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Checking Your Car's Air Filter

If you unscrew the wing nut on the lid of your air cleaner and undo any other devices that hold it down, you'll find the air filter inside. Figure 1 shows a round air cleaner and filter; some vehicles [more…]

Decorating with Case Goods and Upholstered Furniture

Furniture shopping can be overwhelming. You may not know how to tell if furniture is well-constructed or if the wood frame is worth the money you're paying for it. Getting used to the lingo and knowing [more…]

Conserving Water in Your Garden

Water conservation is becoming ever more important in sustaining a healthy planet. Paying attention to your water usage in the garden is one way to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle. You have two primary [more…]

How to Find a Leak in a Roof

How to find a leak in a roof may be the hardest part of fixing a leaky roof. Finding the actual spot where the roof leaks is difficult because water can enter the roof in one place and run down to another [more…]

How to Fix Ripped or Torn Carpet

Fixing a ripped or torn carpet is essential because loose carpet tears easily. Fixing a ripped carpet while the tear is small can prevent accidents and keep the damage from spreading. Sharp objects can [more…]

How to Pick Pots for Container Gardens

The perfect pot for your container garden is one that enhances the plants and the location in which they're displayed. Choosing the right container involves a number of decisions: Determine the type of [more…]

Growing a Garden on a Small Balcony

With planning, a small balcony can offer some of the same amenities as a garden in the ground: lush foliage, colorful flowers — even vegetables. A small balcony garden has plants up front and up close [more…]

Tools You Need for a Basic Paint Project

Painting tools come in various shapes and sizes; however, you only really need the following tools for a basic paint project. If you decide that you plan to do a lot of painting, you can start to look [more…]

How to Fix Damaged Pile Carpet

Patching a pile carpet that’s damaged or stained can renew its look. Fixing damaged pile carpet with a patch is cheaper than replacing a whole carpet. Just cut out the damaged or stained spot and add a [more…]

How to Repair Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Knowing how to repair vinyl sheet flooring is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your floor. Repair vinyl sheet flooring when it suffers damage in high-activity kitchens and baths, and other areas [more…]

How to Replace Broken Ceramic Tile

Replace broken or missing ceramic tiles to prevent further damage. Damaged tiles allow moisture to get under the tile, so replace broken ceramic tiles right away. Ditto for clay tiles! [more…]

How to Inspect the Blower-Fan Belt on a Furnace

Regularly inspect blower-fan belts for any sign of damage and replace the belt if it’s damaged. Knowing how to inspect the blower-fan belt improves furnace efficiency. [more…]

Quick Fixes for Slipcover Slip-Ups

Don't let mistakes ruin your slipcover project. Fixing up foul-ups can provide you with a way to make your slipcover truly special. See if any of these quick fixes can cure what ails your project. [more…]

How to Fix Small Holes in Drywall with a Patch

Fixing holes in drywall is a common part of maintaining walls. The challenge of patching holes in drywall is in covering the gap. Joint compound is fine for filling cracks, but won’t work for small holes [more…]

How to Repoint a Brick Wall

Repointing a brick walls keeps moisture from getting behind the brick. Knowing how to repoint brick walls can help you to repair the damage to your walls and prevent further structural damage. [more…]

Hardware for Window Curtains: Rods, Poles, Finials, and More

New window curtains or drapes can change the look of a room, but remember to consider new mounting hardware(the things that curtains hang from), as well. Curtain rods, poles, finials, brackets, and rings [more…]

Tools for Taking Off Wallpaper

The necessary tools for removing wallpaper will vary depending on the removal process you choose. You'll need only a few supplies and to remove wallpaper. [more…]

How to Clean Roof Shingles

Cleaning roof shingles can restore your home's curb appeal. If you know how to clean the roof shingles, you can get rid of those streaks or discolorations that can cause a perfectly good roof to look worn [more…]

LEED Green Building Certification

To help the construction industry define green building, the U.S. Green Building Council(USGBC) devised a scoring method to rate how green buildings are. That rating system, called Leadership in Energy [more…]

How to Caulk a Window

Caulking windows cuts energy costs by sealing cracks against air infiltration and preventing drafts. Applying caulk to windows also keeps out moisture, which can cause paint to peel and wood to rot. [more…]

Nailing Down the Best Deal When Buying a Car

Whether you've found the vehicle you want through your own research or have been steered to a dealership by a buying service, you're still going to have to do some negotiating before you drive away in [more…]

How to Unclog a Drain with a Plunger

Clogged drain? Grab a plunger — knowing how to unclog a drain with a plunger could preclude the use of a caustic chemical drain cleaner. Plunging causes suction to force air through the pipes to push out [more…]

Measuring to Buy Ceramic Floor Tiles

Buying ceramic tile for floors requires measuring and math. Estimate how many ceramic tiles to buy by calculating the total floor area you plan to cover and dividing that number by the size of one tile [more…]

Deciding Where to Locate Your Bee Hives

You can keep bees just about anywhere: in the countryside, in the city, in a corner of the garden, by the back door, in a field, on the terrace, or even on a rooftop downtown. You don't need a great deal [more…]

Designing a Garden for Fragrance

Of all the senses, smell most strongly evokes memory. The strong perfume of sweet peas, or the spicy smell of nasturtiums can bring back an acute longing for a favorite garden from the past. [more…]

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