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  • Give your living room a new look by painting your old fireplace mantel white. This article covers the entire process of prepping and painting a wood fireplace mantel, including oak.

    Tips for Painting a Fireplace Mantel

    Tips for Painting a Fireplace Mantel

    by Matt G.1

  • This article will explain the different types of lighting, including: general ambient, task, natural and accent. You will learn how to use particular light fixtures effectively to create the common types of interior lighting.

    Different Types of Lighting for Your Home

    Different Types of Lighting for Your Home

    by Linda Chechar8

  • So, you hate your outdated brick fireplace surround but love the look of real brick? The answer is easier and cheaper than you think. I'll show you how to paint a natural-looking faux brick finish on brick.

    DIY: How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

    DIY: How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

    by Sarah3

  • Learn how to get rid of that standing water in your sink by snaking your drain. Liquid drain cleaners and plungers don't always work and it requires a bit more effort but knowing how you can do this yourself can save you big money.

    How to Snake a Clogged Sink Drain (With Pictures)

    How to Snake a Clogged Sink Drain (With Pictures)

    by Dan Reed6

  • 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...

    "Do It Yourself" Steel Paneled Residential Roofing

    "Do It Yourself" Steel Paneled Residential Roofing

    by C.S.Alexis30

  • This article explains how to replace an old, eroded well point, and possibly save you a little money.

    How to Drive a New Well Point

    How to Drive a New Well Point

    by James Bowden15

  • Thinking of having your entire house rewired? It is probably a more daunting undertaking than you expect. While it will be a painful hassle no matter what, here are some tips to help you survive the experience.

    How to Survive a Whole House Rewire

    How to Survive a Whole House Rewire

    by Tom Lohr1

  • How to wire 3-way light switches, with wiring diagrams for different methods of installing the wire between boxes. Step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting guides included.

    How to Wire a 3-Way Switch: Wiring Diagram

    How to Wire a 3-Way Switch: Wiring Diagram

    by Dan Harmon75

  • 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.

    What Do the Numbers on My Key Mean?

    What Do the Numbers on My Key Mean?

    by Tom rubenoff59

  • Detailed instructing by choosing, installing, and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.

    How to Install a GFCI Outlet

    How to Install a GFCI Outlet

    by Dan Harmon15

  • You can give your exterior door a quick but professional-looking makeover without taking your door down from its hinges. What's more, there's no need to sand or strip the wood, thanks to General Finishes Gel Stain. Here's how I got professional-looking and long-lasting results.

    Applying a General Finishes Gel Stain on My Home's Front Door

    Applying a General Finishes Gel Stain on My Home's Front Door

    by SmartAndFun0

  • Owning a home is an investment which carries a the responsibility of maintaining it and performing repairs when necessary. Many people avoid performing regular maintenance however doing so could cost you in the long run. Here are several reasons why it's important to maintain your home & property.

    Why Investing in Home Maintenance Is Worth It

    Why Investing in Home Maintenance Is Worth It

    by Christopher Wanamaker1

  • 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.

    Installing and Wiring a Light Fixture

    Installing and Wiring a Light Fixture

    by Dan Harmon29

  • The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.

    How to Adjust Your Door Closer

    How to Adjust Your Door Closer

    by Tom rubenoff225

  • Many older homes have been painted so many times that the paint becomes a series of thick layers. Humidity, moisture and time cause these layers to separate and bubble, eventually leading to cracking and chipping. Here's how to fix those problems before putting on a new coat of paint.

    How to Fix Bubbled and Cracked Paint Before Painting Walls

    How to Fix Bubbled and Cracked Paint Before Painting Walls

    by C.S.Alexis34

  • Building new water sources costs billions of dollars that most governments don't have, but reusing wastewater can help relieve that need. This article covers home greywater and blackwater systems.

    Water and Wastewater Management in the Home

    Water and Wastewater Management in the Home

    by Susette Horspool30

  • This is an easy to follow step-by-step guide to installing your new peel and stick vinyl tile flooring yourself, no matter what your skill level. I did it, and so can you!

