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How to Side Over Existing Siding

Placing siding over a house with existing siding is a simple way to update the look and style of the home. The underlying siding must be in relatively good shape, with no evidence of water damage or rot, before it can safely be sided over. Then, a matrix of furring strips should be fastened to the o

How to Adjust a Closing Cylinder on a Storm Door

The closing cylinder on your storm door controls the door's closing speed and latching power. During the lifetime of your door, the closing cylinder will need adjusting. You should adjust the closer for the season when you take the door glass out or place the glass in the door. Adjusting the closing

My Faucets Make a Thumping Noise When I Turn on the Hot Water

The pressurized hot water that pours out of your faucet after you turn it on needs to make a long journey before it hits your sink. The water is heated in your hot water heater and fed through pressurized pipe throughout your home where it must pass through a series of valves, bends and curves until

How to Install a Wooden Trim to a Countertop

Countertops consist of two general spans of space: the horizontal work surface on top, which can be any size, and the vertical front edge, which is generally 1-1/2 to 2 inches deep. You can cover the front edge with whatever covers the top -- such as tile, laminate or stone -- or you can trim it out

How Does Sound-Deadening Work?

What is Sound Deadening?Sound deadening is the process by which a home, building or other structure is made less able to carry sounds. This is done as a privacy measure during the structure's construction, so that sounds generated within one room will not carry to another room. To...

How to Calculate Linear Feet of Decking Material

Building your own deck is a rewarding home project that enhances your family's living space while also increasing the value of your home. Taking on this challenge allows you to design the deck of your dreams and to use those plans to determine how much decking material you'll need. But before headin

How to Make a Map of Your Bedroom

Creating a map of your bedroom allows you to view the items that you have and to rearrange things on paper to see what might work for your room. It should include representations for all of the furniture in your room. It's important to draw your map to scale to represent an accurate view of the room

Electronic Parts That Can Be Disposed of in a Dumpster

Discarded televisions, printers, scanners, keyboards and cell phones made up about 2 million tons of waste materials in 2009, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most electronics contain toxic and harmful substances such as nickel, mercury and lead and could pose risks to human h

Drywall Joint Compound for Beginners

Drywall joint compound, also called mud, is used to seal joints and holes in drywall. Although it seems simple enough to use, in reality there is a lot to it. It is not as simple as using a hammer or saw. However, by familiarizing yourself with joint compound basics and getting a little practice, yo

How to Lay a Concrete Driveway

A concrete driveway can add value to your property and add to the beauty of the landscaping. A properly laid concrete driveway can add appearance and functionality to your home without requiring heavy maintenance, but pouring a driveway can offer challenges that require forethought and planning on y

How to Build a Pantry Cupboard

One way to let friends and neighbors know your creative ability is to build a pantry cupboard that has your personality built right in. You can build units that can be put together to create a larger unit. Just remember that shelves longer than 30 inches tend to bow under the weight placed on them.

How to Build a Primitive Log Cabin

A primitive log cabin can be a hunting getaway, a place to camp out of the elements, or a kid's playhouse. Primitive log cabins are rough-hewn and lack amenities like electricity, plumbing and glass windows. Make sure you have skills with an ax and the strength required to raise logs to create walls

How to Install Wood Cabinets in Your Kitchen

Wooden cabinets are common types of cabinets in kitchens and can be easily installed due to their versatility in mounting procedures. While some install and mount smaller kitchen cabinets with wall brackets, this method is only good for cabinets that store smaller items. If you are looking for heav

How to Replace a 6-Light Bathroom Bar with a Single Light

Times and fashions change, and nothing says "dated" more than antiquated, out-of-fashion lighting. Many homes have bathrooms that are monuments to antiquated lighting styles of the 1970s and 80s. In those days, chrome multiple-bulb light bars were in fashion, but now they look old and dated. Today's

Tools for Mosaic Tiles

Cut mosaic tiles with nippers.mosaic tiles gradient image by Artsem Martysiuk from Fotolia.comMosaics are defined as any tile measuring 2 inches or smaller in size. The mosaic tessarae, or tiles, can be loose for artistic designs or mounted on sheets for full floor or wall coverage. No...

Home Furnace Types

Heating of a home can be accomplished in many different ways, and furnaces remain a convenient and effective method. There are many different types of furnaces that provide heat to homes while offering unique advantages.

Can You Paint Ceramic Wall Tile?

One of the best ways to update a tired bathroom is by updating the ceramic wall tile. To achieve the look of new ceramic wall tile, you can either replace or paint over existing tile. The easiest route is to paint.

Painting Techniques for Bathroooms

Many different painting techniques can be used in a bathroom. Which technique you use will depend on the atmosphere and look you are trying to achieve. Bathrooms can be small and have moisture problems. Therefore, painting techniques that can deal with moisture and colors that are complementary to t

Why Are Solar Panels Expensive?

A number of factors have resulted in the high cost of solar panels, most notably a shortage of processed silicon in the face of higher demand. As silicon manufacturers adjust to growing demand and produce more, the market expects solar panel prices to drop.

DIY Drywall Finishing Texture

Drywall is normally flat and smooth once it’s properly hung and taped. However, that may not be always what you want. A textured wall hides imperfections in the seams and the surface, and it gives depth and diffuses light to make the entire room look less stark. Textured paint has sand or othe