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Installing New Kitchen Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets don’t make your kitchen “pop,” or are looking beat up, it may be time to replace them. more...

Choosing the Right Picture Frames for Your Home Decor
Picture frames are a wonderful way to decorate your home. It can hold precious artwork or a memorable photograph that you would like to cherish. Choosing the right picture frame can be a challenging. Below are a few tips that will help you choose a picture frame that is suitable for your home and enhances its beauty. more...

Free Home Maintenance publications and resources from the US government
There are a number of free online publications from the U.S. government that can be very useful and informative for every homeowner. This is a list of online resources with a brief introduction. more...

7 Weekend Home Improvements
Home improvements can increase the value of your home and make it a more pleasant place to be. While many home improvement projects are messy and expensive, cosmetic improvements can be inexpensive, and many are easy enough for a do-it-yourselfer to do in a single weekend. more...

Tips for Controlling Home Bulding Costs
Home building cost overruns can plague any home building or remodeling project. This occurs so frequently that it is recommended you include a 5 - 10% contingency fund in your budget. This will be used for items that you will have no control over, such as problems found with the land once excavation has begun. more...

Top 7 Reasons to Build Your Own Home
When you compare the process of buying a home that adequately fits your needs with building a custom home that truly satisfies your needs, it's easy to see why building your own home is simply better. And aside from the dramatic sense of accomplishment, there are many reasons to consider taking the lead on such a task. We'll list a few of the more timely ones here. more...

The 4 Basic Elements to Building a Green Home
Green building is more than the actual construction of your home, though that is a big part of the process. It is a beginning to end process which begins with the selection of your land, the design of your dream home, the materials and practices used during construction and finally, how you operate and maintain your dream home once it is completed. You can incorporate as many or as few of these elements into your home's design as you choose. more...

Tankless Hot Water Heater - How Can It Improve Your Home
How often did you take a shower and the water started to run cold before you were finished? Don't you have that? With a traditional water heater this is always a problem. And if another person wants to use hot water after you, just forget it! Buying a water heater with a bigger tank might solve the problem, but it is expensive, it is huge and eventually any size heater can run out of water. Is there another way? Yes, you can switch to a tankless hot water heater that heats water as you need it. more...

How to Get Rid of Skunks
While the prospect of how to get rid of skunks may seem difficult at first, there are things that can be done to keep skunks from deciding a particular patch of land or backyard is their playground. Skunks are adorable little animals... if they live five miles away. Unfortunately, human territory and skunk territory often crosses and the outcome can be stinky at best. more...

Garden Fountain Maintenance
Garden fountain looks astonishing when it is newly installed. And even when the effects of weather and age are obvious, garden fountain seems to charm everyone. But it doesn't mean that you neglect the uneven flow and murky water in your garden fountain. more...

Common Do-It-Yourself Mistakes in Home Repair
As an inspector, I see some odd repairs that people have done to their homes. Here are some things to avoid when repairing your own home. more...

How To Build A Shower Pan - Step By Step!
You can learn to build a shower pan and save money and time by doing it yourself. Your shower floor pan isn't often noticed, but it can become very important. more...

Tile Bathroom Counter Top - Installing It Yourself!
Tile bathroom counter top installation is well within the capability of many handy people. Few bathroom upgrades are better than adding ceramic tile to the bathroom counter top. more...

How To Install Ceramic Floor Tile - Yourself!
Want to learn how to install ceramic floor tile. This article describes the step-by-step process to do it yourself. You can learn to do a professional quality job. more...

Small Tubeless Tire Refill Tip
Refilling a small tubeless tire can be a challenge. A tubeless tire of any size requires the inside bead to be firmly seated on the wheel hub or rim in order to hold air. So how do you get it to seal up so that it will hold air? more...

How to Remove a Tree Stump
Just hook a rope to it, tie it to your bumper, and off you go...right? Wrong! Depending on the size of the job and how well the stump has been loosened, you could wreck an axle, cut up your lawn or pull off a bumper. Unless you're talking a sequoia, stump removal is usually a pretty simple process. more...

