DIY Scrabble Tiles

Scrabble has always been right at the top of my favorite board games list along with snake and ladder. My dad had an old scrabble set from his bachelor days that we played with as kids. The set was from the 70’s and I distinctly remember the tile racks or holders being a gray color, made of plastic. Thankfully this love for Scrabble has been passed down 3 generations to my kiddos now.

Scrabble Tiles
I’ve been eyeing projects on Pinterest for years looking for ways to carry over this love for scrabble tiles into my home decorating. With my Monkey #1’s room makeover we finally got a chance to make it work! That kid loves scrabble! Given all the hours we spend playing it couldn’t have picked a better addition for his room.

With this project I also learned something new; if you want wood for any project Lowes is the best store to go, hands down! Great customer service and even better selection. I tried the big orange to see if they’d cut an 8ft x 6″ board into 15 pieces, 6″ long (the plan was to have 6″ x 6″ tiles) but they refused saying they don’t cut anything shorter that 12″! At Lowes they were totally fine with cutting 6″ long pieces (the service is free) and bonus marks for the cheaper wood! All those tiles cost me just $8! Learn the method here.

What to Know About Quarry Floor Slate

Quarry Floor SlateFloor tiles come in variety ranging form stone, ceramic, glass to wood and among others. This is a factor that has segmented flooring market for competition among tile manufacturers across the world with each always hoping to stand out as the best when it comes to manufacturing of quality tiles. What is even more interesting in the pace at which this competition is rising with every passing day but perhaps what could be a big determinant is the question on what type of tiles that take the market are factors that make it preferable among millions of clients across the world?

Quarry floor slate belongs to the group of stone tiles and there are reputable companies that are known for its production and sale. Slate belongs to metamorphic rocks that are used to make tiles for flooring both in residential places and business premises. Among other metamorphic rock materials used to make tiles include granite, limestone and marble. However, slate remains the most popular and even preferred by many across the world for a number of reasons we shall look at hereafter. As it is popularly known, quarrying is the curving of stones into desired shapes for construction purposes and it is through the same process that slate flooring tiles are curved and consequently subjected to high pressure to flatten them into desirable shapes for use in flooring.

Well, to this end, it would be important to look at some reasons that make slate tiles popular among other available flooring materials in this age.


Flooring materials should those which are able to prevent seepage of water underneath. This is what makes a slate tile popular when it comes to choosing tiles that are ideal during all seasons. Water is known to cause floor tiles to wear and tear and consequently make the floor colder for inhabitants. For most people, what usually comes as a priority when looking for slate flooring tiles is their endurance and versatility with regard to being water proof or impervious? Floor tiles that absorb moisture or are not impervious make the floor and walls nearer to it dump. This is not a good condition to live in. Because of this characteristic that slate tiles posses, they are preferred for use in flooring hallways, drive ways and pool areas. Generally, slate tiles are always non-gloss and usually have a rough texture.

Resistance to Stain

Slate tiles can also be used in the kitchen provided they are made in a perfect condition to serve such a purpose. One reason that makes them practically used in the kitchen is the fact that they are not easily stained. This by extending makes them easy to clean. The kitchen floor is known to get untidy very fast due to water always pouring unto the floor as well as food mould making the whole region look dirty. It is on this premise that tiles that are easy to clean become a preference.

Slate File Are Heavy Duty

Something heavy duty is not only strong but also durable and supports heavy objects especially with regard to slate tiles. Slate tiles are characteristically quarried form metamorphic rocks. They are made from stone which wholly makes up their material nature. Because stone is hard or perhaps hardened rock, so is the nature of slate tiles. With slate files, flooring high traffic areas and stores will always be safe from the usual wear and tear most tiles experience due to pressure. Ostensibly, slate tiles are long lasting and anyone looking forward to saving on cost in the long run while enjoying value for the money and quality of tiles should definitely go for them.

