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How to Choose Furniture for a Large Room

Choosing furniture for large rooms leaves many scratching their heads. Knowing how to choose the right furniture for a large room can keep your wide-open spaces from seeming cavernous. [more…]

How to Use Architectural Focal Points

For a room to feel balanced and well designed, you need a strong architectural focal point. Knowing how to use architectural focal points isn’t hard. The trick is to assess the architectural characteristics [more…]

Getting the Lead Out . . . of Your Home

Buildings constructed before 1978 have a reasonable chance of containing oil-based, alkyd lead paint, which is a health and environmental hazard. (Lead was banned from paint in the United States in 1978 [more…]

Electronics Calculations Using Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law

Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law are commonly used in calculations dealing with electronic circuits. These laws are straightforward, but when you’re trying to solve for one variable or another, it is easy to [more…]

Electronics Capacitor Tolerance Code

In electronic circuits, the tolerance of capacitors can be determined by a code that appears on the casing. The code is a letter that often follows a three-digit number [more…]

Electronics Capacitor Value Reference

In electronic circuits, the value of capacitors can be determined by a two- or three-digit code that appears on the casing. The following table outlines values for some common capacitors. Note that two-digit [more…]

Electronics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Electronics is more than just schematics and circuits. By using various components, such as resistors and capacitors, electronics allows you to bend electric current to your will to create an infinite [more…]

Determining How Much Wall Paint You Need

To avoid having too much leftover wall paint, use these formulas to determine how much paint to buy when you start your home improvement painting project. [more…]

Calculating How Much Wallpaper to Use

If you’ve decided on wallpaper for your home improvement project, you want to make sure to buy the right amount for your needs. These formulas help you determine how much wall paper to purchase: [more…]

Calculating the Amount of Carpet You Need

If your home improvement project involves new carpeting, determining how much carpeting to buy is easy. Calculate the square footage of floor you want to cover, divide that number by 9, and you have the [more…]

How Much Vinyl Flooring Do You Need?

Does your home improvement project involve a new vinyl floor? To figure out how many vinyl floor tiles, or sheet vinyl, you need, follow these simple formulas: [more…]

How Much Ceramic Tile Do You Need?

If your home improvement plan involves a new ceramic tile floor, how do you determine the amount of ceramic tiles you need? Simply calculate the area you plan to cover and divide that number by the size [more…]

Home Improvement For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A home improvement project that involves new flooring means using simple math to find the right amount of vinyl or carpet needed for the area you want to cover. If you are planning to paint or wallpaper [more…]

Non-Tools You Need for Home Repairs

Sometimes, home repair jobs call for everyday items and not just tools. This shopping list has non-tool items you should have around for home repairs: [more…]

Questions for a Contractor or Home Repair Specialist

When getting bids from a professional for a home repair project, make sure you know exactly what the job entails. Research your contractor, like calling the BBB to see if any complaints are filed, before [more…]

How To Fix Everything For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re going to hire a contractor or home repair specialist, make sure you ask specific questions so you hire a qualified professional. Keep a supply of non-tools handy for home repair fixes you can [more…]

How to Conserve Water in Your Bathroom

Your home's bathroom is likely its biggest source of water usage — and water waste. Take steps to make your home more green by conserving water. You'll also lower your water bills, thus keeping more green [more…]

Inexpensive Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

By finding air leaks in your home and plugging them, you can take a bite out of your energy costs. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; in fact, you can skip the expensive window replacement and start [more…]

Your Home Maintenance Toolkit

Whenever you’re about to start a maintenance project, run through these lists to ensure that you have all the tools you need: [more…]

Home Maintenance For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Home maintenance is all about being prepared. If you spend a little time now buying ingredients for cleaners, putting together a toolkit, and staying on top of monthly maintenance tasks, you’ll not only [more…]

DIY Wall Paint Calculator

To determine how much paint to buy for your DIY job (if you're in a country that's adopted the metric system), find the square meterage of the area you plan to paint and divide by the number of square [more…]

DIY Wallpaper Calculator

When you’re doing some DIY wallpapering, determine how much wallpaper to purchase by calculating the area you plan to paper and dividing that number by the usable yield per roll of paper. [more…]

DIY Flooring Calculators

Make DIY floor-laying simple with a bit of forward planning. When you’re laying a floor yourself, figure out how many tiles or how much carpet you need with these handy calculations [more…]

DIY and Home Maintenance All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Tackling DIY jobs and renovations around the house, and keeping your home in tip-top condition, is made easier with the metric system calculators on this handy Cheat Sheet. [more…]

How to Tuck-Point Brick and Block Foundations

Over time, mortar tends to deteriorate. Not only are cracked and deteriorating mortar joints unsightly, but they also diminish the integrity of the surface and can allow water to get behind the brick or [more…]

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