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Quick Tip: Clean Carpet Stains with a Clothes Iron
You know and loathe the traditional way to clean a carpet. But however laborious it may be, there's no doubt that blo...
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From the Hudson Valley, Furniture with a Sense of Place
Jonah Meyer and Tara De Lisio are partners in marriage—and partners in business. In their first venture together, the...
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The World's First and Only $99 Light Bulb
Light bulbs didn't change for decades—arguably for a full century. But then, somewhat all of a sudden, a confluence o...
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New Kits Make DIY Profitable for Some, Foolproof for All
Like so many other do-it-yourself enthusiasts, Nicole Shariat Farb frequently browsed blogs and social media sites, a...
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Danish Modern Furniture Stars in a New Drama from BoConcept
We're stunned by the latest marketing campaign let loose by BoConcept. In the past, we've always appreciated BoConcep...
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A Forgotten Forest Lies at the Bottom of a Lake in Maine
In remote Millinocket, ME, there are as many as 1 million cords of wood resting at the bottom of Quakish Lake. Since ...
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Quick Tip: Scrub Your Tub with... Grapefruit?
[bobsays_inset] There are plenty of housekeeping jobs that people put off. And as opposed to a task like clearing the...
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Is Your Tape Measure Obsolete? Maybe.
The measuring tape: It's a tool of unobjectionable simplicity, no more or less complicated than it needs to be—for so...
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Meet the World's First Luxury Tiny House
Over the past several years, the tiny house movement has only gained momentum, with increasing numbers of homeowners ...
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Quick Tip: Make Your Candles Last Longer
[bobsays_inset] To coax a candle into burning more slowly so that you can enjoy it for a longer period of time, try o...
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Would You Buy a Mattress on the Internet?
It would be an exaggeration to state that mattress shopping provokes as much stress as, say, losing your job or getti...
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Cabin of the Week: The Floating Farmhouse
In 2002, Tom Givone went out on a limb. The former advertising copywriter decided to purchase and resuscitate a 19th-...
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Quick Tip: Clean a Rug with Snow
[bobsays_inset]Before hauling your rug outside on a cold day after a snowstorm, first vacuum its front and back. Alte...
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Big Chill's Cutting-Edge, Retro-Styled Appliances
How did Big Chill end up manufacturing cutting-edge new kitchen appliances that look, in the best way possible, 60 ye...
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Enter to Win Bob Vila's $3,000 Entertainment Furniture Give-Away—TODAY!
When you get the itch to catch the latest movie or celebrate over cocktails, do you head to your own living room? Pro...
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DEWALT Inspection Camera Gives You X-Ray Vision—Almost
It's the next best thing to X-ray vision. With a mini camera fitted to the end of a flexible, three-foot-long cable, ...
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Terrifying Truth About Termites
What's keeping you up at night? Basement flooding? Bathroom mold? What about termites?It's possible that among the ma...
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Enter Bob Vila's $5,000 Fall Flooring Give-Away—TODAY!
It's October, and fall is here in earnest. You might find yourself searching for ways to reinvigorate your surroundin...
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Quick Tip: Engineered I-Beams
To save time and money on your next building project, one option is to use engineered I-beams.  Made from engineered ...
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How To: Make a Clapboard Sunburst
Here's an ornamental way to use clapboard. Create a sunburst on a gable end. Draw out your design on a template. Cut ...
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Quick Tip: Trim Protection Tape
Protecting woodwork before you paint (or do other work) around it will save you time and money later. Trim protection...
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Quick Tip: Cement Board
If you're remodeling or adding a bathroom, use cement board as an underlayment. A bit of hardened mortar is sandwiche...
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How To: Strip Paint from Antique Woodwork
If you have an old house, some paint stripping projects require extra care. Antique woodwork can include applied deta...
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Quick Tip: Rubber Slate Roofing
Rubber slate can be a good choice when re-roofing a Victorian. Made from the same material as car bumpers, rubber sla...
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Quick Tip: Stormproofing Your Roof
Loss of the roofing causes the greatest amount of damage from hurricanes. Construction techniques have been developed...
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How To: Inlay Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Here's how to inlay sheet vinyl flooring for a designer look.  Measure your design on the floor with chalk lines. Sec...
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Quick Tip: Framing with Engineered Wood
Framing a house using engineered wood has many advantages.  Glue-laminated beams are stronger than their conventional...
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How To: Install an Exposed Aggregate Concrete Finish
Here's a way to create a decorative textured finish for a cement surface. Once your cement is poured and flowed out, ...
