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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]
How to Make a Template for Corian Countertops

How to Make a Template for Corian Countertops

Corian is a proprietary countertop material manufactured and sold by DuPont that comes in more than 100 different colors. It's a solid surface counter material, so there are no seams or underlying layers of medium density fiberboard. Homeowners desiring to install Corian order it according to their ......[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 Tile Over an Existing Countertop Yourself

How to Tile Over an Existing Countertop Yourself

If you would like to improve the look of their kitchen by adding new granite countertops but think it's too expensive, consider installing granite tiles right over your existing countertop to achieve the look of granite.......[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]
How to Remove Epoxy From a Basement Floor

How to Remove Epoxy From a Basement Floor

Epoxy paint is a very durable material that can bond to concrete and other surfaces for an extended period of time. For this reason, it is very commonly used in decorating basements and other concrete structures. While epoxy is meant to be long-lasting, it can also be removed. Eliminating epoxy from......[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 Lower pH Levels in a Pond

How to Lower pH Levels in a Pond

The alkalinity (pH) of a pond or any aquatic environment for that matter is a very vital aspect, as most freshwater fish thrive in a pH around 7.0. A pond environment has a fluctuating pH, but it should be around 7.2 at its lowest point and 7.8 at its highest point. If the pH is above 8.0, it will n......[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]