Exploring Outdoor kitchens:: America's Hottest Trend in Home Improvement
Did you know outdoor kitchens are the second most popular home remodeling project in America after the good old indoor kitchen? more...

Color Wheel Theory: A great tool to design your Home and Garden
There may have been moments in your life when you have stared at a home magazine and your mind shouted "whoa" at the photos of designer living rooms and bedrooms. You may have wondered how is that they achieved those breath taking color combinations. You wanted to do up the living room exactly like that but didn't know where to begin and worse you never had the budget to hire that celebrity interior designer. more...

8 Simple Steps to a Do it Yourself Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen can be a great do it yourself project. It can be a bit challenging but once it sits there on your backyard, your heart will swell with pride every time you barbecue on it! What's more, you can save a lot on contractor fees and at the same time put your creativity to test. more...

A DIY Guide to Installing a Vinyl Fence
Vinyl fencing is more exciting that you can imagine and not just a matter for providing privacy from your neighbor next door. At first glance, it appears to be a difficult task to accomplish as many people believe, but if you enjoy do-it-by-yourself, you will find that a vinyl fence has certain attractive aspects. more...

The DIY Way To Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades
The article gives you tips on sharpening your lawn mower blades of hand operated or the power operated variety. It also gives you the safety tips so that you do not injure yourself in the process. more...

Decorate Your Concrete: Ideas fot the Do-it-Yourselfer
Tired of looking at dull, gray concrete? Consider acid stains, acrylic stains, epoxy paints, and simple scoring techniques to enhance your concrete surfaces. more...

Do-It-Yourself Garage Floor Epoxy System
Why garage floor epoxy kits work for some people but fail for others. more...

Do It Yourself Concrete Staining: Things to Know Before You Begin
Things to know about concrete stains, how they work, and what to expect. more...

How To Conserve Water - 6 Tips For Proper Sprinkler Setup
Recently Southern Californians have been asked to reduce water consumption due to an extremely dry season. Surely there are many parts of the world in similar conditions. In order to avoid a potential future drought, action needs to be taken to conserve water. One of the most effective ways to conserve water is to properly setup your sprinkler systems. more...

Replacing Your Sliding Glass Door Rollers
Learn how to replace the rollers on your sliding glass door. more...

Dual Pane Window Glass Repair
Learn how to repair dual pane window glass. more...

How to Install a Prehung Door
Hanging a door these days is easier than its ever been. In the days before prehung doors, it took more tools and knowledge to hang a door than it does now. more...

Sliding Glass Door Replacement
Learn how to replace your old sliding glass door. more...

Installing A Doorbell
Putting in a doorbell. There are two kinds, wireless and wired. Instructions to install either. more...

Power Tools Make DIY Easier
Owning a home can be great. Own the right tools to take care of your home. more...

DIY Home Improvement - Is It Worth The Time and Effort?
Home is where we can truly rest well after a day of hard work, and who would not want to have the most comfortable and cozy place for the whole family. Knowing that there is always room for improvement, many would love to improve their house in any aspect as much as they can. more...

You Can Do It Yourself! Tackling Diy Bathroom Plumbing
Do it yourself. A generational catch phrase born from the crop of reality-based television programming that has captured an audience with extravagant remodels accomplished over a weekend and elaborate decorating on a budget. Do it yourself – or DIY - always existed as concept – budget-conscious homeowners pulling up their sleeves to tackle a project armed with tools and the ability to think on their feet. But the phrase do it yourself has produced a whole new harvest of weeke... more...

Kitchen Furniture - Diy Home Repair
Home repair in the kitchen can be cheaper than you think if you install your own kitchen cabinets and furniture. If you possess some home repair skills, you can easily save thousands in costs. Each cabinet comes with a guide to assist you through every step of the job. Just read the guide carefully to have a clear understanding of what is involved. When you cabinetry finally arrives, check it for any damage. Be sure all the necessary pieces are there and that you have ... more...

How To Repair Old Plaster Problems Yourself
Old plaster can present visual headaches, but with the right tools, materials and some instruction, the motivated homeowner can tackle those plaster problems and make permanent changes for the better in his plaster walls and ceilings. more...

How to Take Care of Your Lawn
Great tips for getting and keeping that perfect green lawn. more...

