How To Clean and Care For Oriental Rugs

An Oriental rug can add elegance to any rooms decor. They come in so many colors and designs, that it’s easy to find one that will compliment your existing room accessories. Oriental rugs can be used as the focal point of your room to add splashes of color, but they’re also very functional.

Most Oriental rugs are fairly expensive, so when they need cleaned, you need to take a little extra care. But, cleaning them isn’t hard as long as your careful. Keeping them clean can add years to their life and beauty when done properly.

Using a vacuum to clean Oriental rugs is the best way to keep them looking new longer. But, when you do vacuum it, you need to be gentle. Set the vacuums brush to a setting that is barely touching the surface of the rug. And, make sure that if your rug has fringed edges you keep the vacuum away from the fringes. If the fringes repeatedly get sucked up into the vacuum, it can cause them to fray.

Any type of rug on the floor is vulnerable to spills and stains and no matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. The best way to clean Oriental rugs is to use a little bit of club soda and just a small amount of a good quality carpet cleaning solution. Use a soft rag to just blot the stain or spill up, rubbing it will only press it deeper into the rugs fibers and you might not be able to get it out.

Another really good way to keep your Oriental rug looking newer longer is by rotating it on a regular basis. The wear on the rug will be more even and less noticeable if you turn the rug now and then. How often you should rotate the rug will depend on how much traffic the rug gets. If it’s in a high traffic area, you need to rotate it more often. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of rotating it each time you vacuum.

While rotating the rug can reduce the chances of showing signs of a walking path, it will also help prevent fading. Sunlight coming through any nearby windows shining directly on the rug will eventually fade the colors. By rotating the rug, you can help prevent light areas and keep the colors brighter and more vibrant.

Always try to avoid letting ORiental rugs get wet. While you may not have any choice but to use water or club soda to clean up a stain, there is a chance that the colors in the rug might bleed. Anytime your rug gets wet or you have to clean it, make sure that you soak up as much of the liquid as possible and place the rug where it can get air to dry quickly.

If you need to store the rug for an extended period of time, wrap it in a sheet or large piece of cloth. Never put it inside an airtight bag, it can cause the rug to rot and mildew. And, they should never be stored anywhere that is hot, humid or damp, or in a place that doesn’t have good ventilation.

If you have furniture sitting on the rug, it’s enevitable that you’re going to end up with flat spots in the rugs pile. Moving the furniture now and then can help prevent crushing of one spot. But, you can use a soft brush to gently brush the fibers and fluff them back up.

Preventative Maintenance For Your Driveway

Having your driveway paved with asphalt is quite an investment. It’s an investment that you will want to do all you can to protect. Right now is the perfect time to do some preventative maintenance to help your driveway survive the harsh winter weather. With a little preventative maintenance, your asphalt driveway should last for years.

Even the asphalt used on highways deterioriates with wear and weather, but the grade of asphalt the is most commonly used on driveways is much worse.
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to protect your driveway is by sealing it. The heat and use during summer can damage your asphalt, but the freezing and thawing during the winter can wreak havoc on your driveway.

Your driveway should be sealed at regular intervals to protect it all year round. There are many benefits that come with sealing your driveway. It will make your driveway water resistant, it can help repel both rain and melting snow and ice. Water is the most destructive element for driveways, it can cause cracking which allows even further water damage.

The hot sun can also damage your driveway, it causes it to become overly dry and makes it more suseptible to cracks beneath the heavy weight of vehicles and also allows water seepage. But, even air can damage the surface of your driveway by causing corrosion.

Most professionals recommend that you apply a new coat of sealant to your driveway every one to three years. But, you can often tell when sealer is needed just by the color of your asphalt. If it appears to look really dried out, it’s time to add a new coat of sealant.

You should never apply driveway sealant to any new asphalt surface. When first paved you should allow the asphalt at least six months before applying a sealer. It generally takes that long for all of the oils in the asphalt to evaporate. And, as the oil evaporates out of the asphalt, your driveway will become harder and much more durable.

Applying a sealant will prevent the oil from being able to evaporate and the asphalt will remain soft. You also need to apply sealant only if the temperature is at least 50 degrees. In weather that is below fifty, the sealant won’t be able to adhere properly. Once applied, the sealant needs at least 48 hours to properly dry. So, you should also check the weather to make sure that you’re going to have several days of dry weather before sealing your driveway.

