How To Install Weather Stripping To Your Doors

handyman installing weatherstrippingIf air is escaping through your door, you’re not just losing heat in winter and cool air in summer, you’re wasting money on your energy bill and letting sound through.  Stopping the problem may be as simple as weather-stripping the offending area.  This is a fairly easy task to perform yourself.

Items You’ll Need

Measure Top Of Door Frame

Begin by first measuring the top of your door frame.

This is done by closing your door and measuring the top from one side to the other.

Mark this length on the new piece of weather-strip that you have purchased.

Cut Weather-Stripping

Next you will cut the weather-strip to the length that you have marked.

It is often best to first cut the foam piece with a pair of sharp scissors and then use a small toothed saw to cut through the wood piece.

Nail Into Place

Once you have the weather-strip cut, you will need to use 1.5 inch nails in order to hold it in place. When you put the cut weather-strip piece into place, you will want to ensure that the foam is positioned towards the door and is pushed up tight against it.   This ensures a good seal.

After you have the weather-strip in the right spot, use the nails to tack it into place. The nails should begin about two inches from the end to keep it from splitting the wood. All other nails should have about 12 inches of space between them.

Do not hammer the nails in all the way yet, just enough to ensure the piece remains secure.

Measure Side Of Door Frame

Then you will need to measure the sides of the door frame.

When cutting the side pieces, you will want to ensure that you also cut out a piece of one end of each side of the weather-strip in order to fit in the top weather-strip piece.

The best way to ensure that you have the tightest possible fit is to file down the end that you sawed. The weather-strip should be put in with the foam piece pressed firmly against the door. You should again tack the piece into place, but not all the way.

Check The Seal

In order to ensure that you have the weather-strip in the right place and that you will have the best possible seal, open and close the door a few times.  Watch to ensure that the seal is tight against the door and that the door closes all the way and latches. You can then complete your installation by driving all of the nails completely into the wood.

Completing this task can be challenging.  If you would prefer to have some help with this job, Handyman Matters is there for you. Contact Handyman Matters at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code above to find a location in your area.

Preparing Your Guest Room For The Holidays

Ikea Trundle BedOne guest room with a queen sized bed is great, but depending on the number of you out-of-town guests you may need more of a resort. So how do you make the most out of the typical single guest room? Instead of turning away company, let’s explore some potential solutions!

Beds

More is always better when it comes to beds.  While bunk beds make most of us cringe, these space savers are not just for kids. Most modern furniture stores carry some take on the buck bed, often renamed as the “lofted bed”. For the best results, shoot for a queen on bottom and the twin as the loft.

Another option is trundle beds. These save space, pulling out the extra bed only when necessary.

Or, if there’s space for a lounge area, consider pairing a bed with a pull out couch.

Storage

The nice thing about guest rooms is that the available storage requires far less organization. If you are pressed for space, don’t worry about putting a dresser in this room, as it will likely be unused.

Instead, focus on the hotel basics. Make sure there are nightstands, a closet or wardrobe to hang up nicer items, and a surface to place luggage at waist level.

Amenities

While the furniture in an extra room can be fairly sparse, amenities should not. Store extra blankets, bedding, towels, and water cups in a convenient, noticeable place.

floor length mirror

Make sure you have at least one mirror, and that one of the mirrors is floor length, so guests can get dressed without stress. For those of you looking to go above and beyond, lay out extra tooth brushes, toothpaste and floss, and leave a phone charger in case the guest forgot.

Repairs

Finally, there’s no excuse for cold or drafty guest rooms. Take a nap or read a book in the guest bed. Make sure you’re in there for an extended period of time in the evening so you can inspect the temperature. If you do find that the heat is a little uneven, no need to panic. You can bite the bullet and repair your heating systems or windows, but there are also affordable alternatives. Buy a space heater, hang heavier curtains, or supply extra cozy items (slippers, socks, blankets).

Building new beds, making repairs, or finding solutions can be very time consuming. If you are pressed for time this holiday season, let Handyman Matters take care of your to do list. For a free estimate, give us a call, 866-FIX-MY-HOME!

How To Install Inox Stainless Steel Cables For Stairs & Decks

Indital’s Inox stainless steel product line is “modular”, meaning there is no welding needed.  All that is needed to connect our various components such as handrail supports into the top of the newel posts or various radius elbows to the handrail is just a few drops of our #E4054 high adhesive glue.

We provide many varieties of products to meet just about any cable application desired whether for stainless round or square posts, or even wood posts.

Indital can provide custom pre-drilling and/or tapping of our Inox stainless or Steelnox galvanized posts to meet your desired project specs.  We would require a drilling form to be filled out in order to know hole size, hole spacing, post height, and type of post. Indital can also provide takeoff assistance helping you determine which parts you will need to complete your project as long as we are given a drawing with accurate dimensions, including the rise/run of your stair.

