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Furnace Maintenance Tips

February 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Category: General Contractor

How It Works When a home system’s thermostat is turned up, an electrical signal is sent to the heating equipment, where a valve or relay-switch starts the fuel-burning process. When the furnace heats up, another control turns on the blower fan, which circulates warm air throughout the house. In the case of a hot-water system, […]

Living Room Lighting

Step 1: Turn Off the PowerTake the electrical tester to the attic. Then go to the breaker box in the basement and turn off the circuit. Note and Warning: Even though this project isn’t that difficult, since wiring and electrical work is involved, it may be a good idea to hire a professional. If a […]

How to Paint With Templates

Step 1: Mark a Grid on the Wall Find the center of your wall — that’s where you’ll start making marks for the diamond pattern. Tape the grid portion of the template to the wall with painter’s tape. Use a torpedo level to make certain that the template is level on the wall, and then […]

Exterior Cladding Options

February 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Category: Exterior Projects

While many homeowners know about popular exterior cladding options for their home such as paint or vinyl siding, few are aware of the many materials available to cover the outside of a home. Surprisingly, many new materials are developed each year. Here are 10 of the most popular options and basic facts about the materials. Clapboard […]

Bathroom lighting tips

January 31, 2011 at 11:54 am | Category: Bathroom Remodeling

Getting enough bathroom lighting where you want it can be accomplished by selecting lights that will work with where you decide to install them. Light Placement Ideal lighting for a mirror leaves no room for shadow and offers complete illumination of the face. While light strips are readily available, similar effects can be achieved in more […]

How to install a water-heater timer

January 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Category: Basement Finishing, Handyman, Remodeling Contractor

Step 1: Remove the Timer from Casing This project works only with electric water heaters. Turn off the breaker that controls power to the water heater. Remove the timer from the casing (pictured), and remove the knockouts on the casing. Step 2: Pick a Location Select a location for mounting the timer near the water […]

Storage and Lighting in a nursery

January 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Category: Decorating, Remodeling Contractor

Storage space in a nursery can be fairly sparse. Make the most of a closet by fitting it with wall-mounted wooden crates from the home center. Hanging them with space in between creates even more shelves — the spaces themselves can serve as storage when the tops of the crates are used to hold items […]

Weather Stripping Doors and Windows

January 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Category: Handyman, Remodeling Contractor

To solve the problem of a drafty door, choose vinyl or rubber weather stripping. Fasten it to the sides and top of the door casing with nails or staples about every 6 inches. A vinyl gasket will also do the trick. It’s durable, inexpensive, and at the end of the winter, it can be torn […]

How to install a rain shower head

January 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Category: Bathroom Remodeling

How to install a Rain Shower Head Step 1: Take Inventory of the Pieces Make sure all necessary pieces are accounted for in your manufacturer’s shower head. Step 2: Make the Connection Tight Use plumber’s tape and thread sealant on the on the nipple when screwing it into the header pipe. This makes the connection […]

How to light artwork

January 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | Category: Kitchen Remodeling

Oil paintings can be difficult to light because of the spectral highlights that are created when intense light is directed at the painting. A broad-based light source is best for lighting an oil painting. Acrylic paintings are not glossy and consequently don’t have the glare problems associated with oils or artwork framed under glass. Any […]

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