Posts in «Home Improvement» category

How-tos for Painting Over Stains on Walls and Surfaces

Did your kiddo recently “decorate” a bedroom wall with a permanent marker? Or maybe you’ve noticed a suspicious stain on the basement ceiling? Painting over stains on indoor surfaces is 3-step simple. First, you’ll need to do a little detective work to figure out the type of stain you’ve got. Continue reading for tips and how-tos – How to Paint Over A Marker Stain If you kid’s creative muse has left a mark, here’s how […]

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Enjoy the Summer Breeze With These Clever Screened In Porch Ideas

For warm-weather relaxing and entertaining you can’t beat a screened in porch. Plus, screened in porches add three-season outdoor living space and square footage to your home. Sit outside and enjoy cool breezes with these screened in porch ideas. How to Decide Between an Open Porch or a Screened Porch If you’re building a new porch or upgrading an existing one, you may be wondering if a screened in porch is right for you. Both […]

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Organize the Backyard for Spring with These Handy How-Tos

The weather warms and before you know it, you’re scrambling to organize and clean the backyard for your child’s birthday party or a family potluck.  Organize the backyard, front yard, or any outdoor space with these handy tips and how-tos. Step One – Gather & Conquer Gather up stray toys, garden tools and other items lying around the yard and place them in one location. On a picnic table works well. Sort items by type […]

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Shutter Design and Installation: Choosing the Best Shutters for Your Home

Installing exterior window shutters is one of the best ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. If you’re thinking about installing exterior shutters, you may have questions – Can I paint or stain my shutters? How do I install them? How tall or short should window shutters be compared to window height? Learn more about choosing shutters, shutter design, and installation below. What type of exterior shutters would look best? The most popular shutter styles […]

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How to Work a Bathtub or Shower Repair Kit Like a Pro

Ready to freshen the look of your bathroom? DIY bathtub and shower repair kits are available at most hardware stores and home centers. A do-it-yourself shower repair kit applied to ceramic, porcelain or fiberglass surfaces, can renew old bathtub and shower fixtures, or completely change their color if you wish. Here’s how: Refinish Your Bathtub and Shower with a Repair Kit Supplies: Cleaning and Surface Preparation: Wet & Forget Indoor (to remove mildew) Abrasive cleaner […]

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How to Maintain Your Overhead Garage Door

A little preventive maintenance can prolong the life of your garage door, saving you costly repair bills. And taking care the door’s rollers and tracks can prevent excessive wear to the mechanical system.  A quiet, safe, smoothly operating garage door is the goal. Read on for instructions on how to maintain and lubricate your automatic overhead garage door. A once-a-year garage door inspection and tune-up will ensure your door’s safety and reliability. First, be safe […]

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Rain Gutters – How They Work Plus Important Installation Tips

Rain gutters are essential because they protect the exterior of your home. Read on to learn about available gutter drainage options, plus information on proper gutter installation, slope, downspouts and more. How do rain gutters work? Gutters are U-shaped troughs made of metal, vinyl or copper designed to collect water from your roof. The water moves through the gutter – to the downspout – to the ground, and away from your home. A common gutter […]

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Is Your Showerhead Water Pressure Too Low? Here’s How to Fix It

Has the once-strong flow of water from your showerhead slowed to a dribble? A steady flow of H2O is essential to getting the maximum clean and enjoyment from your shower. Capture that squeaky clean feeling again by fixing your showerhead water pressure problem with these simple DIY hacks. How to Clean a Clogged Showerhead Over time, showerheads can gradually build up a layer of soap, grime, and hard water deposits. These nasties will eventually clog […]

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Warm Your Home This Winter

Winter- It’s the time of year when utility bills rise due to indoor heating costs. Turning down the thermostat is one easy way to save but who wants to wear ear muffs inside? Read on for ten inexpensive ways warm your home this winter. Energy Tips: The tips below will help you save extra money on your heating bill while keeping your home nice and toasty warm. Check Your Ceiling Fan’s Rotation Check your ceiling […]

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DIY Doorknob Repair Instructions for the Hardware Challenged

A doorknob that jiggles or doesn’t lock can be a minor annoyance. But a doorknob left unrepaired can eventually become a safety hazard. Fix a loose or non-working doorknob with the DIY doorknob repair instructions below. The first step in doorknob repair is determining what type of doorknob you currently have installed. In residential homes, two types of doorknobs are typically used and held in place with screws: Knobs with hidden screws, and Knobs with […]

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