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Tips on Removing Damaged Bathroom Sub-Flooring

Tips on Removing Damaged Bathroom Sub-Flooring

Over the course of time, water from your shower, toilet and bathroom sink can cause damage to your bathroom subfloor. The floor covering makes it difficult to see the damage. But once you begin to remove your tile or linoleum covering, the damaged subfloor will become visible. Use caution and take y......[Read More]
How Deep Should Regular Closets Be?

How Deep Should Regular Closets Be?

If you are planning a new home or home addition and need closets in the new rooms, take a moment to consider the closet depth. This measurement is not arbitrary. There are some good reasons most closets conform to a standard depth measurement. The reason has to do with the clothes hanging in the clo......[Read More]
Chipboard Subfloor & Hardwood Installation

Chipboard Subfloor & Hardwood Installation

Chipboard is a type of underlayment made of pressed wood, which provides a firm yet somewhat flexible base for the floorboards. The chipboard installs similarly to plywood, with wide flat sheets that are connected at the edges by a tongue-and-groove system, and na......[Read More]
Homemade Cement Blocks

Homemade Cement Blocks

Cement blocks are widely available from many home improvement and construction locations. These blocks, which come in a standard size, may be used for a variety of projects, from foundations and building to landscaping. If you have a building project of non-standard size, you may wish to construct y......[Read More]
How to Install Kraftmaid Crown Molding

How to Install Kraftmaid Crown Molding

Kraftmaid crown molding is typically made to go on the top of kitchen cabinetry. Crown molding can give kitchen cabinets a custom look. Installing Kraftmaid crown molding isn't difficult and should take about an hour or two, depending on the size of the kitchen. Kraftmaid crown molding is prefinishe......[Read More]
How to Size a Bathroom Vanity Bar Light Over a Mirror

How to Size a Bathroom Vanity Bar Light Over a Mirror

A bathroom vanity isn't complete without a light over it. It's important to choose not only proper lighting that helps you see while applying make-up, styling your hair or shaving, but also lighting that fits properly over the mirror. A light that is too large can cause a glare and one that is too s......[Read More]
How to Paint a Porcelain Tile Floor

How to Paint a Porcelain Tile Floor

If you like everything about the porcelain floor in your home except the color of it, you're not stuck with it. It is possible to paint a porcelain floor, though it's among the most difficult paint projects in terms of getting the paint to stick and stay. Proper preparation of the surface by dulling......[Read More]
Purpose of a Building Foundation

Purpose of a Building Foundation

The purpose of a foundation is to hold up and hold together the structure above it. Contrary to our everyday experience the ground is not quite still and in many cases not totally solid. A house which is just plonked down on bare earth is more likely to be cracked or damaged over time by natural for......[Read More]
How to Build a Gate for Your Driveway

How to Build a Gate for Your Driveway

Building your own driveway gate is a way to maintain privacy on your property, as well as create a safe yard area for pets or children. A gated driveway can be built for a relatively cheap price, but will require some labor on your part. On average, this project can be completed in about two days, a......[Read More]
Bamboo Floor Instructions

Bamboo Floor Instructions

Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood. It is made from the bamboo plant, which is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. While oak or pine trees take decades to regrow, bamboo is a grass that can be harvested in three to six years. This material can be insta......[Read More]
Decorating Tips for Interior Cinder Blocks

Decorating Tips for Interior Cinder Blocks

A decorative and colorful tapestry is one way to cover cinder blocks.Unicorn Tapestry image by luapeed from Fotolia.comCinder blocks seem to be a construction staple, particularly in old homes or dorm rooms. While these building materials might be sturdy, they can be, in a word,.........[Read More]
Hardboard Protection Methods

Hardboard Protection Methods

Hardboard is a fiberboard or wood composite material used in woodworking or building projects. Hardboard is used primarily in houses, but it is sometimes used for painting canvas frames or other artistic materials and any other woodworking project that requires stronger materials..........[Read More]
How to Mount a Whirlpool Washing Machine With a Drawer

How to Mount a Whirlpool Washing Machine With a Drawer

Whirlpool washers can be mounted onto an optional pedestal that raises the height of the washer between 10 and 15 inches. The pedestal can be purchased through a local Whirlpool retailer or other major home appliances stores. Mounting the washer on the pedestal requires a few tools and an extra pair......[Read More]
How to Fill in Holes in Ceramic Tile

How to Fill in Holes in Ceramic Tile

Redecorating with ceramic tile may sometimes mean removing items screwed to the tile surfaces. Removing those items will reveal the holes drilled through the tile to mount the objects. Leaving the holes in place can create moisture problems for the tile and presenting a less-than-attractive appearan......[Read More]
How to Shingle a Garage

How to Shingle a Garage

Shingling a garage is very similar to shingling a house, but it generally takes less time since the elevation is often lower and there are fewer hips and valleys. The same guidelines still apply, however, and with the correct materials and tools, the work will progress quickly once you get started. ......[Read More]
What Are Vitrified Tiles?

What Are Vitrified Tiles?

Vitrified tiles aren't very porous and don't absorb water, making them somewhat stain resistant and durable. These tiles are tougher and more long-lasting than other types of flooring material, such as conventional tile and hardwood floor, that are delicate and high maintenance. Vitrified tiles cons......[Read More]
Is Cork Flooring Good for Basements?

Is Cork Flooring Good for Basements?

Basements are very demanding when it comes to floors, due to traffic and the potential risk of flooding. Cork is a natural flooring material that has many of the qualities you want in a basement floor.......[Read More]
How to Calculate Concrete Curbs & Gutters

How to Calculate Concrete Curbs & Gutters

Concrete is used for a variety of purposes, one of which is to create curbs and gutters. When filling areas with concrete, it is important to know how much you need so that you purchase the correct amount for your project. You can aptly calculate the concrete needed to create your curbs and gutters ......[Read More]
How to Find Energy-Efficient Windows

How to Find Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows are a wise investment for your home. They help prevent cold and hot drafts from entering your home and the loss of heat or cool air during extreme weather conditions. The savings each year on your utility bill will allow the windows to pay for themselves over time. The U.S. ......[Read More]
Cedar Vs. Pressure Treated Fence Posts

Cedar Vs. Pressure Treated Fence Posts

Cedar is a naturally rot and insect-resistant wood. It has a golden brown color in its natural state, which will turn grey if it is not treated with a clear or colored wood stain. Pressure-treated wood has chemical preservatives applied and is then subjected to a series of vacuum cycles to integrate......[Read More]