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Quick Tip: Structural Insulated Panels
Building with structural insulated panels is becoming a popular way to save construction time and energy dollars. Com...
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How To: Make Decorative Cuts with Your Jigsaw
Here's how to cut a decorative design out of the middle of a board. After choosing your design and carefully marking ...
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Quick Tip: No-Coat Drywall Corners
If you've ever done drywall work, you know the corners are the really tricky part.  These no-coat drywall corners are...
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How To: Spackle Exterior Siding
When you're repainting your house, here's how to restore that smooth, original finish. After you've removed all loose...
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Quick Tip: Shingling a Roof
Here is a tip you can use to shingle your own roof. Make a starter course at the edge of the eave, laying the shingle...
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How To: Splatter-Paint Your Floor
Here's an inexpensive and creative way to decorate a floor. Roll on a coat of deck enamel (the color of your choice) ...
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Quick Tip: Safety Glasses
Contemporary safety glasses are much improved. They offer comfort and clear vision as well as protection from flying ...
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How To: Install a Sink Shut-Off Valve
Here's how to install a hot or cold water shut-off valve under your sink.  Apply plumbing sealant to the shut-off thr...
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Quick Tip: Joist Hangers
When hanging floor joists, use joist hangers to make building a floor deck simpler.  Place hangers every 16 inches on...
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How To: Make a Paint Pail
Most professionals paint from a pail rather than a can. Painting out of a can is messy, causing rim buildup and dripp...
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Quick Tip: Protective Floor Covering
Even the simplest home improvement projects can be messy. Be sure to protect your floors while you work. There's a wi...
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How To: Bevel a Fence Post
Here's how to dress up a fence post with a beveled cap. It's easy to do with a radial arm saw. Set the blade at a 45-...
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Quick Tip: Priming Clapboards
When applying clapboards as exterior siding to your home, it's a good idea to prime both sides of the clapboards befo...
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How To: Laminate Kitchen Countertops
I've got some tips for you on how to laminate countertops in your kitchen. Roll on contact cement and allow it to set...
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Quick Tip: Exterior Painting Preparation
An exterior paint job is only as good as the prep you do first.  Make sure to scrape and sand the surface to remove o...
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How To: Cut Vinyl Flooring
It's easier to cut vinyl flooring to the exact shape and size of your room when you make a template first. Staple she...
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Quick Tip: Cranes
When doing an attic or a third-floor renovation, consider using a crane for the heavy materials. For about $500 a day...
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How To: Drill a Clean Hole
Here's how to drill a hole when you need to see both sides of your work. Drill on the front side of the board until t...
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Quick Tip: Door Hanging
Here's some tips for easier door hanging. For this type of door, measure five inches from the top of the door to the ...
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How To: Scribe Tile
Here's how to scribe a floor tile to fit around an uneven edge. Set the closest full tile in place, then use another ...
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Quick Tip: Circular Saw Safety
Here's some important safety tips to remember when you're using a circular saw. Remove jewelry and loose clothing fir...
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How To: Paint Over Stain
You can paint over existing interior wood finishes, if you take the proper steps first. Here's how. To paint over a s...
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Quick Tip: Drain Water Heat Recovery
Here's a great device for keeping your home energy dollars from going down the drain. A drain water heat recovery dev...
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How To: Install a Sill Plate
Here's how to properly install a sill plate on top of a foundation wall. Sink anchor bolts into your foundation every...
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Quick Tip: Metal Roofing Shingles
Metal roofs have long been associated with agricultural and industrial use, but these days, new metal roofing systems...
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How To: Prevent Peeling Exterior Paint
Here's how to keep the exterior paint from peeling off your house, if you live in a damp climate. Using a breathable ...
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Quick Tip: Bench Dogs
A bench dog is a great tool for any woodworker's shop.  Bench dogs are often used in pairs, with one pair set into a ...
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How To: Make a Wood Window Valance
A decorative wood valance adds charm to your house. You can make one yourself. Here's how. Copy a pattern, or create ...
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Quick Tip: Ornamental Plaster Reproductions
The lost art of Victorian plaster detailing is making a comeback in a new form. Modern manufacturers are finding ways...
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How To: Use a Slotted Screwdriver
Make sure that when you're using a slotted screwdriver, you're not doing it the hard way. Here's how. Be sure you're ...
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Quick Tip: Laying Tile
When laying tile, here's an easy way to save some time before applying any mortar. Dry-fit the tiles on the surface y...
