Air circulation in your home is very important but sometimes the air vents alone aren't enough to get the air moving around.
Over time even the best carpet wears out and needs to be replaced. With so many floor covering options available today, what do you choose? More carpet, hardwood floors, vinyl or laminate?
A trellis is a great way to add climbing vines to your landscape. But sometimes it isn't feasible to have a permanently installed trellis where you are trying to grow vines. A hinged trellis allows you to have all the benefits of vines, but with the added benefit of being able to move the trellis so that you can access what is behind it without damaging your delicate plants.
By using either of these two methods, you can raise sunken areas of your lawn and achieve a nice, flat lawn...
Steps For Building Vertical Edging
Stumps can be removed using a chemical method, or a physical method. The chemical method involves "rotting out" the stump, while the physical method requires chipping out the stump with a stump grinder.
We are building a 6'x8' kidney shaped pond. However, you may choose any desired shape or size.
Recessed stone edging allows you to place your mower wheel directly on the edging. This prevents the need to trim around the bed.
It's no secret that a foundation with structural damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. That's why it's important to make sure the design of the foundation for your new house meets the conditions specific to your parcel of land and to your section of the country. Our segment featured a look at an excavated home-site that gave us an "x-ray view" of the foundation before contractors poured the concrete.
Wood flooring is timeless. It enhances the warmth of any home and complements the decor of any room. Like a fine piece of furniture, wood flooring increases in value and becomes more beautiful with time. In a national survey, 90 percent ofreal estate agents said that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for more money.
Stock cabinets cost the least and offer the fewest options. You buy factory-assembled, standard-size units at a home center, and you install them or hire an installer to do the work.
Safety during a fire is no joke. Eight out of ten fire deaths occur in the home, and an appalling number of households are badly unprepared to react when fire hits home. You literally cannot have too many smoke detectors in your house. Building codes require a smoke detector in every bedroom of a new house. Older homes should at least have one detector in every section of the house with bedrooms (like a hallway outside adjacent bedrooms, for instance). We'll highlight a few safety features you can deploy around the house to ensure the safety of your loved ones.
Every year people are electrocuted in their bathrooms and kitchens when appliances accidentally make contact with water. But you can avoid this life-threatening danger by installing a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter--known as GFCI--in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage, any place where water and electricity could come into contact.
If you've seen any news footage of tornadoes or hurricanes, you've probably seen how easily their storm-force winds can pry a roof off a house. The roof is the most vulnerable part of your house. And if the roof blows off your house, it is easy for other parts of the house to collapse.
Turning a plain door into an elegant entryway is an easy do-it-yourself job. It will only take a couple hours of your time and cost less than you think. Listed below are the steps you need to take to install a new brass doorknob and lock set, a brass doorknocker, a brass kickplate, and brass address numbers. Many manufacturers are offering brass finishes that will last a lifetime. Check your local hardware store or home center to see what choices are available to you.
The Wireless Motion Sensing Light Adapter is designed for converting existing house entrance lights, spotlights, and other light fixtures into motion-detecting security lights. It uses one 9-volt battery, so no wiring is required, and the patented design allows for an easy, screw-in installation.
If you have tools, paint cans, sawhorses and all kinds of things all over the floor you need to create some storage space in your garage.
You don?t ever have to resort to painting your yard, especially if you?re trying to sell your home & you?re buying a new home. If you have a contract for a new home and it?s contingent on the sale of your existing home, the builder will likely help you find whatever you need to fix up your current home.
Some useful tips for general garage maintenance.
How to insulate your attic using blown-in cellulose insulation...
A fancy base board molding that?s made of multi-density fiber board or ?mdf? that will give a decorative look to a room...
If your oven is not heating properly there are three things you need to check...
Replacing a toilet is a great do-it-yourself project.
Distressed hardwood floors feature the nicks, gouges, and scratches that usually come with decades of use. Since these imperfections give wood floors their unique, well-worn character, distressed hardwood floors are much more forgiving when it comes to wear and tear.
If you're going to get into craftwork, you got to have the right saw to cut the mustard. Now, in a case like this where you're cutting an intricate design like this, you could use a coping saw. But it would take you a lot of coping and maybe some cursing and maybe some sweat to get it done. There's a better way. This is a 'band saw'.
