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Posted by Darryln Leikauskas on 12/15/2017

There are few things more frustrating than having to put multiple holes into your drywall just to hang a picture frame correctly. One would think that, in this age of advanced technology where anything seems possible, we would have developed a standardized frame hook that cures all of our frame-hanging woes. Unfortunately, we still have single hook frames that can't hold a picture straight or two-hook frames that we can never measure just right. Well now you can put all of your bad frame hanging experiences in the past. In this article we'll cover the basics of hanging different types of frames and share some frame-hanging hacks that will help you get it right the first time--every time.

Choosing the right hook for the job

Over the years several cutting edge innovations have occurred in the work of frame hooks that you may never have even heard about. Monkey hooks, for example, weren't front page news when they hit the shelves, but they should have been. These painfully simple hanging hooks push right into your drywall and secure themselves on the back side holding up to 50 pounds (wow!), no hammer necessary. You can also go with tried and true nails, anchors, and wall plugs. The important thing to remember when using these methods is to consider the weight of your frame. A 10-pound monster of a frame shouldn't be put on the shoulders of one lonely nail that isn't even penetrating a stud. That's a for-sure way to break your frame and rip up your drywall as it comes crashing to the ground.

Placement is key

It isn't a picture hanging party without someone standing behind you saying "up a bit more" for 10 minutes while you lose circulation in your arms. You'll need a partner standing back a bit to tell you exactly where it should go. It's essential that they tell you where it should be hung so†they can't blame you if they don't like the placement later on.†If you don't have the luxury of a picture hanging partner, try tracing a part of the frame (extremely lightly in pencil) on the wall and standing back. If you're hanging a gallery or a frame that you want to align with another object on the wall, don't try to "eyeball" it. Get out the tape measure and be meticulous when measuring the dimensions for the other object.

Hanging Hacks

Thanks to the internet, there are several picture framing hacks that will make this whole process a lot easier. They are:
  • Use painters tape for marking and leveling. If you want the frame to line up with one near it, simply run the tape along the lower edge of the frame that's already hung to where you want the new one to be.
  • For frames with two hooks, run a wire between them and hang it on a single nail. It is virtually impossible (for me anyway) to get two nails exactly level for hanging a picture.
  • If you must use two nails, use your level as a ruler. Put one nail into the wall and rest one side of the level on it. Move the other side up or down until it's level and then mark exactly where the next nail should be.
 




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Posted by Darryln Leikauskas on 12/8/2017

One decorating principle thatís a huge help for any homeowner is that of layered lighting. This is the different aspects of lighting that youíll use in different rooms of your home to complete your lighting needs. The layers of light create a basis for the design of the room. These three main aspects of lighting also have a practical purpose which is nice as well. Below, youíll learn more about the three main components of lighting for any room of the house and how to best use them. 


Ambient Lighting


Ambient lighting is often the base of where people start with their lighting design in a room. This type of lighting allows you to get the overall feel for a space. The brightness level should be good enough for anyone to walk through the room without walking into things. The illumination may not be bright enough for activities that require a lot of focus like reading or chopping vegetables.


Accent Lighting 


If you think of a retail store and how the shiniest things have the brightest lights focused on them, youíll discover that you can use this type of lighting right in your home. Think of a chandelier hanging over a massive dining table. Accent lighting is usually for decorative purposes. The lumens that are given off are typically not enough for any other purpose than to attract attention to the item the light is shining on. This type of lighting is best used for things like display cabinets, statues, and china closets. The bottom line is that the accent light will add some drama without actually adding much practical use. 


Task Lighting


This type of lighting is important because itís what ensures that you wonít chop your hand off while youíre chopping up vegetables in the kitchen. Task lighting varies widely from room to room and can be anything from a desk lamp to a reading lamp to lights on the vanity for shaving and putting on makeup. Task lighting is all about being functional. When youíre trying to decide where to put your task lights think of everything from safety to convenience. The last thing you should worry about with task lighting is the look. While these lights are great under cabinets, for example, so the more creative you get with where to place your task lighting the better the look will be.  


Using this simple yet useful design principle can help you to light your entire home correctly. The right lighting can truly transform a space and give it the depth that it needs.            





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Posted by Darryln Leikauskas on 12/1/2017

Putting a skylight in your home can be a very attractive feature. More natural light will be let into the room, making it bright and cheery. There are a few things that you should know about installing a skylight before you start shopping for these special windows and begin the installation process. Itís a serious project and you should really think the decision through before you start the project.   


Quality Is Key


Itís important that a skylight has a few special aspects including:

 

  • Energy efficiency
  • Water tightness
  • Sound reduction
  • Wind resistance
  • Ventilation
  • UV coating


Many manufacturers also try to appeal to those shoppers who are looking for environmentally friendly materials. Keep in mind what those are and how the quality will be affected.  


