One day your sliding glass door will need repair as it gets harder and harder to open. Instructions on how to replace patio door rollers.
I have been laying bricks for nearly 8 years now. When i first picked up a trowel i didn't have a clue how to use it, the people who were supposed to be teaching me were too busy with their own work so for a few months i struggled along trying to...
If you paint for a living, having the best tools reduces labor and work time. Check out these five house painting tools I use for interior and exterior painting.
Building a gas fire pit seems 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.
Non contact voltage testers - Tips on buying and using these handy and inexpensive tools used to protect your safety.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have noisy shower pipes? Here's how you can fix noisy shower pipes and stop the banging noise inside your shower.
Heart pine is the wood from old growth trees and is no longer available. Flooring made from these trees has unique colors and patterns. Learn how to care for and restore yours to keep them beautiful.
If you have traditional wooden fascia boards on your eaves, then they will need maintenance at some time or another. It's not so terribly hard. Here's some tricks and traps, described and photographed.
I purchases several different tools, and they weren't all worth the money I spent. Here's my review of the good, the bad, and the ugly to help you decide when budget Ozito power tools.
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.
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.
A guide to painting brick siding on your home. Considerations, and a general how-to guide. Covers the essential steps and information to successfully paint your house.
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.
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 friends daughter whose wedding I sewed and organized a few years ago came over last night with her 'Hubby'... saying that the deal on the house they had bid on had been accepted. The young couple was in seventh heaven. Their first house was a...
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.
How to install or replace a light switch, including 2 way, 3 way and 4 way switches. Easy to understand instructions for the homeowner doing their own home repairs.
Hardwood flooring installation for both engineered and regular hardwood flooring. Instructions for the homeowner on how to install hardwood flooring.
Many older homes have been painted so many times that the paint becomes a series of thick layers. Humidity, moisture and time have a way of causing these layers to separate and bubble. Eventually it will start cracking and chipping. When this...
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.
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.
Technicians troubleshoot malfunctioning electric baseboard heaters before replacing anything. Troubleshooting isolates the exact fault and helps determine which part has failed.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
Is NeverWet good for waterproofing your clothing, furniture, and outdoor planters? Possibly not, but it certainly has other uses!
Tips and detailed instructions on how to replace a ceiling light in your home. An easy task if you know what you're doing.
Simple How-to instructions for cutting any size hole in a brick wall. Photos and advice to help the novice do the job correctly.
So, you have pets...more specifically dogs...and you are looking at the best flooring options if you own pets. Which do you choose? Hardwood? Bamboo? Laminate? Carpet? I recently had to do a ton of research on hardwood floors and what type of...
Leaving the air conditioning on in the summer and the heat on in the winter can be expensive and waste energy. Here is how to avoid that and to cut your electric bill.
The goal you are probably trying to accomplish with your outdoor security lighting is to make your home safer from unwanted intruders, right? A dark home is a vulnerable home! Security lighting around your home gives you much more of a chance to...
If you’re like me, you don’t even know what the parts inside a toilet are called. All you know is, it is taking all your strength to push that little handle that flushes the toilet. What’s up with that? If your toilet has suddenly become...
An angle grinder is a useful power tool for cutting and grinding metal and other materials. Like any power tool it can be dangerous if used incorrectly. This guide shows you how to stay safe.
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how to guide, tailored to beginning do it yourselfers!
Stocking up on these HVAC tools and gadgets can make working on a furnace this winter much easier and efficient in many cases.
Accurate square and mitered cuts in wood are essential for construction work. However properly cut timber looks better even if you are doing basic DIY and making stuff around the home.
Measure from the back wall behind your toilet to the toilet bolt. The toilet bolt is the bolt that sticks up from the floor through the porcelain on the foot of the toilet, usually covered by a cap. The job of the toilet bolt is to help create a...
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.
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!
A conduit bending guide with instructions on how to bend emt conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
Sewer lines are one of those things we don't think about until something goes wrong. You start noticing the problem when you hear gurgling noises from the toilet, or when water drains more slowly than usual, or when a smelly sinkhole appears in your...
