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Do-It-Yourself or Not: Build a doghouse

Everyone in the family needs his or her own space, and that includes your dog who needs a place to cozy up in his or her own digs; preferably outside the home to enjoy fresh air and a place to retreat.

Before you think about adding a doghouse, consider its location on your property. Choose a place in a shady spot, protected from strong winds ...Read more

Do It Yourself of Not: Stain concrete block walls

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve a basement is by staining its concrete block walls. Giving a clean uniform coating to the walls can transform them, but the real work lies in clearing the space and creating access to the walls especially if it's jampacked with stuff. It's a good time to sort and purge what's there.

For a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Repair a torn screen

Replacing a screen is not rocket science, which is a good thing because any number of flying objects, sharp-cornered packages and pointy objects can destroy the screening material. Making the repair is one of life's little lessons you'll use time and again; fortunately, the job is easy and the materials and tools are inexpensive (sold at ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install ceramic floor tile

Even in a small bathroom you'll see a dramatic change by installing ceramic tile over an old vinyl floor. The array of sizes, shapes and colors of ceramic floor tile is dazzling, and the material creates a long-lasting surface that's easy to clean and maintain.

While it may be tempting to not remove the toilet and vanity before laying the tile,...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Repair textured drywall

Repairing a hole in a knockdown finish, also called textured paint, is a challenge because it's not easy to replicate the surface texture to match when the repair is completed. These holes can be in a wall or ceiling, resulting from a wayward doorknob that bangs into a wall or from a hole left from replacing a light fixture or home electronics. ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Lay a linoleum floor

This is not your grandma's boring linoleum kitchen floor with washed out speckles and drab colors. Today's linoleum is light years away from that material and creates a stylish and easy-to-install, no-glue, click-in-place floating floor.

Environment-conscious homeowners are choosing linoleum because it's made from natural, renewable ingredients...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a Roman shade

A Roman shade is a two-for window treatment that combines a built-in valance with a convenient operating mechanism that allows the shade to easily open for daylight and close for privacy. The shade's stand-alone style makes it a handsome addition to any room, especially in a finished, tailored decor.

You'll find Roman shades in a wide range of ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install attic stairs

Foldaway attic stairs untap storage space and make it easy to access an otherwise difficult-to-reach upper area of a home. The unit is a complete framed assembly with a folding, sectional ladder designed to be installed in a ceiling opening. That's the scary part: You have to cut a rather large hole in the ceiling of the second floor, not a job ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a Brinks Push Pull Rotate door lock

Here's a solution to the pesky problem of opening a door when your hands are full: a door lock that opens with a push, a pull or a single finger tug of the knob. The cleverness comes in its ability to operate hands-free with a quick nudge of your elbow or hip or a gentle tug to open interior and exterior doors. It's a handy way to open a door ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Replace a medicine cabinet

From a humble beginning as a basic metal utility cabinet to store makeup and medicine, the medicine cabinet today is finely constructed with convenient features. A favorite of ours is one with a mirror on the back wall of the cabinet and another mirror inside the door for expanded visibility. Nice features that assure quality are sturdy and easy...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Replace rotted siding

Repairing a section of damaged wood siding may appear more daunting than it actually is. In many cases, the damage to the surface can be fixed and a new finish topcoat will complete the job. However, if you find more extensive damage when you remove the siding, the repair is more complicated. You may have to remove and replace the plywood ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Insulate an attic with fiberglass

Energy experts agree that you'll lower your energy bills if you insulate your attic with at least 12 inches of insulation, which is considered the minimum amount to meet today's standards. And it's easy to do: Just lay down batts of poly-wrapped insulation directly over what's already up there. It's not exactly fun to do, but it's one of the ...Read more


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