Injury Is A Real Possibility During Installation


  • Whether youíre installing the skylight yourself, or having a professional do the job, thereís a risk of falling and injury. 
  • The ladder should be the right height and type. 
  • The shoes being worn should have good traction. Itís also a good idea to use roof jacks for extra support during the installation process. 
  • The jacks should be secured and clamped down to ensure extra support. If you donít know what youíre doing, the short answer is that you should hire a professional and leave the job to them. Be sure that anyone you hire is using safe work practices. 


Weather Can Delay The Project


Remember, since youíre essentially cutting a hole in your roof to install the skylight, itís a real possibility that weather can put a damper on the project. If rain, snow, wind, or ice happen to be a part of the equation when installing these new sky windows, it could pose a real problem. Weather could not only be a safety issue, but a hazard to your home as well. Try to plan for the installation of the skylight during a more temperate part of the year. 


The Installation Starts From The Inside


After the outline of the skylight has been cut out of the sheathing of the roof, youíll need to mark the opening of the skylight with screws or nails in the corners. This will help you to locate the skylight opening. 


The next steps are as follows:


The shingles will need to be removed before you even start cutting the rest of the opening.

The flashing will need to be waterproofed in order to keep snow and ice away from the opening of the skylight. 

Extra drywall and insulation will need to be added to avoid too large an opening in the ceiling. 


A skylight can be a great asset to any home. With a little thought and planning on your part, you can add something that youíll enjoy for many years!




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Posted by Darryln Leikauskas on 11/24/2017

This Condo in Wakefield, MA recently sold for $540,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Darryln Leikauskas - CENTURY 21 Commonwealth.


818 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880

Greenwood

Condo

$540,000
Price
$540,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully maintained spacious 2003 townhouse with many amenities. Want to be close to the commuter rail, great restaurants, shopping, then this home is for you. Relax after work in the dramatic back yard with a granite wall backdrop and lush grass kept green with a dedicated irrigation system. The granite kitchen with new stainless appliances and an abundance of maple cabinetry will make storage and entertaining a breeze, with access to the back yard and trek deck. Cozy up on cooler nights with the gas fireplace in the living room. The en suite master bedroom will delight with 2 closets and an additional walk-in, double sinks and plenty of storage in the tiled bathroom. An in-home office with built in book shelves is an added bonus to this well-appointed home. The dining room offers a granite bar with storage and wine rack for those more formal dinners. One-car garage with opener makes living easy in inclement weather. Spacious basement is great for storage or possible finishing.

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Posted by Darryln Leikauskas on 11/24/2017

Ready to sell your house? Ultimately, you should conduct a home appraisal before you add your residence to the housing market, and for good reason.

A home appraisal enables you to better understand what your home is worth. Plus, an expert home appraiser will be able to offer comprehensive insights into your house's strengths and weaknesses so you can prioritize assorted home improvement projects accordingly.

Preparing your home for an appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable. If you allocate time and resources to get your house ready for an appraisal, you can increase your chances of getting favorable results during the appraisal itself.

What does it take to prep your house for an appraisal? Here are three tips to ensure you can do just that.

1. Consider a Home Appraiser's Perspective.

A home appraiser has an eye for detail, one that helps this professional understand whether a house is a viable long-term investment. Meanwhile, a home seller who steps into a property appraiser's shoes may be better equipped than others to enhance his or her residence.

For example, a home seller should evaluate a house's interior and exterior prior to an appraisal. And if you notice chipped paint on a home's walls, cracked shingles on a home's exterior or other cosmetic issues, you should address these problems immediately.

Even minor cosmetic issues can negatively affect a home's value. However, a home seller who goes above and beyond the call of duty to correct these problems may be able to improve his or her house's appearance before a home appraisal.

2. Conduct Plenty of Housing Market Research.

How does your residence stack up against the competition? Learn about the local housing market, and you can find out what you'll need to do to differentiate your residence from similar properties.

An home seller should learn about the prices of recently sold residences as well as homes that are currently available. That way, you can set realistic expectations for your home appraisal.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent.

A home appraisal can be a stressful experience, especially for a first-time home seller. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to help you streamline the home appraisal process.

Typically, a real estate agent will guide you along the home selling process. He or she can connect you with qualified home appraisers in your area and ensure you can find a home appraiser who will provide honest, unbiased feedback about your residence.

A real estate agent also will help you maximize the value of your house. This housing market professional will ensure you can set a fair price for your residence and market your home to the right groups of homebuyers. He or she will even set up home showings and open houses and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf to further simplify the home selling process.

When it comes to getting a home appraisal, there is no need to worry. Use the aforementioned tips, and you can plan ahead for a home appraisal.




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