Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Hearing Protection

Posted in Home Improvement on June 23, 2018

Wear hearing protection! A circular saw can be as loud and nerve-wracking as a jackhammer. Hearing lost is usually gone forever. I hated it! Despised il! Avoided it! Cutting plywood with a circular saw was a chore l absolutely dreaded. But why? It wasn't the weight, size, smell or cost of the wood that tormented Read More »

How do you strip and refinish furniture? (10 steps with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 22, 2018

If you’ve ever wandered through a garage sale, you've probably found a piece of furniture that you fell in love with — at first glance. But upon closer inspection, its outward appearance looked like it was beyond hope. Well, now you can buy those ugly ducklings. because you will learn how to remove that old, Read More »

How to use a jigsaw (with photos)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 22, 2018

Curves, cutouts, and straightaways - jigsaws can cut 'em all, providing you use the right blades and techniques. A woodworker buddy of mine mused that if he could keep only one power saw in his workshop. he'd hold only his jigsaw. Hand-held jigsaws not only excel at cutting curves. but can cut holes, compound angles, Read More »

Leaky Roofs: Common Causes (and their Solutions)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 22, 2018

Three feet of water fall on the average house in an average year— that's 75 tons or 518,400,000 raindrops by my estimate. The shingles and flashings of your roof must work together, day in and day out, to prevent that cascade of water from working its way inside. At the same time, your roof must Read More »

6 Roof Types (and how their structure works)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 21, 2018

On a fall evening, as I sit listening to a cold rain pounding on the roof overhead, I always feel grateful for two things: that I'm not out there getting soaked, and that my roof doesn‘t leak. Though the wind-driven rain falls in torrents, my roof faithfully blocks the storm and channels the water to Read More »

How to (SAFELY) Saw Firewood with a Chainsaw

Posted in Home Improvement on June 21, 2018

Nothing beats a chainsaw for fast, efficient cutting. But knowing the right techniques, wearing the right safety apparel and maintaining the right saw came first. Keep reading for more details and pictures on how to safely use a chain saw. Five Chainsaw Safety Tips Start your saw safely by firmly gripping the handle between your Read More »

How to Remove Paint Splatter from Eyeglasses

Posted in Home Improvement on June 21, 2018

It happened to me once. I got paint spatters on my pair of glasses with a scratch-resistant finish. and I didn‘t want to clean them in a way that would ruin that finish. Then I had to search online for the best way to remove paint spatter from my eyeglasses. The truth is simple: the Read More »

6 Hacks for finding Straight, Square, Plumb, and Level

Posted in Home Improvement on June 20, 2018

Avoid problems by starting properly There you stand, frustrated and disappointed, in the middle of your half-finished basement. Your dream family room has turned into a nightmare. Beautiful oak doors stick and bind; that last row of floor tiles tapers from 4 in. on one end down to 1 in. on the other; none of Read More »

How do you replace a subfloor? (With step-by-step pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 20, 2018

You can stop rot easily, but repairing the damage may call for nothing short of surgery. Unlike typical home ills such as broken windows, fading paint, and sagging doors, infestations of rot in floors aren‘t obvious. You might not even detect the problem until you feel a soft spot in the floor, hear a suspicious Read More »

How to Replace Drill Brushes (with diagrams)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 20, 2018

Maybe it's my imagination, but lately my Craftsman cordless drill seems a bit sluggish. It’s seen a lot of use, so I think it’s time to give it a cleaning and replace the brushes. But how to proceed? The first step is to remove the battery pack, housing screws and housing. Use a clean paint Read More »

How to Repair Rotted Soffit and Fascia (with step-by-step pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 20, 2018

This is ugly, awkward, dirty work, but if you do it right, you won’t have to think about it again for a long, long time. I can’t promise you a swift, clean repair when it comes to soffits, but I guarantee you’ll become intimate (perhaps a lot more than you'd like!) with an often ignored Read More »

Build your own Yard Shed (with pictures, plans, and a detailed step-by-step)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 19, 2018

It's buried in there somewhere, deep in the trackless wilderness of your garage. You vault the lawn mower, fight off the garden hose, narrowly escape being impaled by a fishing pole, to emerge triumphantly — fugitive rake in hand. Wouldn't it be terrific to avoid all that? To have a separate place to store the Read More »

Straight Crack Across Tile Floor

Posted in Home Improvement on June 19, 2018

Some older houses have ceramic tile floors over a cement slab in their rooms. Sometimes the floor may crack over the entire length of the room. If you want to replace the tile, you might be asking yourself how to prevent the tile from cracking again. If you have a crack that runs the entire Read More »

How to replace broken glass by yourself (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 19, 2018

How To Replace Broken Glass Fragile, thin, nearly invisible — glass is the weakest link in our solid homes of concrete, brick and wood. And sooner or later one of those weak links is going to break. Fortunately, replacing a pane of glass is a task most homeowners can do. It involves few tools, little Read More »

Do I need Gutters in my home?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 19, 2018

Are gutters required? Some people say gutters are a must, others say you can get by without them. Even though sometimes keeping clean gutters is a year-round chore, sometimes gutters are 100% necessary. I asked a home inspector friend, and he’d always choose to have gutters whenever having the option. Here’s why. Wet basements are Read More »