Rick Muscoplat

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rick Muscoplat specializes in how-to articles and technical white papers in the automotive, DIY home improvement, telecommunications, and digital photography fields. In addition to being a BobVila.com contributor, Mr. Muscoplat also serves the automotive editor of Family Handyman.

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JANUARY 11, 2018 | THURSDAY
How To: Remove a Wall Mirror

Covering your wall with floor-to-ceiling mirror (or, rather, mirror tiles) seemed like such a good idea back in the 1960s, but a lot has changed in the past half-century. Today, that expa...

DECEMBER 21, 2017 | THURSDAY
How To: Remove Rust from Chrome

Manufacturers add chrome plating to their products to give them a mirror-like finish that says, “I’m high-class. ” Aside from its good looks, chrome also protects the underlying metal fro...

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 | TUESDAY
How To: Drill Into Brick

Decorative brick adds warmth and beauty to your home, but its tough surface shouldn’t deter you from hanging your artwork, curio cabinet, shelving, or a heavy flat-panel TV. You don’t eve...

OCTOBER 17, 2017 | TUESDAY
How To: Remove Rusted Screws

If you’re repairing old things, you’re bound to run into rusted screws. As long as you keep the right tools and supplies on hand and don’t lose your cool, you can undo even the most stubb...

OCTOBER 9, 2017 | MONDAY
Solved! What 12 Different Electrical Wire Colors Actually Mean

Q: I’m replacing the heating element in my electric water heater. The wires running to the element are black and white, but the white wire is wrapped with red tape. I'm confused—I tho...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Remove Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has been a popular floor choice since its invention in the late ’70s. With a typical lifespan of 15 to 25 years, the material is durable, but it will inevitably get fade...

AUGUST 8, 2017 | TUESDAY
How To: Install a Bathroom Fan

Bathroom fans don’t have to sound like a jet engine to remove enough air to keep your bathroom mold- and odor-free. In fact, a loud bath fan may signal just the opposite: inefficiency. Th...