Here are the basics of how your plumbing works, and how to re-plumb with CPVC to move water lines indoors.
A beginner's guide to caulking your bathtub, sharing an easy way so successfully complete your first caulking job and make it look nice too!
A toilet that seemingly flushes itself, also known as phantom flushing, is a common problem. Addressing this problem may require replacing the flapper, flush valve, or flush valve gasket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expanding hobbies or growing children seem to take up more and more living space in our homes, so why not build an outdoor studio space, or a playroom for the children in the garden?
Instructions on how to fix a leaky or running toilet. Repairing a toilet that runs constantly is a quick easy job that anyone can handle.
Aqua Coat is a clear wood grain filler that can be used for a number of painting and wood working projects. Read my review to find out if Aqua Coat is a good product or not.
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.
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!
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.
Comprehensive guide to understanding the pros and cons of stainless steel fasteners versus hot-dipped galvanized fasteners.
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.
Sometimes your desk, chair, or bed is just too low to be comfortable or safe. You don't have to buy new furniture. A good set of bed risers is an affordable and effective solution.
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....
Painting aluminum siding is easy, using the right tools and preparation. Check out my tips on how to paint aluminum siding with an airless sprayer.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
Is NeverWet good for waterproofing your clothing, furniture, and outdoor planters? Possibly not, but it certainly has other uses!
Sherwin Williams provides quality interior and exterior paints and stains at reasonable prices compared to other paint brands. Read my Sherwin Williams paint reviews for paints I frequently use.
Painting kitchen cabinets is a project that calls for only the best paints that are going to last and look great. Read my two reviews about kitchen cabinet paint from Sherwin Williams.
No hot water? Don't call the plumber quite yet. Take a moment to troubleshoot because there are several minor issues that are easy to fix.
Learn about concrete driveway solutions for new construction, a remodel or repair that provide green space options. These ideas range from why-didn't-I-think-of-that to new products.
Need to know how to fix a slow-draining bathtub? Here are the six best methods to try. Unclogging a bathtub drain yourself can save you money.
Upgrading your power tool collection? A rechargeable impact wrench is one of the best investments you can make. They unstick bolts and provide power that conventional electric drills can't match.
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.
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.
Leaky outdoor spigots can be easy to fix for DIYers. If you don't like to spend money on something you can do yourself, check out these simple steps to replace your outside faucet.
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.
The Wagner Paint Eater is a power sander used for removing old paint. Check out my unbiased review to find out if the sander is worth the money or not.
Instructions for how to stain a hardwood floor. It's not as difficult as you may think! Learn how to remove ugly old carpeting, sand a hardwood floor & apply wood stain for a beautiful shiny finish.
Painting over wallpaper is much easier than dealing with removal. If the paper is in good shape, preparing the surface and painting over it is an option. Check out my tips on how to tackle this project correctly.
Is your uPVC window jammed or stuck closed? If so, this article will teach you how to solve the problem and fix your window without it costing you a lot of money.
Sheetrock repair made easy: how to patch and repair different sizes of drywall holes from small to large.
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
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.
The key machine is a marvel of mechanical engineering. This article illustrates how a key machine is made and how it can cut keys accurately to within 1/1000 of an inch.
Smells originating from our furnace and duct work are not only unpleasant but can present health concerns as well. Learn more about what causes them and how to get rid of these unwelcome odors.
Gel fuel is an awesome compound that's really useful when combined with ventless fireplaces. It can be expensive, though, so learning how to make gel fuel can be handy.
Air tools compliment mains or battery powered tools and have several advantages over the latter. An air compressor and air tools are a useful addition to a home or commercial workshop
Tips and detailed instructions on how to replace a ceiling light in your home. An easy task if you know what you're doing.
Many older homes have been painted so many times that the paint becomes a series of thick layers. Humidity, moisture and time have a way of causing these layers to separate and bubble. Eventually it will start cracking and chipping. When this...
A friends daughter whose wedding I sewed and organized a few years ago came over last night with her 'Hubby'... saying that the deal on the house they had bid on had been accepted. The young couple was in seventh heaven. Their first house was a...
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.
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.
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!
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.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how to guide, tailored to beginning do it yourselfers!
If your PVC window is jammed or not closing properly, find out what the problem could be and learn how to fix it.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
What you need to know before you buy a wall-mount heater. Great advice that will steer you in the right direction.
This is an easy-to-follow guide for replacing a kitchen sprayer nozzle. These three easy steps take very little time and save you loads of plumbing costs by doing it yourself.
A basic guide for the homeowner who would like to know the pros and cons, and the installation methods of the different types of faucet supply lines.
When a shower drain becomes clogged, it's often possible to unclog it with a snake and Drano before calling a plumber. Here's how.
Learn about the benefits of humidifiers and tips on maintenance and humidity control settings. There are also step-by-step installation instructions with pictures and a list of required supplies.
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.
