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  • 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.

    Tips for Painting Varnished Wood

    Tips for Painting Varnished Wood

    by Matt G.2

  • 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.

    How Does a Standard Key Machine Work?

    How Does a Standard Key Machine Work?

    by Tom rubenoff2

  • 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

  • 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.

    Why I Love Carpet and Hate Hardwood Floors

    Why I Love Carpet and Hate Hardwood Floors

    by Willow Mattox77

  • DIY can save you money and gives you a great sense of achievement. This article outlines the essential hand and power tools a homeowner needs for basic and more advanced house maintenance.

    20 Essential Tools for DIY Projects and Home Repair

    20 Essential Tools for DIY Projects and Home Repair

    by Eugene Brennan0

  • "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 Brennan20

  • 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.

    How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

    How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

    by LiamBean6

  • 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.

    The 5 Best Cordless Nail Guns

    The 5 Best Cordless Nail Guns

    by Will Apse10

  • If you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, or just some home repairs or home improvement, you’ll be faced with numerous decisions. One area of mind-boggling decisions you’ll have to deal with pertains to floors and...

    Residential Flooring Options: Pros and Cons of Each, With Pics

    Residential Flooring Options: Pros and Cons of Each, With Pics

    by Holle Abee3

  • Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.

    Best Primer for Kitchen Cabinets

    Best Primer for Kitchen Cabinets

    by Matt G.9

  • Painting your house exterior safely requires some knowledge of safe ladder use. This article outlines ladder safety and best practices in using them properly. Advice from a professional painter.

    Painting Your House Exterior Using Ladders

    Painting Your House Exterior Using Ladders

    by paintingToronto5

  • A breakaway screw lets you break it off at the length you need, but how do you break a breakaway screw?

    How to Break Breakaway Screws

    How to Break Breakaway Screws

    by Shasta Matova13

  • 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

  • An easy to follow picture by picture guide for replacing a three-way light switch. It only took dad about 10 minutes from start to finish.

    How to Replace a Light Switch

    How to Replace a Light Switch

    by India Arnold6

  • Painting vinyl siding successfully is easy using the right paint and procedure. Check out my tips on how to paint vinyl professionally.

    Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

    Tips for Painting Vinyl Siding

    by Matt G.0

  • CHB is an interior Sherwin Williams paint often used for painting ceilings and newly constructed homes. Read my review to find out if CHB paint is a good product or not.

    Sherwin Williams CHB Paint Review

    Sherwin Williams CHB Paint Review

    by Matt G.3

  • 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

  • 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.

    How to Make Gel Fuel

    How to Make Gel Fuel

    by Benji Mester244

  • 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 rubenoff53

  • 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

  • With the right tools and preparation, painting aluminum siding is easy. Check out my tips on how to paint aluminum siding with an airless sprayer.

    Tips for Painting Aluminum Siding

    Tips for Painting Aluminum Siding

    by Matt G.2

  • A home with a septic system can seem intimidating for prospective buyers, but are they really as scary as they sound? How exactly do they work and how much maintenance do they really require?

    All About Septic Systems

    All About Septic Systems

    by Ashley Doyle0

  • Making an underground root cellar was my fall project for the year 2010. This article shows step-by-step how it was designed and constructed, from the planning stage to the final result, with photos.

    How to Make a Root Cellar

    How to Make a Root Cellar

    by flicker lm249

  • Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.

    How to Use the Empire Protractor

    How to Use the Empire Protractor

    by NiaG9

  • Living in a damp house can be very depressing and 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.

    How to Cope With a Damp House

    How to Cope With a Damp House

    by Rob Butler0

  • 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

  • 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.

    What Are the Parts of a Toilet?

    What Are the Parts of a Toilet?

    by Holle Abee35

  • Woodscapes is a Sherwin Williams fence and siding stain available in a water-based and oil-based option. Check out my review to learn more about Woodscapes acrylic stain.

    Sherwin Williams Woodscapes Stain Review

    Sherwin Williams Woodscapes Stain Review

    by Matt G.12

  • 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.

    15 Causes of Peeling Paint on Walls and Ceilings

    15 Causes of Peeling Paint on Walls and Ceilings

    by Januaris Saint Fores11

  • 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 rubenoff41

  • 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.

    Tips for Painting Over Wallpaper

    Tips for Painting Over Wallpaper

    by Matt G.4

  • 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 Holopaw1

  • 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.

    How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Sprayer Hose

    How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Sprayer Hose

    by India Arnold8

  • 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

  • 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.

    Faucet Supply Line Types and Installation

    Faucet Supply Line Types and Installation

    by Bert Holopaw1

  • 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

  • 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 Goodman4

  • This article 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. This article also explains the proper height for mounting the bath tissue holder on a wall.

