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Kitchen Layout Tips

Leave plenty of counter space for food prep.Kitchen image by armanxo from Fotolia.comYou want your kitchen to look beautiful while looking functional, so you must carefully plan your kitchen layout. You must take into consideration every element that you want in your kitchen and decide...

Do It Yourself Wood Floors

Installing wood floors can be an arduous task, but enhancing your home with the splendor of natural wood can be worth the trouble. Advances in wood floor construction have made installing wood floors a relatively simple do-it-yourself project. In fact, some wood floors are already prefinished and ca

How to Repair an Aluminum AC Pipe

Air conditioning lines, pipes and coils are typically made of aluminum. This metal is durable, light weight and somewhat impervious to weather elements. However, over time these aluminum pipes and lines can degrade and cracks or holes can form. If this occurs, you can replace the entire aluminum AC

DIY: Ceilings

There are almost as many ways to cover ceilings as there are to cover floors or walls. The usual method is to hang drywall from the ceiling, using the joists as support. Modern drywall and the related tools make this relatively easy compared to the old-fashioned approach of spreading plaster over la

Care of Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is truly green flooring, manufactured from "dough" of linseed oil, cork and wood flour, limestone and pine rosin. It's pressed onto jute backing and allowed to dry. Remarkably durable, linoleum flooring can last for decades, yet requires a minimum of care with environmentally friendly produ

Do-it-Yourself Home Interior Window Tinting

Tinting the windows of a home can save money by lowering energy costs, because allowing less sunlight into the home reduces the workload of the air conditioning system. Most residential windows have multiple panes, which can be tinted individually using smaller sections of tint film. The average hom

Installation Tools for Carpet Tile

There is no need for a carpet roller when laying carpet tiles.carpet roller image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.comLaying carpet tiles is a simple do-it-yourself project that gives the look of wall to wall carpet at a fraction of the cost. Installing the tile is much less work than tacking...

What Type of Roofing is Best in Strong Winds?

How to rebuild?hurricane katrina image by jcpjr from Fotolia.comWhat roof is the most durable?Mechanically fastened metal roofing, either sheet or shingle, steel or aluminum, can withstand winds of 140 mph. Another benefit, a metal roof will last twice as long as an asphalt shingled...

How to Grease Button-Head Grease Fittings

Grease fittings on heavy-duty machinery and construction equipment are a bit different than those on your car. These types of applications use a button-head grease fitting that withstand pressures of up to 6,000 pounds per square inch. Greasing these requires a button-head coupler on the manual grea

How to Remove Mildew From an Aluminum Window

Mildew is a thin white or black film that grows on the surface of mold. Mildew can easily develop in areas of your home where there are high levels of moisture and humidity, such as in bathrooms, kitchens and around doors and windows, including aluminum windows. Because mildew can cause damage to th

Removing Furniture Marks From Carpets

If you decide to rearrange your furniture, you'll notice indentations in the carpet where the furniture sat. These can be unsightly, but fortunately they can be removed very simply. Feel free to move your furniture around and know that you don't have to deal with ugly indent marks on your carpet. Th

Backsplash Ideas for Gold, Brown & Black

Water from a kitchen or bathroom faucet can splash on the wall behind your sink, but you can install a backsplash to keep water from damaging your drywall. If your bathroom or kitchen is decorated in gold, brown and black, there are a few blackspash ideas that will complement your room design and pr

How to Install a Ceramic Tile on a Concrete Subfloor

Installing ceramic tile floor allows a homeowner to choose from a huge variety of shapes, colors and styles and therefore to personalize the flooring for each room of the house. Homeowners can install tile over a number of subfloor materials, including plain concrete slabs that often form the found

How to Install Glass Tile on Substrate Drywall

Drywall can suffice as a base for glass tile in some applications like a kitchen backsplash, as long as you apply a waterproof membrane before the mortar. However, drywall substrates are not intended for areas with a lot of moisture, such as showers. Proper installation of glass tile requires more

How to Grout New Floor Tiles

New floor tiles sometimes need to be grouted to protect them and provide a barrier that keeps dirt and debris out from under the tile. It is important to know how to properly grout new tiles; otherwise, the new tiles could be ruined. The materials and tools you need to grout tiles are available at y

How to Lay a Shed Foundation for Cement

If you lack storage space in your home, or have filled up what you already have, a shed can be a very useful structure. Unfortunately, professional builders can charge a great deal of money for simple tasks such as pouring a cement slab and assembling a prefabricated storage building. Both of these

How to Finish the Support Pillars in a Basement

Many basements have support pillars to help hold up the floor above. In order to finish a basement completely, something must be done with these pillars. Building a wood frame around pillars to hold drywall requires stable bottom and top plates for mounting the studs. All materials to construct the

How to Install a Vapor Barrier on a Stone Foundation

A vapor barrier eliminates vapor diffusion from the outside soil to inside the home. Moisture travels through stone foundation walls and increases humidity levels that can lead to mold and mildew in the basement or crawl space. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air sealing efforts to reduc

Risks in Transporting a Manufactured Home

Some streamlined manufactured housing is designed for mobility.trailer trash #4 image by Aaron Kohr from Fotolia.comManufactured homes typically fall into two categories. One category includes standard single-family homes that are prebuilt in a factory and then transported in two or more...

The Best Materials to Use as a Roof Deck

Options for your roof deck.Deck de madeira image by CarlosNeto from Fotolia.comIn the Twenty-First Century, you don't have to build your roof deck out of simple wood or concrete. Many new materials and options are available, depending on the budget and vision you have in mind for your...