Weekend Project: Installing a wall safe.
If you have children who frequent your work area, naturally you are going to use all of the safety devices that come with your tools. But here's another tip that could save a life.
You need circulation in your attic to allow the heat to escape and prevent moisture build up or condensation. If you don't have proper ventilation your wood will mildew and rot.
Sometimes when you're working on a project and you need both hands. One to hold the pieces together and the other to tighten the screws, you might find that difficult unless you have a set of screwdrivers that are magnetized.
If the outside of your house is swarming with mosquitoes, there's an all-natural way to keep that pest population down. In today's Ready, Set, Home, Joe Sherinski has a mosquito-control solution that may make you think he's gone batty.
When you're working with a circular saw and a four by four block of wood, the saw blade is not going to cut completely through the wood. So try this tip. Take a speed square and a pencil and on your mark draw a straight line across the top of the board. Mark all four sides and continue the line all the way around the board. Now when it comes time to cut, all you have to do is follow your lines and you will end up with the perfect cut.
Before your child is crawling, walking and becoming a lot more mobile, it would be a good time to childproof your house. Get down on all fours and search the house for potential hazards to your child.
Remember that in addition to childproofing your own home, make sure that your child is safe at daycare and when visiting friends and family. Do grandparents have medicines within a child's reach? Does your family member have a gun that is not properly locked away?
Steps for installing a 5-gallon water feature
Air circulation in your home is very important but sometimes the air vents alone aren't enough to get the air moving around.
Does this sound like your home? You want to keep the carpet looking nice so you require the kids to remove their shoes when they come into the house. Lo and behold you finally get them into the habit. Unfortunately a new habit crops up. The kids kick off the shoes at the very front door or nearest hallway or by the garage and there you have a large lumpy pile of shoes toppled on top of each other.
Sometimes when you need to make a quick cut, a hand saw can be just as useful as a power saw.
Over time even the best carpet wears out and needs to be replaced. With so many floor covering options available today, what do you choose? More carpet, hardwood floors, vinyl or laminate?
Do you love the thought of repainting the inside of your house, but you can't stand the thought of your house smelling like paint for days on end? Well here are a few quick tips that may help.
A trellis is a great way to add climbing vines to your landscape. But sometimes it isn't feasible to have a permanently installed trellis where you are trying to grow vines. A hinged trellis allows you to have all the benefits of vines, but with the added benefit of being able to move the trellis so that you can access what is behind it without damaging your delicate plants.
By using either of these two methods, you can raise sunken areas of your lawn and achieve a nice, flat lawn...
Here are some quick tips to help you with your next caulking project.
Steps For Building Vertical Edging
You can really feel the chill of winter when the wind blows your electrical outlets and switches.
Stumps can be removed using a chemical method, or a physical method. The chemical method involves "rotting out" the stump, while the physical method requires chipping out the stump with a stump grinder.
When you want to remove paint from an old piece of furniture sometimes you have to turn up the heat!
We are building a 6'x8' kidney shaped pond. However, you may choose any desired shape or size.
Working with Chisels can make you feel like an artist. So here are some quick tips to help bring out the true sculptor in you.
Recessed stone edging allows you to place your mower wheel directly on the edging. This prevents the need to trim around the bed.
At one time or another, every kitchen seems to have a cabinet door that just won't stay closed.
We all know that painting can be a messy job, so here are some fun quick tips to help you clean up before you get started. First of all take some masking tape and line it up around the edge of the top of the can. Make sure you completely cover the lip of the can as well.
It's no secret that a foundation with structural damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. That's why it's important to make sure the design of the foundation for your new house meets the conditions specific to your parcel of land and to your section of the country. Our segment featured a look at an excavated home-site that gave us an "x-ray view" of the foundation before contractors poured the concrete.
Wood flooring is timeless. It enhances the warmth of any home and complements the decor of any room. Like a fine piece of furniture, wood flooring increases in value and becomes more beautiful with time. In a national survey, 90 percent ofreal estate agents said that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for more money.
It can be extremely frustrating when you have been carefully working on a project with wood and suddenly the last piece of wood you are about to hammer splits! This is very difficult not to do especially when you are driving nails toward the end the board. Here are some quick tips that will help you avoid this.
Stock cabinets cost the least and offer the fewest options. You buy factory-assembled, standard-size units at a home center, and you install them or hire an installer to do the work.
Safety during a fire is no joke. Eight out of ten fire deaths occur in the home, and an appalling number of households are badly unprepared to react when fire hits home. You literally cannot have too many smoke detectors in your house. Building codes require a smoke detector in every bedroom of a new house. Older homes should at least have one detector in every section of the house with bedrooms (like a hallway outside adjacent bedrooms, for instance). We'll highlight a few safety features you can deploy around the house to ensure the safety of your loved ones.
