Hall of stripes! A hallway runner rug DIY

Having searched for ages for a hallway runner rug, which is easy to clean and looks nice in our modern apartment, my husband and I came across SFTEN flatwoven cotton rugs (EUR 19.99 each, 80 cm x 150 cm). I wanted more than just to put two rugs one after another, which would not stay put in a busy area.

hallway runner rug

At the end I decided to sew two of them together with nylon thread by hand. As a result I had one long hallway runner rug, which worked perfectly in our hallway.

hallway runner rug

This could also work in the kitchen. If I ever wanted to separate the rugs, it is just a matter of cutting off the nylon thread. The carpet is secured by STOPP underlay to avoid it slipping.

hallway runner rug

This double carpet can even be washed in a domestic washing machine. One could also make a longer carpet, but then the single carpets would have to be separated for washing.

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~ by Alli, Vienna, Austria

You may also like this hallway runner rug

hallway runner rug

Make a very affordable hallway runner rug using the cheapest IKEA rug available – the SIGNE flatwoven rugs, which goes for only $3.99 each. Three of these would set you back less than a meal in town, and you’ll end up with a sweet runner if you add a few embellishments. See how to hack one.

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Price on Application? Forget it.

Price on application is a tag applied to some properties on the market, the price of which, for one reason or another, the agent or owner wants to keep secret. The theory is that an interested buyer will make the effort to call the agent, to find out the price, and even then, agents can prove to be cagey, to say the least.

So what is POA all about, why are some properties marketed this way, and most importantly, does it work?

A price can be kept secret for a number of reasons: the owner could have requested it, perhaps to keep this information from his neighbours or family; he could be a celebrity, and value his privacy generally, so this is just a natural extension of his cautiousness. There is usually only one reason for an agent to choose to market a house at POA: if he has absolutely no idea what it’s worth. He doesn’t want to commit himself to an asking price, so by marking the property without a price, in essence, he may hope to generate enquiries to help him gauge the likely interest and so determine a suitable asking price.

But and it is a big but if this property is marketed on the internet, POA doesn’t work! Once upon a time when the internet was just a baby (and so were most of today’s agents) an agent could make up an asking price on the spot when challenged by a buyer. These days, nothing is secret thanks to the internet. You see, when a property is uploaded to a property portal, POA is merely the descriptor; an asking price has to be selected. Therefore, all a buyer needs to do is to enter a wide search, in terms of asking prices and area, and the so-called secretly-priced property will magically appear in the slot allocated by the uploaded asking price.

Let me give you an example: if I enter ‘Reigate’ into Rightmove, with no upper price limit, I may get a list of properties with a POA property right at the top, with no way of knowing its real asking price. If however, I extend the area to say, 10 miles of Reigate, the POA property will then show in order and I will be able to see roughly where it sits. The reason the POA will probably show at the top of my list by the way, is that POAs tend to be in the upper price brackets, typically at more than 2.5 million.

POA is in my opinion, a little bit arrogant, misguided and it doesn’t work. Can you imagine if next time you go into your local newsagent, all the stickers on the cans of Coke and the baked beans simply say ‘price on application’?!

If you’re a seller with a unique, hard-to-price house for sale, don’t let your agent talk you into it, and if you’re an agent, re-educate your client so they understand why it’s such a bad idea.

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It’s Gas Safety Week – important information about staying safe in your home

Poorly installed or maintained gas appliances, pipes and flues can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Following thetips below can help you keep your house safe.

Top tips for gas safety

  1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineerto fit and maintain your appliances. You can find an engineer atGasSafeRegister.co.uk.
  2. Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card.Check the back of the card to make sure theyare registered for the work you have requested.
  3. Have your gas appliances checked every year.
  4. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning -headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapseandloss of conciousness.
  5. Check gas appliances for warning signs of faults.Key signs to look for are lazy yellow flames (instead of crisp blue ones), black marks around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  6. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm.

Advice for landlords

Gas Safety Regulations

Legislation states that every let musthave a Gas Safety Record carried out by a qualified Gas Safe Register engineer. This must be inplace before your tenants move in to the property and thenchecked every 12 months.Your Move canarrangethese checks for you.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Legislation also dictates rules for landlords regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.All rented properties must have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.

Learn more about our services for landlords >

Advice for tenants

Be sure to follow the appliance safety rules above in your home.

If you notice any problems or faults with gas appliances provided by the landlord then report them immediately to whoever manages the maintenance of the property that might be a letting agent or the landlord themselves.

Make sure you know where the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are and check these regularly. If these aren’t in place your landlord must supply them.

