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How to Lay Tiles on a Slab

How to Lay Tiles on a Slab

Tiles can be laid over a variety of surfaces, including a concrete or cement slab. The process of tiling over a slab is similar to the process of tiling any standard flooring surface. To complete a successful tile job, you must take care in the slab's preparation, the layout of the tiles and in fini......[Read More]
Ideas for Decorating a Girly Bathroom

Ideas for Decorating a Girly Bathroom

Add flower wall decals to the bathroom instead of wallpaper.bathroom image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.comAlthough decorating a girly bathroom depends on the specific girl who will be using the bathroom, the decorating rules remain the same. Once you determine your theme and colors, it is.........[Read More]
Brick Pattern Bathroom Tile Installation

Brick Pattern Bathroom Tile Installation

Floor tile patterns are not restricted by any rules. As long as the tiles fit into the design, you can lay out your tiles in any pattern you'd like. Basic tile layout places all the vertical and horizontal seams in line with each other. A common and relatively simple tile pattern to lay out is the b......[Read More]
How to Connect a Post to Cement

How to Connect a Post to Cement

When you must set a post on cement, always attach the posts securely. If an accident occurs that forces a weight-bearing post out of position, the entire structure's stability can be compromised. The average do-it-yourselfer can attach a post to cement in four to eight hours, depending on the size a......[Read More]
Advantages & Disadvantages of Bifold Closet Doors

Advantages & Disadvantages of Bifold Closet Doors

Bifold doors are one choice for closet doors, in addition to swinging, sliding or bypass doors. There are certain advantages you enjoy with bifold closet doors over the other types, but there are also limitations and disadvantages. Consider these factors when deciding on which type to install on you......[Read More]
How to Fix a Warped Cabinet Door

How to Fix a Warped Cabinet Door

A warped cabinet door can cause numerous problems. Warping generally occurs when there is a water source nearby, such as a sink. The door soaks up the moisture in the air, this moisture causes the door to warp. A warped door will generally not close correctly. Two types of cabinet door warping exist......[Read More]
How to Shim a Door Frame

How to Shim a Door Frame

New interior doors give your home an updated appearance. Many homeowners choose to save money and install the new doors themselves. While this is not a difficult task, it does require attention to detail. If the new door is not square in the door opening, the door's corners will rub, making it diffi......[Read More]
What Are Splatter Knock Down Ceilings?

What Are Splatter Knock Down Ceilings?

Splatter knock down ceilings became common in the 1950s. The technique was used for two reasons -- to provide a sound barrier in the room and to hide poor drywall work. A variety of splatter or knockdown textures may be applied to your ceilings, including acoustical popcorn texture, orange peel and ......[Read More]
The Average Cost to Redo a Kitchen

The Average Cost to Redo a Kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen typically adds value to the home, as most potential buyers want an updated kitchen and updated bathrooms. The average cost to redo a kitchen relates to the size of the space and the amount of work done.......[Read More]
How to Support a Granite Countertop Overhang

How to Support a Granite Countertop Overhang

Granite countertops are used frequently in kitchen designs. If you are installing a granite counter on a kitchen island, or on a half wall, you may also wish to include an overhang for seating. Any overhang greater than 6 to 8 inches should be supported from below to keep it from cracking if leaned......[Read More]
How to Tile Over a Crack in a Slab Floor

How to Tile Over a Crack in a Slab Floor

A cement slab in the basement or ground floor of a house makes an excellent underlayment for hard tiles like ceramic or stone. The tiles need a solid, immobile base underneath to prevent cracking, and few building materials are more solid than cement. However, if there is a crack in the cement, that......[Read More]
How to Build a Window Washer

How to Build a Window Washer

Sparkling clean windows will make any house look well kept. Cleaning with a sponge or cloth and window cleaner may leave spots and streaks where the cleaner was not completely removed from the window. This is why professionals use a squeegee to wipe the window after they wash it. You can purchase a ......[Read More]
How to Lay a Wide Plank Floor

How to Lay a Wide Plank Floor

Wide plank floors are a traditional flooring type that predates the use of modern tongue and groove plank layouts. The planks used to create the floor are often of a variety of sizes, creating a floor surface that’s unique from any other. The changes in planking steer viewer attention to focal......[Read More]
DIY Bamboo Floating Dock

DIY Bamboo Floating Dock

If you live close to a body of water, having your own floating dock can be a useful feature. A floating dock can be used as a swimming deck or a jetty for boats. A suitable wood to use is bamboo. Strong and versatile, bamboo is used for many things including traditional fishing boats in Asia. It com......[Read More]
How to Store Solar Energy

How to Store Solar Energy

Solar energy is collected on Earth as an alternative source of energy that enables us to heat our homes, heat our water, power our electricity and other necessities. When storing solar energy, it's necessary to have a way of collecting it and a way of generating it so that it can be used.......[Read More]
DIY 3 Car Garage Plans

DIY 3 Car Garage Plans

DIY 3-car garage plans enable you to build a space to not only hold vehicles, but to give you additional space for storage. Find out what the local building codes are for the construction of a garage and incorporate the regulations into your plans. You will probably have to submit plans to the buil......[Read More]
How to Fix a Hardwood Table That Has Split

How to Fix a Hardwood Table That Has Split

Hardwood is an attractive wood that is used to make furniture. Maple and oak are two types of hardwood that are commonly used to make furniture. However, some hardwood varieties are quite expensive, so if they crack or break, it is better to repair them than replace them. The flat surfaces on tables......[Read More]
Proper Curtain Hanging Techniques

Proper Curtain Hanging Techniques

You have a bare window, and you have the curtains; now all you need to do is hang the curtains properly. Some windows are attractive and curtains will enhance the look while other windows need curtains to hide outdated windows or an ugly view. The purpose of the curtains will dictate the style and h......[Read More]
Homemade Solar Water Heating Panel

Homemade Solar Water Heating Panel

A solar hot water heater using is a great way to get started using alternative energy for a homemade project. In warmer climates, the heat stored in the system will prevent night time freezing of the system. In colder climates, it is very important that you plan for night time cold. In principle, so......[Read More]
Cabin Builders in Minnesota

Cabin Builders in Minnesota

Enjoy a more natural home environment with a custom log cabin.log cabin image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.comMinnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Along many of those lakes stand cabins, ranging from modest shacks to palatial log homes. With the state's dense, mature forests, it.........[Read More]