Maple is mostly grain-free and looks awesome when spray painted. Check out my tips for painting maple cabinets.
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.
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
How much do led lights save per year? Today, LED light bulbs pay for themselves after only months. I compare LED vs Incandescent, Halogen flood lights vs LED flood lights, and CFL vs LED.
How to choose, buy and install a thermostat for baseboard heaters or other electric heat source. Called line voltage heaters, the installation is well within the capabilities of most homeowners.
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
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.
With the recent low cost of t8 LED tube lights, replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED will save you money, give you better light, and reduce environmental harm.
Check out my review of Emerald Urethane paint. I recently spray painted kitchen cabinets using this product.
Why do you need to fix an emergency light? Can’t it wait? Is it really that important? Yes, yes it is. Emergency lights can be found in large scale apartment complexes, and most commercial buildings and industrial zones. Keeping them...
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
What is an electric strike? The electric strike remains the most popular way to electrically control access today primarily because it is the most economical and is usually the easiest to install.
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!
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.
The Black and Decker workmate is a marvel of a workbench for home use as well as professional. A folding workbench that is lightweight enough to carry with you and with a built in vise - what could be better?
A breakaway screw lets you break it off at the length you need, but how do you break a breakaway screw?
Instructions on how to fix a broken door frame. A DIY job that can be accomplished by most homeowners for little cost, door frame repair is well worth checking into doing it yourself.
If you are thinking of getting new windows. Make sure you read this guide first it could save you a lot of grief down along the road
Before rushing out to buy a new shower head, try fixing the problem yourself. It's easier than you think to clean a clogged or rusted shower head. If you need to replace, you can do that yourself too.
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.
Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.
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.
This simple guide will show you the basics of how to properly mix cement mortar and lay bricks. I will also go over what bricklaying tools you need, especially when you're just starting out.
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!
Is plastic trim and molding better than wood? Why or why not? I've had both in my house and here's my comparison.
Sooner or later everyone will have to replace a blown fuse; description of types of fuses and tips on changing different styles of fuse.
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet painting tips.
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
This is not a guide to help people break into someone's house, but what it will do is help you make your PVC door more secure.
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!
Whether you’re planning on installing a floor or simply calculating how much you need to budget for, you can determine how much tile you need. For a wall project, the steps are the same.
Sherwin Williams Duration is a popular paint available for interior and exterior use. Read my review to find out how Duration performs and whether it's worth the cost.
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.
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.
What are the parts of a toilet, and how do they function? I've included a diagram you can use to learn about this understated but necessary receptacle.
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!
Watering the soil around your home's foundation can help prevent foundation cracks and shifting. Use these simple maintenance tips to maintain your home's value.
Learn how to give your ceilings and walls the classic look of a knock down finish! This article talks about the tools and techniques you need to do the job.
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.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
Learn the basics of using a wood router power tool to add dimension and beauty to your wood projects.
A basic guide to pipe types, plumbing fittings, and thread sizes, and instructions for how to use fittings to connect copper, PVC, and PEX water pipes.
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.
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.
To paint behind a radiator without removing it, I make a simple, free tool every time which gets the job done easily. This is how I do it.
Tips on how to lay self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles for a new flooring look. A simple job easily accomplished by the homeowner needing a new floor.
I describe how I sanded and painted the metal railings and light poles in my yard and explain tools and techniques that worked and those that didn't.
Burst a water line? Need to add a water line? No problem. See how you can do it yourself fast, easy and much cheaper than calling a plumber. It really is a snap!
Pro Classic is a premium Sherwin Williams paint for doors, trim and cabinets. Read my review to find out if Pro Classic is worth it or not.
A low flow throughout the home can be a real hassle, but knowing what to look for can take the pressure off you and sometimes even provides quick and cost effective solutions.
Electric inserts are not the same thing as vent-free gas fireplaces. Read on to discover what differentiates one from the other.
Some people like hand-held shower heads, some prefer wall mounts. Others do better with both. This shows how to convert one to the other when life's circumstances change.
The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
Learn how to easily identify and fix problems with your bathtub drain stopper. Avoid paying expensive service fees to call out a plumber! Follow these instructions to find out how to unclog a bathtub drain or, if necessary, how to replace your bathtub stopper.
The goal you are probably trying to accomplish with your outdoor security lighting is to make your home safer from unwanted intruders, right? A dark home is a vulnerable home! Security lighting around your home gives you much more of a chance to...
Forcing a blunt drill through metal or wood will wear out your arms and your patience. Find the best drill sharpener...
Here is a comprehensive list of what not to put down the drain (and why), as well as the correct use of the garbage disposal, and how to maintain it, clean it, deoderize it, and de-grease it.
Concrete is really easy to make and all you need is a shovel and some buckets. This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide with pictures to mixing concrete by hand, with or without a mixer
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.
