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Where to Install a Smoke Detector

Installing a smoke detector can save your life. But to be most effective, you have to know where to install the smoke detector.

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How to Replace a Broken Glass Pane in a Steel-Casement Window

The trickiest part of replacing broken glass panes in steel-casement windows is getting replacement glass that’s sized exactly right. To replace a broken glass pane in a steel-casement window, you need [more…]

How to Find Replacement Ceramic and Clay Tiles

Finding replacement ceramic and clay tiles can be time consuming and frustrating. At the very least, finding replacement tiles will require trips to your local tile contractors. But if your tile is older [more…]

How to Childproof a Bathroom

Childproof the bathroom to prevent accidents and protect children. Bathrooms accidents can involve slippery surfaces, water, electricity, and chemicals. Knowing how to childproof a bathroom can make it [more…]

How to Maintain Garage Doors

If you know how to maintain garage doors, you can ensure that they stay in good working order for years to come. Regularly maintaining your garage door can also prevent serious injuries and property damage [more…]

Choosing between Types of Home Insulation

When insulating a house, you can choose from several types of insulation: fiberglass, rock wool, and cellulose. All the types of home insulation work, but each has different advantages. [more…]

Managing your Home’s Temperature

Sure you want to be comfortable, but you also want to live green, and moving the thermostat a few degrees lessens your carbon footprint while still keeping you comfortable. Check with the [more…]

Regulating Your Home’s Climate with Solar Techniques

You can harness the power and heat of the sun — the planet’s most sustainable energy source — to provide most of your needs for heating, cooling, and daylighting with relatively little cost to you and [more…]

Planning an Adjustable Shelving System

Adjustable shelving systems allow you to customize your own storage solutions. Planning an adjustable shelving system takes a bit of homework. Shelving systems come in many styles and configurations, so [more…]

How to Save Energy by Insulating an Attic

You can immediately save energy and money by insulating your attic. Attic insulation is easy to install because it doesn’t have to be glued, nailed, stapled, or held in place. Adding more insulation simply [more…]

A Five-Step Plan for Taking Off Wallpaper

The thought of taking off wallpaper can be scary, but planning for wallpaper removal can ease anxiety. Having a good plan for taking off wallpaper will simplify the task and ensure great results. Wallpaper [more…]

How to Replace a Broken Glass Pane in a Metal Storm Window

Replacing glass panes in metal storm windows is pretty simple — there’s no messy putty. To replace a glass pane in a metal storm window, you need to measure the precise length and width of the grooves [more…]

How to Use Color to Change a Room

Color can change a room by creating a mood, disguise flaws, and create illusions. Knowing how to use color in a room reinforces your design ideas. [more…]

How to Cut a Mortise for a Deadbolt Lock

Knowing how to cut a mortise is essential for installing a deadbolt lock. You'll need to cut a mortise — a small shallow recess in the wood of the door and doorjamb — for the latchbolt and strike plate [more…]

How to Replace a Glass Pane in an L-Bracket Metal-Frame Window

The trickiest part of replacing glass panes in L-bracket metal-frame windows is getting replacement glass that’s sized exactly right. To replace a pane in an L-bracket metal-frame window, you must measure [more…]

How to Update Old Tile

Just because you have old tile doesn't mean you have to replace it. If you know how to update old tile you can transform even a powder puff pink bathroom into a modern contemporary spa. Tile is expensive [more…]

Green Options for Water Heaters

The typical water heater runs all day and night to keep up to 100 gallons of water hot and ready for use. For a more eco-friendly experience, try alternatives that offer the same hot water without the [more…]

How to Clean a Ceiling

Just like any other surface, ceilings should be cleaned and prepped before painting. Consider the following tips to find out how to clean a ceiling properly. [more…]

When to Hire a Plumber

Knowing when to hire a plumber can save money in the long run. Hire a plumber when the problem is extensive and requires expertise to pin down, and when there’s a higher risk of doing more damage than [more…]

Measuring to Buy Resilient Floor Tiles

Resilient flooring comes in vinyl, rubber, linoleum, VCT, cork, and slip-resistant materials. Buying floor tile requires measuring and math. Estimate how many tiles to buy by calculating the total floor [more…]

How to Replace a Glass Pane in a Sliding Sash Window

The trickiest part of replacing glass panes in metal-frame sliding sash windows is getting replacement glass that’s sized exactly right. To replace a pane in the sliding sash of a metal-frame window, you [more…]

How to Replace a Fiberglass Screen on a Screen Door

Replacing a fiberglass screen is an easy task. Screening comes in metal or fiberglass. Whichever you use, replacing a fiberglass screen on a screen door is a useful skill to have and one you're likely [more…]

How to Apply Preservative to Wood Shingles

Applying preservative to wood shingles protects the wood. By learning how to apply preservative to wood shingles, you can restore the natural oils to the wood fibers, safeguard the roof from fungus and [more…]

How to Replace an Aluminum Screen on a Screen Door

Replacing an aluminum screen is an easy task. Screening comes in metal or fiberglass. Whichever you use, replacing an aluminum screen on a screen door is a useful skill to have and one you're likely to [more…]

How to Deal with Multiple Focal Points in a Room

Understanding how to deal with multiple focal points in a room can be challenging. Where do you look first in a room with focal points like a fireplace and a bay window [more…]

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