How to Stain Concrete: Adding Color to Cement Surfaces

 When deciding on flooring the homeowner now has several choices, you can use a more traditional flooring such as hardwood or tile or you can use concrete for a unique flooring. The advice below may seem straightforward, but it is following the directions and being diligent that provide the best results.

  1. Make sure the surface on which the stain will be applied is clean, free from unwanted defects, stains and markings and ready for coloration. When adding any translucent color to anything, the pattern and colors of the substrate will show through. It’s similar to applying a wood stain to a piece of wood with knots and wood grain. Concrete stain can actually highlight and intensify the variations found in the concrete — natural as well as man-made blemishes and markings.
  2. Use manufacturers’ color charts as a guide only. Because acid stains react differently to each type of surface, it is imperative to do a sample on the actual concrete or surface that is going to receive the treatment. The methods and timing for the sample installed should be the same as how the rest of the surface will be stained. Even though you may encounter variables during the onsite sample, it’s still the best way of predetermining how the stain will react with a specific substrate.
  3. If all concrete were the same, an exact application procedure could be developed. But that simply isn’t the case. Acid staining is as much art as function. You must understand the application technique as well as how much stain to apply. The installer’s experience and the skill level play an important role when choosing an acid-stain finish.

Potentially great jobs can turn into disasters because of improper application methods. Too little product won’t give complete coverage, nor will it etch the surface sufficiently to deeply deposit the color. Too much product can cause unwanted puddling and pooling, causing those areas to have too much color.

If you use the scrubbing method, remember to scrub with a natural flow and pattern. Otherwise, mop lines and obvious swirls may appear.

  1. Removing residue and neutralizing the surface is key to the success of an acid-stained concrete finish. Residue from the acid etching must be removed, and the surface should be neutralized to ensure proper adhesion of the sealant or coating system. Before it’s sealed, the surface is still subject to staining and damage at this point. Take care to thoroughly wet and neutralize the entire area to avoid boot prints, splashed residue marks and other man-made unnatural blemishes.
  2. Once the concrete is sufficiently dry, apply a sealant coating. Although the sealant is usually the last stage of installation, it must be done right; an improperly applied sealer system can show roller lines, leave lint and debris in the finish, or delaminate or flake off the surface. Experienced professionals can choose and apply the right sealer for the job, using techniques such as spraying, cross-hatch rolling, back rolling and buffing (in the case of a wax finish).

A lot of work goes into a stained concrete finish, and practice makes perfect. If you hire a professional, choose someone who has the skills that match the level of difficulty of the job at hand. Visit past work and talk to some of the former customers.

Even if you hire the best acid-stain concrete contractor in your area, his abilities will depend on the surface he’ll work with. It may not be possible to completely hide and blend in color on a badly stained and damaged concrete slab. The concrete slab is the decorative concrete artist’s canvas, so it must be kept clean and free from stains, spills, paint and other flaws. That will ensure that the finish will be everything you hoped for when you chose to use acid stain as a finish.

How to Buy a House with Bitcoin

You’ve seen it on the news, the interwebs and some of your friends may have even invested in it. But what is bitcoin exactly? Long answer short, it’s a cryptocurrency which does away with a central bank and uses encryption techniques to regulate funds. No third party is involved, so buyers and sellers can make transactions directly. Soon you will be able to use bitcoin to remodel you kitchen, bathrooms and homes.

How Does It Work?

Bitcoin is an internet-based, decentralized payment system. Each user has an anonymous address, and you can trace every bitcoin’s transaction history. It uses blockchain technology, a database that co-exists in several locations and is shared by the community. This structure makes it incredibly resilient because there is no central point of failure that can be attacked. If certain nodes of the network are attacked successfully, the other nodes in the network can adapt similarly to the human immune system adapting to a new virus.

How Is It Taxed?

Taxes depends on the country. In the U.S., the IRS stated they consider it property, and every transaction needs to be calculated as a capital gains tax. There are services out there to simplify the process.

How Do You Purchase?

You only need one thing — for two parties to agree on the transaction. Enthusiasts are purchasing a wide variety of items with their bitcoins, from pizzas to real estate.

The first real estate transaction was a single-family home in Austin, Texas. The seller wanted the bitcoins converted to dollars, so they used BitPay, a global bitcoin payment service provider, to complete the transaction. Bitcoin’s value fluctuates every day, so the risk is on the buyer’s side since the seller agreed to a fixed dollar amount.

