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How to Make a Bed With Only a Mattress & Pallets

If you've ever walked down a city street and seen a few curbside pallets waiting for the trash pickup, you've probably wondered what all that wood could be used for. Most wood pallets are used once before being discarded, but there are clever ways to rescue them from consignment to a landfill. You c

How to Make Paint Stick to Pressure Treated Lumber

Pressure-treated lumber is used for such outdoor items as decks, railings and fences. Treated wood is soaked in a chemical that makes it resistant to rot and insects. The best way to care for pressure-treated lumber is to paint or stain it. The trick to making paint stick to treated lumber is as sim

How Long Does a Composite Shingle Roof Last?

Composite shingling is a standard building material for covering and waterproofing different roof styles. Whereas the older asphalt-only roofing shingles are generally rated to last 20 years, composite shingling can have a longer lifespan depending on the conditions. As with any building material, t

How to Finish Insulation in the Basement

Basements are usually dark and moist places used for storage of unneeded items. This area is generally colder than the rest of the house since it is underground, which can make the rooms above the basement colder. To help reduce your energy bills, it is a good idea to insulate the walls and ceiling

How to Make a Pipe Rack

Pipe racks are used to store and display tobacco pipes. They are often found in smoke lounges, cigar areas and gentlemen's rooms. Pipe racks are often simple in design, however their construction can require a fair amount of measuring and cutting. Building your own pipe rack will be less expensive t

How to Remove Urine From Wood Floor

The strong odor and ugly appearance of urine stains on your otherwise beautiful hardwood floors can be disturbing, The longer these stains sit, the harder they are to remove. Luckily, there is an easy do-it-yourself cleaning method that will remove those ugly stains as well as the nose-piercing arom

Homemade Wire Rabbit Traps

Lots of gardeners seem to have rabbit problems and if that's you and you want to keep these pesky, but cute, critters out, a homemade rabbit trap is just what you need. Making a homemade snare trap is easy; you can make one with just a few common materials.

How to Put Up Aluminum Fascia

The two main types of fascia are vinyl and aluminum. Fascia installs under the eave of the roof just above the soffit. It helps preserve the faceboard, rafters, roof eaves and rakeboards of your home. It will also protect the exterior of your home from wetness, rot and structural damage. Fascia is a

How to Polish Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are a cost-effective alternative to granite. The luster and pattern of quartz are more uniform, making the material appear man-made. However, quartz is as maintenance-free as granite. There is no need to seal or polish your stone countertops -- just clean and buff the surface to r

How to Lay Linolium Flooring

Linoleum flooring is commonly mistaken for synthetic vinyl flooring. Linoleum flooring comes from natural materials, included wood flour, linseed oil, cork dust, ground limestone, tree resins and pigments that add color. Although made from different materials, laying linoleum flooring is similar in

How to Replace the Floor Under a Bathtub

The floor under your bathtub is the main element in supporting the tub. Therefore, you'll want to keep that floor in peak condition. The most common reasons to replace this floor are that it can no longer support your bathtub and the wood has become rotten. A rotten floor, a leak or even termite dam

How to Repair Plumbing pipes under Mobile Homes

Repairing PVC Pipe under a trailer can seem a daunting task, it can be if you dont like to get dirty but this could save you lots of money from a contractor who will charge tons to repair it. I worked as an electrician for 13 years and all conduit either irrigation or electrical serves one purpose,

Advantages of Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring looks just like solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of from 3 to 7 layers that are laminated together. They are available in either strips or planks, and in parquet patterns as well.

How to Remove Parquet Flooring

Originating during the Baroque period, parquet flooring was originally handcrafted and installed only in palaces and the homes of wealthy citizens. Modern parquet wood flooring tiles are arranged into patterns which range from exquisite three-dimensional floor designs to simple repeating shapes. Sin

How to Installl Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors have been around for centuries and are still prized for their beauty, solidity and versatility. The hardwood boards (usually oak) are linked along the sides by milling that fits tightly together, and are also nailed down in place. Bundles of floorboards come in several different leng

How to Match a Swirl Texture on the Ceiling

Many ceilings constructed of drywall simply have a coat of paint, but others have a more decorative appearance. Using a joint compound or special paint, you can create numerous patterns on the ceiling, such as a swirl. If a ceiling with swirl pattern needs to be repaired, you must reapply the textur

DIY Modular House Kit

With so many modular house kits on the market, finding the best one for your situation and budget involves reviewing plans and photographs of a wide variety of kits. People have designed homes ranging from tiny houses fewer than 100 square feet to 1,200-square-foot houses in single- and two-story s

How to Wash a Basement Floor

Unless you have carpet or tile on your basement floor, it is most likely concrete. If the floor is carpet or tile, cleaning should require only vacuuming and moping. For concrete basement floors, cleaning may require a little extra work. Cleaning concrete basement floors is important to keep the dir

How to Care for a Concrete Wall

Although concrete walls appear resilient and unyielding, they need their own brand of tender loving care to keep their robust image. Those small pinprick holes in the concrete's surface allow dirt and dust to sink inside, giving the surface a dull and dingy look. Mold and mildew may also find a foot

How to Remove Paw Prints from Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a high-quality, heavily durable flooring option that can be found in many homes. Paw prints are a common occurrence in pet households, typically created when a pet drags in dirt or mud from the outdoors. Cleaning the laminate floors is an easy option, and by applying a little ex