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!
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.
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
A conduit-bending guide with instructions on how to bend EMT conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
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!
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 step-by-step guide showing how to repair a leaking ballcock 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.
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.
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet-painting tips.
This article explains how to replace an old, eroded well point, and possibly save you a little money.
If your toilet is unusually difficult to flush, you might need to replace your flush valve seal. This guide will show you how.
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.
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.
Learn about the benefits of humidifiers and tips on maintenance and humidity control settings. Also easy to follow step-by-step installation instructions with pictures and a list of required supplies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Detailed instructing by choosing, installing, and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.
Instructions for how to fix a leaky or running toilet. Repairing a toilet that runs constantly is a quick, easy job that anyone can handle.
Choosing the right airless spray tips is important for reducing over-spray and wasted paint. Check out my recommendations for the best Graco RAC X tips to use for your next project.
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.
What to use for hooking up water to your fridge? Here is a how-to, with recommendations for the best types of lines.
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.
A new homeowner needs a tool set, but what should go in it? A list of the 20 most common and needed tools for the best homeowner tool set.
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.
Check out my tips for properly cleaning Graco airless paint sprayer parts to prolong the life of your sprayer.
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.
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.
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.
Taking simple steps to maintain your septic tank, without chemicals, will save you money in the long run!
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.
In this article, you'll find girly purple wall painting ideas, including colorblocks, animal prints, stripes, fanciful freehand designs, and more. Videos included!
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.
Step-by-step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound, with tips, FAQ, and photos.
Need some non-contact voltage testers? Here, you'll find tips on buying and using these handy and inexpensive tools used to protect your safety.
How to choose, install and wire a thermostat for your home heating system. Digital programmable thermostats for heat pumps.
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.
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.
Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED will save you money, give you better light, and reduce environmental harm. Here are step-by-step instructions.
Hundreds of homes burn each year from electrical fires. Learn the common causes of house fires and how to protect your home.
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
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.
If your PVC window is jammed or not closing properly, find out what the problem could be and learn how to fix it.
Fix your own leaky faucets in your bathroom and save some serious money. Here are easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
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
One day, your sliding glass door will need repair as it gets harder and harder to open. In this article, you will find instructions on how to replace patio door rollers.
Electric inserts are not the same thing as vent-free gas fireplaces. Read on to discover what differentiates one from the other.
A comprehensive guide showing how to use a multimeter or DMM. A multimeter is a useful instrument in a home toolkit for measuring voltage, current and resistance and also for tracing breaks in wires, testing diodes, capacitors and fuses.
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.
Professional 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.
Most DIY home repair enthusiasts can apply ceramic tile grout. It isn't as hard as many may think. If you are just learning how to grout or need a few tips to help you along, this article will give you grouting tips, tell you what you need to carry out the task and how to maintain your grout works.
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!
Detailed instructions for wiring an outlet so that half of it can be turned on via a wall switch. All your questions will be answered by an expert electrician, with diagrams and a video to help you.
Condensation in the home can be a concern, but it's often easy to remedy. This Hub explains how condensation causes damp and how to cure it - for good!
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
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.
In general plumbing terms, a plumbing fixture is a device that is connected to a plumbing system and interacts with liquid(or gas)
A friend's 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. They asked me to help with window treatments.
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.
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.
Maple is mostly grain-free and looks awesome when spray painted. Check out my tips for painting maple cabinets.
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.
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.
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.
A simple how-to/instructions for cutting any size hole in a brick wall. Photos and advice are included in this article to help the novice do the job correctly.
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.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
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.
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!
A breakaway screw lets you break it off at the length you need, but how do you break a breakaway screw?
How do you put up shelves, cupboards, brackets or coat hangers on a wall? This guide explains how to drill walls and outlines the tools, fixings and drill bits required.
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!
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.
"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....
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 and the look of your home while saving you money along the way.
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.
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.
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.
What you need to know before you buy a wall-mount heater. Great advice that will steer you in the right direction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out my tips for painting vinyl windows. Find out if it's a good idea to even paint your vinyl windows, or replace them instead.
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.
Comprehensive guide to understanding the pros and cons of stainless steel fasteners versus hot-dipped galvanized fasteners.
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 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.
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.
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.
While a finished basement can provide more living space, a number of factors determine whether or not it adds value to your home. Just because you paid for a renovation doesn't mean home buyers will pay extra.
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.
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.
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 showing you how to make concrete by hand, with or without a mixer
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
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.
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.
This article explains how to strip off old sealer and reapply it for a clean, waterproof slate tile floor.
Cabinet hinges the unsung heroes of cabinets everywhere. Here, you will learn about every kind of cabinet hinge under the sun.
Is plastic trim and molding better than wood? Why or why not? I've had both in my house and here's my comparison.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
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.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how-to guide, tailored to beginning do-it-yourselfers!
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!
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.
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!
Painting vinyl siding successfully is easy using the right paint and procedure. Check out my tips on how to paint vinyl professionally.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
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.
The following pictures of a house electric panel can help readers who wish to know how the panel controls electricity in the whole house. These pictures can give you a better idea of how it works.
How much do led lights save per year? Today, LED light bulbs pay for themselves after only months. I compare LED vs. Incandescent, Halogen floodlights vs. LED floodlights, 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.
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.
Check out my review of Emerald Urethane paint. I recently spray painted kitchen cabinets using this product.
This is a guide on how to mix mortar using sand, cement, plasticiser, and water for the purpose of repointing brickwork and ridge tiles.
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.
Spray painting doors is a lot faster than painting them by hand. Check out my tips on how to spray paint your interior doors, using an airless sprayer.
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!
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.
Tips and detailed instructions on how to install a motion sensor light outdoors with lots of photos.
Learn why and how to lay plastic grids for your gravel drive, how to choose plastic grids to use based on price and quality. There is also a basic step-by-step guide to laying the grids on the driveway and backfilling with gravel to provide a stable surface.
Making your own pendant light fixture isn't nearly as hard as you might think. This article not only tells you how to make it but also gives directions and tons of inspiration for designing your own DIY pendant light.
Concrete driveway solutions for new construction, a remodel, or a repair can provide green space options. These ideas range from why-didn't-I-think-of-that to newly marketed products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheetrock repair made easy: how to patch and repair different sizes of drywall holes from small to large.
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.
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.
Using a sprayer for interior painting is a time-saving alternative over brushing and rolling. Check out my tips for spray painting walls and ceilings.
How to paint faux flagstones on plywood flooring. Photos, tips, and instructions for creating your own DIY faux stone using simple materials.
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.
When it comes to nail guns, unfortunately one size doesn’t fit all. You need one that best fits the job at hand. Learn how to choose the right nail gun for the job.
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.
Building a gas fire pit seems like an onerous task for a do-it-yourself (DIY) full or partial project. That is, until you unlock your skepticism and ignite your curiosity to learn more about the topic.
Check out my review of Timbermate wood filler to find out if it's good, or not, for filling the grain in oak cabinets that will be painted.
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.
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.
Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.
Here are the basics of how your plumbing works and how to re-plumb with CPVC to move water lines indoors.
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.
A step-by-step guide to help a DIY homeowner perform basic preventive maintenance on their air conditioning system.
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.
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.
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
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.
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.
Accurate square and mitered cuts in wood are essential for construction work. However, properly cut timber looks better even if you are just doing basic DIY and making stuff around the home.
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.
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.
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.