How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood Floors: Basic Care

Speed up the cleaning process by first dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair that might scratch the floor surface. For weekly or biweekly cleaning, vacuum with a floor-brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment, which can scratch a wood floor’s finish. For quick dusting, use disposable electrostatic cloths, available at grocery and discount stores. Save money by using both sides of the disposable cloths.

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How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

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Do you find popcorn ceiling to be unattractive? Do you want to remove the popcorn ceiling? There are several ways to alleviate this issue, you can use Styrofoam tiles or wood planks to cover it or you can scrape it off then paint or add a beautiful mosaic wall tile. Follow out step by step instructions and watch the ceilings transform.

Step 1: Prep the Room

Remove furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, you’ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy cleanup after you’re done.

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How to Remove Wallpaper (The Easy Way)

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Let’s face it… if you buy a house with out of date wallpaper, chances are, that’ll be the first thing you want off of the walls. Before you apply paint, tile or a different wall-covering, you may have a little work to do. if you are lucky you will only have wallpaper in a couple of places, bedroom or bathroom; if in the kitchen it can be a bit cumbersome working around appliances. Removing old wallpaper is not that difficult, especially if you follow these simple instructions.

Identify your wall type:

  • Plaster: it’s found mostly in homes that are more than 50 years old. In plaster walls, wood lath is nailed to the wood-framed walls and covered with two or three coats of plaster. These walls are more solid and sound dull if you knock on them.
  • Drywall: It’s been used in homes for the past 50 years or so. Drywall is a sheet of chalk-like substance covered with a lightweight cardboard. These sheets are nailed over wood-framed walls and have a hollow sound when you knock on them. Drywall is more delicate than plaster, so you will need to be sure to not damage the cardboard facing when using a wallpaper scraping tool.

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How to Measure Your Kitchen

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Measuring your kitchen can seem a daunting task. Our handy step-by-step guide takes you through the process and identifies the various elements you’ll need to measure in order to get accurate dimensions.

NOTE: If you are remodeling, do not include in your measurements current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables.

NOTE: All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120″

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How to Install Vinyl Siding

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Updating your home whether it is a kitchen or bathroom update or replacing that old siding the rewards can be tremendous. Siding it the first thing that anyone sees when they look at your home. Sometimes you aren’t totally in love with your siding or sometimes you just want a different look for your house. While it is always smart to call on a professional to do siding, if you are trying to save money and are willing to learn and keep adjusting your work, by all means install the vinyl siding yourself. Lucky for you, if you choose vinyl siding, you’ll be choosing one of the most durable types of home exterior cladding AND installation is fairly straightforward and an easy process.

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How to Prep a Wall for New Plumbing

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At some point in every home you will have to fix a leak or update the sink and fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen and that will require you to change the plumbing. If you live in a colder climate you might think about changing that old copper and pvc pipes for pex; pex expands in the cold to accommodate the weather which means no more busted water pipes. Replacing the pipes is a big job but with the right tools and plenty or prep you can be a DYI king or queen!
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How to Install a Level Countertop

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Installing a new countertop can be a challenge, and here’s how you can do it successfully.

Materials and Tools:

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Hammer                                                                       Pencil
Router                                                                           Level

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How to Budget for a Remodel

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When it comes to home improvements, knowing what you want is the easy part, the tougher part is figuring out how much you can afford. All renovations can add up rather quickly. It is very important for you to budget accurately before you start any type of remodel. There are four steps that you will want to follow in order to calculate how much remodel you can afford: ballpark the cost, establish a spending limit, get quotes from contractors, and set your priorities.

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How to Change an Air Conditioning Filter

9e7c34ccfc469bb38c72197014ca0a43The air filter’s job is to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC equipment. You’d be amazed how much builds up on there in a very short amount of time. Just think about the air quality in your area and how much grim can accumulate on your floors, countertop and appliances if you didn’t clean the filter for a month… That’s how much debris is clogging your air filter, and mush more if you haven’t remembered to change the AC filter in a while. Don’t know how to change your AC filter? Don’t fret or look anywhere else. Here are 5 simple (and quick) steps to change your AC filter.

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How to Install a Chandelier

3f4ba329e3c54f45d70b4c9ecabfa8efA chandelier helps bring your entire kitchen and dining room together. It becomes the main source of light for the dining room. Many family dinners, laughs, and memories will be had under this fixture. Choosing a chandelier is, of course, a hard choice. However, installing that chandelier does not have to be as hard as choosing it. Follow these handy steps to install the chandelier of your dreams to complete the dining room you’ve always wanted.

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