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How to Install Plywood Underlayment for Wood Floors

How to Install Plywood Underlayment for Wood Floors

Wood flooring needs a strong, solid base under it, one that can hold nails well. Plywood is the preferred underlayment because it's firm, inexpensive and easy to install. As with any wood product, it's important to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter to allow the movement of the wood over ti......[Read More]
How to Build Stones to Surround a Tree

How to Build Stones to Surround a Tree

A graceful old shade tree can be the focal point of your landscaping when it is surrounded by a low stacked-stone wall. A stone surround allows you to plant a fern or moss garden around the tree trunk, create low seating in a garden or train creeping vines or ivy over it to evoke the look of a fores......[Read More]
How to Put Laminate Flooring Around an Existing Door Frame

How to Put Laminate Flooring Around an Existing Door Frame

Laminate flooring is commonly installed as a replacement flooring in older homes. During the installation it is normal to encounter door trim or other obstacles that require a tight or clean fit to look good. There are basically two ways to achieve a clean fit. The laminate can be carefully cut to t......[Read More]
How to Install Snow Guards on Metal Roofing

How to Install Snow Guards on Metal Roofing

Snow guards are plastic or metal devices that stagger the rate the snow falls from your roof. They are especially useful on the slippery surface of a metal roof, keeping snow from falling in avalanches that can rip off gutters, damage landscaping and pose threats to people below. The snow collects a......[Read More]
How to Cut Fiberglass

How to Cut Fiberglass

Cutting fiberglass isn't difficult, it just takes a little longer in order to ensure safety and precision. Batts of fiberglass are thick and fuzzy and can cause skin irritation if your skin isn't protected. Fiberglass panels are cured hard. These panels require diamond blades and power saws. Wear ap......[Read More]
How to Smooth Out Plaster Walls

How to Smooth Out Plaster Walls

When a house settles, or shifts in its foundation, there are many signs. One sign is cracking in the plaster walls of the house. Smoothing out the plaster walls requires filling the crack and making the patch blend with the rest of the wall surface. Aesthetically, this can make a big difference in h......[Read More]
Do it Yourself: Whitewash Kitchen Cabinets

Do it Yourself: Whitewash Kitchen Cabinets

Whitewash is a thin kalsomine paint made from slaked lime and chalk. It gives a dull white look to wood. You can make your own whitewash paint with a mix of mason's hydrate lime, which is available from most building supply retailers, and distilled water, according to Annie B. Bond of Care2.com. Mix......[Read More]
How to Install Vinyl Floor Covering

How to Install Vinyl Floor Covering

Vinyl tiles have been around in one form or another for generations, and with good reason. While they may not look as rich and solid as ceramic or marble, vinyl tiles are affordable, easy to work with, available in a wide range of colors and styles, and are very durable once they're installed. Today......[Read More]
DIY Futon Plans

DIY Futon Plans

Part sofa, part bed...futons are the furniture equivalent of an indecisive person. These handy convertible couches are natural for dorm rooms and small apartments. Even in a larger home, setting up a futon means you have an extra bed when overnight visitors come to stay. What's more, a futon is an i......[Read More]
Kinds of Floor Coverings

Kinds of Floor Coverings

Berber is a popular carpeting choice.woolen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from Fotolia.comBuilding or remodeling a home can be a daunting project, with a million details that require decisions before the work can proceed. One of the most confusing details can be the choice of flooring.........[Read More]
How to Refinish Cabinets With a Glaze

How to Refinish Cabinets With a Glaze

Glaze is a type of wood finish used in conjunction with an existing painted or stained surface to give the illusion of age and antiquity. It's a gel-like, opaque liquid you brush on and then partly wipe off, leaving an uneven film over the surface of the wood. There's an artistic element to glazing,......[Read More]
How to Care for Ceramic Tile Kitchen Countertops

How to Care for Ceramic Tile Kitchen Countertops

You invest a great deal of time and money in creating beautiful ceramic tile kitchen countertops. To protect that investment, it is a good idea to spend an equal amount of time learning how to properly care for ceramic tile kitchen countertops. Doing this from the very beginning will not only extend......[Read More]
Commercial Roofing Types

Commercial Roofing Types

OverviewPhotos.com/Photos.com/Getty ImagesSince commercial buildings are designed and built differently than a residential building there are different types of roofs and roofing materials used in commercial construction. The roof serves the same purpose on a commercial building as it.........[Read More]
How to Add Insulation to an Existing House

How to Add Insulation to an Existing House

If you've got an old house with hollow walls, you don't have to choose between ripping them open to insulate or living without it. An alternative is to blow in loose insulation. This is achieved with an insulation blower, designed specifically to fill closed walls with insulation through holes cut i......[Read More]
Traditional Thai Style Furniture

Traditional Thai Style Furniture

Traditionally, furniture styles from Thailand are very simple, soothing and elegant. Thai philosophy is "jai yen," a phrase that literally means "cool heart," or more colloquially, "relax." This philosophy is reflected in much of Thailand culture, including the furniture pieces.......[Read More]
How to Install Bruce Engineered Hardwood

How to Install Bruce Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of particle board and topped with finished hardwood, as opposed to being solid hardwood. The big advantage to engineered flooring is that it's straighter, less apt to warp, and much thinner and easier to work with than natural hardwood. The boards connect to each......[Read More]
Home Wine Bar Design Ideas

Home Wine Bar Design Ideas

No longer reserved just for fancy restaurant dinners, wine has enjoyed increased popularity across all demographics. Wine offers easy accessibility, a wide array of prices and a plethora of flavors and types. The increased popularity has brought wine into the home and people are.........[Read More]
How to Calculate Cubics

How to Calculate Cubics

Cubics are three-dimensional units of volume. You probably use them everyday, even if you don't realize it. Car enthusiasts will recognize a classic car engine's cubic inch measurement or a motorcycle's cubic centimeters, or cc, measurement. When shipping packages, you might be asked to provide the ......[Read More]
How to Straighten Bowed Studs

How to Straighten Bowed Studs

A beautiful wall starts with level studs. It is not uncommon to find an occasional bowed stud when hanging drywall. It is ideal to start a drywall project with level walls to provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. While it is better to replace, rather than repair, a bowed stud, there are ......[Read More]
Types of Trim Work

Types of Trim Work

Trim work adds value to your room for a small investment.Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty ImagesTrim work is an easy-to-install home improvement that enhances a home instantly. Many types and styles are available to choose from. Trim work is made from a variety of building materials, all.........[Read More]