How to Install Bamboo Flooring

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When choosing a flooring type for your kitchen and bathroom you have to look for aspects that will not only enhance your room but also offer longevity. Several types of tile flooring will work great but tile can be hard on your legs and feet when working in the kitchen. The best type of flooring is cork or bamboo, it is softer, easy on your legs and feet and is great in damp areas.

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How to Install a Whole-House Fan

As the weather changes you might have occasions that the air inside your home is warmer than the air outside. You can harness that cooler air and bring it into your home by installing a whole-house fan. Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air moving but not in all areas of your house.  The  kitchen and bathrooms are just two rooms that you don’t use ceiling fans, while you can use the exhaust fan to help eliminate the hot air from the bathroom that doesn’t fix the problem of bringing in the cooler air. The whole house fan is installed in the ceiling just below your attic, and it’s hidden by louvers so that it won’t look out of place.

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How to Build an Outdoor Recycling Center

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Everyone is concerned about reducing their carbon footprint and recycling is the best way to do that. Donating an item would be the first choice but if you are able to donate then recycle.  This helps our environment and you can now create your own mini recycling center. This is the perfect way to dispose of your bathroom or kitchen day to day items.

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How to Install Windows

Replacing your windows can be a intimidating project, but it doesn’t have to be. The most difficult windows to replace will be your kitchen and bathroom but only because of the things in your way that you can’t move. With the right tools and materials you can cut a hole in your wall and let the sun shine through it with this two-day project!

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Weekend Project: How to Hang Picture Railing

If you are trying to spruce up your home installing picture railings can give your home a elegant touch and it is budget friendly. This new way of hanging pictures is trending, fun and perfect for every room from the kitchen and bathroom to the hallways and foyer.

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How to Clean Everything on Your Bed (Including Your Mattress)

Cleaning comes natural to most of us, we have been cleaning a home since we were kids. Our parents had our first chores as cleaning your bedroom, then you migrated to the kitchen, bathroom and living room all in preparation for when we would get our own home. We all hated cleaning the bathroom had to spend so much time on the little things like the sinks and tub and don’t get me started on the toilet! Most of us have a routine set-up for washing our bed linens, but the same probably can’t be said for the rest of the bed.

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How To Build a Backyard Fire Pit

Spring is in the air and that means your backyard will soon get more action! Spending time with the family and friends outdoors is one of the best ways to pass your weekend and evening. Don’t let another year pass without creating that fire pit you have always wanted.

Choose a location. Select a location that’s away from any combustibles such as bushes, sheds, low-hanging branches, etc. If you want it to be an extension of your back deck or your outdoor kitchen consider replacing the wood from the deck with tile that looks like wood. With this concept you can extend your deck add a foot path and then the same flooring around the pit.

Lay out the fire pit. Starting at the center, paint a five-foot diameter circle using a string as a compass. Tie one end of the string around the can of spray paint, then the other around a stake at the center of the pit. You’ll also need to paint a three-foot diameter circle for the actual pit, and a 12-foot diameter circle for the seating area.

Dig the footer and pour concrete. With the location laid out, dig out the footer for the inner and outer walls of the fire pit, digging between the three-foot and five-foot circles, about five to six inches deep. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the fast-set concrete in a wheelbarrow and fill the ring with concrete. Make sure the top is level and smooth. Wait for the concrete to set up.

Separate your stones while you wait. While the concrete is setting, you can use that time to separate your stones into face stones, and a few for cap stones. The cap stones will be used to make the top of the fire pit wall, so keep the flat, smooth stones for the caps. The rest of the stones will make the wall.

Start laying stone. Start laying the stone in a ring, following the outer edge of the footing. Once the first complete ring is done, lay a ring of fire brick (on their edge, so they stand three-inches high) around the inner ring of the pit.

Continue the stone. Continue laying rings of stone on top of others. Continue laying courses of fire brick, as well. Keep everything level by choosing stones that fit. If they don’t fit, cut them. Try to avoid laying diagonal and vertical stones, they look bad and cause instability in the wall.

Fill the wall. Once the stone and fire brick are at the height you need, fill the void between the fire brick and stone walls using scrap stone and mortar. You’ll want the wall to be totally solid before you cap it.

Place the cap stones. Lay the cap stones on the top of the wall, laying them out in dry-stack to make certain that everything fits. Cut individual stones to fit, if necessary. Once you’ve got a good fit, mortar the stones into place.

Seating Area. For the seating area, dig out the grass in the area inside the 12-foot circle you painted, and lay down landscape cloth. Fill the area with gravel. Enjoy.

 

How to Refurnish a Kitchen Table

Knowing how to refinish a kitchen table is great for taking an old piece of furniture and making it look new. You don’t have to have any special equipment and you can do it in a weekend.

Choose the color of stain based on the style of the table and the wood tones in the rest of your house. The table doesn’t have to be an exact match—most homes have a variety of wood colors, so don’t stress if your stain’s color is a little off.

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How to Store Cleaning Supplies

Let’s face it: Cleaning isn’t most people’s idea of fun. And cleaning your kitchen and bathrooms can be equally painful. But there’s also no reason to make it harder than it has to be. Take some of the pain out of household chores with these tips for keeping cleaning supplies sorted and at the ready.

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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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