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Kitchen Renovation

Should You Install a Shower Stall?

Most homes in America have a bathtub that doubles as a shower. Not that many homes have a separate shower stall and a separate bathtub. You may be remodeling your bathroom and feel that it would be a nice option to have a separate shower stall rather than a combined shower/bath.
Your first consideration when thinking of installing a separate shower stall in addition to your bathtub is whether you have enough room. If you are doing a major bathroom remodel then you can plan it down on paper, all the measurements of the various items like the shower, bath, toilet and cabinets so that you can fit these items in your bathroom.
If you’re not doing a major bathroom remodel, you’ll have to evaluate any spare space you have in the bathroom, measure it up, and do some research to find a shower stall with those dimensions that will fit easily into the bathroom.
Once you have your measurements for your new shower stall it’s time to go shopping. You can find complete shower stalls at most home improvement stores. These usually come with a molded shower floor and walls and the shower door. These all in one shower stalls are quite easy to install as everything you need is built into it.
However you may want to make use of the tiles you’ve already got laid on your bathroom floor and use those as the shower floor. You’d obviously have to put in a drain and build up the sides of the area to create the base of the shower, and then buy some sliding doors to finish it off.
This entails a lot more work than just buying the all in one shower stall, so it comes down to weighing up the amount of money you have to spend versus the amount of time you have to build a shower from the ground up yourself, or have it done for the professionally.…

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Kitchen Remodel

Consider a Jetted Bath Tub For the Luxury You Deserve

A jetted bath tub is certainly worth a look if you are considering replacing your old conventional bathtub as part of your bathroom remodel.
Jetted bathtubs are revolutionizing bathroom decor when it comes to designs and accessories. Not do they incorporate modern designs, but some even come with features such as inline heaters, digital sound, whirl pool jets and much more.Installation is simple and easy and you are able to connect them to any standard plumbing fixture. There are also walk in jetted bath tubs which are superb for people with handicaps. Included with some designs are steam showers as well as steam rooms. When using a jetted bath tub as a bathroom remodel you then have a complete home spa where you can pamper yourself in the privacy of your own home at any time.
As opposed to a conventional bathtub a jetted tub is far deeper and has multiple jets and bubbles and the shower heads give the same effect as a hydro massage. The jets of water will massage you neck, shoulders and your feet all at the same time which I must tell you is a heavenly experience and while you are enjoying this ultimate luxury you can play some soft relaxing music in the background and enjoy a cocktail.
An easy effective and enjoyable way to design your new bathroom is to go online whereby you will find an easy self design program which allows you to design your bathroom yourself. You can add and subtract at your leisure for instance there is a pallet that has different cupboard designs, and another that has the jetted bath tub designs, and pallets with flooring, tiles, colors, mirrors, windows and virtually everything you would need to create your own design.
Obviously you would need to type in the exact measurements of your existing bathroom and once the program has established the size it will give you a floor plan with those exact measurements and all you need to is click on the pallets and begin designing your bathroom. Once you are satisfied with your design the program will allow you to view the completed model. This plan can be saved and passed onto your contractor. Using a jetted spa hot tub in your bathroom remodeling plans while revamping the bathroom could not be easier.
Once your jetted bath tub has been installed along with all the additional features and spa accessories, all you need do is lie back in your jetted tub, relax and consider how good life really is. All that time knowing that installing a jetted bath tub was the best decision you could make in your bathroom remodel.…

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House Improvements

Basic Flat Roof Leak Repair in Simple Terms

The simple fact is that at some point in everyone’s life we will all have to contend with a roof leak, and the resulting roof repair job. There’s just no getting around it, even if one doesn’t have to do the actual work themselves. After all, most roofing contractors do repair work.
What About Roof Repair for the Do it Yourselfer?
But what about if your roof springs a leak, and you either don’t have the money to hire a professional, or are simply unwilling to pay their high fee? In this case, if you don’t know someone who’s willing to climb up on your roof for you, you’re going to have to do the work yourself.
Step One is to Find the Leak
So step one, is to find the leak, and you may be surprised by how far water can travel once it finds its way through a crack in the roof. You see, the felt or tar paper is three feet wide, and the plywood that the building is sheeted with comes in 4 x 8 sheets.
Water Can Travel Under a Flat Roof
What this means, is that the water stain on your ceiling can be as much as 11 feet from where the actual leak is. Now 11 feet is definitely on the extreme end, but just the same, you can expect to locate a leak on a flat roof at least a few feet away from where the water is entering a building.
Pooling Water is Definitely Not Good
Another place to look for problems is low areas of a flat roof, where water is pooling after it rains. Often roof joists, or even trusses settle or warp to cause dips in a flat roof, and water that pools in them will eventually find its way through, unless it dries out.
The Old Stand-By Roof Patching Compound
So after you’ve located the source of your leak, the next step of course is to patch it, and today there is a huge range of products available for the task. Now there is the old stand-by plastic roof patching compound, and no doubt about it, but that it is effective. It’s even more effective if the roof patch is applied with fiberglass mesh in a three layer system that roofers call “three-coursing”.
Amazing EPDM Liquid Rubber
Still yet, if a building owner has a little more money to spend, there are several EPDM products available that not only do a much better job of patching roof leaks, but they also last longer. EPDM liquid rubber for instance can be literally poured and rolled into low lying areas to form a water tight seal that will contain water for up to a year.…