When installing wall-to-wall carpeting in a room, first cover the floor with a layer of suitable padding as directed by the manufacturer. Stretch the carpeting over the padding with the help of a knee kicker or power stretcher, and secure it to the floor onto hooked nailers, or "tackless" strips fit
Drywall is made of compressed gypsum and is covered with paper. It is used in the construction of your home for interior walls. When you have a medium- to large-size hole in your drywall, you need a patch of drywall to fill the hole. Because of the size of the patch, it is important to reinforce it
Cork is a popular type of flooring because it's easy to clean and can help insulate properties and keep them warm. However, removing old cork flooring is time-consuming and hard work. Cork is porous and that means it sticks firmly to surfaces when applied with a strong floor adhesive. The best way t
Proper planning is essential to ensuring a home-entertainment theater will be as streamlined and user-friendly as possible. Basic setup is simple, but advanced setups will involve some demolition to place wiring behind walls and to mount the TV, speakers, and other components. If your plans involve
Wire is intended to carry an electrical current from one point to another without leaking electricity into the surroundings and losing charge. Electrical wire consists of a conductive material to carry the current and an insulating material to prevent dissipation of charge into the surroundings. Bec
Although natural brick is beautiful, painting a brick hearth can lighten a room and help change the overall design and feel. For example, paint the fireplace the same color as the walls if you want to de-emphasize the fireplace, or paint it a contrasting color if you want to make the hearth the foca
If your shingled roof develops a leak, your first task is to pinpoint the site of the leak. Strong gusts of wind, rain, snow, ice, falling debris from trees and simple aging all can damage the shingles on your roof. If you don't locate your leak quickly, you risk serious damage to your home. It can
Concrete foundations give a home stability but not heat efficiency. Insulating the concrete slab prevents heat from leaking through the foundation. Some insulation materials also protect against moisture.
When planning to remodel your hardscape, it's important to consider multiple options in order to be sure that your money is invested wisely. Hardscapes are considered to be more permanent fixtures of your yard. Unlike landscapes, which can be altered each season, hardscapes exist for the life of you
Andersen vinyl casement windows come with removable insect screens. Just like any other window screen, the screen can develop holes or other damage and require replacement. Order new screens from Andersen for your model casement window. The model number is on the right corner of the window frame. Re
Most homes with basements have the main power panel in the basement. To get electrical wire up to the first floor, the wire must be pulled up from the basement. In most cases, the electrical wire is run through the cavity between the studs in the wall. This allows the wire to be supported at the bo
Marble tile flooring can be used to improve the appearance of kitchens and bathrooms. Do-it-yourself tile installation requires access to a wet saw in order to cut the tiles to the correct shapes. Aside from cutting the tiles, marble tile installation is a simple project which beginners can do.
If your walls currently have uneven levels of paint, applying a new layer won't fix the problem. The different levels will still show through the new paint. You'll have a solid, uniform wall color, but the surface won't be smooth. However, you can perform some prep work or use special paints to help
Refinishing hardwoor floors is a three- to four-day project that any homeowner can tackle.floor cleaning #5 image by stassad from Fotolia.comMost medium--priced homes built before the mid 1960s were fitted with hardwood floors and later covered with carpeting. Now that hardwood flooring...
White streaks on tile come from a variety of sources, including tennis shoes, spilled food, dried soap, chalk and other elements. You can easily clean these white streaks using baking soda and vinegar, two natural cleaners that remove dirt and germs without causing damage to the tiles or grout. The
Plywood, because it is made of thin layers of wood, can be torn up or chipped easily while being cut. Oak plywood is made with a thin oak veneer adhered on top of a lesser grade plywood. It is more expensive and harder to work with because the veneer sometimes doesn't adhere well to the sub-grade pl
Originally developed as a way to disguise the intersection of the ceiling and the wall in a room, crown molding adds visual interest to any room in your home. When installing crown molding, you'll find there are inside and outside corners and each requires a different cut to mimic the profile of the
Building a pool house can be a simple and inexpensive project using pole construction. If you plan to use your pool house for storage and entertaining, you need a design that will meet all of your needs. A three sided structure, open at the front, containing a storage area on one side and a restroom
Stainless steel cookware manufacturers often offer lifetime warranties on their pots and pans. Cookware made of stainless steel browns foods well, spreads heat evenly and goes in the dishwasher. Cooking with the stainless steel pots and pans may be difficult to get used to if you have always used no
Traditionally seaweed is harvested by hand. Flat-bottomed rowboats are used to maneuver among the beds so the beds are not disturbed and so the boats don't run aground on the rocks, among which most macroalgae, or seaweed, grows. Other popular seaweed grows up directly from the bottom of the ocean,