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How to Replace a Broken Glass Pane in a Metal Storm Window

Replacing glass panes in metal storm windows is pretty simple — there’s no messy putty. To replace a glass pane in a metal storm window, you need to measure the precise length and width of the grooves [more…]

How to Use Color to Change a Room

Color can change a room by creating a mood, disguise flaws, and create illusions. Knowing how to use color in a room reinforces your design ideas. [more…]

How to Replace a Glass Pane in an L-Bracket Metal-Frame Window

The trickiest part of replacing glass panes in L-bracket metal-frame windows is getting replacement glass that’s sized exactly right. To replace a pane in an L-bracket metal-frame window, you must measure [more…]

How to Update Old Tile

Just because you have old tile doesn't mean you have to replace it. If you know how to update old tile you can transform even a powder puff pink bathroom into a modern contemporary spa. Tile is expensive [more…]

Green Options for Water Heaters

The typical water heater runs all day and night to keep up to 100 gallons of water hot and ready for use. For a more eco-friendly experience, try alternatives that offer the same hot water without the [more…]

How to Clean a Ceiling

Just like any other surface, ceilings should be cleaned and prepped before painting. Consider the following tips to find out how to clean a ceiling properly. [more…]

When to Hire a Plumber

Knowing when to hire a plumber can save money in the long run. Hire a plumber when the problem is extensive and requires expertise to pin down, and when there’s a higher risk of doing more damage than [more…]

Measuring to Buy Resilient Floor Tiles

Resilient flooring comes in vinyl, rubber, linoleum, VCT, cork, and slip-resistant materials. Buying floor tile requires measuring and math. Estimate how many tiles to buy by calculating the total floor [more…]

How to Replace a Glass Pane in a Sliding Sash Window

The trickiest part of replacing glass panes in metal-frame sliding sash windows is getting replacement glass that’s sized exactly right. To replace a pane in the sliding sash of a metal-frame window, you [more…]

How to Replace a Fiberglass Screen on a Screen Door

Replacing a fiberglass screen is an easy task. Screening comes in metal or fiberglass. Whichever you use, replacing a fiberglass screen on a screen door is a useful skill to have and one you're likely [more…]

How to Replace an Aluminum Screen on a Screen Door

Replacing an aluminum screen is an easy task. Screening comes in metal or fiberglass. Whichever you use, replacing an aluminum screen on a screen door is a useful skill to have and one you're likely to [more…]

How to Deal with Multiple Focal Points in a Room

Understanding how to deal with multiple focal points in a room can be challenging. Where do you look first in a room with focal points like a fireplace and a bay window [more…]

How to Choose Furniture for a Large Room

Choosing furniture for large rooms leaves many scratching their heads. Knowing how to choose the right furniture for a large room can keep your wide-open spaces from seeming cavernous. [more…]

How to Use Architectural Focal Points

For a room to feel balanced and well designed, you need a strong architectural focal point. Knowing how to use architectural focal points isn’t hard. The trick is to assess the architectural characteristics [more…]

Getting the Lead Out . . . of Your Home

Buildings constructed before 1978 have a reasonable chance of containing oil-based, alkyd lead paint, which is a health and environmental hazard. (Lead was banned from paint in the United States in 1978 [more…]

Electronics Calculations Using Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law

Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law are commonly used in calculations dealing with electronic circuits. These laws are straightforward, but when you’re trying to solve for one variable or another, it is easy to [more…]

Electronics Capacitor Tolerance Code

In electronic circuits, the tolerance of capacitors can be determined by a code that appears on the casing. The code is a letter that often follows a three-digit number [more…]

Electronics Capacitor Value Reference

In electronic circuits, the value of capacitors can be determined by a two- or three-digit code that appears on the casing. The following table outlines values for some common capacitors. Note that two-digit [more…]

Electronics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Electronics is more than just schematics and circuits. By using various components, such as resistors and capacitors, electronics allows you to bend electric current to your will to create an infinite [more…]

Determining How Much Wall Paint You Need

To avoid having too much leftover wall paint, use these formulas to determine how much paint to buy when you start your home improvement painting project. [more…]

Calculating How Much Wallpaper to Use

If you’ve decided on wallpaper for your home improvement project, you want to make sure to buy the right amount for your needs. These formulas help you determine how much wall paper to purchase: [more…]

Calculating the Amount of Carpet You Need

If your home improvement project involves new carpeting, determining how much carpeting to buy is easy. Calculate the square footage of floor you want to cover, divide that number by 9, and you have the [more…]

How Much Vinyl Flooring Do You Need?

Does your home improvement project involve a new vinyl floor? To figure out how many vinyl floor tiles, or sheet vinyl, you need, follow these simple formulas: [more…]

How Much Ceramic Tile Do You Need?

If your home improvement plan involves a new ceramic tile floor, how do you determine the amount of ceramic tiles you need? Simply calculate the area you plan to cover and divide that number by the size [more…]

How to Conserve Water in Your Bathroom

Your home's bathroom is likely its biggest source of water usage — and water waste. Take steps to make your home more green by conserving water. You'll also lower your water bills, thus keeping more green [more…]

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