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How to Turn a Garage Into an Apartment

How to Turn a Garage Into an Apartment

Need a space to call your own while you're job hunting, going to school or otherwise adjusting your income? If somebody's offered you an empty, single-car garage, take it! A cozy apartment can be yours with a little work.
Small Space Bathroom Remodeling

Small Space Bathroom Remodeling

Your bathroom doesn't have to be large for you to be able to use it as a space to relax and rejuvenate. Freshen up a small bathroom by renovating it in ways that make it both functional and stylish. From colors and accessories to the placement of the sink, you'll find that there are many ways to des
How to Operate Vinyl Replacement Windows

How to Operate Vinyl Replacement Windows

Your new house or apartment has beautiful new vinyl replacement windows, and you're delighted with the energy efficiency and clean view they give: until you attempt to operate them. A completely different animal than old double hung windows, there's a few tricks to operating vinyl replacement window
Information on Carpet Padding

Information on Carpet Padding

Carpet padding has the power to make your new carpet feel luxurious or cheap. Thick carpet pad is difficult to stretch and may cause ripples with wear. Thin padding may age carpet prematurely. Use thick padding for low-traffic areas, such as bedrooms or dens. Select thin padding for high-traffic are
How to Grind & Polish a Porcelain Tile Edge

How to Grind & Polish a Porcelain Tile Edge

Porcelain tiles are a popular floor and wall covering for many areas of homes. Porcelain is a dense material that contains the surface color straight through the tile. Therefore, if a bullnose or edge tile is not available for purchase in a specific tile, or if a nonstandard size of edge tile is nee
Drywall Power Tools

Drywall Power Tools

Texture sprayers create patterns on a wall's surface.drywall 2 image by iChip from Fotolia.comFrom lifting and fastening awkward sheets to applying gobs of messy joint compound, drywall installation can be a tough job. While hand tools remain suitable for repairs and small projects, power...
Difference Between Direct Vent & B Vent

Difference Between Direct Vent & B Vent

The right type of fireplace means the difference between warming a room and burning cold hard cash. Direct vent and B vent fireplaces are more efficient than wood-burning units, but each has pros and cons to consider.

How to Insulate an Attic for Storage

How to Insulate an Attic for Storage

The attic can be a wonderful storage facility within your home for items that can weather hot and cold cycles. Properly insulating the attic can eliminate extreme temperature swings but there will still be some fluctuations in temperature even in the best-insulated attics. According to the Energy St
Door Stopper Wall Damage

Door Stopper Wall Damage

Door stoppers are intended to prevent the doorknob of a swinging door from hitting the wall behind it, but they don't always work as intended. If the door stopper has bent or is not installed correctly, wall gouges can be caused by one sharp blow or repeated strikes to the wall in the same place. Fi
How to Insulate a Log Home

How to Insulate a Log Home

A log home is made of solid wood walls, so there are no framed walls in which to install insulation. The wooden logs provide some thermal insulation and there are other steps to take to ensure there are no air leaks or drafts in the home. The climate of the area in which the home is built also will
How to Research the History of a House or Building

How to Research the History of a House or Building

Regardless of the age of a house or other building, there are several ways to learn more about its history. You can research public records, as well as interview people who've had a connection to the property. In the course of your search, you might find out when the building was constructed, who th
How to Remove Crayon From a Plastic Toy Box

How to Remove Crayon From a Plastic Toy Box

A plastic toy box keeps toys neatly tucked away, preventing accidental falls and keeping your home clean. When your little artist decorates the plastic toy box with crayon drawings it detracts from the clean appearance of the room. While prevention is the most effective technique, it's not always po
How to Do Concrete Etching

How to Do Concrete Etching

Forget those boring gray slabs. Concrete etching offers revolutionary color and design options for new and existing concrete areas. Depending on the job, the cost of decorative concrete etching ranges widely. Very large jobs might cost less per square foot than small jobs because initial installatio
How to Seal Old Concrete Floors

How to Seal Old Concrete Floors

Concrete is a common material for basement and garage floors. This is because it is relatively cheap and durable. Over time, however, the concrete can get dirty and stained. One way to make old concrete floors easier to clean is to seal them. The sealant provides a very strong layer of epoxy that is
What Ornamental Trees Have Big Leaves & Beans?

What Ornamental Trees Have Big Leaves & Beans?

Ornamental trees with big leaves and beanlike pods can add a dramatic profile to any landscape. These members of the Leguminosae family extract nitrogen from the air and store it in their roots and stems. When those roots rot, they add nitrogen to the nutrient-poor soil in which they can grow. They
Composting Activity Info

Composting Activity Info

Gardeners and homeowners looking to change biodegradable kitchen and yard waste into "black gold" compost often do a lot of work maintaining their compost heaps and bins, but the real movers and shakers in the world of composting are microscopic bacteria. Waste decomposition --- the main sign of com
How to Paint With Granite Paint

How to Paint With Granite Paint

Granite paint is a faux paint method and product that allows you to cover a surface in a facsimile of granite. It is primarily used on counters in the kitchen and bathroom. The process consists of priming, sponge-painting and rolling on clear coat. The method can be messy and a bit challenging, but
How to Install Vinyl Windows in a Cinder Block

How to Install Vinyl Windows in a Cinder Block

If you have a home or other structure with cinder block walls, you might think that replacing the windows would be complicated by the cinder block construction. In fact, standard structures will always have wood frames within the window openings to receive the windows, so the cinder block structure
The Disadvantages of Installing a Spa in Your Home Basement

The Disadvantages of Installing a Spa in Your Home Basement

There are disadvantages to installing a spa in your basement.spa jacuzzi image by laurent dambies from Fotolia.comInstalling a spa, sauna or hot tub in your home can be a wonderful addition, allowing you to relax and get away from everything in privacy. While the basement may seem like a...
How to Remove Grout with a Fein Multimaster

How to Remove Grout with a Fein Multimaster

The hardest part of any re-grouting project is removing the old grout from between the tiles. Even if the grout is crumbling and damaged, you're still dealing with a form of cement, and removing all of it with a standard handheld grout saw can take forever. A better solution is to use a dremel tool,