You have heard about different painting techniques to texturize a wall and maybe you are tempted to try one, but you are just not sure you want to take the plunge. Here is a Quick Tip that will help you decide and maybe save you an aching back since you won't have to paint an entire room to find out if you like the textured look.
Nothing freshens up a room or the outside of your house like a new coat of paint. But before you break out the new paint brushes and climb the ladder here are some quick tips to help make your project a success.
Every year people are electrocuted in their bathrooms and kitchens when appliances accidentally make contact with water. But you can avoid this life-threatening danger by installing a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter--known as GFCI--in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage, any place where water and electricity could come into contact.
If you've seen any news footage of tornadoes or hurricanes, you've probably seen how easily their storm-force winds can pry a roof off a house. The roof is the most vulnerable part of your house. And if the roof blows off your house, it is easy for other parts of the house to collapse.
Here's a quick tip for recycling used five-gallon pails.
Turning a plain door into an elegant entryway is an easy do-it-yourself job. It will only take a couple hours of your time and cost less than you think. Listed below are the steps you need to take to install a new brass doorknob and lock set, a brass doorknocker, a brass kickplate, and brass address numbers. Many manufacturers are offering brass finishes that will last a lifetime. Check your local hardware store or home center to see what choices are available to you.
Avoid unnecessary spatters by covering dishes, using wax paper or paper towels when a looser cover is desired. Use an appropriate cover for the cooking process. If oven does not have a removable glass shelf, a plate or paper towel under food cooked directly on oven floor (such as baked potatoes) keeps it cleaner.
The Wireless Motion Sensing Light Adapter is designed for converting existing house entrance lights, spotlights, and other light fixtures into motion-detecting security lights. It uses one 9-volt battery, so no wiring is required, and the patented design allows for an easy, screw-in installation.
The small screws used to secure kitchen cabinet door hinges to the face frames of cabinets often work their way loose over time. Unless they're tightened immediately, the screws will enlarge and strip the holes until it's impossible to tighten them. A quick, convenient cure can be found just inside one of the cabinets: toothpicks.
As you can see, this door has been badly abused. There's a big dent over here. There's a ding right in here and a whole bunch of little dings over here. Now this is a metal door and a lot of people who have a metal door that's been abused think the only way to take care of it is to buy a new metal door. We've got a less expensive and very easy way for you to take care of these problems. The first step is to start sanding. Now the compound we're gonna be using is a two-component automobile body filler called Bondo. And the second part is a hardener and we'll just squeeze a little bit out of this. Wanna mix it up real good. You wanna be sure you work it into the dents and also feather it out about an inch beyond where you sanded here. And, give it about 15 minutes. Well our compound has hardened. Now we're gonna sand it off with a finer sandpaper. Be sure you wear a mask because you don't wanna breath this stuff. Now our next thing we need to do is to put a rust preventive primer over all the bare spots where the metal is showing. And we're using a spray, aerosol spray, because it's a lot easier and it doesn't leave any brush marks. Well our projects are finished and I think you'll agree you'll never be able to find these bad places, particularly when we get a coat of paint on this baby. The beauty about this is, that is cost us under 30 bucks. Now think how much it would have cost to buy two new doors - a bunch.
Some woodworking professionals will tell you never to stain your wood project and to leave it with its natural beauty. However, no one will tell you to leave it completely bare. Wood has to have some kind of finish on it in order to protect it from age and the elements. So here are a couple of tips for you.
You know it's a piece of cake to let the dogs out in the middle of the day, but what about in the middle of the night? Well, of course, the solution there is to have a doggie door. But what if you have glass sliding doors like this? You can't cut a hole in the glass, but we've got a product where you don't need to cut a hole in the glass.
It's gonna be real easy for you to install yourself and we're gonna show you how. Now the first step is to loosen these little knobs right here. You see this top part is spring-loaded. That's gonna allow us to put it in place up here. You can see the edge here, it's got a track and we're gonna fit that right over the middle rail up here.
With that in place because it is spring loaded, we can lift up and fit the bottom part over the bottom rail. Now we just nudge it over in place. You're not gonna believe this but when we tighten this down, that's the end of the installation of this part of it. Now I know what you're thinking. What about weather stripping up here? Well, the kit provides two different types of weather stripping. This one is peel-and-stick which makes it real easy to apply.
With all of the things included in the kit they also had good instructions on how to teach your dog to use the new door. And the first suggestion was a good one and that is to just tape it open. Well let's see if they figured it out. I hope they'll be able to use this doggie door. And remember, it doesn't hurt to use a little bribery.
Now installation took about 20 minutes and you can get doggie doors in sizes to fit your dog. And the cost? About $150 to $300.
You can drive holes in the lid of a small glass jar filled with baking soda to make a great closet deodorizer.
You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil fragrance to a few cotton balls placed in a similar glass jar to keep your closets smelling fresh.
Cedar shavings inside a paper bag also make a great closet freshener. Just staple the top of the bag shut and poke a few small holes in the sides to allow the cedar aroma to circulate throughout your closet.
