10 Tips for using the Reciprocating Saw like a PRO

Posted in Home Improvement on June 19, 2018

The reciprocating saw isn't a tool for every do-it-yourselfer on the block. But it you're looking forward to any serious renovation work — sawing through walls, sheathing, and subflooring, it may just be the tool you fall in love with for life. To cut a new doorway or make an opening in the roof for Read More »

Lower Fuel Bills with a Blower Door Test

Posted in Home Improvement on June 18, 2018

What is the blower door test? The blower door test measures air leakage in a house. With the fan on and the pressure gauge steady, the volume of air blowing out equals the amount leaking in. The blower door apparatus is composed of a wooden frame covered with an airtight nylon fabric, which is fit Read More »

How to use a wood chisel safely (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 18, 2018

I learned what chisels shouldn’t be used for long before I learned what they should be used for. My father informed me, during one memorable tirade, that chisels (especially his) were not to be used as screwdrivers, paint can openers, or stakes for my camping tent. Well then, what is the purpose of these simple Read More »

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Choosing the right Respirators

Posted in Home Improvement on June 18, 2018

I’ll make selecting the right respirator as easy as possible—so you’ll buy one and use it for your own good! How often have you round yourself eyeball deep in clouds of dust, paint vapors or other airborne pollutants, while hard at work and home improvement project? Frequently, I'll bet. Fortunately, few home improvement materials release Read More »

Painting Stucco

Posted in Home Improvement on June 18, 2018

Can I use latex paint to paint stucco? If you own a stucco house and you thought about painting it, you may or may not be aware that latex paint isn't recommended for stucco because it prevents the house from breathing. Latex paint actually seals the stucco, causing it to get harder with age. Stucco Read More »

4 Detailed Tutorials to Make a Small Room Seem Larger (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 18, 2018

Do you sometimes think you're outgrowing your home? Did the rooms seem much bigger when you moved in? Whatever happened to all that space? No. your home isn't shrinking before your eyes. It just feels that way. If the cramped rooms in your house or apartment are reminding you all too often of the dimensions Read More »

Checking Constant Velocity (CV) Joints

Posted in Car Care on June 18, 2018

Car owners need to add an important visual check to their maintenance schedule when they become owners of a front-wheel-drive vehicle: the constant velocity (CV) joint. Here's why. What is a CV Joint? The heart of every front-wheel-drive unit is the constant velocity (CV) joint. This clever device transmits engine power to the front wheels. Read More »

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 »