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When it comes to updating, building, or repairing a staircase, it is important to choose the specific stair parts for the job long before work begins or else you will be left with an end result that is not aesthetically pleasing. There are a host of styles to consider when choosing stair parts ranging from contemporary to classic. The parts chosen need to complement the style of your home and also each other if you want the best results. Read our guide below to choosing the right staircase for your home. Picking the Right Lumber First of...read more
The purpose of energy efficient windows is to keep warm air in and cold air out. These windows are double or even triple glazed and also have low-emissivity coatings along with premium quality frames or edge spacers. There are a multitude of benefits to fitting energy efficient windows in your home, which we outline below. Energy Saving In simple terms, energy efficient windows reduce the temperature transfer between its glass and the air on both sides. Therefore, you can use less heating in your home during winter because less of it escapes...read more
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