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Sealing Windows & Door Casings

Changes in temperature and humidity cause the casing surrounding doors and windows to expand and contract. Overtime, the constant movement causes gaps to form between the casing and the siding of the house. These gaps allow the conditioned air inside a home to leak outside. This increases the costs

Cheap Ways to Soundproof an Outside Bedroom Wall

Soundproofing an exterior facing wall is a project that may be necessary to block out street noise or other distractions. Though it might sound like a difficult undertaking, it is actually simple enough for a do-it-yourself project. The type and amount of soundproofing material will vary depending o

How to Make a Shower Splash Guard

Keep water from splashing all over your bathroom floor with a shower splash guard. Splash guards sit atop your tub’s ledge at either end and block water that would otherwise escape past the curtain ends. Most splash guards on the market are made of plastic. If you feel that plastic does not fi

How to Use Joint Compound

Joint compound does what its name implies - it fills joints between drywall. Here's how to use it correctly, as well as a few tips on other helpful uses for this stuff.

How to Square a Block Wall

A block wall can be used in many different locations around your home. This includes your home's foundation, at the base of a porch or deck or as a landscape fixture, such as a retaining wall. No matter where you want to use a block wall, when you install the wall, you must take care to create a stu

How to Add Tile to a Tabletop

A tile tabletop can be an attractive addition to your home's decor. With a little planning and some work, you can transform even the most mundane tabletop into a real work of art. Here's how to do it.

Amount of Time Needed to Compost

Composting is a natural way to put certain types of food waste and yard debris to good use by letting the materials decompose, turning the material into usable, nutritious soil. The time it takes to compost material depends on a number of variables, including ambient temperatures, humidity, composti

How to Troubleshoot Splits in a Wood Floor

Splits throughout a wood floor surface can indicate a number of floor problems, from old homes setting to bad floorboard installation. Before repairing the splits it's important for you to determine and correct the causes. Once you've dealt with the cause, you can repair the damage with confidence t

What to Put Under Hardwood Flooring

The natural beauty and durability of wood floors makes them a popular treatment in old and new homes alike. Older homes may or may not have used an underlayment beneath the wood. However, new installations--fixed or floating--may need an underlayment for a number of reasons. Before remodeling, consi

Characteristics of Walnut Wood Furniture

Walnut furniture is made from the walnut tree.walnut image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.comConsumers and builders alike love the look of walnut wood. If you're considering purchasing walnut wood furniture, or making furniture yourself, there are a few things you may not know. Finding...

How to Disguise Closet Doors

Unsightly closet doors can be almost as bad as the clutter hidden within them. While covering the doors with drapes is often advised, it is not the subtlest solution. Instead, disguise your closet doors by assigning the space a whole new function. Hang a bulletin board and post important memos onto

Why Do Wood Garage Doors Sag in the Middle?

Garage doors are installed lengthwise on a beam. Usually, garage doors measure more than 12 feet in their width and are larger than the average doors. When humidity is in the air, the wood in the garage doors absorbs the moisture and becomes heavy. In winter months, when the snow melts, the water te

How to Make Shelves Bigger

If the shelves you just built and installed now seem like they are too small for the task, there are a few simple solutions. The shelf area can be enlarged to give you more room to display or hold the desired items. You can also adjust the height of each shelf to create more space between each shelf

How to Affix a Drain Cover

Drain covers are vital safety devices for any pool or spa. Without a properly installed drain cover, gravity pushes everything down into the drains of a pool, which can be a frightening and unnoticed hazard. When an object blocks a pool drain and water can't flow past it, it creates a vacuum below t

Laminate Countertop Tools

Laminate countertops are affordable and versatile.Apple bowl image by bluefern from Fotolia.comLaminate countertops are one of the most versatile and cost effective materials for kitchen work surfaces. Laminate may seem intimidating at first, but with the right tools and a little know...

How to Remove Patio Door Rollers

Patio door rollers wear out or rust over time. Sliding doors drag or catch in the tracks while attempting to open or close. Spray lubricants may offer some relief to this condition, but it usually proves to be temporary. The rollers should be replaced if the glass doors are more than 10 years old. A

How to Figure the Number of Wallpaper Rolls

When figuring how many rolls of wallpaper you need for a room, doing a simple square footage calculation is not enough. The tricky part is estimating wastage, and this can vary between 10 and 20 percent. You must take into account such factors as the wallpaper pattern and the number of window, arch

Retractable Awning Instructions

A retractable awning can be placed over a patio or deck to provide shade during warm summer days. It can also protect you from sudden spring showers. When properly used and maintained, it can provide years of enjoyment. There are two types of retractable awnings---manual and electric. Both types are

Grants for Solar Power for Homes in Louisiana

Louisiana is a Department of Energy "Solar America City."Solar hoch auf dem dach image by DevilGB from Fotolia.comOptions for Louisiana homeowners to get funding for solar power projects include federal grants in addition to state and local incentives. Solar power is not only better for...

How to Remove the Solar Tint From Patio Glass Windows

Tinted solar film on your patio windows keeps your home cooler in the summer and helps retain heat in the winter, therefore reducing your utility bills. The film also blocks UV rays, protecting your carpet and furniture from fading. Over time, the film may start to turn purple and will need to be re