Window treatments for sliding glass doors are not always easy to pick out when decorating your home. A slider is usually a large part of the room and choosing a window treatment should not be a rush decision.
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
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!
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.
A basic guide to pipe types, plumbing fittings, thread sizes and how to use fittings to connect copper, PVC and PEX pipe
How to adjust your pvc door hinges. This is not a hard job to do and can be carried out by almost anyone. All that is needed is a set of Hex keys
Sooner or later everyone will have to replace a blown fuse; description of types of fuses and tips on changing different styles of fuse.
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...
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.
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.
While pretty to look at, moss can be slippery and dangerous on walkways. Find out how to remove it simply and effectively with these step by step photos and instructions.
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.
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.
When shopping for lighting, it is most important to understand the light source and the wattage that will be saved. As these are choices important to your wallet, the article explains the factors.
Building an outdoor fireplace is something that most anyone can do with the right tools, some instructions, and the help of some friends. Whether you use a kit or make it from the ground up, ultimately it will add value to your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are both pros and cons to marmoleum,flooring. Is it the perfect option for your home or a complete nightmare that you will regret for years?
Sheetrock repair made easy: how to patch and repair different sizes of drywall holes from small to large.
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.
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.
How to install or replace a light switch, including 2 way, 3 way and 4 way switches. Easy to understand instructions for the homeowner doing their own home repairs.
Is NeverWet good for waterproofing your clothing, furniture, and outdoor planters? Possibly not, but it certainly has other uses!
Some easy tips on removing caulk and lessening your cleanup time while effectively removing all caulk residue.
Carpeting was a fad in the 60s and 70s. What homeowners covered is a grade of wood that is now impossible to find. Refinishing these old wood floors will improve your home's look and health. Read why.
Want a step by step DIY guide on replacing your rotted wood under your kitchen sink? You can get it here. You can also watch the video on how we did it ourselves.
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.
Living in a damp house can be very depressing & unhealthy, but thankfully there are steps we can take to alleviate the problem.With a little bit of knowledge we can start to get on top of the problem.
I have been laying bricks for nearly 8 years now. When i first picked up a trowel i didn't have a clue how to use it, the people who were supposed to be teaching me were too busy with their own work so for a few months i struggled along trying to...
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.
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
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 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.
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
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...
Interior brick veneer is easy to install with these tried and true steps. See how adding a thin brick wall using tumbled bricks enhances a rustic design.
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.
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.
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.
The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.
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!
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.
If you are thinking about quality flooring, there are quite a few options available. It pays to be an educated consumer.
Painting the exterior of a two story house can be quite a daunting project. We rented a boom lift for the upper story. It was the best way to get at the high peaks and those areas where it would be difficult to negotiate the pitch of the roof.
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.
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.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
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
Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.
Learn the basics of using a wood router power tool to add dimension and beauty to your wood projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hardwood flooring installation for both engineered and regular hardwood flooring. Instructions for the homeowner on how to install hardwood flooring.
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.
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.
Why does paint peel? Well, first, this is a common problem on plaster walls and ceilings. Learn about the reasons for flaking paint and know the exact causes of the problem in your home or office.
Learn how to quickly and easily repair a garbage disposal vibration leak, and why your sink is humming!
Everything you need to know about Lighting and maintaining a fire efficiently in a Wood Burning Stove.
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.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how to guide, tailored to beginning do it yourselfers!
Here is a simple and economical way how to keep your water tank cool in hot summer. Keeping water tank cool in summer is really a challenge but with this simple procedure, things would be much better.
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
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.
With so many choices for alternative lighting solutions, what are the main differences between the main choices you see available between LED, fluorescent, and halogen incandescent lights?
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.
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.
Step by step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound. Includes pictures.
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.
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!
Do you have noisy shower pipes? Here's how you can fix noisy shower pipes and stop the banging noise inside your shower.
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!
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.
If your PVC window is jammed or not closing properly, find out what the problem could be and learn how to fix it.
The following pictures of a house electric panel can help readers who wish to know how the panel controls electricity to the whole house. These pictures can give you a better insight into how it works. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx NOTE: See also...
Replacing the pull cord rope on a Stihl KM 56 RC trimmer is easier than you think. Use these pictures and my step-by-step instructions for easy installation.
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
There has been a debate about this for as long as I can remember. What product works better? Good old fashioned tar paper or house wrap materials like Tyvek produced by DuPont? Well that depends. House Wrap The most popular brands of house wrap...
