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Fill the Awkward Gap in Your Kitchen with a Pullout Organizer
In nearly every kitchen remodel that involves cabinets of standard dimensions, you're left with at least one gap betw...
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How To: Install Click Flooring
Over the last decade, engineered wood flooring has developed by leaps and bounds, making it more affordable than ever...
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How To: Install a Deadbolt
Automated security systems are nice to have, but the easiest and least expensive way to improve the security of home ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Condensate Pump
High-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems produce condensation, and that condensation needs to go somewher...
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How To: Apply Epoxy Floor Paint
You lavish attention on the bedroom and living room, bathroom and kitchen, but what about the unsung hero of many smo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Toggle Bolts
Installing wall hooks or fasteners into plaster walls isn't difficult—that is, if you use the right approach. Probabl...
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How To: Hang Picture Frames on a Brick Wall
Although exposed brick offers a warm, appealing aesthetic redolent of history, many homeowners are puzzled by the que...
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How To: Install a Window Air Conditioner
Whereas putting in a central air conditioning system typically requires a professional crew, installing a window air ...
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How To: Install a Medicine Cabinet
Add storage to your bathroom—and in the process, give the space a jolt of fresh style—by installing a medicine cabine...
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How To: Hang a Hammock
Laying in a hammock is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Getting the hammock set up, on the other hand, can be a ...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing a Screen Door
I'm going to install a new screen door. Any advice or time-saving suggestions on how to go about it?It's relatively e...
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How To: Paint Over Wallpaper
Any number of imperfections, from nail holes to degraded plaster, may lurk underneath wallpaper. Another ugly truth: ...
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How To: Install a Sump Pump
In an ideal world, there'd be no basement flooding. But in reality, despite our best efforts to address the underlyin...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing a Drop Ceiling
I'm interested in installing a drop ceiling in my basement rec room. Do you have any helpful hints for a do-it-yourse...
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What Would Bob Do? Polishing a Concrete Floor
I am living in Spain and redoing an old house in the country. I'd like some of the floors to be polished concrete.  C...
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Bob Vila Radio: Wallpaper Prep
Hanging wallpaper can be tricky, but it’s worth the effort for the beautiful effect it can have on a room. As with so...
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How To: Hang Shelves
At some point in life, everyone wants or needs to hang shelves. Whether simple 2x4s or part of a store-bought kit, sh...
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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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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: 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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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: 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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How To: Install a Prehung Door
Doors come in countless different sizes and styles—from modern, flush interior doors with standard dimensions to mass...
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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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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: 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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How To: Install a Dryer Vent
Developed in 19th-century England, the first mechanized clothes dryers were perforated barrels that rotated over flam...
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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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How To: Remove and Replace Grout
Several years after you complete a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it inevitably starts to show some wear. One culpri...
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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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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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How To: Mount a Flat-Panel TV
Even if you have minimal experience in home improvement matters, you are probably thinking, "Hey, come on, of course ...
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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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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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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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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: 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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Planning Guide: Fireplaces
Is there anything better than sitting beside the fireplace on a chilly winter eve? Not only does a fireplace provide ...
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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: 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: 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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What Would Bob Do? Cutting Drywall
I've got to remove some drywall in a room so I can nail studs behind the wall for anchoring purposes. What is the bes...
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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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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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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: 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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What Would Bob Do? Hanging a Heavy Mirror
What would be the best way to hang a 40-pound framed mirror? Should I find the studs in the wall or use a picture hoo...
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How To: Install Base Cabinets
One fundamental rule applies to the installation of just about anything: If you get the first piece right, the others...
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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: 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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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 Carpeting
Love it or hate it, there are at least a few good reasons that homeowners choose carpeting today. For one, it absorbs...
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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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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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How To: Replace a Toilet Seat
Though certainly not cutting edge, toilet seat design has witnessed a tide of innovation in recent years. So if you a...
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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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What Would Bob Do? Installing Beadboard
We are thinking about installing beadboard in our bathroom. How do I install it so that it looks at home in the room?...
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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: 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: 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: Install a Programmable Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, installing a programmable thermostat can help you save between 5% and 15% on y...
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How To: Install Shower Valve Trim
A fast and easy way to freshen the look of your shower is to install new shower valve trim. If your trim resembles mi...
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How To: Install an Underground Sprinkler System
Lawn care can be especially demanding these days, with wacky weather throwing homeowners around the country for a loo...
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Before and After: Wainscoting Is Installed!
