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Home Repair

Replacing Flooring From The 1970s

When it comes to new floors these days there are far many more options available to you than there were even just three decades ago. One example of this is laminate tiles, it is now in widespread use today, yet could not even have been dreamt of in the 70’s, when the main type of wooden flooring was parquet block flooring that was put down with bitumen. Indeed at this time even solid wooden planking to cover over floorboards was a long way off.
The problem was with this type of wooden block flooring is that it was put down to stay down with the bitumen making it virtually impossible to remove, certainly not without major damage.
Around the same time vinyl flooring was also very popular with changes to production methods meaning that a far wider range of colours and patterns became available, and thus vinyl flooring and tiles became far more popular, however again the problem was that it was put down with glue so strong that it is a mammoth task to remove, often taking far longer to remove the old vinyl than to put down the new floor.
Indeed in many older properties both these types of flooring are so time consuming to remove that they are often covered over with the new flooring be it carpet, laminate or another layer of vinyl.
However if you do want to remove the flooring you will ideally need to call in a specialist to remove it, as if you just prise up the older parquet wooden flooring then you will find that the surface of the floor is covered in irregularly shaped pieces of bitumen that will need the use of solvents or a floor sander to make the surface smooth enough to put down any other form of flooring. Although carpet underlay will remove a lot of imperfections, with any other form of flooring such as vinyl or laminate flooring then anything other than a perfectly smooth surface may cause problems. In particular any remaining lumps of bitumen will begin to show through any vinyl floor laid over them.
In either case you may find it far easier to place the new covering over the old one as it may cost a substantial amount to take the old floor up.
Ironically original 1970’s wooden block flooring is now sought after and considered retro, resulting in wooden flooring manufacturers now making replica flooring which true to the 1970’s original wooden flooring and much like modern solid wood, is very hard wearing.…

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Basement Remodeling

Finding The Best Gym Equipment For The Home Environment

Most of the people nowadays are seeking to create their own home gym as they wish to avoid the overcrowded environment and the regular lines which is found in the public gym. This is normally a brilliant idea as it would aid in expediting your workout experience and provide an environment which is available at any time of the day without concern over time or driving to another location. When you’re looking to create your own workout environment there are several opportunities available, but you want to make sure you have the right equipment to maximize your workout experience. When you start your workout design, some of the very best tools to start with are found with bumper plates and squat racks.
Free-weights are a vital component of any personal gym when an individual has any aspiration to build muscle and tone the body. When you look at your free-weight opportunities, no other product could provide you with the advantages of bumper plates. With bumper plates you’ll discover a quality product which comes in a variety of weights and is designed to prevent damage to its home environment. When you are building a home gym the feature of safety and home preservation are usually important considerations with your gym equipment. Additionally, several bumper plates come with the option to personalize your weights. This personalization is a one of a kind feature to bumper plates and as a home gym you could get your name on the weights or a personal motto to provide continuous inspiration.
With the use of free-weights such as bumper plates you ought to even make sure you have the equipment you need to support your bumper plate exercises. A major example of this requirement is found with the utilization of squat racks. Squat racks are a form of equipment that will take most of the dangers out of a crucial form of exercise.
Squat exercises require the lifting of large quantities of weight over your head and the squat rack allows you to elevate that weight without jeopardizing your head, back or spine. Additionally, it features safety features which would catch the weight if you exceed your strengths ability and latches to easily lock in the weight when your workout is concluded. Squat racks are one of the many important stations an individual should have in their home gym.
Although not every home has the space for all the equipment like bumper plates and squat racks so there are all inclusive opportunities like the power rack. The power rack is a device which is similar to a squat rack but provides additional workout options to aid condense your workout demands. Whilst this device is normally higher in price, the all in one feature for a homeowner with a confined space makes the power rack well worth the investment.…