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How To: Install Vinyl Windows
It can be easy to install vinyl windows. First, make sure the window frame is plumb and level. Wrap the window frame ...
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Quick Tip: Taping Drywall Joints
Here's a helpful tip for getting really smooth drywall seam. After you've laid the tape in a four-inch bed of joint c...
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How To: Shim a Door
When installing a new door, use shim shingles as extra support between the jack studs and the door jamb. Use two ceda...
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Quick Tip: Avoiding Paint Spills and Splatters
Make neater work of your next touch-up project. Applying paint from a quart can will get messy, especially if you're ...
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How To: Snap a Chalk Line
Using a chalk line is a quick way to give yourself a straight line as a building guide. Here's how. Find the endpoint...
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Quick Tip: Pliers
Pliers are a relatively modern invention, and it's hard to imagine what people did without them. There are a dozen or...
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How To: Paint Home Exteriors with a Sprayer
Next time you tackle a big exterior paint job, try using a power sprayer. Start at the bottom and work your way up, s...
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Quick Tip: Fire Extinguishers
Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, you gotta have a fire extinguisher. While they come types A, B, o...
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How To: Use a Paintbrush Properly
Any painter will tell you, good brush technique is key to a neat job. Hold the brush with your thumb on one side and ...
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Quick Tip: Jigsaws
For a saw that can handle the curves, look for a good saber saw. Sometimes called a jigsaw, it has a small blade that...
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How To: Tile a Bathroom Wall
Here are some tips to help you tile a bathroom wall. For better moisture protection, apply cement board to your walls...
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Quick Tip: Installing Wood Shingle Siding
Wood shingle siding installation is a breeze, but keeping courses straight is tough. If you want to shingle the side ...
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How To: Install Roof Flashing
Flashing is a good way of preventing water from entering a dwelling at the point where the roof meets the walls. To b...
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Quick Tip: Treating Termites and Preventing Rodents
Termites and other pests can cause expensive damage. Here's what to look for.  The sawdust-like accumulations of fras...
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How To: Install Vinyl Siding
Here are some things to remember when you install vinyl siding on your home.  First of all, you hang vinyl siding, so...
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Quick Tip: Tin Snips
Don't wreck a good pair of scissors trying to cut metal. You need a good pair of tin snips. Tin snips look and work a...
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How To: Install a Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling
Here's a way to install a tongue-and-groove ceiling without damaging the wood. Set a board in place. Then with a scra...
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Quick Tip: Hanging Kitchen Cabinets
Here are some things to think about when you want to hang kitchen cabinets. Start by hanging your upper cabinets so t...
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How To: Lay a Subfloor
Here's how to lay a no-squeak subfloor. Apply a generous bead of panel adhesive to the tops of your floor joists. Lay...
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Quick Tip: Installing Blown-In Cellulose Insulation
If you need to insulate your attic, blowing in cellulose insulation is an easy job you can do yourself by renting a b...
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How To: Install a Pre-Hung Door
Here's a tip on how to install a pre-hung door. First, lift the door into place, then be sure it's plumb. Always use ...
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Quick Tip: Low-VOC Paints
Low-VOC paints are a safe and efficient option for your next project. Paints with low VOCs, or volatile organic compo...
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How To: Make a Biscuit Joint
Here's a way to join two pieces of wood without visible hardware or nails by using oval wooden biscuits.  With a bisc...
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Quick Tip: Propane Torches
A propane torch is portable, inexpensive, and just about indispensable for many household chores. A valve controls th...
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How To: Install a Toilet
If you're updating the bathroom, you'll need to know how to install a toilet. Apply a new wax seal over the waste fla...
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Quick Tip: Painting Masonry
Here are some things to keep in mind when you're painting masonry. Like any other surface, masonry needs to be prepar...
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How To: Use a Phillips-Head Screwdriver
When you're using a Phillips-head screwdriver, make sure that you're not doing it the hard way. Here's how. Be sure y...
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Quick Tip: Water Softeners
If hard water is a problem in your house, you might want to look into getting a water softener. The scale in your wat...
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How To: Sponge Paint
A decorative paint finish is a good way to customize an interior in only a short time. Use a latex glaze mixed to the...
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Quick Tip: Workshop Dollies
Here's how to save your aching back next time you have to move something heavy in the workshop. A workshop dolly is r...
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How To: Hang Wallpaper
Here's how to get a professional look when you hanging wallpaper.  After you line up your pattern, overlap the top an...
