JT Floor Covering out of Interlochen, Michigan shows us how to install carpeting on a concrete (or cement) floor with step-by-step easy to understand instructions.
So glad you are here with us today! Grab a seat and get ready to learn HOW you can install your very own carpeting on a concrete/cement floor! My son Jason (Denine’s), the owner of JT Floor Covering showed us in very easy to understand steps.
Please make sure you watch the video first and refer back to our step-by-step instructions as a guide.
TOOLS & SUPPLIES WE USED
Measuring tape, drill, masonry drill bit, hammer, box cutter, duct tape, carpet stretcher (aka knee kicker which can bepurchased or rented), rubber mallet hammer and of course the carpet and padding.
Sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly.
Scrape all irregularities off the floor.
Once again sweep and vacuum.
Install concrete tack strips around the perimeter of the room, but not in the entryway area. Remember when hammering the tack strips use the hand that will be against the wall.
Measure and lay the binder or transitional strip in the area that will come into contact with the other flooring. Often this is the entryway.
Drill holes in the concrete using a masonry drill bit into the tack strips that did not adhere to the concrete and the binder strip.
Hammer masonry nails into those drilled holes.
Roll out and cut the carpet padding to the size of the room with a box cutter.
Using a shuffling motion (see video) – stretch the padding out.
Using a box cutter trim the padding to inside the tack strip and binder.
Use duct tape to adhere the padding to the tack strips.
Tape seams of padding together where necessary.
Roll out the pre-measured carpet piece and cut to size.
Stretch the carpet onto the tack strips using a carpet stretcher (knee kicker).
Trim off any excess carpet using a box cutter or carpet knife.
Finish off the carpeted floor by using a rubber mallet hammer to close the binder strip over the carpet. We used a binder strip the length of our wall as we installed Luxury Vinyl Floor Coveringin the kitchen section of the studio.
Celebrate a job well done & enjoy!
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We have 4 great centerpieces for YOU to choose from for your Thanksgiving table. They are all quick and easy to make with things you have around your house – inside and out. Your friends and family will simply be amazed!
Thanksgiving Day is a time that we can stop and reflect on what we are truly thankful for. But in preparation of that day we can find ourselves busy getting the house ready to receive family and friends. To help you save time we have 4 easy and quick centerpieces that will amaze you!
We are saving the safety hat for our 1st year anniversary.
Just a year ago we held our premiereto roll out our video channel business. We had a blast and were blessed by those who attended. We are thankful that in this past year we have gained subscribers and followers who believe in us and like what we are doing.
Move this, move that, quiet on the set!
For the premiere we filmed the very same DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces that we are releasing for the first time this month. As we look back we are thankful for all that we have learned about how to produce, film, edit and script videos. We laugh at ourselves thinking that we knew what we were doing. Little did we know how much more there was to learn and continue learning. We are also thankful that our videos have improved in quality and character!
What are you thankful for this day, month, year? We’d like to hear in the comments below.
4 Quick & Easy Thanksgiving or Fall Centerpieces
These centerpieces are made with items we found around our homes and yards. Outside we found a variety of pine cones in different sizes and greenery boughs from the various trees. But don’t stop there you can even use leaves, stones and sticks. Inside we scoured our homes and located a large variety of items to choose from such as uncooked popcorn, beans, coffee beans, fresh cranberries, macaroni, votive, candles, Christmas lights, garland, ribbon and a bit of material. These are just suggestions – Let your imagination fly!
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Welcome to The Hard Hat Belles where we do and learn with lots of laughter. Pull up a seat and grab your cup of tea, coffee or whatever you prefer to drink and be ready for some fun.
Let There Be . . . . . No Lights
It is dusk outside and even darker in the house. Just about the time that I should start turning on the lights. It is still winter outside and the house is a little bit chilly from the winds that are blowing against it.
I always start in the living room turning on both lamps, then move to the kitchen and turn on the two overhead lights in there. As I move from room to room, turning on the lights one by one to brighten my living space, the area becomes more cozy and homey. I work my way to the back of the house to turn on the porch lights for late arrivals.
