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Building a pegboard tool wall.

In this article I will be talking about organising one of the places in the house that ends up very often getting neglected, the dreaded garage, or shed. Sometimes it is very easy to sort of throw some things into the shed and close the door. This used to happen way too often at our house. We ended up following a few different ideas from different places and adopted a few techniques to help make our room of mess, into a nicely organised space. Today we will be covering a tool wall.

Tool wall:

Having a well organised space for your tools is a god send, there are a bunch of ways you can do this. Using something like a pegboard to attach hooks to and have a clear plan on where you want each tool to be. As long as you space everything out and have a clear plan on where everything will be laid out on your wall. The best way to do this is to lay the material down on the ground that you will be attaching to the wall and to space out your tools around it as if they were hanging on a hook. You can get a nice feel for how much space each tool needs and where you want to place your hooks.

Once you have the sizing right (hopefully you have the right size pegboard for your wall too!) you will need to find the studs in the wall you are installing it on. Mark these spots with a pencil, you need your board attached to at least 3 studs through the wall or else it will not be able to bare the load. Determine how high on the wall you would like your pegboard to be hung; mark that height with a pencil.

Position your first 1 x 2 piece in line with this mark, using a level to ensure it is straight. Mount this piece to the wall into the studs with the wood screws and drill.

Position the second 1×2 piece so that the top of this center piece is 22″ from the bottom of the top piece. The measurement from the top of the upper piece to the center of the center piece should be 24″. Use a level to ensure the piece is straight. Mount this piece to the wall into the studs with the wood screws and drill.

Position the final 1×2 piece in a similar fashion, so that the top of the lower piece is 22″ from the bottom of the center piece, and the measurement from the center of the middle piece and the bottom of the lower piece is 24″. Use a level to straighten. Mount this piece to the wall into the studs with the wood screws and drill.

Continue this process until all your peg board pieces are attached to the frames you mounted on the wall.

Once this is all done all you need to do is attach any pegs or accessories that you figured out earlier to attach all your tools to the wall! Easy!

Checking for leaks

A few drips? Who cares?

Ensuring that your house is free from leaks probably does not sound like something that you would consider to be too important, we usually fix them ourselves but sometimes we use these guys if the problem is too big. This is not true however, even a slight leak can add gallons of extra water usage a month, this is obviously not something to ignore! Losing even a small amount of money each month well and truly adds up. In this blog post, I will just be running through some simple ways to check for leaks in your house and what you should do to fix them/ maybe get someone to fix them for you!

Finding a leak:

The best way to check for leaks is to use your water meter and it is actually super easy to do. Just head outside and find your water meter, if you are unsure where it is they are usually out the front of your house. There are times where it may not be out the front of your house and if for some reason you cannot find your water meter you can ring the billing department and they will be able to help you find it.

After you have located your water meter, you need to ensure that you have no water in use on your premises. You would get a surprise if you were trying to check for leaks and your tap was running inside! You would think you were leaking at an alarming rate. Once you know no water is in use check the lead indicator on your water meter and ensure no leaks are being detected. The leak indicator could be a small triangular shaped dial or a small silver wheel that rotates when water is flowing through the meter. If the dial is moving chances are you do indeed have a leak. A leak can be pretty small so it is probably advisable to take down the water usage number, record it somewhere and then wait for a couple of hours. Make sure nobody in the house uses any water as this would make the whole exercise a waste of time. Check the usage number after the allotted time and if it has changed then you have a leak.

Where is it though?

Now we have to find it. We have to determine if the leak is in our outside of our house. What we need to do is:

  • Locate your homes main shut off valve and shut off the water at the valve. Normally you will find the shut-off valve in the basement or maybe in the garage directly behind an outdoor tap. It could also be below an outdoor tap.
  • Once again, check the leak indicator for movement or you can use the meter reading method, make sure there is no water running in your house once again during this period. If the leak indicator stops moving or there is no change in the meter readings, then you have a leak inside of the house. If the leak indicator continues to move or there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is outside between the meter and the house.
  • Unfortunately, this isn’t an exact science and you may struggle to find the leak in this scenario it may be a good idea to call a plumber for assistance, the cost of a plumber will be worth it in the long run vs the cost of a constant leak. We use these guys, for all of our plumbing needs when we cannot get the work done ourselves.

I hope we could help slightly with this task, it’s not an easy one to get done but it is definitely necessary. Thank’s for reading.

Introduction post!

Hey guys, I am just writing this blog as an introduction of sorts. We are still in the process of getting the website up and running completely but I thought it could not hurt to have a little something listed here as well.

We are a small group of “home improvement experts”, I put that in talking marks because everything we will be writing about will be under the guise of us being experts in a sense but, I stress the fact that we are writing all of these blogs from our personal experiences. Do not take what we write as the complete authority on whatever task we are talking about as, as they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Make sure you do your own research on top of what we have said as like I said, it is personal opinion mostly.

In saying all that we love doing work around the house and we love to make our homes better places and we want to share all that we do with you guys, the readers. We will be attempting to do a post every week at the least about something in the world of home improvement. Uhh, I think that’s all I have to say for this post, but stay tuned. Bigger and better things are on the way!