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Door Trim Options

Door Trim Options

Aesthetic appeal is a large part of what a door trim can provide. Some door trims also offer practical benefits, such as protecting the interior of the house from moisture. There are many options from which to choose. It is important to select door trim that matches the rest of your...
Do You Need Plywood Under Metal Roofing?

Do You Need Plywood Under Metal Roofing?

Although it may seem counterintuitive, metal roofing can be attached directly to your building's roofing structure without the need and expense of plywood sheeting. As long as the interior of your roof is protected from moisture accumulation, underlayment is not required, though homeowners planning
How to Read a Blueprint

How to Read a Blueprint

When you read a blueprint, you’re looking at a home’s small scale drawing; everything is scaled down to size. Builders use blueprints to guide their construction activities. If you’re planning on building a home, reading a blueprint will help you know what you’re getting.
How to Wire a Straw Bale House

How to Wire a Straw Bale House

The use of straw bale as a building material is gaining new interest because it is renewable and offers a high degree of insulation. Wiring a straw bale house, however, is much like wiring any other house. You must have the proper materials, including wire, electrical boxes, and conduit in order to
How to Refinish Wood Exterior Doors

How to Refinish Wood Exterior Doors

Exterior wood doors can suffer damage and wear from the sun, wind, rain and everyday use. Over time, the finish on these doors can scratch or fade, leaving the surface looking dull. Rather than investing in a costly new wood entrance door, consider refinishing your existing door. Refinishing can res
How to Install R-19 Insulation on Subflooring

How to Install R-19 Insulation on Subflooring

R-19 fiber glass insulation rolls are ideal for insulating the floors in your attic. Install them below your attic's subfloor in your home's crawlspace to stop heat from escaping through your roof. This will keep your house warmer and help you cut your energy bills. Depending on the general energy e
Bruce Laminate Flooring Installation Tips

Bruce Laminate Flooring Installation Tips

Bruce Flooring has been manufacturing hardwood floors since 1884. The company recently introduced a line of laminate flooring that is distributed by Armstrong Floors. Laminate floors are attractive, durable and easy to install. While Bruce provides installation instructions for flooring, professiona
How to Insulate an Existing Stud Wall

How to Insulate an Existing Stud Wall

Proper insulation is the key to an energy efficient home, and most new houses are insulated before the walls are finished. If you have an older home that has not been properly insulated, there is an easy fix that does not involve removing the wallboard. You can make a series of small holes in the wa
What Concrete Blocks Do You Use to Build an Outside Fireplace?

What Concrete Blocks Do You Use to Build an Outside Fireplace?

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your home can increase your outdoor ambiance while giving you somewhere warm to gather on cool nights. When it comes to the right concrete blocks for your fireplace, you can use more or less any concrete block available, because concrete blocks in a fireplace provide s
How to Make Your Mobile Home Warmer

How to Make Your Mobile Home Warmer

Most of the heat loss in mobile homes, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is due to cold air getting into the home. The reason for this is that mobile homes usually sit on supports but not directly on the ground. Air can get in at the sides and bottom more readily than in a s
How to Retrofit Cavity Wall Insulation

How to Retrofit Cavity Wall Insulation

If you've got an old, drafty home, and you're sure that your exterior walls are hollow and letting air right through, you don't need to tear out the walls in order to insulate. You can rent an insulation blower, which blows loose cellulose insulation (usually ground-up newspaper) right into the cavi
How to Apply Caulk to Exterior Storm Windows

How to Apply Caulk to Exterior Storm Windows

A home can lose up to 35 percent of its heat through its windows. Properly installed and sealed storm windows can significantly reduce heat loss by creating a buffer between the outside air and interior window pane. Even with storm windows in place, however, cracks and gaps along the edges of the wi
Types of Terra Cotta Roof Tile

Types of Terra Cotta Roof Tile

Terra cotta roof tiles are made from clay that has been fired in a kiln and are known for their characteristic red-brown color. These tiles can be ordered in different shades of red, although the color will change over time as the tiles weather naturally. Sometimes known as Mexican or Spanish roof t
How to Cut Quarter Round Molding

How to Cut Quarter Round Molding

Quarter round is that small, curved piece of trim that sits at the bottom and front of the base molding and other trim. Its main function is to cover the space where your base trim meets your floor, dressing it out. It's essentially trim for the trim. Cutting quarter round is among the easier types
Do It Yourself Entryway Mirror With Hooks

Do It Yourself Entryway Mirror With Hooks

Mirrors are popular in entryways because they reflect light to make the area look brighter. They also reflect images, reproducing the plants and knickknacks on the opposite wall, as well as provide a handy place to check your appearance as you come and go from your home. A beautifully framed looking
How Do I Build a Passive Solar Panel?

How Do I Build a Passive Solar Panel?

Many homes are not designed to make the most of sunshine. Some have large shade trees or buildings blocking south-facing windows. You may live in an area with inconsistent rays or excessive pollution. All homes can benefit from the sun's heat during the winter but if you do not live in a home design
Do I Need to Vent Cooktops?

Do I Need to Vent Cooktops?

When cooktops are not vented and exhausted, the ceiling, or cabinets above the cooktop, will become soiled and stained by grease and steam. Although it is a desirable option, a regular kitchen cooktop does not need to be vented and exhausted to the outside. A downdraft cooktop and grill must be vent
How to Make Stabilized Adobe Bricks

How to Make Stabilized Adobe Bricks

Building codes in many areas of the United States require builders to add a stabilizer such as liquid asphalt emulsion or Portland cement to adobe bricks when they are formed. Semi-stabilized adobe bricks are partially stabilized to protect them from rain damage during the drying process. Fully stab
Easy Install Bamboo Flooring

Easy Install Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is a smooth-textured and beautiful, lighter-color alternative to regular hardwood flooring. Not only is bamboo flooring durable, but it is also an environmentally conscientious choice that will help sustain the environment. Bamboo is considered to be one of the easiest types of floor
How to Restore Color Kitchen Cabinet Edging

How to Restore Color Kitchen Cabinet Edging

Kitchen cabinets take a lot of abuse. From frequent opening and closing of doors and drawers to cleaning and scrubbing, the edging in particular can get worn down. If the cabinets are stained or painted, the color can get rubbed away. If the wood on the edges of laminated cabinets is exposed, it not