Door Sweep

Blocking Out Sound for Your Bedroom

One of the most common complaints from apartment residents is noise in their bedroom. Nothing is more frustrating than waking up in the middle of your sleep from footsteps, TV or household electronics.

A quick way to fix this problem is tweaking your bedroom door. A conventional, mass-produced apartment buildings are built with hollow-core doors. this means that your door is pieced together using two panels, with a honeycomb-like structure in between. this type of doors does VERY LITTLE in blocking out sounds. The quickest way is to install a solid wood door.

Solid Wood Door & Door Sweep

A typical solid wood door has a sound transmission class index of 25, including the spaces around the door. The sound-proofing effect can be greatly increased by installing an acoustic sound sweep that you can find any major hardware stores. The idea is to cover up all the space that sound waves can travel through.

Door Sweep for Soundproof

Acoustic Sound Kit

Now if installing the door sweep does not do the trick, try purchasing an acoustic door kit which is a set of metal bars that you can drill into on the four sides of the door frame. This does affect the aesthetic of your home unfortunately.

Soundproof Curtain

There are curious inventions to eliminate sounds. You can purchase a sound barrier for your residential home that mimics that effect of a professional recording studio. These barriers can be hung like a curtain or installed directly onto your door. The better ones allow you to roll up to the door frame.

Door Sound Barrier Curtain


Create Decorative Wall Hangers and Wall Anchors

In North America, when we talk about DIY decorations, wood and metal seemed to be the material of choice. These are definitely elegant raw materials to work with, but in this post I want to highlight another option – concrete.


Compare to wood and metal, concrete is a highly versatile and economic material that can be allowed to be manipulated into different forms and structures. It is certainly gaining traction from garden decorations and planters to being an element in the interior design industry.


We are going to explore both options in this post. Now I personally never like text versions of DIY guides. Instead of writing out point forms on how to make a concrete deco, I’ll show you a video that is sponsored by Ryobi the hand drill (Not affiliated with this manufacturer).

How to Make Concrete Wall Decoration

Now the key thing I want to point out is you can make various molds using very simple household materials like cardboards or boxes. The cost really is just the concrete mix, nails and your time.

Garden Planters can be made the same way using a paper mold, with a plastic cup inserted in the middle during curing. The result is elegant and durable.


How to Incorporate Concrete in Home Renovation Projects

I got this idea when I was speaking with a guy who provides concrete repair jobs like driveway concrete repair. He eluded me to the rising popularity of concrete flooring and concrete sealer. I digged around for what he told me and I am amazed with the possibilities of these application. Check out the photos below:




Concrete floors can be acid-stained to give a brushed and gradient look. Depending on the color added to the mixture, a stamped concrete artist can create a masterpiece right on the floor. The final step is to finish it off using an epoxy sealer or other concrete sealing compounds.

My friend explained that this is a way to boost the value of your home significantly without breaking a bank as the cost is only slightly above laminated flooring, but definitely cheaper than hardwood floors.

If the design interests you, put it into budget for your next basement or patio renovations.




An Easy DIY Guide to Flooring Installation

If you are one of the many daring people who have decided to install home flooring on your own, kudos to you. Floor installations can be a challenging yet fun project, especially if you go into it well-researched and prepared. It doesn’t take much to get started with installing your own floors, but there are just a few steps you should take before purchasing the flooring you want.

Measure the room

Many things you will need before you install floors will rely on this step, so it’s only natural for measurement to be one of the first steps. It isn’t complicated as most flooring are sold by the square foot, and taking the area of any room is easy. For beginners, it might be better to install flooring of typical square or rectangular rooms. To get the total floor area of such rooms, you’ll only need to measure the length of one side and the width of another. Multiply these two numbers and you’ll have your total area. For example, a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet has a total area of 100 square feet. You will need to buy enough flooring material to cover this plus an extra 5-10% to account for waste materials.

Choose the right material

We all have preferences when it comes to floor design. However, it’s also important to take some factors into account before deciding on which type of flooring to install. Weather, foot traffic, need for durability are just some of the things you’ll need to think about before deciding whether you’re going to install hardwood, tile, laminate, or any other. Some other materials that you’ll typically need for installing floors include safety goggles, a level, adhesives, saw cutters, grout for tile, and a few others depending on your chosen floor type.