5 Signs it is Time to Move to a Bigger House

Move to a Bigger House

We all try to find that perfect home – the one with the features we love, and just enough space inside and out to accommodate our families and lifestyles. At some point may come that nagging feeling: it’s time to move to a bigger home. If you’re still not sure and maybe need a little []

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Brick Wall Leaks Driving Rain

DEAR TIM: As result of Hurricane Irma, I had a leak in the ceiling in the bay area of our kitchen. It happened in the past with other intense storms. I suspect the problem could be water penetrating the brick and/or wind driven rain entering under the facia and over and down the inside of the inside face of the brick. The brick lentil spans across the bay, so if water is making its way in, it has nowhere to go but to the drywall ceiling in the kitchen. Before I dig into this and hire contractors, I’d like your opinion. What’s going on and what’s the best way to fix it? How could this leak have been prevented when my house was built? Jim McV., Cumming, GA

DEAR JIM: You and thousands and thousands of other homeowners suffered damage from wind-driven rain from Hurricane Irma. All you have to do is recall your high school physics class and it starts to make sense. Remember the simple formula: Force equals mass multiplied by acceleration?

Water is heavy. If you need a refresher course on this, just open up your car window as you drive in a gentle rain shower and see what the drops feel like hitting your hand at only 50 mph much less 100 mph or greater! Each water drop that smashes against the side of your house is like a hammer driving the previous water drop deeper into any crack, opening or other tiny space where normal down-falling rain causes no issues.

The fable about the three little pigs and brick homes didn’t cover wind-driven rain! 2017 Tim Carter

Brick walls leak water. It’s been a known fact for well over 100 years. Builders and brick masons many decades ago realized this and used two different bricks to construct exterior walls. The entry point of most of the water is the vertical mortar joints that are called head joints.

While to the naked eye it seems that the mortar and brick make an impenetrable barrier, such is not the case. Old brick buildings had a softer absorbent brick that was used on the inside of the wall. This brick was designed to soak up the leaking water and then immediately release it back to the air once the sun came out and the breeze pulled all moisture from the wall.

Modern brick veneer construction discarded this wonderful system that’s worked for ages. Now the water that leaks into the wall, as you’ve already surmised, runs down the back of the brick. It’s easy for it to find a way into most homes as you’ve discovered.

Modern builders who use brick veneer are supposed to install flashings at every horizontal break in the brick wall. This means there needs to be a flashing at the lintel that’s hidden behind the roof of your kitchen bay, above and below every window, door and any other thing on the wall that’s not brick.

The wall framing must be covered with a waterproof material that overlaps like roof shingles so any water that ends up touching it can’t get to the wood framing of the home nor to the interior wall and ceiling systems.

2017 Tim Carter

At the base of the brick wall, there needs to be a flashing that captures all the water and redirects it to the outside of the house. This means there needs to be plentiful weep holes, and there needs to be a mesh product or some other system behind the wall that ensures wet mortar that falls behind the wall can’t interfere with the movement of the water to the outside of the house.

It takes great skill to install all these flashings and membranes. The Brick Industry Association has many detailed technical publications showing how all this is supposed to happen during construction. But for you, it’s now a moot point. You need to go to plan B.

You job now is to apply the best silane siloxane water repellent money can buy. It may require two coats. What’s more, these two applications need to happen within minutes of each other. If you wait too long between coats, the first coat could block the second coat from penetrating the mortar and brick!

The best of these clear sealers have microscopic solids that can help plug up the minute passageways that water is using to cause your leaks. It’s going to take a little research on your part to locate the best sealer.

Water damage to the ceiling, due to driving rain. 2017 Tim Carter

When you apply it, be sure two people are working as a team. One will be equipped with a backpack leaf blower. As the person with the spray wand applies the sealer, the worker with the blower directs the wind blast right at the wall driving the wet sealer deep into the brick and mortar joints just as Irma did with the rain. You want the sealer to penetrate deep into the wall.

Years ago I ran across a milky liquid you could brush on the mortar joints and a small amount of the brick. It would dry clear and act as a barrier to the driving rain. But recent research of mine while writing a book about defective asphalt shingles indicates this product will no doubt break down with exposure to direct sunlight. While it may work for a while, eventually the ultraviolet rays of the sun will destroy the film.

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IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / Storage Table

IKEA items used: 2 x Gloss White Lack Side tables

I became the owner of a Raspberry Pi late last year which was going to be used for casual retro gaming. I like my AV setup quite neat, so wanted somewhere I could keep the Pi whilst it wasn’t in use, and away from my toddler’s hands! I’d seen the LACK hacked for storage a few other times, but was inspired by an old hack I’d seen years ago whereby the LACK had a sliding top. Due to the space it was going in, I needed a hinged top to make the contents accessible.

