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Do It Yourself or Not: Install a pet door

If your pet likes being outdoors some of the time, you know how much they appreciate having their own private door to go outside and come in at their whim. So, a pet door makes everyone happy. The only downside is a pet door may invite animals other than your own inside your home, which can be especially troublesome if a raccoon or other ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: LED light strip

You have a lot of options when it comes to strip lighting, also called tape lights and ribbon lights. You’ll find choices in the color of lights, how to control them by a light switch or remote, and how to use them. LED light strips are ideal for accent lighting under a cabinet shelf, inside a dark closet, as perimeter lighting, for a task ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a solar entry light

Light up your door entrance using the power of the sun, and provide security and safety in an earth-friendly way with a solar-powered light. At night the light is powered by the sun and three (NiMH) rechargeable batteries that have an estimated life of two years. It turns on and off automatically as the sun rises and sets, and it can provide up ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a macerating toilet

Remodeling your basement into extra living space? Consider adding a bathroom using a macerating toilet system that doesn’t route the flush water through a drain in the floor like a traditional gravity force toilet. Instead, the “above ground” system is designed to move it to a macerator pump that grinds the waste in the flush water, and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a delivery vault

You can have your own dropbox and simplify home deliveries with a built-in or stand-alone locking parcel box. You don’t have to stay home for a package delivery, because orders are securely delivered. If you’re a frequent traveler, you know how annoying it is to reschedule missed deliveries.

You can have a stand-alone delivery vault ...Read more

DoIt Yourself or Not: Install pegboard molding

The simple design of classic, shaker-style wooden pegboard molding makes it an ideal addition to a mudroom, bathroom, closet or anywhere you hang things. It might be at the back door for a dog’s leash or a front entry for a hat; it’s a solution as well as an enhancement to a room. You can leave it natural, stain it or paint it, and it’s ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install garage floor tiles

Many of today’s garages store bicycles, tools, lawn equipment and sports gear alongside cars. A fresh, clean floor surface of rubber tiles can do wonders to transform the space and make an otherwise clutter-filled garage look clean, orderly and organized.

You’ll find an array of these tiles in different sizes, many in 12-inch, 18-inch and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a wall safe

Many people have a safety deposit box at a bank, but a popular alternative is a home safe because of its convenience. And anyone who has lost their safety deposit box keys will tell you they paid a hefty fine (and humiliation) to have the box drilled out.)

A home wall safe is often Installed in the wall of a closet or behind a wall-hung picture...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Plant a Christmas tree

A living Christmas tree is one that’s balled or burlapped and ready for planting. It’s a tree you can decorate and display for the holidays and then plant and watch it grow for years to come as part of your landscape. The challenge is timing and keeping the tree alive long enough before being moved outside for planting.

Climate and soil ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Repair damaged plaster

Plaster walls and ceilings are found in many older homes; and all too often, they’re marred with holes and cracks. Over time a plaster ceiling often sags, another problem. To repair damaged plaster walls with a hodgepodge of cracks or a ceiling that sags we’ve used a specific process.

First, secure the loose plaster to the lath behind it ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a coffered ceiling system

A coffered ceiling system is a striking feature that makes a design statement in a room that calls attention to the ceiling. The coffered tiles are an architectural element that appears as a sunken panel in the shape of a square or rectangle. The 24-inch square panels add a rich look of luxury and warmth. Designers often call the ceiling the ...Read more

Do It Yourself of Not: Install a high-tech deadbolt lock

Technology seems to bring us new ways to do old things, and here’s a good example. You can replace a traditional deadbolt door lock with a key to a deadbolt using your fingerprint. This stuff used to be the razzle dazzle in techno thrillers; now Wi-Fi compatibility makes it happen at your front or back door at home.

The Halo Touch fingerprint...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install an attic floor

The selling feature in many homes is the attic, an ideal space for not often-used but keeper-worthy stuff we accumulate. In many new homes there’s access to an attic, but it’s useless without a floor; the same is true in some older homes. To take advantage of the untapped storage space in the attic, you can add flooring and make it useful to...Read more

 

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