How to install Bi-Fold Doors in your Closet

How to install BiFold Doors in your ClosetNo matter if we’re talking about small or large closets, bi-fold doors are certainly a great choice to consider. These doors not only open a lot wider compared to other types out there and offer greater access, but they also give the room a finished and nice look and take up little space.

If you recently purchased yourself a few of these doors, then take a look below in order to see how you can install them.

Bi-fold Doors Installation First Steps

Bi-fold doors work with a track and snugger guide assembly and also with a bracket on the floor. Before you install them, you need to carefully measure the height and width of the opening into which the doors are going to be installed in.

For instance, if you have a closet that opens thirty six inches wide, you’ll need a single 2-panel bi-fold door. A closet that’s wider than that is going to require a minimum of 2 two-panel units. Also, if you do plan on painting the doors, you should do that before installing them.

For those of you who prefer watching instead of reading here is a video that shows all of the bi-fold doors installation steps.

Top Pivots and Bottom Brackets Installation

If you want to install the bracket on a carpet floor, you should remove the padding and the carpet there you’ll position it. If you want, you can also lift the bracket above the carpet by using a wood block and you can then proceed with using screws to secure the bracket.
Bifold door installation - top pivot

  1. The top pivot needs to be set in the top hole on the pivot door. After that, make sure to use a hammer for tapping it into position.
  1. The guide pivot needs to be set in the hole on the guide door. Again, make sure to use a hammer for tapping it into position.
  1. The bottom pivot will now need to be installed in the bottom hole on the pivot door. Make sure to use a hammer for tapping it into position.
  1. Ensure that the jamb bracket on the floor is in line with the track.
  2. Holes should now be drilled into the floor and the jamb to install the jamb bracket screws.
  3. At this point, the screws and jamb brackets should be installed.

 

Door Panels Installation,  Adjustment and Alignment

Bifold door installation - top pivots

  1. The top pivot should be placed into the pivot hole.
    However, the door needs to be lifted a bit after which the bottom pivot should be seated in the jamb bracket.
  2. The snugger guide should be inserted into the track.
  3. The guide pivot should be depressed in order to fit inside the track.

To adjust the door panels, you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This generally goes like this:

Height adjustment:

  1. The door should be lifted out of the jamb bracket.
  2. To lower or raise the door as per your needs, rotate the bottom pivot.

To make the door plumb:

  1. 1. The bottom pivot should be set after lifting the door so there’s a reasonable gap along the jamb at the bottom.
  2. Use a tape measure to verify the gap at the top.
  3. The screw in the top pivot bracket needs to be loosened. Next, carefully consider adjusting the position and retighten.

Door pulls and aligners installation:Bifold door installation - secure aligners

  1. A mark should be made about thirty six inches from the floor. For proper operation and appeal it should be centered on all the guide doors.
  2. After drilling the required holes insert into them provided door pull screws and screw-on the pulls
  3. Step inside the closet and close the doors.
  4. From the interior of the closet, a line should be marked on both doors about twelve inches from the floor.
  5. Each aligner should be held on the mark and then secured with screws to the surface.

You made it! Congratulations on your brand new bi-fold doors installation!

Enjoy the rest of your day.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan in your House

I enjoy open and unobstructed ceiling surfaces but at the same time I’m aware of the fact that a ceiling fan can help my air conditioning system to circulate air or even get by a warmer but not that hot day without turning the AC on. So, it’s time to put one of those wind makers in my home considering that they’re one of the most functional and stylish additions regardless of what room you want to install them in.

If you’re currently thinking about installing a ceiling fan in your bedroom, but you already have a ceiling outlet, then you should know what wiring a ceiling fan is no different than wiring any other type of ceiling fixture.

In some cases though, your room may not have an overhead box which means that you should consider hiring an electrician in order or install the box and fish the wires across the ceiling and through the walls as well. As for installing the fan, you should definitely save this kind of fun for yourself. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the tips below at some of the steps you need to take in order to install your ceiling fan.

