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ADA-Compliant Showers

ADA-compliant shower units are designed for people with limited physical abilities. Showers that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are designed with a low threshold so that you can [more…]

Installing Window Shades Painlessly

Figuring out how to install a window shade is pretty easy. Adding window shades provides privacy and better insulation to your home. Window shades are inexpensive, spring-loaded window coverings that roll [more…]

How to Replace a Ceiling Fixture

Most homeowners will need to replace a ceiling fixture at some point. Knowing how to properly replace a ceiling fixture can save on electrician’s fees. Residential ceiling fixtures come in many different [more…]

Should You Hire a Pro to Sand Hardwood Floors?

Deciding whether to sand a hardwood floor by yourself or to hire a pro requires honesty about your abilities. Hire a professional to sand floors if you have any doubts about tackling the job yourself. [more…]

How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor

Hiring a contractor for your home improvement project requires time, planning, and patience. However, taking the time to hire a home improvement contractor who’s right for your job can save you both time [more…]

How to Fix Nail Pops in Walls and Ceilings

Fixing nail pops is a common home repair. Nail pops are bumps or crescent-shaped cracks in walls and ceilings. Knowing how to fix nail pops properly helps keep new ones from forming in the same place. [more…]

How to Fix Thin Spots in Loose-Fill Attic Insulation

In attics, loose-fill insulation can settle and shift causing gaps, or holes, in the insulation seal. Fix holes in loose-fill insulation to ensure a well-sealed attic and to conserve energy. Whenever you [more…]

How to Choose an Interior Paint Finish

Choosing a paint finish for interior walls depends on the desired amount of shine and durability. The most common interior paint finishes (paint sheen) are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss [more…]

How to Fix Small Cracks in Plaster

Repairing small cracks in plaster is easy compared to plastering a whole room. To repair small cracks in plaster, you’ll need patching compound, medium- and fine-grit sandpaper, a sanding block, a putty [more…]

Know What Type of Caulk to Use

Caulk comes in many types (latex, silicone, and urethane) and choosing the right caulk for the job is important. Using the right caulk will both seal and protect, whether it’s gaps around a window or a [more…]

Understanding Wallpaper Pattern Repeats

Wallpapers (wallcoverings) have what is called a pattern repeat — unless your wallpaper is a solid or has a simple texture. The pattern repeat is the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical [more…]

How to Choose the Right Kind of Ladder

Choosing the right kind of ladder depends on the intended use. Ladder styles and sizes vary greatly, so picking the right type of ladder can be confusing. In a perfect world, you’d have each ladder size [more…]

How to Fix Large Holes in Drywall with a Patch

The challenge of fixing holes in drywall is in covering the gap. To fix a large hole in drywall, make a clean cutout around the hole and insert a replacement piece of wallboard into the hole. [more…]

How to Decide Between Batt Insulation and Loose-Fill Insulation

When it comes to deciding between batt insulation and loose-fill insulation, it’s important to keep in mind what you intend to insulate and what kind of insulation method you want to use. Both batt insulation [more…]

How to Secure a Sliding Glass Door

Securing your sliding glass door (patio door) is a must: Thieves target sliding glass doors because they're easy to force open even if the conventional lock is engaged. The key to securing sliding glass [more…]

How to Prevent Ice Dams on a Roof

Ice dams on a roof can cause a lot of damage. Knowing how to remove ice dams and how to prevent them is an important part of winter maintenance for your home. The first step is to understand what ice dams [more…]

How to Unstick a Stuck Window

Nothing is worse than a stuck window on a hot summer day. Unsticking a window requires just a little muscle and the right technique. Windows stick for a variety of reasons. It could be because paint got [more…]

How to Decrease Your Energy Use

To find out how you can green up your lifestyle and reduce your utility bills, you can inspect your house for leaks. After performing this inspection, you can plug up leaks and reduce your energy cost [more…]

Installing Sunscreen Retractors to Minimize Solar Gain

In addition to using solar energy to provide power for your home, you can also take steps to minimize solar gain in your home. This simple act can keep your house cooler in the summer, thus decreasing [more…]

How Radiant Barriers Help Cool Your Home

In addition to creating energy, solar technology involves controlling the heat that comes into your home. A radiant barrier is a sheet of thin material that looks like reinforced aluminum foil. You usually [more…]

Tips for Mounting Solar Panels on Your Home

Powering your home with rooftop solar collectors is great way to go green while reducing energy bills and your carbon footprint. If you mount solar panels on your roof, you can maximize your solar exposure [more…]

How to Make Your Swimming Pool More Efficient

Boosting the efficiency of your swimming pool is an important first step in reducing your carbon footprint and moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Here's how to make your swimming pool energy efficient [more…]

Choosing a Solar System to Supplement Your Water Heater

Dozens of different types of systems that use solar energy to supplement your hot water heater are available, but only a few have stood the test of time. Sticking with proven entities is always a good [more…]

Using a Drainback System to Heat Water

A drainback system lets you use solar power to heat water for your home. Indirect, active, closed-loop drainback systems are an excellent choice for heating water unless you receive a lot of snow and have [more…]

Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Your Solar Power System?

You could install your own photovoltaic (PV) solar power system. Many self-installed systems work just fine, and the owners are happy with the results. On the other hand, there are a lot of reasons to [more…]

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