I am home alone enjoying the peace and quiet. No television or radio to distract me from the peacefulness. I dip two tablespoons of decaf coffee grounds into the coffee filter anticipating the enjoyment of a cup while I read – my favorite pastime.
I nestle into “my” reading chair with a novel while the coffee starts to brew. I’ve been reading this book a couple of weeks now and as I get drawn into the story line once again (when I read, I am there in the story), the lights suddenly . . . . go out. Seriously, are you kidding me? The room is immediately engulfed in darkness. I can’t even make out my hand in front of my face.
Let There Be Light . . . or Not
Fortunately, my husband was always prepared for these types of emergencies. All I had to do was make it to the laundry room (at the back of the house) from the living room, without killing myself, to find the lantern and candles stored on the VERY top shelf just for such an occasion. Oh, by the way, I also had to find the step stool in order to reach those items. I carefully made my way through the house, my arms and hands stretched out to their limits without incident. Yes!
I found the step stool and reached up for the magic box of light, the lantern and candles, easily enough. I traced my path back to the kitchen to set my treasure out on the counter, still in the dark. I opened the box with the lantern as it would be the quickest way to set up all the candles.
Once, I had the lantern in my hands I felt for the switch and turned; click, click . . . . no light. Okay, maybe I turned it the wrong way; click, click . . . still no light. Alright, not panicking, but concerned. Oh, maybe the batteries are not in it? Nope, all the batteries are in it. Hmmm, maybe the batteries are dead as I haven’t checked on this stuff since my husband passed away in 2014.
First things first as I am still in complete darkness. I felt around in the box and found the lighter and candles. I light a few to make it easier to hunt around for batteries. Now where to find some more batteries. . . I know, I just put some in my radio on the microwave . . . whew. I removed the batteries from the backside of the radio and inserted them into the lantern; click, click . . . still didn’t work?? I know the batteries are good because I was playing the radio a couple of days ago.
Seriously . . .
Back to the lantern. . . I pulled open the battery cover and casing and removed the batteries that I had just inserted. With the candle I peer into the cavity only to find all this bluish white stuff. Corrosion! Not only on the terminals, but on the batteries that had been stored in it as well.
Let me tell you it was not very restful or as peaceful as I had hoped to enjoy, to read by the candlelight with all the candles spread out on my kitchen table for 3 hours while waiting for the electricity to come back on. Not to mention, I didn’t get my coffee either! I am also sure I will suffer repercussions from caffeine withdrawal, peace deprivation, and the strain on my eyes for years to come (alright, a slight (big) exaggeration).
When the electricity came back on one of the first things I did was to contact Wiebke and ask her if she was agreeable to creating a video on How To Clean Corroded Battery Terminals. I was determined not to go through another episode of NO lights (can you tell, I am still traumatized).
After much research The Hard Hat Belles filmed Cleaning Corroded Battery Terminals. I now have a clean lantern, minus batteries not being stored in it, ready to go for the next electrical outage.
It is very important that you understand that the goggles and rubber gloves are a must. Sure, you could do them quicker without these items, but you only get one pair of eyes and hands – Let’s protect them. For the science and hazard information behind the corrosion that can be harmful – check out one of the many US Department of Health and Human Services analysis reports within their Household Products Databaseat their website.
Supplies You Will Need
Rubber gloves, paper towels, white vinegar, a syringe, water, a hammer, a flat-tip screwdriver and a hard surface to work on.
Step 1: Take out or pry out the corroded batteries, if needed. You may need to tap on it with a hammer or pry it out with flat tipped screw driver.
Step 3: To getrid of the corrosive deposits from the inside of the lantern use a syringe filled with vinegar and spray it directly onto the corroded terminals. There will be some bubbling as the vinegar reacts with the corrosion.
Step 4: Using a toothbrush, gently scrub the terminals until the corrosion is gone and the metal is all shiny (or mostly shiny).
