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Do It Yourself of Not: Replace a bathroom fan motor

In a busy family bathroom nothing gets a harder workout than a bathroom fan. You can replace the guts of the fan, without tearing out the whole thing, when it becomes noisy and does a poor job of removing hot, damp air. The Fantech Bath Fan Conversion Kit Model BFRK100 is designed for do-it-yourselfers and lets you use the existing exhaust fan ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Apply wall art

For an almost instant decorative touch to a room that you won’t live with forever, an adhesive wall art kit is an easy way to kickstart your DIY skills. The peel-and-stick artwork stickers are simple to apply and easy to remove with no danger of damaging the walls. Think dorm room, nursery, anywhere a permanent wallpaper won’t work.

These ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Renew a staircase

The constant traffic up and down wooden stairs in a busy household makes for heavy wear and tear on them which can translate to different forms of abuse like a worn or dull finish, loose spindles or a wobbly baluster. The longer you ignore the warning signs the worse the damage can become so find a downtime when traffic is light to remedy the ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a hands-free kitchen faucet

You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to appreciate the convenience of a hands-free kitchen faucet. The touch technology let’s you just tap anywhere on the spout or handle with your hand, wrist or forearm and the flow of water starts or stops. For those of us who are hygiene conscious, it’s a safe way to prevent cross contamination in the ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Cover basement support columns

A high and dry basement is often called a bonus room because it’s untapped space under roof and is often heated. The majority of work – finishing the walls, ceiling and floor – is what’s needed to reclaim the space as a home office, family room or for whatever space you need.

A challenge you might meet is dealing with the Lally columns ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install ceiling tiles

One of the first do-it-yourself projects we attempted was installing ceiling tiles over a less-than-lovely drywall ceiling pockmarked with small cracks. We were amazed at how that improvement added warmth and style to an otherwise ordinary room. It’s no surprise that the ceiling is often considered the fifth wall of a room by designers because...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Clean a chimney

At our most recent chimney inspection we were embarrassed to hear the chimney sweep tell us how dirty our flue was. We took it as a stern reminder that a clean chimney is a safety routine we shouldn’t ignore.

A yearly inspection and cleaning are the best way to keep your home and family out of harm’s way. It makes sure carbon monoxide can��...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Paint a brick wall

To some people a brick wall is an eye-catching feature in a room; to others it’s an eyesore. While exposed, blotchy brick may be an authentic, rugged look that adds character to a room, others see a rough surface that detracts from the surroundings. An inexpensive trick we learned from designers of commercial spaces is to paint it.

Painting a...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install an enclosed door glass blind

Do you have a dark hallway with doors or an entrance door that could be more attractive if it allowed for daylight to brighten the view? While a glass door is a solution that allows you to see what’s happening outside, it also let’s anyone see inside, eliminating your privacy. You can cover a glass window door with a curtain, blind or shade ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install rail lighting

We first noticed rail lighting in trendy restaurants, and today they’re popular in homes with fixtures mounted on rails across a ceiling or along a wall. They offer a lot of versatility to create a dramatic design element or a practical solution used as general overhead lighting in a room or to showcase a particular wall or feature.

A rail ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Add arc-fault circuit protection

An AFCI (arc-fault circuit interrupter) can protect you and your family from unseen dangers in your home’s wiring. It is a safety device designed to protect against residential fires caused by a leak in the current outside a wire’s insulation. The device takes over where conventional circuit breakers, which can’t detect damaged wires or ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Tune up a snowblower

If you have a snowblower, you know how you depend on it when the forecast calls for a heavy snowfall, especially if you live on a corner lot or have a long driveway. The machine makes the job of removing that snow and buildup of drifts a job you can handle. If you have a snowblower or plan to buy one, budget the time and money to tune up the ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install house numbers

You don’t appreciate the importance of house numbers until you’re driving around an unfamiliar neighborhood looking for an address. Large, clear readable numbers are the only clue to locate your destination. While the numerals add a design element to an entry their real value is to identify a house. While a delivery service uses a GPS to ...Read more



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