Recommendations

  • We recommend that newel posts for cable applications be spaced no more than 4 feet
  • Keep cable spaced roughly 3” to 3-1/4” a part as there is always some flex with cable and this will make sure you pass code of 4”.
  • Cable hardware is technically only needed at the beginning and ending of a run, and the cable can run through the predrilled intermediate posts.
  • Indital recommends ending a cable run at 20-25ft to allow the most strength and tension
  • Anything over 20-25ft, it is recommended to use a mid-run tensioner coupling (ET06 w/ETM05DX & ETM05SX) to allow additional tension for the long run of cable. We do not recommend going over 50ft.
  • Our cable comes standard in spools of 328ft, in either 4mm, 5mm, or 6mm. Our 5mm (13/64”) is our standard and most popular size due to the rigid offering and having more hardware options available for it.
  • Our cable and cable hardware are all 316 exterior grade, however, please be aware that we offer both 304 interior and 316 exterior grade for our posts, handrail, and components so please make sure to purchase the correct grade material for either your interior or exterior project.
  • If drilling your own stainless posts, use drill bit intended for stainless so it doesn’t create burn marks due

Cable Hardware Options

Options That Require Crimping (through-the-post)

  1. Our ETM05DX male terminal (right hand thread) or our ETM05SX male terminal (left hand thread) to work with our ED06 female dome nut (right hand thread) or ED06SX female dome nut (left hand thread)
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  2. Our ETF05DX female terminal (right hand thread) or our ETF05SX female terminal (left hand thread) to work with our ED07 male rounded head screw (right hand thread) or ED07SX male rounded head screw.

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  • These 2 options are recommended for our stainless posts; however, if using with wood end posts (through-the-post), make sure to source a heavy duty washer to keep the cable hardware from pulling through the post.
  • If utilizing either of these options on a stair rake, use a sloping washer (EB071 for example) on each outer end post at the start and stop of the run. This helps align the angle.  Please refer to our Inox stainless schematics to see the example.

Drilling For Flat & Rake Angles (through-the-post)

    1. If deciding to drill “straight” holes in your end posts for a stair rake, you can utilize a few options.
      • Use our ED05 (pivotable terminal connector) along with the ED07 and ETM05DX but only in right hand thread offered.

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      • Use our ED06 dome nut right hand thread and ETMT06DX right hand thread (pivotable turnbuckle) with our ETFF05. Available in both right and left hand threads.

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  1. If deciding to drill “offset” or holes at an angle for a stair rake, you can utilize a few options.
    • Determine the correct angle needing to be drilled by calculating from the rise & run.
    • Use our ETM05DX male terminal (right hand thread) or our ETM05SX male terminal (left hand thread) to work with our ED06 female dome nut (right hand thread) or ED06SX female dome nut (left hand thread), and make sure to include the sloping washer (EB071 for example). See Inox stainless cable schematics on website for example.
    • Use our ETF05DX female terminal (right hand thread) or our ETF05SX female terminal (left hand thread) to work with our ED07 male rounded head screw (right hand thread) or ED07SX male rounded head screw, and make sure to include the sloping washer (EB071 for example). See Inox stainless cable schematics on website for example.

Drilling Sizes

  1. Our ETM05DX, ETM05SX, ETF05DX, ETF05SX for 5mm (13/64”) cable are 7.5mm O.D. (0.295”) with M6 (0.236”) threads.

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  1. We recommend for creating your hole sizes that you use:
    • ¼” or 17/64” hole for your intermediate posts allowing the cable to run through with minimal gap since the cable size is 13/64” (5mm)
    • 19/64” to 8mm (0.315”) hole will allow proper clearance for cable hardware to fit snug within the end posts.

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Wood Post Options

When drilling into wood newel end posts, we recommend first to pre-drill with either a ¼” or 17/64” bit to allow our ETW05DX or ETW05SX wood lag screw terminals to be properly driven in without accidently cracking the wood post.

This can be installed straight or at any angle into wood post.

  • 8mm deep socket will allow you to drive the wood lag screw terminal into the wood post properly

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Another option for mounting cable to a wood newel post is utilizing an external pivotable anchor terminal such as our: EMMF06DX/EMMF06SX or EMM05

  • Perfect for both straight runs and angles, without having to predrill into the posts

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Installation & Tension

Creating tension with our cable comes down to accurately cutting your cable at the correct length.

    1. Predrill your posts to desired specifications utilizing the #E40580 drilling template…..or Indital can predrill your posts (drill form required and found on indital.com)E40580 drilling template
    2. Mount your posts in place along with the flange canopies to cover the hardware
    3. Add your cable terminals through your end posts at the start and finish of your run
    4. Don’t fully tighten the terminals down
    5. Then measure the length between each end post from where the cable slips in at the farthest point of each cable to the other post doing the same

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  1. From there you will cut your cable at the pre-measured length using the shearing tool (#E40690)inox shearing tool
  2. Crimp the inner cable terminals to the cable using the E40685 manual hydraulic crimper (instructions are included with each tool)
    • Make sure to use the correct crimper die size that matches the O.D. of the cable terminal (The cable dies are included in the tool kit)cable crimper
  3. Recommended to use a left hand terminal on one end and right hand on the other end of run
  4. Before you begin to thread on the cable crimped terminals to the posts, make sure you begin at the middle of the post and end at both the top and bottom. This allows the tension to be evenly distributed.guide cable installation sequence
  5. After cable is crimped to terminals, thread the crimped terminals with the end dome nut or rounded head screw depending on which option you preferred. As you’re tightening them on each end of run it will begin to pull the cable fully tight.  If cable was measured and cut properly you will feel the cable tension and feel firm.  Overly tighten and it will pull too heavily on the posts.

