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How to Care for the Outside of Your Chimney

A chimney can be an exposed pipe, a framed enclosure that is covered with siding (called a sided chase) that houses the flue pipe, or a masonry chimney. The chimney travels from the inside of the home [more…]

How to Remove Grease and Oil Stains from Concrete

You probably let your vehicle rest in a garage, carport, or driveway when you’re not driving it. Depending upon the mechanical condition of your vehicle, oil and grease spots soon begin to decorate the [more…]

How to Level Settled Brick Patios and Walkways

Although leveling and resetting a brick patio is slow, heavy work, it’s not a complex project — just one that takes time and effort to do right. If you are ready to break a sweat, gather your tools and [more…]

How to Recoat an Asphalt Driveway

Few home-maintenance projects are easier than sealing an asphalt driveway. Mostly you need a strong back to maneuver the big, heavy buckets of sealer. When you’ve gathered everything you need, follow these [more…]

How to Clean Masonry

If you have a brick home, you probably have some problem spots in your masonry, such as mold growth or oil and paint stains. If these unsightly areas bother you, you can clean them. The most common masonry-cleaning [more…]

How to Preserve Your Deck

One of the best ways to protect your outdoor wood surfaces is to use a high-quality, oil-based wood preservative. Using an oil-based wood preservative with ultraviolet inhibitors keeps your deck surfaces [more…]

Tips for Painting Your Deck

A painted deck or fence can be beautiful, but painting can also be a real problem. Unlike wood siding, wood in decks, handrails, fences, retaining walls, and other complex structures expose several surfaces [more…]

How to Fix a Sagging Gate

A sagging wooden gate is a nuisance at best, and can, at some point, become impossible to open. The problem must be pretty common, because someone has already packaged and marketed a repair kit for exactly [more…]

How to Paint with a Sprayer

You can't just hook the sprayer up to the paint and start painting. Painting with a sprayer takes a little practice. Try perfecting your technique on cardboard. After you're sure you can provide nice even [more…]

How to Patch Chipped Wood before Painting

Before you paint your woodwork, you need to prepare it. If the wood is chipped, gouged, or otherwise damaged, and you plan to paint, you can make an easy, invisible repair by using a two-part polyester [more…]

How to Fix Dents in Aluminum Siding

Large hail driving at a slant into aluminum siding leaves its mark. So do people. When your siding looks as though it’s been knocked out, surprise, it can be fixed quite easily! You need a [more…]

How to Repair Damaged Aluminum Siding

You can remove a piece of aluminum siding and patch in a new one when it’s so badly damaged that it’s beyond repair. You need your utility knife, a piece of aluminum siding, a household cleaner, and a [more…]

How to Replace Clapboard Strips

Wood siding shrinks in cold weather and expands in the summer. This can cause it to crack and split. You can fix damaged boards or replace them. If you have to replace 3- or 12-inch-wide clapboard, you [more…]

How to Replace Asphalt Shingles

When asphalt shingles are loose or missing, you can easily replace and refasten them. And as long as you’re on the roof, inspect the others close up, as well as the flashing, to find out whether any shingles [more…]

How to Fix Columns and Posts on a Deck, Porch, or Roof

Peeling paint at the base of a porch column or deck post often indicates that the base has been and still is wet. You can find out how bad the problem is by peeling back a little more of the paint — you [more…]

How to Remove Damaged Wood Posts from a Fence or Deck

Damaged posts eventually cause decks to sag and perhaps even collapse if the load on top of them is heavy. Fence posts lean and wobble, undermining the stability of the whole fence. You can replace them [more…]

How to Replace a Deck Post

If you have a rotten or damaged post supporting your porch or deck, it needs to be replaced. The first step is to remove the old post. Once that is done, you can set a new post in concrete to ensure that [more…]

How to Stabilize Wood Posts with a Concrete Girdle

Damaged fence posts lean and wobble, undermining the stability of your entire fence. You may not have to replace a damaged post if you can stabilize it with a concrete girdle. You need a claw hammer, tapered [more…]

How to Splint Wood Fence Posts

A post doesn’t have to be damaged to wiggle from side-to-side or lean in one direction. If it’s not damaged by rot, the fence was improperly put in or the post worked its way loose during winter freezes [more…]

How to Fix Cracks in Your House’s Foundation

Foundations are rigid and tend to crack over time. Minor cracks, though unsightly, are not normally cause for alarm. Major cracks, on the other hand, indicate substantial movement and can undermine the [more…]

How to Turn Porches and Patios into Living Spaces

Using basic interior design strategies, you can make your porch and patio into a second living room. To maintain continuity with the interior, use the same style, especially if a porch or patio is visible [more…]

How to Install a Tube Skylight

One way to bring natural light into a dark room is to install a tubular skylight. Installing a tubular skylight involves working on the roof, cutting an opening and weather-sealing around the dome, cutting [more…]

How to Clean Concrete

Cleaning concrete is easy and inexpensive. If you know how to clean concrete, you can restore an unsightly driveway in no time. Cars don’t have to be very old before they start leaving oil and grease stains [more…]

How to Seal Concrete

Sealing concrete will reduce the porosity so that it won’t absorb as much oil. If you know how to seal concrete, the oil will sit on type of your concrete, giving you time to apply a commercial product [more…]

How to Fill Small Cracks in Concrete

Filling small cracks in concrete keeps them from turning into big holes. If you know how to fill small cracks in concrete, you’ll restore your concrete to a smooth finish. This technique will work for [more…]

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