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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 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
Allis Chalmers D17 Specifications

Allis Chalmers D17 Specifications

Decker and Seville founded their company in 1847 and made machines such as water wheels and millstones. The company ended in bankruptcy in 1857. Edward P. Allis bought the company in 1861 and began making sawmill tools and steam engines. Not until the 1900s did the company began...
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
How to Install Tile Over Cracks

How to Install Tile Over Cracks

A cement floor provides the perfect backing for installing floor tiles, because it's solid and immobile, which will help prevent the tiles from cracking later. However, if the cement floor itself is cracked, you will need to patch it before you can tile over it to prevent uneven pressure and moistur
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.
Sunroom Flooring Ideas

Sunroom Flooring Ideas

Wood or stone, slate or tile, cement, concrete or ceramic--when it comes to choosing flooring for a new or renovated sunroom, the possibilities can seem almost endless. In a sunroom, the floor can have far more impact than in most indoor rooms, especially if the windows extend to the...
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 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.
Post & Beam Building Tools

Post & Beam Building Tools

Post and beam building is one of the oldest construction methods on the planet. Its specific requirements vary widely, depending on a given region's history and climate. As a result, the tools used by an individual craftsman can be equally varied. A few tools have grown common in timber frame constr