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How to Run a Home Off a Generator

Home generator systems use a computer-controlled transfer switch which monitors your home's voltage connection to the grid. When power drops below a certain level, the switch sends a signal to the generator to start operating. The switch stops any electricity you are generating back-flowing into the

How to Drill a Circle in a Granite Countertop

Granite counters are made of a hard yet porous stone that creates a nice upgraded look to your kitchen. Before installing the counters, you must create a hole for the sink. If you want extra attachments or accessories, such as a built-in soap dispenser, you must drill out holes for these extras. To

How to Remove a Patio Slider Door

If you are remodeling your patio or simply replacing the slider door, you must first remove the old door. Sliding patio doors usually have one door that slides and one door that remains fixed in place along the track. Start with the door that is closest to the outside when removing a set of patio sl

Kitchen Cabinet Installation Without Soffits

A kitchen remodel is among the best investments a homeowner can make. Not only will a well-done design provide years of function and aesthetic appeal, in most markets money spent will be recouped when the home goes to market. Cabinets are one area that will take up a large chunk of the budget, and w

How to Measure Window Width

When you need to replace a window, you must have the correct window measurements. This ensures that you get the right window for the space you have. Taking the correct measurement is not difficult, but it does require that you pay close attention, because the wrong measurement costs you time and mon

How to Remove Glued-Up Ceiling Tiles

Replacing an old, outdated ceiling can update a room. Ceiling tiles come in a range of styles and can attach to the surface with various types of glue. To complete the remodeling project, you may need to remove glued-up ceiling tiles. Finishing the tile removal process is relatively simple and is th

Kitchen Travertine Tile Backsplash Ideas

Travertine tile has a warm appearance suitable for many areas of the home. Since travertine in its natural state has a rustic and worn look, it can be used to enhance natural, rustic and informal designs. Travertine can also be honed and occasionally polished for a more modern look that...

About Marble

Marble is a kind of metamorphic rock that is created out of limestone by various natural processes. In modern parlance, however, the term "marble" also includes almost any kind of stone that is capable of retaining a fine polished finish. As a building material marble is extremely useful

How to Use Ceramic Tile Spacers

Ceramic tile spacers are small pieces of plastic that are placed in between tiles when laying a tile floor, to provide proper spacing for grouting. Tile spacers come in a range of sizes, depending on the width you want for your grout lines. Tile spacers are usually shaped like a square or like a plu

Painting a Subfloor Before Installing a Floating Wood Floor

A floating floor is one than is not permanently attached to the subfloor. This type of floor allows for expansion and contraction due to changes in heat and moisture. Manufacturers of floating floors strongly advise consumers to clean the subfloor completely, including the removal of existing paint.

How Long to Age Wood Chips to Use as Mulch?

Generally, age wood chips for at least three months before use as mulch, and longer for some applications. Fresh mulch can harm plants, but is useful for weed suppression.

How to Finance Single Wide Mobile Homes in Arizona

Mobile homes often cost less than traditional houses, allowing more people to achieve their dream of owning a home. Still, not everyone can afford to pay for a new single wide mobile home out of pocket. Most people turn to lender financing to afford the purchase. Lenders offer several types of loans

How to Turn Your Garage into a Den

Most families could use an extra den in their home, as a play area, work area or second living room, but simply do not have the space. Compared to the cost of adding an addition to your home, the price of converting your garage into a new den is minuscule, especially when completed by someone with e

Tips on Removing Trim From a Mobile Home

Like traditional homes, mobile homes contain wallboard, door jambs and trim covering the joints connecting the walls to the ceilings and doors. The trim is removable and also covers any bolts connecting the wallboard to the mobile home's exterior and interior walls. Removing the trim in a mobile hom

Different Types of Finishes for Hardwood Floors

Wood floors can have several types of finishes.wood image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.comIf you are refinishing or installing hardwood floors it is important to know the pros and cons of each finish to ensure you choose the perfect fit for your home. Finishing your wood floors helps...

DIY: Cheap Soundproofing

While you might love your home, you might not love the noise that gets inside. Numerous things cause sounds that reach the interior of your space, including nearby traffic and noisy neighbors. Professional builders charge a large amount of money simply to examine your space and make recommendations.

Instructions for Wood Inlays

A wood inlay can add a decorative element to a floor with a striking medallion-style design, or a border around the edges of a room. Wood inlays can sometimes appear extremely intricate, but installing one is relatively simple. The use of a wood inlay kit can greatly reduce the amount of time requir

How to Sanitize Unfinished Hardwood Floors

Whether you have a rustic, unfinished hardwood floor or are in the installation process and have not yet finished your flooring, you typically need to clean the floor. You must use something safe for the hardwood since you are cleaning the bare wood, and a sanitizing element is useful to remove dirt

How to Stop a Squeaking Floor

A squeaking noise is a perfectly natural development on an old wood floor. It just means some of the nails have come loose enough to allow the boards to move a little when you step on them, causing them to rub against one another. While there's no structural issue with a floor squeak, it can certain