Before sealing your driveway you should also inspect it for any signs of cracking and repair them if you find any. You can purchase products to repair cracks in your asphalt, or call in a professional to do the work. Either way, it’s vital that any cracks or holes are properly repaired before sealing.

Applying a sealant to your asphalt driveway offers other benefits besides protection from the weather. It will also make your driveway much easier to clean and sweep. And, it will create a repellant for oil and other chemicals that might get spilled onto the surface.

Advantages Of Electric Fireplaces Over Gas

It’s that time of year when many homeowners are thinking about how they’re going to keep their homes warm through the winter. If you’re considering adding a fireplace to your home, you really should think about all the advantages that electric fireplaces provide.

Fireplaces add so much to the beauty of a room and with all the designs available today, you can choose from rustic to elegant. Traditional fireplaces leak much of the heat they generate and although they will keep your home warm, much of the wood or other substance that you use is just wasted into the outside air.

Conventional fireplaces are also messy, you have to deal with soot and keep them cleaned out. You also have to clean the chimney regularly and inspect it for any damaged or blockages. With an electric fireplace you don’t have to worry about a chimney, soot, ashes or smoke.

With an electric fireplace, you won’t have to have some where to store firewood. And, you won’t have to go out in the snow to bring in more firewood. And, unlike gas fireplaces, you’ll never have to worry about carbon monoxide fumes being released into your home. Electric is not only much cleaner than gas, it’s also much cheaper.

Another big difference in an electic fireplace and conventional fireplaces is that you have control over the temperature. You can adjust the setting to the temperature that you want for the room and it will save lot’s of money on electricity. Having a thermostat and temperature control let’s you maintain the correct temperature.

Most types of electric fireplaces can be set up and heating your home in just minutes. The set up is pretty much just placing it where you want it and plugging it in! And, if you decide you want to move it to another location in the room or in the home, you can easily put it anywhere that you need it.

With the advancements made today, electric fireplaces can even create realistic flames. Some even come equipped with sound so that you can hear the crackling of the fire. Some models actually look and sound so real, guests might not even realize that it’s not a conventional fireplace!

Another really great advantage of electric fireplaces over gas, is that you can install them in any room of the home. You don’t have to worry about venting them or running gas pipes, all you need is an electrical outlet and you’re fireplace is ready to go. You can also find them in a variety of sizes to fit any room.

There are so many styles of electric fireplaces to choose from. Some even double as entertainment centers, with shelves for all of your media equipment. They also come in many different looks such as stone, wrought iron and wood. They’re a really good way to add charm to your homes decor as well as keeping it warm and cozy.

How To Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

The kitchen is one room of the home where bright light is very important. Most homes only have lighting fixtures in the ceilings of kitchens which make it hard to see if the light is behind you. But, you can easily add lighting under neath the cabinets to provide light exactly where you need it most.

There are various types of under cabinet lights to choose from and they come in various types of materials such as plastic and brass. So, finding some that will match your kitchen shouldn’t be hard. And, depending on how the bottom of your cabinets are made, some lights won’t even show.

With all the emphasis on making homes greener, LED lighting is becoming very popular. However, they are still quite expensive. The green side to LED lights is that they use very little energy and provide lot’s of light. Most have settings that allow you to go from low to high depending on what you need.

Both fluorescent and halogen light fixtures are also popular for under cabinet fixtures. Fluorescent lights are probably the most common, the bulbs are long lasting and while the light is bright it’s not blinding. Halogen bulbs generally last about one fourth as long as fluorescent and touching the bulbs will cause them to burn out even faster.

Puck lights are great choices for areas that require extra light, but don’t have the space for large fixtures. Some puck lights are just an inch thick, they’re very compact so they can be used in the smallest of places. They hook together in a string similar to Christmas lights.

They are usually sold in packs of two, but you can find them in larger packs. You just mount them under the cabinet and then connect them together. Fittings are included with the lights that just snap together with the last fitting having a plug-in. Puck lights can be found in several colors and materials.

Before you actually install the light under your cabinet, you should plug it in and move it around to get the best location. But, most manufacturers will recommend that the light be installed as close to the front of the cabinet as you can get it. Once you’ve found the position for the light, mark the screw holes on the cabinet bottom with a pencil if you can get to them.

