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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...
Even though Halloween is past, pumpkins and gourds make great table decorations. That includes white pumpkins, too!  Here,... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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