The pros of buying real estate with bitcoin is that once everything is signed, the transaction completion time takes 10 minutes to a day depending on network congestion. Think about that for a second — no need for the banking system. You can pay for the house, the realtor and anyone else at the same time.

However, make sure you trust the second party if you’re thinking of buying into real estate. If you want to reverse the transaction due to any litigation, then you need both parties to be compliant. Bitcoin transactions are not reversible.

You can’t buy a house with a mortgage payment — yet. Ethereum, a cryptocurrency similar to bitcoin, is one built on making smart contracts. I envision having open-sourced mortgage contracts that parties would interface rather than using the traditional contract. Smart contracts are self-enforcing mediums, so no third party is necessary once the mortgage contract is cryptographically signed.

How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

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Do you find popcorn ceiling to be unattractive? Do you want to remove the popcorn ceiling? There are several ways to alleviate this issue, you can use Styrofoam tiles or wood planks to cover it or you can scrape it off then paint or add a beautiful mosaic wall tile. Follow out step by step instructions and watch the ceilings transform.

Step 1: Prep the Room

Remove furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, you’ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy cleanup after you’re done.

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How to Remove Wallpaper (The Easy Way)

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Let’s face it… if you buy a house with out of date wallpaper, chances are, that’ll be the first thing you want off of the walls. Before you apply paint, tile or a different wall-covering, you may have a little work to do. if you are lucky you will only have wallpaper in a couple of places, bedroom or bathroom; if in the kitchen it can be a bit cumbersome working around appliances. Removing old wallpaper is not that difficult, especially if you follow these simple instructions.

Identify your wall type:

  • Plaster: it’s found mostly in homes that are more than 50 years old. In plaster walls, wood lath is nailed to the wood-framed walls and covered with two or three coats of plaster. These walls are more solid and sound dull if you knock on them.
  • Drywall: It’s been used in homes for the past 50 years or so. Drywall is a sheet of chalk-like substance covered with a lightweight cardboard. These sheets are nailed over wood-framed walls and have a hollow sound when you knock on them. Drywall is more delicate than plaster, so you will need to be sure to not damage the cardboard facing when using a wallpaper scraping tool.

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How to Install Vinyl Siding

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Updating your home whether it is a kitchen or bathroom update or replacing that old siding the rewards can be tremendous. Siding it the first thing that anyone sees when they look at your home. Sometimes you aren’t totally in love with your siding or sometimes you just want a different look for your house. While it is always smart to call on a professional to do siding, if you are trying to save money and are willing to learn and keep adjusting your work, by all means install the vinyl siding yourself. Lucky for you, if you choose vinyl siding, you’ll be choosing one of the most durable types of home exterior cladding AND installation is fairly straightforward and an easy process.

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How to Prep a Wall for New Plumbing

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At some point in every home you will have to fix a leak or update the sink and fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen and that will require you to change the plumbing. If you live in a colder climate you might think about changing that old copper and pvc pipes for pex; pex expands in the cold to accommodate the weather which means no more busted water pipes. Replacing the pipes is a big job but with the right tools and plenty or prep you can be a DYI king or queen!
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How to Budget for a Remodel

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When it comes to home improvements, knowing what you want is the easy part, the tougher part is figuring out how much you can afford. All renovations can add up rather quickly. It is very important for you to budget accurately before you start any type of remodel. There are four steps that you will want to follow in order to calculate how much remodel you can afford: ballpark the cost, establish a spending limit, get quotes from contractors, and set your priorities.

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How to Change an Air Conditioning Filter

9e7c34ccfc469bb38c72197014ca0a43The air filter’s job is to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC equipment. You’d be amazed how much builds up on there in a very short amount of time. Just think about the air quality in your area and how much grim can accumulate on your floors, countertop and appliances if you didn’t clean the filter for a month… That’s how much debris is clogging your air filter, and mush more if you haven’t remembered to change the AC filter in a while. Don’t know how to change your AC filter? Don’t fret or look anywhere else. Here are 5 simple (and quick) steps to change your AC filter.

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How to Install a Toilet

515bdcea8fe1e93905351d43cb36b9edAre you in need of a toilet replacement, but don’t want to spend the money on buying a new toilet and hiring someone to put it in for you? Fear not, below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to install your new toilet to complete your bathroom.

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How to Reduce Your Utility Bill For 2017

 

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With the rising cost of your energy bills everyone is looking at your existing heating and cooling unit to make sure it is the correct size you’re your home and possibly replace it or even update your appliances. Not everyone has the funds or time to make those big changes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your home more energy efficient. Continue reading →