Turn off the power at the circuit panel or fuse

turn off main electrical breaker before starting ceiling fan installation

The ceiling box has several pairs of wires and some of them can be wired to other circuits rather than the circuit your fixture is using. Since you’re dealing with electricity, it’s best to try and be as safe as possible by turning off the power to the entire house or by using a circuit tester to make sure that the wiring you’re working on has no electricity running through. This is a very important step to take and one that can save your life.

  • Remove any bulbs and light bulb covers from the fixture and then proceed with unscrewing the nuts or screws that hold your fixture to the base of the ceiling box.

According to the NEC (National Electrical Code published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements, it’s forbidden that you attach a ceiling fan to a regular ceiling box and that is because ceiling fans are generally very heavy. Also, before you go ahead and buy your desired ceiling fan, make sure to carefully read the manufacturer’s installation steps and buy an electrical ceiling box that is approved by the NEC.

Lower the fixture base

At this point you’ll need to consider lowering the fixture base and then removing the wire nuts or electrical tape. You’ll find that (in most cases) the wires come in 2 or 3 colors, including green (ground), white (neutral) and black or other color (hot). Sometimes thy might be marked with color tape, for example, a gray wire might have been used as white one so the electrician put some white tape at its end.

  • The wires to the existing ceiling box should be disconnected and the box removed

To do this, you’ll need to carefully loosen the cable clamp screw. Next, you should work from above (if you can) and remove the box. If that’s not possible, you should consider removing any accessible fasteners, such as screws and nails) that attach it to the framing. Depending on the way it’s attached, you may need to push it up into the cavity so that you can then pry it from the framing.

  • Install the ceiling box and adjustable hanger bar by following the manufacturer’s instructions

The majority of hanger bars can be easily installed by pushing them carefully through the hole left in the ceiling by the previous electrical box. When the hanger bar has been pushed through the hole completely, it should be twisted until it forms a ninety degree angle to the ceiling joists. When the hanger bar is expanded (usually by turning it a few times, its ends will start to dig into the wood joists. Next step would be to attach and secure the ceiling box to the hanger bar.

This video shows exactly what I mean:

  • Use the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble the fan

Since they’re heavy, when you attach ceiling fans, you need to make sure they’re supported properly. Depending on the model you have, you may be able to suspend it below the ceiling box while attaching the wires. If that’s not possible with your ceiling fan, you should ask for someone’s help with this step.

Ceiling fan electrical box wiring
Ceiling fan electrical box wiring

Also, when it comes to the wiring, it will most likely differ slightly from model to model, depending on whether the fans are equipped with a speed or light control. Keep in mind that installing a ceiling fan is much like installing a regular light fixture. Attach the ceiling fan’s colored or black wire using to the matching wires in the ceiling box by using wire nuts. In case the wiring comes with a green ground wire, it should be attached to the bare or green wire in the box.

  • Finishing

This step involves screwing a few screws and making sure that you install the fan blades and the trim by carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions.

And here’s my fan:

Ceiling fan finally installed
Ceiling fan finally installed

How to Put A New Garden Window in Your Kitchen

Hi Everybody!

This is a project I’ll be working on in a very near future and I wanted to prepare myself for it. Installing a garden window in the shape of a box is a wonderful way to bring the feel and look of a garden close to your kitchen. Not only can this make the room feel larger, but it also brings in more light.

In order to save money, preserve your heating and also cooling comfort, the new garden window I’m planning to install features insulated glass which makes for the best setting for indoor plants and herbs. Right now I just have a regular slider and no room for plants on a narrow window sill. There’s one more thing, my slider is old and basically beyond the repair so if you’d like to find out how to determine if your window can be repaired or it’s time to get it replaced, go ahead and check this article http://sidingcontractorblog.weebly.com/

The window I’m going after (one on the picture) is by Thermal Windows and Doors – http://www.thermalwindowsanddoors.com/windows/garden-windows and I’m still contemplating if I should hire professionals to do this job.

