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Do It Yourself Floating Floors

Do It Yourself Floating Floors

Laying a floor yourself can be a real challenge, depending on the type of flooring, but a floating floor is relatively easy. Floating floors are laminated boards that fit tightly together so they form a flat, solid surface without having to be glued or nailed down to the subfloor. Start with a firm,......[Read More]
How to Remove Spilled Gasoline From a Tile Floor

How to Remove Spilled Gasoline From a Tile Floor

Gasoline has a tendency to slosh out of its container and land exactly where you don't want it to. Even if you're outside, getting gas off concrete or tile can be tricky, but if you're unlucky enough to have a spill inside, you know that the gas has to be taken care of immediately. Indoor gasoline s......[Read More]
How Do I Redo My Formica Countertops?

How Do I Redo My Formica Countertops?

Outdated Formica kitchen or bathroom counters that have lost their shine are not difficult to redo. Perhaps they are a color that clashes with your idea of the perfect kitchen or bathroom. New countertops are expensive and can be difficult to install. Using faux finishing techniques, countertops can......[Read More]
How to Clean Mold From Caulking

How to Clean Mold From Caulking

Mold on the caulking around your bathroom is nothing that you want family and friends to see, but mold in a bathroom is common. Mold grows in humid climates. The bathroom is one of the most humid environments in the home. Cleaning mold off of your caulk is easy and you can do it with common cleaning......[Read More]
Guideline for Dining Table Knee Space

Guideline for Dining Table Knee Space

Anthroprometrics is the study of human dimensions, which furniture designers pay close attention to. If you are sitting at a dining room table and your knees are hitting the underside of the table, it is not anthropocentrically balanced.......[Read More]
What Are the Benefits of Passive Solar Heating?

What Are the Benefits of Passive Solar Heating?

A passive solar home harnesses the energy of the sun.Sun flower image by Sharpton Art from Fotolia.comPassive solar design takes advantage of the natural energy of the sun to heat a home or other building. It's achieved mostly by orientation, design features and some low-tech additions to.........[Read More]
How to Lay a Real Pine Wood Floor

How to Lay a Real Pine Wood Floor

When it comes to floors in a home, real pine wood is beautiful. Pine is a soft wood, but with care, pine floors can last for generations. By installing real pine floors, you add value to your home. The success of your pine floor depends on the first row you lay because this row needs to be perfectly......[Read More]
Instructions for Movable Balloon Shades

Instructions for Movable Balloon Shades

Balloon shades dress windows with stylish fabric to match any decor. When you're looking for window coverings that can provide privacy with fabric that coordinates with room colors, a movable balloon shade may be the answer. Pull the shade down for privacy and up to allow daylight into a room. Coord......[Read More]
Do You Need a Space Between Granite Tile?

Do You Need a Space Between Granite Tile?

Granite tiles have a smooth surface and clean looking edge that leads many homeowners to wonder if they need a large grout joint or space between the tiles. Granite tiles require a minimum of a 1/16-inch grout joint or space between them for installation.......[Read More]
How to Lay Granite Tile Countertop

How to Lay Granite Tile Countertop

Laying granite tile countertop can give you a look very close to that of slab granite, but it's far more affordable, and you can do it yourself. Granite tile is installed differently from most other kinds of tile. It has a thinner grout line that makes it important to keep the tile faces even with e......[Read More]
Types of Cabin Styles to Build

Types of Cabin Styles to Build

Exposed logs are just one characteristic of cabin architecture.log cabin, detail image by Svetlana Tikhonova from Fotolia.comWhether you are looking to build a vacation home or just prefer a more rustic design for your primary residence, you have a choice when it comes to the.........[Read More]
Steel Homes Vs. Stick Built

Steel Homes Vs. Stick Built

When building a home, one of the very first decisions that needs to be made is whether to use steel or wood (stick) for the frame. You should consider your individual situation before making a decision on which material to use. Both have distinct advantages, but they also have disadvantages that cou......[Read More]
How to Install Green Turf Outdoor Carpeting on a Porch

How to Install Green Turf Outdoor Carpeting on a Porch

Green turf is a durable outdoor carpet alternative. Compared to original fake turf carpet, new models resemble the feel of indoor carpet, making walking barefoot more enjoyable. Installing outdoor carpet is less complicated than installing wall-to-wall carpet. Preparing the porch for adhesive carpet......[Read More]
How to Attach Manufactured Home Skirting

How to Attach Manufactured Home Skirting

Manufactured home skirting protects the underside of the mobile home from animals, children or debris; provides some insulation for the home; and gives an aesthetically pleasing, polished look. Skirting materials vary, but vinyl skirting looks clean and attractive. Four basic parts -- back rail, bot......[Read More]
How to Landscape Concrete Steps

How to Landscape Concrete Steps

Landscape concrete refers to the hard scape features in a yard that are created out of concrete. Concrete steps are common landscape features in sloped yards leading from one garden space to another. Some steps are steep and require hand rails, while others are one or two wide treads. When moving fr......[Read More]
How to Remove Woodwork Containing Lead Paint

How to Remove Woodwork Containing Lead Paint

Homes built before 1978 may contain lead paint, which is harmful to young children and pregnant women, and can be harmful to healthy adults with extended exposure. In many cases, it is much easier and cost effective to replace the woodwork than to strip the toxic lead paint and repaint the wood. Rem......[Read More]
How to Attach Travertine Tiles

How to Attach Travertine Tiles

Travertine is a form of stone rich in mineral deposits, air holes and other variations. When cut into tiles, it creates a distinctive look of pockmarks and holes throughout the tile face. Since Travertine is natural stone, it's preferable to attach it with mortar rather than glue. While it's possibl......[Read More]
Different Roof Designs for Barns

Different Roof Designs for Barns

When most people think of a barn, they probably envision a big red wood building with a hayloft and gambrel, or "barn" style roof. However, many different designs for barn roofs are used, depending on how large the barn is and its purpose. Every roofing style, from the simple, one pitch shed to the ......[Read More]
How to Resurface a Laminate Countertop to Look Like Glass

How to Resurface a Laminate Countertop to Look Like Glass

Resurfacing laminate counters is an inexpensive way to update your kitchen. You can paint over laminate countertops to create a variety of looks from granite to concrete to glass. While glass countertops are all the rage, the cost of installing real glass can be prohibitive. Using a little paint and......[Read More]
Tips for Painting a Basement Floor

Tips for Painting a Basement Floor

Painting your basement floor can create a unique look.colored tiles image by MLProject from Fotolia.comFinishing a basement adds more living space to your home. Before you consider installing a new floor in your basement, try painting the existing basement floor instead. Painting the.........[Read More]