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How to Set Mounting Bolts and Hang a Sink

After you take steps to strengthen the wall behind your sink, you're ready to complete your wall-hung sink installation. The next sink installation steps involve setting the mounting bolts into the support [more…]

How to Install a Bathroom Vanity

A vanity cabinet offers counter and storage space in your bathroom. Before you begin installing your vanity, check that its measurements are correct, and move it into position. Use a carpenter’s level [more…]

How to Attach a Sink to a Stone Countertop

If you are installing a sink within a stone countertop, you attach the sink to the underside of the stone countertop with epoxy. This step isn’t difficult, but you must set the sink in the right place. [more…]

How to Hang a Medicine Cabinet

Manufacturers sell medicine cabinets preassembled except for the doors, with drywall anchors to fasten them to walls. Because of its weight, the best location for this cabinet is on the wall with a wall [more…]

How to Replace a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

To replace a recessed medicine cabinet, choose a replacement cabinet that’s the same or close to the same size as your original cabinet so that it fits in the existing wall cavity. Another good bet is [more…]

How to Install a Single-Handled Faucet

Many of today’s faucet manufacturers have a line of easy-to-install single-control faucets designed for do-it-yourselfers. It’s easy to install because it’s accessible almost entirely above the countertop [more…]

How to Install a Two-Handle Faucet

Today’s designs of two-handle faucets make installing one easier than ever. A hardworking bathroom faucet doesn’t have to be ordinary, but it does have to be installed properly. Some faucet designs use [more…]

How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

To refinish a hardwood floor, the first thing you need to do is sand off the old finish. You need a walk-behind floor sander, which you can rent. You also want to rent a handheld power edge sander for [more…]

How to Find and Fix Roof Leaks

You know the roof is bad when water stains the ceiling or walls. But unless shingles are missing or obviously damaged, finding the leak may be difficult because water can enter the roof in one place and [more…]

How to Replace Damaged Areas of Hardwood Flooring

If your hardwood floor is in generally fine shape, with only a damaged spot or two, it is easy and economical to make small repairs by replacing a strip or plank of flooring. You can also fix buckled areas [more…]

Repairing Stains, Nicks, and Scratches in Hardwood Floors

If you have small areas of damage in your hardwood floors, you might not have to refinish the entire floor. You may be able to repair stains, nicks, and scratches. Stains are the toughest fix when it comes [more…]

How to Lay Out a Ceramic Tile Floor

Planning the layout of your tile floor is an essential step in guaranteeing the success of your project. Ever wonder how a tile layer always seems to get those tiles at a perfect 90- or 45-degree angle [more…]

How to Install a Ceramic Tile Floor

Installing a ceramic tile floor may appear to be beyond the abilities of some homeowners, but most DIYers can handle it. Just don’t rush it — have a little patience! The materials are relatively easy to [more…]

Tips for Laying Carpet

Although installing carpet isn’t difficult technically, it’s challenging because of the size of the rolls and the often limited workspace. Whether it’s cushioned-back carpet for a basement or plush carpet [more…]

How to Fix Cracks in Wood

Even though you may have tried to use wood without any cracks, splits, holes, or gouges, sometimes you end up with imperfections you didn’t notice or couldn’t avoid. You can fill cracks, scratches, or [more…]

When to Call a Plumber

Don’t lull yourself into believing that you’ll never need a plumber. Even if you are skilled at home repairs, you may need to call on a professional from time to time for plumbing emergencies. In addition [more…]

Finding the Main Water Shutoff Valve

After the water passes through the three city-installed valves, it comes to what is known as the main shutoff valve in your home. This is the valve that you need to be able to locate in an emergency. Find [more…]

How to Unclog a Drain with a Snake

If neither cleaning the trap nor plunging clears a plumbing clog, your final weapon is a drain auger (also known as a snake). This tool, a coiled spiral snake that's usually about 1/4-inch thick with a [more…]

How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

Even if you are careful about what you put down your garbage disposal, clogs happen. There are some simple things you can do to keep clogs to a minimum and steps you can take when that inevitable clog [more…]

How to Fix Sagging Cabinet Doors

Cabinet doors sag when a screw or hinge comes loose, when the hardware is damaged, or when the wood underneath the hinge is stripped or gouged by a loose screw. You need a screwdriver. [more…]

How to Fix a Stuck Drawer

Several things can cause drawers to get sticky so that they become difficult to open, but you can fix a drawer. Start by pulling the drawer all the way out of the cabinet or chest so you can determine [more…]

How to Change the Chimes in Your Doorbell

Doorbell chimes come in many varieties. You aren’t stuck with the old standards any longer. Whether your old doorbell finally gave out, or you just want a new sound to alert you that company has arrived [more…]

How to Maintain and Fix Your Dehumidifier

For the most part, dehumidifiers are trouble free, but they do require maintenance — emptying the tank, cleaning it periodically to keep bacteria and mildew in check, vacuuming the dirt from the coils, [more…]

How to Restore a Washing Machine

One way to save money is to keep an older washing machine running longer. Just about anyone can keep their washer in good running order by replacing belts; getting lost socks, buttons, and pins out of [more…]

How to Replace Damaged Corners of Aluminum Siding

Corner edges of aluminum siding, the end caps, get banged into a lot. You cut a corner too sharply and knock into them with ladders, the lawn mower, garden hose, bikes, you name it. End caps are very easy [more…]

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