How to choose a random-orbit sander

Posted in Home Improvement on June 17, 2018

If you are planning on buying a small sander, you might be interested in knowing the difference between orbital sander and random-orbit sanders. Are they any good? Compared to traditional orbital sanders, random-orbit sanders sand quicker, leave fewer swirl marks (those ugly pigtail-shaped scratches), can use coarser grits for rapid stock removal, and offer optional Read More »

How do I fix doors that are out of plumb?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 17, 2018

In older homes, often some doors just move by themselves. Some doors. if you open them, gradually close by themselves, while others open gradually after they are closed. How can you fix this? Don't call the exorcist, because it sounds like your house has just settled a bit with age. This has caused some of Read More »

A beginner’s guide on how to patch a carpet (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 17, 2018

Food, mud, pets, ink, kids, burns, coffee, bubble gum, nail polish — let me count the ways we have of ruining our carpets. Many stains can be removed with spot removers, shampoos or rinses (and surely, the sooner you deal with a stain, the better your chances of removing it) But when those methods fail, Read More »

How to protect your family from fire

Posted in Home Improvement on June 16, 2018

Your home may be filled with fire hazards that aren’t obvious. Here’s where to look, and what you should own to make your home safer. Does your family know what to do if a fire breaks out in your home? Have you ever checked your home for potential fire hazards? If you answer “no” to Read More »

Consumer Vs. Pro Power Tools

Posted in Home Improvement on June 16, 2018

If you're getting more involved in home improvement projects, you might be thinking about buying tools like a circular saw, jigsaw and several other power tools. You might have heard from more experienced people, even tradesmen, who will advise, "Buy the best tool you can afford." You might do that — spend hundreds of dollars Read More »

How to install a frost free Sillcock Outdoor Faucet

Posted in Home Improvement on June 16, 2018

It's Saturday morning. and if you’re like me, it's time to give the family cars their weekly washing. Let's see now. The cars are parked in the driveway in front, and the outdoor faucet’s in back. So once again, it's time to drag the hose (three 50-ft. sections!) through the shrubbery to get the water Read More »

Photo Tutorial: How to Update your Old Kitchen on a Budget

Posted in Home Improvement on June 16, 2018

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your tired kitchen attractive and efficient. Read this article and you’ll see how. If your kitchen's gone to wreck and ruin and you’re not about to tear it all out and start ever, take heart. It may not be as bad as it seems. In this Read More »

How to install a Glass Block Shower Wall (with step-by-step pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 16, 2018

Like the mythical Phoenix rising from the ashes, glass block has recently climbed back into fashion again after being consigned to art-deco diners and industrial windows for many years. Its comeback makes good sense, as you can see in this shower. This challenging project shows how practical, yet attractive, glass block can be. When mortared, Read More »

How to install Finish Trim you can be proud of (with detailed pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 15, 2018

Fine cuts and sharp corners: master these basic cutting and installation techniques and you will be able to apply finish trim with expert accuracy. Whether trimming out an entire room or simply replacing an unsightly piece of molding, you really want that finish trim to look sharp. Baseboards, door casings, and window trim create much Read More »

How do you replace a torn window screen? (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 15, 2018

Repair those unsightly broken screens and keep the summer bugs out of your hair. Remove the old rubber splines with an awl or thin screwdriver, starting from a corner. Some screens have metal splines; remove the same way, but carefully so you can reuse them. Lay new screening square on the frame, cut it so Read More »

How To Repair Small Drywall Holes (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 15, 2018

What do a doorknob, the furniture movers, and your teenager's foot have in common? How about the uncanny ability to put baseball-size holes in your drywall? Fortunately, repairing the damage is easy. Tools needed If your tool assortment is limited, use a utility knife instead of a drywall saw to cut away the damaged area Read More »

Build a wooden wheelchair ramp

Posted in Home Improvement on June 15, 2018

If you need to build wheelchair ramps for your front or doors and would like to use treated lumber instead of concrete, here is the best way to build your own ramps. You can build a wheelchair ramp just like a deck. with footings, posts, joists, decking and railings (see illustration). Most states require that Read More »

How to use staple guns

Posted in Home Improvement on June 14, 2018

Just squeeze to fasten! Some tools are like coffee; sure, you could live without them, but once you get in the habit you sure wouldn’t want to. The staple gun is like that — addictive. Its forte is light-duty fastening: paper, plastic, screen, and fabric. It’s a versatile tool for decorating projects, like upholstering chair Read More »

Simple Garage Workbench Plans (FOUR-HOUR build!)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 14, 2018

The workbench is the center of any workshop. This design fits in just about any shop space, whether it's a corner of the garage or a wall in the basement. It has a 2x6-ft. work surface, two shelves for storage, and a handy area to store your shop vacuum. When it comes to building with Read More »

Who else wants an AFFORDABLE Small Woodshop Dust Collection?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 14, 2018

A clean shop is a safer and more efficient work environment, as well as a healthier place for your lungs. Smaller woodworking shops deal with the additional challenge of limited space. So how can you ensure you can have an efficient dust collection system without braking the bank? While some vendors and magazines may push Read More »