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How to Install a Bidet

Installing a bidet requires rough-in plumbing lines for hot and cold water and a drain, just like a vanity sink. Placement of a bidet is traditionally next to a toilet, so determine the location when designing [more…]

How to Install Cement Backerboard around a Tub

The ideal underlayment for ceramic tile is cement backerboard, which comes in 1/4- and 1/2-inch-thick panels measuring 3 x 5 feet and 4 x 8 feet. The dense, gray material is very heavy, so use the smaller [more…]

Installing a Vapor Barrier in Your Crawlspace

Because excessive dampness in a crawlspace or basement can condense, you can install a vapor barrier to protect floor framing from becoming damp and covered with fungus, efflorescence, and rot. A vapor [more…]

How to Maintain Pipes and Ducts to Save Energy

Putting insulation around all accessible water pipes saves energy, prevents freezing during most moderate to medium chills, and reduces condensation when pipes flow through attics and crawlspaces. It’s [more…]

How to Seal Windows

You seal air leaks and water leaks around your windows in the same way — by caulking and replacing weatherstripping. You can also inject foam sealant between the frame of the window and the frame of the [more…]

How to Patch a Screen

Screen patch kits are available at hardware stores and home centers. They’re inexpensive and easy to install (the process takes less than a minute). You can also use any of the following methods to repair [more…]

Quick Fixes for Burst Pipes

Being prepared to defend your home’s plumbing system against a sudden burst pipe can save you thousands of dollars in damage. Think of these quick, easy fixes as plumbing first aid — they slow or stop [more…]

How to Prevent Rust in Your Water Heater

Most water-heater tanks are made of glass-lined steel. If water gets through imperfections in the glass, then you can count on rust and eventually a leak. But because the tank has no inspection ports, [more…]

Testing Your Water Heater Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Did you know that your water heater will function better and be safer if you do a little routine maintenance? Some water-heater experts recommend testing every six months. More frequent testing can reduce [more…]

How to Clean and Deodorize Your Carpet

Carpet-cleaning professionals say that the most effective method of keeping carpeting clean — and making it last a long time — is to vacuum it regularly. In fact, they recommend vacuuming three or more [more…]

How to Install a Glass Block Shower Surround

If you liked working with building blocks or LEGO blocks as a kid, you'll enjoy building a glass block shower because all the pieces fit together to create a dramatic new shower room. To install a glass [more…]

Using Stencils for a Fast Bathroom Makeover

To transform ordinary painted walls in a bathroom, add a light touch with a decorative stencil design. In no time at all and with very little money, you can change the room’s personality. Pick up a precut [more…]

How to Add Beadboard Wainscoting to Your Bathroom

Beadboard is an old material given new life in today's homes. People are installing it everywhere, but it’s especially popular teamed with a chair rail and used as wainscoting. Wainscoting is installed [more…]

How to Cut Beadboard Wainscoting to Fit around a Window

Beadboard is sold in 4-foot-wide panels that come in an 8-foot length to cover walls and ceilings and also as 32-inch-high precut panels specifically for use as wainscoting. It comes in unfinished pine [more…]

How to Hang a Laminated Plank Ceiling

To create a classic country or cottage look in your home, consider adding a laminated plank ceiling that's designed for a do-it-yourselfer to install. On any ceiling, planks are a definite attention getter [more…]

How to Remove Old Tile Flooring

Removing tile isn’t an easy project. It’s very labor intensive, but it’s also expensive to pay someone else to do. So it pays to rip up old tile yourself. Be sure to protect yourself during the battle [more…]

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

Get ready to see a major improvement in the floor when you install a laminate floor in the bathroom. A laminate floor can be installed over almost any subfloor. It’s durable and resists stains and surface [more…]

How to Install an Auto-Sensing Bathroom Vent Fan

Today’s new vent fans include a sensor so that when someone enters the room, it turns on the light and monitors the humidity. It automatically turns on the vent fan if the humidity level rises and turns [more…]

How to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Larger

You don't have to add space to your bathroom to make it feel larger. Contrasting colors cut up space, so to make a space appear larger, use one color with variations of it to create an open and balanced [more…]

Ten Great Kitchen Design Ideas

Your kitchen may be the most popular room in your home, so you want it to work right. And if your kitchen is designed properly, it will become an area where family and guests will naturally gravitate. [more…]

How to Clear Debris for Your Plumbing Vents

When a sink isn’t draining properly, and the waste line isn’t clogged, you may need to take a look upward to find the culprit — up toward the vent system. You know, the black plumbing pipes that stick [more…]

How to Unclog a Sink's P-Trap

The P-trap is that curved pipe that you see beneath any sink in your home. Unfortunately, the trap’s water-trapping ability extends to hair, grease, debris, and soap scum. This makes a P-trap the number-one [more…]

How to Care for Your Septic System

If you live in a rural area or have vacation property in the middle of nowhere, you’re no doubt familiar with the form and function of a septic system. In brief, a septic system is your very own onsite [more…]

How to Balance Your Central Heating System

If some rooms in your home are too hot, some too cold, and some just right, you need to fine-tune your heating system for maximum efficiency. Balancing your central heating minimizes energy consumption [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Your Home Thermostat

If your house too hot or too cool, your problem could be the thermostat. Troubleshooting thermostat problems isn’t that difficult. Once you find out what the problem is, you can fix it or decide you need [more…]

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