If your home improvement project involves drywall, insulation, painting or flooring, you’ll want to make sure the job is done right. Use these six tips and ideas to help ensure that it gets done with as little frustration as possible.
1. Choose the right grit for sanding drywall. Different individuals have their own strategies that require different abrasion levels for sanding drywall. Remember that the coarser the grit that is used, the more evident the tracking is going to be. Anything less than 120 grit should be used rather gently to prevent surface scratches. The average grit used is 100 as this is enough to sand the mud compound effectively and will decrease the chance of scratching. Some may use a medium 80 grit, but this is more rare as it takes a great deal more work.
2. Whenever drywall work has been done, change your HVAC filters. Sheetrock dust can cause significant harm to your HVAC system, therefore it ought to be kept in check as much as possible by changing the furnace and ac filters so that they are fresh, clean, and minimizing the dust flowing through.
3. Use carpet or wooden flooring in the bedroom. Your bedroom should have a warm and comforting feel – something that tile, vinyl, stone (like marble or granite), linoleum can rarely accomplish (particularly when you step out of bed during the cold months). Carpeting is great for a bedroom because it is soft and feels pleasant to step down upon when you’re getting up. Hardwood is a great option if you don’t want carpet because of the natural, warm feeling it brings a room.underfoot.
4. Insulate the rest of your residence. Wherever possible, add additional insulation to your home. If you’re already taking flooring or ceilings out, go ahead and take the opportunity to add some more padding. Flooring makes it possible for 15 percent of your heating or cooling to escape, while walls can lose close to 35 percent.
5. Use a plastic bag to line your paint tray. Cleaning paint trays is often a nuisance and a time intensive effort. By lining yours with a plastic bag, when you’re done, you can simply invert the bag and pitch it in the trash, saving an enormous amount of cleanup time and effort.
6. Consider demolition to be its own project. Just as you think of plumbing, electrical work, or new kitchen cabinetry installation to be a project, so should you think of the demolition that way. It’s something that needs to be budgeted, prepared for, and concluded before you proceed to the next step. Don’t just think of it as prep work for something else. Give it its own attention and focus. This will help to ensure that you do it right, save money by making the right choices for it (without simply lumping it in with other projects) and save time by scheduling it independently.