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Can I Pour a Concrete Sidewalk Over Ground Level Stumps?

Can I Pour a Concrete Sidewalk Over Ground Level Stumps?

Part of the essential site preparation for concrete structures is removing all organic material and ensuring that a compacted gravel base is installed. Stumps are organic, and decay over time, leaving gaps and causing soil subsidence. Repairing a settling and deteriorating concrete sidewalk is possi......[Read More]
What Is a Lot When Building a Home?

What Is a Lot When Building a Home?

Your house needs a place to call home, and that place is a lot. In residential construction, a lot is a platted parcel of land, complete with recorded boundaries. Someone, a developer, your county authority or a former landowner, designates the size of the lot and determines what, if any, easements ......[Read More]
How to Screw 2X4s Together

How to Screw 2X4s Together

Lumber is strong, but there are times when one 2-by-4 board just won't cut it. Screwing two together will allow the boards to support much more weight. However, it is not simply a matter of lining the boards up, jamming some screws in and calling it a day. The boards will eventually separate if only......[Read More]
How Long to Fill a New 1/2 Acre Farm Pond?

How Long to Fill a New 1/2 Acre Farm Pond?

Adding a half-acre pond to your farm property will attract migrating wildfowl. Although some outdoor projects are time consuming, filling the pond from your well takes very little effort, and just a few calculations.......[Read More]
How to Add Beadboard to Kitchen Cabinets

How to Add Beadboard to Kitchen Cabinets

Beadboard can add a historical touch to any room of your home. Beadboard paneling can be installed on walls, ceilings, dressers, and kitchen cabinets. Installing beadboard on t your kitchen cabinets will increase the interest in your kitchen, and dress up any plain cabinet.......[Read More]
Drywall Tape Installation

Drywall Tape Installation

Installing drywall tape is a professional technique for creating a smooth finish between drywall board joints. Applying the tape using the correct procedure helps to prevent cracking in the drywall compound. Learning the skill is easy with practice and reduces the need for repairs in joints over the......[Read More]
A Wood Paneling How-to

A Wood Paneling How-to

Wood paneling can add warmth and beauty to a room. It can be installed directly over a variety of wall materials including drywall, plaster, hardboard and paneling. The installation process can be completed by a homeowner. Paneling comes in a wide variety of colors and styles from rustic to contempo......[Read More]
Baquacil Directions

Baquacil Directions

The Baquacil pool care system consists of three chemicals. Baquacil Sanitizer and Algista controls the growth of bacteria and algae. Baquacil Oxidize clarifies pool water and oxidizes swimmer waste. Baquacil CDX helps to stabilize and maintain an effective level of oxidizer. Baquacil 4-way test stri......[Read More]
How to Replace a Home Window

How to Replace a Home Window

Windows are a key element of every house façade and home interior. If your windows are outdated and do not match the style of your home, you can change and replace them with relative ease. The same goes for replacing broken or damaged windows. Window replacement is a feasible project for almo......[Read More]
How to Touch Up Whitewashed Finish Cabinets

How to Touch Up Whitewashed Finish Cabinets

Since cabinets take up so much space in your kitchen or bathroom, they truly need to be a shade that you love. White is such an appropriate finish for cabinets because it gives a sense of brightness, purity and a subtle cheerful quality. Whitewashed cabinets still allow you to show a hint of the sha......[Read More]
How do I Remove Aluminum Weather Stripping Around a Broken Window?

How do I Remove Aluminum Weather Stripping Around a Broken Window?

Aluminum weather stripping is common around windows and doors to help seal any gaps or cracks left after installation. You can find many types of weather stripping, and while aluminum is not the most common, it is still widely used, particularly for windows. When you are replacing a broken window, o......[Read More]
Self Installation of Hickory Hardwood Floor

Self Installation of Hickory Hardwood Floor

According to the Janka Ball Hardness Test, hickory wood floors are some of the strongest types of flooring, with a strength that rivals steel. That level of protection comes at a price because installing hickory flooring can be an expensive endeavor. Ensure the floor is installed correctly because, ......[Read More]
How to Clean a Soapstone Pipe

How to Clean a Soapstone Pipe

Once a certain amount of tobacco is smoked in a pipe of any kind, a thick sticky resin forms inside the bowl and around the insides. Pipes are generally simple to clean, and soapstone pipes are no different. The one thing about soapstone pipes that you'll need to be especially careful with is scrat......[Read More]
Things to Think About When Building Your Own Home

Things to Think About When Building Your Own Home

Building a home requires planning and determination.home sweet home image by easaab from Fotolia.comBefore building a new home and during the building process, you will be bombarded with options and considerations. The process of building a home typically takes from about six to nine.........[Read More]
Kitchen & Family Room Ideas

Kitchen & Family Room Ideas

A countertop peninsula improves crowd control.modern kitchen image by Galina Barskaya from Fotolia.comFor most families today, a kitchen separate from the rest of the house creates a serious inconvenience, according to architect and interior designer Sarah Susanka. Two-income families,.........[Read More]
How to Use Subway Tile in a Bathroom

How to Use Subway Tile in a Bathroom

Subway tile gained prominence in 1904, when the New York Subway system opened, and the walls were covered with classic white tiles approximately 3 inches wide and 6 inches long. The tile was durable and easy to clean and soon was a popular choice in homes of that era. Subway tiles have enjoyed resur......[Read More]
How to Adjust French Doors

How to Adjust French Doors

French doors add an element of style to a room that single doors do not, but they are also prone to sticking and rubbing. Over time, as the wood in the doors expands or contracts or as the house settles around the door jambs, it can cause your French doors to fail to close properly. Fortunately, wit......[Read More]
Fire-Retardant Cedar Sidewall Shingles

Fire-Retardant Cedar Sidewall Shingles

Cedar sidewall shingles are lightweight, durable and naturally decay and insect resistant, but they may also place houses at an increased risk in the event of a wildfire. Fortunately, cedar shingles can take on fire-resistant properties when properly treated with chemical fire retardants. These prod......[Read More]
How to Insulate an Attic in Texas

How to Insulate an Attic in Texas

In Texas, the main reason to use insulation is to protect the interior of a house from blasting heat. Inside Texas attics, the heat can reach nearly 150 degrees Fahrenheit. These hot temperatures require a lot of insulation to protect the interior of the house from the heat. Cellulose insulation is ......[Read More]