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How to Refinish Wood Furniture

Paint Projects, Tips and Tutorials Monday, August 26<p>Hello, friends! Since everyone loved the top of the antique desk that got refinished and painted, …

Do it Yourself Home Improvement: Home Repair | The Family Handyman

You don't have to be an expert woodworker or own specialty tools to take on one of these 40 outdoor woodworking projects. Every one of the simple …

DIY Tip of the Day: Spread Glue Fast. When face-gluing boards, use a credit card snipped along its wide edge with a pinking shears. The serrated “pinked” edge spreads the glue like a serrated trowel spreads mastic on floors. Thanks to reader Don Cox for this smooth tip.

Tips for Fixing Noisy Air Conditioners

Solutions depend on the age of the condenser<p>Unscrew and lift off the top panel. The heavy fan motor is mounted on the panel, so have a helper hold it …

Home Improvement

Refrigerator Maintenance: Refrigerator Compressor Repair

Simple fixes can save big bucks<p>Pull the fridge away from the wall, unplug it and remove the service panel. Swap in the new compressor and overload …

Home Improvement

Dishwasher Repair Tips: Dishwasher Not Cleaning Dishes

Usually, simply cleaning the spray arm, filter and float will solve the problem<p>Remove the spray arm and clean out the holes. This also allows access …

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Bathtub Caulking Tips

How to achieve smooth caulk.<p>I’m always surprised when people ask, “How do you get such a smooth bead of caulk?” For me it seems easy and I usually …

Home Improvement

How to Replace a Toilet

Tips for a trouble-free, leak-free installation<p>If you’re buying a new toilet, you need to know the “rough-in” measurement of the old one. For the …

Home Improvement

How to Replace a Fluorescent Light Ballast

Stop fluorescent lights from flickering and humming with a new ballast.<p>Unplug the fixture or turn off the power at the main panel. Remove the …

Home Improvement

How to Repair a Dishwasher

Simple dishwasher repairs: Get solutions to common dishwasher problems.<p>Do your dishes come out spotted and stained? Have you noticed a puddle of …

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Fix Hard-to-Shut Doors with Toothpicks

If a door is difficult to shut, chances are that the problem is in the hinges. And surprisingly, it's easy to fix this with some toothpicks placed at …

How to Loosen Sticking Drawers

A light cleaning and lubrication makes an amazing difference<p>Remove a kitchen drawer by pulling it fully out of the cabinet, lifting the front edge, …

DIY

Water Heater Maintenance: Extend Water Heater Life

A little preventive maintenance keeps the hot water flowing<p>Place a bucket below the discharge pipe and gently lift the lever on the pressure-relief …

Home Improvement

How to Caulk a Bathtub

Someone told me to fill the tub with water first before caulking. I didn't really understand the reason why. Is this advisable?<p>wikiHow Contributor<p>I …

How to Replace a Bathtub Spout

Cutaway photos show how to replace the three most common types of bathtub spouts when they are leaking or broken.<p>Unscrew the old nipple with a pipe …

Home Improvement

Dark And Cold Old House Completely Transformed Into a Bright and Eco-Friendly Home

The dark and cold old <b>Chestnut Hill Residence</b>, a house built in 1983, went through radical changes and became the green dream house the owners always …

Old Shipping Crate Converted Into Sustainable Guest House

Old shipping containers can be an eyesore but not when they are transformed into contemporary, functional living spaces. Texas-based firm Poteet Architects, a company that strives to continue a sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio, recently developed this <i>Container Guest House</i> using an …

Green Roofs

How to Repair a Screen on an Aluminum Screen Door

01 of 10<p>How to Repair the Screen on an Aluminum Screen Door<p>Introduction<p>Screen doors take a beating as they open and close. Add children or pets to …

Home Repair & Renovating

Home renovation can increase the value of your home for sale or simply make your home more comfortable to live in now. Whether doing it yourself or …

The Most Common Home Repairs You Can Easily Do Yourself

Your home is one of the most expensive things you'll ever pay for, so whether you're renting or buying, you should take good care of it. While you'll …

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