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
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.
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.
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.
Venetian Plaster is a faux finish technique that gives walls a vintage plaster appearance that really shimmers with light. Learn how to do this simple technique.
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.
How to wire 3 way light switches, with wiring diagrams for different methods of installing the wire between boxes. Detailed instructions and wiring diagrams.
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 how to choose the best and most energy-efficient light bulbs for garages, home offices, and more.
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...
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.
Is plastic trim and molding better than wood? Why or why not? I've had both in my house and here's my comparison.
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
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
Why keep moaning and groaning about a showerhead being in the wrong place, when you can do something about it? This do-it-yourself article shows how to improve the location of your showerheads.
Apartment Living is something that many believe everyone should experience, if only once. While you don't have some of the luxuries that you'd enjoy in your own home (a yard, for example), most apartments have perks of their own. These can include:...
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.
Non contact voltage testers - Tips on buying and using these handy and inexpensive tools used to protect your safety.
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...
Tips and step by step directions to install laminate hardwood flooring. Lots of photos of a new floor going down.
The The new zero VOC paint is becoming a hot seller and for good reasons. Read my full review of this product here.
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.
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.
Staying cool during the summer in an apartment is especially challenging if you don't have air conditioning. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to reduce the temperature in your apartment.
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.
Simple How-to instructions for cutting any size hole in a brick wall. Photos and advice to help the novice do the job correctly.
Can you imagine not having to shovel snow from your driveway or walkways? With an underground snowmelt system, the hazards of winter can literally melt away.
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...
This article describes a quick mess-free, stress- free, cost-effective way to renovate a kitchen that has started to look a little tired
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
A conduit bending guide with instructions on how to bend emt conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet painting tips.
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.
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.
It doesn't take more than a few hours to replace a porch column. This tutorials will walk you through the process step-by-step and give you tips and tricks on how to prevent some of the more common errors that occur during this process.
Detailed instructing by choosing, installing and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.
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.
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.
Sewer lines are one of those things we don't think about until something goes wrong. You start noticing the problem when you hear gurgling noises from the toilet, or when water drains more slowly than usual, or when a smelly sinkhole appears in your...
The PEX tubing and brass ball valve are sweating substantially in a basement that the building owner wants to finish but can not until this issue is corrected. ARS Construction In hot summer months, it is not uncommon to find the pipes sweating in...
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.
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.
A homeowner's guide for choosing and installing angle stop water valves. Includes the different types and installation methods.
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.
If you are thinking of replacing your carpet with laminate, this true story will fill you in about the pros and cons of doing so.
Heart pine is the wood from old growth trees and is no longer available. Flooring made from these trees has unique colors and patterns. Learn how to care for and restore yours to keep them beautiful.
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!
If you’re like me, you don’t even know what the parts inside a toilet are called. All you know is, it is taking all your strength to push that little handle that flushes the toilet. What’s up with that? If your toilet has suddenly become...
This hub explains how to install a toilet paper holder in a bathroom. Using this step by step guide you can complete the installation of your new holder in about 20 - 30 minutes. The hub also explains the proper height for mounting the bath tissue holder on a wall.
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.
Flat roofs have been a daunting task for contractors and homeowners alike since they were invented. They are hard to waterproof, hard to maintain, and hard to insulate. For today's purposes, we will stick with the insulation issue. In order to...
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.
Leaving the air conditioning on in the summer and the heat on in the winter can be expensive and waste energy. Here is how to avoid that and to cut your electric bill.
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 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!
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
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.
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.
4 simple steps to a kitchen plumbing job well done! A very easy to follow guide with pictures, on how to "Fix a Leaky Sink Strainer."
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.
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.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
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!
To apply tile grout isn't as hard as you may think. It's a task you as a DIY home repair enthusiast can do, especially if you plan to remove the unsightly 'yucky' old grout on your bathroom walls...
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.
Planning to repair peeling paint in your home? Learn how to fix the flaking paint problem on your walls or ceiling. See how to remove the old paint, prepare the surfaces, and repaint them.
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
In general plumbing terms, a plumbing fixture is a device that is connected to a plumbing system and interacts with liquid(or gas)
Dripping taps are not only a noisy nuisance, they can be expensive as well, especially if it is hot water leaking away.
Electric inserts are not the same thing as vent-free gas fireplaces. Read on to discover what differentiates one from the other.
Here are the basics of how your plumbing works, and how to re-plumb with CPVC to move water lines indoors.
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.