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How to Remove a Lazy Susan From a Corner Cabinet

How to Remove a Lazy Susan From a Corner Cabinet

Having a lazy Susan installed in a corner cabinet in your kitchen helps you make the most of the storage space. While the back corners of a plain corner cabinet can be difficult to access, a lazy Susan enables you to store many items that are always within arm's reach. Removing the lazy Susan should......[Read More]
Home Closet Ideas

Home Closet Ideas

The benefits of an organized closet are numerous -- less time spent choosing and finding clothing, fewer mismatched or wrinkled items, and peace of mind every time you open the closet door. But organizing this area of your home is often an overwhelming task: you have little time to devote to it, and......[Read More]
Proper Ventilation for an Attic

Proper Ventilation for an Attic

Air leaks and improper ventilation in your attic can cost you money each month and make the temperature in your home uncomfortable and difficult to regulate. Properly venting the attic also extends the life of your roof shingles and keeps ice from forming on the roof. Installing the proper ventilat......[Read More]
How to Build a Terra Cotta Fountain

How to Build a Terra Cotta Fountain

Terra cotta pots have more uses than cultivating plants and flowers. You can make a variety of craft projects with these versatile containers. A small pot works as the header for homemade garden chimes or stack pots with a terra cotta saucer on top to make a bird feeder. You can also build a single ......[Read More]
How to Install Concrete Drop-In Anchors

How to Install Concrete Drop-In Anchors

Concrete drop-in anchors are hollow, cylindrical pieces of metal that builders use to attach screws and bolts to concrete surfaces. In turn, the screws and bolts allow builders to connect wooden, plastic or metal components to concrete surfaces, such as walls and floors. Concrete drop-in anchors gri......[Read More]
How to Change Popcorn Ceilings Without Scraping

How to Change Popcorn Ceilings Without Scraping

Popcorn ceilings, once very popular in new houses, now make homes look dated and out of style. But many homeowners opt to replace their popcorn ceilings. While removing the popcorn finish can be messy and time-consuming, laying lightweight, glue-on ceiling tiles directly onto the popcorn finish can ......[Read More]
How to Install Thermal Insulation in Buildings

How to Install Thermal Insulation in Buildings

If you're building or remodeling a building and you're in any environment that isn't the Sunbelt, it's important to insulate the walls during the construction or remodeling. It's a much more difficult project later than it is while the walls are open. Thermal insulation, which in a house often means......[Read More]
The Size of a Mudroom

The Size of a Mudroom

The size of your mudroom affects the functionality of the space and determines which features will fit. According to Lowe's, a basic mudroom ranges from 6-feet-by-6-feet to 7-feet-by-9-feet, unless you want to integrate the laundry into the space. Evaluating the space and location of the mudroom giv......[Read More]
Metal Stud Framing Tools

Metal Stud Framing Tools

Steel studs are often used in residential construction.construction detail,steel studs image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.comTo frame efficiently with metal studs, you need some special tools on hand. You can do the job without these tools but at the expense of much effort and.........[Read More]
How to Build a Screened Window Panel for a Deck

How to Build a Screened Window Panel for a Deck

An outdoor deck is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air and to share a lovely meal with family and friends. But during the warm and humid summer months, come the bugs and they soon become a nuisance, especially around barbecues. The best solution is to enclose your deck with screened window pane......[Read More]
How to Estimate Patterned Carpet

How to Estimate Patterned Carpet

When you're considering new carpet installation, an accurate estimate is crucial to purchasing the right amount of carpet. The basic square feet of a room seldom reflects the actual amount of carpet required. Seams, traffic patterns and staircases all play a part in determining the right amount, as ......[Read More]
How to Install Telephone Equipment

How to Install Telephone Equipment

You can install your own telephone equipment without first attending telecommunications school. Telephone wiring is relatively straightforward and simple to install using simple tools that most do-it-yourselfers will already have in their tool kit. The materials that you will need are available thro......[Read More]
How to Clean Shingle Roof Fungus

How to Clean Shingle Roof Fungus

Fungus thrives in damp, dark conditions. Roofs that receive little sunlight due to thick foliage overhang often develop fungus very quickly. Fungus is easily removed from non-porous surfaces with a bleach solution and a little bit of elbow grease. Unfortunately, chlorine bleach can discolor roof shi......[Read More]
Ways to Maximize Energy Intake by a Solar Panel

Ways to Maximize Energy Intake by a Solar Panel

Solar panels can be a great way of generating clean energy in your home, reducing your environmental impact and your energy bills. Solar panels, however, can function at reduced efficiencies if not properly maintained and installed, especially in climates that receive little direct sunlight. Most so......[Read More]
How to Make Travertine Floors Shine

How to Make Travertine Floors Shine

Travertine floors are an elegant natural stone option that is found in many homes and buildings. The problem with many commercial floor cleaners is their high chemical content, which isn't only too harsh for the floors, but also brings unnecessary chemicals into your home. Bleaching items and highly......[Read More]
How to Remove Silicone Caulk

How to Remove Silicone Caulk

Silicone caulk is used for a lot of different applications. Most commonly, however, it is used as a sealant in your bathroom. You can find silicone caulk around your bathroom sink, bathtub and toilet. If you are in the process of replacing one of these items, then you will need to remove silicone ca......[Read More]
What Chemicals Cause Indoor Air Pollution?

What Chemicals Cause Indoor Air Pollution?

Many common household cleaners emit volatile organic compounds.plastic spray bottle tops image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.comIndoor air pollution occurs when harmful gases and/or particles are released into the air of a house, apartment or any other building. This type of pollution can.........[Read More]
How to Install Solar Panels on a Tile Roof

How to Install Solar Panels on a Tile Roof

Solar panels can be installed on many roof types. The panels can be tilted up as well as flush-mounted. It is much easier to locate the rafters when the roof is off to install the mounts for the panels. The mounts need to be secured with stainless steel lag bolts bolted into the roof rafters. Shin......[Read More]
How to Fill in Gaps in the Garage

How to Fill in Gaps in the Garage

Garages are not always fully insulated to keep out cold or hot air. Vehicles, tools and excess household items do not require an insulated space for storage. Making an addition to a garage to use as a workshop or adding cabinets leaves gaps in the seams of the walls. Filling the gaps in a garage wit......[Read More]
How to Paint a Laminate Backsplash

How to Paint a Laminate Backsplash

An out-of-style laminate backsplash donning colors or patterns from a bygone can be painted over to give a kitchen a new and trendy look. The problem with painting laminate is that it is extremely smooth. This smoothness makes it difficult for most paints to properly adhere. Scuffing the laminate wi......[Read More]