Remember back when I began the DIY Diva Duel? No? It was a long time ago – before the hurt ankle, ripping plywood ...
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How To: Install Trim on a Double Window
f My dining room makeover was done a couple of months ago. It began with a pair of painted chairs and ended up with a ...
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How To: Install a Shower Head
Installing a new shower head is not quite as easy as changing a light bulb, but almost. MATERIALS AND TOOLS- New show...
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Planning Guide: Patios
Patio. The word itself calls to mind an image of splendid sun-drenched days spent sipping chilled drinks under the we...
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Patio Materials 101
[bobsays_inset]Patios can make your outdoor space more enjoyable, increase your home's value, and not so insignifican...
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How To: Install Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring enables homeowners to get the look of wood for less, and it's easy to install. In fact, tongue-and-...
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How To: Build a Deck
The beauty of a deck is that—unlike bare ground or lawn—it’s level, stable, supports furniture, sheds rain, and provi...
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How To: Tile a Backsplash
A tile backsplash adds color, personality, and function to a kitchen. Here’s how to install this relatively easy upgr...
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How To: Install Ceramic Tile
Installing ceramic tile can be tricky. Successful tiling jobs are a direct result of good planning and a methodical a...
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Skim Coat Plastering
Traditional plastering consists of three separate coats of plaster. The first two, called the brown and scratch coats...
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Tiling Tools
For many years, ceramic tiling was regarded as arcane. It was a specialized vocation best left to the gifted few who,...
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How To: Solder Copper Pipe Fittings
Connections are made between sections of iron pipe using threaded fittings. The walls of copper pipe, however, are to...
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How To: Finish Seamless Drywall
I won't attempt here to tell you in detail how to hang wallboard or to tape joints; there are a number of book-length...
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Quick Tip: Installing Drywall
You've probably hung some 'rock over the years, either at home or helping a friend refur­bish a room. So you probably...
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Enhanced Plywood and Subfloor Products
Plywood vs. OSBWhen plywood was developed to replace solid-board sheathing for subfloors and decking, builders were g...
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How To: Rebuild a Wall with Three-Coat Plaster
On the Manhattan Brownstone project, Bob, Chris Vila, and architect Brian O’Keefe discovered an intact ceiling cornic...
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How To: Install a New Door
Most homeowners are installing a new door to replace a old door that’s been damaged or cut short to fit existing floo...
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Impact-Resistant Windows Installation
Hurricane winds deliver force to building exteriors and elements. It is by far the debris these winds carry that most...
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The Basics of Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Installing base cabinets is a process that follows the basic rules of carpentry — the final results should be straigh...
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DIY Tile Mosaic
Anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much easier than it sounds. First yo...
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Top Tips for Using Glass Tile
Why Use Glass Tile?Glass tile brings depth, luminescence, and a liquid character to indoor, outdoor, or in-ground poo...
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How To: Install Tile
Find the CenterWhen you install tile, you want the finished surface to appear symmetrical, even if it isn't. To accom...
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How To: Replace a Crusty Old Tub Spout
A tub spout does two things: It provides a decorative cover for the pipe stub delivering water to the bathtub, and it...
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From Finland with Love: Notes on Installing a Wood Ceiling
Nearly 30 years ago, I traveled to Finland and toured a series of modular, site-built homes in the city of Jyvaskyla....
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How To: Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Let’s face it: Many homes today feature inadequate, poorly positioned, and sometimes plain-old ugly light fixtures. B...
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How To: Build a Brick Patio
Of the materials suitable for use in patio construction, brick stands out for its beauty and ease of installation. De...
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Top Tips for Tiling a Backsplash
Everyone knows the backsplash is an important element in kitchen design. What you may not know is that, considering i...
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Replacing a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Both of our bathroom exhaust fans are shot. The one in our guest bath was a beast at one time; it sounded like an F-16 a...
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How To: Install Baseboard
It should be easy, right? Just measure the boards, cut the miters, and nail the trim in place. Well, not exactly. If ...
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Quick and Easy Storm Door Installation
Installing a storm door may seem like a daunting, time-consuming task, but advances in manufacturing and design have ...
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Laying a Walkway with Bluestone
There’s a lot to recommend a bluestone walkway. The natural colors and textures look great in almost any setting. Mai...
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How To: Strip Wallpaper
How strong is your relationship with your spouse? Do you want to test it? Spend a weekend stripping wallpaper togethe...
