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.
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
A conduit-bending guide with instructions on how to bend EMT conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
Check out my review on Zinsser BIN primer, a shellac-based product for priming and sealing surfaces.
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.
Detailed instructing by choosing, installing, and wiring a GFCI outlet. Written by an electrician for the homeowner doing their own work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step-by-step instructions on how to paint wood paneling as well as selecting your paint color for the job.
Sometimes you can save money by tracking down the source of a bad smell in your home and trying some DIY methods before you call a plumber. It's worth a try!
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet-painting tips.
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!
This is a guide on how to mix mortar using sand, cement, plasticiser, and water for the purpose of repointing brickwork and ridge tiles.
This article explains how to strip off old sealer and reapply it for a clean, waterproof slate tile floor.
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.
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.
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
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.
Comprehensive guide to understanding the pros and cons of stainless steel fasteners versus hot-dipped galvanized fasteners.
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.
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.
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.
The The new zero VOC paint is becoming a hot seller and for good reasons. Read my full review of this product here.
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.
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.
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.
Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED will save you money, give you better light, and reduce environmental harm. Here are step-by-step instructions.
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.
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.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
A homeowner's guide for choosing and installing angle stop water valves. Includes the different types and installation methods.
Pros and cons of vent-free gas log fireplaces. How safe are vent-free units? Cautions before you buy and install a vent-free unit.
Stone veneer will enhance your home. Learn how to install stone veneer and make your home the envy of all. Save time and money and beautify your home today.
A stain highlights the natural grain of a wood fence while also protecting its surface. Check out my tips for applying wood-fence stain.
Learn the basics of using a wood-router power tool to add dimension and beauty to your wood projects.
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.
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.
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.
Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.
Clogged drains are a very common plumbing issue. This article looks at what causes pipes to become blocked and offers advice on how to fix and prevent clogs from happening.
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.
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.
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.
If your toilet is unusually difficult to flush, you might need to replace your flush valve seal. This guide will show you how.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In general plumbing terms, a plumbing fixture is a device that is connected to a plumbing system and interacts with liquid(or gas)
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.
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.
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.
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 for how to fix a leaky or running toilet. Repairing a toilet that runs constantly is a quick, easy job that anyone can handle.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this crippling economy, building a house has become more of a burden. Acquiring land, building materials, and hiring the much-needed contractors and subcontractors could cost you a fortune. Here are tips for building a low-cost house.
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.
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.
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.
Clogging of pipes is caused by liquid fats, coffee grounds, and small bits of food. Films of grease will form on the pipe walls and create build-up of small waste particles.
A breakaway screw lets you break it off at the length you need, but how do you break a breakaway screw?
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.
Check out my review of Emerald Urethane paint. I recently spray painted kitchen cabinets using this product.
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!
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
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? Here’s a strategy to help keep you warm in winter and cool in summer during emergencies.
Check out my review of Durham's water putty to see if it's a good product to use for cabinet paint preparation.
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.
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.
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.
Here's how to choose the correct paintbrush for your project, with practical advice, a helpful video and lots of great tips so that your brush will be right for both your paint and your wall, woodwork, molding or surface.
Painting your cabinets? Check out these must-have tools and supplies I use that will make your cabinet painting project go a lot faster and easier.
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.
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.
Step-by-step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound, with tips, FAQ, and photos.
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 staircase spindles is easy when you use the right tools and paint. Check out these tips to help you get the job done professionally.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Do you have an unwanted towel bar in your bathroom? Is it in the wrong place, like mine was? It's not that hard to remove and repair. Here is how I did 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 your PVC window is jammed or not closing properly, find out what the problem could be and learn how to fix it.
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.
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 light fixture as well as how to wire that same light fixture. Written by an electrician that has installed thousands of fixtures.
Hundreds of homes burn each year from electrical fires. Learn the common causes of house fires and how to protect your home.
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.
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.
Removing old wallpaper can be a tricky task. This guide will help you learn how to take that wallpaper off without ruining your drywall. It will also show you how to repair any damage your drywall may have sustained.
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.
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 article explains how to replace an old, eroded well point, and possibly save you a little money.
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!
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.
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.
If you're thinking of stripping the paint from cabinets that will be stained or repainted, check out this how-to on cabinet stripping.
Sheetrock repair made easy: how to patch and repair different sizes of drywall holes from small to large.
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.
Are Graco airless sprayers better than Titan? In this article, I explain the differences between the two, including some comparisons between the models I own from both companies.
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.
Taking simple steps to maintain your septic tank, without chemicals, will save you money in the long run!
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
Introduction to the basics of how a septic tank sewage system operates. How to care for it, and what mainteance is involved.
Do you have noisy shower pipes? Here's how you can fix noisy shower pipes and stop the banging noise inside your shower.
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).
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.
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 paint faux flagstones on plywood flooring. Photos, tips, and instructions for creating your own DIY faux stone using simple materials.
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
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.
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
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.
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.
You can either lay cabinet doors down flat to spray paint them, or hang them for vertical spraying. In this article, I explain my preferred method for spraying cabinet doors and the equipment I use for storing them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This guide will provide five different methods a homeowner can use to fix a broken PVC sprinkler pipe.
The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how-to guide, tailored to beginning do-it-yourselfers!
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.
"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....
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.
How to repair scratches and other damage on steel baths, including minor scratches and chips or deep holes and gouges.
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.
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!
Step-by-step instructions for how to add a switch to an electrical outlet to provide for a switched outlet.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!