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DIY Hardwood Floors: Lay a Contrasting Border

Mix and match colors of wood laminate flooring, add a few stone...

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How to Drill Through Floor Joists

You can safely drill joists for electrical and plumbing runs without...

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Parts of the House: Other DIY Projects you may like

  • Home Windows: How to Buy

  • New or replacement windows can change the look of your house, but they're expensive. Here are the top five problems with old windows, and how you can solve them. Photo by ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/ERIC VEGA; ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/FORCA

  • Replace a Patio Door

  • Install a new, efficient patio door and stop drafts, save energy, eliminate leaks and restore smooth operation. We walk you through all the steps, including the critical flashing details. And you can save $300 if you do it yourself.

  • Patch Dents in a Metal Door

  • Metal doors don't hide dents and scratches as easily as wood doors, but you can make your old garage service or entry door look new again with this simple three-step repair.

  • Install a Peephole

  • Make your home safer and more secure by adding a peephole in your exterior doors. You can see who’s there before you open it.

  • Do Light Colored Shingles Last Longer?

  • Light shingle colors have been shown to lower attic temperatures, but whether this means light shingles will last longer than dark shingles is more problematic.

  • Quieting Gutters and Downspouts

  • Metal gutters with twists and turns can get noisy when water drips down and splashes against the elbows, but there's a surprisingly simple fix for the problem.

  • Shortening Horizontal Window Blinds

  • Horizontal blinds that are too long look bad, but also create a serious safety hazard for young children. Fortunately, shortening them is easy—all you need are scissors and a screwdriver.

  • Lengthening an Interior Wood Door

  • Fix an interior door that's been cut too short with this simple repair. By carefully matching thickness, wood grain direction and stain, you can make the door look almost like new.

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