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DIY Baseboard Installation
To get move the TV room even closer to being done, Chris and I figured we might as well get to installing that five-foot...
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Top Tips for Installing Tongue-and-Groove Paneling
Install wood paneling in any room to inject architectural detail, warmth, and character into your home. Traditionally...
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Bob Vila Radio: How to Replace a Shower Head
Replacing your shower head is a simple fix that can spruce up the look of your bathroom, save water, and even add a l...
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Quick and Easy Vinyl Flooring
My son recently asked for help installing vinyl flooring in his bathroom. So we took a trip to the local home center ...
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Top Tips for Installing Window Treatments
When we moved out of the city and into our new home, we increased our window inventory more than three-fold. The wind...
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Open Up Your Closets with Bi-Fold Doors
Sliding closet doors are a common installation in American homes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Sink Caulk
To protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage, the rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with a good ...
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9 Pro Tips for Installing Ceramic Tile
There are many ways to invite problems when you lay ceramic tile. Avoid such problems and a tile floor can last for d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laying Tile
While you might consider laying tile yourself for moneysaving reasons, remember that the substrate, or what the tile ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Drywall
Although the two words are often used interchangeably, sheetrock is actually a brand name for the generic drywall, wh...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Faucets
If you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a pick-me-up, replacing the sink faucet might ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tub Caulking
Even tiny gaps between your tub and the wall tiles can let enough water in to damage your walls and host mold. Since ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Toilet
If you’ve got an older toilet, you’re probably paying for twice the water you need for each flush. But never fear: to...
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Rejuvenation's Can Light Conversion Kit
Also known as "can" lights thanks to their cylindrical shape, recessed lights are inexpensive, work well with low cei...
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Easy-Care Entryway: Replacing Carpet with Tile
You never know why a previous homeowner made the decorating decisions they did, but sometimes you just have to scratc...
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How To: Install Floating Shelves
Before hanging anything, it’s important to find out what your wall is made of. Ideally, you should attach floating sh...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal really keeps things flowing in the kitchen, and installing one isn’t a tough job for a do-it-yours...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Decks
More than a third of new homes are built with backyard decks, and they’re a really a popular do-it-yourself project. ...
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How To: Install Landscape Edging
A tired planting bed can be refreshed with new landscape edging, available in a range of prices and a wide variety of...
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Easy, Breezy Tips on Replacing a Patio Door Screen
I don’t mind the squirrels taking their turn at the bird feeder, but our dog seems to have developed a personal vende...
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How To: Replace a Window Screen
The screens on your windows are there for a purpose. If they get a snag, a tear or a hole, they lose their effectiven...
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How To: Replace an Outdoor Wall Sconce
Updating the entrance to your home is a relatively easy thing to do. Add a pop of color by painting the front door in...
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How To: Lay a Stone Path
A stepping stone path is easier to create than a full-blown walkway and lends charm and practicality to your yard. He...
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How To: Install a Ceiling Fan
Installing a ceiling fan is a fantastic way to cut energy costs all year round. It helps circulate cool air in the wa...
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The Great Deck Build: Part 2 (On Reflection)
Our home improvement projects often suffer from “mission creep,” as one seemingly simple project becomes hopelessly e...
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The Great Deck Build: Part 1
Sundays can be a dangerous day in our household due to the abundance of home improvement circulars that arrive with t...
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DIY Wallpapering
Sizing the Walls Sizing allows you to maneuver the paper into position on the wall without tearing. Sizing also makes...
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How To: Build Stairs
Want to know how to build stairs? In many ways, the task of laying out a staircase resembles that of rafter layout. T...
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Quick Tip: Bathtub Installation
The bathtub has become a dominant consideration when it comes to designing a bathroom. Before shopping for a bathtub,...
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Expect the Unexpected (Part 1): Wood Floors
Surprises abound when you take on a home remodeling project. You never quite know what you will find; and once you’ve...
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How To: Install a New Kitchen Sink
So many elements in kitchen design have remained common over the decades. Cabinets still have raised panels. Countert...
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Quick Tip: Laying Bathroom Tile
While many people consider laying bathroom tile a do-it-yourself project for money-saving reasons, there are many fac...
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Free Your Pots & Pans from Cupboard Captivity: Install a Pot Rack
Our kitchen needs more cabinets—and more counter space. Indeed, who has a kitchen with enough of these precious ameni...
