How to fix a squeaky carpeted floor (without damaging the carpet)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 25, 2018

If your carpeted floor squeak when you walk on it, perhaps you may wonder if there is a way of correcting it without damaging the carpeting. Squeaking is produced by wood rubbing on wood or nails rubbing on wood — and for many people it’s as irritating as fingernails on a blackboard. The three most Read More »

How to make a Frame out of Wooden Molding (step-by-step with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 25, 2018

If you're a beginning woodworker, picture framing is an ideal project — it requires only simple tools and inexpensive materials, but it gives you quick results. It’s a skill you can practice, too, and maybe even screw up at first, without any great loss of time or money. If you’re a seasoned woodworker or DIYer, Read More »

How to Remove old-fashioned Milk Paint (the simple way)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 24, 2018

If you have an old painted chair and want to refinish it, perhaps you will find the paint resisting to every kind of stripper. You may try pastes and liquids, old-fashioned lye and new-fangled water-base strippers — nothing will work. You might not even be able to scrape the paint off. Don’t despair! There’s an Read More »

How to Prune Trees Without Killing Them (step-by-step with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 24, 2018

If you're like most homeowners, you know that the trees on your property should receive an occasional pruning. However, the task is usually put off until, for the umpteenth time, you bump into a low-hanging branch while mowing the lawn. "That's it." you say. “Tree. your time has come." Typically, the tree is then attacked Read More »

How to Check for Carbon Monoxide at Your Home

Posted in Home Improvement on June 24, 2018

Did you know that there will be over 40,000 cases of CO poisoning in the US in 2018? Did you now that CO may be responsible for 50% of all fatal poisonings? In this article you’ll learn how to prevent this silent killer from invading your home. Several hundred people will die this coming year, Read More »

How to unclog a drain (with step-by-step pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 23, 2018

Steps to unclog your drain now Plunge a clogged drain with a steady rhythmic motion to provide an alternating pressure and suction on the obstruction. Keep the rim of the plunger cup tight to the sink, and tightly cover the other drain or overflow with a wet rag to prevent air from espacing. Remove the Read More »

How to Build a Custom Closet from Scratch (with photos and plans)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 23, 2018

The ghosts that lurk in my closets aren’t scary phantoms from the past; they’re all reminders of current confusion — shoes heaped in a haphazard tangle, favorite shirts lost in a crush of hanging things, and my son’s lost birthday gift finally turning up under a stack of blankets (where I hid it two years Read More »

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 »