Fire Resistance

Among the many and different types of tiles available in the market today, slate is definitely a choice to go for with regard to its fire-resistant nature. Since they are made from quarried hardened rocks, slate tiles will obviously never burn should there be fire outbreak or even when a burning substance drops on the floor.

Easy to Maintain

Everyone is always on the look out for floor tiles that are not only long lasting but also easy to maintain. Given durable nature of slate tiles and their ease of cleaning, slate tiles are easy to maintain. Just a simple wipe off the floor will be enough to clear the dirt and dirt off it. This also makes them cost effective in the long run because with little cost in maintenance, it take a long time before replacement is made.

Garage Floor Tiles – Designing Your Custom Floor Dream

When choosing garage floor tiles for your home, never before has there been such a large range of styles and materials to choose from. Some of your options include interlocking floor tiles from popular companies like RaceDeck and SwissTrax. PVC or rubber garage floor tiles, porcelain, and even peel and stick vinyl garage tiles.

Garage flooring can now be custom designed with color, texture, pattern, and durability in mind to match your flooring needs.

Besides the fantastic looks that garage floor tiles can offer, they provide tremendous benefits as well. The best part is that some tile garage flooring can easily be installed in less than a day by the average person. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the different tile options to see what the best garage flooring tiles are based on your needs and budget.

Interlocking Floor Tiles

Interlocking garage floor tiles are gaining fast momentum as some of the best options in garage floor coverings today. Homeowners are quickly realizing how easy they are to install as well as the good looks and benefits that this modern day product delivers. One of the more appealing aspects of interlocking tiles is that it enables the homeowner to custom design the floor of their garage to whatever suits their needs.

In fact, many companies have online tools that let you design your floor right on your computer. You can choose an all solid color, multiple colors, do racing style checkered flag themes, create colored borders for car parking and storage areas, or even design walking paths between vehicles if you like.

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Simple Home Repairs

Nagging little problems are the bane of every homeowner’s existence, and the professionals charge big bucks for repairs. Here are some fast fixes you can do yourself.

Toilet Trouble

If your toilet seems to be flushing a little listlessly, don’t blame the water pressure. Ninety percent of the time, the holes under the rim are the problem. Or, more accurately, the calcium and sediment clogging the holes are the problem. Get a small brush with stiff bristles and clean them out. The action of the toilet will be much better.

Leaky toilets are a problem, especially if you have a septic tank. All that extra water can cause the septic tank to fill up too quickly. To find and fix those leaks, first check the ball float, which controls the water level in the tank. If it lets the water rise too high, it will start to flow into the overflow pipe and right out the drain. Adjust the arm for the ball float by tightening the screw at the top of the arm mechanism. Or bend the arm downward, which will stop the water flow sooner after a flush. Read more here:

Applying Caulk

Caulk is the bead of rubbery stuff between your tub, shower or sink and the wall, or between your toilet’s outer rim and the floor. It creates a seal that protects floors and walls from moisture. It also glues itself in place, which makes applying it an easy one step process. Over time, caulk can discolor or deteriorate, leaving your home vulnerable to water damage and mold growth.
The hardest part of installing caulk is removing the residue left by the old stuff. Without completely eliminating the old caulk, the new bead won’t stick, so good preparation is important. In the old days, you had to remove caulk with a razor scraper, and it took a while to get it all up. Now, there are a number of products on the market that will soften old caulk and make it easier to remove. Treated caulk residue comes up easily with a putty knife. After the old caulk is gone, clean the area with paint thinner and let it dry completely. Now you’re ready to move on to the installation process. Read more here:

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Things To Know Before Hiring A Handyman

Hiring a handyman is not easy and many people have had bad experiences with handymen. You’ve heard the stories like they don’t show up, they don’t return calls, they say they can do the work but end up letting you down, and just a litany of negativity. So, here are some of the things you need to know before hiring one:

Interview First, Before Anything Else

By now you should have a short list of contractors you want to interview to see if they can handle the work you need done. Whether it’s hanging drapes or building an addition, you want to interview them first before agreeing to let them do any work in your home. Don’t let them just give you a raw estimate for the work you’re asking for – especially if they’ve never seen your home, or have no idea of the scope of the work involved.