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Backsplash Idea: Faux Stone Re-Finish
My wife, Mary Ann, hated the backsplash tiles in our kitchen, and I agreed they were slightly dated. Unfortunately, t...
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Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding
The Merits of Crown Molding If your home doesn’t have the style you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. It ca...
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What Do You Say to a Naked Ceiling? Remodel.
It started with a casual stare. Then I gave my kitchen ceiling a withering glance and declared it dreadful! The kitch...
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How To: Cut Tile
A little patience, along with a little practice and a score and a snap, and you're a tile cutter. While the task can ...
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Grouting Tile Trouble Free
Last week in our forum, a user asked an interesting question: "I haven’t grouted yet, what trouble will I have when I...
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How To: Work with Plastic Pipe
Plastic pipe requires a mini­mum of tools and experience. If you can use a tape measure and a hacksaw, you can pro­ba...
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Quick Tip: Buy and Install a Room Air Conditioner
What to Look for Room air conditioners are rated by the number of BTUs, or British thermal units, of heat that they c...
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How To: Install a Drywall Anchor
So you bought a new towel rack—or some shelving brackets, or a paper towel holder—and you want to attach it to the wa...
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DIY PEX Tubing Installation
A few months ago we had the asbestos covered pipes removed from the basement because they hung a foot below the ceiling ...
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Three Ways to Find a Wall Stud (Without Fancy Equipment)
We've all been there, right? "Oh, I just need to find a stud to hang this picture. " And fifteen holes later, you're ...
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How To: Install a Dimmer Switch
I like mood lighting as much as anyone, particularly first thing in the morning when the full blast of light from a 1...
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How To: Install a Light Fixture
Since my current residence is only half finished, there are a lot of fixture-less light boxes in the ceilings—which m...
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How To: Install a Sink Disposal
Depending on what part of the world you're from you may have heard sink disposals referred to as "garbage disposals,"...
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How To: Install a Faucet
Changing or installing a new faucet is a fairly simple home improvement task, even if it does require contorting your...
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How To: Finish Drywall Joints
Most of the time finishing drywall joints isn't one of those jobs that has people jumping up and down with excitement...
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A Step-by-Step Solution: Pre-Cut Treads and Risers
In the world of DIY, it is the step-by-steps that detail a solution to a problem or project. In my case, it was the s...
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How To: Install Door Hardware
As a person who has recently upgraded from living in a garage to living in a half-constructed house, the novelty of h...
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How To: Grout Tile
Maybe I'm the only person (at least over the age of three) who gets a kick out of making a mess, but I would still ar...
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New Insulated Garage Doors
New insulated garage doors will replace the home's originals and be installed on the new garage. They have the appearance of wood and the performance of factory-f...
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Installing Sound Attenuation Insulation
The house is insulated for sound control to provide a quiet environment for baby. The installation of the insulation is demonstrated along with the necessary safe...
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Master Bathroom Tub, Tile, and Low-Flow Toilet Installation
In the master bath, Bob reviews the appropriate design choices made by homeowner and contractor Nick Beasley for this period home. A new low-flush toilet is insta...
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Installing Insulated Windows in the Baby's Nursery
The new windows in the baby’s nursery are highly insulated for cold and sound and have health and safety features for young children. They can be installed by do-...
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Finishing Touch: Installing a Vintage Tub in a Child's Bathroom
The unusually shaped room with original beadboard that sits under the roof’s eaves will be adapted from its prior use as a home office to be a child’s bathroom wi...
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Tour of the Finished Nursery and Master Bathroom
A peaceful nursery and childproofed home await the baby, and an elegant new master bath and powder room greet family and guests.
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Finishing Touches: Childproofing a Kitchen and Stairs and Completing the Nursery
Bob talks with Jay Martel from the International Association for Child Safety about kitchen safety products for toddlers and baby safety gates for the stairs. Bob...
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Installing a Fabric Sound-Absorbing Ceiling
Sound attenuating insulation is added to the nursery to reduce the echo effect of noise.
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Adding a Third-Floor Dormer to the Roof
Bob meets up with carpenter Bob Ryley, who is adding two third-floor dormers to the roof in keeping with the house's original one.
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Installing a Marvin Palladian Window
Michael Roche from Marvin Windows joins Bob in examining the house's existing windows and determining which to keep or replace. A new Palladian window will create...
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled show...
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Installing Tumbled Marble Tile in the Shower
Tile is installed in the master bathroom’s shower area. A flashback reviews the waterproofing work that was done to prevent leaks.
