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How to Finish Your Crown Molding

How to Finish Your Crown Molding

Finishing crown molding is all the work that happens after the installation is complete. In general this includes recessing nail heads, filling nail holes with wood fill, sanding, caulking, priming, painting or staining. Some of the finishing is best done before your project starts since it is much
My Skylight Leaks When It Rains Hard

My Skylight Leaks When It Rains Hard

If your skylight leaks when it rains hard, the cause is likely a problem with the roof around it or the panels within it, as opposed to a condensation issue. Fix it promptly to avoid bigger problems like interior damage to carpets, walls and floors. Find out the cause of the leak to determine what l
How to Clean Liquid Nails Off of Formica Countertops

How to Clean Liquid Nails Off of Formica Countertops

Liquid Nails brand adhesives are very strong caulks and adhesives--hence the name. They are meant to hold things together permanently; therefore, getting this product off of something after it dries (which can happen quickly) is no easy feat. Removing this adhesive off Formica poses a special chall
How to Reface Appliances

How to Reface Appliances

Homeowners looking at updating their appliances may think their only option is to replace their existing appliances. However, refacing old appliances is a cost-effective way to get a new look without the cost and waste of replacing working appliances. With nothing more than a new appliance panel and
How to Install a Toilet on a Ceramic Tile Floor

How to Install a Toilet on a Ceramic Tile Floor

Installing new ceramic tile floors in a bathroom will update your home, and provide your bathroom with a quality floor that will last several years. However, installing a new ceramic tile floor may also create problems when it comes time to reinstall your bathroom toilet. Typically, a tile floor wil
How to Scuff Up Laminate Countertops

How to Scuff Up Laminate Countertops

If you want to cover your old laminate countertop with a new surface---whether it's tile, wood or new laminate---you must first scuff up the existing laminate. Laminate is a thin sheet of plastic that protects the structure of the countertop from moisture and dirt. It generally has a glossy surface,
How to Use MDO Plywood for Exterior Trims

How to Use MDO Plywood for Exterior Trims

Medium density overlay or "MDO" is a composite building material. It comes in sheets and can be used for cabinets, floor underlay or trim of any kind. Its versatility comes from dense compacted layers, and a smooth resin fiber finish. It takes any kind of paint and has become popular for exterior wi
How to Lay Tacky Back Tiles

How to Lay Tacky Back Tiles

Floor tiles known as tacky back tiles, sticky back tiles or peel-and-stick tiles all have something in common. They have an adhesive backing. When you resurface a floor with tacky back tiles, you will find they attach quickly and do not require special tools for the installation. Due to their ease o
Remodeling a Small Attic

Remodeling a Small Attic

Tap into your home's potential by making the unused square footage of your existing attic an integral part of your home's design. Adding usable square footage can increase your home's value while providing a daily benefit through use of the new space. Determine a purpose for your attic and take into
Do-It-Yourself Countertop Refinishing

Do-It-Yourself Countertop Refinishing

Refinishing countertops in the kitchen or bathroom is easy, affordable and a quick way to change the look of a home. With modern refinishing options available, changing the color of countertops instantly modernizes and refreshes a room. By updating old, worn or unappealing counters, refinishing also
Remedy for Drastic Slopes in Hardwood Floors

Remedy for Drastic Slopes in Hardwood Floors

Drastic slopes in hardwood floors can result in bending, heaving and wood plank ends that do not remain nailed down. Besides being visually unappealing and uncomfortable to stand on, sloping floors present safety concerns. Most remedies for a drastically sloping hardwood floor involve the subfloor.
How to Clean the Inside of a Check Vent for a Sewer on the Roof

How to Clean the Inside of a Check Vent for a Sewer on the Roof

Vent systems are vital in eliminating sewer smells from homes and office buildings. Vents are often located on the roof so gases flow naturally up and out of the building and don't offend anyone on the premises. The check vents require regular cleaning to ensure the system doesn't suffer clogs and t
How to Design a Log Home

How to Design a Log Home

Log homes may have an old-fashioned appearance, but, according to Molly Smith at WCAX News in Vermont, they address a very modern concern: energy efficiency. Although log homes may be pricier at first, the money saved on heat during the winter months could quite possibly make up for those initial co
Requirements for Protection From a Roof Fall

Requirements for Protection From a Roof Fall

Fall protection symbolrisque de chute image by choucashoot from Fotolia.comFalling off of a roof can cause serious injury, even death. This is why protective measures and regulations are very important and have become a major focus of contractors around the world. These regulations are...
Insecticide for Trees

Insecticide for Trees

As strong and independent as they may appear, trees need help to stay healthy and thriving. Whether it is a fruit tree, landscaping tree or shade tree, proper care and maintenance can help prevent any problems brought on by pests.
How to Design a Laundry Room Closet

How to Design a Laundry Room Closet

Doing laundry is easier if there's well-designed storage in the room. Placing dirty clothes, laundry supplies and clean laundry in proper places saves time. You can often find space for a closet beside the washer and dryer. But don't forget to look for room overhead or space in a nearby hallway. Pla
How to Remove Mortar From Bricks

How to Remove Mortar From Bricks

Remodeling and recycling can go hand in hand when it comes to using the bricks that you may already have from a previous project. Instead of buying new bricks, remove the mortar from the bricks that you have and reuse them for your new project.
Budgeting Tools for Varying Income

Budgeting Tools for Varying Income

When you're not sure how much money is coming in, it can be tough to meet all of your obligations. Making and keeping a budget for a varying income is possible, however, with the use of a few key tools. A conservative spending plan and knowing who should be paid first are important things to conside
How to Shingle a 10-by-5 Shed

How to Shingle a 10-by-5 Shed

Adding shingles to a shed is often the final step in the installation process, and is very similar to the process of applying them to a roof. There is usually just a smaller area to cover. When you are installing shingles on a shed, it is important to get the square footage of the area so the proper
How to Choose a Mobile Home

How to Choose a Mobile Home

Eventually, everyone thinks of buying a home. Traditional homes can get expensive, however, so you may want to consider more economical alternatives, such as mobile homes. If you would like to stop paying rent, purchasing a mobile home allows you to own your home. Additionally, owning a mobile ho