Many light fixtures even come with paper guides to show you exactly where to make the screw holes. But, if the one you purchased don’t have a guide, then you’ll have to measure and mark the holes yourself. It’s much easier to get the holes right if you draw and outline of the fixture on the bottom of the cabinet.

Once you’ve got the cabinet marked, measure down from each end of the light to the hole and then measure across. Make the same measurements on the diagram and make pilot holes for the screws. Some cabinet bottoms are fairly thin, if yours is too thin for the screw, you can add some washers to keep the screw from going up inside the cabinet. You can also purchase shorter screws instead of using the ones that came with the light.

After you’ve got your pilot holes drilled all that’s left is to install the light fixture. Just follow the instructions to properly attach the light to the cabinet. One thing that you should consider before deciding where to put the light, is how you’re going to plug it in. Unless you want to run wires to the fixture, try to install them as close to plug-ins as you can.

Ways To Use Seashells In the Bathroom

Since most bathrooms are fairly small they are often one part of the home that gets a little neglected during decorating. But, your bathroom can be turned into a relaxing, seaside retreat with a few simple ideas, a bunch of seashells and some water themed accessories.

Seashells are generally cheap and easy to find and you can often find them at thrift stores for almost nothing. And, if you live near the ocean, you can create a wonderful design with shells that you’ve collected yourself.

I probably have way too many seashells in my bathroom. Each one just has their own beauty and I seem to want to add them all to my bathroom decor. It would be pretty aggravating dusting all of them if they were other types of items, but since they’re literally water proof, you can just lay them in the tub and spray them each time they need cleaned!

I found some really pretty seashell border on sale and put it half way up the bathroom walls. But, you can add border either there or at the top of the wall. I put it about five feet up on the wall because you get to see it more there. Border up at the ceiling doesn’t get to be enjoyed as much in a small room.

The border has seashells of various sizes all over it, so I cut out several of the designs. I used the cut-outs as accents, I applied some to the front of the toilet tank. I didn’t really expect those to stay on very well, toilet tanks are bad for condensation and I figured it would just get damp and fall off. But, it’s been there for almost a year and still looks really good.

I also applied some to the mirror, which makes it match the bathroom. Then I applied some to the wall just above the back of the tub and shower. I didn’t use any special adhesive to attach them, I just wet them and pressed them on with a soft cloth, just like I did on the wall.

I had ran across some starfish and I just hung them on nails beside the sink in a diagonal line. You don’t even have to make a hole in the starfish, the nail will fit right into the opening on the back. I also used a few pieces of natural coral that are aquarium decorations. My shelf is all made of wire, so I laid some pieces of clear glass over them to place all of the shells and coral on.

If you’re going to have seashells you’ve got to add some sand. I just purchased some small bags of sand that came from the craft section, but you can use any type of sand. While I choose the natural sand, the crafting sand usually comes in several colors, so you can even have it match your color scheme.

I poured some of the sand into a little glass boat and laid seashells all inside it and it sits on the bathroom sink. It’s a simple idea, but it looks really nice and everyone loves it. I did the same thing in a small globe shaped bowl and set it on the shelf along with the larger shells.

To blend a trash can in with the theme, you can hot glue small shells onto it. And, you can do the same with a hand soap dispenser or any other item that you use in the bathroom. Small seashells can even be glued to the front of a soap dish and to the back of a hand mirror.

I have a solid color shower curtain and didn’t want to purchase a new one, so I spiced it up a little. I’d found a planter hanger made of seashells and took it apart to use the shells. I used some twine and strung up several seashells on lengths of it and tied them around the shower hooks. Leave the string long enough so that the shells dangle.

You can find nets made especially for decorating that you can hang all sorts of sea life on. And, you can add shells to almost anything to add to the decor. You could even hot glue some seashells over the vanity knobs. Hot glue is the best to use for projects like that because it’s not permanent. If you decide you want to remove the shells you can just pull them off. And, you can easily pull any remaining hot glue off of non-fabric items as well.

How To Replace a Broken Tile

The kitchen is often the most abused room in the home. With all the traffic and cooking, accidents can happen and things get dropped. If you have a tile floor in your kitchen, a heavy pot or pan could easily crack one or more of the tiles if it falls. Tile flooring is pretty sturdy, but sometimes things just happen.

