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How to Attach Plywood Underlayment to Uneven Subfloors With Glue

Most standard subfloors need something between them and the finished flooring to eliminate the irregularities in the subflooring. These irregularities will show up as lines, bumps, and dents in the finished flooring if they are not covered by a good underlayment. Using a good grade of one-fourth-inc

How to Install Unfinished Wood Flooring

There are all kinds of finished wood-floor products out there today, but purists still prefer to lay unfinished wood, then finish it once it's in place. This is the most cost-effective way of doing it (since unfinished flooring is less expensive), and the results are arguably the most natural-lookin

How to Set Cabinets

Built-in cabinets are, in most cases, actually built in a shop, then "hung" on the walls. Because of the substantial weight of most cabinets, they have to be mounted to wall studs behind the wall, not just to the plaster or drywall. Getting the cabinets properly hung on the studs can be complicated,

How to Frame a Deck

Framing a deck is a lengthy but uncomplicated task. The work is well worth your time, because a new deck adds additional outdoor living space both to enjoy yourself and to entertain company.

Instructions for Installing Asphalt Shingles on House Roof

Asphalt shingles are the most common material used for residential roofing. They are available in many colors to complement the style of a house and personal tastes. Installing asphalt shingles is a project for a handy homeowner that is not afraid of heights and is safety conscious. Laying roofing s

How to Fix Wet Drywall

Wet drywall can be very hazardous to your health. Several types of mold will begin to grow and expand as long as the drywall remains wet. Fixing wet drywall requires removing moisture from the area. All existing mold and contaminated debris also will have to be removed. The area will need to be disi

How to Repair Dripping Gutters

As time goes by gutters begin to rust and eventually develop drips that keep them from being effective. When gutters begin to drip, the cheapest way to get them working again is to make some simple repairs. Repairing gutters takes less than four hours and you only need a small set of hand tools.

How to Refinish Prefinished Hardwood

Prefinished hardwood floors are coated with a top gloss that's stronger and smoother than what you could do yourself. But it's not indestructible. If that finish is badly worn or damaged, you should refinish it to prevent moisture from getting into the wood. Screening the floor is a gentler alternat

How to Make a 70s Kitchen More Modern

Kitchen stuck in a time warp? Get rid of the groovy feeling of the '70s and bring your dated kitchen into the modern age. Homeowners may be surprised to find that some kitchen updates don’t require a second mortgage and can even be done as a DIY project in a matter of a weekend or two. So take

How to Glaze Antique Vinyl Cabinets

Vinyl cabinets (typically wood cabinets laminated with vinyl) can be painted, glazed and even stained as long as you prepare them correctly and use the right products. Achieve a distressed, antique look for vintage charm with oil-based glaze or gel stain. While deep brown is the most common color fo

Installation Instructions for Floor Tile & Grout

Floor tile can be installed in almost any room of a house. It is wear-resistant and virtually waterproof. Homeowners can install floor tile and grout themselves. It is important to keep in mind a few simple instructions when preparing to install tile so the job goes smoothly.

Jonsered 820 Specs

The Jonsered 820 chain saw features a red and black color scheme and was produced in Sweden. This chain saw is used to fell trees, prune tree limbs and cut firewood. Learning the specs for a chain saw is crucial to picking out your preferred model of this handy tool.

Laminate Floor Tightness Problems

Laminate floors can be made from several kinds of plastic material bound around a foam core. They carry several benefits for installers. Laminate flooring is light and easy to install, typically falling under the floating floor category where the panels are not actually attached to the subfloor. Lam

How to Remove Goo Gone From Walls

Using Goo Gone is a fast and effective way to remove tape, crayon, stickers, makeup, wax, grease and other sticky messes. While the residue left over from this product is strong-smelling and greasy, it can be cleaned up fairly easily with just soap and water. There is no need to use harsh and potent

Instructions for Installing Plank Flooring

Wood plank flooring is one of the oldest forms of flooring. Wide wood planks are nailed or glued directly to the subfloor. There are several considerations and tips to think about before and during a plank floor installation.

DIY: Landscaping for Mobile Homes

While living in a mobile home typically means you have a smaller yard to work with, there are plenty of landscaping ideas you can incorporate into your space to liven it up and enhance the look of your home. To make the most of your yard, landscape planning is a crucial step to ensure you select the

What Type of Dye to Use on Nylon Carpet?

When a historian could write the recent history of your family just by looking at your nylon carpet---wine stains from your housewarming and urine stains from your new puppy---it's time for action. When you can't just rip up the carpet because of the unfinished floor beneath, and the family budget h

Agave Syrup as a Substitute for Sugar

Agave syrup comes from the sap of a Mexican desert plant, the agave. This versatile natural sweetener, also known as agave nectar, can replace sugar in cooking and baking. Its low glycemic index makes it attractive to people with diabetes and hypoglycemia.

How To Clean HanStone Quartz Countertops

HanStone Quartz countertops by Hanwha L&C are countertops made of quartz composite material---a Hanwha proprietary blend of quartz, polymer resin and pigment(s) that creates a strong, durable, stain-resistant surface that matches well with nearly any interior color scheme. Cleaning HanStone Quartz c

How to Re-Grout With a Dremel Tool

Re-grouting a tiled floor or wall can transform the look of the space. The grout lines are usually the first part of a tiled surface to succumb to staining and corrosion, which makes the whole surface look bad and can lead to damage of the underlayment if the corroded grout allows moisture in. The b