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How to Understand Kitchen Cabinet Styles

How to Understand Kitchen Cabinet Styles

At first there seem to be so many choices you may never narrow them all down to one, but it's easier than you think. There are two basic aspects to any cabinet style: the type of structure and the look. In the end, it will boil down to what you like to look at.......[Read More]
How to Make Tired Linoleum Tiles Look Good

How to Make Tired Linoleum Tiles Look Good

Linoleum is a popular type of flooring for many homes, and linoleum tile is generally easy to install and maintain. However, if you let your maintenance waiver even a little, you could end up with a tired linoleum floor that is in desperate need of a good cleaning to make it look new again. Once you......[Read More]
How to Identify Clad Wire Electrical

How to Identify Clad Wire Electrical

Copper-clad aluminum wiring is an outdated wiring material that is no longer used. Aluminum-based electrical wiring is no longer allowed to be used for electrical wires because of their increased risk of causing electrical fires compared to copper-only wiring. While copper-clad aluminum wiring is no......[Read More]
Can Mobile-Home Wall Panels Be Painted?

Can Mobile-Home Wall Panels Be Painted?

Although paneling in newer mobile homes is brighter and fresher than the faux-wood paneling in older mobile homes, it's still often undesirable. Both new and dated panel walls can be painted, though, to make them more attractive and to fit with the decor of the home. The key to making sure the paint......[Read More]
How to Get Scratches Off Polyurethane-Finished Hardwood Floors

How to Get Scratches Off Polyurethane-Finished Hardwood Floors

Hardwood flooring installed within the home or office space is commonly coated with a clear, protective finish called polyurethane. Although this finish acts as a barrier to protect the wood underneath, everyday wear and tear and accidents involving sharp, dropped objects can cause scratches within ......[Read More]
What Type of Caulk for a Laminate Floor Perimeter?

What Type of Caulk for a Laminate Floor Perimeter?

Caulking around the perimeter of a laminate floor is important for keeping moisture from seeping underneath the floor in kitchens and bathrooms and for preventing dirt and particles from collecting underneath the floor.......[Read More]
How to Build a Mansard Roof

How to Build a Mansard Roof

A mansard roof is a version of the hip roof. The lower section employs a deep, steep vertical slope on each of the four sides. The upper section is inset from the edge with a short, near vertical rise. This allows for additional living space in the attic or third floor. The mansard doesn't require c......[Read More]
How to Remove the Door from a Kenmore Cold Spot

How to Remove the Door from a Kenmore Cold Spot

The Kenmore brand has been around since 1927. The Cold Spot line of refrigerators includes top-mount, bottom-mount, compact, side-by-side and freezer-only models. Kenmore Cold Spot refrigerators all have doors that work using the same basic hardware and principles. You may need to remove your refrig......[Read More]
Jobs Which Require a General Contractor

Jobs Which Require a General Contractor

General contractors serve a vital role in building or remodeling a structure. Because there are so many components, a professional that understands how each should work together is required to ensure that the project gets done right and moved to completion. Knowing which jobs require the.........[Read More]
How to Make a 15'' Speaker Box

How to Make a 15'' Speaker Box

Speaker boxes are custom-built to the dimensions needed to get the desired result from a speaker. Boxes with holes other than to install the speaker in are called ported speaker boxes and require extensive knowledge about the speaker such as frequency and internal volume. Sealed enclosures are the e......[Read More]
How to Remove Wax Buildup on Laminate Floors

How to Remove Wax Buildup on Laminate Floors

Laminate floors feature the look of expensive hardwood or stone flooring. However, because laminate flooring is patterned from wood or stone, it is less expensive than the real thing. Even with the cheaper price tag, laminate flooring will last a lifetime with proper care. One way to keep your lamin......[Read More]
Disadvantages of Galvanized Steel

Disadvantages of Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel is all around, even when not visible. Many houses built before the 1960s are framed with it, and many buildings still use piping made from galvanized steel. This type of metal is inexpensive, durable, and resistant to corrosion, which makes it attractive to the construction industry......[Read More]
DIY: Repairing Bathroom Tile Grout

DIY: Repairing Bathroom Tile Grout

If your ceramic tiles look crumbly and broken, look closer: chances are the tile is fine and it's the grout that's the problem. Grout--the special cement between the tiles--can start to crumble in time, especially if the area wasn't properly sealed and has been exposed to moisture over long periods.......[Read More]
DIY: Ceramic Tile Floors

DIY: Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tiling on floors is almost identical to the process of tiling walls, except for one issue: the danger of the tiles cracking under weight. Laying down a strong, immobile underlayment is important for any tiling job but especially so for ceramic on floors, because the tiles have no give at all......[Read More]
How to Lay Underlayment

How to Lay Underlayment

A floor is generally composed of a thick plywood subfloor that sits directly over the joist (support beams), with underlayment on top of the subfloor and the finished flooring on top of the underlayment. Plywood is the preferred underlayment for most types of flooring, including carpet, wood floors,......[Read More]
Old Types of Roof Vents

Old Types of Roof Vents

Turbine Wind Roof Ventturbo vent image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.comRoof vents historically were not only functional but also added to the look of a home. When restoring or renovating older homes, many people prefer to keep the original architectural look but add efficiency. Luckily,.........[Read More]
The Wood Used for Window Sills

The Wood Used for Window Sills

Wooden windows have a warm, timeless quality that isn't easily imitated. Although other materials like aluminum and vinyl may now be used for windows, wood is durable and beautiful. Window sills are usually a part of the window, and the same wood that is used for the frame is also used for the sill.......[Read More]
How to Open an Above-Ground Pool After Winter

How to Open an Above-Ground Pool After Winter

The winter season poses many risks to swimming pools, requiring any pools located in areas with cold weather to close during the winter to avoid damage. After the winter season ends, an above-ground pool requires an opening procedure for it to properly run and operate. Opening an above-ground pool r......[Read More]
Tools Needed for Framing a Wall

Tools Needed for Framing a Wall

Framing a wall is one of the most basic parts of home construction. The quality of the construction of the whole house relies on the framing being done correctly. As with any task, to do a job correctly requires having the right tools. Framing doesn't require a lot of expensive tools, but.........[Read More]
How to Patch a Crack in Cement Floors

How to Patch a Crack in Cement Floors

When building a structure, a builder has a choice about which materials for flooring he may use for any particular room. For high traffic or storage area, the typical choice is concrete. Concrete is generally chosen because of its strength and durability. However, if there is a change in temperat......[Read More]