This article gives simple step-by-step instructions for creating a fake stone wall that's realistic and inexpensive. Photos included.
A step by step guide showing how to repair a leaking ball cock valve in the header tank in your loft. This guide also explains the layout of hot and cold pipes and valves used in home plumbing systems
A conduit bending guide with instructions on how to bend emt conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
There are several ways to bend copper pipes, but it is useful to know which are the best tools for your job and how to bend pipes without special tools. Every plumbing job made easy.
Replacing an exterior door isn't like it used to be, back when you built your jambs from scratch and hung the door itself with elaborate care. In fact, it's very possibly within YOUR reach--especially with this illustrated guide!
Check out my review of the Makita random orbit sander (model bo5041) to find out if it's worth the money or not.
How do you put up shelves, cupboards or coat hangers on a wall? This hub explains how to drill walls , and outlines the tools, fixings and drill bits required
See how we cleared a root clog from the main drainpipe using an old power auger. We saved hundreds of dollars by doing it ourselves and you can too!
Hardwood flooring installation for both engineered and regular hardwood flooring. Instructions for the homeowner on how to install hardwood flooring.
Accurate square and mitered cuts in wood are essential for construction work. However properly cut timber looks better even if you are doing basic DIY and making stuff around the home.
Instructions for wiring both GFCI (GFI) and regular outlets by the DIY homeowner. Learning how to wire electric outlets is a simple task that nearly everyone can do themselves.
Damp can be a serious problem in homes leading to mildew on walls, ceilings, curtains, and clothing. It has several causes but can often be remedied or reduced in severity.
A basic guide to pipe types, plumbing fittings, thread sizes and how to use fittings to connect copper, PVC and PEX pipe
Have an old house that has problems with drains? Me too. I give strategies to unclog stopped drains as well as tips on how to prevent them.
Here are the basics of how your plumbing works, and how to re-plumb with CPVC to move water lines indoors.
When drilling any type of material, it's vital to use the correct bit to ease drilling and also to prevent bit damage. Drill bits are available for metal, masonry, tiles, plastics, glass and wood
If you have traditional wooden fascia boards on your eaves, then they will need maintenance at some time or another. It's not so terribly hard. Here's some tricks and traps, described and photographed.
An angle grinder is a useful power tool for cutting and grinding metal and other materials. Like any power tool it can be dangerous if used incorrectly. This guide shows you how to stay safe.
If your wood floor is looking worn and in need of repair and refinishing, you can do it yourself much less expensively than hiring it done. As long as you understand the process and the tools used you can successfully refinsh your wood floor and increase the value of your home.
Detailed instructions on how to install or hang a prehung door, with photos. Replacing an exterior door is similar to an interior door but with a few extra considerations.
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
A comprehensive guide on how to bend conduit, with instructions on how to bend 90s, offsets, saddles, and even concentric bends. A must-read for any electrician, from apprentice to journeyman.
A new homeowner needs a tool set, but what should go in it? A list of the 20 most common and needed tools for the best homeowner tool set.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
Combining multiple colors on a single wall to create an ombre effect can seem daunting, but with a little advice you can create an impressive accent wall in any room.
The numbers and letters on the head of your key always mean something. Here is a brief guide to the most common meanings of the numbers and codes.
Woodscapes is a Sherwin Williams fence and siding stain, available in a water-based and oil-based option. Check out my review to learn more about Woodscapes acrylic stain.
Cleaner duct work equals cleaner air and less dusting. Learn how you can improve the quality of the air in your home for free without specialized tools.
Furnace filter comparisons, air quality tips, how often to replace your filter and more. Understanding your options will help you choose the best one for you.
Heating and cooling a room with vaulted or high ceilings as well as how to better cool and heat the second floor of our homes are very commonly asked questions about our HVAC system. Find out a few options and tips you may try to use to help you accomplish a more comfortable environment efficiently.
One of the more common bends made in electrical conduit is the offset bend - this page of a comprehesive conduit bending guide describes how to bend an offset using multipliers.
Most paint manufacturers sell all-in-one paint and primer, but do these products actually prime a surface? Find out whether the paint-and-primer-in-one claim is real or a myth.
Easy step by step directions with pictures on how to clear clogged sinks - plunger, pop-up drains, and Drain trap repair techniques.
A conduit bending guide for bending a 90 degree bend in electrical conduit. Possibly the most basic and common of bends, but there are several ways to bend a 90.
A multimeter or DMM is a useful instrument in a home toolkit for measuring voltage, current and resistance and also for tracing breaks in wires, testing components and fuses.
One day your sliding glass door will need repair as it gets harder and harder to open. Instructions on how to replace patio door rollers.
With some simple tools, a little effort and a few safety precautions, building a fieldstone fire pit is a weekend DIY project that your family and friends will enjoy for many years to come.
Modern technology has afforded us many choices when it comes to residential plumbing. Each pipe material has some inherent advantages and disadvantages associated with it. This article describes and compares the characteristics and properties of these common pipe materials.
How do you keep warm in the winter without electricity? Can you keep cool without ac during a summer heat wave? What if your home loses power for more than a day? An illustrated guide to my solution.
