Save Energy – Replace Your Drafty Windows

February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Depending upon the size of your home and the number of windows it contains, replacing your windows can be a sizeable project, both in work and in cost. However, when you stop and think about it, when you replace your windows, you could be killing two birds with one stone – maybe even three birds! Through window replacement, you may enjoy better energy efficiency, saving you energy and money, and possibly make your home a more comfortable place to be. You can upgrade your home, increasing its value, and you can help the environment in the process by way of your reduced energy consumption. Fill the Void You might not know for sure whether it is time to replace your windows or whether this is a cost-effective option. Your windows might look just fine. The panes’ paint isn’t chipping, there are no cracks in the glass, and they appear to [...]

Remodeling Your Home – Here’s What to Expect

February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Unless you had it custom built, there are probably a few things you would like to change in your current home. Whether you have a desire for more bathroom space, bigger kitchen cabinets or maybe even an additional room where you can watch movies in peace, home remodeling can get you what you need. But at what cost? When remodeling a home, the costs are not always as easy as the dollar amount on the work order. Home remodeling puts your family’s daily activities out of commission for a while and can lead to some extra stress. But like the old saying goes, “knowing is half the battle,” so here’s what to expect if you are having your home remodeled. Noise – and Probably Lots of It Unless you hired home contractors to work on a gingerbread house, they are going to need to use power tools. That means table [...]

How to Insulate Basement Walls

February 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

There are many different ways, techniques, and insulation to insulate basement walls. When you have decided to insulate the basement walls because you want more room for the kids or maybe a room for entertainment, look into the different insulation. There is one out there that will be perfect for the type of insulation you are looking for. Stone, concrete or any type of foundation are extremely poor insulators. The heat that is in the basement will go right through the walls. There are a number of factors you need to consider before insulating basement walls. Before starting the project of insulating the basement walls, check first with the local building authorities to see if any special requirements are needed. Uneven walls, cupboards, partitioned walls and stairs all have a big influence on the project. Look for structural problems inside such as cracks or bulges. Moisture is a big problem [...]

How to Build a Storage Space Under Stairs

February 2, 2010 at 4:48 am

If you are Harry Potter then I can understand why you hate the idea of building a storage space under stairs otherwise its quite a good space to utilise after all no point in wasting space that can be put to use this easily. In this article we will discuss the various ways by which that little, wasted space under your stairs can be converted into something useful, though not a bedroom in any case. First of all before we go any further please make sure to read your country rules regarding home construction and re-modeling, not all countries allows the utilization of space under the stairs, you will be surprised to know that some countries do not approve this. The first step is to clean up the underside of the stairs, it can be dirty and possibly be infested by insects the most common of which are spiders. Once [...]

How to Build a Dog House

January 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

Every dog deserves a house and to make it happen its owner should know how to build a dog house. In this article we will discuss in detail about making a custom dog house. Making a dog house by yourself and gifting it to your dog is a great feeling that cannot be achieved by buying a commercial dog house. Moreover, building it yourself will save you money and it will be built as per your requirements and taste. Finally, it will be up to your dog to decide if he really likes his new home. If you are too lazy to start from scratch or worry that you might mess it up, then you might try and find some kits available in the market, which will make the process lot easier. The requirements to build a dog house are wooden ply sheet, a hammer and nails, and a saw [...]

How to Repair a Fence – A Step by Step Guide

May 15, 2009 at 8:54 am

The steps of how to repair a fence are fairly simple if you follow a step by step guide. A lot of these steps depend on whether it is a newer or older fence. In some cases with older fences entire sections may need to be replaced if some fence posts and regular fencing has rotted. First check the condition of your fence posts. If frost heaving and gravity have taken its toll over time on your fence posts it may be necessary to replace several of your main fence posts firsts before you can move on to the rest of your fence repairing project. If your fence posts are just tilting the simple way to repair them is to straighten your fence by digging dirt away from the posts. After this is done you will be able to straighten the posts immediately. If any of your fence posts are [...]

How to Repair Plumbing – Getting Started

May 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

When things go wrong with plumbing at home getting it repaired can be quite a daunting task. One might want to know how to repair plumbing yourself. Getting started does not have to be an overwhelming prospect at all. Just take it a step at a time and you will be able to repair your own plumbing before too long. Don’t despair thinking that you couldn’t possibly do it yourself or that because you’ve never done home plumbing repairs that you couldn’t get started. It takes some time and effort on your part but in the long run you will not only be able to be proud of yourself for having done it on your own but for having saved a lot of money. You might want to consider utilizing your local library as your first course of action in learning how to do these kinds of repairs yourself. There [...]

How to Repair Holes in the Wall – Step by Step

May 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

There are several different ways that exist to repair holes in the walls. This article addresses one of those ways of how to repair holes in the wall on a step by step basis. It will help you know what supplies are needed. Also discussed will be how to achieve the result you desire after you have completed your project. First you will need to visit one of your local hardware supply stores in order to purchase all of the necessary supplies needed in order to complete the repair successfully. The items needed are a putty knife, sandpaper, wood block, joint compound mixture and paint if you wish to paint the wall afterwards. Before getting started on this project it is very important to prepare the area. This should be done by removing any loose materials around the hole so that the area is clean and free from any debris. [...]

How to Repair Carpet

April 21, 2009 at 12:39 am

When someone drops a cigarette or a few drops of wine on your carpet accidentally, you may be at a loss thinking how to repair your carpet. Even the ugly marks made by your puppy on the carpet can give you a big headache. However, you don’t need to fret and fume as you can repair your damaged carpet or do some patch work to take it back to its original look. To fix minor damage, you can give a trim to the carpet pile. You may merely cut off the spoiled ends of the carpet using manicure scissors. However, ensure not to chop off a large part of the carpet. Getting the damaged fibers trimmed till the backside of the carpet is another way of repairing it. The use of replacement fibers is the preferred way of fixing damaged carpets among many users. You can get these replacement fibers [...]

How to Repair Plaster

April 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

Unless you know how to repair plaster properly, the act may seem quite daunting, especially when the crack that you have repaired resurfaces within a year. If you have been through a similar situation, follow the steps below to repair plaster that lasts: To repair small holes in your plaster, apply some spackling compound using a putty knife and let the first coat dry. Apply another coat if you find that the initial coat has shrunk and caused a minor indentation. Next, employ a fine sandpaper to sand the area and touch it up using primer and paint. To repair loose plaster, remove the chunks that are loose and patch the holes thus created. Use screws, plaster washers, driver and a drill to reattach bigger sections of plaster that have the space of a few inches (almost 7 cm) between them. For loose areas that are bigger, you will need [...]