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How to Recaulk a Bathtub

How to Recaulk a Bathtub

The bead of caulk that runs along the rim and edges of your bathtub, where the tub meets the surrounding tile, is a barrier against moisture that would otherwise seep through that joint, potentially causing tile and wall damage. If that caulk is cracked or crumbling, it should be extracted and repla
How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops

If your kitchen remodel includes new countertops, you can save a lot of money if you do it yourself. The first step to kitchen countertop replacement is to remove old counters. While it may be tempting to unleash your frustration on your countertops with a sledgehammer, there is a more effective way
About Interior Walls

About Interior Walls

An interior wall serves as more than just a place to hang a dartboard. Walls serve several functions around the home, one of which could be vital to the house's overall construction. Interior walls are often created from a fairly cheap and ugly material, but that doesn't mean the wall itself has to
How to Landscape for a Hilly Front Yard

How to Landscape for a Hilly Front Yard

The front lawn is the first thing that visitors see, and it makes a lasting impression. Creating an inviting entrance is challenging enough when the entire yard is set on flat land. Steep slopes and hills are a landscaper's archenemy. Rain and irrigation water run off, rather than seeping slowly int
Remodeling Built-In Shelving

Remodeling Built-In Shelving

Built-ins add style to a room and value to a home but will eventually get old. Unlike a typical bookshelf, which you could simply replace, you're stuck with your built-in for better or worse. Instead of resigning yourself to boredom with your current look, update your built-in to match your evolving
The Methods of Reducing Noises From Metal Roofs

The Methods of Reducing Noises From Metal Roofs

Metal roofs have traditionally been used for awnings or barns. These two types of metal installations resonate relatively loud noises when rainfall strikes, due to the overall metal construction. However, advances in construction technology have changed the resonating quality of metal roofing. In fa
How to Install an Inexpensive Pebble Floor

How to Install an Inexpensive Pebble Floor

Pebble floors are soft on the feet and complement a large variety of bathroom tile. If you are considering a pebble floor project, go the adventurous route by searching for vividly colored, multi-shaped pebbles lining the seashore or dry river bottoms near you. On the other hand, a thrifty do-it-you
Removing Buildup on Vinyl Flooring

Removing Buildup on Vinyl Flooring

Mix 1/2-1 cup ammonia to 1 bucket of warm water. Do not ever, under any circumstances, mix ammonia with bleach, as it creates a toxic and potentially lethal chemical reaction.Apply the ammonia/water mixture to your floors with a mop. The ammonia will create a cloudy effect on your floors...
How to Make Your Own Free Energy With Solar Power Panel Cells

How to Make Your Own Free Energy With Solar Power Panel Cells

Whether you think you should be living in a more environmentally friendly way, or you want to reduce your energy costs, adding solar panels or photovoltaic panels can help you achieve your goals. With the proper materials and setup, you can even transfer your home off of the utility grid, or at leas
Can You Tile Over Fiberglass Shower Stalls?

Can You Tile Over Fiberglass Shower Stalls?

Manufacturers produce fiberglass showers in a variety of colors and patterns, suitable for a wide range of bathroom designs. If you want a different look, you might consider tiling over the existing shower. Before acting on those thoughts, stop because you cannot apply tile to fiberglass. You cannot
How Much Roof Overhang for a Metal Roof?

How Much Roof Overhang for a Metal Roof?

Metal roofing is galvanized steel or aluminum. Both metals are formed into two basic types of roofing panels: corrugated or standing seam. Corrugated panels alternate ridges and valleys and are installed with ridges and valleys overlapped at seams. Standing seam or structural panels have broader fla
How to Repair Sunlight Awnings

How to Repair Sunlight Awnings

Sunlight awnings are retractable coverings typically made of fabric treated with a UV inhibitor and water sealant. These awnings can be found on homes, recreational vehicles and pool houses. Though sunlight awnings are designed to last many years, weather elements can create tears in the fabric. Tor
Inverter at Solar Panels Vs. at Box

Inverter at Solar Panels Vs. at Box

Solar panels consist of a series of photovoltaic cells that convert energy from the sun into direct current (DC). In order for that electricity to be used in your home, it must be converted to alternating current (AC) using an inverter.
Assembly Instructions for a Metal Bunk Bed With a Double Futon

Assembly Instructions for a Metal Bunk Bed With a Double Futon

A metal futon bunk bed often comes with the bottom bunk as a folding couch. This creates flexibility and good use of space you won't see even in similar space-saving furniture like bunk beds and loft beds. The folding couch mechanism makes these beds a little more complex to put together than other
How to Repair a Floor Before Installing Vinyl Tiles

How to Repair a Floor Before Installing Vinyl Tiles

Whether your floor is concrete or wood, it needs to be clean with a level, damage-free surface before installing vinyl tiles. Cracks, holes and dips in the floor all need to be fixed before you lay that first tile. While the repair might be time-consuming, depending on the amount of damage, carrying
Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget

Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget

Giving your home a makeover doesn't have to cost a lot. Through your own efforts and help from friends, you can make a striking impact on how your house looks inside and out while sticking to a tight budget.
How to Cut Polyurethane Moulding

How to Cut Polyurethane Moulding

Moulding is decorative trim that is placed around a building to increase its aesthetic appeal. It is typically made of wood that is stained or painted, but moulding made of polyurethane is now available. Polyurethane moulding does not rot when it is installed outdoors or in other harsh environments.
How to Remove Shingles Without Damage

How to Remove Shingles Without Damage

Shingles are usually removed with the intent of replacing them. This makes the removal process fairly straightforward, because maintaining the integrity of the old shingles is not an issue. If the shingles are in good shape, yet the roof requires attention, it may be wise to reuse shingles rather th
How to Calculate Wood Chip Mulch

How to Calculate Wood Chip Mulch

Mulching is one of the most important things you can do for your garden beds. It helps the soil hold moisture, keeps weeds from emerging and prevents soil-borne diseases from splashing onto leaves during heavy rains. Wood mulch also adds to the beauty of the landscape. Mulch is usually sold by the s
Porcelain Tile Vs. Stone

Porcelain Tile Vs. Stone

When weighing your options for tile flooring, the decision about whether to choose porcelain tile or stone tile comes down to one of design versus function. Consider your budget, how heavily trafficked your room will be and the level of maintenance you're prepared to do to help you determine which f