building a pergola is one of those constructions that really liven up the look of any garden, especially if the right plans and tools are used. The options you could choose from are virtually endless, as a pergola can take almost any size and shape. Work with attention and with great care from the very beginning, if you want to prevent mistakes and to keep the costs under control.

Strange as it might seem, there are lots of pergola plans free that contain step by step details and come with detailed diagrams. Make sure you look over the instructions before starting the actual constructions, as there are many things that you should take into account. The plans should come with all the materials needed for the job, their size and a few information about the woodworking techniques required for the job.

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Pergola Plans

Pergola Plans

If you really want an unique construction in your yard, there are a few tricks that could help you achieve this. First of all, we recommend you to build the pergola in a nice octagonal shape, exactly as in the image.

Using 6×6 lumber will help you create a nice effect and to enhance the shape and the proportions of the backyard pergola. Always check if the support beams are perfectly horizontal before fitting the shade elements. If you need more shade, you could cover the roof with a dense textile material.

Diy Pergola

Diy Pergola

If you want a different designs, you could build a gazebo-pergola. As you can easily see in the image, building a gazebo requires more materials and complex woodworking techniques, but anyone can get the job done if the right plans and tools are used.

Moreover, you could build basic benches on all sides of the gazebo and install a simple table in the middle of the surface. Adjust the design of the railings to your needs and work with great attention. A pergola isn’t the most complex diy project, but it still requires attention, quality tools and accurate measurements.

 

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Diy pizza oven plans

13 Apr

Building an outdoor pizza oven in your backyard is one of those projects that would make a great impact on the look of your property. Nevertheless, there are a few tricks you should know, before starting the job by yourself. Get the needed information for your local building department, as there are several legal requirements you have to comply with. In most of the cases, you need to obtain a building permit, there you should leave a certain distance from the property line or pour a sturdy concrete foundation.

Outdoor KitchenPizza oven plans

First of all, you need to choose the right diy pizza oven plans for your needs and budget, otherwise the end result might not raise to your expectations. Study several alternative and choose the ones that are appropriate for the design and size of your backyard.

If we are speaking in terms of taste, there are very few or none appliances capable of matching the aspect and the flavor of a homemade pizza in a brick oven. while in the past decades, building a brick oven was very expensive and a very complex job, nowadays there are more option for any budget: buying a kit, hiring a professional contractor or doing the job by yourself..

One of the most important aspects when building an outdoor pizza oven, is to make sure there is enough space for such a construction. If you want the real thing, build a wood-fired pizza oven in your backyard, as an indoor project would be unsafe, because of the poor ventilation. Nevertheless, there are also ovens designed for indoor use, but they need large rooms and come at a prohibitive price.

Building a pizza oven

Outdoor kitchenIf building a wood fired pizza oven is a complex job, and if you want an efficient process, you should consider installing a gas appliance. Moreover, if gas is already installed into your home, the fitting is a straight forward job. That is why, you should focus more on choosing the oven with a design that match the rest of the interior style.

If you want to place the oven outdoor, you can choose from many options. On one hand, you could install a stainless steel appliance in backyards, that works on gas or electricity. These professional appliances are ideal for busy persons, as they require basic maintenance and are really easy to use. Nevertheless, no gas or electricity-powered oven could match the taste of a home backed pizza, in a brick oven.

If you want to make your backyard a great place for parties, building a wood burning pizza oven is the best choice. In this manner, the traditional look of bricks and stone would enhance the appearance of your backyard and you will impress your friends every time you trough a party.

Buying a pizza oven kit

Another way to get the job done is to buy a kit or a commercial pizza oven. While the kits come at affordable prices and are designed for amateur use, a commercial oven is great for intensive use. Therefore, if you have a restaurant or host parties with many guests, buying a professional oven is a great solution to your needs.

Assess your needs from the very beginning with great care, if you want to obtain a proper result. Buying a commercial oven, if you rarely use it, is a waste of money and space. Don’t forget to protect the construction from water damage, by building a light wooden shelter above the brick oven.

Small chicken coop plans free

15 Feb

A chicken coop is a necessity  if you want to have fresh eggs every morning. Although most of the people consider growing chickens as a complex and time consuming activity, our experience highlights the positive aspects. On the contrary, if you plan everything form the very beginning and work with great attention, you could spend only 5 minutes every day to take care of the chickens. Moreover, you could start on a small scale, like building a really simple chicken coop and growing 2-3 chickens.

Simple chicken coop plans

A frame chicken coop plansThere are many plans and designs you could choose from when building a chicken coop, so we strongly recommend you to work with attention and to select the one that fits you needs and budget. Strange as it might seem, there are many chicken coops that require a significant amount of money to get the job done, even more than building a shed. If you afford, we recommend you to invest in professional chicken coop plans and to build something unique that will really add value to your backyard. Otherwise, you should select simple chicken coop plans and use basic materials.

Building an A-frame chicken coop is a wonderful idea, if you want to get the job done in an weekend and to keep the costs as low as possible. If you have several pieces of lumber, plywood and chicken wire, you can build the coop in just a few hours. If you need something more complicated, we recommend you to build the nests and to create access doors from the back of the coop. In this manner you can take the fresh eggs every morning without having to go in the chicken coop. Adjust the size of the chicken coop to your needs, but you can always follow these general instructions to get the job done.

Invest in quality materials and always use professional tools. Wear the safety equipment when assembling the chicken coop, as to prevent injuries or potential mistakes. Always align the components at both ends and drill pilot hole trough the components, in order to prevent the wood from spiting. Apply a few coats of paint over the wooden components, in order to prevent them from decay.

