Category : Architecture : Home & Garden

Septic Tank Pump Problems

Architecture
Septic pumps, also know as sewage pumps and grinder pumps, are devices that remove sewage from a building. They move solids and must either generate enough force to push the solids through pipes or must grind the sewage into smaller pieces so that the sewage will fit. Septic systems do not have any

How to Refinish Countertops

Architecture
Whether refinishing a damaged bathroom sink countertop or worn-out kitchen counters, refinishing the counter surface is an affordable option. This relatively simple renovation adds new life to a boring kitchen or spruces up an outdated bathroom. Refinishing works best on laminate surfaces. Plan on

Problems With a Laminated Floor

Architecture
Manufacturers create laminate flooring planks by pressing together layers of fiberboard and durable resins. A photorealistic print of a natural flooring texture, such as hardwood or stone, is encased under a clear protective coating. Laminated flooring materials are susceptible to many types of dama

How to Soundproof a Wood Floor

Architecture
One disadvantage of wood floors is that they tend to be noisy, transferring sound to and from below the floor. One way to minimize this effect is with cork underlayment. It’s designed to be glued down over the subfloor, then the wood floor is installed over it, dulling all sound through the fl

How to Edge a Vinyl Countertop

Architecture
There are many different types of vinyl countertops that can be purchased or special ordered at most hardware stores. These countertops come in varying shapes and colors depending on preference. With the vinyl countertops, it is necessary to put edging around them to keep the color uniform throughou

How to Rip Out a Wall

Architecture
Consolidating rooms, adding space to a level or altering the layout of a house often involves ripping out an existing wall. Wall removal may sound like a chaotic process, but it must be planned out and executed carefully in order to avoid damaging the structure of the home. A few simple tools, like

What Is a Tri-Level House?

Architecture
Television's 1960s "The Brady Bunch" comedy may come to mind when visualizing the blended style of a tri-level home. A tri-level house is a cross between single-story ranch and two-story designs that blossomed throughout suburbia from 1945 to the 1980s. The tri-level is one branch of the split-level

The Types of Composite Lumber

Architecture
Composite lumber products have several technical and physical advantages over ordinary or traditional lumber products. Because composite lumber can be made with smaller pieces of wood, less wood is needed to make composite lumber products, but the composite products can still be made to fit larger d

How to Frame a Wall Extension

Architecture
Extending an existing wall gives two adjacent areas a well-defined separation. Perhaps it will extend a wall to create a hallway effect, such as in a main entryway that immediately opens out into a living room or close off a space that already has three walls to make it a fully enclosed room. Extend