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How to Soundproof a Wall

How to Soundproof a Wall

Soundproofing can be endless game of trial and error. It doesn't need to be. There are some simple, basic steps you can take for quick soundproofing. For those willing to go the extra mile, there are additional measures that can be taken. Read this short article for all the best tips.
Grass & River Rock Centerpieces

Grass & River Rock Centerpieces

If decorating your home with a nature-inspired look, you may want to incorporate centerpieces that feature earthiness, with stones and greenery. Table decorations made from grass and river rock are easy to find or make, and add tranquility to a room.
How Solar Energy Is Issued & Produced

How Solar Energy Is Issued & Produced

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The conversion can be achieved directly, by photovoltaics, or indirectly, using a variety of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. By the year 2050, 69 percent of America's electricity could be provided by solar energy, says Ken Zwe
How to Install Nylon Gutter Mesh

How to Install Nylon Gutter Mesh

A gutter guard provides an important function to prevent the build-up of debris in a gutter that stops the free flow of water to the downpipe. Damage caused by blocked gutters includes peeling wall paint and erosion of the wall surface, as well as cracking foundations due to continual water penetrat
How to Make a Glass Tile Back Splash

How to Make a Glass Tile Back Splash

Glass tile is a colorful addition to any kitchen. When used as a back splash it can add character and charm to the room. Pair colorful glass tile with white counters to add a splash of bright color or match the other vivid colors in your kitchen. Glass tile comes in a range of colors and sizes. The
How to Siphon Water Out of an Above Ground Pool

How to Siphon Water Out of an Above Ground Pool

An above-ground pool can be a great way to spend a summer with family and friends. Sometimes, it can be a blessing on a hot day. However, after awhile, it can be an eye sore and a pain to deal with--especially when full. Getting water out of an above ground pool can be a task and a labor. However, i
How to Recover Countertops With Formica

How to Recover Countertops With Formica

Formica is a popular brand of laminate, used in many places and especially suited for kitchen countertops. The laminate is applied to the countertop with contact cement, a form of self-binding glue. Because it sets so quickly, you have to make sure each entire piece of laminate is properly positione
Installing an Undercounter Sink in a Granite Tile Countertop

Installing an Undercounter Sink in a Granite Tile Countertop

Kitchen countertops come in many styles, and the sink can be an over-the-counter type or an undercounter type. What you choose depends on your preference. However, if you have a granite tile countertop, an undercounter sink is best to show off the granite. Use an epoxy adhesive to install the counte
LEED Certification for Materials

LEED Certification for Materials

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification is awarded to buildings constructed to have limited negative effects on the environment, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
How to Install Drywall in a Log Home

How to Install Drywall in a Log Home

Log home owners may want to hang drywall in some rooms to alleviate "log" overload. Installing drywall makes the rooms look larger and more bright. In addition, drywall allows you to hang pictures, wall sconces and mirrors on a smooth surface. Adding drywall to a log home is not unlike hanging drywa
Styles of Tongue & Groove Siding

Styles of Tongue & Groove Siding

On a home's siding, the biggest challenge is weather proofing the connections. Tongue and groove joints solve this issue, and they make installation easy. Vinyl siding can have them, but they're usually associated with wood. The style of tongue and groove siding determines your home's...
Types of Wood Trim & Moulding

Types of Wood Trim & Moulding

Lumber of 3/4-inch thickness is often used as basic trim and moulding.a man marking cut line on lumber image by palms from Fotolia.comWood trim and moulding hide the gaps between different materials and make a style statement. Wide, ornate trim pieces might help define a Victorian-era...
DIY: Shed Plans

DIY: Shed Plans

Building backyard storage sheds is a popular DIY project. There are numerous resources available to help people build sheds. Deciding upon shed plans can be a time consuming and confusing task. The entire process is simpler when you know what type of shed you want and you know (and acknowledge) you
How to Build a Bedside Table With Cabinet Doors

How to Build a Bedside Table With Cabinet Doors

If you are in need of a simple bedside table but do not want to purchase one, consider building one yourself. By building your own bedside table, you can save money and customize the piece to suit your needs. Add decorative trim around the frame, paint the table to match your room decor or install c
DIY Wood Pantry Shelving

DIY Wood Pantry Shelving

Adding or replacing the shelves in your pantry makes for a great introduction to the world of do-it-yourself home projects. Shelves themselves have a simple structure, so the project isn't intimidating. Better yet, your pantry is a nonpublic storage area. If you make some small cosmetic mistakes, yo
Do-It-Yourself Sunroom With Sliding Windows

Do-It-Yourself Sunroom With Sliding Windows

A sunroom works well with almost any home. This space can provide room for family activities, dining, watching TV or entertaining guests. Sliding windows will allow the homeowner to regulate the temperature more easily on extremely sunny days. Regardless of how well insulated a sunroom is, it can ov
How to Lay Porcelain Flooring

How to Lay Porcelain Flooring

Porcelain is a finer, harder and more expensive version of ceramic. Like ceramic, it's a good choice for floors in kitchens and bathrooms because it holds up well to heat and moisture, as long as you buy the tiles fully sealed. Like all floor tiling projects, you will start tiling in the center of t
How to Design Your Own Morton Building

How to Design Your Own Morton Building

Morton Buildings are known for their quality post-frame construction. Having started out as a fence company in 1903, the transition to building using post frames was a natural step over the next half century. Since the company devoted most of its focus on providing for the needs of the agricultural
How to Fix a Varnish or Shellac Oak Floor

How to Fix a Varnish or Shellac Oak Floor

An old varnish or shellac floor that's losing its finish looks bad, and that damaged finish can allow moisture to get into the structure of the floor and cause bigger problems. You can reseal with more varnish or shellac, but most refinishers today prefer polyurethane, which dries faster and harder