Step 5: Rinse the parts you cleaned thoroughly with water. You can again use a syringe to target the specific area that had corrosion on it.
Step 6: Dry the areas you cleaned as much as you can with paper towels or a regular small towel. Make sure to air-dry the lantern completely before re-installing new batteries. This may need an overnighter drying.
And there you have it! A shining lantern with no corrosive battery terminals ready to be loaded with batteries and put to work.
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We are glad you are here at The Hard Hat Belles website. We have been busy filming future videos including more episodes on How To Conquer Your SmartPhone. We have been combining the filming with teaching some of our more challenged friends (Joyce) and family (Pat) how to conquer their smart phones. Let’s get started and see how well it went; grab your cup and your seat and we’ll get with today’s topic – Conquer Your Smart Phone 101 Episode 2 (or II).
Phones Back In The Good Ole Days
I am really not that old, (at least I don’t think so), but in the last several years telephones have really come a long way. I can remember rotary phones and when you dialed the phone they made these strange musical noises and then when the dialer would come back to it’s original position, it made another musical noise. The next telephone I remembered was a push button phone. You not only used them for communication, but people were also creating tunes that ranged from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to the Three Blind Mice and more. Their notes were a little more musical and keyboard style; like a piano. Then there were the party lines. Households within a community shared phone lines and only one family or household could use it at a time. I remember hearing my parents talk about having to wait (sometimes complaining about the long winded talkers), until others were done using the phone line in order to place their calls. You knew someone was on the party line when you picked up your phone and you’d hear a conversation and you’d hear a conversation like this, “. . . and Mary Lou was late to class because she was caught holding hands with George . . . ,” (just kidding). But can you imagine the privacy issues back then. Hmmmm. . . . . . do you think a lot of gossip went on during that time?
If you would like to learn a little more fun history facts about cell phones or just the telephone in general I recommend visiting The Art Institute’s website or The FCC Kids Zone or BGR Media, LLC, which shows a brief timeline of the house to cell phone history along with some pictures (for those too young to have experienced the earlier models).
The Here & Now
And here we are – back into the here and now where we are currently using these super small phones (compared to the older ones). You can get a cell phone that is just for talking or one that can do everything your computer at home does. There appears to be a variety of styles and types to chose from.
Conquering The SmartPhone
We are truly blessed to be living in a time where we can have affordable cell phones that we can take with us when traveling long distances to provide a way to contact others in case we break down or if there is an emergency on the road, which could possibly save lives.
Unfortunately, for those who do not understand how to operate the cell phone, SmartPhone, or IPhone it can be very frustrating, especially as new and improved models are rolled out on a regular basis.
Slow & Easy
Here at The Hard Hat Belles we are providing a simple, easy, slow, step-by-step method to learn how to use those SmartPhones without stress and we hope, providing some laughter. We are starting with the basics of the basics from removing the phone from the original container to how to operate the camera and menu settings (future releases). If this series is helping you or someone you know, please let us know and we will continue with a more in-depth series once all the basics are covered. Happy SmartPhoning!!
Once you have completed The Basics 2 tutorial you will be ready to tackle the next video – The Basics III (3), where we will explain the SmartPhone home screen and and it’s icons. Please join us for the next video and blog. Remember to subscribe below to be notified when the next episode in this series is released.
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Before you watch that halrious video (above) on how to make Irish Soda Bread in a Crock Pot (Slow Cooker), grab a spot of tea and get comfy.
A year ago about this time my best friend Mary and I were planning a trip to Ireland (for a month!). Neither of us had been overseas before and we were both apprehensive, excited and ready to go!
We stayed at a lovely beautiful stone cottagelocated in Brackwansha near Knockmore, County Mayo, Ireland. If you look it up on a map it is between Ballina and Foxford to the west. You could just about draw a line straight from Dublin to almost the other side of the country.
Our charming hosts Ray and Rose and their family made us feel like family. They took us under their wings and guided us through life in Ireland. There are a hundred stories I could tell you, but for now, let’s just say the area residents still remembers us as the crazy American ladies and their escapades. To see what Ray and Rose had to say click here and scroll down to the comments.
