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How to Install a Shower (or Tub) Door

If you're tired of dealing with a leaky, mildew-stained shower curtain on an existing shower, installing a shower door might be a perfect solution. The installation, which is essentially the same for a [more…]

How to Install Shower (or Tub) Grab Bars

Getting in and out of a shower isn’t always easy, even when you’re fit and able. If you have a sore knee or a sprained ankle, you may find it nearly impossible to maneuver safely without a secure handle [more…]

How to Install the Drain for a Pedestal Sink

What it lacks in storage space, a pedestal sink makes up for in high style. How you install a pedestal sink varies by style and manufacturer. Installing a pedestal sink involves completing several individual [more…]

How to Install the P-Trap under a Sink

With your pedestal sink on the wall, you can install the P-trap. The U-shape of this pipe is the trap that retains enough water to prevent sewer gases from entering the bathroom. You can adjust the P-trap [more…]

How to Prepare a Wall to Hang a Sink

When you’re going to install a sink in an existing bathroom, you have to remove the drywall in the area behind the sink to add blocking to provide support. You have to open the wall to expose at least [more…]

How to Set Mounting Bolts and Hang a Sink

After you take steps to strengthen the wall behind your sink, you're ready to complete your wall-hung sink installation. The next sink installation steps involve setting the mounting bolts into the support [more…]

How to Install a Bathroom Vanity

A vanity cabinet offers counter and storage space in your bathroom. Before you begin installing your vanity, check that its measurements are correct, and move it into position. Use a carpenter’s level [more…]

How to Attach a Sink to a Stone Countertop

If you are installing a sink within a stone countertop, you attach the sink to the underside of the stone countertop with epoxy. This step isn’t difficult, but you must set the sink in the right place. [more…]

How to Hang a Medicine Cabinet

Manufacturers sell medicine cabinets preassembled except for the doors, with drywall anchors to fasten them to walls. Because of its weight, the best location for this cabinet is on the wall with a wall [more…]

How to Replace a Recessed Medicine Cabinet

To replace a recessed medicine cabinet, choose a replacement cabinet that’s the same or close to the same size as your original cabinet so that it fits in the existing wall cavity. Another good bet is [more…]

How to Install a Single-Handled Faucet

Many of today’s faucet manufacturers have a line of easy-to-install single-control faucets designed for do-it-yourselfers. It’s easy to install because it’s accessible almost entirely above the countertop [more…]

How to Install a Two-Handle Faucet

Today’s designs of two-handle faucets make installing one easier than ever. A hardworking bathroom faucet doesn’t have to be ordinary, but it does have to be installed properly. Some faucet designs use [more…]

How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

To refinish a hardwood floor, the first thing you need to do is sand off the old finish. You need a walk-behind floor sander, which you can rent. You also want to rent a handheld power edge sander for [more…]

How to Replace Damaged Areas of Hardwood Flooring

If your hardwood floor is in generally fine shape, with only a damaged spot or two, it is easy and economical to make small repairs by replacing a strip or plank of flooring. You can also fix buckled areas [more…]

Repairing Stains, Nicks, and Scratches in Hardwood Floors

If you have small areas of damage in your hardwood floors, you might not have to refinish the entire floor. You may be able to repair stains, nicks, and scratches. Stains are the toughest fix when it comes [more…]

How to Lay Out a Ceramic Tile Floor

Planning the layout of your tile floor is an essential step in guaranteeing the success of your project. Ever wonder how a tile layer always seems to get those tiles at a perfect 90- or 45-degree angle [more…]

How to Install a Ceramic Tile Floor

Installing a ceramic tile floor may appear to be beyond the abilities of some homeowners, but most DIYers can handle it. Just don’t rush it — have a little patience! The materials are relatively easy to [more…]

Tips for Laying Carpet

Although installing carpet isn’t difficult technically, it’s challenging because of the size of the rolls and the often limited workspace. Whether it’s cushioned-back carpet for a basement or plush carpet [more…]

How to Fix Cracks in Wood

Even though you may have tried to use wood without any cracks, splits, holes, or gouges, sometimes you end up with imperfections you didn’t notice or couldn’t avoid. You can fill cracks, scratches, or [more…]

When to Call a Plumber

Don’t lull yourself into believing that you’ll never need a plumber. Even if you are skilled at home repairs, you may need to call on a professional from time to time for plumbing emergencies. In addition [more…]

Finding the Main Water Shutoff Valve

After the water passes through the three city-installed valves, it comes to what is known as the main shutoff valve in your home. This is the valve that you need to be able to locate in an emergency. Find [more…]

How to Unclog a Drain with a Snake

If neither cleaning the trap nor plunging clears a plumbing clog, your final weapon is a drain auger (also known as a snake). This tool, a coiled spiral snake that's usually about 1/4-inch thick with a [more…]

How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

Even if you are careful about what you put down your garbage disposal, clogs happen. There are some simple things you can do to keep clogs to a minimum and steps you can take when that inevitable clog [more…]

How to Fix Sagging Cabinet Doors

Cabinet doors sag when a screw or hinge comes loose, when the hardware is damaged, or when the wood underneath the hinge is stripped or gouged by a loose screw. You need a screwdriver. [more…]

How to Fix a Stuck Drawer

Several things can cause drawers to get sticky so that they become difficult to open, but you can fix a drawer. Start by pulling the drawer all the way out of the cabinet or chest so you can determine [more…]

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