Hate the trouble of getting out an air compressor, then fighting with an air hose? The best cordless nail gun can save your arms and your ears while delivering all the power you need.
Step by step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound. Includes pictures.
Detailed instructions on retrofitting existing fluorescent tubes to LED lamps. Benefit from energy savings, cold weather operation and long life by changing out your 4 foot fluorescent tubes to LED's
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.
Painting over paneling is an easy job that anyone can do with a little know-how. Painting over dark paneling is a cost-efficient way to update and improve the value of your home. Read this article for tips on how to paint over paneling.
Window Film Insulation is one of the best, quickest and most cost effective ways to stop condensation, reduce heat loss, heating bills and stop drafts. It is especially effective on sash windows.
Yes, a popcorn ceiling can be removed even if it has been painted, though it takes more work. Learn how to remove this texture in the simplest and least expensive way possible!
Putting a professional finish on your walls can be done with some practice and the right tools. Check out these videos for a crash course in DIY wall finishing.
Power nailers, or nail guns, come in so many different varieties. Information can be confusing and overwhelming. This article separates them into air nailers and gas nailers, then simplifies the two.
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!
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.
How to understand electricity. A complete beginner's guide covering watts, amps, volts, ohms and kWh. Cost of running appliances. AC, DC and three-phase. Resistivity of materials. A description of electric and magnetic effects of current flow in a conductor.
Have you got paint peeling in your home or office that you don't know how to address? Learn about why paint flakes and what you can do to fix it—and how to stop it from happening again.
Here's how to choose the correct paintbrush for your project, with practical advice, a helpful video and lots of great tips so that your brush will be right for your paint and wall, woodwork, molding or surface.
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
This is a guide on how to mix mortar using sand, cement, plasticiser and water for the purpose of repointing brickwork and ridge tiles.
Detailed instructing by choosing, installing and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.
How to wire 3 way light switches, with wiring diagrams for different methods of installing the wire between boxes. Detailed instructions and wiring diagrams.
Stone veneer will enhance your home. Learn how to install stone veneer and make your home the envy of all. Save time and money and beautify your home today.
A conduit bending guide with instructions on how to bend emt conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
Plexiglass and tempered glass are great for using in situations where you don't want broken glass with sharp edges going everywhere. They have functions and uses that are unique to each type of glass.
The The new zero VOC paint is becoming a hot seller and for good reasons. Read my full review of this product here.
When it comes to nail guns, unfortunately one size doesn’t fit all. You need one that best fits the job at hand. There are several different types for specific jobs...
If your toilet is unusually difficult to flush, you might need to replace your flush valve seal. This guide will show you how.
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.
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.
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.
If you have one or more masonry fireplaces in your home, you can save big money on your heating bills by sealing them off when not in use.
Hardwood flooring installation for both engineered and regular hardwood flooring. Instructions for the homeowner on how to install hardwood flooring.
Measure from the back wall behind your toilet to the toilet bolt. The toilet bolt is the bolt that sticks up from the floor through the porcelain on the foot of the toilet, usually covered by a cap. The job of the toilet bolt is to help create a...
Wood stoves, pellet stoves and fireplace inserts have been incredibly popular for decades, and when you look at the eco-friendly and financial advantages, you can see why.
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.
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.
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
You may refer to a truss as the rafter, but it's basically the skeleton of the roof, carrying the weight of the frame and supporting the walls of the building. Trusses are very important to preventing the walls from bending or flexing, more so...
Read my review of Lillevilla wooden buildings - they are a low-cost answer to creating more space. Use yours as a home office, hobby room, teens den or gym.
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.
How to choose, install and wire a thermostat for your home heating system. Digital programmable thermostats for heat pumps.
A guide to painting stairs in your home. Tips on how to plan the project, and steps to follow for a great finish using paints and stains. Information provided by a professional Toronto painter.
I simply do not understand why people nowadays are choosing hardwood floors over carpet for their homes. It seems that in every home show I watch, people are always acting like carpet is so undesirable. In this article I explain why I disagree.
Adjusting uPVC doors that are catching at the top or bottom of the door frame is not a hard job to do. Almost anyone can do it. All that is needed is a set of hex keys (Allen wrenches).
A do it yourself guide to install laminate formica and make your own bathroom vanity countertop. Although it sounds frightening it is actually an easy task for most homeowners.
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
You only need a few simple supplies to help you remove a wallpaper border without damaging your walls. See the step-by-step instructions below.
A wall stud is simply the vertical frame inside a wall. For homes wall studs are usually wood. Having a damaged stud can be a problem since this can weaken a wall greatly. There are some easy ways to mend broken studs. Though the biggest concern...
What to use for hooking up water to your fridge? Here is a how-to, with recommendations for the best types of lines.
If you're thinking about replacing your casement window glass just because they're draffy, fogged up or just hard to open, consider this: You can fix most of the problems yourself for a fraction of the cost of new windows-and it won't take you more...