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How to Find a Leak in a Roof

How to find a leak in a roof may be the hardest part of fixing a leaky roof. Finding the actual spot where the roof leaks is difficult because water can enter the roof in one place and run down to another [more…]

How to Repoint a Brick Wall

Repointing a brick walls keeps moisture from getting behind the brick. Knowing how to repoint brick walls can help you to repair the damage to your walls and prevent further structural damage. [more…]

How to Clean Roof Shingles

Cleaning roof shingles can restore your home's curb appeal. If you know how to clean the roof shingles, you can get rid of those streaks or discolorations that can cause a perfectly good roof to look worn [more…]

How to Patch Mortar on Brick Walls

Patching mortar on brick walls keeps moisture from getting behind the brick. Knowing how to patch mortar on brick walls can help you to repair the damage to your walls and prevent further structural damage [more…]

How to Repair Plastic Gutter Seams

Occasionally, gutter seams or joints open, producing major leaks. Knowing how to repair plastic gutter seams early on reduces the chance of further damage and, possibly, a major repair. Repairing the seal [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 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…]

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…]

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…]

Preventing Moisture from Building Up under Your Home

What's a little water under the house going to hurt, you ask? Excess moisture can lead to a glut of problems, such as repulsive odors, rotted framing, structural pests, foundation movement, efflorescence [more…]

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…]

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…]

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 Find and Fix Roof Leaks

You know the roof is bad when water stains the ceiling or walls. But unless shingles are missing or obviously damaged, finding the leak may be difficult because water can enter the roof in one place and [more…]

How to Replace Damaged Corners of Aluminum Siding

Corner edges of aluminum siding, the end caps, get banged into a lot. You cut a corner too sharply and knock into them with ladders, the lawn mower, garden hose, bikes, you name it. End caps are very easy [more…]

How to Repair Chipped Concrete Steps

The edges of concrete steps sometimes break off or crumble. If the edge comes off in one piece and you still have it, you can refasten it with an epoxy cement. You need a wire brush, two-part epoxy adhesive [more…]

How to Repair Broken Concrete Step Corners

If a big chunk of concrete broke off a step, you can repair it without having to spend money on taking out the old concrete and rebuilding the entire steps. If, however, the steps are generally in pretty [more…]

How to Fix Fireplace Cracks

In a masonry fireplace, firebrick is used to construct the firebox. Refractory brick panels line the firebox of a prefabricated metal fireplace. In both cases, the bricks and fireclay mortar are designed [more…]

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