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How to Keep a Basement Dry

How to Keep a Basement Dry

Is your basement wet or do you have a flooded basement? Having a damp or flooded basement not only ruins a good mood, it can damage your home and belongings. Keeping a dry basement helps protect your home from flood and mold damage, and allows you to get the full use out of your basement's potential......[Read More]
How to Make Shelving for Spices

How to Make Shelving for Spices

Novice woodworkers can tackle a spice rack project using a simple but functional design and common household tools. Spice racks free up valuable counter and cabinet space, making them particularly useful in small kitchens. Additionally, by making your own spice rack, you can stain it to match your k......[Read More]
DIY: Installation of Granite Countertop Squares

DIY: Installation of Granite Countertop Squares

Granite squares (or tiles) are among the finest materials you can buy for use on countertops. They're also among the most expensive and the most difficult to work with. For many people, the expense and difficulty will be well worth it to achieve the solid, classic look it brings to the countertop. Y......[Read More]
Laminate Flooring That Is in the Shape of Real Stones

Laminate Flooring That Is in the Shape of Real Stones

Laminate flooring is sold as either planks or tiles but not in any natural shapes. Tiles are designed to mimic the color and texture of stone but not the rough-hewn natural shapes of real stones. Even if you can't find the shape you want, laminate tiles can still be a functional and beautiful part o......[Read More]
How do I Install a Plastic Roofing Panel?

How do I Install a Plastic Roofing Panel?

Plastic roofing can come in a number of different sizes and styles depending on the region of the country. The most common style of plastic roofing is corrugated. There are a number of varying kinds of corrugated roofing, ranging from PVC to polycarbonate to plastic. Each type has a warranty, rangin......[Read More]
How to Install Crown Molding With Trim Head Drywall Screws

How to Install Crown Molding With Trim Head Drywall Screws

Repainting a room can brighten it up, but adding crown molding around the top makes the entire room stand out, regardless of the decor. Today there are many crown moldings styles, types, sizes, and blocks to choose from in both pinewood and plastic. If you want the lowest cost for your budget and t......[Read More]
A List of Fireplace Accoutrements

A List of Fireplace Accoutrements

Installing a fireplace is just the beginning of the process. The initial cost of installation will almost certainly rise in the face of acquisitions made over the life of the fireplace. This old-fashioned method of warming the home comes with a number of accoutrements that range from the absolutely ......[Read More]
How to Make Cedar Shakes

How to Make Cedar Shakes

Cedar shakes are thin sheets of cedar that vary in size--12 inches long and 6 to 8 inches wide. Used for house siding, the shakes can provide years of protection to your home, while making your home one of the most beautiful on the block. While cedar shakes are usually made by manufacturing companie......[Read More]
What Types of Home Insurance Are Available?

What Types of Home Insurance Are Available?

Insure your home.house image by Earl Robbins from Fotolia.comAccording to Forbes.com, "Homeowners' insurance isn't a luxury, it's a necessity." Many banks and mortgage lenders require proof of homeowners' insurance to secure a loan. Homeowners should carefully research the insurance.........[Read More]
Gypsum Plaster Finish Instructions

Gypsum Plaster Finish Instructions

Gypsum plaster finishing is rendering technique used by builders to smooth over wall surfaces before applying a final fresh coat of paint. Commonly referred to as Plaster of Paris and taking the form of a powder containing silica, the compound is mixed with water and applied in layers to indoor surf......[Read More]
About Polyurethane-Coated Floors

About Polyurethane-Coated Floors

Polyurethane is a liquid resin made from plastic, developed in the 1950s. Coating your hardwood floors with polyurethane will provide a durable finish that is easy to clean, and gives your floors a beautiful shine. You can purchase inexpensive laminate floors that already have a polyurethane finish,......[Read More]
Furniture to Match Light Pine Flooring

Furniture to Match Light Pine Flooring

Wood flooring is a common feature of today’s interior design schemes and comes in a wide variety of stains and grain patterns. Each of these characteristics can give rooms a different look. For instance, when working with light pine flooring, you may wish to match it with furniture of a darker......[Read More]
How to Use Rubbing Alcohol on Vinyl Windows

How to Use Rubbing Alcohol on Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows, which contain a vinyl frame and glass windows, offer many benefits to homeowners such as durability and easy care. These type of windows do not require any painting or staining to maintain the finish. While a solution of soapy water proves helpful for general cleaning of vinyl windows......[Read More]
How to Paint Furniture Upholstery

How to Paint Furniture Upholstery

Fabric upholstery covers various furniture pieces in solid colors, bold prints and a plethora of textures. You can make your own personalized style shine through in your upholstered furniture by painting its surface. Painting upholstery is a simple process that is only limited by your own creativity......[Read More]
How to Measure a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

How to Measure a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Medicine cabinets are a staple in most bathrooms, providing convenient storage space to hide personal items. They come in models that simply hang on the wall and recessed models that fit into a wall cavity. When you want to replace a recessed medicine cabinet with a new one, you must accurately dete......[Read More]
What Are the Parts of a Farm House Window?

What Are the Parts of a Farm House Window?

Farmhouses have been dotting the American countryside since the 17th century. At first, very primitive in design, such a house was one or 1 1/2 stories high, boxy in shape with few small windows. By the 18th century, farmhouses had followed the styles popular in urban areas. Greek Revival, Federal a......[Read More]
Material List for 12X16 Deck

Material List for 12X16 Deck

Specific material requirements for deck construction vary according to the deck's design and local building codes. For example, building a freestanding 12-by-16 deck requires different materials than building a deck attached to an existing structure. Despite project-specific differences, conventiona......[Read More]
How to Check Dimensional Lumber

How to Check Dimensional Lumber

Dimensional lumber is the common name given to wood used most often in construction. The most common is the 2 by 4, which is cut to nominal dimensions of two inches thick by four inches wide. The actual dimensions are a half inch less, because the nominal dimensions do not take into account saw blad......[Read More]
How Do I Insulate an Unheated Porch?

How Do I Insulate an Unheated Porch?

In terms of energy savings, there isn't much benefit to insulating an unheated porch. However, doing so will prevent cold air from seeping into the porch and may allow you to use the porch for a few weeks longer before winter arrives. Basically, you should be thinking about insulating the roof, floo......[Read More]
How to Buy Replacement Parts for Cribs

How to Buy Replacement Parts for Cribs

By the time your baby outgrows her crib and makes the move to a big kid bed, there may be another infant ready to take her place and call the crib her own. Whether it is a crib borrowed from a friend or a cherished family heirloom, baby crib parts can be easily lost or damaged during use and disasse......[Read More]