Amazingly, Ray and Rose took their property that was inherited and over the years and turned buildings that used to be for farm animals into some true Irish cottages. They actually did most of the work themselves. To learn more about their seriously, reasonably priced accommodations click hereand herefor websites they are listed with.
At first you notice that Knockmore is not the most touristy place to stay in by tourism standards, but we got to learn and see some Irish living real life. We were close enough (the island isn’t that big),to get to Dublin by bus and England
by plane (Knock airport). We saw some castles, cliffs, ocean, ruins, monasteries and abbeys. There is so much history in Ireland from their lifestyles to their churches.
In celebration of the upcoming Saint Patrick or better known as St. Paddy’s day here in the United States, we have an amazing Crock Pot Irish Soda Bread recipe that we adapted from delightfulrepast.com. We made it healthier for us by changing out an ingredient or two.
Just so you know, this bread is a much denser bread (sort of like cornbread) than our American white bread and if your interested in learning the history behind this bread visit sodabread.info. We found the bread to be great with chili, soups, or to snack on.
One of the traditions they have in Ireland that I really have tried to adopt is that when they take long road trips (they – being the natives of Ireland), the Irish take actual restorative breaks by pulling the car off to the side of the road, putting out a couple of chairs or blanket and pouring out a hot beverage (mostly tea) and some sort of sweet bread, cookie or biscuit. This bread would have fit in perfectly.
I personally like some butter or jam on it with my coffee. Make sure to give it a try (the bread and the rest stop) and let us know how it turned out for you.
Slow Cooker Irish Soda Bread
(Makes one 8-inch round loaf)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (to make your own dark brown sugar check out joythebaker.com). If you brown sugar becomes hard you can put it in a container with either 1/2 an apple or a slice of bread.
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons *Olive Oil (*I changed this from unsalted butter to olive oil)
1 large egg
In 2-cup glass bowl, mix together milk and vinegar; let stand for 5 minutes.
Lightly spray the sides and the bottom of your slow cooker. Wiebke used a round 4 qt slow cooker.
In large mixing bowl, mix together flours, brown sugar, salt and baking soda. Rub olive oil into flour mixture with fingers. However, I preferred a whisk and Wiebke likes a mixer.
Whisk egg into the soured milk.
Make a depression in center of flour mixture and pour in all but about 1/4 cup of the milk mixture. Slowly mix the flour mixture and the liquid. Stir gently to combine into a slightly sticky dough that can be formed into a very pliable soft ball, adding more liquid if needed.
Lightly knead the dough in the bowl, 5 or 6 times, forming it into a ball.
Place the dough ball into the center of the slow cooker. The dough will flatten a little to a diameter of roughly 6 inches and a height of about 2 1/2 inches.
Using a sharp knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep cross in the top of the dough. (This will help the bread to be baked through and to not have an underdone texture).
Set the slow cooker to the “high” setting and bake for about 3-3 ½ hours. You can test if the bread is done by seeing if a toothpick stuck into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Remove the loaf from the slow cooker and place it on a wire rack and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Cool the loaf off for about 2 hours. If you slice it before it as cooled off completely, it may fall apart.
Our trip to Ireland was declared a success, however I will leave you with a tidbit – Our adventures included getting lost the first day, almost running over our host, huge spiders, driving on the wrong side of the road, trading out our rental vehicle three times, asking for directions from an Irishman with a very BROAD (I so didna understan a wood) accent and cows……..oh, and talking to sheep.
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If you have any comments about how your Crock Pot Irish Soda Bread turned out or other ideas for us to try, please let us know below in the comments. And as Ray says, “its always lovely to hear from ye, spreading cheer and stories.”
We are so excited for Valentine’s Day! A Day for L-O-V-E! Thanks for taking the time to stop in at our neck of the woods. We love having you come visit and sit a spell. So grab your special beverage, pull up a seat and let’s discuss Valentine’s Day and what it means to us.
