Lucky 7 Nail Oil

I personally vouch for Lucky 7 Nail Oil. It’s the only nail oil I use. I garden and do a lot of yard work so my nails are constantly trashed. Lucky 7 Nail Oil has been the only product that alleviates my dried out nails and cuticles.

Lucky 7 Nail Oil is a nail and cuticle oil that will get rid of hangnails, splitting, peeling and fraying of nails with daily use.

Lucky 7 Nail Oil

Epoxy Flooring, A Highly Durable Flooring Option

Philadelphia epoxy flooring is a type of concrete floor coating mostly found in garages, shops, and basements. The chemical combination of a resin and a hardener creates a rigid plastic material that bonds to concrete, is strong, and extremely resistant to every day wear and tear.

Believe it or not, there is a difference between epoxy floor and an epoxy floor coating. The main difference is the thickness, or depth, of the epoxy. Anything less than two millimeters is generally considered an epoxy coating while two millimeters or more constitutes an epoxy floor.

Epoxy floors are incredibly strong that they can be used in the toughest of environments, including heavy duty work environments or even demanding industrial spaces. This type of flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and can even include flakes or colored chips to improve tractions and create a non-slip surface for improved safety.

While installing an epoxy floor or epoxy floor coating can be a DIY project, it is important to note that there is the possibility for failure. First and foremost, poor surface preparation can lead to a lack of adhesion. It is usually recommended to grind the concrete before applying an epoxy coating.

The environment should be clean, dry, and dust free before attempting to apply a coating to concrete surface that has been property prepared through grinding or shot-blasting. For basement applications, it’s extremely important to note that epoxy does not bind well in areas with high humidity. The area must be dry and free from leaking or dripping pipes.

The foundation, or substrate, that the epoxy is being applied to should be fairly strong. In older concrete surfaces, there is the possibility of the concrete breaking away from itself after the epoxy has been applied.

Using the proper primer is a must! Substrate that hasn’t been properly prepared or primed is an easy target for poor adhesion and general coating failure.

As always, there are loads of videos, articles, and information out there if an epoxy flooring is something you’re interested in, there is even a growing trend of interior application of this type of flooring for homes due to its high durability in heavily trafficked areas.

If this is beyond your DIY ability, there are many professional companies out there who handle these types of projects. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals or references!

Paver Patios

Spring/Summer seem to be the ideal time for those outdoor DIY projects. Paver patios are an easy project that can be completed in a weekend. If you are looking for low maintenance and durability for high traffic areas – look no further than a paver patio.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of videos and DIY instructions are available online. It’s important to research any potential project and to be aware of any possible complications. Up front a paver patio might seem more costly, but in the long run you’ll save the cost of annual sealing, and repairs are low cost and simple.

One important safety tip to keep in mind, be sure to call before you do any digging to make sure there aren’t any cable, electrical, or utility lines near the area you’ll be working in. You’ll need to consider how you’ll prep the base for your patio, not only ensuring your patio is level, but that it slopes away from your home to prevent water damage in rainy areas.

Pavers vary in shape, color, size, and material. It’s important to shop around to find the best deal as well as the best material that suits your home and landscape style. Consider varying shades and even incorporating wood elements to avoid creating a “patchwork” effect. The idea is to create a recreation area in your yard that blends with the surroundings while providing you with the entertaining space you desire.

Pinterest is an ideal place to search for inspiration, patterns, and ideas. Any time we start a project we create a board and add pictures, links to articles, and even products before we start to whittle down to the actual firm plan for the project.

Of course, DIY projects aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. In which case, look for a landscaping design professional for your project, collect some bids, and don’t be afraid to ask for references and read reviews online.