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Repairing Plaster and Installing Ceramic Shower Tiles
Bob heads to the library to discuss the plaster patchwork in progress, and then visits the second floor, where ceramic tile is being installed in a guest bathroom...
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Reviewing the Landscaping Plans
Landscaping architects Rick and Nancy Lamb present their ideas to Bob for converting the landscape and creating urban spaces.
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Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
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Installing Blinds and Window Shades
Blinds for the new patio door are installed, as well as a variety of blinds and shades in other rooms throughout the house.
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Installing New, Strong Shutters With an Old-Style Look
Carpenters install new prepainted shutters made from synthetic materials, with old-fashioned hinges and hardware.
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Creating a Lattice-Top Gate and Converting a Mudroom to a Pantry
The backyard is enhanced with a lattice-top gate, and a mudroom is converted into a kitchen pantry to provide storage space.
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Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
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Removing the Concrete Wall Forms and Planning the Plaster Finish
Mark Newton and Jesse Gonzales explain what happens when the metal frames are removed from the poured walls, then they apply a three-coat plaster.
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Mixing Plaster and Installing the Skylight
Bob and Chris Vila visit the plastering contractor and receive a lesson in plaster mixing. Next, they talk to Dino from Dino's Construction, who's installing the ...
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Installing Hardwood Flooring
Bob watches as flooring specialists put in red rosin paper as underlayment before installing Ash hardwood floors in the penthouse apartment.
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Installing a Marble Tile Floor
Bob talks to Nick Tagios, of Tagios Tile and Marble, who's laying down the marble tile bathroom floor using a traditional installation technique.
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Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation
Bob consults with the project's stone and tile specialist, who explains the process of attaching the Pietra Cardosa countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cab...
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Demolition Review and Shower Installation
With much of the demolition having been completed, Bob walks through an open, loft-like space, which was dark and cramped feeling pre-demolition. Carlos Leuchtman...
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Mounting Overhead Cabinets
Bob and Brad Brewster of Princeton Custom Cabinetry oversee the installation of the hanging cabinets in the new condo kitchen. Brewster lists the various features...
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Installing Cork Floors
Bob confronts the remodeling challenge of choosing a flooring material that will deaden sound without sacrificing the sleek, clean look of tile or stone. So contr...
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Installing Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Bob looks on as workers instal a solid-surface countertop called Zodiaq (from Dupont), which is made of natural silica, quartz, and polymer.
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Direct-Vent Fireplace Installation
Jack Murdock from RMI and Craig Ryans from Vermont Castings demonstrate how simple it is to have gas appliances and heat in a rural location.
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Elm Court's Grand Parlor
Bob joins Sonya and Bob Berle, owners of Elm Court, for a tour of the ornate grand parlor.
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Building a Pitched Roof
Bob reviews the construction of the pitched roof, from the framing to the shingling.
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Running HVAC Ductwork, Part 1
Bob meets with Peter Merianos and the crew from Coastal Heating and Air Conditioning, who are fabricating the AC ductwork on site.
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Running HVAC Ductwork, Part 2
To add a new line off the main trunk, the crew cuts a hole into the the trunk with a special tool. A starting collar from which the new line will extend is then i...
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Laying Down a Cobblestone Driveway Apron
Bob joins Jay Seminara (of Seminara Construction), who is in the process of laying down a new cobblestone apron at the edge of the driveway.
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Hanging an Engineered Wood Six-Panel Door
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Jim Daniels (of Woodport Interior Doors) join Bob to hang a new door in the master bathroom.
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Shimming, Centering, and Hanging a Door
Carpenter Bob Ryley hangs a engineered wood door.
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Building Wooden Stairs in the Front Hall
Interior carpenter John Kiley is building the staircase in the front hall.
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Building Wooden Stairs in the Front Hall Continued
Interior carpenter John Kiley continues to build the staircase in the front hall of the modern Colonial.
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French Doors and Weep Holes on the Balcony and Installing Oversized Double-Hung Windows on a Historic Property
Bob starts on the balcony of the Manhattan Brownstone where open space was standard for these urban town homes then moves to the interior to talk about the large,...
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Installing the Pre-Cut Paneling System
Bob meets Jason Hill from New England Classic as their ready-measured and pre-cut paneling system is installed in the Manhattan Brownstone.
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Choosing a Historically Appropriate Door and Creating the Jambs and Hanging a Door
Bob shows the Woodport medium-density fiberboard doors selected for the Manhattan Brownstone then works with the crew from Thorough Construction as they prepare t...
