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Maintaining Furnaces and Air Conditioners Efficiently and Greenly

Regular maintenance of furnaces and air conditioners helps keep them working at top efficiency, which reduces your energy use, and the less energy you use, the more eco-friendly you are. Use these tips [more…]

Cleaning & Stain Removal For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Need useful and concise tips for cleaning and stain removal? Look no further. This Cheat Sheet is packed with handy, at-a-glance essentials to help make getting rid of tricky stains and keeping your home [more…]

How to Wallpaper Corners

Hanging wallpaper is a good do-it-yourself project, but wallpapering corners to make them look perfect can be a challenge. Get great results on wallpapering inside and outside corners by following these [more…]

What to Plan Before Hanging Wallpaper

If you’re hanging wallpaper, careful planning will improve your chances for success. Before you hang the first strip, determine where you want the seams to be and figure out to to deal with uneven ceilings [more…]

How to Activate Wallpaper Paste

After you cut the first drop of your wallpaper, it’s time to activate the paste on a prepasted wallcovering or apply paste to an unpasted wallcovering. The procedures are generally quite straightforward [more…]

How to Hang Wallpaper

After you have planned how to hang the paper and activated the wallpaper paste, it’s time to get to the actual wallpaper hanging. To hang the prepared wallpaper, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Trim Wallpaper

After you hang your wallpaper, you need to trim it to add a professional look to those awkward spots around the edges. Trim the wallpaper allowance at the ceiling and baseboard by using a breakaway razor [more…]

How to Make Wallpaper Seams and Corners Look Perfect

When you're hanging wallpaper, the seams and corners can present problems. Don’t despair. If you follow these tips, you can have seams and corners that look professional. For a perfect seam, the seaming [more…]

How to Cut Strips of Wallpaper

Cutting wallpaper into strips involves two steps: First, you rough-cut the wallpaper and then trim the wallpaper in place for a precise fit. When you rough-cut, first draw the paper, design side up, onto [more…]

How to Clean a Faucet Aerator and Sink Sprayer

Cleaning clogged faucet aerators and sink sprayers help faucets function like new. Mineral deposits and sediment slow the water flow, so clean your faucet aerators or sink sprayers to get a full flow. [more…]

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet: Ceramic Disk Type

Ceramic disk faucets are durable, but need repairing if they develop leaks or water flow problems. To fix a ceramic disk faucet, you can get new seals and replacement parts. Disassemble the faucet and [more…]

How to Fix a Leaky Toilet Tank

Fixing a leaky toilet tank is a common plumbing repair that you can do yourself. Leaking toilet tanks can be repaired by changing out the rubber gaskets around the tank bolts and the spud washer, which [more…]

How to Clean Oil Paint from Paint Brushes

You’ve finished painting, so now it’s time to clean the oil paint from paintbrushes. Use solvent (paint thinner) to clean oil paint from paintbrushes; soap and water won’t work. Cleaning paintbrushes before [more…]

How to Use a Paint Roller on a Wall

Knowing how to use a paint roller can help you eliminate streaks in your paint finish. Applying paint with a roller can cut painting time by almost half. Using proper roller technique can help you save [more…]

How to Cut In Edges of a Wall with a Paint Brush

Before you begin painting walls, cut in the edges with a paint brush. Cutting in means that you use a paint brush to paint areas that are too tight for rollers [more…]

How to Paint Wood Floors

Knowing how to paint wood floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess. The thought of painting wood floors can be scary, but if your hardwood floor is damaged [more…]

How to Paint Concrete Floors

Painting concrete floors is a great way to dress up, seal, or protect this sturdy flooring. Knowing how to paint concrete floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess. [more…]

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet: Rotary-Ball Type

Knowing how to fix a leaky faucet will save money, and it’s easy. To fix a leaky rotary ball faucet (or rotating ball faucet) you usually just tighten the cap or cap-adjusting ring. Tightening the cap [more…]

How to Clean Alkyd Paint from Paint Brushes

You’ve finished painting, so now it’s time to clean the alkyd paint from paintbrushes. Use solvent (paint thinner) to clean alkyd paint from paintbrushes; soap and water won’t work. Cleaning paintbrushes [more…]

How to Clean Oil Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Clean oil paint from paint-roller covers and cages before the paint dries — it’s the best way to maintain the paint-roller covers and cages. Oil-based paint comes clean only with solvent, such as paint [more…]

How to Clean Latex Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Maintain your painting equipment by cleaning latex paint from roller covers and cages before the paint dries. Cleaning latex paint from roller covers and cages isn’t much harder than doing dishes. All [more…]

How to Clean Alkyd Paint from Roller Covers and Cages

Clean alkyd paint from roller covers and cages before the paint dries. Use solvent (like paint thinner) to clean alkyd paint from roller covers and cages, because plain soap and water don’t work. [more…]

How to Choose the Right Paint Brush

A brush is a brush, right? Not quite. If you know how to choose the right paintbrush, you can save time painting. Choosing a paintbrush requires a good understanding of what each brush does and what your [more…]

How to Choose a Paint Color for Trim and Molding

If you’ve ever wondered what color to paint the molding and trim, you may automatically say trim is always white. But do moldings have to be white? No rule says that it has to be that way. But remember [more…]

How to Paint Stripes on Walls

Painting stripes on walls can add interest to a space. If you know how to paint stripes on walls you can create the impression of randomness or order, depending on the patterns you choose. [more…]

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