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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Comprehensive guide to understanding the pros and cons of stainless steel fasteners versus hot-dipped galvanized fasteners.
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.
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? A tent is one solution to all these problems.
A conduit-bending guide with instructions on how to bend EMT conduit. Learn how to bend conduit easily and effectively with a hand bender.
Forcing a blunt drill through metal or wood will wear out your arms and your patience. Find the best drill sharpener.
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.
A home with a septic system can seem intimidating for prospective buyers, but are they really as scary as they sound? How exactly do they work and how much maintenance do they really require?
Stop your toilet from constantly running by following this easy how-to guide, tailored to beginning do-it-yourselfers!
A stain highlights the natural grain of a wood fence while also protecting its surface. Check out my tips for applying wood-fence stain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking simple steps to maintain your septic tank, without chemicals, will save you money in the long run!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
You may refer to a truss as the rafter, but it's basically the skeleton of the roof, carrying the weight of the frame and supporting the walls of the building. Trusses are very important to preventing the walls from bending or flexing, more so...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fix your own leaky faucets in your bathroom and save some serious money. Here are easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
Priming is crucial when prepping the surface for paint. Check out this article to find out the best primer for kitchen cabinets.
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.
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.
Here are the 5 best PVC cutters available online. All are 5-star recommended, so buy with confidence. There are manual, ratchet and battery operated types to check out in this review.
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!
Cabinet hinges the unsung heroes of cabinets everywhere. Here, you will learn about every kind of cabinet hinge under the sun.
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!
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.
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!
Step-by-step instructions for how to add a switch to an electrical outlet to provide for a switched outlet.
Cheap ideas to save money while repairing, updating, rehabbing, and beautifying your home to increase the market value and appeal to buyers.
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!
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.
A guide to painting brick siding on your home. Considerations, and a general how-to guide. Covers the essential steps and information to paint your house successfully.
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.
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.
Painting oak cabinets is an inexpensive way to modernize an outdated kitchen. Check out these helpful cabinet-painting tips.
Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED will save you money, give you better light, and reduce environmental harm. Here are step-by-step instructions.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
Woodscapes is a Sherwin Williams fence and siding stain available in a water-based and oil-based option. Check out my review to learn more about Woodscapes acrylic stain.
Sherwin Williams 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.
Hundreds of homes burn each year from electrical fires. Learn the common causes of house fires and how to protect your home.
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.
Easy instructions for hand plastering walls to cover over wallpaper, hide damaged walls, or create a unique look.
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!
Hardwood flooring installation for both engineered and regular hardwood flooring. Instructions for the homeowner on how to install hardwood flooring.
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.
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.
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.
"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....
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.
Electric inserts are not the same thing as vent-free gas fireplaces. Read on to discover what differentiates one from the other.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the basics of using a wood-router power tool to add dimension and beauty to your wood projects.
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.
Is plastic trim and molding better than wood? Why or why not? I've had both in my house and here's my comparison.
A new shower panel can go a long way in a bathroom remodel on a budget, but what is it, and what does it take to install? Find out here.
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 are thinking of getting new windows, make sure you read this guide first; it could save you a lot of grief down the road!
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.
Watering the soil around your home's foundation can help prevent foundation cracks and shifting. Use these simple maintenance tips to maintain your home's value.
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!
Find out the many awesome ways the Empire Protractor can be used to make measuring angles a breeze. This tool is truly underestimated.
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.
This article gives simple step-by-step instructions for creating a fake stone wall that's realistic and inexpensive. Photos included.
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.
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.
Check out my review on Zinsser BIN primer, a shellac-based product for priming and sealing surfaces.
Do you have noisy shower pipes? Here's how you can fix noisy shower pipes and stop the banging noise inside your shower.
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.
Home decorators find flaking paint a huge problem. There is only one well-known way to remove flaky paint from plaster walls and that is to scrape it off. Here are the details of that process.
This article explains how to save money by replacing an old well point, that has become eroded over the years.
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.
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.
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.
Read my review of Lillevilla wooden buildings - they are a low-cost answer to creating more space. Use yours as a home office, hobby room, teens den or gym.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to finish drywall by applying tape and joint compound. Designed for the homeowner, this article gives useful tips for finishing drywall.
The theory and practice of door closer adjustment, with steps and detailed instructions to adjust the swing of your hydraulic door closer.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Step-by-step instructions for covering over popcorn ceiling using joint compound, with tips, FAQ, and photos.
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.
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.
A simple step-by-step guide to help homeowners replace an old single-handle shower valve with a modern one.
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.
If you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, or just some home repairs or home improvement, you’ll be faced with numerous decisions. One area of mind-boggling decisions you’ll have to deal with pertains to floors and...
Painting vinyl siding successfully is easy using the right paint and procedure. Check out my tips on how to paint vinyl professionally.
Damp can be a serious problem in homes leading to mildew on walls, ceilings, curtains, and clothing. It has several causes but can often be remedied or reduced in severity.
With so many choices for alternative lighting solutions, what are the main differences between the main choices you see available between LED, fluorescent, and halogen incandescent lights?
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
Aqua Coat is a clear wood grain filler that can be used for a number of painting and wood working projects. Read my review to find out if Aqua Coat is a good product or not.
Maple is mostly grain-free and looks awesome when spray painted. Check out my tips for painting maple cabinets.
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.
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.
There are many different options when thinking of building yourself a beautiful set of stone steps. You can choose to use a more rugged looking stone which may be a little bumpy or uneven, or you may choose to find some nice and flat stone. Read on to find out more.
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 considering getting rid of your bath and going shower-only? This article takes you through the positives and negatives of replacing your bath with a shower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article explains how to strip off old sealer and reapply it for a clean, waterproof slate tile floor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.