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How to Cut Ceramic Tile Around Corners

Ceramic tile is the easiest kind of tile to cut, as it can be scored and snapped on a tile cutter. However, properly cutting a piece of ceramic tile so it sits around an outside corner is still complicated, because the score-and-snap approach takes the line clear across the tile, which isn't what yo...More...

How to Build a Plywood Window Seat

For a home with large windows that allow passersby to peek inside the game room or lounge, a plywood window seat is the perfect piece of furniture. For those that like to make a personal statement in every room of your house, the challenge of building a plywood window seat is rewarding. The window s...More...

How to Caulk Tile Floors

Whether your ceramic tile floor is newly installed or decades old, it will require caulking. This simple and inexpensive task can help to keep out excess moisture, which can cause rotted substructure and loose tiles and will give that desired "finished" look to the room. Typical places where caulkin...More...

How to Remove Interior Wood Door Frames

Several remodeling projects may require you to remove interior wood door frames. The goal may be to replace the door with a new pre-hung door or to close off the opening as part of a wall. The first step for any of these projects is to remove the existing door and door frame. The project requires ba...More...

How to Plan a Wood Floor

Wood flooring is installed in courses, with boards attaching to each other via tongue-and-groove milling on the sides. Installation usually begins along the longest wall in the room. It's unlikely the courses will fit perfectly across the width of the room, so it's important to calculate where the f...More...

How to Put Very Thin Glass Tile on a Backsplash

Glass tiles offer a surface that is impervious to stains and water damage, making it a good choice for a backsplash. Glass tiles come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures, ranging from flat and smooth to raised and rough. Glass tiles capture and reflect light differently than other types...More...

Does Fiberglass Insulation With an R Value Diminish With Age?

Many property owners install fiberglass insulation to provide better thermal resistance to heat loss and improved sound barriers. R-value refers to the amount of heat loss; the higher the R-value, the less heat flows through the fiberglass insulation....More...

How to Install Bi-Folding Doors

Bifold doors are a great alternative to bi-pass doors because they offer greater access and to conventional swing doors that need much more floor space to fully open. Bifold doors are perfect for pantries, bedroom and laundry closets or as a simple room separation. The procedure for installing a typ...More...

How to Fix a Leaking Gutter

If you notice the gutters on your home leaking, you should repair the issue as soon as possible. Rain gutters divert the water from the side of your home to the downspout, so if you your gutters leak they do not function properly. Over time, caulking becomes old and brittle and may need replacing as...More...

How to Nail a Chair Rail

Poor nailing technique can ruin the best job of mitering and coping your chair rail molding. A coat of paint cannot cover exposed nail heads or hammer marks. A correct approach to nailing a chair rail will reduce or eliminate the risk of either problem. A small investment in tools will provide an in...More...

How to Make a Room Divider

A room divider can serve many purposes in addition to dividing a room. A room divider can be found in small rooms and large rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and even found outside as part of a patio or garden space. Using a few simple items, anyone can instantly create a room divider that is ...More...

Solutions for Covering Damaged Plaster Walls

Plaster is a lime- or marble-based product that creates a heavy, rough texture on the walls that's ideal for a Tuscan-style home. It is used on a limited basis in modern homes, because it is significantly more costly and difficult to apply than drywall and the look is easier to achieve with joint co...More...

How To Get Scratch Marks off of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring consists of several thin layers of wood covered by a smooth finish. Laminate flooring is much more durable than hardwood flooring but adds a similar look to your home. Although laminate flooring is more difficult to scratch than hardwood flooring, it can still become damaged. Once ...More...

How to Find Out a Contractor's Insurance Carrier

Contractors are required by law to carry liability, insurance and workers compensation coverage. The regulations are slightly different for tradesman such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters. As a rule of thumb, your contractor should be prepared to provide their coverage information to you upo...More...

How to Fix a Storm Door That Won't Close

Storm doors tend to stick more often than regular doors because they're not as solid and they're on the front lines of the weather year-round. When you find that your storm door isn't closing properly, it could be from any one of several issues. The good news is that it's often just a matter of adju...More...

Estimate How Much Roofing Weighs

The weight of a roof, along with the weight of walls and ceilings, is an important consideration for building designers. Collectively, these building elements form the load that the foundations of a building must support....More...

How to Install an Exterior Door Hinge

Installing a new exterior door can give a home an immediate facelift, but the cost of installation can exceed the price of the door. Save half the cost by doing it yourself. It is not difficult to hang the door once you master the simple task of installing an exterior door hinge. Most hinges are rev...More...

How to Measure a Replacement Picture Window

Picture windows, with age, tend to begin cracking in the caulking around the edges of the window. Replacing the windows can add value to the home, although not in the immediate looks of the home. Rather than being flashy and eye catching, the windows will save you money over the long run and add a v...More...

How to Remove Shoe Marks From Tile Floors

Although tile floors give a home an elegant appearance, they are just as susceptible to scuff marks as any other type of flooring. Black rubber-soled shoes are the most common cause of scuff marks found on tile flooring. Fortunately, this type of stain isn't difficult to remove. It must be done in a...More...

How to Replace Railings With a Wall

Building a wall space along a balcony or staircase will create more privacy. Having a solid half-wall, for example, can prevent visitors from looking into a bedroom area. It’s relatively simple to design and build an interior wall with wall studs and drywall. Outside, you will need framework a...More...