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How to Install Replacement Windows in a Block Home

Replacing old, worn windows can update the look and feel of your home while also saving you money on heating and cooling costs. Windows installed in concrete block homes are fastened to a wood frame, or buck, that has been fastened to the window openings. The trim must be removed, and then the older

Custom Carpentry Finishing Techniques

Custom carpentry comes in many forms, from simple bookcases, to elegant staircases and furniture. An important part of these projects, is to finish them with the right sheen and color to match the area where they will be displayed or installed. It is also essential to make sure the finished product

How to Build a Faux Brick Wall Over Cinder Block

Cinder block is often used in construction because of its strength and relative lightness. Walls made of cinder block tend to be an unattractive gray color and can appear very industrial. To make your home look more appealing, you can glue faux brick panels over the cinder block. These panels are av

My GE Profile Unit Is Not Filling Properly

Available in front-loading and top-loading models, GE Profile washing machines are high efficiency machines designed to use less water. As a result, the washer may appear to have a low level of water when it is fine. However, you can encounter filling problems as part of the regular usage of your wa

Cellulose Insulation Concerns

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspaper.newspaper image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.comTraditional home insulation is made from fiberglass, but builders and manufacturers are turning to different materials as the health hazards of fiberglass become more understood....

How to Apply Tin Kitchen Tiles

A simple makeover project for your kitchen is a design created with tin kitchen tiles. This will add depth to your wall space and, used as a backsplash, will protect walls from accidental stains. Using tin tiles, either with natural metal finishes or painted for added color, creates a look of dimens

How to Install Sierra Allure Tiles

Allure tile is a line of floating floors by TrafficMaster, sold exclusively through Home Depot. The tiles are rectangular panels that connect via special adhesive strips at the sides. Different types of Allure are made to look like different materials, including wood planks and ceramic tile. Sierra

How to Make Your Own Oil Floor Finish

It may be surprising to find that you can make your own oil floor finish to protect and treat your wooden floors. The best oil for this purpose is pure Tung oil. Originally from China, Marco Polo introduced Tung oil to Europe in the 13th century. Since then, its ability to waterproof wooden ships an

How to Defeat the Jungle Floor Level on "Epic Mickey"

"Epic Mickey" is an adventure platform game created by Junction Point Studios that is available to play on the Nintendo Wii. The game requires you to control Mickey Mouse through a range of different levels as you try to make your way through the cartoon world by completing a variety of qu

How to Build a Glass Block Interior Wall

Traditional glass blocks make good accent walls. Building a glass block wall takes some planning and preparation, but it's no more difficult than any other do-it-yourself task that involves setting tiles with mortar. While a traditional glass block wall has each block set individually, there are gla

What Happens to Solar Panels in Snow?

Solar panels convert the sun's energy to usable electricity via semiconductors made from cadmium, selenium and silica. Northern climes are known for their large snowfalls and short days, and solar cell administrators need to prepare for snow coverage and decreased energy output caused by snow. Keep

Proper Basement Drainage

Homes with inadequate drainage systems often develop moisture problems in the basement. Damp, wet basements are prime for mold growth and structural damage often occurs when moisture is present for extended periods of time. Most problems with basement drainage can be solved by taking a moment to loo

Grants for HUD Homes

Grants are available through HUD for housing revitalization and community development.housing expenses image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.comThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal government agency that aims to provide affordable housing and strengthen...

How to Install Glue Down Cork Tile

The idea of do-it-yourself flooring can be a daunting thought for homeowners. Products like cork tiles make the job considerably less intimidating. The tiles are simple to install and require few special tools. The tiles are also much more attractive than you might give them credit for. Cork tiles p

Herbs for Hair Regrowth

If you are experiencing balding and thinning hair, several herbs can be beneficial for hair regrowth. Not all herbs will work for everyone, however. If you are considering taking herbs for hair regrowth, consult a physician before taking them to make sure they are safe.HorsetailHorsetail...

How to Lay Ceramic Tile on a Countertop

Many homes use ceramic tile for countertops. Ceramic tiles countertops are typically installed over a plywood base that has either a mortar bed, or cement backer board covering. Although a mortar bed works well, many homeowners find it easier to use backer board.

Insulation Techniques in a Home Crawl Space

Home insulation has become increasingly important as the cost of energy rises and people become more environmentally conscious. A crawl space is an accessible area below your home that is unfinished. How you insulate it depends on if you are venting the area to the outside. An unvented crawl space g

How to Secure Floating Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are being used more frequently in kitchen designs than ever before. A floating granite countertop can be a nice addition to kitchens already utilizing the stone, as this can produce a seating area within the room. Granite counters can extend as much as 14 inches past the cabinetr

Materials Required for Ceramic Floor Installation

Use specific tools for laying a ceramic tile floor.ceramic tiles pattern image by Yali Shi from Fotolia.comA new ceramic floor creates a warm atmosphere within any room. The color and pattern of the ceramic tile express the personality of the individuals living within the area. Ceramic...

Can Kitchen Cabinets Be Reveneered?

Kitchen cabinets can be reveneered as long as the surface is clean and smooth. Applying veneer can reinforce thin wood and can transform your old cabinets into something entirely new with very little cash invested.