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How to Repair Brick and Block Foundations

Most often, the cause of damage to brick foundations is cracked mortar. If the damaged area is manageable, a do-it-yourselfer can easily perform the necessary repairs. Bricks were once used extensively [more…]

How to Protect Wood Siding

To prevent rot and prolong the life of your wood siding, you can treat it with oil, stain, or paint. These materials act as a barrier, preventing water from coming into direct contact with the wood. Which [more…]

How to Care for Vinyl and Aluminum Siding

Whether you have vinyl or aluminum siding, taking a little care will prolong its life and keep it looking its best. To prevent the need to repaint your siding, clean it regularly. You use slightly different [more…]

How to Replace a Three-Way Light Switch

A three-way switch is a handy convenience to control a light from two locations, such as at the top and bottom of a staircase. If the words On and Off aren't embossed on the switch and it's one of two [more…]

How to Replace a Four-Way Light Switch

If a light switch fails to function, you should replace it. If the switch doesn't have the words On and Off embossed on its body and it's the center switch of three switches that control a single light [more…]

How to Replace a Light Switch

If a light switch fails to function, it should be replaced. Most modern switches have screw terminals on each side and may also have holes in the back to accept the end of the wire. Although plug-in connections [more…]

How to Replace a Light Switch with a Dimmer

Replacing a standard single-pole or three-way switch with a dimmer switch is no different than replacing a standard switch. Remember: Dimmer switches don't work on most fluorescent fixtures, and low-voltage [more…]

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

If an outlet (commonly called a receptacle) no longer holds a plug snugly, it should be replaced. The procedure for replacing a duplex (two-outlet) wall receptacle is similar to that of replacing a switch [more…]

How to Repair a Faulty Lamp

If you have a lamp with a loose socket that causes the lamp to flicker, to be difficult to turn on, or to just flat out refuse to light, you can replace the socket and give the lamp a new life. You can [more…]

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan is a stylish and functional addition to any room. If you are planning to install a ceiling fan in a room that already has a ceiling outlet, wiring a ceiling fan is the same as wiring any [more…]

How to Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture

Residential ceiling fixtures come in many different shapes, and people have devised many ways to attach them to the ceiling. Most of the time, a central threaded hollow rod holds a chandelier in place. [more…]

How to Install the Corner Cabinet

When you're installing kitchen cabinets, hang the wall cabinets before you start the base cabinets. When it's time to install base cabinets, start on the same wall and corner where you installed the wall [more…]

Spray Painting Equipment for Do-It-Yourselfers

If you're planning to paint large areas, you might want to consider using a sprayer. In the power arena, three types of sprayers are appropriate for do-it-yourselfers: the tank sprayer, the airless sprayer [more…]

How to Prepare Exterior Surfaces for Painting

Preparing the exterior of your house before you paint is usually the most important factor in determining the success of a painting job. Preparing to paint stucco is different than preparing to paint siding [more…]

How to Power-Wash Your Home's Exterior for Painting

Washing your house may seem like an insurmountable job, but an electric or gas-powered washer is one of the most useful and labor-saving machines homeowners can get their hands on. Plus, they're just plain [more…]

Cleaning Mildew and Chalk from Exterior Surfaces for Painting

Preparing your home's exterior before you paint is essential. Most of the time, cleaning is straightforward, but some circumstances, like mold and mildew and chalky residue, might require some special [more…]

Caulking and Patching Your Home's Exterior before Painting

Filling cracks and holes with caulk in your home's trim and siding before painting not only makes the paint job look better, but also makes the paint last longer. Cracks and holes in any surface collect [more…]

How to Prepare a Room for Painting

Most interiors will look better if you just slap on a fresh coat of paint. However, you'll get results that are even more striking, and a longer-lasting paint job to boot, if you take special care in cleaning [more…]

Making Minor Drywall Repairs before Painting

Before you start painting an interior, check the walls carefully. You probably have a few minor dings or nail holes to repair. Buy a small container of spackling compound and apply it with a putty knife [more…]

How to Caulk and Mask before You Paint

After you have cleaned and repaired your interior surfaces, you have to caulk and mask before you start applying paint. Caulk covers a multitude of sins and prevents many problems from occurring. Masking [more…]

Priming Your Home's Exterior Before Painting

On most unpainted exterior surfaces, the standard procedure calls for a primer coat followed by two topcoats of paint. This procedure is also recommended for any painted surface that requires significant [more…]

How to Paint Your House's Exterior

Although siding is certainly the largest area to paint of you're painting your house, the work goes surprisingly fast, even if you're using a brush. And with a sprayer, you move so fast that you have to [more…]

How to Paint Trim and Doors

Although it's important for the body of a house to look nice, pay special attention when painting the trim, windows, and doors. These elements attract the most attention and are the most vulnerable to [more…]

How to Paint Windows and Shutters

Painting windows and shutters can be tricky, but necessary. Proper painting technique isn't difficult to learn, and it will help your home look better longer. [more…]

How to Paint Ceilings and Walls

Interior ceiling and wall painting is a project that's best divided into two: cutting in and rolling. (Having two people do the work is nice — especially if you're not one of them!) One person uses a brush [more…]

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