Do you have knotty pine cabinets you want to paint white? In this article, I share some tips for correctly prepping and painting knotty pine.
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.
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 you're thinking about using wood heat or need to brush up on your wood-chopping skills, you'll want to check out this article on chopping wood by hand.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A stain highlights the natural grain of a wood fence while also protecting its surface. Check out my tips for applying wood-fence stain.
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.
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.
A homeowner's guide for choosing and installing angle stop water valves. Includes the different types and installation methods.
Use frosted window film to give homeowners more privacy by either covering all or a portion of a window or glass door. This article shows you how to apply the film yourself.
This is my review of The Door Rack Painter that I use for cabinet painting. Read my review to find out if this drying rack is worth it or not.
Forcing a blunt drill through metal or wood will wear out your arms and your patience. Find the best drill sharpener.
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.
Hundreds of homes burn each year from electrical fires. Learn the common causes of house fires and how to protect your home.
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!
Comprehensive guide to understanding the pros and cons of stainless steel fasteners versus hot-dipped galvanized fasteners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your PVC window is jammed or not closing properly, find out what the problem could be and learn how to fix it.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
What to use for hooking up water to your fridge? Here is a how-to, with recommendations for the best types of lines.
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.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how-to guide, tailored to beginning do-it-yourselfers!
Learn how to get rid of that standing water in your sink by snaking your drain. Liquid drain cleaners and plungers don't always work and it requires a bit more effort but knowing how you can do this yourself can save you big money.
This guide will provide five different methods a homeowner can use to fix a broken PVC sprinkler pipe.
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.
Maple is mostly grain-free and looks awesome when spray painted. Check out my tips for painting maple cabinets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A homeowner's guide for diagnosing and repairing common toilet issues. Often the hardest part of the toilet repair is the trip to the hardware store.
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.
In this review, I reveal my results using DAP DryDex spackling to fill the grain of an oak cabinet door. DryDex (pink) is a lightweight spackle that turns white when dry.
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet-painting tips.
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 on Zinsser BIN primer, a shellac-based product for priming and sealing surfaces.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
A guide to different lighting types in the home and their pros and cons. Covering incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, CFL, sodium, metal halide and LED.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you're thinking of stripping the paint from cabinets that will be stained or repainted, check out this how-to on cabinet stripping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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...
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 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.
It will require a moderate amount of skill to convert from oil to electric heat. Here's how to do it.
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.
This is a guide on how to mix mortar using sand, cement, plasticiser, and water for the purpose of repointing brickwork and ridge tiles.
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.
Do you have noisy shower pipes? Here's how you can fix noisy shower pipes and stop the banging noise inside your shower.
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 conduit-bending guide with instructions on how to bend EMT conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you don't have a fresh water supply utility service or water well, you might consider building your own water cistern system. Learn how on this page.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
Step-by-step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound, with tips, FAQ, and photos.
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.
"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....
Read my review about the newest Sherwin Williams fan deck and whether it's worth buying one, or not. In my review, I also provide some of the popular Sherwin Williams colors I've used.
If you're thinking about painting your house, you might be wondering if there's a difference in quality between Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint. Coming from a painter who's used both, find out if one brand is better than the other.
In hot summer months, it is not uncommon to find the pipes sweating in basements and crawlspaces. But how do you fix it? Here are a few causes and cures for sweating pipes.
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.
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.
Some people like handheld showerheads, some prefer wall mounts. Others do better with both. This article shows how to convert one to the other when life's circumstances change.
Fix your own leaky faucets in your bathroom and save some serious money. Here are easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
Step-by-step instructions for how to add a switch to an electrical outlet to provide for a switched outlet.
This article covers all the basic steps from start to finish on how to build a fireplace surround. I cover instructions on how to build the frame, drywall, stonework, and of course, the mantel.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Spray painting baseboard trim is faster than using only a paint brush and produces a smoother finish. Check out my tips on how to spray paint your baseboards.
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.
3M Bondo wood filler is used for repairing cracks, holes, and rotting wood, in preparation for painting, or staining. Find out if Bondo wood filler is a good choice for wood repair.
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.
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.
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.
Most people who are looking to lay laminate floors are mostly concerned with the color of the floor itself. Your flooring is important both on the laminate you install and the underlayment underneath the laminate itself.
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.
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 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.
Using the right grain filler on your cabinets fills the wood pores to make the grain less noticeable when painted. In this article, I give my recommendations for the best grain filler I've used for painting oak cabinets.
Check out my review of Emerald Urethane paint. I recently spray painted kitchen cabinets using this product.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
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.
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.
If you are going to refinish and show off that hardwood floor under your carpet, but you better remove the carpet without marring the floor in the process. Here's how.
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.
This very easy-to-follow guide (with pictures!) will show you how to fix a leaky sink strainer. A kitchen plumbing job well done in just 4 steps!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED will save you money, give you better light, and reduce environmental harm. Here are step-by-step instructions.
Detailed instructing by choosing, installing, and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.
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.
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!
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
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.
Taking simple steps to maintain your septic tank, without chemicals, will save you money in the long run!
If your toilet is unusually difficult to flush, you might need to replace your flush valve seal. This guide will show you how.