The big problem with butcher block countertops is that we like to use it as if it was an actual butcher's block. Use a sander to remove cut marks and other mistakes.
This is a router. It is great for any woodworking project you might have. What it?s going to do for me is it?s going to put a nice decorative edge on my shelf and save me a lot of time. Also this router has many great features.
The last thing you want to walk across in your sock feet is a 4x8 sheet of plywood because you're just going to pick up splinters. If you have a hardwood floor, it should look like fine furniture with a beautiful finish on it.
In these old houses, windows seem to wear out first. For example, the bottom rail is rotted so in order to replace the wood we?re going to have to remove the sash from the frame.
If your home has a paneled wall like this, you probably already know that it's dated, it's dingy and it's dark, and you'd like for the whole wall to disappear, wouldn't you? I'm going to show you how to do that without tearing the wall down.
Removing the wallpaper can bring a room like this out of the dark ages and you might be surprised to find going from wallpaper to textured walls is so simple you can do it yourself.
There?s a lot to consider when purchasing the wallboard for your home. You might want to use different types of boards in different parts of your house. We?re out in the garage area, and we?re ready to hang rock. So we?re using some 5/8" rock, which is required by fire code.
Whenever you move into your new house, you may hear some sounds you don?t quite expect - the kids playing three rooms down, or a television set running downstairs, or maybe even the washer and dryer running in the utility room. That?s because sound can travel...
Choosing the right nail for your project is important. For example, you don't want to use a nail that's not galvanized on a fence or on roofing because when it's exposed to water it will rust and you definitely don't want that. Here are a few examples of nails and their applications.
Whether you're building an arsenal of professional power tools or just buying a few for home use, air tools offer a low-cost, high performance alternative to their electrically powered counterparts.
If you're building a new home, you need to take into consideration tornados and even in some cases hurricanes.
Consider safety issues when building a house. There are a number of simple and relatively inexpensive building tools & practices (anchor bolts, corners wrapped in OSB, wind-resistant garage doors & rafter clips) that help tie a house together, foundation to roof.
If you ever watch news footage of a tornado hitting a house, you'll notice that the first thing that blows off is the roof. So, in this house, we put in L-shaped bolts when we poured our concrete foundation.
It's another beautiful day in the Hawaiian Islands. The palm trees are swaying, the ocean is calm, but like many places in the United States, the island of Maui is always under the threat of a hurricane. But did you know that most families are unprepared to deal with such a disaster?
Now, as soon as we get this window screen out of the way, I?m going to show you how to become more energy efficient. What we have here is a window that has one single pane of glass.
Every year there are 170 ?tornado days? that account for over 800 confirmed tornadoes in the United States. On average, 20 of these tornadoes are labeled killers, claiming about 90 lives per year and accounting for thousands injured. What can homeowners do to protect themselves?
For some people ironing can be a pretty boring job. If you?re using a conventional ironing board it can be a real hassle. That?s because the ironing board is pretty unstable on carpet and even vinyl floors.
Take a look at this example of building a 3-riser step (21 inches).
The owners of this country house wanted a handcrafted iron rail for their staircase. But they didn't want any welding and grinding to mess up their interior work. Custom Iron was able to supply a hand-forged iron rail that was custom made in their factory.
Architect Don Evans designed this Project House to have an open and airy feeling, and that created some great opportunities for installing functional and attractive stair railings.
Is somebody trying to break into your house? It?s a sad fact, but about every ten seconds in this country, a house is burglarized. We're going to show you some simple devices that don?t cost too much, but they?ll beef up your security.
If you want to add a home office and some extra telephone lines or cable outlets after your home is built, you could end up spending thousands of dollars. But with a little planning when you are building a new home, you can wire your house to keep pace with the technologies of today and the next generation.
Locks are an affordable way to make your home safe and secure and deadbolts can give your doors added protection from burglars. There are a lot of different models to choose from, like this single cylinder deadbolt.
Fire is definitely nothing to joke about. Eight out of ten fire deaths occur in the home, and over half of those are while people are sleeping.
The way to do that is make sure that your rise and your run is right, so you don't wear yourself out. If the step's too tall, it's too hard to step from step to step. If it's too short you take too many baby steps. According to the uniform building code, our rise, which is from the top of one step to the top of the next step is supposed to be 8" on a residential home.