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How to Replace a Sliding Glass Window

How to Replace a Sliding Glass Window

Sliding glass windows are easy to replace, as far as the actual removal/installation is concerned. When it comes to acquiring a a new glass window, look at the make of the window (which usually comes complete with frame also) and contact the manufacturer regarding replacements--if it's a popular bra......[Read More]
How to Install Carpet Around a Floor Vent

How to Install Carpet Around a Floor Vent

Putting down carpet adds color to a room and creates a soft floor surface, but if the carpet isn't installed correctly it will overlap floor vents or leave gaps around them. Installing carpet around floor vents requires having the carpet properly in place before you cut it. Once the carpet is instal......[Read More]
How to Kill Ants in Wood Beams

How to Kill Ants in Wood Beams

Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. Instead, they burrow into it to create their homes. They prefer woods that are wet or decayed, but you can find them in healthy woods that are softer. If you have an ant infestation in the wood beams of your home it can become problematic. As the ants......[Read More]
How to Hide a Suspended Ceiling in a House

How to Hide a Suspended Ceiling in a House

A suspended ceiling, also known as a drop ceiling, consists of a steel or aluminum grid used to support rectangular panels that cover the real ceiling. A suspended ceiling might be used to hide an unattractive ceiling or one that is unfinished. Suspended ceilings can make an otherwise attractive roo......[Read More]
How to Sand & Varnish a Floor

How to Sand & Varnish a Floor

An old floor can be restored to like-new condition if you know how to sand and varnish it properly. Wood floors mature over the years and, if cared for, can actually improve with age. Properly finished, wood floors are easy to maintain with a broom and mop or vacuum cleaner and damp cloth. Every fiv......[Read More]
How to Install Wood Floors on Uneven Surfaces

How to Install Wood Floors on Uneven Surfaces

Hardwood flooring and wood flooring planks are generally sturdy floor covers, but if you install wood floors on uneven surfaces, it is possible that wood flooring planks will bend or crack when weight is applied to them. If you have an uneven surface in your home where you want to install wood floor......[Read More]
How to Grow Grass Beside a New Concrete Wall

How to Grow Grass Beside a New Concrete Wall

Wall construction can introduce all sorts of bad elements to your good topsoil.The main problem with growing new grass near a new block or concrete wall is a soil problem. Construction of a new concrete wall will change the chemistry of your soil and prevent grass from growing. When a new wall is bu......[Read More]
The Warning Signs of a Fire with CFL Dimmers

The Warning Signs of a Fire with CFL Dimmers

Modern dimmer switches operate by turning a light bulb on and off about 120 times per second, which is faster than the human eye can detect. This works fine with incandescent bulbs, and actually improves upon the energy efficiency of older dimmers which used as much electricity as running the bulb a......[Read More]
How Should Concrete Be Mixed to Lay Rocks?

How Should Concrete Be Mixed to Lay Rocks?

In many rock landscaping applications, it is typical to use crushed rock, sand and stone powder to lay out and support the rock. However, to achieve a more permanent and solid rock landscaping feature, concrete is used as the base to set the rocks. It is important to properly mix your concrete to en......[Read More]
How to Caulk a Bathroom With All Purpose Caulk or Tile Caulk

How to Caulk a Bathroom With All Purpose Caulk or Tile Caulk

Keeping a bathroom caulked is essential to the maintenance of your fixtures. Mildew, mold and rot can start in any gap and spread like silent fire behind your tile, under your floor and behind your fixtures. Not only is it unsightly and stinky, but if left unchecked it will mean expensive repairs an......[Read More]
What Materials Are Needed to Install Ceramic Tile?

What Materials Are Needed to Install Ceramic Tile?

Homeowners can install ceramic tile to add value to their properties or create a fresh design. Unlike some other home improvement tasks that can require highly skilled tradesmen, ceramic tile can be installed by following specific steps.......[Read More]
How to Make Concrete Countertops Poured in Place

How to Make Concrete Countertops Poured in Place

For many homeowners, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom involves replacing the countertops. This can mean trying out a new, different material for the countertop then what is originally there. For some homeowners, that means choosing concrete as that new and different material. Concrete countertops......[Read More]
How to Install Floor Joists for Beginners

How to Install Floor Joists for Beginners

Floor joists are important structural elements of a house. They provide support for the house and their size and spacing during house construction is strictly specified by building codes and regulations that apply to your area. Installing floor joist will take time and should be done with extra car......[Read More]
How to Install Carpet

How to Install Carpet

Installing wall to wall carpeting isn't a job that everyone wants to take on, but with some hard work and planning along with some specialized tools (that you can rent), it is certainly possible. An added bonus is by installing it yourself, you can afford to buy a better grade of carpet. Here are so......[Read More]
How to Build a Bar at Home

How to Build a Bar at Home

Essentially, a bar is a giant-sized elongated box, with a very nice top. The outside is what makes the bar look good, but the inside just needs to be functional. Because of size constraints, in-house bars are generally much smaller than tavern bars, so for this project, we will use wood for a 6-foo......[Read More]
How to Change the Title on a House

How to Change the Title on a House

A title is a legal document stating ownership of real property. The title further lists any encumbrances on a property that would prevent it being sold to a prospective owner. Anyone buying or selling a house encounters the meaning of a title when hiring professional searchers to declare the title i......[Read More]
How to Put on a Shingle Roof

How to Put on a Shingle Roof

Roofing isn't difficult, as long as you start with everything straight and proceed carefully from the bottom up. Before laying the felt tar paper, decide whether the previous roof shingles have to come up or if you can just go over them. Local code varies, but generally if there's more than one or t......[Read More]
How to Pour Concrete Over Grass

How to Pour Concrete Over Grass

Cheap and versatile and easy to pour, concrete will last you years down the road. You can pour it just about everywhere---including on the grass. Although it takes a little work, pour concrete over grass to create that walkway you always wanted or that mowing preventative you could previously only d......[Read More]
Tips on Installing Embossed Wallpaper

Tips on Installing Embossed Wallpaper

Paint embossed wallpaper to provide inexpensive textured walls.embossed pattern image by Bart Kwieciszewski from Fotolia.comEmbossed wallpapers have a variety of uses and come in several types. The paper has a raised pattern stamped into it and often is colored to emphasize the pattern or.........[Read More]
How to Build a Pantry in a Corner Closet

How to Build a Pantry in a Corner Closet

A corner closet is the ideal location for a kitchen pantry because of its size. A kitchen pantry should be large enough to store dry goods that will not fit into standard kitchen cabinets but small enough that items will not get lost or spoil. The pantry is also a convenient place to store small kit......[Read More]