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Steel Bulkhead, Cedar Siding and Metal Flashing, and Standing Seam Steel Roof Installation
In a progress report, Ted Riley shows Bob the pre-primed red cedar siding , the heavy-duty metal Bilco bulkhead installation, and the Quechee home's standing seam...
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Installing a Therma-Tru Pre-Hung Door
Bob is joined by Michael McDevitt of Therma-Tru Doors as Wes Lohr and his crew prepare for the installation of the pre-hung exterior door.
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LeafGuard Gutters Installed
Bill Powers of GutterPro joins Bob at the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable home sites for the installation of their LeafGuard gutters.
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Pre-Hung Affordable Doors and Installing Pre-Primed Wood Molding
Bob points out that one huge aspect of affordability is doors, windows, and trim stock.
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Building the Foyer Staircase
Bob visits with carpenter Mark Fortunati, who is building a traditional-looking staircase in the foyer.
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Installing Solid Maple Kitchen Cabinets
Kenneth Carmode of WW Wood Products joins Bob as their Sequoia cabinets are installed in the kitchen of one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable homes.
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Installing a Pedestal Sink
Mario Taormina of N. Pagano Plumbing installs the Totl pedestal sink in the bathroom of the Manhattan Brownstone.
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Relocating the Front Door
Bob works with the general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski to move the Medford project home's original front door, so they will be able to frame up a new foyer.
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Installing Architectural Shingles and Skylight
A representative from Owens Corning tells Bob about the architectural shingles that have been selected to replace the old roofing material. And Velux VSE skylight...
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Skylight and Gable Window Installation
Bob goes up to the attic of the Victorian project house, where an ODL tubular skylight is being installed. Also, Bob looks back at the installation of windows on ...
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Installing Standing-Seam Copper Roofing
Bob Fulmer (from Harraseeket Restoration, Inc.) joins Bob on the roof of the breezeway to install a double-lock standing seam copper roof.
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Installing Drywall with Wallboard and Taped Joints
A crew from US Gypsum is installing drywall in the barn of the Victorian restoration project house. This is a traditional installation with drywall wallboard and ...
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Replacing the Barn Door
Workers replace the old barn doors with an oversized Ponderosa Pine door (from KML Industries in Canada).
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Installing the White Oak Flooring
Bob and Tim Colgan (from Kahrs) discuss the white oak flooring being installed in the bedroom.
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Installing the Tongue-and-Groove Plywood Subfloor System
Bob talks with carpenter Bob Ryley and general contractor Kevin Kalman, as they lay down the subflooring.
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Roof Sheathing
Bob discusses the advantages of hazard-resistant building techniques, specifically sheathing the roof, with Bryan Readling (from the APA).
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Preparing a Shower Pan for Tumbled Stone Tile Installation
Bob observes the tile setter Tim Galvin build a shower pan.
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Installing Stair Handrails and Balusters
Contractors install the stair railing and balusters, and carpenter Bob Ryley describes the techniques, and the various checks and balances, used to make sure the ...
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Hanging Double Doors
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Mike Smith hang double doors at the entrance to the private family living quarters of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Building and Installing Cabinets
Bob confers with carpenters Bob Ryley and David Ives, as they construct and install cabinets in the loft conversion unit.
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Hanging Blueboard and Installing Corner Beads
Bob interviews Brian Dauphinee, who's hanging blue board, installing corner bead, and applying the scratch coat of plaster.
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Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
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Asphalt Roof Shingles Installation
Roofing contractor Jack Viera demonstrates installing three-tab asphalt roof shingles.
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Digging the Water Trench and Installing Insulation
An excavation specialist, working under the oversight of a city inspector, digs the trench for new water service to the accessible home. Inside, contractors are a...
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Installing Steel Stair Stringers for the Bulkhead
Installer Juan Gonsalves shows Bob how to install steel stair stringers.
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Installing a Reclaimed Pine Floor
Bob Riley and Howard Brickman install a reclaimed hard pine floor. The orientation of the boards is explained, and the moisture content of the subfloor is checked...
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Hot Tub Installation
Bob drops by the third Elmwood project house to watch as the deck is covered with rubber and the hot tub is installed.
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Porch Railing and Screen Door Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install a new porch railing and new screen doors. An underground sprinkler system is also installed.
