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Why Is Tile Hazy After Applying Grout?

InstallationWhen installing tile, you typically spread the grout over the entire area, forcing it into the crevices between the tiles. As you grout, you should wipe excess grout off the tiles so that it does not harden and become difficult to remove. This should be done often, and should...

How to Attach a Ledger to a Cinder Block

Builders use ledger boards to attach one structure to another. Typically made of two-by lumber, ledger boards attach horizontally to an existing structure, such as a house or garage, and are used to join a deck, roof or other add-on to the original structure. Successfully attaching a ledger to a cin

How to Install a Tin Ceiling With Screws

Tin ceilings are an easy decoration that can be added to any room to create a retro feel. A tin ceiling can change the way a room looks entirely. Installing a tin ceiling with screws is not difficult. All it takes is a few common tools and a weekend or two. This project will go much faster if severa

How to Lay Wooden Flooring

Hardwood is a popular flooring choice. Despite the high cost, many consider its graceful look and feel worth every penny. Hardwood flooring can also raise the value of the property. The more you polish the floor, the better condition it will be in the long run, the higher the value.

How to Kill Fleas on Hardwood Floors

Houses with hardwood floors can be infested with fleas. They cannot live on top of the hardwood floor because they need something to grab onto; instead, they hide in cracks and crevices. If you have a flea problem, not only should you concentrate on the hardwood floors but on furniture and pets as

Common Roof Rafter Design

Rafters are the skeleton of a roof, the bones that support the skin of decking and shingles. Bad rafters make bad roofs. Rafters must be cut at the proper angles to fit with other components of a house and must be made of the right wood to support the loads or pressures placed on the roof. Loads wil

How to Replace Windows from the Fifties

Window technology in the 1950s was fundamentally different than it is today. Back then, windows were built in place, with each of the sashes installed separately into tracks created by vertical trim on the sides of the openings. Today, windows are installed in pre-hung, self-contained units that are

How to Form a Slab Recess Without Damaging the Vapor Barrier

Creating a concrete foundation, or base, for a structure requires preparation of the job site. The soil must be leveled before concrete can be poured. In addition, most job sites require a vapor barrier, or plastic sheet, across the leveled soil for preventing moisture evaporation through the finish

How to Build a Small Backyard Waterfall

Waterfalls add serenity to your landscape and can be a focal point in your backyard space. You can build a small backyard waterfall with minimum building skills, large stones and a lot of sweat equity. Arranging the stones to make the waterfall is like working a puzzle, but excavation can be a chall

How to Place Crown Molding on a Slanted Wall

Crown molding is designed specifically to be installed along a wall and ceiling that has a 90-degree angle where they meet. In a perfect world, all walls and ceilings are a 90-degree angle. Unfortunately, since this is not a perfect wall and sometimes you have a slanted wall, making the angle less t

DIY: How to Remove Silicone Caulk

Silicone caulk is recognized for its flexibility and long life span. It is used to seal joints around dissimilar surfaces in high moisture areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Although silicone caulk is durable, it eventually requires removal due to deterioration or exposure to mildew and mold. Wa

Do it Yourself Concrete Floors

Concrete floors have been growing in popularity due to their durability and affordability, as well as recent changes in available styles. They look great in any room and can be given a finish to mock any desired material. Even a simple concrete floor can add an industrial feel to a kitchen or create

How to Make a Storage Shelf

If you build your own shelving project, you can design the units to fit the space you have available and to accommodate the types of items you need to store. You also can choose to use lighter or heavier building materials, depending on the weight of the items that you intend to store on the shelves

How to Measure for Cutting Wood

Working with wood is a time-honored tradition, dating back to ancient times. For an industrious handyman, wood can be used to make tables, shelving, chairs or even houses. Working with wood is simple, but it takes patience and a keen eye. A vital skill for woodworking is knowing how to measure the w

Lighting Ideas After Removing Fluorescent Lighting in the Kitchen

Kitchens are the center of home activity, with cooking, eating, family gatherings, entertaining and even TV watching all taking place in the space. Removing fluorescent lighting from the ceiling is a major step toward modernizing the kitchen. Once the ceiling is repaired from the old lighting, decid

How to: A Removable Plate Rack in a Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen storage space needs to be flexible as your needs evolve. If you have tried stacking bowls on plates or smaller plates on larger plates, you're probably doing so to take advantage of as much cabinet space as possible. But trying to get those plates out from under bowls can be difficult. For f

How to Pick Drapes for a Living Room

Adding curtains or drapes to the windows of your home can transform your home. The colors you choose, the fabrics you desire and the light you let in are all different ways to change the mood, theme and attitude of your living room. With a few simple thoughts and techniques to keep in mind, choosing

Hardwood Floor Installation Tips

Installing hardwood floors can add value and beauty to your home. Wood floors complement many home decor styles and blend well with a variety of paint colors and furniture fabrics. When choosing a wood flooring product, pay attention to the grading of the material. Although lower-grade materials wil