We could discuss the history and why or when Valentine’s Day got it’s start, but seriously, who cares anyway. I just appreciate the day for what it represents. . . . . . a time to celebrate the loves in my life.
I love this quote by Ann Landers:
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”
Isn’t that true for all our relationships? Those that love us and those that we love – love finds a way to forgive regardless of those imperfections that make us crazy. For instance I know my husband, Bill, was by no means perfect and the man could make me nuts over crazy stuff, but I was so mad with love for him! I love my kids – all five of them and my grandkids and yet they are not perfect – but the love we have for each other is. And yes, each person that I love in my life can and does make me crazy with their imperfections at one time or another….but I wouldn’t have it any other way. With that said, I also know that I am way from perfect and am thankful that my family and friends love me in spite of my own personal brand of craziness.
As you go about celebrating your special Valentine – whether it be sweetheart , child, friend or sibling may YOU be blessed with love yourself.
Now on to the REALLY good stuff – C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E!! I am all over this blog (I am a self professed chocoholic) and our video on How To Make Chocolate Bowls using water balloons was amazing fun! And just for you we also added a bonus on how to make the Sunk in Chocolate Strawberries. Enjoy!!
Chocolate Decadent Valentine’s Day Bowls
These are the items you’ll need
Blown up balloons – size depends on what size bowl you want
Chocolate candy melts – you can use a wide range of flavors
Wax paper – we put our wax paper on a cookie sheet for easy transport
Microwave-safe bowls – size depends on how much chocolate you are melting
Spoons – for stirring and decorating
Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups of white candy melts. Microwave on full power for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. Make sure to stir each time. Ours was a little overdone, so careful on the timing. It seems the white melts need a shorter time than the milk chocolate.
Place about 1 cup of dark chocolate candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. Make sure to stir thoroughly each time.
Next drizzle a little of the dark chocolate over the white chocolate. DO NOT STIR.
Dip a balloon into the drizzled chocolate mix. You can dip it as deep as you would like. Pull it out and let extras drip back into the bowl, then place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to set.
We found that we wanted a thicker bowl, so we took a spoonfuls of chocolate and drizzle/smeared more chocolate on the balloon. An alternative is that you could let the chocolate dry a bit and re-dip it.
Continue until you have all balloons done. You may need to drizzle more dark chocolate on top as you need/want it.
Place them in the fridge so that they’ll harden in just a couple minute. This is where the cookie sheet came in handy for easy transport.
Now that the chocolate has set, gently squeeze the balloons to release them from the chocolate. Then, using scissors make a
small hole and peel the balloon out of the chocolate bowl.
**Disclaimer/Disclosure: Please be careful whom you share your chocolate bowls with as the balloons are latex and could be harmful to anyone with a latex allergy. We had one of our (orange) latex balloons leave some residue inside of one of the chocolate bowls. Please see the rest of our disclaimer/disclosure here.
To see our step-by-step directions in action, please check out The Hard Hat Belles video here.
Our Special Bonus
Sunk In Chocolate Strawberries
(or chocolate covered strawberries)
These are the items you’ll need
Strawberries – Cleaned and if desired remove the tops (we liked ours with the tops left on).
An ice tray or mold – we found that the silicone square cubes we used were hard to remove the chocolate sunk strawberries, so make sure the removal will be fairly easy.
Chocolate melts – again, the flavors all depend on what you like to use.
Microwave-safe bowl – is size dependent on how much you are making. You will find that when you use a mold, you will use a lot more chocolate.
Spoon – for stirring.
Place about 1 cup of dark chocolate candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. Make sure to stir thoroughly each time.
Pour some of the chocolate into the mold without filling it full.
Place strawberries in each molded cup. If they are quite a bit larger than your molds you may want to cut them to size.
Pour more melted chocolate over the strawberries filling the molds to the desired depth.
Place mold in refrigerator until completely firm, which will make removal easier.
To see how we made our chocolate sunk strawberries in a quick mini video, please click here.
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