Call them up or meet with them and ask them about the kinds of work they’ve done in the past. Ask what their expertise is, and whether they’ve done this kind of work before. If you’re in a state or region where a contractor has to be licensed, ask for their license number so you can verify it. If they want to give you an estimate on the spot, let them, but make it clear that this isn’t binding and you’re not hiring them for any work. Learn more…

Hiring Handyman

Is That A Handyman?

The handyman profession is not easy to define. If I were to say that a handyman is a person who offers his home repairing talents for money, I would be right but not very helpful. If I tried to get myself out of trouble by listing the specific skills a handyman should have, I would be in more hot water! For every skill I would add to the list of required talents including among others electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, tile work, locksmithing. I would be eliminating hundreds of handymen. Learn more…

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Handyman

With the various projects you might have going on around the house, it may be faster to hire a handyman (or woman!) rather than spending hours on the weekends doing them all yourself. A handyman is a jack of all trades when it comes to home repairs and maintenance around your home, usually for less money than a specialist such as a plumber and electrician. But before you bring someone into your home, it’s important to find the right person. You don’t want a handyman who swindles you or fixes everything incorrectly to where you have to go back and have another professional redo the work for more money. Learn more…

More Things To Know Before Hiring A Handyman

Every house, no matter how old or new it is, will have its fair share of maintenance issues that come up. More often than not, these little projects don’t require an experienced contractor who specializes in one particular trade. Oftentimes, all you need is a reliable handyman.

Before you hire the first handyman service that shows up on Google, there are things you need to know. Don’t sign that dotted line until you take all nine into account. Learn more…

Types of Tiles

Looking around the internet I found some interesting articles.

There are several types of tiles used for residential and commercial applications. Tiles provide one of the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly flooring choices. Tiles are made from natural clay and often from other (recycled) materials. Tile manufacturing does not necessitate the use of heavy chemicals or other harmful substances used to make other flooring types. There are no trees to be cut down as with hardwood floors, and the best part is that tiles are durable and have a long lifespan. Read more…

What Are the Different Types of Floor Tiles?

Tile flooring is attractive, durable, and easy to clean. Some tiles can be installed by the homeowner. There are floor tiles to suit every use, every taste, and every pocketbook.

Stone flooring has been in use for millennia. Today, stone floors create a feeling of luxury. They can create of mood of great formality or relaxed informality, depending on the type of stone. Generally, marble floors are the most formal and flagstone floors are the most informal. The natural variation in color and pattern make stone floor tiles very beautiful, and they are very durable as well. Read More…

Tile Flooring 101: Types of Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile can best be characterized as either porcelain or non-porcelain. Traditional ceramic tile is non-porcelain and is made from white, red, and/or brown clay and other minerals. Porcelain ceramic tile is made from clay and minerals as well, but it also contains 50% of a white dust or sand called feldspar. Feldspar is a type of crystal found in rock that acts as a “flux” during the kiln-drying process, melting into a glass-like material and bonding all of the molded ingredients together. Minor modifications to the ingredients of ceramic tile or the kiln-drying process (i.e., to the temperature and type of kiln) create enormous variety in the appearance and characteristics of manufactured ceramic tile flooring products. Read more…

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Ceramic Tile

When selecting flooring type that requires waterproofing, ceramic tile is the best alternative. Ceramic tile could be used as floor tiles, indoors, or as counter tops. Some types of ceramic tiles with high gloss finish tend to scratch over the time. Ceramic tiles with unglazed finish are the best alternative for outdoor flooring because of the possibility of standing water. Finishes available are: matte, embossed, glazed and textured ones for anti-slip. Ceramic tiles made of porcelain color through tile body, are the best to hide scratches or damages due to their composition. One of its biggest drawbacks is that grout lines could be very hard and difficult to clean and low quality tiles may chip. Read more…

It is always great to know the different types of tiles.