Crimpless Terminal (no crimping tool required)

#ETSM300 (#E019760063) – (Offered In Right Hand Thread Only)

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Post written by the team at Indital.

Best Ladders For Gutter Cleaning 2017

If you’re looking for the best ladders for gutter cleaning in 2017 you’re in the right place.

You need to be careful when you use certain types of ladders for gutter cleaning because you can damage the gutters (or even yourself) if you’re not careful.

Check out our recommendations for the best gutter cleaning ladders so you can get things done quickly and safely:

Little Giant

little giant ladder in a frame configuration

Little Giant has 13, 17 and 22 foot models. They are made from aircraft-grade aluminum and is rated to hold up to 250 lbs.

The best feature of this extension ladder is that you can set it up in multiple configurations:

  • A-frame
  • Staircase
  • Extension
  • 90-degree
  • Scaffolding

This versatility allows you to use this ladder for much more than gutter cleaning. For most people, the 22-foot model is the best option.

There is also a lifetime warranty so you know the Little Giant will be with you for a long time and be well worth the initial investment.

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They also have a full range of ladder extensions and add-ons to expand your ladder’s capabilities. Check out the Wall Rack and Wall Standoff

DeWalt

dewalt dxl3020-28pt 28 foot ladder
Built-In Tool Slot On Top

DeWalt is a recognizable and reliable brand in tools. Their ladders are equally great.

We recommend the DeWalt DXL3020 Fiberglass Extension Ladder. It’s available in many sizes, starting at 16 feet and increasing by 4 feet until their 40 foot model. You likely won’t need one that tall so I would stick with the 16 or 20-foot versions.

It has a 300 pound capacity, non-marring top (so it won’t scratch), and a quick latch that ensures the ladder is secure when extending it to taller heights.

Xtend & Climb

xtend and climb telescopic ladder

The Xtend & Climb Aluminum Telescoping Ladder is a unique type of extension ladder that retracts compactly and can extend by 1 foot at a time.

It’s made from aerospace engineered aluminium alloy and is rated for safe use by ANSI & OSHA.

Bonus: Gutter Cleaning Ladder Attachments

Ladder-Max Stand-Off Stabilizer

Ladder-Max gutter cleaning standoff bundle

The Ladder-Max Standoff keeps your ladder off your gutters. It also makes them easy to access and within arms reach. Plus it adds extra stability so you stay safe as well!

Ladder’s Little Helper

Ladder's Little Helper for gutter cleaning

Ladder’s Little Helper is a neat accessory that actually sits inside your gutters and helps to secure the ladder from sliding.

It protects you and your gutters and is great for both painting and gutter cleaning. It works with nearly all types of gutters as well.

A Guide to Outdoor Christmas Lights

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There’s a trend these days towards using outdoor Christmas lights as decoration throughout the year in gardens, porches, patios and walkways. There’s a wealth of novelty lighting available these days that can be switched out to serve as entertainment lights in the summer and as holiday accents in December.

In fact, more and more often, the regular mixture of holiday lighting schemes are being utilized all year round. In many instances, it isn’t even necessary to change the colors to observe a particular season. It’s really just the traditional red-and-green light configuration that needs to be confined to end-of-year decorations.

seasonal-lightingBy the same token, any kind of fairy light or colored light can be used at Christmas time to provide that holiday “feel.” There’s no real need to take them down at the end of the season, particularly the battery-pack operated types, when they can provide year-round accents for your yard and garden. LED lights are also energy-efficient and usable twelve months of the year.

For variety, you can change the configurations, wrapping them around tree trunks, illuminating walkways, or even creating a starry canopy underneath a tree. This can make a lovely seating area for you and your guests to enjoy long summer evenings under the stars as well as “stars” of your own making.

Star Holiday Light

The only guidelines you need to keep in mind are for safety and convenience sake:

  • Ensure that all walkways and paths to and from your home are well lit – and your guests won’t want to converse in poorly-lit areas where they cannot see one another’s faces.
  • Buffet tables and other snacking and cooking areas need to be properly illuminated – so that guests can admire and appreciate your culinary efforts by sight, not just taste!

You can also have a lot of fun with outdoor lighting inside your house:

  • They can be wrapped around banisters or draped in strategic places where the effect can be appreciated without being overwhelming.
  • Bedrooms can be adorned with LED- or battery-operated strings, twinkling in children’s rooms all night long in pastel or fairy lights that add a cheery sparkle throughout the holiday season. These types of string of lights have become increasingly versatile and inexpensive in recent years. There’s a wide variety to select from—your local home and garden outlet can provide a wealth of ideas. You only need to be restricted by your own imagination!

Have you decorated your house with or yard with lights year-round? Share with us in the comments!