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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…]

How to Prevent Clogs in Your Drains

One of the absolute best ways to prevent slow or clogged drains is to be careful about what you put into them. Clever, eh? Cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair, and soap scum are four of a drain’s biggest [more…]

How to Repair Chipped Concrete Steps

The edges of concrete steps sometimes break off or crumble. If the edge comes off in one piece and you still have it, you can refasten it with an epoxy cement. You need a wire brush, two-part epoxy adhesive [more…]

How to Repair Broken Concrete Step Corners

If a big chunk of concrete broke off a step, you can repair it without having to spend money on taking out the old concrete and rebuilding the entire steps. If, however, the steps are generally in pretty [more…]

How to Install a Bidet

Installing a bidet requires rough-in plumbing lines for hot and cold water and a drain, just like a vanity sink. Placement of a bidet is traditionally next to a toilet, so determine the location when designing [more…]

How to Install Cement Backerboard around a Tub

The ideal underlayment for ceramic tile is cement backerboard, which comes in 1/4- and 1/2-inch-thick panels measuring 3 x 5 feet and 4 x 8 feet. The dense, gray material is very heavy, so use the smaller [more…]

Installing a Vapor Barrier in Your Crawlspace

Because excessive dampness in a crawlspace or basement can condense, you can install a vapor barrier to protect floor framing from becoming damp and covered with fungus, efflorescence, and rot. A vapor [more…]

How to Maintain Pipes and Ducts to Save Energy

Putting insulation around all accessible water pipes saves energy, prevents freezing during most moderate to medium chills, and reduces condensation when pipes flow through attics and crawlspaces. It’s [more…]

How to Seal Windows

You seal air leaks and water leaks around your windows in the same way — by caulking and replacing weatherstripping. You can also inject foam sealant between the frame of the window and the frame of the [more…]

How to Patch a Screen

Screen patch kits are available at hardware stores and home centers. They’re inexpensive and easy to install (the process takes less than a minute). You can also use any of the following methods to repair [more…]

Quick Fixes for Burst Pipes

Being prepared to defend your home’s plumbing system against a sudden burst pipe can save you thousands of dollars in damage. Think of these quick, easy fixes as plumbing first aid — they slow or stop [more…]

How to Prevent Rust in Your Water Heater

Most water-heater tanks are made of glass-lined steel. If water gets through imperfections in the glass, then you can count on rust and eventually a leak. But because the tank has no inspection ports, [more…]

Testing Your Water Heater Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Did you know that your water heater will function better and be safer if you do a little routine maintenance? Some water-heater experts recommend testing every six months. More frequent testing can reduce [more…]

How to Clean and Deodorize Your Carpet

Carpet-cleaning professionals say that the most effective method of keeping carpeting clean — and making it last a long time — is to vacuum it regularly. In fact, they recommend vacuuming three or more [more…]

How to Install a Glass Block Shower Surround

If you liked working with building blocks or LEGO blocks as a kid, you'll enjoy building a glass block shower because all the pieces fit together to create a dramatic new shower room. To install a glass [more…]

Using Stencils for a Fast Bathroom Makeover

To transform ordinary painted walls in a bathroom, add a light touch with a decorative stencil design. In no time at all and with very little money, you can change the room’s personality. Pick up a precut [more…]

How to Add Beadboard Wainscoting to Your Bathroom

Beadboard is an old material given new life in today's homes. People are installing it everywhere, but it’s especially popular teamed with a chair rail and used as wainscoting. Wainscoting is installed [more…]

How to Cut Beadboard Wainscoting to Fit around a Window

Beadboard is sold in 4-foot-wide panels that come in an 8-foot length to cover walls and ceilings and also as 32-inch-high precut panels specifically for use as wainscoting. It comes in unfinished pine [more…]

How to Hang a Laminated Plank Ceiling

To create a classic country or cottage look in your home, consider adding a laminated plank ceiling that's designed for a do-it-yourselfer to install. On any ceiling, planks are a definite attention getter [more…]

How to Remove Old Tile Flooring

Removing tile isn’t an easy project. It’s very labor intensive, but it’s also expensive to pay someone else to do. So it pays to rip up old tile yourself. Be sure to protect yourself during the battle [more…]

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

Get ready to see a major improvement in the floor when you install a laminate floor in the bathroom. A laminate floor can be installed over almost any subfloor. It’s durable and resists stains and surface [more…]

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