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Weaving Cedar Shingles and Prepping Damaged Wood Trim for Painting
Front porch restoration continues with the roof being replaced and new red cedar shingles being applied on the porch wall. Bob demonstrates the shingle weaving pr...
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TPO Rubber Slate Roof Installed on Victorian-Style Roof
A new kind of rubber slate is applied to the roof, and the crew brings the spa down on a special plywood ramp, then carefully places it in the turret for installa...
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Installing a Granite Tub Surround, In-Floor Heat, and Fiber-Optic Lighting
A granite tub surround is installed, as well as an in-floor heating system and unique fiber optic lighting.
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Roof Flashing
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller to looks at details of the roof flashing. Various elements are involved in flashing, including the drip strip, fascia, felt, a...
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Applying Stucco
Bob meets with stucco contractor Angelo Dattini, who walks Bob through the first steps of stucco application.
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Mixing Stucco
Bob meets with stucco contractor Angelo Dattini, who is mixing Rinker-brand stucco with Pompano sand in a wheelbarrow.
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Tiling the Patio
Bob joins contractor Ed Weller on the patio, where the crew from Agreda Brothers Tile and Marble is setting cement-based tile over sanded white thin-set mortar. W...
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Installing Clapboard Siding on the Front Porch
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install clapboard siding on the front porch of the bungalow. In addition, they reinforce the gable to correct an existing sag, th...
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Installing Indian Slate Tiles on Back Porch and Pool Deck
Bob and contractor Cortney Lofton discuss the Indian slate tile being installed on the pool deck and back porch.
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Installing Porcelain Mosaic Tile in the Bathroom
Bob meets with contractor Cortney Lofton, who is installing porcelain mosaic tiles with acrylic mastic over an existing bathroom mortar bed.
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Custom-Made Kitchen Cabinets
Bob confers with cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux. He is installing the kitchen cabinets that were custom-built in his shop to match a vintage cabinet found by the home...
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Installing Rope Lights
Rope lights are installed in the ceiling of the living room. The ropes are cut to length, capped, and clipped into place. They are then covered with a stained gla...
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Custom-Building a Cabinet
Bob helps cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux custom-build a cabinet for the dining room.
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Removing and Relocating Windows
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley look at the corner of the house, where the sidewall has been removed to reveal the plywood and Douglas fir sheathing. Next, Bob helps ...
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Mounting a Skylight and Laying Asphalt Shingles
Bob and roofer Paul Morris begin mounting the skylight, by cutting a rough opening in the roof and laying a weather shield. Once the skylight is mounted and the f...
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Installing a Mulled Window
Bob meets with Bob Ryley and Al Worth to install a pair of Andersen mulled windows with a transom, as well as an interior window seat. Bob discusses the window it...
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Shingle Siding
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is putting sidewall shingles onto the exterior of the new addition.
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Bathroom Floor Installation
Bob visits with Butch and Dennis LeDonne, who are using thin-set epoxy to install an aggregrate product from Rover Tile on the master bathroom floor.
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Federal-Style Home Restoration Update
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks, who explains the distinction between restoration and reconstruction. He and Bob also discuss the relocation o...
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Adding Detail to the Plaster Cornice
Bob observers the expert plasterer add detail to the cornice, which is under reconstruction due to water damage.
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Stucco Walls
Bob meets with John Clancy who is applying "California" stucco inside the greenhouse. A tint is applied to the mix to match the interior, and a latex bonding mate...
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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Building the Staircase
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley build and install the stairs between the first and second story. Ryley explains the math involved in building a staircase and the pro...
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Skylight Installation
Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley, who is installing a Velux skylight on a curb mount. Ryley describes the screws and mounting hardware used, and Bob demonstrates th...
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Installing a Large Window
Bob assists Michael Roach (from Marvin Windows) with installing a large setup of three windows on the gable end of the home.
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Wiring the Cabin
Bob and the electrician look over the plastic-sheathed electrical wiring and discuss how to protect the installation, while still making it look good.
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Cellulose Insulation Installation
Contractor Rick Davenport demonstrates the installation of wet-spray cellulose insulation. Jets of water moisten the insulation as it leaves the blower hose nozzl...
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Applying Mortar Scratch Coat for Shower Wall Tiles
Bob visits with plaster sub-contractor Mike Bennet, who is floating mortar bed walls in the shower space of the beach house bathroom.
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Installing a Salvaged Door
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
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Vinyl Window Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a vinyl-clad Pella window awning with pre-assembled exterior trim.