In addition to the LACK tables, I also used:

  • Wooden batons x 8 (about 8 at my local timber merchant)
  • Gas dampers (50NM) x 2 (approx 4 on eBay)
  • Small door hinges x 2 (about 1.50 at my local timber merchant)


  • Soft self-adhesive fabric (5, eBay)
  • Shadowfoam (about 25)
  • White gloss spray paint (One can, local shop, 4)

I started by taking the wooden batons and drawing around them on the underside of both tables. These are to strengthen the table top as the innards were coming out. I measured an extra 10mm over on what was going to be the bottom table as I wanted a slight overhang once the batons were pushed in to place. Once marked up, I cut the square out very carefully with a sharp Stanley knife. It’s important to keep the edges straight as these will be on display when the table is open, but it is also important to keep the section whole as you’ll be needing this later on. Once cut out, remove all the honeycomb filling making sure that the surface is as flat as you can make it.

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Storage Table

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IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Storage Table

Once removed, cut your batons to size. I squeezed some wood glue all around the innards of the table and pressed the batons in place (the wood I purchased was the exact fit for the gap – I did a trial on an old LACK a few days before so I didn’t mess this one up!). I did the same for the other table top, but as you can see from the picture, this one has the slight over-hang. Once pressed in place, I squeezed loads more wood glue into the centre and put in the piece of the table I’d cut out (this is to strengthen the table top). I left it over night with weight on it to ensure it glued properly. I did this to both parts.

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

I then took my door hinges, measured them equally apart and again, used the Stanley Knife to cut them out. Because the frame inside the table top is very narrow, it’s important to make sure that the batons that you put in are pressed right against the inner frame as the hinges will screw into this.

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

I then attached the legs and one of the dampers ensuring the table top with the overhang is on the bottom. As you can see, there is a slight cutout for the damper to slot into when the top is closed. When happy, I added the second damper, and drilled/countersunk/screwed the batons in place, but on the base only as this is going to be covered.

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

I then took the self adhesive fabric and covered the surface of the bottom table, tucking it underneath to make it look neat. I then added the Shadowfoam, by tucking it under the overhang of the bottom table (this is why the cutout on the bottom table was slightly smaller). I then added my Raspberry Pi and accessories and cut them into the Shadowfoam. Once I was happy with how it looked, I removed the top and sanded/sprayed white to match the exterior. Once dry, I reattached and put in place.

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

IKEA LACK Raspberry Pi Case / DIY Storage Table

And there you have it, one storage table for my Raspberry Pi, hidden away from little fingers! If attempting yourself, it is important to make sure you reinforce the table top using the part you cut out as the table top isn’t as strong as it was (in one picture you can see I used some white hardboard that I had knocking around as I accidentally chucked my cut out away!).

~ by Daniel Moore

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IKEA Place lets you see it in your home before you buy it

I’m over the moon excited about this – a new app from IKEA that allows you to preview 3D versions of IKEA products in your home setting. You get a life-like rendition of the piece in your space, down to size, lighting, shadows and fabric texture. See it at home first. Without all that cart manoeuvring, flatpack hauling, mind boggling assembly. (And what!? Your partner doesn’t like it? And you now need to reverse the entire freaking process.) With this app, you see it first. Albeit virtually. But still. Without. All. That. Sweat.

Just a few days ago, IKEA announced the launch of IKEA Place, an augmented reality (AR) application that can potentially change the way we shop at IKEA forever. No more second guessing whether the piece that looks great in the catalog will fit into your space and style.

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Lets do away with #shoppingfail

IKEA Place makes it easier to make buying decisions in your own place, to get inspired and try many different products, styles and colors in real-life settings with a swipe of your finger. Augmented reality and virtual reality will be a total game changer for retail in the same way as the internet. Only this time, much faster, says Michael Valdsgaard, Leader Digital Transformation at Inter IKEA Systems.

IKEA Place lets you envision it in your home before you buy it

IKEA Place lets you envision it in your home before you buy it

From sofas and armchairs to coffee tables, all of the products in IKEA Place are 3D and true to scale so that every choice is just the right size, design and function.

Looking at the demo video, the app seems easy enough to use. You scan your room, browse the range of IKEA items and then select a product to place in the space. Tilt and turn the item to set it just right. And you can share the photo immediately too.

IKEA Place is built on Apple’s new ARKit technology, and boasts a 98% accuracy in scaling products to room dimensions.More than 2,000 IKEA products will be available in the app at launch, and in the future, the app will play a key role in the launch of new product lines.

The products in the first release will focus on larger furniture products for the living room: all sofas, all armchairs, all footstools, all coffee tables and top-selling storage solutions that can be placed on the floor. Some of the most recognized IKEA products are available on IKEA Place, including: the VIMLE sofa, the STRANDMON winged chair and the LISABO side table.

The app will be available in the Apple store starting in late-September; users will need iOS 11 to enjoy this app.

IKEA Place lets you envision it in your home before you buy it

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