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Painting drywall or wood is simple. But, getting the paint to adhere properly while looking good on the first attempt isn’t always easy, especially on some common household materials. Here’s some advice on how to prep and coat some of the different household materials on the first try. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) can be found on cabinets, bookcases, and trim. MDF can become fuzzy if you wash it, so don’t. Prep it by sanding with 150-grit sandpaper to give the paint something to grip. If the MDF is factory primed, you can...read more
When it comes to cleaning up messes made by pets, most owners try to clean them up the wrong way. This leaves a permanent stain and therefore a permanent odor during hot, humid days. Learning how to clean up pet messes the proper way using the proper products will help minimize the chances of a permanent stain or odor. Here are a few tips that help with any pet mess and the cleaning solutions to best suit the job. When cleaning up wet messes, such as vomit or urine, using a paper towel will only soak up the liquid that sits on the surface of...read more
Crown molding can make a big impact in any room, especially in rooms that have a different shape or ceiling height. Installing crown molding with a multilayered profile can add elegance and bring a room into harmony. The project might sound difficult, but it’s not much more difficult than installing baseboards. If you feel you can tackle that, read on to learn how to select the right molding, install it, and how to cope it correctly. The first consideration should be the molding. Crown molding will change the way the room looks and will...read more
When it comes to installing bead board wainscoting there isn’t just one correct way of doing it. The biggest factors determining which method you use will be the budget you have to work with and the amount of time you want to spend on the project. The lengthier, pricier option is the one most often used by professional finish carpenters. This method involves removing the drywall from behind the wainscoting and replacing it with 1/2” plywood, which they attach directly to the studs in the wall. They do this because the plywood backing...read more
Anyone who does a lot of DIY projects needs to have a socket set. Finding the right socket set can be difficult, especially when the only differences usually noticed at the first glance are the number of items in the case. Upon closer inspection, you begin to notice that ratchets are different in some cases, the types of sockets available varies, along with other features in the case. Here are some basic tips to help you find the best socket set for your money. When it comes to the ratchet, there are a few considerations that should be the key...read more
If you have a bulge in a vinyl floor in a kitchen, bathroom or storage are where a washer and dryer are kept, if could have a couple of causes. Before you start tearing up the floor, you should figure out just why it’s bulging. The first cause could be that the vinyl has become unattached from the subfloor and popped up. The second cause would indicate a moisture problem that must be addressed. Here’s how you tell the difference between the two. How to Repair Bulging Vinyl Floors STEP 1: Get down on the floor near the bulged vinyl and push...read more
Not all cooker hoods are created equal, but it is a homeowner’s duty to use their existing one in the most efficient manner. Maybe you feel as if it is not extracting quickly enough, but there are some easy ways to improve the performance of your range hood without the need for an expensive upgrade. Turn it On Before Cooking This is one of the simplest and also most overlooked tips. When you’re in the preparation stage of a meal (chopping the vegetables, peeling the potatoes, etc.), turn on your stove hood at its lowest setting. This...read more
The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring For many people, bamboo is thought of as one of nature’s miracle plants. Flexible and elastic, yet firm, bamboo represents a fascinating mixture of characteristics that has come to symbolize dependability, endurance and longevity in some cultures. But Bamboo’s allure also stems from its status as the fastest growing plant on earth. After being cut, the root of the bamboo stalk stays in the ground, and the bamboo plant grows back to its previous height in just three and a half to seven years! Then, it’s...read more
Cork, a natural material harvested from the bark of oak trees, is often used as a flooring surface in homes. It’s not difficult to understand why. After all, there are many benefits to cork flooring. As anyone who has cork flooring knows, cork creates a pleasant and comfortable walking surface, making you feel as though you are walking on a cushion; indeed, because cork has “give,” it provides relief for your feet, back, and legs. As such, cork is an especially useful flooring material in kitchens and other rooms in which people...read more
Cabinetry hardware has the ability to give cabinets a unique look, accessorizing them with whatever style is depicted in a kitchen or bathroom. Amerock has taken on the challenge of producing constant surveys to follow the growing and developing trends of decoration in order to manufacture top notch products that create eloquence in any setting. Style is a never ending flow that continues to change, which is why Amerock creates new designs, finishes and colors to suit any room. It is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., which is an S&P...read more