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How to Cut Tile With an Angle Grinder

This step-by-step guide shows how a tile setter lays out and makes custom cuts with an angle grinder.


Painting Inside of Cabinets: Should You Do It?

If you're about to paint your cabinets, you might be wondering if you should paint inside them too. This article covers the pros and cons of painting inside of cabinets and the best paint options.


How to Paint Behind a Toilet Without Removing It

One of the challenges of painting a bathroom is painting the walls around the toilet without making a mess or having to remove the tank. In this article, I cover step-by-step how to paint behind a toilet without removing it.


Tips for Sanding Cabinets Before Painting

Carefully sanding cabinets before painting is a critical step that shouldn't be ignored. This article covers various sanding tips and the best sandpaper for cabinets.


Krud Kutter Cleaner Degreaser for Cabinet Painting Prep: Is It Worth It?

Does Krud Kutter Degreaser remove layers of grease from cabinets? Check out my review to find out if this cleaner is worth using for your cabinet painting prep.


How to Sand a Ceiling Without Making a Mess

Are you looking for a strategy to sand a ceiling without making a mess? See how we went about doing just that with the following guide.


Does Your Gas Fireplace Keep Going Out? Here's How to Fix It

Do you have an issue with your gas fire keeping going out? Here's some of the potential issues that might be causing the issue.


House Smelling Like Smoke From the Fireplace? Fix It Here

Are you wondering why your house smells like smoke from the fireplace and looking for solution on how to fix it? This guide should help you with just that.


How to Add a Pull-Chain Light to a Closet

Is your shoe closet too dark to find a matching pair of sneakers? A simple pull-chain light solves lighting problems in small dark rooms. This informational guide helps a homeowner understand how to install a pull chain light in a dark closet.


Review of the Paris Rhone 1500W Electric Heater

I was searching for a small but effective space heater that could keep my kitchen warm without producing much noise. The Paris Rhone HE001B01 appeared to be the best option.


Enamel vs. Lacquer: Which One's Best for Painting Kitchen Cabinets?

Enamel and pre-catalyzed lacquer are two durable coatings used by many painters for cabinet painting. In this article, I cover my likes and dislikes for both and reveal my personal favorite for painting cabinets.


What's the Best Wood for Painted Cabinets? My Top Picks

Whether you're looking for replacement cabinet doors, or you're wondering how your cabinets might look when painted, this article covers the best types of wood cabinets to paint.


Tips for Painting Accent Walls Like a Pro

Painting accent walls is a quick and inexpensive way to add a little character to a room. This article covers some common accent wall mistakes to avoid and how to paint them from start to finish.


Tips for Painting Over Smoke-Stained Walls and Nicotine

Smoke stains are difficult to paint over without proper surface cleaning and priming. If you're painting over smoke-stained walls or nicotine, this article covers how to do it the right way and avoid bleed-through.


What's the Best Outdoor Paint for Wood? My Top Picks

Finding the right exterior wood paint can be tricky when there are so many options to choose from. In this article, I cover my top three best outdoor paints I use for wood siding, fences and trim.


How to Paint Edges of Walls Without Tape

Cutting-in wall edges with a free hand is the most challenging part of a painting project. Most people resort to tape, but taping everything can be problematic. Check out my tips on painting wall edges without tape or those ridiculous edging tools.


5 Baseboard Painting Hacks for Straight Lines and No Mess

Check out my baseboard painting hacks and tips to help you achieve a perfect paint job without a mess on the floor.


What's the Best Sherwin Williams Ceiling Paint? My Top Picks

Sherwin Williams sells some of the best paints on the market, but what's their best ceiling paint? Check out my top picks for Sherwin Williams ceiling paints I've used on my painting projects.


Tips for Staining and Painting T1-11 Siding

T1-11 siding will last many years when the surface is repeatedly stained or painted to keep it sealed and protected from moisture. Check out my tips on staining and painting your plywood siding to preserve it for years to come.


Tips for Spray Painting Cabinet Frames With an Airless Paint Sprayer

One of the best ways to paint kitchen cabinet frames is with an airless sprayer. Spraying frames is faster than using a brush and achieves a smoother finish. Check out my tips on spraying cabinet frames like a professional.


Review of the Watersong Pull-out Spring Kitchen Faucet

I was searching for a reasonably priced kitchen faucet that combined quality with flexibility. The WaterSong Spring Kitchen Sink Faucet appeared to be a strong contender.


How to Stop Fisheye in Paint and Lacquer

Fisheye is an annoying surface imperfection that can occur when using many different types of coatings. This article explains how to stop fisheye when spraying paint and lacquer.


How to Fix Nest Thermostat No Power to RC Wire Detected Problem

If you have a Nest thermostat and are getting a warning that there is no power to RC wire detected, here is what may be causing it.


How to Clean Your Drains Naturally With Bokashi Tea

Bokashi tea is a wonderful, eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical drain cleaners. Learn how to use this bokashi composting byproduct to safely and effectively get rid of annoying clogs in your plumbing.


