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How to Remodel and Move a Bathroom

How to Remodel and Move a Bathroom

When the economy falters, homeowners tend to invest in their homes. Contractors stay busy with remodeling, as homeowners look to increase their home's value, install environmentally friendly fixtures and appliances and create a more pleasant environment, especially in the bathroom. If a homeowner wa......[Read More]
How to Attach a Deck Railing to a House

How to Attach a Deck Railing to a House

Railing is used for many purposes, such as a around the border of a deck or a support to help people get up and down stairs. If you are starting a deck construction project that is high enough to need a railing, the process will probably include tying at least one end of the railing to the side of t......[Read More]
How to Insulate an Attic's Exterior Wall

How to Insulate an Attic's Exterior Wall

Attic space is typically insulated on the floor to protect the lower floors from the heat that accumulates near the roof. If you are converting the attic space into living space, or you just want to increase your energy efficiency, add insulation to the walls of the attic in between the studs. The p......[Read More]
How to Measure for a New Patio Door

How to Measure for a New Patio Door

Patio doors can create a warm, inviting environment for both the office and the home. Adding a new patio door can dramatically improve the appearance of your environment. The most popular type of patio door is the French door. This type generally opens on the outside and is made with wood and glass,......[Read More]
How to Compare Kitchen Work Tops

How to Compare Kitchen Work Tops

Work tops are one of the central features of any kitchen but selecting kitchen worktops is not as simple as picking the right color. The fact is not all kitchen work tops are created equal and the expense of installing new work tops in the kitchen makes choosing the right material important.......[Read More]
Can You Put Too Much Thinset on When Setting Tile?

Can You Put Too Much Thinset on When Setting Tile?

Tile for thinset is like the wheels for a car: You can't install tile without thinset just as you can't drive a car without wheels. In addition to producing an uneven surface, applying too much thinset can create costly cleanup headaches and add unnecessary time to a project. Simple installation rul......[Read More]
How to Make a Window Seat with Brick

How to Make a Window Seat with Brick

A window seat is a charming place to sit and read a book or watch the world go by. Making that seat out of brick means that the design will work indoors or out, as the best thing about brick is its versatility. The design can be whatever size and shape you like; try to pick a design that fits your s......[Read More]
The Proper Placement of Snow Breaks on a Roof

The Proper Placement of Snow Breaks on a Roof

Snow breaks, also called snow guards, are designed for use on your roof to prevent snow and ice from sliding off and causing damage. The exact placement of snow breaks varies depending on the snowfall in your region, the roof's pitch and the length of your roof, but there are general guidelines to f......[Read More]
How to Install a Safety Railing

How to Install a Safety Railing

Safety railings keep people from falling down stairwells or off balconies. They help handicapped or aged people get up and down stairs. Railings are made from wood or metal. They may be decorative or utilitarian. But they must be solid and sturdy. A loose railing is almost as dangerous as no railing......[Read More]
How to Do Sound Insulation in Basement

How to Do Sound Insulation in Basement

Noise can be a big problem in a small space, especially in basements. Often, with concrete walls or other hard, reflective surfaces, the natural acoustics of basements do little to muffle sound; they can sometimes even seem to make noises louder. Customizing your basement to dampen or deaden sound c......[Read More]
How to Frame Roof Trusses to Hang Drywall

How to Frame Roof Trusses to Hang Drywall

Preparing roof trusses for hanging dry wall poses no particular difficulties, but you need to understand the strength and stability limitations of drywall and plan your work accordingly. Putting up runners---or "furring strips"---beforehand and planning for that in the design of the roof will usuall......[Read More]
How to Build a Simple Wooden Fence

How to Build a Simple Wooden Fence

Wooden fences have been separating property for centuries. Fences are typically simple, but some are simpler than others. One of these is the picket fence. To keep it simple plan on using ready made pickets to save time and hassle cutting out your own. Attaching your pickets with screws instead of ......[Read More]
My Sliding Glass Door Is Hard to Open & I Can Hear a Grating Sound

My Sliding Glass Door Is Hard to Open & I Can Hear a Grating Sound

Sliding glass doors should move from open to closed easily and with little noise. When your sliding door sticks, requiring you to pick it up or wiggle it to get it moving, or makes noise as it opens or closes, you need to perform some maintenance on the door to restore it to its regular operating st......[Read More]
How to Level House Floors Due to Settling of the House

How to Level House Floors Due to Settling of the House

A house is built on top of a concrete foundation. The foundation is strong enough to hold the weight of the entire house. Unfortunately, the soil underneath the foundation is not always strong enough to hold the weight of the home. If the soil begins to sink, so will your house. This may cause the f......[Read More]
Tempered Glass Safety Requirements

Tempered Glass Safety Requirements

Tempered safety glass minimizes the probability of injuries or fatalities.broken interior glass door image by ooooo from Fotolia.comTempered glass safety requirements provide safeguards for people and animals in areas where regular glasses tend to present a danger. Tempered glass has.........[Read More]
How to Make Your Own Concrete out of Dirt

How to Make Your Own Concrete out of Dirt

It is no secret that concrete is made from a combination of crushed stone, lime and sand. Dirt is not an ingredient in the manufacturing process of concrete. However, you can mimic concrete hardness with an adobe floor designed for an outdoor patio. Adobe floors, made from dirt and ash, resemble con......[Read More]
How to Repair an Andersen Window Screen

How to Repair an Andersen Window Screen

When your Andersen window screen gets damaged, you can easily replace the screen without replacing the entire frame. You should repair your screen as soon as possible so mosquitoes, flies and other insects won't enter your home. Your Andersen window screen is affixed to a metal frame, and held in ......[Read More]
Modern Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Modern Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Basic geometry and bright colors are elements of the modern kitchen style.red kitchen image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.comIf you're hoping to create a more modern, contemporary look in your kitchen, the cabinets you choose can make or break the feeling you're striving to achieve..........[Read More]
How to Get an Even Finish With a Stain & Polyurethane Combination

How to Get an Even Finish With a Stain & Polyurethane Combination

Cherry and other types of light woods do not stain evenly. So they must be painted with a polyurethane sealer, also called a lacquer or varnish, for the stain to dry an even color. Achieve an even finish while staining your wood by using a polyurethane sealant tinted with a stain, applying it with s......[Read More]
Closet Door Options

Closet Door Options

How to cover a closet?closet image by pearlguy from Fotolia.comCloset doors help to define the style of a room, but also need to be functional. Beautiful heavy wood swinging doors can add character, but may make it difficult to access the contents of the closet. It is best to review the.........[Read More]