Posted by admin on July 7, 2017
The video linked below shows you how to clad a wall with pallet wood and turn a fugly wall into a wooden accent wall.
Simply build a frame by hammering pine bar into the wall using fluted masonry nails and then cut pallet wood to size and nail such to the frame using panel nails. And that's it! Now you know how to make a wooden wall out of pallet wood. Good luck!
You don't have the energy or time to do it yourself? If you're in Pretoria, contact us and Valuetec Property Renovations will do it for you.
Posted by admin on May 4, 2017
Have your property independently valued
The 2016 General Valuation Roll, conducted by the Tshwane Metropolitan, has been completed and will be implemented as from 1 July 2017. The purpose of the valuation roll is to assess municipal valuations of all immovable property types, including residential, commercial, industrial and specialised properties, and such municipal valuations will be utilised to calculate property rates on your property for the next 4 years.
What does this mean for you, the property owner? Should your property be overvalued by the municipality, which may happen as there are thousands of properties to be valued, you will be required to pay an inflated property rates expense every month, based on the inflated municipal value.
Posted by admin on January 6, 2017
Laying the tiles is only part of the job, so don’t forget to purchase grout from your local tile store.
Let the tile adhesive set for at least 2 days. You can purchase a faster setting adhesive, as mentioned in our previous article, but it is more difficult to work with because it dries more rapidly. Once the adhesive is completely dry, it’s time to start the grouting process.
Posted by admin on January 5, 2017
Now that you have your tiles all positioned as you want them, it is time to lay them. Depending on the size of the area, it will be a good idea to clear an entire day for this portion of the tiling process. It is a good idea not to do this on a day South Africa is playing cricket (you should be fine if they’re playing rugby though, why disappoint yourself?).
Posted by admin on October 26, 2016
The next step in finishing your tiling project, is to make sure that the entire area is covered. There will be spots which will not be able to accommodate a full tile, so you will need to cut these specific tiles to size. Cutting tiles for corners, spaces or plumbing fixtures is important and the following techniques can be applied:
Posted by admin on October 25, 2016
Now it is time to plan the layout. Once you are in possession of the tiles, it is always a good idea to make sure that they are in fact the colour and design you ordered.
Check your tiles
Before you start tiling away, you need to check that all your tiles match according to the shade, code and production date - You will find this information on the side of each box of tiles. (See image below)
Most important to note will be the date; as during the production process, slight variations may occur from batch to batch, so make sure that all your tiles come from the same batch (date). It is then time to go through all your tiles and select a reference tile that is the exact colour and texture that you chose in the store.
When opening the boxes, make sure to wipe the powder residue from the back of the tiles with a damp cloth. Use your reference tile to ensure that all tiles are as close as possible to the correct shade and texture. Some tiles are designed to provide more variations than others, so speak to the sales assistant beforehand. Any tiles that vary too greatly from the reference tile should be put aside.
Once you have sorted out your tiles, it is time to dry lay your tiles. Dry laying, is exactly what the name suggests – it is laying your tiles out in the pattern you want before applying any adhesives, also making sure that the tiles are aligned properly and there is no unnecessary cutting of tiles. Below we have the procedures for both floors and wall layouts.
Posted by admin on October 21, 2016
You have all the tools and the tiles and everything is off to a great start. Before tiling, you will need to prepare the space. In this article, we will discuss what you will need to do to prepare for the tiling process.
Preparing your substrate which you are adhering the tiles to is one of the most important tasks to get right. If you don’t get the surface flat, clean and firm, the tiles could break, jut out or lift up. Below are the steps to follow to prepare your substrate:
Posted by admin on October 20, 2016
Now that you have all the tools you require for your tiling project, you will need to ascertain how many square metres of tiles you will need. Well, that will depends on the size of the area to be tiled. In this article, we will be looking at how to measure the area you want to tile, and what factors you need to keep in mind when choosing tiles.
If you are tiling floors, measure the “Width x Length”, and if you are tiling walls, measure “Width x Height.” To be on the safe side, add 10% to that total, for breakages whilst tiling. If you are tiling an irregular shaped area, it will be easier to break such area into smaller sections and then add up all the areas to obtain the total area.
If you would like to be as precise as possible, don’t forget to subtract the areas of the floor or wall that will not be tiled. On walls, you will need to subtract windows, doors and any wall openings.
With floors, you will need to subtract toilets, bathtubs, architectural columns, etc.
Posted by admin on October 17, 2016
Before you start tiling away, you need to ensure that you have the correct tools. If you are that person that usually fixes or does everything with the help of a hammer, this guide is for you. If you want your tiling project to be the talk of the town, and not for the wrong reasons, you will need the correct tools to be able to finish the project like a professional.
Posted by admin on October 14, 2016
Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to the world of tiling.
We will discuss all the items which you will require, how to prepare and lay tiles properly, how to maintain such and we will also provide you with a few tips.