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roof leaks

As one of the most important parts of your house, maintaining the roof on your house properly is of high priority. There are various problems that might damage your roof throughout the years. One of the problems that might occur is a leak or several leaks in the roof. Roof leaks can be caused by several common factors. This article will discuss the different types of leaks you may come across and what tools you’ll need to fix them.

First off, in order to repair the parts of the roof that are leaking, you will need several types of materials and tools. Some of the materials that you might need for this task include metal flashing, roof caulk, siding caulk, roof nails, rubber-washer screws, roof vents, and plumbing boots. This can get a bit expensive so you may want to call a professional roofing company to get everything done efficiently and correct. If you still want to continue, you might also need several tools such as hammer, caulk gun, cordless drill and driver, flashlight, pry bar, putty knife, and tin snips. You may also need a garden hose in order to find the location of the leaks more easily.

One of the most common types of leaks is the one that appears on plumbing vent boots. Plumbing vent boots could be made of various types of materials ranging from plastic to metal. Another one of the most common factors that might cause a leak in the roof is leaking that occurs at the joints. This type of leak is usually caused by cracked or worn rubber around the boots. Besides a leak at the joint, another type of leak that might occur on the roof is leaking along the flashing. This type of leak is usually caused by corrosion. Step flashing is another part of the roof that might cause a leak. If you find any cracks or rust on the flashing, you might need to replace this part with the new one.

Lastly, some other types of leaks that are commonly found on the roof are leaks that appear on the roof vents. Roof vents are usually made of plastic that could be cracked due to temperature and climate. This crack is considered one of the main causes of roof leaks. Remember, keep a look out and if you can’t fix it yourself, call a professional.

paint color scheme4We all know that one crucial aspect of interior decoration design is color. The color has huge role to create atmosphere and mood. The right color combination can create a visually appealing decoration while in contrary, wrong color choices and combination means total disaster. Let’s face it that choosing color combination is really sophisticated and it requires knowledge, expertise, and also intuition to find the perfect combination.

Most people tend to choose their favorite color as the dominant color but how to combine it with complementary colors is the big issue. When you have enough budget, hiring a professional interior designer can easily fix this issue but with limited budget, you need to deal with it yourself. For those who are doing DIY interior decoration project and having issues with color scheme, these tips can be really useful. Choosing a certain color can be a good start and you need to apply it on certain focal point like walls, curtains, or furniture. You can use the color wheel to choose three versions of the color: light, medium, and light to be applied on those focal points. It won’t be difficult to get a color wheel. You can find it online and every paint store has it.


paint color schemeThe next thing to do is to choose opposite monochromatic color to give the accent. This accent can prevent the sameness that creates boring mood. Don’t be afraid to choose two very opposite colors because it could create a good combination. Always choose dark, medium, and light versions of a certain color and apply it in various combination to create harmony between one features to another. Another important factor is every color has mood. What kind of color to choose must be congruent with the mood you want for the certain room. For example cool color is perfect choice for bedroom or bathroom and it creates cozy mood while warm color tends to bring excitement makes it perfect for kitchen or living room.




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With the revolving of the Earth around its tilted axis, and suns going up and suns going down, you are right to realize that just around the corner is the most beloved and cherished holiday in all of May: Mother’s Day. Everyone’s got a mother somewhere, it’s the one thing we all have in common “My readers know that I’m very much into the outdoors. I love to hike, I adore camping, and the beach… oh the beach. However, I don’t have time to get away every weekend, and while I wish I could hop in the car and take myself into the wilderness, sometimes I need to bring the wilderness to me. I don’t have a huge yard, but last summer I decided to make my little plot of outdoor space meet its true potential.


DIY 9-1Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes. It goes pretty well with my other favorite pastime, eating. So my first ambition was to make a beautiful vegetable garden that surrounds a small dining area. I planted tomatoes, beets, some lettuces and an array of beautiful flowers to keep it all together. While this sounds like a crazy project, it really wasn’t. It took me just a few weekends to accomplish this little experiment, and it turned out great. Now I can hang out with my friends and lean over and pluck a ripe cherry tomato right off the vine. The thing is, once I got this project started, I really couldn’t stop. I was hooked on having the best backyard around.



DIY 9-2I have an orange tree in my backyard. It’s the only tree in my backyard, and it yields the most fantastic fruits I’ve ever had. I have a fruit picker, and while I love to use it, it’s not always the easiest thing. Marry that to my lifelong dream to build a tree house, and an idea was born. I decided to build a modest staircase that reaches up to the top of the tree, using the branches for support. For this, I needed to get some tools so I went online and got the perfect ladder at collapsible ladder  and I researched the other tools I would need at The DIY Outlet and found everything I needed at a great price. Now I have a little fort about half way up the tree. I can climb up to it and pick as many oranges as I’d like! It’s an amazing place for me to go up and read, and if I position myself just right, it’s almost like I’m way out in the wilderness. It’s just like I’m camping with my friends! It’s strong enough for me to go up there with my son and even play a couple of hands of gin rummy, just like I used to do with my grandfather.
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Creating a little oasis like this wasn’t hard. It did take a couple of weekends, but with the help of my family, it felt more like quality time than work. We all learned a lot about team-work and I think my son learned a valuable lesson about following through with a plan. I would write more to help you get inspired about working on your own lawn, but my garden and my fresh oranges await. There’s also a deck of cards on the outside table and a little fella waiting to play.