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How to Fix a Broken Hard-Wired Doorbell

In older homes, doorbells are hardwired into the door frame or very near it. They usually don’t present problems for years. But, inevitably, they no longer work and you have to take them apart to repair [more…]

How to Maintain Hot Water Heating Systems

Hot water heating systems need a little maintenance, like venting the radiators and draining the boiler, to keep things running efficiently. Gravity and hot water furnaces are not often installed in new [more…]

How to Recane a Chair

Chairs with machine-woven cane are easy to repair. Look at the seat. Does a band of wood on all four sides frame the cane? And is there a “ribbon” between the cane and the wood? If so, you can fix the [more…]

How to Paint with a Sprayer

You can't just hook the sprayer up to the paint and start painting. Painting with a sprayer takes a little practice. Try perfecting your technique on cardboard. After you're sure you can provide nice even [more…]

How to Patch Chipped Wood before Painting

Before you paint your woodwork, you need to prepare it. If the wood is chipped, gouged, or otherwise damaged, and you plan to paint, you can make an easy, invisible repair by using a two-part polyester [more…]

Making Paint Stick to Paneling and Cabinets

Factory-finished wood cabinets and paneling require special preparation for painting. Getting rid of dark paneling is complicated by the fact that when you pull it off, you find the adhesive has ruined [more…]

How to Paint Double-Hung Windows

If someone’s painted the upper sash of a double-hung window shut or the pulley/counterweight system needs repair, consider correcting the problem before you start painting. Inevitably, these repairs will [more…]

Tips for Choosing Wallpaper

Yes, the choice of wallpapers can be daunting, but allow yourself time to peruse as many wallpaper books as you can find. Many types of wallcoverings are available. Each requires slightly different preparation [more…]

How to Size and Finish a Countertop

Stock countertops are sold in 2-foot increments, so when you're installing a countertop, you'll probably have to cut off some excess. Because most situations call for cutting, post-formed countertops are [more…]

Installing a Mitered Corner on a Countertop

If your countertop turns a corner, it probably has two pieces, each with a 45-degree angle, or miter cut. These cuts meet to form the 90-degree corner. Chances are good that you have to do some scribing [more…]

How to Attach a Faucet to a Sink

The easiest and best way to install a faucet is before the sink is in place. If you install the faucet before installing the sink, you won’t have to strain or reach because everything is completely open [more…]

How to Install a Kitchen Sink

If you’re installing a stainless steel sink, you can probably handle the lifting and positioning yourself. However, if your new sink is cast iron or cast enamel, get a helper. These awkward sinks weigh [more…]

How to Install a Pedestal Sink

After you assemble your drain, you can move on to the actual installation of your new pedestal sink. Before a pedestal sink takes its place, you need to repair and reinforce the wall behind it to hold [more…]

How to Fix Holes in Wood

If you have big holes — from using recycled wood or from a loose knot, for instance — you can fill them with another piece of wood, called a dutchman. This technique has been around as long as people have [more…]

How to Flatten Buckled or Warped Paneling

If a portion of wall paneling has lifted or buckled, you can fix it. Hammer a few nails into the groove where it’s buckled. If the extra nails hold it flat, countersink them and fill the surface with a [more…]

How to Fix Cabinet Doors That Won’t Close

When cabinet doors won’t close, determine whether the door itself is getting stuck or the hinge is keeping it from moving freely. But the door itself may be at fault. Wooden doors can absorb moisture and [more…]

How to Repair Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are pretty durable, but they can get nicked and scratched. They can even bubble. But you can fix these minor imperfections and even remove stains. If you have a countertop with a lot [more…]

How to Add a Cutting Board to a Laminate Countertop

Adding a cutting board to a countertop is a good strategy when you have a damaged area. You don’t always need to replace a whole countertop when just one part of it looks awful. Odds are that the damage [more…]

How to Deal with Popcorn Ceilings

The page you are looking for was recently moved. Don't worry, it's still here; it just has a new address: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-deal-with-your-homes-ceiling-popcorn.html [more…]

How to Fix Dents in Aluminum Siding

Large hail driving at a slant into aluminum siding leaves its mark. So do people. When your siding looks as though it’s been knocked out, surprise, it can be fixed quite easily! You need a [more…]

How to Repair Damaged Aluminum Siding

You can remove a piece of aluminum siding and patch in a new one when it’s so badly damaged that it’s beyond repair. You need your utility knife, a piece of aluminum siding, a household cleaner, and a [more…]

How to Replace Clapboard Strips

Wood siding shrinks in cold weather and expands in the summer. This can cause it to crack and split. You can fix damaged boards or replace them. If you have to replace 3- or 12-inch-wide clapboard, you [more…]

How to Replace Asphalt Shingles

When asphalt shingles are loose or missing, you can easily replace and refasten them. And as long as you’re on the roof, inspect the others close up, as well as the flashing, to find out whether any shingles [more…]

How to Fix Columns and Posts on a Deck, Porch, or Roof

Peeling paint at the base of a porch column or deck post often indicates that the base has been and still is wet. You can find out how bad the problem is by peeling back a little more of the paint — you [more…]

How to Remove Damaged Wood Posts from a Fence or Deck

Damaged posts eventually cause decks to sag and perhaps even collapse if the load on top of them is heavy. Fence posts lean and wobble, undermining the stability of the whole fence. You can replace them [more…]

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