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August 17, 2005
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Invest in your Nest in 2005

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IN THIS MONTHS ISSUE: August 2005

This month's issue of Home Improve E-zine is late! - 2 days in fact and for that we apologise, especially to all our readers who were waiting for final information to help them finish their deck project...

However, we are not late because we have been lying on the beach or just taking time off... oh no, it's been much more exciting than that...

We were busy preparing an article which we were putting together by popular demand - from our readers who had trouble finding a good solid double bed that they could get into confined loft or basement spaces, one they could make themselves - could be transported up and down stairs and be quickly dismountable and easily assembled.

We initially thought that we could cover this in one or two articles with a few photographs and illustrations with measurements but... this "mini" project took on a life of it's own and developed into an incredible 18 photos and 5 detailed illustrations which we are incorporated over 5 brand new articles to really give our readers the know on how to easily make their own totally versatile - quality loft bed.

As readers of Home Improve e-zine - you do of course get first access to these new articles - don't forget that this is a quality bed that is way good enough to go in any bedroom in your home... so enjoy!

So lets see what we have for you this month...

Finishing your Deck

It's not too late to start to build now and still be able to enjoy your own deck this summer. This months home improvement newsletter covers the last stages of building a ground level deck but you can still access back issues to get the full picture...

Build a Loft Bed

If you have been toiling hard with an attic remodeling project or loft conversion we bring you by popular demand a loft bed plan - this is a free loft bed plan which is an easy make - can be put together in under five minutes and is of such a quality that could be used anywhere in your home.

Extensive Home Improvement Show in September List

September is a really BIG month for home improvement shows, out list is extensive - from any search engine if you type in "home improvement show in ........" (whichever month!) and you will find our updated home show listings...

so don't miss the home improvement show lists for September to make sure you get to attend any event near you.

Enjoy your home improvements and as always, it's safety first with all the planning, measuring and time you need to work well.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
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  • Questions & Answers
  • Out TIP TOP TIP
  • Your Home Improvement Calender - August, 2005
  • Building a Deck Design Part 4...
  • Loft Bed Plan - how to build a loft bed
  • Home Improvement Show Calender for September 2005...
  • In Next Months Issue...
  • Welcome New Subscribers
  • Copyright, Subscription info

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Q & A

Thank's again for all your messages - we received lots of mail complimenting the illustrations we provided to help explain the different stages of the deck building process.

These new articles seem to have answered your questions except for a very interesting question we received which is totally related to this month's final stage in your deck building project...

  • I have heard that we have to clean a new wood deck before sealing, can you explain why?

Thank you for the question - let me answer it for you right not so that you can get on with the rest of our deck building course...

Decking timber should have been pressure treated and cut to size before it is on sale to you, the result is that the pores in the surface are filled with fine shavings and dust which will prevent your staining deck sealer from penetrating properly deep into the surface.

A wood cleaner brushed into the surface and then hosed off will solve this problem and give you a better more even finish with your stain and/or sealer - but remember to let the wood totally dry out first before you apply.

Please keep the questions coming in so that I can answer them next month or even sooner on the Web site - E-zine Contribution

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OUR TIP TOP TIPS

  • Using a combined stain and sealer to add tone and protection for your wood will give you the best results if you are using southern pine timber to build your deck.

  • Using a "pump sprayer" will help speed up the work, make it much easier to give you a nice even finish and help save you from backache.

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Your Home Improvement Calender (For clarity we are working on June = Summer and December = winter )

August - September 2005

If you started your project in your free time - over weekends to give you a great start for when you actually had real home improvement time - you may have finished - you will certainly be able to envisage the results by now.

This is when you will be planning finishing touches and the all important furniture to really make a home of your new build.

Lets check our August list for progress

Plans - You probably haven't looked at these for ages - you should have the real thing in front of you - so let's move on... (take a look at our back issues for tips)

Home Improvement Financing Tips:

Changes are often made throughout a project for many reasons - for example your materials may have been held up or you found a better option (usually more expensive!) - you may have discovered hidden problems during the build which you had to deal with before you could continue.

It's important to be flexible - to a degree - and one of the best ways is to get home improvement financing from a source that will also be flexible to meet your construction needs.

An established company will be more experienced and more understanding, they will also provide you with someone at the end of the telephone who can relate to your changing circumstances and be able to offer you options.

