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Construction Process of a House

PlanObtain a land survey of the lot on which you plan to build your home. Ask your local zoning and building department about the setback requirements for the front yard, back yard and side yards. This will allow you to plan your home's footprint to meet local zoning. Learn the local......More...

How to Get Rid of Allergens

The most drastic way of getting rid of allergens is getting rid of your pets and removing all the carpet and fabric from your home. While exiling the beloved family pet or stripping your house of all dust trapping fiber is harsh, there are more reasonable steps you can take to minimize the allergens...More...

How to Keep Wood Floors From Popping

Wood floors may cause a large array of sounds when walking on them. Floors can squeak, creak, crackle and pop in different areas of a home. Wood naturally shrinks with age and can cause the original tight-fitting boards of hardwood flooring or subflooring to no longer touch each other but rub agains...More...

Tiling Over Tile in Bathrooms

Many people tend to think that it's necessary to remove any existing floor covers before installing ceramic tile. That's not always the case. If the existing tile in your bathroom is still in good shape, without large cracks or broken pieces, you can lay your new ceramic tile over it once you clean ...More...

The Best Scratch-Resistant Counter Tops

When choosing countertops for your kitchen, form as well as function must be considered.let's eat image by easaab from Fotolia.comKitchen countertops are one of the most dynamic design elements in a kitchen space. The type of countertop you choose can make a powerful statement about your......More...

How to Clean Outdoor Limestone

Limestone is a durable stone commonly used indoors for tile, countertops and floors, but outside, it is generally used as edging along a garden or pathway or as pavers. Limestone can be cleaned similar to other types of pavers or stones; however, you should never use acid-based cleaners to clean the...More...

Cabinet Colors to Go With Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors

As a homeowner, you want to decorate your living space with eye-appealing style and complementary colors. Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors are rich in beauty and add warmth and elegance to a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom design. Complement your dark floors with cabinetry that accentuates and harmoniz...More...

Installing a Tiled Shower Stall

Tiling a shower stall requires precision and can be a bit painstaking, but it is not a job an enthusiastic "do-it-yourselfer" should shy away from. The key to a long-lasting tiling job in a shower stall is to start with a level and plumb substrate. If you are installing the substrate, such as the wa...More...

How to insulate walls with spray foam

With all the focus on energy efficiency, home owners are trying to make their homes as efficient as possible, especially those building a new home. When budget is a concern, sometimes the aspect of spending more on the greener construction materials may be less important than the granite counter top...More...

What Do I Put on My Cement After I Tear Up the Carpet?

Flooring is an essential aspect of home design; it must be both functional and aesthetically appealing. After carpeting has been removed, a plain concrete floor is often the result. There are a number of flooring options that lay directly over the concrete. Each option will come in a variety of text...More...

Attic Access Rules

The building code sets minimum requirements for attic access.framing image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.comRules for attic access are set forth in two sections of the building code. General attic access is covered in section R807.1, and rules concerning access to mechanical equipment......More...

How to Lay a Patio With Slabs

You are thinking about having a patio installed, but when you get the estimate you are stunned by the cost of labor. It is much easier to install a slab patio than you might think. Follow these easy steps to complete this project over the weekend.

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Repair Tips for a 51 Inch Projection KP-51WS520 Sony TV

The Sony KP-51WS520 rear projection television features a 51-inch screen, Digital Reality Creation Multifunction technology and picture enhancing Clear Edge VM Velocity Modulator. This television was built with Sony quality but, like most electronics, can occasionally experience......More...

The Best Wood Types for Outside Boilers

The best wood for outdoor wood boilers is hardwood that has been cut, split, and dried for about six months.firewood image by Juliette Speers from Fotolia.comWood boilers depend on a hot fire of long duration for efficiency. They also can save money on heating bills if operated properly.......More...

Ideas for Old Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets can make or break a kitchen's appeal.Modern kitchen image by MAXFX from Fotolia.comKitchen cabinets are expensive to replace, easily amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, including labor costs. Instead of buying new cabinets, buy yourself more time with what you have......More...

DIY Home Sauna

For centuries, people have enjoyed the therapeutic effects of saunas. Your skin is deeply cleansed from heavy perspiration brought on by the sauna's dry heat. Other benefits include increased circulation, muscle relaxation, sinus cleansing, relief from lung ailments and removal of skin impurities t...More...

How to Remove Carpet Grass

Carpet grass, a warm-weather grass, has evolved to thrive in poor-draining soil. Less picky than other types of grass, it encroaches on lawns struggling with drainage and nutrient problems. According to researchers at Clemson University, carpet grass produces tall, unsightly seed heads and rough-loo...More...

Building a Tile Shower Base

A tile shower base is a complicated project for inexperienced homeowners. It involves constructing a concrete shower bed and installing tile over that bed. Installers have a few basic method options and depending on your existing sub floor, or comfort level with certain procedures, one will suit you...More...

Concrete Wall Calculation

One of the most important steps in building a concrete wall is having enough material for your project. There is a standard formula used to determine how much concrete is needed; when in doubt, it is better to order slightly more than you think your project requires....More...

The Best Basement Flooring Materials

In older homes, a basement floor would be made of concrete. With modern homes the floor of the basement will still be concrete but with the advent of new materials and technologies there are now many different things that you can cover the floor with. The homeowner can even have laminate......More...