Building a Concrete Driveway: DIY Tips for the Budget Conscious Homeowner
What you need to know if you are considering building a concrete driveway. more...

How to Build a Basketball Court In Your Own Yard
Here's some tips on how to measure for and construct a basketball court in your own yard. more...

How To Build A Water Garden Fountain
A fountain can add sparkle and interest to your water garden - here are 9 tips on how to build one yourself. more...

Tips For Creating A Garden To Enhance Your Home
Here is how to plan your garden perfectly and how to keep it looking great all year. more...

How To Get The Best Results Out Of Your Bulb Planting Efforts
Bulbs are easy to grow and if you plant and care for them correctly they will give you years of color. Here are some tips on bulb planting. more...

Tips For Removing Linoleum
When it comes time to get new flooring you can save money by removing the old flooring yourself but if you have old linoleum on your floors you might be in for quite a challenge. more...

Installing Pergo Floors in Your Home Yourself
Installing Pergo flooring in your home can be a great, low cost, home improvement decision. It is durable, extremely cleanable, and installing Pergo flooring is easy. The look is welcoming, providing any area in your home with a warm look and feel of wood. more...

Practical Guide To Gardening Tools
Gardening is fun and rewarding and may be considered a hobby, talent or both and sometimes it’s just luck. Gardening is not as easy as it looks and involves dedication, time and consistency and many trials and errors. more...

How To Use A Lawn Aerator
Nearly every lawn could use a lawn aerator. A lawn aerator is a tool that will help turn the soil and create holes in the top portion of the soil. more...

How to Build a Shed
The easiest way to build a shed in the backyard is to make a trip to the local Lowe's or other hardware shop to purchase a shed-building kit. Never choose one from a picture in a brochure or from the Internet. When viewing in person, you can check for important quality control details such as thickness of timber, overlap structure of panels, type of wood, whether it is pre-treated with a preservative and the quality of flooring. Thick timber is longer lasting. An overlap structure on wall panels is important to prevent water leakage. It is beneficial for the shed to have been pre-treated with preservative, but in your upkeep you will still want to treat it once a year. Flooring should be thick so that it does not give with the weight of tools and equipment you want to store. Do not skimp on size or quality, because in the long run, you will be happiest with a large, lasting building. more...

How to Grow Avocado
Fruit gardening and vegetable gardening is a very exciting venture. Growing Avocado's was one of the challenges I took on as a hobby fruit and vegetable gardener. When you are not an inhabitant of st... more...

Fixing Houses: Create Space in Bathrooms Without Tearing Down Walls
Some rehabbers don't mind tearing up a house to make it fit into a desirable area. For instance, many older homes in Los Angeles get torn down to the foundation with just a few walls left. However, most rehabbers like to update a home with new fixtures and features without tearing into the house. Plus, many houses just won't turn a profit with too much reconstruction. One way to update an older home is to make bathrooms feel larger. more...

Fixing Houses for Profit: Five Ways to Avoid Costly Mistakes
There's no doubt that you can make significant amounts of money by buying, repairing, and reselling houses. However, it takes knowledge, time, and careful planning to make maximum profits in a minimum amount of time, and if you make a mistake along the way, it can make a serious dent in your bottom line. Here are five ways to protect your profit: more...

11 Tips for Stripping Wallpaper: How to Get Rid of Ugly Wallpaper!
Many homemakers get wrong advice for this horrendous task. These tips come from a real estate investor who fixes houses. Great short article for home decorating ezines. more...

Repairing a Hole in a Sheetrocked Wall
It is quite simple to repair a hole in a Sheetrocked wall, however there are minor differences in methods of repair depending on how large the hole is. more...

Repairing a Frozen Pipe
In just a matter of a months winter will be upon us. Besides bundling up from the cold and shoveling snow, homeowners sometimes have to deal with the additional task of fixing frozen pipes. more...

An New Innovative Tool for Hanging Drywall
Hanging sheetrock can be back breaking work and almost impossible to do without two people, particularly if hanging sheetrock on the ceiling. There is a new drywall tool that can help. more...

