Choosing Fixtures

Renovating and re-decorating around your house is probably one of the most important things you will ever have to do when it comes to big purchase in your life because it is definitely an investment. Once I decided to purchase this house, I knew that I would have to take it upon myself to stay on the latest renovation ideas on the forefront. So, when the time came to replace the fixtures in my kitchen, I knew that I would have to do my homework and really narrow down the field with those that I could really stand having for many years. I know that it can be a time-consuming process, so I took the liberty of asking as many of my friends and co-workers for their advice and luckily I was able to thoroughly narrow down the field. Now I take it upon myself to advise readers on faucets for their home.


Of course, if you know nothing about picking a new faucet, you are lucky in that there are a ton of resources online available to help you. Choose any site, click a few times, and within seconds you are privy to more information than you possibly could have bargained for about a kitchen faucet. From there, you have to determine what are your preferences and then if you have any styling issues that must be addressed. Now that I know how to take care of any renovation or repair projects in my house, I do not get nervous when I have to possibly unclog a sink as I have already done it before and it was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be.


Choosing Your Kitchen Faucet

Man fixing the faucet

You want to make a wise decision about your faucet since it will be one of the most used parts of your home. Find out the exact specifications of your kitchen faucet down to the number of holes that are needed for installation, and be prepared with all of your tools so that the installation process can go as seamlessly as possible.

Measuring Faucet Reach and Size

Measurement of a faucet

You want to check all aspects of the faucet before you order or you may be returning some things. The faucet should be the right height and width or else you could possibly end up with splashing water all over the floor every time the faucet is used. You should measure the area from the backsplash to the faucet, and then you will be able to estimate better all the other measurements.


The term center spread refers to the distance from the hole’s center to the hole to the farthest hole’s center on the other side. Know these terms before getting in too deep and you will save yourself from headaches as you try to narrow down the field of contenders. For me, I know that at the end of the day, it is a combination of perfect measurements and aesthetics that will make or break the overall look of my renovated kitchen with these new faucets.

The Morning Porch

I love to spend so much time in my kitchen and mine comes with a porch area that previously was an area reserved for the lady of the house to start her day with breakfast and read. But now it is all weathered up but I want to rejuvenate the area from its current weathered state and bring it back to life. That has now become one of my latest projects and in order to ensure that I do it right, I have been relying on friends family to give me all the tips and advice necessary to pull off this project without a hitch. I know restoration can be a tricky process, but I know if done right, the end result can be something that I am truly proud of and I will then be spending lots of time on my small porch all to myself.


After taking a fresh look at my current porch, I had family members that gave me some more information on decking and told me that it doesn’t last forever, so that if I wanted to replace it, I would have to do my best to maintain the natural beauty of whatever wood I decided to choose. Next, I asked even more of my friends and they gave me a list of the supplies I would likely need.


Fasteners and Supports

Deck screws and fixings picture

Deck repair, from what I have been told, should begin from the ground and upwards. So, the first thing I did was check the beams that were underneath which support the deck. Mine was in good shape, but once you replace yours, you should look and ensure that the posts are not sinking because that means you will have to replace using concrete deck supports. You can use a high-lift jack if you need to support the beam. If you find that a few of the boards are twisted and do not lie flat any longer, screw all of them down using screws that are 4 inches in length.


Splits and Cracks

Wood crack picture


It is just a natural part of the process that cracks develop on decks and eventually, they will have to be replaced. As decks expand and contract, you may have to invest in caulk to hide these and ensure that it matches the color of the laid wood. But you may find that some of the splits and cracks can be bonded and clamped back together.


Preparing the Surface

Of course, before you do anything, you will have to prepare the surface by getting everything smooth and sanded. If you need to sand over the caulked areas, do so with caution and pay attention to all of the edges. For areas that are slightly splintered, be prepared to use a chisel. By the end of the renovation, you want a deck that not only looks better but functions in such an optimal way that you won’t have to worry about replacing it again for a number of years.