    How to Lay Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tile Flooring

    How to Lay Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tile Flooring

    by Sherry Hewins25

  • 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 reduce your risk of injury while using an angle grinder.

    Using an Angle Grinder Safely for Cutting and Grinding

    Using an Angle Grinder Safely for Cutting and Grinding

    by Eugene Brennan22

  • 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.

    Rising Damp: How to Recognise It and What to Do

    Rising Damp: How to Recognise It and What to Do

    by Annabelle Johnson10

  • A plate joiner, commonly called biscuit joiner, biscuit cutter, or biscuit jointer, is a power tool used to make very strong wood joints. Learn how to effectively use these amazing tools.

    How to Use a Biscuit Joiner for Strong Joints

    How to Use a Biscuit Joiner for Strong Joints

    by Dan Harmon15

  • Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes, from dripping faucets to sewer system backup to burst pipes. This article lists the most common issues, what causes them and suggests some easy fixes when appropriate.

    The 10 Most Common Plumbing Problems

    The 10 Most Common Plumbing Problems

    by Paul Goodman19

  • Learn how to paint your crown molding yourself instead of hiring a painter. Painting crown molding is easy with a sprayer, but this article covers both brush and roller application.

    Tips for Painting Crown Molding White

    Tips for Painting Crown Molding White

    by Matt G.2

  • Check out these recommendations for the best masking tape for painting. We'll take a detailed look at FrogTape and ScotchBlue for all of your painting needs.

    What's the Best Masking Tape for Painting?

    What's the Best Masking Tape for Painting?

    by Matt G.1

  • Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet-painting tips.

    Tips for Painting Oak Cabinets

    Tips for Painting Oak Cabinets

    by Matt G.50

  • Wainscoting is a great way to update your home, but hiring a professional to design and do the woodwork can add up. I've provided three DIY options as well as my experience with DIY wainscoting below!

    How to Install Wainscoting Without a Professional

    How to Install Wainscoting Without a Professional

    by Ruth Coffee51

  • "Hot" and "neutral" supply power to an appliance, so why the need for a "ground" wire? Basically, it's included for safety reasons. This article explains how it all works....

    What Is the Ground (Earth) Wire For?

    What Is the Ground (Earth) Wire For?

    by Eugene Brennan21

  • 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

    9 Easy Steps to Wiring a Plug Correctly and Safely

    9 Easy Steps to Wiring a Plug Correctly and Safely

    by Eugene Brennan2

  • DIY guide to changing your own locks, including an explanation of common lock types and the basics of how to replace cylinders and get new keys.

    How to Change Your Lock Cylinder

    How to Change Your Lock Cylinder

    by Tom rubenoff42

  • 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.

    How to Build a Fieldstone Fire Pit

    How to Build a Fieldstone Fire Pit

    by Anthony Altorenna152

  • Do you have a limited amount of loose fill insulation you need to install? You don't have to lug a heavy machine home. You can do it by hand, and this guide will show you how.

    How to Install Loose Fill Insulation by Hand

    How to Install Loose Fill Insulation by Hand

    by Tom Lohr1

  • 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 HVAC systems. Here are your options and a few tips to help you accomplish a more comfortable environment efficiently.

    Efficiently Heating and Cooling Homes With High Ceilings & Rooms

    Efficiently Heating and Cooling Homes With High Ceilings & Rooms

    by Dan Reed19

  • Has your kitchen sink become clogged? Learn the different methods you can use to clear your drain and how you can prevent blockages like this from happening again in the future.

    How to Clear a Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain

    How to Clear a Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain

    by Paul Goodman3

  • One of the more common bends made in electrical conduit is the offset bend. This page incorporates a comprehesive conduit bending guide and describes how to bend an offset using multipliers.

    A Conduit Bending Guide on How to Bend an Offset

    A Conduit Bending Guide on How to Bend an Offset

    by Dan Harmon15

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