Simple deck plans

31 Jan

Building a simple deck is not difficult, if the right plans and techniques are used. As you probably know, there are many shapes and plans you could choose from. There are floating decks, elevated decks or ground level decks. In addition, they come in many shapes: octagonal, square, rectangular or any other shape. Taking into account these options, you really need to study what design and shape would match the style of your property.

Moreover, we strongly recommend you to involve your family in the process. As you might imagine, the new living space will chance you day to day life, as well as the deign of your garden, so the project has to fit the needs of your family. After writing down the main inputs form the loved ones, we recommend you to choose those that make sense and that the essential for the project. Before building the outdoor deck, you need to read these information.

 

Simple deck plans

Simple deck plans

Simple deck plans

Building a simple deck is a straight-forward project and any person with average woodworking skills can get the job done. In addition, you need to use professional tools and quality materials, otherwise you might not be satisfied with the end result. As you can see in the plans, there are many plans you can choose from, so you should check the alternatives, before taking a final decision.

Plan everything with great attention and make sure you estimate the total costs of the woodworking project. It is nothing that can be more wrong than realizing during the project that you don’t have money to get the job done. That is why, we always recommend you to pay attention to the preliminary stages. In this manner, you ca keep the expenditures under control and avoid many potential issues. You could also build a deck bench, if you want to add style to your project.

 

Building a basic deck

After choosing the right plans and size for your needs, you should lay it out in a professional manner. If you want to get the job done without facing difficult challenges, you should batter boards and string. Check if the corners are right-angled and make sure the diagonals are equal.

Set the posts into concrete, as to lock them into place tightly. Install the ledger and the stretcher into place, using lag bolts. Use a spirit level to check if the components are perfectly horizontal. Fit the joists every 16″ on center and fit the 2×4 decking boards. Place a nail between the slats, in order to obtain consistent gaps and to drain the water properly. In addition, we recommend you to drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

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Outdoor Deck Plans

Simple Greenhouse Plans

25 Dec

If you want to grow your own vegetables and to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you should consider building a small greenhouse. From the very beginning, we must say that you need a few things if you want to have fresh vegetables all year, from spring to winter. First of all, you need a small wooden greenhouse, as it will be large enough to plant a large variety of vegetables and to let them develop properly. Nevertheless, you also need covered raised garden beds, which can be placed inside the greenhouse or outside, according to your needs. The covered planter will be extremely handy, when growing lettuce or other weather-resistant plants, during the cold days.

Building a simple greenhouse

Greenhouse plansA simple greenhouse doesn’t require a lot of work nor a significant investment, as you can get the job done with spare materials, such as 2×4 lumber. Nevertheless  make sure the slats are in a good condition, otherwise it will not resist to the humidity inside the construction. Basically, you need to build two side panels for the side walls, as if you would build a shed. Secure the studs to a bottom and a top plate, using 3” wood screws. If you want to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pilot holes. Choose the basic greenhouse plans, if you want to get the job done by yourself.

Check if the corners are right-angled, before installing the frames into place. Secure them into place temporarily, before attaching the 2×4 rafters. From our experience, a greenhouse with a gable roof looks good, is easy to build and drains the water or snow properly. Cut one end of the rafters at 30 degrees and the other one at 60 degrees, using a good miter saw. Plumb the trusses on a level surface and secure them into place with 3 1/2” wood screws.

Build a small frame out of 2×2 lumber for the door and secure it into place with hinges. Cover the structure with polyethylene film and start growing vegetables.

Building a small raised bed

Raised bed componentsIf you are a beginner when it comes to gardening  you should definitely consider building a raised garden bed. From our experience, a properly built garden bed would save you from a lot of work and supply your family with fresh and tasty vegetables. In addition, if you install PVC arches and cover the structure with film, you can even increase the temperature with several degrees. In thus manner, you will be able to grow vegetables during the whole year.

Make sure you use proper lumber, such as cedar or redwood boards, as they are weather resistant. In addition, we strongly recommend you to install landscaping fabric on the inside of the planter, if you want to keep the weeds away. Install nice trims on top of the frame, to enhance the look of the garden raised bed and to get a nice place to sit when taking care of your vegetables.

Building a dog house

2 Dec

Building a dog house is the right thing to do for your favorite pet, especially if you want to protect him from rain or snow. Although the most of us imagine that a dog house require a significant amount of work and materials, we assert from our own experience that you can get the job done is just a few hours, provided the right instructions are use. Generally speaking, all you need to do is a frame made out of 2×2 lumber and to attach the 5/8” siding to the exterior. Choosing the right large dog house plans for your pet is essential, as the planning and preliminary stages account for more than 50% of the work.

Building a simple dog house

Small dog house plansThere are so many things you could add to the dog house, in order to make the pet feel as home. For example you could add a small deck with a pergola to the front of the construction, or you could just insulate the walls with think and rigid insulation sheets. Adding 1/4” plywood sheets to the interior of the dog house is easy and it will make a significant difference. In addition, if you want to get a durable construction, don’t forget to add roofing felt and asphalt shingles to the roof of the house.

If you have a really big dog, there is also a solution for your problem: building a large dog house. If you find yourself on the opposite side, you could choose small dog  house plans, as to fit the size of the pet. Last but not least, we strongly recommend you to check if the dog has enough room to turn inside the dog house, otherwise it will be hard to sleep inside the construction. On the other hand, always make sure the screws are inserted properly, to prevent potential injuries.

Fill the cracks and holes with wood putty, smooth the surface and apply several coats of paint to get the job done as a professional. As we have already emphasized, choosing the right plans for your project is important, as it represents almost 50% out of the whole effort required. Place the dog house on several pieces of wood or concrete slabs to lift it 2” from the ground. In this manner, you will protect the dog house against water damage.

 

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Simple dog house plans