If one of your tiles has gotten cracked, it won’t just make your floor look bad. It will also allow water or other liquids like juice or milk soak into the wood underneath if it gets spilled in the area. Fixing a cracked or broken tile as quickly as possible can actually save a lot of water damage to the flooring.

To get the tile off the floor, you’ll need to crack it even more with a hammer. Place an old rag or towel over top of the cracked tile and tap it with a hammer hard enough to break it into several smaller pieces. The rag will help keep little shards of tile from flying up in your face as you break it.

Also, to keep the shock waves created by the hammer from damaging other tiles next to the broken one, you’ll need to remove all of the grout from around the damaged tile first. You can use a grout saw, which can be purchased at most hardware stores, or a rotary cutting tool. No matter what you use, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes.

It will take a little time to cut through the grout, it’s been down for awhile and has probably gotten quite hard. Just take your time and do it carefully so you don’t damage other tiles. Remove as much of the grout as possible, all of it if you can. After the grout is removed, use the hammer and rag to break the tile.

If the pieced of tile have sharp edges, use gloves to remove them from the floor. You will have to use a chisel or some other tool to pry most of the pieces up off of the wood surface. Once all of the tile pieces are up, you need to remove all of the old adhesive.

Use the chisel to pry the adhesive up from the wood, vacuum the area so that you can see what is loose and what is still stuck to the wood. If you don’t get the wood clean of all of the old adhesive or debris, the new tile won’t stick properly and will eventually just come loose from the floor.

If you’re lucky, you installed the tile after you moved into the home and have a few spare tiles stored back. If not you’ll probably have a hard time finding tile exactly like the ones on your floor. It will especially hard to find a match if the tiles have designs. If you can’t find an exact match, choose the one that’s the closest to the flooring.

Use a putty knife to apply tile adhesive to the back of the tile that your using. After you’ve applied the adhesive, use a notched trowel to spread the adhesive in a smooth, even coat on the entire back of the tile. It’s important to cover the whole area with the adhesive, but make sure that the edges are well covered.

Place the tile onto the floor and tap it with the handle of the hammer. You want to firmly set it on the floor surface, but don’t tap it so hard that it cracks. Position the tile in place so that the gaps around the edges are even. You don’t want to forget to leave room for grout around all of the edges.

The new tile will need at least 24 hours to dry before you can apply the grout. Once it’s dry and you start to grout the edges, make sure that you get it way down into the gap. You can use a grout float to press it down into the gap properly. Once you’ve applied all of the grout, use a damp rag or sponge to wipe up any excess grout before it dries on the tiles.

Understanding Home Decorating Themes

There are many types of decorating themes to choose from when you decide to re-decorate your rooms. While you might not really care what your particular style is called as long as you like something, if you’re really serious about interior design it really helps to know the specific terms for themes.

Formal traditional says it all in the name. It’s formal atmosphere that is very traditional. It refers to designs that originated from eras such as the Victorian, Renaissance, Georgian and Greek. The style is refined and elegant all the way to the window treatments.

Informal traditional is almost the same as formal traditional, except the style is a little more comfortable. There are more earth tone colors in informal traditional and the furnishings have a slightly softer, inviting touch.

Environmental just simply refers to furnishings and design that include textures, patterns and colors from mother nature. And, international modern design has a simplicity with smooth surfaces and hard lines. Unusual textures are also combined with abstract patterns.

The design referred to as primitive or ethnic has more of a masculine touch. Styles can range from South Sea, American West or African themes. The textures are heavy and patterns have a lack of sophistication that is charming.

Romantic Victorian is a favorite design style,it has lot’s of patterns, lot’s of florals and beautiful colors. Pattern is the main goal in this theme, with the walls and accessories having lot’s of designs. There are so many patterns that it almost creates a cluttered look, but it’s a look that works very well.

American country includes furnishings that can be designed after styles from the 17th century to modern day. Hand crafted work is evident in this very popular theme. There are several other design themes including shabby chic that is pretty much just a mix of whatever you like.

Before you start any decorating project, you should set a realistic budget and stick as close to it as you can. Setting a budget ahead of time and adhering to it can keep you from be disappointed by getting half way through your project and running out of funds to complete it.

Also, decide what the most important change you want to create is. Do you want the walls redone? Maybe you want a new sofa or lamps. Decide what will be the most expensive and most important part of your project and purchase that item first. If you do run out of money, you can always add accessories later, as long as you have your main decorating done.

