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How to Paint Stripes on Walls

Painting stripes on walls can add interest to a space. If you know how to paint stripes on walls you can create the impression of randomness or order, depending on the patterns you choose. [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 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 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 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 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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Cut Energy Costs with Window Coverings

Controlling the amount of sunlight that enters your house or patio is an easy way to cut your cooling and heating bills, regulate your home's temperature, and enhance the appearance of your house. Window [more…]

Choosing the Right Fan to Cool Your Home

Using fans to cool your home is energy efficient. After you determine the natural ventilation scheme in your home, you can enhance the effect with the use of active fans. When choosing fans, check for [more…]

How to Maintain Your Dishwasher and Microwave

An important part of keeping your kitchen appliances in working order involves keeping them clean. Not everyone likes housework, but a little routine maintenance will keep you from having to replace your [more…]

Protect Your Family from Gas Line Accidents

Gas line safety might not be on your mind, but of all emergency preparedness topics, gas lines deserve extra consideration — both in the event of natural disasters and for day-to-day living. If not properly [more…]

How to Maintain Your Automatic Garage-Door Opener

Your automatic garage-door opener requires periodic maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operation. In fact, because a garage door is often the heaviest and largest single piece of moving equipment [more…]

How to Repair Sagging Plaster on Walls and Ceilings

If you live in an older home with sagging plaster on your walls and ceilings, you can fix it. Many older houses have plaster walls and ceilings with wood lath for a base. The wood lath was installed with [more…]

How to Build a Simple Wall Shelf

You don't need to be a handyman to build a simple wall shelf. Building a shelf to add form and function to a room is a novice do-it-your-selfer's dream project. You can use your shelf to display a treasured [more…]

How to Install a Shelving System

If you need more storage space or just want to display artwork or a collection of clocks on your wall, you can build shelves. A shelving system is made up of three basic components: shelves, standards [more…]

How to Replace Window Channels

If your window sashes let in drafts and rattle in their channels, you may want to consider replacing windows. However, a less expensive solution is to install replacement channels in your double-hung windows [more…]

How to Lubricate a Door Lock

Many people put up with the aggravation of a sticking door lock for years. Ironically, by cleaning and oiling them, you can fix most locks in a matter of minutes. Fixing a few stubborn locks might involve [more…]

How to Tighten Loose Door Hinges

Loose hinges can cause a door to stick, bind, or scrape the floor. Lucky for you, it is easy to tighten loose hinges and make your doors work like new. Most hinge problems can be solved with nothing more [more…]

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