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Quick Tip: Ball-Peen Hammers
For jobs that require a hammer with a little more heft than a claw hammer, try a ball-peen hammer, sometimes called a...
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How To: Use a Plumb Bob
Professional builders use a plumb bob to make sure their walls are vertical. Here's how. Measure two inches away from...
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Quick Tip: Hanging Double Doors
The tricky part of hanging double doors is that they have to meet in the middle. After hanging each door, check to se...
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How To: Find Studs
Whether you're hanging shelves or breaking through a wall, you've got to know where to find the wall studs. There are...
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Quick Tip: Wood Glues
There are three kinds of adhesives that work best on wood. Polyvinyl resin glue, or white glue, works for china, pape...
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How To: Remove Exterior Paint with a Pressure Washer
Before you repaint your house, you have to remove all loose and peeling paint. A pressure washer makes the job go fas...
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Quick Tip: Zero-Clearance Fireplaces
If you like fireplaces but your home doesn't have one, a zero-clearance fireplace could be for you.  It can be set on...
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How To: Make a Story Pole
When marking off several measurements of the same size, it's best to make yourself a guide. We call this a story pole...
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Quick Tip: Embossed Wallpaper
There's a revival of the 19th-century embossed wallcoverings Anaglypta and Lincrusta. Anaglypta is a heavy embossed p...
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How To: Stain Wood Shingle Siding
Here is a helpful tip if you are thinking of staining some cedar shingles.  To protect new shingles, apply a penetrat...
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Quick Tip: Using a Chisel
A chisel is one of the most useful tools in the workshop, but it's important to know how to use it. For example, afte...
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How To: Repair Plaster Walls
If you have an old house with holes in the plaster, here's a quick way to patch them.  Apply your base coat (or brown...
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Quick Tip: Using a Level
Checking your work for level and plumb is crucial. Here's how to select and use the right tool for the job. I recomme...
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How To: Make Cabinet Doors
Here's how to dress up an old kitchen with new cabinet doors. Use a fine-grade plywood, such as birch, for the new do...
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Quick Tip: Cultured Marble
For an elegant look in your bathroom, try using cultured marble.  It's easy to work with, because it's made of real m...
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How To: Measure Concrete
If you're pouring a concrete foundation, how do you figure out how much concrete you'll need? There's a pretty simple...
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Quick Tip: Engineered Wood Siding
For exterior trim work and siding, pre-engineered lumber has several key features that make it a practical option. It...
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How To: Use Wood Plugs
Give your carpentry work that professional look by concealing nails or screws with wooden plugs. Use a dowel bit to d...
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Quick Tip: Using Reclaimed Brick
In a restoration project, reusing the original brick is a great idea. Water damage and neglect can destroy the mortar...
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How To: Reclaim Wood Flooring
When you're renovating, save and recycle old hardwood floorboards for patching and repairing. Using a pry bar at each...
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Quick Tip: Fireplace Doors
You can lose a lot of heat through your chimney, even with the damper closed. Installing fireplace doors is a great w...
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How To: Rag Paint
Here's a way you can get a designer look for your painted walls. With a roller, apply an oil paint glaze over an alre...
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Quick Tip: Improving Indoor Air Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency has warned that indoor air pollution is often much higher than outdoors. Here are...
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How To: Detect Termite Damage
Here's how you can tell if your house has termite damage. First, examine obvious areas of wood rot for termites. Some...
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Quick Tip: Using a Wallpaper Pasting Machine
If you have to hang a lot of wallpaper, here's a time-saving way to apply paste. Try a manually operated wallpaper pa...
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How To: Bend Drywall
Here's a tip on how to throw a curve with drywall. The trick is to use two sheets of quarter-inch drywall instead of ...
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Quick Tip: Installing Beadboard Wainscoting
To achieve a Victorian look on an interior wall, try a beadboard wainscot.  You can buy beadboard at your local lumbe...
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How To: Stencil a Wall
You can hand-paint your own stenciled border. Use painter's tape to mark off straight edges; you'll find the tape pre...
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Quick Tip: Architectural Salvage Yards
Salvage yards have always been a great place to find old house parts. These can be recycled as art objects or as repl...
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How To: Build a Winding Staircase
If space is a consideration in your remodeling project, you might want to consider building a winding staircase.  You...
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Quick Tip: Staple Guns
For a lot of jobs around the house, using a staple can be a lot faster and easier than banging tacks or nails. The mo...
