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How to Make a Patio Floor With Recycled Concrete Slabs

Making a patio from recycled concrete slabs is both cost effective and good for the environment. It's a job that can be done in an afternoon. Renting a mini-dozer and a tamper will make the job even easier. This method will work with intact, square slabs or irregular, broken pieces. All of the slabs

Where to Install Kitchen Cabinet Handles

Have you ever noticed the way that accessories can enhance the comfort and style of a room? Kitchen cabinet handles are the jewelry in a kitchen that will tickle your fancy and not necessarily your pocket book. Though small in scale, cabinet handles are major players in the look and function of a

How to Remove and Clean Up Silicone Caulk

Silicone caulk is a material that is generally used as a waterproofing agent in various areas of a building. Some of the areas where silicone caulking is commonly used are bathrooms, kitchen, floors, counter tops, doors and windows. When applied to the affected areas, the caulk creates a barrier to

How to Raise the R-value of a Basement Floor

The R-value refers to the ability of building materials to keep hot or cold temperatures from the outside from coming into the house. For a basement floor, it's a question of whether it's too cold because of coolness from the ground coming up into the basement. One way to make that basement floor wa

What Is Wrong With a Popcorn Ceiling?

Popcorn ceilings are created with a spray-on substance that produces a "popcorn" effect on the ceiling. Creating a popcorn ceiling is inexpensive, making it a popular method used by home builders from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. Asbestos was used in many building products during that time, so

DIY Home Improvement Room Addition

Adding a room on to your home can create more space for a growing family, and it may help increase your home's value. Building a room addition yourself means that you do not have to spend money on a contractor, and you can add your own creative touch to the design. Do-it-yourselfers thinking about u

Fireplace Tile Ideas

A fireplace surrounded by tile is simple, efficient and easy to clean. However, many people neglect their fireplaces. Maybe it is because there are just too many options for tiling a fireplace that scares some people away. Whatever it is, tiles are perfect for the hearth. Ceramic is an excellent ins

How to Lay Bamboo Flooring Over Linoleum

Bamboo flooring is generally laid in the same manner as hardwood flooring like oak or maple. As with those other types of flooring, the bamboo flooring can be glued or nailed down. If you are going over a linoleum surface that is on top of a wood subfloor, you don't need to remove the linoleum, but

How to Attach Laminate Countertops to a Cabinet

New countertops can add value and beauty to your home. Laminate countertops are a budget- friendly option to update a kitchen. However, having your laminate countertops installed by a professional can cost a pretty penny. By learning how to install laminate countertops yourself you can save money an

How to Make a Cart for a Weber Kettle

An outdoor grill allows you to quickly serve meats, vegetables and other grilled foods at backyard gatherings and social events. Kettle grills, such as Weber's line of kettle grills, help you prepare foods without heating up your kitchen. Some of the larger kettle grills are unwieldy and difficult t

How to Build a Boat Dock Ramp

A boat dock ramp allows easy launching and retrieving of boats on trailers towed by a car or truck, but proper construction is a bit tricky. The concrete ramp must be designed and placed in such a way that vehicles have room to turn around and back the trailer down the ramp. In addition, the concret

DIY: Bay Window Replacement

One thing that can help give your home a different look and feel is a bay window. Bay windows provide your home with more natural light, brightening up the interior of your home, as well as giving you a more expansive view of the outside world. Like everything else, however, eventually your bay wind

Tasteful Items to Make for the Kitchen

Simple kitchen crafts turn a workspace into a personal style statement. Use clever ideas to make practical and attractive items that are completely original. Found objects, things from nature, decorated utensils, junk turned into treasures -- all can define a well-designed kitchen and delight the co

How to Oil Walnut Furniture

Walnut is a highly prized, dark hardwood with characteristics that respond well to simple finishing techniques such as oiling and waxing. When the pores of the walnut furniture are opened, a penetrating oil is rubbed into the pores until the oil is absorbed by the wood. The surface is then waxed to

How to Install a Curb in a Shower

Remodeling a bathroom can add value to your home. One of the biggest parts of the project is remodeling the shower. If you are building a stand-alone shower, you will need to build a curb to keep the water in. Building a shower curb is easy and inexpensive.

How to Build Cubbies for the Closet

If your closet is stuffed from floor to ceiling, and you need a storage solution that offers many convenient compartments, construct cubicle storage units, or "cubbies." It's an easy way to store many different items in a neat, orderly fashion. Use shelving boards that are wide enough to support clo

How to Choose What Colors to Use for Concrete Color Hardener

Concrete is an extremely versatile building material. It can be used indoors or outdoors, it can be used as flooring or as countertop material, and its color can be changed to match anything you'd like it to match. When concrete is mixed, any color can be added in with the use of a concrete color ha

How to Prepare Walls for Cabinets

If you're going to mount cabinets on your wall, start with careful planning and preparation. The cabinet has to sit level on the wall, secured directly to wall studs. This is a more complicated task than it may seem, because the cabinet completely covers the area where you mark out the studs. The so

How to Calculate Soil Yardage

Soil is normally sold by the cubic yard. Therefore, when calculating the amount of soil to buy for a gardening or landscaping project, you will need to measure the area where you will put the soil and perform a simple mathematical calculation. This will help to ensure that you buy the correct amount