    How to Install a Toilet Paper Holder in a Bathroom

    How to Install a Toilet Paper Holder in a Bathroom

    by Sam Kear5

  • In this article, you'll find girly purple wall painting ideas, including colorblocks, animal prints, stripes, fanciful freehand designs, and more. Videos included!

    Purple Painting Ideas for a Girl's Room

    Purple Painting Ideas for a Girl's Room

    by SmartAndFun3

  • 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.

    How to Fix Problems With Your Bathtub Drain Stopper

    How to Fix Problems With Your Bathtub Drain Stopper

    by Cloverleaf16

  • Sooner or later everyone will have to replace a blown fuse. Here, you'll find a description of different types of fuses and tips on changing all the different styles.

    How to Replace a Fuse in a Fuse Box

    How to Replace a Fuse in a Fuse Box

    by Dan Harmon10

  • 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 to Cool an Apartment Without Air Conditioning

    How to Cool an Apartment Without Air Conditioning

    by cactusbythesea4

  • Directions and tips on how to check various fuses to see if they are blown.

    How to Test a Fuse

    How to Test a Fuse

    by Dan Harmon5

  • 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.

    5 Steps to Calculate How Much Tile You Need

    5 Steps to Calculate How Much Tile You Need

    by versatileflooring17

  • If you have a lot of pretty china that you want to display but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a store-bought case, you might want to think about making your own plate rack cabinet. This guide will show you how I made mine and how you can make your own as well.

    How to Build Your Own Plate Rack Cabinet

    How to Build Your Own Plate Rack Cabinet

    by serenity4me lm59

  • 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 Harmon73

  • 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.

    Best Kitchen Cabinet Paint From Sherwin Williams

    Best Kitchen Cabinet Paint From Sherwin Williams

    by Matt G.19

  • 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.

    How to Stain a Hardwood Floor in 5 Steps

    How to Stain a Hardwood Floor in 5 Steps

    by Ashley Bergin13

  • 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 Reed17

  • SuperDeck is a Sherwin Williams stain available in multiple finishes. Read my review to find out if the waterborne deck stain is worth the money or not.

    SuperDeck Stain Review

    SuperDeck Stain Review

    by Matt G.2

  • If you're looking to install low-voltage outdoor lighting in your landscape or on your deck, following these tips will guarantee years of enjoyment instead of years of repairs.

    Outdoor Lighting Installation Tips

    Outdoor Lighting Installation Tips

    by Eddie Carrara9

  • 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 Snow18

  • 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

  • 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

  • Is NeverWet good for waterproofing your clothing, furniture, and outdoor planters? Possibly not, but it certainly has other uses!

    Uses for NeverWet by Rust-Oleum

    Uses for NeverWet by Rust-Oleum

    by jellygator7

  • 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.

    Home Remedies for a Clogged Drain

    Home Remedies for a Clogged Drain

    by Melanie Shebel47

  • This article explains how to save money by replacing an old well point, that has become eroded over the years.

    How to Drive a New Well Point

    How to Drive a New Well Point

    by James Bowden15

  • 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.

    Sherwin Williams Duration Paint Review

    Sherwin Williams Duration Paint Review

    by Matt G.2

  • 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

  • Sometimes your desk, chair, or bed is just too low to be comfortable or safe. But rest assured—you don't have to buy new furniture. A good set of bed risers is an affordable and effective solution.

    Tips on Using and Choosing Bed Risers

    Tips on Using and Choosing Bed Risers

    by Christine Mulberry3

  • 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.

    Sherwin Williams Paint Reviews

    Sherwin Williams Paint Reviews

    by Matt G.17

  • 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

  • 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

  • If you're thinking about replacing your casement windows because they're drafty, 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.

    DIY Projects: Casement Windows Repair Tips

    DIY Projects: Casement Windows Repair Tips

    by Fairus Mohd Aziz4

  • 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.Alexis33

  • 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.

    How to Build a Timber Frame Conservatory

    How to Build a Timber Frame Conservatory

    by Arthur Russ5

  • 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 painter.

    How to Paint and Refinish Your Stairs

    How to Paint and Refinish Your Stairs

    by paintingToronto12

  • In this article, I describe my first time working with concrete and go through the step-by-step process of pouring a small slab near my garage door.

    How to Pour a Small Concrete Slab

    How to Pour a Small Concrete Slab

    by Laura Smith2

  • 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.

    How to Remove a Wallpaper Border

    How to Remove a Wallpaper Border

    by chrissieklinger15

  • 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.31

  • 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

  • PEX tubing is a growing trend in plumbing today. These PEX tubes won't freeze, rust, or spring surprise pinhole leaks. It helps that PEX is cheaper and easier to install than other plumbing methods!

    PEX: The Answer to Your Plumbing Pipe Problems!

    PEX: The Answer to Your Plumbing Pipe Problems!

    by M.S. Ross14

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