Home Renovations You Should Not Do Yourself

Home-Renovation-Image-Julie-WhitmerDo it yourself (DIY) projects are more popular than ever. They’re a great way to ensure you get the exact update you want, and they can save you quite a bit of money in the process.

Paint the walls, switch out light fixtures, and tear out the carpet, but when it comes to other projects, they’re best left to the professionals.

Here are four home improvement projects that you should never do yourself.

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Roofing systems can be expensive, and it’s easy to see why. They are a home’s first defense against the elements. Unfortunately, many homeowners make the mistake of trying to replace their roof on their own only to end up with the very thing they were trying to avoid—a damaging leak.

It’s really best to hire a professional for the job. They will make sure everything is installed properly. You can even look into roof financing options that will make the replacement more affordable.

Electrical Work

There are some electrical home improvement projects you can do on your own. Changing outlet covers and replacing light fixtures are two DIY projects that most homeowners can handle, but when it comes to in-depth electrical work, you need to hire a professional electrician.

Dealing with electricity can put you in danger of being shocked. A bad electrical job can even cause a fire and destroy your home. If you’re looking to install an outlet or a light fixture where there isn’t one, or the wiring in your home needs an update, don’t do it yourself.

Major Plumbing Repairs

Electrical work is especially dangerous for a homeowner. That isn’t the case with major plumbing repairs, but doing it wrong can end up costing you a lot of money.

Without the right plumbing repair or replacement, you could end up with a leak, or worse yet, flooding your home. All that water can result in mold growth and costly remodeling repairs.

A few plumbing projects that should be left to the professionals include:

  • Toilet installations
  • Shower and tub installations
  • Water heater installations
  • Valve and tube replacements
  • Sewer pipe work

Structural Changes to Rooms

Tearing out a wall sounds like the easiest DIY project of all. You just need a sledgehammer and a strong arm! Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.

Before you tear down the wall, you have to consider what’s inside it. There could be electrical wires or plumbing located in the wall. If you’re living in a two-story home, you could be dealing with a load-bearing wall. In order to make sure you don’t end up with even more costly repairs, it’s best to leave knocking down any walls to the professionals.

When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to call in a professional team to assess your project. It costs less in the long run to do it right in the first place than it does to botch the job and end up calling a professional to fix it anyway.

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5 Ideas For Tiered Cosmetic Stand

Create-Pretty-Tiered-Trays-with-glass-plates-and-glueCreate pretty tiered trays using wine glasses, cups and plates for displaying trinkets in your home. A rewritten post from 2013. I was looking on Pinterest and found cute stacked cosmetic trays, I had craft moment making an Up-cycled Makeup Stand , as a craft project and a need to organize my makeup.
Completed-Makeup-Tier-TrayAs I visit Pinterest, (a habit I have) and I’m sure others do too, I found some pretty makeup organizing ideas and remember finding a book at the library that was full of ideas using dishes you already have at home to make serving trays and the like with just hot glue. Or if you want it to be permanent you could use UV6800.  I wish I could find that book again, that was about 10 years ago.

You can actually make temporary tiered trays, then put them in the sink with hot water and remove the hot glue, put them away for another day and creative moment when you need something fun or pretty.

A lot of my inspiration came from photos on Pinterest

Three Tier Tray made of Glass
Melissa Smith on Pinterest

3 glass plates, 2 tall shot glasses from PierOne and blue marbles (Christmas Tree Store) to make a pretty makeup display.  Just use a hot glue gun to secure them all together and you have a stylish way to display and organize the makeup you use every day.

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Artsy Chick Rules // A pretty 3 tier tray made for jewelry. Using old plastic plates, glasses and chalk paint and E-6000 adhesive.(Use outdoors as there are heavy fumes). I sealed the entire tray with a Pearl Coat Spray Paint.

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Crafivity Designs // So simply but elegant. This one as you an see if for jewelry.
A fun idea that comes from Craftivity Designs for a simple and inexpensive jewelry tray inspired by none other than…Kate Spade with all the cute plates they create.

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 Confession of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer  // Making the jewelry tower with thrift store cups, saucers and plates including some candlesticks for the pedestals.  Oh-My-Heartsie-Makeup-Tray
I went to the thrift store and found 3 plates and 2 wine glasses, but when I got home and started working with the space I had to use on my desk, I decided on just using 2 plates with the one wine glass.  To have more surface area on the bottom plate, I set the wine glass to the back.
This way I have access on the bottom for larger items.

 Oh-My-Heartsie-Makeup-Tray-2 The project took me all of 5 minutes, once my hot glue gun was heated. If you would want your pieces to be permanent you could use an art glue like E6000 Craft Adhesive, 3.7 Fluid Ounces ( available in craft stores).
 Completed-Makeup-Tier-Tray I have seen so many great ideas but I wanted something simple and elegant at the same time. There are so many possibilities with glass plates, wine glasses, candlesticks, bottles, cups, dishes and plates. They can be white, clear, patterned, faux silver platters or any combination including wood of course or all the new tinware you can find.

I have seen the cutest serving trays made stacking plates and cups for parties that are disposable.  I would love to see polka dot dishes made into a tiered stand. The possibilities are endless!! It would be great for creating one for cupcakes or Petit fours or small desserts for parties. Any kind of dishes that you can stack and that would be stable could work!!

What dishes do you have you could use right now to create something fun.
All you need are a few dishes, odd wine glass and a hot glue gun and or the the E6000 230010 Craft Adhesive for a permanent cement

There are so many possibilities you can see in the Pinterest Board. Use melamine dishes, summer prints, or even at the holidays very inexpensive plastic-ware could be used.  Leave it to your imagination, what would you create? 

Follow Vanessa Vander Pol's board 3 Tier Trays on Pinterest.