You of course, need to decide on the style you want to accomplish before you make any purchases. If you’re still undecided about the total look that you want to create, browse through some home decorating magazines to get some ideas. Even if you don’t like the entire room in a magazine, you can get ideas from individual pieces of furniture, accessories or even the color scheme.

Choose what you want to use as the focal point of your room. The focal point could be a fireplace, a special antique table or even a beautiful painting. Maybe, the focal point is the object of your desire to redecorate. If so, decide what you want to use as the point of the room before shopping.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating is not choosing pieces that have the right proportions with each other. If you’ve ever really like a room, but there was something that was just not right about it, it could be as simple as the tables being too large or too small for the sofa. Proportion is a very important aspect of having a well balanced room.

How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing and Bursting

In an average winter, one quarter of a million homes have busted pipes caused by freezing. A small hole that is just 1/8″ long can leak as much as 250 gallons of water each day! Even if the hole isn’t inside the home where the water can do all kinds of damage, the wasted water will make for quite an expensive water bill.

There are steps that you can take to help prevent your pipes from freezing. And, if you do them now, you won’t have to be outside during the cold weather insulating pipes or fixing leaks. When it comes to something that can seriously damage your home, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Something as simple as leaving your cabinet doors open when you go to bed at night can sometimes prevent freezing. Heat often don’t reach inside closed doors, opening them will allow heat from the room to keep the area around the pipes warmer. And, believe it or not, actually letting your hot water drip during the night can also help keep pipes from freezing.

Seal all the air leaks in the area where your water pipes are, during extremely cold weather, outside air can freeze pipes that are even inside your basement or other area. If you have air vents under your home, close them or seal them all up with insulation during the winter to keep cold air out.

One of the most common ways to insulate pipes is to use foam insulation. The foam comes in pipe like tubes and is split down one side to slip over the water pipes. It can be easily cut to fit an size area that you need to insulate. Pipe jackets are usually made of either foam, fiber glass or wool felt.

If you use insulating tubes, get them as close together as you can. And, as you get each piece placed on the pipes, tape all of the seams with some wide tape to prevent air leaks. Tape the joints securely as well, the insulation won’t work properly if there are holes and gaps that let the cold air reach the pipes.

You can also use regular batting insulation that comes in narrow rolls especially for pipes. It’s just like the insulation that you use inside walls and it’s just wrapped around the pipes. If you’re really worried about frozen pipes and want to take extra precautions, use heated pipe cable or tape to protect your pipes.

If there’s any insulation already on the pipes, you’ll need to remove it before attaching the heat tape. You should also remove any flammable items away from the heat tape as an extra precaution. If you have existing heat tape on your pipes, you should inspect it on a yearly basis. Although, it’s made to last for several years, the plastic coating can sometimes become cracked leaving raw wire exposed.

Follow the manufacturers directions exactly, heat tape shouuld never be wrapped over top of itself. Leave some space between each layer. Not all heat tape works for all pipes. Some of the tape can’t be used on plastic pipes, just make sure you purchase the correct heat tape for the correct job.

Another great advantage of using heat tape is that besides helping to keep your pipes from freezing in the first place, it can slowly thaw them if they do freeze. The automatic heat tape is much safer than the regular types, it will come with a thermostat that will keep the temperature adjusted at a certain level.

When choosing insulation to cover heat tape, make sure that it is waterproof to keep water from soaking through to the electrical elements of the tape. Heat tape is one of the best ways to properly insulate around pipe fittings or spigots.

Once you’ve applied the heat tape, then you can use foam sleeve insulation over top of the tape. Don’t forget to start wrapping your pipes with the plug-in closet to the nearest outlet. And, last of all, don’t forget to plug your heat tape in on those cold winter nights.

How To Paint Laminate Countertops In The Kitchen and Bath

The kitchen can be one of the most expensive rooms in the home to remodel. Even if you don’t purchase new appliances, cabinets and countertops are a large expense on their own. If you would like to replace them but can’t really afford to, consider painting them for a whole new look.

Laminate countertops are pretty durable, but over time the colors can become faded, dull or just outdated. If your countertops are in good condition, you can just paint them instead of spending hundreds of dollars on replacing them. It’s also a great way to just change the color of a kitchen that you don’t like.

