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Do it Yourself Basement Remodel

A basement is one of the most commonly remodeled spaces in a home. It can increase the amount of livable space dramatically and provide a place to enjoy movies, entertain or take up a new hobby. You can hire a professional to remodel your basement--or you can do it yourself.

What Can I Use to Kill House Flies?

The common house fly can be a real problem in and around homes during the warmer months of the year. In addition to being plain annoying with their constant buzzing about the house, house flies can spread diseases such as dysentery, typhoid and cholera, and can cause diarrhea. The house fly is typic

Technique for Laying Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floor installation techniques vary depending on the type of flooring and the type of substrate. While laying hardwood flooring is easier than it used to be because of new milling techniques and better equipment, it is still a labor-intensive job that requires planning, measuring correctly a

Interior Fiberglass Vs. Sheathing Insulation

Unless you live in a glass house in a climate that does not require heating or air conditioning, sheathing and insulation materials play an important role in how your home is structured. Fiberglass insulation is one of the most common types of materials used in homes in the U.S. Sheathing creates an

How to Place a Vapor Barrier Under a House

An easy way to help stop mold and mildew growth under your house, and get rid of the accompanying damp smell, is to place a vapor barrier under your house.There are several commercial products that come as a complete system, including the vapor barrier, seam tape and wall adhesive. You c

Can Movement Cause Floating Laminate Floors to Buckle?

Laminate flooring needs room to move and breathe, or the flooring will show signs of buckling. Laminate flooring will buckle if you walk over the floor enough and the tongue and groove on the planks doesn’t form a tight lock. More often, the problem of laminate buckling is the result of incorr

Granite Slab Types

Granite is a popular stone to make slabs.granite image by Roman Sigaev from Fotolia.comGranite is a widely occurring igneous rock used in building components, statues and slabs for its high resistance to the forces of the elements. The granite comes from the Latin word granum, which means...

How to Cut Tile With a Dry Saw

Most tiling jobs require you to cut some tile to fit around fixtures or the edges of the installation. Different types of tile require different cutting tools. A dry saw is ideal for soft ceramic tile. With a dry saw, you can make a straight cut in the ceramic tile or cut a notch in the tile to make

How to Make Wood Bleaching Oil

When you are refinishing a piece of wooden furniture, there may be discolorations or staining that can make the finished furniture look uneven or unsightly. One solution is to remove discolorations before you apply a new coat of stain or sealant. You can effectively remove discolorations on wood by

How to Build a Metal Juliet Balcony

A Juliet balcony is an upper-level glazed door or window that has ornate metal or iron grating, or rails, that sits flush against the building exterior. Juliet balconies, which are named after Juliet from William Shakepeare's classic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet," are not considered true bal

How to Design a Family Room Addition

If you have the available space, you can improve the function and value of your home by adding a family room. There are many issues to consider before creating an addition to your home.

How to Stain Wooden Windows

After time, the paint around wooden windows and sills may begin to chip or peel. This means that moisture has gotten underneath the paint, and that the window area must be repainted with a wood stain. Should the window area remain unattended, the wood around the window will eventually rot as more wa

How to Set Tile on a Diagonal

Laying floor tile on a diagonal rather than horizontally creates a distinctive look for your room. A diagonal tile placement adds an illusion of space to a room, making walls appear farther apart. The process of laying the tiles in this manner is the same as the traditional horizontal setup, but pla

How to Pour a Driveway

A concrete driveway provides a lasting functional surface for you to park your car. It also contributes to overall curb appeal and can add value to your home. Pouring a driveway is not an easy task, but you can save money by installing it yourself. Recruit a small group of friends to help pour and m

How to Remove a Swirled Ceiling

Not all homeowners desire textured ceilings. If you have a swirled texture ceiling and would prefer a simple, plain surface or a different texture, then you must first remove the material from the drywall. The texturing material consists of a drywall compound mixed with sand or another material, and

How to Hang Drapes or Window Treatments on Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors bring light into a room and provide for a large expanded view of the outdoors. However, the angle of sunlight or the proximity of neighbors may often require a good window treatment for the comfort of the homeowner. Most styles of draperies and valances work well for sliding door

How To Frame a Rough Opening for an Entrance Door

Framing a rough opening for an entrance door isn't difficult, but it does require precision and patience. Although the door frame will eventually be hidden from view, ensuring that it is square, level and solidly constructed is the key to an entrance door that works well and closes securely for safe

How to Repair Sanding Marks on Walls

Drywall is hung in sheets. The seams between the sheets are covered in joint compound (plaster) and sanded smooth. If the original installer used overly rough sandpaper or didn't do it right, you may see little lines in the wall left from the sloppy sanding. Fixing this isn't difficult, but it can b

Plans to Make a Game Cabinet

In the 21st century, a gaming cabinet is a little more than just an extra shelf to store your old board games and decks of cards. Now a game cabinet can be the center of the living room setup, where the whole family gathers at the end of the day. Building one of your own can be quite the project, bu

How to Measure Kitchen Laminate Countertops

Precise measurements are important to the process of laminate countertop installation. The Family Handyman recommends asking for measuring instructions from the countertop supplier so you know exactly what to measure before you place your order. In general, you'll be measuring kitchen dimensions. Mo