Tips on Using Drywall Joint Compound as a Grain Filler for Oak Cabinets

Drywall joint compound can serve as an effective wood filler for oak cabinets. Drywall mud fills oak grain and sands easier than some official wood fillers I've experimented with. Check out my tips on using a joint compound for your cabinet painting project.


How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting

Cleaning cabinets before painting is an essential part of the preparation process. Check out my tips on how to clean cabinets before you paint them.


How I Painted My Brick Fireplace Black in 3 Easy Steps

With one day, a little elbow grease, primer, and black paint, I was able to update our 1980s red brick fireplace. In only three easy steps, the centerpiece of our living room was completely transformed into a fresh yet classic look.


What's the Best Degreaser for Kitchen Cabinets Before Painting? My Top Picks

These are my top picks for the best degreaser to use for kitchen cabinet painting. All four are products I use for my own cabinet painting projects.


How to Spray Paint Cabinet Doors With an Airless Sprayer

Using an airless sprayer to paint your cabinets is easy once you understand how to do it. This article shows you exactly how to prep and then paint your cabinets with an airless sprayer.


Should I Get Gutter Guards Installed?

Gutter guards are supposed to make your gutters worry free, and there is a lot of advertising pushing the product. But is it really worth spending the money on this home improvement?


How to Remove and Cover Heavy Wall Texture

Older homes often come with heavy wall texture that is not only unattractive but can make your home look dated. How are you going to remove the wall texture? With time and effort, and some hearty wall scraping, you can cover it up in a single weekend.


How to Clear a Clogged Gutter Downspout

Home downspout clogs can be a serious problem. Water accumulating around your house may cause damage or attract pests. If your gutters are overflowing instead of draining, clear the downspout yourself and avoid a costly bill.


How to Install Your Own Toilet

Having a plumber install a new toilet can cost a bundle. Save that cash for something you really need, because you can learn how to install your own toilet easily.


How to Check If You Have a Leaky Roof

From sagging ceiling to ice buildup to damp on the walls, this guide will break down the identifying features of a leaky roof to help to figure out whether or not you need to take immediate action.


Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst Open Hearth Fireplace Insert Review

I will share my personal review of the Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst electric fireplace insert, as well as simple assembly instructions.


Recycling Salvaged Decking and Offcuts

This article will break down how too salvage and recycle decking, and decking offcuts, into a range of DIY projects around the garden, including making a folding garden BBQ table, wooden seating, compost and recycle bins and a decking step.


Do You Need to Update Your Electrical Panel?

From your home being rewired to your circuit breaker tripping often, this article will offer a handful of reasons why it may be worthwhile to update your electrical panel.


Pro Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets the Best Way

Cabinet painting is not a weekend project in most cases. Consider using a professional paint sprayer, and check out more of my tips to make your project easier.


Tips for Painting a Porch Floor

Painting a porch floor is easy, but don't do it the wrong way. Check out my tips on how to prep and paint wooden porch flooring.


How to Attach a Cover to a Recessed Light Switch or Electrical Outlet

Finished a home improvement project only to find out that the light switch or electrical outlet covers don't mate up because the switch or outlet is too far recessed into the wall? There is a simple and easy with to ensure that your switch or outlet extends exactly how you need it, every time.


How to Control Overspray When Spray Painting Outdoors

Paint overspray is something you always want to take into consideration when spray painting outdoors. Follow my tips to ensure your exterior spray painting project goes smoothly without property damage.


Tips for Painting a Bathroom Like a Pro

Although many bathrooms are small, they're usually more challenging to paint than wide-open rooms. Check out my tips on how to paint a bathroom, including steps on surface prep and the best paint options.


5 Expert Tips to Make a DIY Interior Paint Job Look Professional

If you're getting ready to take on a DIY paint job for your home interior, you want it to look perfect, as if a professional painted those rooms. These 5 expert tips will help you achieve that professional look, even if you are the one doing the painting.


How to Easily Renew Window Screen Frames and Sills

Learn how to remove and clean your window frame and sill. It requires little more than some steel wool, acetone, and a little elbow grease!


How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

If you want to know how to remove a popcorn ceiling, check out my tips. You will also learn what to do after removing the popcorn ceiling, like skim coating.


My Review of Sherwin Williams Super Paint (Interior and Exterior)

Is Sherwin Williams Super Paint really super? In this full review, I cover the pros and cons of both the interior and exterior versions of this popular paint.


What's the Best Primer to Cover Dark Paint? My Top Picks

The best primer to cover dark paint colors is one that's thicker to help block the color underneath. Check out my top picks for primer I use when painting light colors over dark walls.


My Review of Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel (Urethane)

I used Behr alkyd semi-gloss enamel to paint doors and trim on a recent project. Read my full review to find out if Behr semi-gloss enamel is worth using for your painting project.


My Review of Benjamin Moore Regal Select Interior Paint

Is Benjamin Moore Regal Select good paint? I recently used this popular paint for an interior painting project. Check out my full review to find out if Regal Select is worth using in your DIY home projects.


12 Essential Tools That Every Homeowner Should Have

Being a homeowner usually means doing some basic maintenance and dealing with some minor emergencies, this article lists 12 tools that I consider to be vital for any homeowner to have.