One of the key factors in successfully painting laminate surfaces is to make sure that they’re clean so the paint will adhere well. You should use TSP, trisodium phosphate cleaner to remove all the grime and build up. Other than that you’ll need painters or masking tape, foam paint rollers, a bonding primer, water based paint and some polyurethane to seal your project.

If there are any areas of the countertop that have came loose, use some wood glue to repair them. Then thoroughly clean the surfaces with the   TSP cleaner according to the label instructions. Any areas that you don’t want to paint should be taped over and you can also use drop cloths for added protection to floors and other areas.

You will definitely want to spend a little extra to get a high quality bonding primer for this project. Kitchen countertops take a lot of wear and abuse and you will be glad that you didn’t skimp on products when the job is done. You should also get the primer tinted to match the base coat so there’s less chance of it showing through the paint.

Apply a smooth even coat of primer to all of the countertop surface with a foam paint roller. Follow the manufacturers suggestions on drying time to make sure that it’s completely dry before applying the base coat. Once it’s dry, apply the base coat in the same way as you did the primer.

If you’re really creative and want to add some designs to your kitchen countertops, now is the time to do it. There are numerous ways to add designs to the surfaces, you can use tape to mark off designs, stencils and even rubber stamps. If you want to create a block design, measure and tape off square sections, then add designs to the center of each square.

After the designs have completely dried remove all of the tape. The last step you’ll want to take is to apply a polyurethane protectant. Choose a water based sealant that is clear and again, go for the quality and not the price. The polyurethane sealant will help keep water from soaking through to the laminate countertop causing it to eventually rot. It will also help protect your hard work from stains.

You should apply at least three coats of polyurethane, but many experts recommend four coats be applied. The more coats you put on the surface the more protection you’ll have. And, it will give your countertops a nice shine that will make them look more professional.

How To Install A Motion Light Switch For Added Safety

If you’ve often found yourself searching a wall in the dark for a light switch, you might want to consider a motion detecting switch! Similar to a motion detecting light, these switches will detect any movement and automatically turn the light on for you!

These switches are great for garages, basements and tool sheds. But, they’re also very handy to have in the home to provide hallway, or bathroom light during the night. They’re very easy to install and you can do it yourself with just a few simple tools.

You just replace one of your regular light switches with the motion activated switch. Many models also feature a delayed setting, you can have the light switch off automatically at a set time after you leave the room. It’s a great way to add safety to dark areas of your home.

Anytime that you work with electricity the most important thing to remember is to turn off the breaker to the outlet or room you’re working in. Most breakers are labeled for each room, but if you’re not sure exactly which one you need to turn off, turn the light on and keeping flipping the breakers off until the light goes off.

Remove the cover plate from the light switch, it’s a good idea to use a circuit tester to check to make sure that there’s no electricity on the wires as a added precaution. If you’re sure that’s the electricity is off, remove the two screws that hold the receptacle in place.

There will be three wires that are connected into the back of the switch. One will have a white vinyl covering and one will be black, the third wire will be bare and it is just the ground wire. But, the ground wire won’t be used when installing the motion detector switch.

You can loosen the screws or braces that hold the wires in place, but it’s best to just cut them off. Starting with a fresh piece of wire can help prevent breakage from crimped areas in the old connections. Once you’ve removed the wires, cut the vinyl with a utility knife or a wire stripper if you have one.

If you’re using a knife, just cut the vinyl all the way around the wire about an inch back on the wire and pull the vinyl off. Now the wires can be hooked into the new receptacle. Some models vary in the way the wires are connected. But, generally the wire will either be wrapped around a screw and tightened or there will be little tabs that you pull out and insert the end of the wire into a hole closing the tabs back against the wire.

Follow the manufacturers instructions as to which wire to place in each connection. With most switches it doesn’t matter where you put a specific color wire, but make sure before you hook them up. After you’ve got the ends of the wires connected to the new switch, push any excess wire back inside the plastic box and into the wall out of the way.

Place the switch into the box in the correct position lining up the screw holes and secure it into place. You will also need to set your controls, the instructions will tell you how to set the amount of time before the light comes on when someone enters the room and the amount of time to stay on after someone leaves the room. Once you’ve got your settings adjusted, attach the cover plate to the switch and you’re done!