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How To: Make Homemade Clamps
Here's an easy way to improvise when you're running out of clamps around the woodworking shop.  After spreading glue,...
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Quick Tip: Custom Moldings
Dress up the rooms in your house with a variety of custom moldings.  These moldings are available in many historic pr...
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How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
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Quick Tip: Tool Belts
Sometimes it's simple tricks that make home improvement easier and safer. Tool belts are always a good idea, especial...
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How To: Re-Glaze a Single-Pane Window
Here's how to re-glaze those old, broken window panes. First, remove the old glazing compound with a propane torch an...
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Quick Tip: Rumford Fireplaces
Fireplaces are a nice feature in any home. Count Rumford fireplaces, known for their heat efficiency, are tall and sh...
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How To: Join Copper Pipe
Here is the best way of joining copper pipe yourself. First, use fine sandpaper to clean the inside of the fittings a...
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Quick Tip: Butcher Block
A butcher block table can help make your kitchen much more efficient. Built to take a beating, butcher block doubles ...
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How To: Make a Stone Walkway
Here are some tips on how to make a stone walkway.  After marking the walkway with string, the first step is to lay a...
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Quick Tip: Applying Primer
To get the best color performance from your paint, use a tinted primer first. Usually available in three shades, gray...
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How To: Build a Cement Block Wall
Here's how to lay out a cement block wall yourself. Mix two parts masonry cement with one part sand, and add just eno...
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Quick Tip: Fixing Squeaky Floors
Here's how to stop squeaks in an old house with original floors you'd rather not replace. Preservationists use an acr...
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How To: Install European Hinges
To hang heavy cabinet doors and conceal the hardware, use mortise European-style hinges.  Use a 35-millimeter drill b...
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Quick Tip: Tubular Skylights
Tubular skylights are a great way to bring sunlight into underlit rooms. The adjustable design of these skylights all...
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How To: Apply Stucco
Here are the steps professionals follow to apply a stucco finish. After installing a 15-pound felt moisture barrier o...
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Quick Tip: Steel Wool
For tough jobs like removing rust or preparing surfaces for paint or varnish, there's nothing like steel wool. It's m...
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How To: Pour a Concrete Walkway
Keep these things in mind when pouring a DIY concrete walkway. Set a level frame with one-by-four lumber. Lay plastic...
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Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding
You can dress up a room by installing crown molding along the ceiling. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Always pla...
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How To: Make New Wood Look Old
Here are some tips on how to distress wood, making new lumber look old. First, trim off machined edges with a hatchet...
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Quick Tip: Prepping Wood for Paint
Here are some steps to follow when preparing new wood for painting.  First, countersink any finish nails. Then fill a...
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How To: Snake Wire
Anyone can snake wire in a wall between floors. Here's how.  From a hole in the floor below, push a wire snake with a...
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Quick Tip: Laying a Basement Subfloor
Here's how to get a warm, dry basement floor over a concrete slab when converting your basement into living space. La...
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How To: Drill Through Tile
Here's how to avoid cracking a tile surface when you need to drill a hole. Mark your point, then gently score the til...
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Quick Tip: Repairing Floorboards
Here's a way to save time and energy when repairing floorboards. Instead of drilling and chiseling damaged floorboard...
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How To: Paint Brick
Painting bricks requires some special considerations. Wet down the surface first to ensure better paint adhesion. Use...
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Quick Tip: Installing Clapboard Siding
When installing clapboard siding, it's important to overlap all joints. Here's a way to get started that will ensure ...
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How To: Remove Crayon Stains
If you have kids, you know that crayons can cause some serious damage to any paint job. Here's how to tackle tough cr...
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Quick Tip: Glass Block Walls
Glass block walls are a great design feature that let extra sunlight into any room in your home while still providing...
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How To: Remove Plaster
Here's how to remove old plaster when starting a remodeling project.  Have professionals remove any old electrical co...
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Quick Tip: Mold Prevention
Because today's new houses are built to allow less air infiltration than older homes, mold growth has become a concer...
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How To: Pull Nails
This wooden-handled hammer may look strong enough to pull any nail but because the grain of the wood is actually weak...
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Quick Tip: Ground Fault Interrupters
Here's a home improvement tip everyone should know. Ground fault interrupters, or GFIs, are electrical outlets design...
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How To: Replace Storm Windows
It's easy to replace old storm windows. Here's how. Loosen all screws and pull the old storm window away from the win...
