Tackling a tiling job may seem to be a daunting task, but once you are familiar with the procedure it is not so bad. You have to make sure to use the proper materials when you are tiling so you get the best finished product. Since granite is a heavy material for tiling jobs, you have to prepare the
Exterior door frames must be sturdy for the sake of security, but also tightly sealed to keep out the weather and protect the inside of a structure from moisture. Properly installing a door frame used to be one of the most difficult tasks for a do-it-yourselfer, but pre-hung door kits take much of t
Tribulus terrestris, also known as the puncturevine or goathead, is an invasive weed spread throughout most of the United States. It spreads only through seeding, which makes physical removal the best option for controlling this weed. Some biological methods of control, such as the introduction of c
If your home is robbed and your personal possessions are taken, one lead that may be worth investigating is checking your local pawn shops. Some of the items may have been taken in by the thieves in exchange for some quick cash. The pawn shop owner should have a record of when the items arrived and
Serving meals at a kitchen island will require that you build a user-friendly space. The space allowed for the counter top and its overhang areas, plus room for stools or chairs, must work well with the overall kitchen design. Planning the island in relation to the kitchen stove, storage areas for d
Basement doors, especially wood doors, can be damaged over time by use and the dampness of unfinished basements, and they can suffer dings and cracks in the frame. If a basement door is damaged, cold and damp air can access the basement through gaps around it. Insects and other pests can find their
Interior doors for your home are different from exterior doors in that they don't need to withstand the same levels of moisture and temperature fluctuation. However, some interior doors may still need sealing with a polyurethane or linseed oil product to keep them looking their best. In particular,
Installing tile on an outdoor floor requires some extra preparation compared to interior tiling, because of temperature and moisture issues. The wide environmental variations outdoors can cause the base material below tiles to expand and contract and that movement can crack the tiles. The movement w
If you want to install a shower tap over your bathtub, you don't need to hire a plumber to do the job. A professional can charge you hundreds of dollars for the simple installation. You can do the task yourself as a weekend project with just a few tools. Just make sure that the bathroom is completel
Laminate floors give the appearance of a hardwood floor and can change the look and feel in any room. The tongue and groove boards make installation easy for a do-it-yourself home owner. Before you begin installing the laminate flooring, you should prepare the sub-floor by cleaning thoroughly and re
Countertops can easily be one of the most expensive features of a kitchen. When comparing materials, be aware of the pros and cons of one material over another. There are four main categories of material - natural granite, quartz (engineered stone), solid surfaces and wood. While there is no "best"
Wood floors add beauty and warmth to homes. The floors need to be cared for properly to keep them in good condition. When wood floors become damaged, repairing them can take time and money. Regularly cleaning and caring for a wood floor will ensure it retains its healthy glow. Hardwood floors will l
Patio furniture has come a long way since the days when a few folding lawn chairs sufficed as backyard seating. Today's outdoor furniture includes oversized chairs and couches accompanied by decorative pillows. Tables hold market umbrellas that punctuate the scenery and provide shade....
Small living rooms can be warm and cozy or fresh and modern, depending upon your personal style. Furnish a small living room comfortably, practically and functionally. Cottages, apartments, and smaller homes all require smart small-space decorating to create beautiful and livable rooms for daily liv
Granite is a relatively hard rock that will easily resist scratching and staining. Thus, granite tile is commonly used to pave floors, counter and backsplashes. It is even used in some luxury driveways. Granite tile is very heavy and can be difficult to install. No-grout tiles are easier to install
If you have an old, worn hardwood floor and you're not sure what to do with it, you don't have to make a decision right now. By installing an engineered wood floor in a "floating floor'' system, you can cover it with a new wood floor without nailing into to, gluing over it or doing anything else tha
Ceramic tile is high in both quality and monetary value. It provides plenty of decorative options and boasts durability. Ceramic tile can be used in almost every room of the home, from the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond.
The damage caused by frozen pipes in a house can be catastrophic. While the problem can be avoided by heating all parts of a house during the winter, it is not the most cost-effective approach. Properly installing water lines in an unheated area and using proper insulation, will prevent pipes from f
Pergo flooring is a high-end laminate flooring and a Mannington floor is a high-end real wood flooring. Both produce a beautiful floor, but there substantial differences between .
Brick stairs are a traditional choice for your front entry. They are so much more appealing than plain concrete and will add a little extra color to your front porch. Building stairs out of brick can be done by a handy homeowner. The stairs must be constructed out of concrete first and then covered