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
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.
Sooner or later everyone will have to replace a blown fuse; description of types of fuses and tips on changing different styles of fuse.
Roofing your own home can save you a lot of money. It is a physical job but, with the invent of newer materials and a little know how, the work can be accomplished by a "do it yourselfer". It does take physical ability and two or three people who...
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
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.
Painting aluminum siding is easy, using the right tools and preparation. Check out my tips on how to paint aluminum siding with an airless sprayer.
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.
Some easy tips on removing caulk and lessening your cleanup time while effectively removing all caulk residue.
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.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
Forcing a blunt drill through metal or wood will wear out your arms and your patience. Find the best drill sharpener...
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.
Learn the basics of using a wood router power tool to add dimension and beauty to your wood projects.
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.
Frosted window film is used for many reasons. One popular use is to give homeowners more privacy by either covering a portion of a window or a glass front door with privacy frosted window film, for example. This prevents nosy passers-by from...
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.
When it comes to nail guns, unfortunately one size doesn’t fit all. You need one that best fits the job at hand. There are several different types for specific jobs...
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.
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.
The PEX tubing and brass ball valve are sweating substantially in a basement that the building owner wants to finish but can not until this issue is corrected. ARS Construction In hot summer months, it is not uncommon to find the pipes sweating in...
If you are thinking of getting new windows. Make sure you read this guide first it could save you a lot of grief down along the road
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.
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.
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.
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.
Venetian Plaster is a faux finish technique that gives walls a vintage plaster appearance that really shimmers with light. Learn how to do this simple technique.
Hot and neutral supply power to an appliance, so why the need for a "ground" wire? Well basically it's included for safety reasons. This article explains how it all works....
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 homeowner's guide for choosing and installing angle stop water valves. Includes the different types and installation methods.
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.
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.
A breakaway screw lets you break it off at the length you need, but how do you break a breakaway screw?
With the recent low cost of t8 LED tube lights, replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED will save you money, give you better light, and reduce environmental harm.
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.
Here are the basics of how your plumbing works, and how to re-plumb with CPVC to move water lines indoors.
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
A basic guide to pipe types, plumbing fittings, thread sizes and how to use fittings to connect copper, PVC and PEX water pipe
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
How do we keep our homes warm during the cold winter months? Heating a house which is not fully insulated can mean loss of heat and energy. There are a number of ways to keep warm indoors. Some are inexpensive and quite simple.
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!
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.
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.
Sometimes your desk, chair, or bed is just too low to be comfortable or safe. You don't have to buy new furniture. A good set of bed risers is an affordable and effective solution.
A step by step guide showing how to repair a leaking ball cock valve in the header tank in your loft. This guide also explains the layout of hot and cold pipes and valves used in home plumbing systems
How to adjust your pvc door hinges. This is not a hard job to do and can be carried out by almost anyone. All that is needed is a set of Hex keys
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.
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.
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.
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!
Building an outdoor fireplace is something that most anyone can do with the right tools, some instructions, and the help of some friends. Whether you use a kit or make it from the ground up, ultimately it will add value to your home.
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.
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!
Flat roofs have been a daunting task for contractors and homeowners alike since they were invented. They are hard to waterproof, hard to maintain, and hard to insulate. For today's purposes, we will stick with the insulation issue. In order to...
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 light fixture as well as how to wire that same light fixture. Written by an electrician that has installed thousands of fixtures.
Why does paint peel? Well, first, this is a common problem on plaster walls and ceilings. Learn about the reasons for flaking paint and know the exact causes of the problem in your home or office.
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.
Window treatments for sliding glass doors are not always easy to pick out when decorating your home. A slider is usually a large part of the room and choosing a window treatment should not be a rush decision.
How to install an over the range microwave oven. Installing a microwave isn't difficult, but here are some tips for potential problems and their solutions.
Detailed instructions on how to install or hang a prehung door, with photos. Replacing an exterior door is similar to an interior door but with a few extra considerations.