Do you want a great do it yourself project that can add an amazing new look and lots of color to your kitchen? Add tile to your backsplash and you'll be amazed at what an amazing new look you can achieve.
Now you can just buy regular decorative tile and put it up. But a custom look can be achieved by breaking the tile into varying sizes and shapes. To do a broken tile backsplash, simply pick out the colors of tile you want and get a large plastic bag.
Take a hammer and break up the pieces. Using a plastic bag to hold the tile will prevent any splinters or shards from flying all over your work area. Once the tiles are broken, you can create any pattern or look that you want.
If you're installing the tile onto a laminate material, use a rotary sander to slightly rough up the surface so the tiles will stick. Then take some mastic or glue and using a notched trowel, apply the mastic to a small area at a time. This way you can mix and match your tile pieces without hurrying before the mastic dries out.
Once you've finished with the pattern, let the mastic dry overnight. Then you can come back in and grout the area in. Once the grout is dry, use a damp sponge to remove all grout from the surface area and you'll be amazed at your new look kitchen!
Not only is this a simple project that takes less than two days, it's also fairly inexpensive (less than 100 dollars) depending on which type of tile you choose.
Paint Roller Preservation
If you want to add some light to your home as well as add a decorative touch, track lighting is a good solution.
Track lighting is flexible in many ways. You can choose a wide variety of colors and styles both for the track and for the light fixtures.
Once the track is installed, power runs throughout the entire track so you can slide your light fixtures anywhere you want on the track and still have power. This allows you to move the fixtures anywhere you want on the track to highlight different parts of the room where it's installed.
Tracks come in varying lengths but they can be cut to fit any area that you desire to install the system. Before you start installing the track, it's a good idea to lay it out on the floor so you can get a rough idea of how it's going to fit in the area where it will be installed. Once you've done the layout, measure and mark the ceiling where you want to install the tracks.
Once you've measured, you will use a drywall anchor and screw to hold the tracks in place. Flexible elbows allow you to connect the different pieces of track around corners and ledges.
For more information about track lighting, contact your local home or hardware center.
IMPORTANT: before using Cedar, remove planks from their packages and place them in the area where they will be installed. Allow the pieces to acclimate for a minimum of 24 hours. Like all wood, cedar will expand and contract as its moisture content changes; this waiting period allows for this process and helps prevent warping or gaps after the closet is completed.
Measure the surface you wish to cover to determine square footage needed. If you are lining a closet, measure the square footage of each wall. Example: if the area of the walls, ceiling, and floor totaled 96 square feet, and a package covers 10 square feet, you would need 10 packages. (96 divided by 10 equals 9.6. Fractions are rounded to the next whole amount.)
Lay out the planks in the order in which they will be installed, staggering the ends for a random appearance. Set aside a few knot free pieces to fill in the gaps.
Although super cedar can be applied vertically, diagonally, or horizontally, horizontal installation is recommended
for most do-it-yourselfers.
Remove shelves, hanger rods, moulding, etc., from the closet. If using nails, locate wall studs using a stud finder and mark a centerline along each stud to indicate where nails are to be driven. ( Standard studs are 16" on-center.)
Place the grooved side against the floor, beginning in a bottom corner. BE SURE THE FIRST ROW IS LEVEL.
Nail at stud mark directly through the face of the plank, using 1 1/2" panel nails if going through the sheetrock and 1" nails if installing directly over studs.
Cedar may also be installed using sub-floor adhesive. Just apply the adhesive following the manufacturer's
directions. BE SURE TO PROVIDE THE PROPER VENTILATION.
Adhesive is recommended if planks are being installed vertically. Once the first piece is in place, continue that row across the length of the wall. To finish the row, saw one piece to make a perfect fit. Use the remainder of that pi
Drilling holes up to about 1/2 in. dia. through glazed ceramic tile is easy to do with a carbide-tipped masonry bit. But what if you need to bore a 2-in.-dia. hole for a plumbing stubout? Contractors typically use expensive hole saws, which have carbide-grit cutting edges. But there is another way to make those wider openings.
Draw the hole outline on the tile with a felt-tip pen or grease pencil. Use a 1/4-in.-dia. masonry bit to drill a series of closely spaced holes around the circle. Then take a hammer and very lightly tap the tile along the ring of holes.
Tap inside the outline and be patient. It could take a couple of minutes before the center of the hole breaks free. The edge of the hole will be rough, but you can hide it with a decorative escutcheon plate. This drill-and-tap technique can also be used to make square or rectangular cutouts in tile.
A stapler, unlike most other fastening tools, often is used for temporary jobs, such as tacking up a poster-board sign, drop cloth or plastic window covering.
To make it easier to take down the item, tape the stick from an ice cream pop to the bottom of the stapler before stapling. That way, each staple will stick up a little so you can easily pull it out later with pliers.