That's why it is so important to go for a great deal with a respected company rather than the cheapest you can find.

Contractors

If you are using a contractor both you and he are probably able to see the light at the end of the tunnel - it is still important for you to keep daily contact and make sure that all the little details towards the end of the job are completed satisfactorily.

Part payment will have been made as work progressed and you won't pay the final amount until everything is finished and the area of the site is completely cleared away and cleaned.

It is important to keep both your and your contractors focus on YOUR project as the days count down - his mind may drift onto his next project down the road - it's still time to keep the kettle on.

If you have met an especially good contractor and would recommend him or her - why not let us know who it is and a little about your project experience, we will post it on our Web site and let the world know...

Share Your Home Improvement Experiences here: E-zine Contribution

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Building a Deck Design Part 4

(If you missed Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 you can still catch up with our links to "past issues" at the END of this newsletter)

Part FOUR
Laying Deck Boards & Finishing Touches

As we have already finished the under-construction for your attached low profile deck - we are all set to lay the decking.

Depending on your supplier and the size of the deck you are building to suit your home - you may or may not have to cut your lumber to size.

If you do cut ANY of your wood, for example if you are trimming ends so that all boards lie flush - please always remember to seal the new ends - immediately after the cut - to keep bugs out of your wood.

If you can't find decking boards long enough to cover the entire length of your deck then you should stagger the placement of the butt ends for stronger surface construction.

Measuring, marking and pre-drilling screw holes will help keep your wood intact so that it doesn't split.

As we are building an attached deck you should start laying your first decking board flush with the house and work out from there.

Don't forget to leave an even gap between each board -

one eigth of an inch should be enough to allow your wood to expand and contract throughout the seasons and let any rain water drain off.

Decking boards should be secured in place onto your under-construction joists with corrosion resistant deck screws with your screw gun.

Now! your decking boards are in place - any ends trimed and sealed and it looks finished - but it's not quite - you should now prepare the surface and seal the entire new deck ready for wear and tear.

This is also an opportune moment to stain the wood if you want to, i.e. if you have NOT used Redwood or Cedar decking boards - you can now get the same look with a whole range of wood stain colors and tones to choose from.

For final finishing touches please take a look at Staining Deck Options

and for furnishing your deck - we have put together some ideas for you at Deck and Patio Furniture Tips

Related Information Deck Design Idea and Links to all our other deck building articles...

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Our Small Project for August

The Ultimate Loft Bed Plan

By popular demand from all our home improvement loft converters and basement developers - our small project for this month is a free loft bed plan.

This is a full size loft bed - that is very stable - a double bed that would grace any bedroom but because it can be put together from individual pieces in about 5 minutes - it is ideal as a bed to get into difficult spaces with limited access - for your attic or loft and even as a basement bed.

If you want to know how to build a loft bed - then you will find that this is an easy build for a quality result.

Follow all the links to see all the loft bed pages - we have pages with both illustrated plans and photo step-by-step instructions.

Your good nights sleep all starts here at Loft Bed Plan

Share your favourite projects - it's easy to do here at E-zine Contribution

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Home Improvement Events Calender for AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2005

September is bursting with home improvement shows - it really is a busy and fun time to visit a home show and get great ideas for your home improvement project.

People have been working and preparing over the summer to make sure that you get to see new techniques and styles and meet the professionals who can help you with your home improvement plans.

Here is our huge list for September 2005
Home Improvement Shows in September

p.s. it's interesting to note that many shows now do online ticket purchases costing considerably less than the "at the door" prices...

***Please always use the contact internet links or the telephone numbers where available to confirm date and venue before attending any home improvement show.***

And there's still time to check up on events during the second half of August 2005
Home Shows in August

Enjoy!

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  • In Next Months Issue

    Throughout the year we are going to put different projects under the microscope. If you are ready to get down to the nitty gritty and begin exploring the potential TOP and BOTTOM of your home - then look out for the September Issue 007 of Home Improve E-zine

    Highlights include:

    • Our Tip Top Tips
    • Building a PERGOLA!
    • Home Improvement Show list for October!.

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    Welcome New Subscribers

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    I hope you will continue to enjoy our ideas, tips and articles throughout the year. Please pass the information about our e-zine onto any of your family or friends who are especially interested in home improvement to improve the quality of their home life and/or to improve the value of their home.

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