Common materials include:

  1. Marble
  2. Hardwood
  3. Laminate
  4. Ceramic Tile
  5. Bamboo floor is gaining a lot of traction as it is twice as hard as oak with very competitive pricing
  6. Concrete, which is not something a home owner can install on his own but it is so beautiful I need to showcase it

Concrete Floor

Basic installing tips

For tile or hardwood floors, it might be a good idea to practice cutting before diving into the project. Once ready, make sure your floor base is clean and have your mortar or adhesives ready for installing. Only work in small sections at a time, as mortar and adhesives will dry out. For tile, make sure to use spacers in between. For hardwood, you can use a rubber mallet to gently connect boards to each other. Always use a level to make sure your floor is not lopsided.

Many home improvement stores offer classes on how to install floors on your own. If you aren’t confident enough to dive into a project like this, take advantage of those classes. Installing floors is a fun way to put your own touch and efforts into your home. Just remember to take your time, and you can have your dream floors in no time.

How to Fix a Sticking Door


In the climate like the Pacific North West, the seasonal humidity and temperature changes can cause noticeable expansion and contraction on your home doors. At some point, your door might start hitting the frame when you open or close, which is more commonly known as a”sticky door”.

There is a quick fix that home owners can try first before deciding to do anything with the wooden frame itself.

  1. Run your fingers across all four sides of the door with caution to identify the caused of the problem
  2. Try closing and opening the door to identify the part of the door that is hitting against the frame
  3. Examine all three door hinges to locate possible loose joint, or lubricate if required

Often time, the issue can be resolved by simply tightening the hinges. For heavier doors, the hinge might need to be unscrewed first before the door can be repositioned and screwed back in place.



What if that still doesn’t solve the problem? Every wood has its own moisture holding capacity. Plywood does not expand or shrink as much compare to solid wood. Proper installation of cabinet and doors would include and buffer space between a nickel and a dime to account for the natural wood shrinkage and expansion.

Having said that, newer home or homes with solid wood door might still require adjustment down the road. Before resorting to sanding a door, invest in a humidifier or dehumidifier and see if that can correct the problem.


Once a decision is made to adjust your door, two common options are available.

  1. Using a cylindrical stone that can be attached to any drill, run through the sticking rim until the problem improves. While this method is quick, it gives you less control over how much wood is being taken off.
  2. Option 2 which is the more professional option, is to take the whole door down and level it on the ground. Lubricate the side to be worked on using a soap, and with a wood plane, shave off the desired amount of door.


Either method would require a final finishing to be painted on the door. Make sure the sizing is correct before proceeding to this step.


Hope that fixes your sticky door problem!

Wall Mounting Basics

For the first tip around an average home, I thought nothing would be more fitting to include a quick video about how to locate a stud, or the solid wooden structure that is behind a dry wall. Locating the stud will allow any home owner or tenant to mount a heavy object like your TV to the wall.

Pacific west coast homes are built much simpler in comparison to many tropical countries since the weather is relatively dryer. Wooden frame buildings are more common due to lower risk of rotting in this climate. Hence wooden beams are used to provide structural support for the building, or the skeleton if you will. The walls are composed of wooden boards and dry walls (panel made of gypsum).

This is the conventional way of raising a wooden frame building. Now, when we hang something we don’t want to mount it on any drywall panel as they do not hold up to heavy weights very well. What you want to find, is the studs, or the structural support behind the wall and drill the supporting screws there.

A picture is shown below:

Wall Studs


Now what we really want to find is how to locate these studs as normally they are covered by drywall and paint. You can surely knock your way along the wall until you find a different sound, which indicated a solid structure. Or, you can easily purchase a Zircon studsensor to locate the stud’s exact location. Below I have included a video that details how to do this:

Once you have located the stud, drill away and mount that beautiful TV on the wall! Anyone can do this. All the best on your home improvement project, until next time!


Welcome to Handyman’s Corner

Hello there fellow want to fix things with your hands kind of guy or gal,


Name’s Philip, I want to dedicate this site to anything that is related to work around the house. These days youtube has a ton of “how to” videos that can literally show a person how to build a home. I’ll come to these videos occasionally but my focal point would be blogging about life hacks and info that are not readily available to average home owners. Check back my site for updates on building hacks, ideas, and tips, peace.