How to build a deck.
A deck may be one of the best single investments you can make in your house. It gives you added space, opens the house up to the yard, and ties indoor activities with outdoor activities. You can entertain on it, eat on it cook on it or just lounge around on it. Start planning your deck today. Its a great do-it-yourself project.
Modular Log Home
Pictures of a Blue Ridge Modular log home being install by a large crane. This modular log home sets on a full basement and was install in a day
Installing low voltage lighting.
Here is a way to provide pleasant illumination to outdoor areas for a small amount of money. You can purchase most of the components in a kit. Some kits come with a timer or a photovoltaic sensor to turn lights on at night and off during the day. Installing low voltage lighting is a good do-it-yourself project.
Installing a gas fireplace
Installing a brand new gas fireplace with direct venting might be an ideal remodeling job to an home or basement remodeling job. Direct venting a gas fireplace can be described as a system that utilizes a special 2 in 1 vent pipe. The inside pipe carries exhaust fumes to the outside, as the outer pipe draws in clean air for combustion. The vent pipe could be routed in a variety of ways, which means it is possible to install a gas fireplace in almost any room. Gas fireplaces can come with remote starting and electronic ignition. Installing a gas fireplace is a good do-it-yourself project since you can plan and add your finish treatments. When you select on a gas fireplace model and establish somewhere to install it, make sure you order all the vent pipes and all the fittings needed to finish the remodeling job.
Planning the gas fireplace installation
Consult the manufacturer's directions for the specifications of placement, and clearances, and also venting techniques for installing a gas fireplace. Begin your preparation by determining one of the best place for your gas fireplace. Installing the fire place next to an exterior wall simplifies the venting required. One key specification for a basement fireplace will be the termination cap on the outside end on the vent has to be 12 inches above the ground. Your vent will runs up and will turn at the elbow and will passes through the masonry wall. If the wall is non-combustible, there should be no need for a heat shield. Next, design the frame. Provided it meets the clearance requirements for the gas fireplace, the wood frame may be any size or also shape. Standard clearance minimums include a ½ inch space between the framing and the sides and back of your unit plus a ¼ inch space for positioning and adjusting the unit more than the standoffs. The simplest way to construct a frame is to work with 2 by 4's and drywall. Finally plan the rough ins. Most gas fireplaces use a ½ inch gas supply line that connects directly to the unit. Talk over with the area gas utility or building department to determine what piping you will need and also the gas output required for your gas fireplace. You may need electrical wiring installed if your gas fireplace has optional equipment, for example a blower or remote ignition. Finish the rough ins after the frame work is finish. If you're not qualified to do this job yourself, employ professionals. And something to keep in mind, all installation specifications should be check by local building codes. Talk to the building department to make sure your plans conform to set of laws.
Installing a gas fireplace inserts.
1. Design and build your gas fireplace frame.
2. Bend out the nailing tabs at the sides of the gas fireplace inserts. Slide the unit into the frame until the tabs meet the framing, then center the unit inside the opening. Level the unit from side to side and front to back. Utilize thin sheet metal shims in making any adjustments. Measure at the sides and back of the unit to make certain the clearance requirements are met.
3. Dry fit the vent pieces. Fit the flared end of the very first vent section over the vent collars on top of the unit, aligning the inner and outer pipes for the vent using the matching collars. Shove straight down over the vent until it snaps into position over the lugs on the outside of your collar. Yank up about the vent somewhat to make sure it's locked into position.
4. Fasten the 90 elbow so that the free end points in the direction of the outside wall. Horizontal vent runs must slope upward ¼ inch per foot. If your vent includes extra horizontal sections leading from the elbow, adjust the vent pieces and elbow to follow the specified slope. Trace the circumference of the elbow end onto the wall. Remove the vent from your unit, and set it aside. Having a long masonry bit and hammer drill, drill a series of holes just outside the marked circle, spacing them as close together as possible. Drill the holes right through the block. Carefully knock out the hole, using a masonry chisel and a hammer. Work inward from either side of your wall to make sure a clean cutout on the wall surfaces. Test fit the horizontal vent piece, and make any needed adjustments.
5. Reinstall the vertical vent section and elbow, locking the pieces together. Prepare the adjustable horizontal vent section by measuring from your elbow to the termination cap. Adjust the section to length, and secure the sliding pieces along with two sheet metal screws. Install the horizontal vent section and termination cap, following the manufacturer's directions. Seal across the cap perimeter with an approved caulk. As soon as the vent run is complete, fasten the gas fireplace unit into the framing by driving screws through the nailing tabs.
6. To make the gas connection, take off the lower grill from the front on your unit. Feed the gas supply pipe into the access hole on the side of the unit, and attach it into the manual shutoff valve, Tighten the connection with adjustable wrenches. Turn on the gas supply and check for leaks by brushing on a solution of soapy water. If you see bubbles, you've a leak. Shut down gas, tighten the connection, then retest before proceeding. Great job on the gas fireplace installation.