Thinking of buying a power tool as a gift? Or maybe it's for yourself to make DIY easier. This guide for the absolute beginner outlines the various tools available, their capabilities and what to buy
If you have an animal companion in your home, it can do wonders for the satisfaction of all concerned to allow free access to the outdoors. It can be easier (and less expensive) than you might think. Read how--and how NOT!--to do it here!
Everything you need to know about Lighting and maintaining a fire efficiently in a Wood Burning Stove.
Need more plugs? Here's how to add a new outlet by wiring into an existing outlet. Complete instructions here, including tips on running the wire and actually wiring the circuit.
Easy instructions with photos show how I make paper bricks. Don't shred and soak newspaper when making paper logs for burning in your fire. My paper logs dry so quickly I can even burn them next day!
Painting staircase spindles is easy when you use the right tools and paint. Check out these tips to help you get the job done professionally.
Sheetrock repair made easy: how to patch and repair different sizes of drywall holes from small to large.
In general plumbing terms, a plumbing fixture is a device that is connected to a plumbing system and interacts with liquid(or gas)
This is an easy to follow step-by-step guide to putting down your new peel and stick vinyl tile flooring yourself, no matter what your skill level. I did it, and so can you!
Is NeverWet good for waterproofing your clothing, furniture, and outdoor planters? Possibly not, but it certainly has other uses!
Step by step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound. Includes pictures.
This guide shows you how to wire a UK style, standard 3-pin plug and select the correct fuse. These basic principles can be applied to wiring plugs from other countries, only the colours are different
Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
Roofing your own home can save you a lot of money. It is a physical job but, with the invent of newer materials and a little know how, the work can be accomplished by a "do it yourselfer". It does take physical ability and two or three people who...
Often there is a need in the garden for a small quantity of concrete. Is it possible to mix the concrete by hand without a mixer? Yes, with a little care and effort.
EMT conduit bending instructions on how to make concentric bends in conduit. Not an easy task, but not impossible either, and one that should be understood by electricians everywhere.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how to guide, tailored to beginning do it yourselfers!
A spigot (also known as a hose bib, bibcock or garden tap) leaks when the rubber washer inside wears away over time. Anyone with basic DIY skills can replace this. Only 2 tools are required.
Many old French houses have issues with damp. Some of these issues relate to humidity in the home and can be easily dealt with, but rising damp is a serious underlying problem which needs addressing.
Common recommended tools required when becoming an electrician. An electrician's hand tools are his life blood—it is imperative that every electrician own a good set of tools.
Hot and neutral supply power to an appliance, so why the need for a "ground" wire? Well basically it's included for safety reasons. This article explains how it all works....
How to wire 3 way light switches, with wiring diagrams for different methods of installing the wire between boxes. Detailed instructions and wiring diagrams.
Painting varnished wood involves thorough prep work to get a durable, professional finish. Check out these tips for prepping and painting over stained and varnished wood.
How to install an over the range microwave oven. Installing a microwave isn't difficult, but here are some tips for potential problems and their solutions.
Do you have noisy shower pipes? Here's how you can fix noisy shower pipes and stop the banging noise inside your shower.
Sometimes you can save money by tracking down the source of a bad smell in your home and trying some DIY methods before you call a plumber. It's worth a try!
Did you know that a "normal" incandescent light bulb only converts about 5% of the electricity used into useful light? There are lots of other lighting options which are much more energy efficient
It is easier than you think to repair wood laminate veneer at home. An iron, some glue, and a little know-how can go a long way!
Math formulas and multipliers to help you bend electrical conduit. Learn how to bend conduit to any configuration desired, not merely the common bends on a conduit bender.
Quick guide to minor modifications in the kitchen prior to painting and decorating; including demolishing an old brick step to level the floor, and levelling a wall to better fit fixtures and fittings
How to install a light fixture as well as how to wire that same light fixture. Written by an electrician that has installed thousands of fixtures.
Easy-to-use home remedies for dealing with just about any clog. The do-it-yourself guide to fixing a clogged drain with household products.
Detailed instructions for wiring an outlet so that half of it can be turned on via a wall switch. All your questions answered by an expert electrician, with diagrams and a video to help you.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
Hair clogs in your shower drain? Try these easy ways to keep shower drains from clogging with hair and soap scum. Cheap and easy ideas to avoid plumbing bills!
Detailed instructing by choosing, installing and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.
Make your radiator look brand new by thoroughly cleaning and painting your steam radiator heater. It is a perfect DIY job that will improve your environment, the look of your home, and save money.
This article describes a quick mess-free, stress- free, cost-effective way to renovate a kitchen that has started to look a little tired
If you paint for a living, having the best tools reduces labor and work time. Check out these five house painting tools I use for interior and exterior painting.
Sooner or later everyone will have to replace a blown fuse; description of types of fuses and tips on changing different styles of fuse.
Leaky outdoor spigots can be easy to fix for do-it-yourselfers. If you don't like to spend money where you could figure it out for yourself, then this article is for you.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
My design concept and build of timber frame conservatory with cedar wood cladding and roof tiles. Self-build low budget, key stage step by step guide e.g. recycled windows and laying cedar wood tiles
How to replace a Whole House Water Sediment Cartridge Filter on your Culligan HF-150, 160, and 360 model housing units. A step by step pictorial lesson for water filter replacement projects.