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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

What Kind of Pictures Go in a Kitchen?

Bare kitchen walls are boring, and that probably does not reflect the way you live your life. For renters or a homeowner on a budget, a few pictures will bring color, personality and contribute to a theme if desired. Adding a wall border in the same theme as the pictures completes the look in your k

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 Estimate How Much Roofing Weighs

Building a house means understanding weight loads. One of the most important weight loads you must understand is the one placed on your roof trusses by the sheathing, shingles and other accessories that make up the roof. Every engineered set of trusses will come with paperwork telling you how to ins

How to Remove Waterproofing

Waterproofing is used in a variety of areas, mostly as an underlayment layer between the substrate surface and a ceramic tile installation. It can be a painted-on type of waterproofing or a membrane that is rolled out and stuck with a tar-based adhesive, and in all cases it can be removed during a r

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

Thickness of Subfloor for Hardwood Flooring

Beautiful hardwood flooring begins with the subfloor. Inadequate subfloor thickness may result in cracking or bending of your new hardwood floors. There are guidelines to help ensure proper thickness for exquisite new hardwood floors in your home.

Glass Tile Ideas

Glass tile is one of the hottest trends in home decor, and it's easy to see why. Glass tile's unique, bejeweled appearance and durability give it great potential that is both decorative and functional. Glass tiles are suitable for kitchen and bathroom floors and walls, and they can also be used deco

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 Reassemble My Metal Futon Frame

If you disassembled your metal futon frame only to have to reassemble it without the manufacturer's instructions, you are not the first person to do this, nor are you likely to be the last. Because of the moving parts, this process is not as intuitive as putting together simpler furniture like bed f

How to Install a Kitchen Pantry With a Desk Space

Kitchen counter space is often the most cluttered space in the house. By installing a desk area near the pantry, you can manage bills and food planning in one area. Design the space to include drawers, cubbyholes, wall cabinets and floor cabinets to organize every detail. A kitchen upgrade, such as

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

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

Ceramic Wall Tile Ideas

When you're tiling a wall, start with a strong smooth backing, lay out the tiles from the middle of the area and work toward the edges. Unlike floor tiling, there are no structural integrity issues to worry about, so your choice of tiles is greater. Mark out the wall area you want to tile, spread so

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...