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Quick Tip: Felling a Small Tree
Here's a helpful tip you can use when you need to cut down a small tree. Make sure you wear proper safety gear and ma...
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How To: Install Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting fixtures have become very popular these days.  They have to be roughed in. Here's how to install on...
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Quick Tip: Sawdust Grout
It can be easy to patch cracks in an old wood floor or grout a new wood block floor. Here's how. First, make a mixtur...
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How To: Install a Wood Block Floor
For a very unusual floor finish, you might want to try wood blocks.  Lay out your floor the way you would any ceramic...
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Quick Tip: Home Lightning Protection Systems
Installing a lightning protection system is not a do-it-yourself project, but it's very important in protecting your ...
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How To: Clean Gutters with a Wet/Dry Vac
A wet-dry vac is a great tool to have—and not just for cleaning up the workshop. They come in handy for those tedious...
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Quick Tip: Metal Roofing
When roofing your house, consider using a metal roof. Available in a variety of colors and styles, metal roofing is m...
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How To: Wallpaper a Corner
If you've ever hung your own wallpaper, you'll know that no corner is ever perfect. Here's how to solve that problem....
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Quick Tip: Carpet Recycling
Did you know that if it's made of nylon 6, your old carpet can be recycled? Over 200 million pounds of old carpet is ...
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How To: Work with Chemical Paint Stripper
Where stripping paint is concerned, there's just no easy way out.  Here are some tips. Cover the floor under your wor...
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Quick Tip: Drywall vs. Blueboard
When choosing wallboard, remember the difference between drywall and blueboard. Drywall panels are covered with paper...
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How To: Apply Hot Mop Tar
Hot mop tar is a good way to waterproof projects like an indoor planter. Here's how it's applied. After it's heated i...
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Quick Tip: Woodgraining
Woodgraining is an artist's technique for creating the look of fine woods like mahogany. After two coats of a base co...
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How To: Use a Caulking Gun
Here's how to get professional results when using a caulking gun. Caulking guns aren't expensive, so don't skimp here...
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Quick Tip: DIY Deck Building
Here are some basic things to remember when building a deck. Attach joist hangers sixteen inches apart on center to t...
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How To: Lay a Dry Stone Patio
You can lay a stone patio yourself. Here's how. Prepare a base of sand or stone dust to provide good drainage in a le...
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Quick Tip: Wooden Fences
Wooden fences are a terrific finishing touch. They give a home privacy and character. They surround and define your p...
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How To: Plant a Shrub
Here's how to properly plant a new shrub around your house. Mix one part peat moss with two parts top soil for high w...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Patio Furniture
Don't throw out that rusty garden furniture. Restoring it can be a great weekend project. Use a wire brush or sandpap...
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Quick Tip: House Hunting
If you're house hunting, here are some things to keep in mind on your walk-through. Check for structural integrity. E...
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How To: Store Paint
Take the guesswork out of storing paint leftovers. Before you replace the lid, mark the level of the paint remaining ...
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Quick Tip: Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
These days, more new homes are being built with sprinkler systems. Here's how they work.  Sprinkler pipes are hooked ...
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How To: Build Temporary Scaffolding
To safely work on your house, use scaffolding that you can build yourself. Nail a three-foot and a five-foot length o...
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Quick Tip: Using Metal Studs
If your home improvement project calls for new walls, you might want to consider metal studs.  They fit together like...
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How To: Lay Brick
Here are a few tips on laying your own bricks. Prepare a mortar mix that is neither too firm and nor too runny. Sprea...
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How To: Hang Exterior Shutters
When putting up shutters, the key is to have good, sturdy hardware.  Look for pressure-treated wood shutters for exte...
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How To: Replace Damaged Tile
Here's a way to replace damaged ceramic tile.  Remove the grout with a grout saw. Crack the tile with a hammer and co...
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Quick Tip: Reclaimed Wood Floors
Reclaimed wood floors give new life to old timbers. Made from lumber recycled from demolished buildings, heart pine, ...
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How To: Install Gutter Flashing
Here's a tip on how to increase the life of old wooden gutters. The first step is to lay a new rubber liner along the...
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How To: Restore Brass Hardware
Here's how to restore the missing brass hardware from an antique door.  The "ghost" image of original brass hardware ...
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How To: Replace an Electrical Outlet
If you have an old house with dated electrical outlets, you know they weren't designed to meet the demands of today's...
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How To: Identify a Bearing Wall
There are two kinds of walls: bearing walls and non-bearing walls.  You can do anything you like to a non-bearing wal...
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