Installing Ceramic Tile in a Shower
Installing ceramic tile in a shower starts with a proper foundation. The foundation consists of WonderBoard or Durock cement board on the walls and a Shower Pan Membrane Liner in the base of the shower, if the shower floor is to be tiled too. more...

Changing a Toilet Wax Ring
If there is water slowly leaking around the base of your toilet, or you constantly smell a foul odor in your bathroom chances are the toilet wax ring has begun to fail and it is time for it to be replaced. more...

How to Replace an Old Window in Your Home
If your old wooden window is drafty, does not open or close well, or is showing signs of water damage and decay, it is probably time to think about replacing it with a new state-of-the-art Low-E glass, vinyl clad window. more...

Installing a Brick or Paver Walkway
The use of Bricks or Pavers to create a walkway or patio complements a home in a way that is unmatched. It adds a level of quality and elegance to a home entrance that can not be achieved with either concrete or asphalt. Brick and Pavers also come in many different colors and shapes allowing for unique color schemes and patterns to be achieved. In addition, installing a Brick or Paver walkway does not necessarily require a pro. more...

Installing Drywall: Mudding and Taping
Installing drywall, or hanging drywall as the professionals usually refer to the task, can be done by the homeowner. However, it is usually best done with two or more people as it requires significant lifting of heavy material. Mudding and Taping can also be performed by the homeowner, however these tasks require some practice and artistry. more...

Lower Your Cooling Costs Using Solar Screening
One of the most cost effective improvements you can make. Increase your comfort level and decrease your electric bill! more...

Bricklaying Basics
It's there and it's permanent unless you follow the basics of bricklaying. Find out how to plan and finish your masonry project with the minimum of headaches. more...

Trampoline Repair
Do not Risk the Safety of Your Children on a Faulty Trampoline. Check Out This Article to Find Out How to Repair or Replace Damaged Trampolines. more...

Free Landscaping Ideas - How To Correctly Plant a Tree
Planting a tree is a wonderful experience, and helps enhance the beauty of the earth we live on. But care and forethought should be exercised in advance to help insure that each tree can reach its full potential. more...

Fence Installation For The Home Improvement Challenged
Even the novice can install their own privacy fence. Learn the basic steps and matrials needed to put one up your self. more...

How To Build A Greenhouse
The most successful modern greenhouses are built upon well-drained land near a good water supply. Some of the smaller structures are 12 to 15 feet wide, with a framework of wood. For commercial purposes, greenhouses about 40 feet in width, supported by semi-iron or pipe-post frames are found most practical. more...

How To Grow Plants In Severe Draught Conditions
Living in Colorado and being a gardener has been rather stressful in the past few years, as this state has been undergoing a rather severe drought. more...

All About Home Improvement
Indeed, theres no better feeling than being at home. Here, you can enjoy doing the things you love while being comfortable at your own pace and space. But, how can you enjoy ultimate comfort in your own abode when your home needs fixing and improvement? more...

Garden Ponds Make Them Look Great
Garden Ponds are a great way to upgrade your Garden looks. There are two ways of spicing up your Garden. Some of these features are expensive and very hard to get, that is like the complicated Water Fountains and Iron Structures. But there are few things which can make your Garden look beautiful and can be bought easily and installed easily. This would certainly add a lot of class to your Garden. And its true you can hear people say that you are a landscape expert. more...

Lawn Mower Repair
Lawn mowers need repairs from time to time depending on the extent of damage suffered. Maintaining a lawn mower needs meticulous planning. more...

Many Uses for WD40 Around the House
WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement, 40th attempt" Bet you didn't know WD-40 would do this: more...

Do It Yourself soil retention - Retaining Wall Construction     enhanced content
When it comes to holding back tons of dirt, you basically have two choices. Hire a masonary contractor and have a traditional concrete block wall built for, usually, thousands of dollars. Or, you can do it yourself with interlocking retaining wall blocks like these more...

How to Open Hay Bale - Use A Flat Nose Shovel
Seems like every time you go to open a new bale of hay at the barn, your strap cutting tool is missing, or at least, hard to find. At my barn I have gone through many pairs of scissorss, utility knifes and various other tools to cut those two or three nylon strings to open a bale of hay. more...

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