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    A Full Guide to a Proper Wood Stain Finish

    Follow these four steps (no shortcuts!) and you'll get a perfect finish every time

    Installing Kitchen Backsplash and New Vent Hood

    Get a bright, refreshing look in one weekend—with no major mess or disruption

    Hanging Shelves, Hanging Mirrors and Hanging Towel Bars

    Can't find a stud? One of these 5 hard-working, hollow-wall anchors will do the job

    12 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Any Budget

    Whether you're putting your house on the market soon or simply want to make the exterior as beautiful and welcoming...

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    How to Clean Floors: Wood, Tile, Carpet and Everything Else

    Most homes contain a variety of flooring types. Knowing how to best clean each surface can be a lot to...

    Waterproofing Products Help Keep Basements Dry

    A little inspection and finishing work will go a long way in keeping your basement dry.

    10 Window Cleaning Tips from a Pro

    Save time, money and energy with these tips and pointers from someone who cleans windows for a living. Here's how...

    Mini Blind Tips and Fixes

    Mini blinds provide privacy, block the sun and usually work perfectly for years. Here are our best tips and fixes...

    The Most Essential Painting Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

    If you're painting walls and ceilings, having the proper tools is the key to efficient, polished results. You don't need...

    How to Install Mosaic Tile

    In some ways, setting mosaic tile is just like setting any other tile. But because the individual tiles are small...

    Need New Windows?

    Most homeowners replace at least one window over the course of owning their home.

    Creating New Spaces with Windows and Doors

    Take the next step beyond simple replacement windows and doors to increase the livability and appeal of your home, inside...

    Know Your House: What Kind of Roof Do You Have?

    Gable, hip, gambrel, mansard - the shape of your roof says something about your home's connection to earth and sky.

    Car Trim: Repair Your Car’s Molding

    Carmakers long ago stopped using spring clips to attach car trim and molding. Instead, they use adhesive tape.

    How To Drywall: A Finishing Shortcut

    Most home improvement shortcuts lead to trouble. But here’s one that makes drywall finishing faster without regrets later:

    Using MDF as cheap finished flooring

    It's a temporary fix – not a long-term solution.

    Garage Door Openers: How To Choose a New One

    Check out this helpful list of things to consider when buying a new garage door opener.

    Garage Flooring: Resurfacing and Repair Tips

    How to fix a cracked garage floor.

    Carpet Care Tips to Make Your Carpet Last

    Get years more life from your investment: if you treat your carpet right, it'll last much longer, saving you money...

    Modern Tile Installation Tips

    New methods, tools and materials

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    Stucco Repair: How To Fix Cracks and Blisters

    Make time for these stucco repairs before they shorten the life of your home's exterior finish.

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    Where To Buy Firewood

    Whether you've got an indoor fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, this is a great time of year to stock...

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    Laminate vs. Vinyl Flooring: How to Choose

    If you're deciding between laminate vs. vinyl flooring for any room in your house, here's what you need to know.

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    Left-Hand Door vs Right-Hand Door

    The easy way to identify a right- and left-hand door.

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    How to Use Steel Wool for Pest Control

    They're not just for scrubbing! Here's how you can use steel wool pads to keep mice and other pests out...

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    The 5 Best Concrete Paints That Seal the Deal

    The best concrete paint will seal your basement floor, deck or garage against spills, leaks and wear-and-tear—and look darn good...

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    How to Install Weather Stripping on Your Door

    Easy-to-install kits make it easy to stop drafts.