Tips & Tools

CLEANER CERAMIC TILE THAN EVER!

Ceramic tile floors are durable. They just need a lot of care and cleaning. TIPS FOR CLEANING TILE  Here are a few tips on cleaning them correctly and effectively... Sweep or vacuum your tile floors [...]

BUILDING A PATIO DECK IN JUST A FEW SIMPLE STEPS

Before beginning to build your deck, check with local authorities and your homeowner's association about permits, fees, codes, and regulations. Clear your plans with them before proceeding. For this deck project, you'll need the following... [...]

HOW TO CONSERVE ENERGY AND LOWER YOUR HOME BILLS

Whenever you save energy, you save money and reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary [...]

REMOVING TILE MADE SIMPLE

Removing floor tile can be difficult; not to mention also time-consuming. Your tile may be attached to bare cement, plywood, mason board, or even affixed to a previously installed floor.  No matter what, removing a [...]

HOW TO SEAL SHOWER TILE GROUT

Shower grout is just a mixture of sand, cement and water; so it is naturally porous and absorbent. Left unsealed, it can soak up dirt and mildew.  Once it sets in, it's time consuming to [...]

HOW TO SELECT KITCHEN BACKSPLASH TILE

Remodeling a kitchen requires a variety of educated decisions. Choosing kitchen backsplash is one of them and you need to take your time to choose wisely. Of course, there are a variety of other kitchen components [...]

HOW TO REMOVE A KITCHEN SINK AND INSTALL A NEW ONE

Getting Started  First, read the manufacturer’s instructions.  Also follow all local building codes. If you're not comfortable installing a kitchen sink, then hire a professional right away. Next, select the appropriate type of replacement sink. [...]

6 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR HOME’S VALUE

All the ways that can translate to resale value have some commonalities.. Low Maintenance Good Quality Energy Efficient Cost Effective These projects are the best long-term remodeling investments you can make: Kitchen Upgrade Even with [...]

WINDOW SAFETY MADE SIMPLE

Window safety is a paradox in some ways. You need to leave windows accessible and open so they can serve as escape routes if necessary, while needing to secure them to make sure your home [...]

WOOD CABINET CONSTRUCTION 101

There isn’t a better cabinet material than wood.  It doesn't matter if it's a wood kitchen cabinet, wood storage cabinet, or a wood bathroom cabinet.  There's something special about the warm feel and beautiful look of [...]

SPICE UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH STYLISH KITCHEN CABINET HARDWARE

One of the most overlooked accents in the kitchen is the cabinet hardware. Good quality, beautiful cabinet hardware, can take the look of the kitchen to a whole new level.  In fact, the pulls and knobs [...]

HOW TO INSTALL KITCHEN WALL AND BASE CABINETS

The following are the basic steps for installing kitchen wall and base cabinets and doors... Step #1:  Measure and Mark the Wall  Measure the height of the base cabinets.  Most standard cabinets are 34-1/2” high. [...]

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