A guide to painting stairs in your home. Tips on how to plan the project, and steps to follow for a great finish using paints and stains. Information provided by a professional Toronto painter.
In need of a new electrical panel? Want to brush up on some electrical know-how for a DIY project? Check this out for some history, some facts, and a bit of technical jargon.
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.
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
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 your PVC window is jammed or not closing properly, find out what the problem could be and learn how to fix it.
There are both pros and cons to marmoleum,flooring. Is it the perfect option for your home or a complete nightmare that you will regret for years?
Leaky outdoor spigots can be easy to fix for do-it-yourselfers. If you don't like to spend money where you could figure it out for yourself, then this article is for you.
Step by step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound. Includes pictures.
Apartment Living is something that many believe everyone should experience, if only once. While you don't have some of the luxuries that you'd enjoy in your own home (a yard, for example), most apartments have perks of their own. These can include:...
Upgrading your power tool collection? A rechargeable impact wrench is one of the best investments you can make. They unstick bolts and provide power that conventional electric drills can't match.
Burst a water line? Need to add a water line? No problem. See how you can do it yourself fast, easy and much cheaper than calling a plumber. It really is a snap!
This hub explains how to install a toilet paper holder in a bathroom. Using this step by step guide you can complete the installation of your new holder in about 20 - 30 minutes. The hub also explains the proper height for mounting the bath tissue holder on a wall.
Learn about the benefits of humidifiers and tips on maintenance and humidity control settings. There are also step-by-step installation instructions with pictures and a list of required supplies.
Sheetrock repair made easy: how to patch and repair different sizes of drywall holes from small to large.
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
How to wire 3 way light switches, with wiring diagrams for different methods of installing the wire between boxes. Detailed instructions and wiring diagrams.
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.
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.
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.
No hot water? Don't call the plumber quite yet. Take a moment to troubleshoot because there are several minor issues that are easy to fix.
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.
Some people like hand-held shower heads, some prefer wall mounts. Others do better with both. This shows how to convert one to the other when life's circumstances change.
Review and recommendations of the Sonicrafter, Dremel, and Evolution Rage Saw power tools based on my own personal experiences. Demo videos included.
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 do you keep warm in the winter without electricity? Can you keep cool without ac during a summer heat wave? What if your home loses power for more than a day? An illustrated guide to my solution.
You are going to refinish and show off that hardwood floor under your carpet, but you better be able to remove the carpet without marring the floor in the process. Here's how.
The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.
Furnace filter comparisons, air quality tips, how often to replace your filter and more. Understanding your options will help you choose the best one for you.
Is plastic trim and molding better than wood? Why or why not? I've had both in my house and here's my comparison.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
If your wood floor is looking worn and in need of repair and refinishing, you can do it yourself much less expensively than hiring it done. As long as you understand the process and the tools used you can successfully refinsh your wood floor and increase the value of your home.
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet painting tips.
The house I live in is not my "dream house." The floor plan is just okay, and it sure would be nice to have one more bedroom. We're not moving any time soon though, so I've been taking steps to transform my house into a place I really love. Instead...
Maple is mostly grain-free and looks awesome when spray painted. Check out my tips for painting maple cabinets.
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
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.
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.
There are several ways to bend copper pipes, but it is useful to know which are the best tools for your job and how to bend pipes without special tools. Every plumbing job made easy.
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.
This article explains how to save money by replacing an old well point, that has become eroded over the years.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
One of the more common bends made in electrical conduit is the offset bend - this page of a comprehesive conduit bending guide describes how to bend an offset using multipliers.
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.
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.
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
What to use for hooking up water to your fridge? Here is a how-to, with recommendations for the best types of lines.
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.
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.
Hair clogs in your shower drain? Try these easy ways to keep shower drains from clogging with hair and soap scum. Cheap and easy ideas to avoid plumbing bills!
Heating and cooling a room with vaulted or high ceilings as well as how to better cool and heat the second floor of our homes are very commonly asked questions about our HVAC system. Find out a few options and tips you may try to use to help you accomplish a more comfortable environment efficiently.