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  • 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

  • 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.Alexis29

  • 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

  • Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen.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.41

  • 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 rubenoff221

  • If you’re thinking about remodeling, why not consider choosing a wall texture to give a room a different style. There are a number of variety wall textures that can create a beautiful tactile appearance.

    Interior Wall Texture Finishes

    Interior Wall Texture Finishes

    by Linda Chechar2

  • 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

  • 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!

    Pet Doors:  How (Not) to Install Them

    Pet Doors: How (Not) to Install Them

    by Doc Snow8

  • Are you looking for the perfect thermostat temperature so that you're not wasting electricity—and money? Cut your electric bill, help the planet, and find the right thermostat setting for winter, summer, and everything in-between.

    Set Your Thermostat Right to Save Money and Energy

    Set Your Thermostat Right to Save Money and Energy

    by Steven Gomez21

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Brennan1

  • Using the right grain filler on your cabinets fills the wood pores to make the grain less noticeable when painted. In this article, I give my recommendations for the best grain filler I've used for painting oak cabinets.

    The Best Grain Filler for Oak Cabinets

    The Best Grain Filler for Oak Cabinets

    by Matt G.0

  • 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 Harmon13

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

    Exterior Doors: How (Not) to Install Them

    Exterior Doors: How (Not) to Install Them

    by Doc Snow8

  • There are several easy ways to identify the make and model number of your shower faucet. You can do this with a simple visual inspection, by noting the faucet cartridge length, or by counting spline teeth. Find out how so that you can get the repair started.

    Identifying Your Shower Faucet Cartridge Type and Brand

    Identifying Your Shower Faucet Cartridge Type and Brand

    by Layne Holmes0

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 rubenoff62

  • Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.

    Troubleshooting an Electric Baseboard Heater

    Troubleshooting an Electric Baseboard Heater

    by Bert Holopaw2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 are some tricks and traps, described and photographed.

    Eaves and Fascia Board Repair: How (Not) to Fix Them

    Eaves and Fascia Board Repair: How (Not) to Fix Them

    by Doc Snow20

  • Cross ventilation can clean your home's air, save you money and is easy to create without spending money. Start breathing cleaner air and saving money today.

    How to Cross Ventilate Your Home

    How to Cross Ventilate Your Home

    by Dan Reed4

  • If you're thinking about painting your house, you might be wondering if there's a difference in quality between Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint. Coming from a painter who's used both, find out if one brand is better than the other.

    Sherwin Williams vs Benjamin Moore: Which Paint Is Better?

    Sherwin Williams vs Benjamin Moore: Which Paint Is Better?

    by Matt G.4

  • 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

  • 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

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