My kitchen garden window I wish to have
My kitchen garden window I wish to have

So based on my readings and a video you can watch below I compiled this short manual. I’m considering the following steps  to proceed with dismantling old and installing new kitchen garden window, some of those steps may or may not apply to your setting so you’ll need to adjust:

  1. Sliding glass panel removal 

In the old window, grasp the sliding glass panel and make sure that you carefully lift it up. The bottom needs to be pulled outwards from the window track. As for the screens, they should be removed in the same way.

  1. Center brace

At this point, the center brace, but also the remaining panel should be carefully removed. The center brace may not come off that easy, so if that’s the case with yours, then you should use a small pry bar and a hammer to loosen it. Follow the same steps as you did with the sliding portion to raise up the panel from its track.

  1. Caulking removal / separating

The caulk sealing the window trim should be pre-cut at this point. Breaking the seal an be easily done by using just a utility knife.

  1. Removing the external trim

Once caulking is cut the external trim that surrounds the opening of the old window needs to be loosened with care. You can do that by removing the paint which seals the trim prior to using the pry bar in order to lever the trim. Keep in mind that the trim on both side, but also on the bottom and top should be removed.

  1. Nail removal 

Since there might be many nails that hold the frame of the wooden window, you need to use the prongs of a nail remover in order to level the heads to the point you can easily extract the nails by using larger prongs. Again, we won’t need those for the new window.

  1. Dressing the edge 

The window opening should be built up and finished at this point to create a perfectly square opening which is even or slightly smaller than exterior wall finish.

  1. Front edge exposure 

In order to expose the front edge of 2-by-4, you’ll need to consider cutting away the wooden siding at the perimeter of the window. This will allow attaching of the window’s flange to the house framing.

  1. Caulking and flashing

Waterproofing the window opening can be done using caulk and flashing paper. To do this, the flashing paper should be inserted at the back of the sheathing. Next, fold the edge back over the siding and lastly, make sure that you tape it properly. Don’t forget that it’s important to caulk well along the opening’s wooden edge.

  1. Insert and secure the window

The window should be properly inserted into the opening and then secured by using screws (rust proof) that will be driven past the nailing flange into the 2-by-4 framing underneath. The edges should be caulked and the tape removed. Next, the flashing paper should be folded over the nailing flange.

  1. Finish the garden window’s edges

The final step of the project involves finishing the greenhouse window’s edges followed by providing a nailing surface for the new trim. Last but not least, the backs of the trim need to be caulked properly and then secured in place. A final touch of paint should be considered to make sure the colors match.

I think you’ll better watch this short video to see exactly what I described above:

As you can see, making a new garden window is not as hard as you may have initially envisioned, but you do need to make sure you adjust these chaotic instructions of mine for your particular project. Also, try to be patient, especially if you’re attempting this for the first time. I’m not an expert by any means and the above applies to my environment so don’t put a blame on me if something doesn’t make sense.

What Do You Think About Black Tile on Your House Floor?

black floor tiles

Unique home design can be composed by various aspects. One of them is the tile used to cover the house; some parts of it. Black slate tile is a great option for your unique home. As we know, the color black marbled with other colors always brings an elegant look for an object. Similarly, this will happen to your house.

Slate itself is natural stone which has exceptional feature and appearance. The uniqueness will possibly come from the different tiles. In fact, you will not find the same tiles; as each of them has distinct pattern.

Black slate tiles will give the vintage look to your house. The image of rustic as well as unique will come up through these tiles. You can also choose the tiles with other colors like brown, red, and green; or the ones with color combination.

You can use these slate tiles to cover the floor and wall of the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, porch, and some other parts of your house. It will bring the impact of stunning look on the entire unique home design. In addition, the advantage of choosing these black colored slate tiles is not merely on the wonderful look; but also the durability and the high compatibility. These tiles are resistant to fire; while the durability is unquestionable. Besides, it fits both wet and dry room; so you can put them anywhere in your house.

Black floor tiles video below –