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Hanging Drywall Inside the Skylight
Bob interviews drywall contractor Mark Richardson, as he hangs drywall inside a skylight and attaches the corner bead.
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Building Wooden Stairs
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley cut and install stairs leading to the garage's storage area. After securing the framework and stringers, the two move on to adding ...
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Stair Rail Construction
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install a railing for the stairs to the upper floor.
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Installing Pella Doors and Windows
Bob and Tom Moran (from Pella) discuss the anatomy of the doors chosen for the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates the proc...
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Home Addition and Construction Timeline
Bob remarks on how much progress has been made in one week of work on the Wayland project home. The footings have been established and the crew has begun building...
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Roof Removal
Demolition continues on the roof, as the crew removes the sheathing, rafters, and some of the ceiling joists.
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Installing Roof Shingles
Bob reviews the varous elements of the roof, including the fascia, soffits and sheathing. The shingles are applied in layers, each row adhering to the row beneath...
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Building Basement Stairs
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley plan and build a new staircase. Ryley explains the "rise over run" rule in designing stairs and measures the dimensions of the area.
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Picture Window Installation
A window is recycled during the remodeling process and placed back into the frame of the new addition. Bob explains the reason for recycling and assists with the ...
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Shower Stall Installation
Bob joins the plumber as he installs a shower stall in the kids' bathroom. After drilling the drain hole, the plumber demonstrates how to properly attach a metal ...
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Exterior Door Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the exterior kitchen door.
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Blueboard and Plaster
Bob joins plastering contractor Bob Fragakis, who will install blueboard, then apply a skim coat of plaster over it. Fragakis explains the tools and materials use...
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Laying Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles
Floor tiles are installed in the bathroom after the underlayment has dried and chalk reference lines have been drawn. Tips on cutting and laying tile are given.
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Constructing a Custom-Recessed Bulkhead Door
Contractor Larry Landers builds a trapdoor to enable access to the old bulkhead from outside. Sheet lead flashing and an ice-and-water barrier are used to waterpr...
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Installing a Box Bay Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
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Building and Hanging the Country-Style Door
A country-style door, built by carpenter Bob Ryley in the workshop, is hung in the new entry of the Plymouth project house.
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Hooking Up the Refrigerator Ice Maker
Bob has finished wiring the Colonial-style light fixture in the entryway and, back in the kitchen, the refrigerator ice maker is hooked up.
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Installing New French Doors
Bob helps the contractors work on building and installing new French doors.
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Replacing Windows at Low-Cost
Contractors Al and Steve Stiles set a new window on the back porch. Using a combination of stock and one custom windows, they demonstrate how to save money on mat...
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Gunite Cement in Swimming Pool Construction
Bob observes as gunite is poured over rebar to form the bottom and sides of the swimming pool cavity.
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Hanging Ceiling Drywall
Bob interviews Larry Lelflar (from Bonita Drywall) as he and his team hang drywall on the ceiling, then apply the first coat of tape and compound.
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Installing Kitchen Cabinet Panels
Bob demonstrates how to fabricate off-site, and install on-site, wooden kitchen cabinet panels.
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Setting Tiles
Bob meets with a tile setter to learn about the installation of tiles in the kitchen.
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Using Metal Wall Studs in the Kitchen
General contractor Ron Gan explains the advantages of metal wall studs, as the studs are cut and installed in the kitchen, complete with plywood backing plates fo...
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Installing a Pre-Hung Front Door
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley install the pre-hung front door, then visits Shepley Wood Products to see how the door was made.
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Installing the Septic System
John Aalto talks Bob through the installation of the septic system.
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Applying Bathroom Floor Tile
Bob looks on as tile setter John Boardman applies bathroom floor tile at the Cape Cod project house.
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Installation of Window
Bob reviews progress on the renovation, both upstairs and down. Carpenter John Sheehan installs a new vinyl window, which is a challenge in a brick house where no...
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Completing the Trim on the Oriel Window
General contractor Tim Berky is completing trim on the oriel window that faces onto the deck. He begins by covering the underboard with MDO (medium density overla...
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Installing Artisanal Tile
Steve Powers (from Trikeenan Tileworks) explains the manufacture of their unique artisanal tiles, and the homeowner lays out her design vision. David Cloutman (fr...
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Spraying In Closed-Cell Insulation
Bob is joined by Jim Remick, of Nickerson-Remick insulation contractors, who tells Bob that closed-cell insulation is more and more in demand. Once rigid, the ins...
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