Have you seen these kinds of serving/stands created?
What kind of ideas do you have?

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7 Electrical Safety Tips for DIY Projects

Many people prefer to handle home repairs on their own as much as they can. It’s a good way to save money, as long as you know what you are doing. When it comes to electricity, you must use caution. Before you replace an outlet, install wiring, or do anything else with your home’s electrical system, make sure you follow the safety tips listed below. 7-electrical-safety-tips-for-diy-projects

Learn About Residential Electrical Systems First

You should know the basics before attempting an electrical repair. Read up on how residential systems work. Some concepts were likely covered in science class years ago, but it is best to brush up before you get to work.

The internet contains a wealth of resources or you can visit the library to find books on home repair and electricity.

Turn Off Power at the Main Service Panel

Never work on a live wire. Always turn the power off at the main service panel. Do not rely on a nearby switch to cut power. You should at least switch the breaker to the area off. If possible, you can also switch off the main breaker. Safety should always come before speed and convenience when handling electrical components.Turn-off-power-before -working-on-any-DIY-electrical-project

Unplug Appliances Before Working on Them

If you need to repair an appliance or lamp, unplug it first. Even if you believe the power is off or the device isn’t switched on, you should still unplug it. Many electronics continue to draw power when they are off or in idle mode. This can pose a threat while you work.

Verify That the Power is Off Before You Begin

Do not assume that the power is off because you switched the breaker. You should verify before you begin your project. This can be done safely using a volt tester. Place the output points at the bottom of the breaker or on the receptacle. If the light doesn’t come on, then there is no power.

The tester should come with instructions for proper use. You can verify that your tester is functioning by using it on a live circuit. Make sure the indicator light turns on so that you know it is giving you a correct reading.

Never Work in a Wet Environment

Water and electricity do not mix. Never work in wet environments. That includes areas that are moist, damp or have puddles. This is also why you should never drill holes in water pipes. Doing so could cause water to come in contact with electrical components.

If you are doing work outdoors, make sure it is a dry day with no rain in the forecast.

Only Use Extension Cords Temporarily

Extension cords are handy around the house. However, remember that these are only meant for temporary use. Never use an extension cord as part of a permanent fix. They are not rated for this purpose and will pose a fire hazard if used incorrectly.

Know When to Call an Electrician

One of the most important safety tips Connect Electric wants to share is knowing when you should call an electrician. Complex problems come with obstacles that only a professional can handle. It may cost a little more, but you will get quality craftsmanship and peace of mind.
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The Importance of Vinyl Cutting Machine Blades

The-Importance-of-Vinyl-Cutting-Machine-BladesFirst the Basics

Vinyl cutting is the act of using a machine called a vinyl cutter to cut out designs created with a software program into vinyl sheets. When the machine is done the cutting, there is a need to weed the sheets and remove any waste from the sheets before transferring the final design to where you want it.

These designs can either be labels, 3D objects, card wraps, signage, cards, origamis or decals which can be used on scrapbooks, cars, walls, laptops, signs or crafts.

These machines, which are computer-controlled, look like printers but instead of printing cartridges, they make use of blades that carry out the actual cutting. Their movements are controlled by the software used in making the design that is being cut.

These cutters can also be referred to as plotters or craft cutters as they can do more than just cut your vinyl designs. High-quality cutters can also make designs on paper, tissue paper, cardstock, and thermal transfer materials while some can emboss on wood and aluminum. Check here for more on this process.

It follows from the above that blades are one of the most important parts of your vinyl cutter. It is therefore important to give some attention to them.

Important Factors to Consider

Selecting the Right Blades

In this process, there are different materials with varying levels of thickness. Using the same blade for all these materials will dull it quickly. For thicker materials like flock especially, use a separate one. You should have a different set for materials of different thickness levels and also have something to differentiate each of them.

Be Sure of Compatibility

The brand you purchase is important as they are not universally compatible. Both the blade and the holder must fit snugly together, therefore, you should ensure that you get one that will fit with the brand of cutter you are using.

Sharpness

As the tip of the blade is tiny and sharp, it is not very easy to know when it is broken. If it is, it severely affects your work as the cut lines might taper off towards the end of a job or the design won’t cut at all. The sure way to make sure they are sharp is to take care of them and change them regularly.

Get the Right Cutting Depth and Exposure

Another important thing is to get the right blade depth for whichever material you are cutting. The most popular depths are 300, 450 and 600. The one you will use will be dependent on the material you are cutting. For thicker materials, you will need a higher depth and exposure.

Blade Force or Pressure

These determine how precise your cuts will be so you will need to get them right. For personal use, it may not be very important but when working professionally, you must get it right.

Tips on Caring for Blades

  1. Keep them in their protective case when not in use.
  2. Always start cutting with a low pressure.
  3. Do a test cut each time before your main cut.
  4. Use different blades for different materials and different thickness levels.
  5. Tag them to be able to differentiate them.
  6. Change them regularly especially after a lengthy/busy time of use.
  7. Be cautious when removing them from the holder. The cutting tip must not touch anything other than the material being cut. It must not be touched in any way.
  8. Keep holder clean of vinyl debris.

Conclusion

A blade plays a key role in cutting success. To get the best possible result and reduce time spent, take care of them and use the right one for the right material. Before selecting one, consider its compatibility with the machine you have. See https://cuttingmachinereviews.com/best-vinyl-cutting-machines/ for reviews on different cutting machines available.

How long any tool (including this one) will last will largely depend on how it is used and what kind of materials it is used for. The way you set your blade for the materials you cut also affects its lifespan. Also, do not cut too deep.

Anytime you are not getting the required results, it is most likely the cutting blade is dull or damaged. One way to know is to look for chips along the edges. When you cannot spot that, try a new one to see if there will be any improvement.
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