Home repairs


(from the French remonte) in its original sense means the process of repairing the destroyed, rebuilding or fixing something. House repair is a complex process that affects many types of work, including the installation (replacement) of windows and doors, the decoration of walls (wallpapering, painting, tiling, etc.), the replacement of wiring and water supply pipes, the repair of roofs and floors and etc.

There are major and cosmetic repairs. Overhaul is the carrying out of global works to eliminate the physical and moral deterioration of the building’s structures, improve its overall condition and safety. It can mean the reconstruction of a building or part of it. Cosmetic repair is carrying out of local, insignificant on the organization of works for putting in order of the general kind and easy change of design (pasting wall-paper of a wall, painting, a label of ceiling tiles, etc.). Let’s consider some questions arising during the repair of the house.

For repair it is better to choose a private specialist on the recommendation of acquaintances.

A private specialist (even if he is not alone) can hardly carry out all the stages of necessary repairs. This method is the most economical, but not the best. It is difficult for one person or a handful of people to keep up with modern building technologies, so we can not expect a grandiose solution from them. Although in the case of cosmetic repairs, this choice is often justified. You can contact the repair and construction company. This, of course, is fraught with costs, but there are pluses. Firms have qualified specialists in various fields, which is a guarantee of quality on the whole front of the work. In addition, in good firms, engineering control is carried out. In any case, it is worth asking for recommendations from the firm and looking at the projects that they have already implemented. Observe the main rule: if you are told that this specialist knows everything – stay away from him.

Workers who covered the roof with slate, are to blame for the fact that it is leaking.

Of course, on the one hand, leakage can be the result of incorrect laying technology and poor-quality work. But on the other hand, we must take into account the specifics of the material. With regard to slate builders say: “We are waiting for the first rain.” Strange as it may seem, this material, which is strong at first glance, often breaks with the first rain, as a result of which there is a leak. Therefore, when concluding a contract with the builders, look, that it provides for the correction of such situations.

Modern laminate and parquet are unstable to water.

Despite the fact that many firms claim that their products stand the flood, in reality everything turns out differently. After exposure to water, the laminate and parquet are swollen, forming hard-to-remove waves on the floor. Therefore, when choosing these coatings, you should pay attention to the humidity of the rooms and the methods of cleaning in them.

Building materials need to be purchased before repair.

In our time, the construction market is very rich. Of course, you can buy “in reserve” in case you are expected to take off. But where is the guarantee that you will buy the material exactly as much as you need. Moreover, if you order repairs to people, and do not do it yourself, consult with the performers. They will help you make the right choice, calculate the necessary amount of materials. As a result, you get rid of the fear of lack of materials on the one hand and the storage of purchased leftovers on the other. There is one more factor that contradicts the preliminary purchase of materials – this is a fashion that changes every day. You can completely fall behind it with this approach.

When creating bulk floors, the thickening mixture can be diluted with water.

When preparing the mortar, you must withstand clear proportions of the mixture. Adding water will cause its excess, therefore, reduce the strength of the screed and cause cracks in hardening. If the diluted mixture begins to thicken, you just have to mix it.Remember: you must clearly calculate the amount of the mixture that will need to be consumed. It is necessary to familiarize yourself with the instructions and to know the time of solidification of the solution (as a rule, it varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour). The room should be filled in one go.

It does not matter which electrical appliances are installed in the house.

First, the instruments differ in terms of efficiency. The most economical are the A and B marks on the background of the black arrow, the standard ones are C and D, and the device with the E marking indicates the extravagance in the consumption of electricity. In addition, there is an index of protection of electrical appliances (IP), which shows the protection of the device from moisture and dust. This is especially important for outlets and switches in rooms with high humidity and dusty rooms.

Linoleum should not be placed in sunny rooms.

Linoleum should not be placed in rooms where direct sunlight hits the floor. It can emit a specific smell and lose color. On the other hand, it is harmful to supercool it – it becomes fragile and breaks down the fold.

GVL and GKL are suitable for finishing bathrooms.

These materials are created on the basis of gypsum and are destroyed with constant moisture penetration. Therefore, their application for bathroom finishing is irrational, it is necessary to choose more durable waterproof materials.

Foamed linoleum is a good solution for frequently visited premises and office.

The service life of linoleum depends on the thickness of the top PVC protective layer. If linoleum is taken for office premises, then it should have a coating of increased wear resistance (a protective layer of at least 0.7 mm). Otherwise, its surface will be damaged by elements of furniture (legs of the sofa, armchairs, etc.), heels – pins, other influences.

The house can be hung from the outside with plastic panels.

The plastic panels do not withstand frost and strong wind, are very brittle and are not intended for outdoor work. Want to sew the house – use special resistant materials, for example, siding.

Ceramic tiles can be glued to a painted surface.

According to the technology, the base under the tile must be strong, even, cleaned from dust, dirt, oil and emulsion paint. If you have not removed the paint, there is no guarantee that the tiles glued to you after a while will not begin to move away from the wall. It is better to be safe and prepare the wall for tiles according to all the rules.

Wallpaper can change the space of your home.

A low room will appear higher if the wallpaper is single-color or with vertical stripes. The high room looks low if you use wallpaper with horizontal stripes or a large pattern, or a combination of two different wallpapers separated by a border. A small room looks more spacious, if you choose a light wallpaper, you can with a small picture. A large room will become more comfortable if you use wallpaper with large ornaments, or choose darker colors.

Linoleum can shrink.

Indeed, linoleum often shrinks. Therefore, it is better not to fix the linoleum on the day of layout, but to let him lie down for a while (somewhere 2-3 days). In addition, it is recommended to roll it up with jute before packing and then roll it out.

Water-based paint with the addition of color changes color after drying.

After drying, the water-based acrylic paint with the color added to it has a lighter shade than that seen by a person when applied to a wall. Given this feature, the color of the paint when agitating should be slightly juicier than the desired result.

It does not matter which direction the roller moves when painting walls.

In general, the direction of the role does not play. But the last movement by a roller on the wall is desirable to be carried from the bottom up. In this case, the possibility of smudges decreases and the probability that a thicker layer of paint will appear in the lower part of the wall.

On the surface of the parquet there were whitish influxes, therefore a substandard varnish was used.

It’s not as a varnish. Inundations of this kind suggest that moisture was applied to the newly applied lacquer (there may be a high humidity in the room). In addition, the lacquer could be applied in a cold state, or the temperature of the floor surface was too low.

Before gluing the wallpaper, the walls must be fully plastered.

It all depends on the type of wallpaper. If the walls are pasted with dense wallpaper, or wallpaper with a relief structure, then small irregularities and flaws under them will not be visible. And if thin wallpaper is used for pasting (especially light shades), then most likely all wall errors and unsplit places will shine through or protrude.

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