DIY Home Improvement

In our Home Improvement section, you can find just about anything that has to do with improving the inside or outside of your home.  Maybe you want to install wood flooring and the installation cost is over the top.  Learn how to put the floors down yourself.  Its actually quite easy and only takes your hard work and determination.  What a sense of pride you will have when you sit down in your den and look over those fresh, beautiful floors!

Maybe you want to learn how to do something  such as remove your old wallpaper or install recessed lighting in your kitchen.  Although very different tasks, you can easily do them yourself with the right tools and directions.

Check out our Home Improvement section and see if any of the projects peak your interest!

 

DIY Home Improvement

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Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off and Do Yourself

When you think of the word “home repair,” what do you think? Some people aren’t bothered by it, while some instantly think about calling up the professionals and having the job done. Yes, while some projects do require some professional assistance, there are so many jobs... more


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8 Most Popular Home Projects During the Winter Months

When it gets cold outside and you have to put away your lawnmower, rakes and shovels, if you are a person that loves a project, how about you move the projects indoors?! There are many home improvement projects that are perfectly suited for cold weather and some items that just... more


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7 Inexpensive Home Improvement Projects to Help your Home Sell Faster!

If you’re planning to try to sell your home any time soon,  these 7 affordable home improvements will make it more appealing to buyers by increasing the curb appeal and giving you the opportunity to sell it more quickly. With interest rates at an all time low and a lot of... more


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2012 Price Guide for Corrugated Metal Roofing

Having a new roof put on your home is expensive in itself, so if you have to spend the money it only makes sense that you get one that is going to last a very long time. Metal roofing has quickly become one of the most popular types of roofing to have installed on homes, regardless... more


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Prepping Your Concrete Floor for Ceramic Tile Installation

Installing ceramic tile in your home can not only add value,  but it can help take the strain off of carpet you may have in high traffic areas. Tile flooring in your kitchen and bath can hold up very well and also add to the overall decor of these rooms. Much like adding curb... more


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Installing a Programmable Thermostat | Steps to Help You Get the Job Done

Energy costs are sky rocketing, so finding easy and inexpensive ways to save energy should be at the top most homeowners to do list. Since heating and cooling your home accounts for over 40% of your total utility bills, it is important to get the most out of your equipment. One... more


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Average Cost to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors in your home is one of the top home improvements you can do to increase the overall appearance, and first impression inside your home. Like other major home improvement projects, refinishing wood floors is a rather invasive process that... more


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Paint Wood Paneling For a Fresh New Look

Wood paneling was routinely installed in homes during the 1960′s and 70′s and usually covering dens, basements and family rooms. These are the rooms that we spend the most time in and unless you really love the retro look, you probably want to get rid of them. Unfortunately,... more


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14 Ways You Can Prevent Central AC Failure This Summer

Summer is almost here and if you’re anything like us, you want to get through the hot months of summer without having any breakdowns on your central air conditioner. The AC maintenance tips below are often told by heating and air technicians to help homeowners do a bit... more


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Painting Kitchen Cabinets The Right Way

Without a doubt, you or someone else you know has tried to re-purpose their kitchen cabinets by painting them – with terrible results. You know how they look; paint lines, drips, uneven paint, and chipping within a few weeks. When the chipping begins, the cabinets will... more


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Common Roof Repairs & The Estimate Cost to Fix Them!

Hearing you have a leaky roof is one of the last things any homeowner wants to hear! Between locating the leak, the fear of getting up on a ladder and the worry about hidden damages that may have already occurred, it’s one of the worst home repairs a DIY’r can be... more


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Programmable Thermostats for The Home | Top 4 Programmable Thermostat Types

Installing a programmable thermostat for your heating and air conditioning can be one of the best ways to save energy and decrease your monthly energy costs. Programmable thermostats can help you maintain comfort in your home all day, maximize it when you are there and minimize... more


Top 5 Reasons Why Your Roof Leaks

Since your roof is essentially your shelter against rain, show and damaging storms, you want to make sure it is taken care of properly. By the time you have noticed a water spot in your attic or on your ceiling, there is most likely a quite larger problem up on the roof! In this... more


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3 Things to Consider when Estimating Hardwood Floor Installation Cost

How many times have you gotten estimates for a project around your house and thought you could just as easily do the job yourself to save money? I know that we do it all the time and if there’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way, it’s that there is more to... more


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Why Your Home Air Conditioner is Not Cooling Your Home

Nothing can ruin a nice day faster, than feeling warm air blowing out of your homes central air conditioner system, or discovering that the air conditioner just won’t cool your home no matter how much it runs! Aside from the discomfort that comes along with heat and humidity,... more


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How to Prepare to Refinish Your Hardwood Floor

You’re finally ready to get started on installing hardwood flooring you’ve been putting off for a while. The floor looks dingy and dull and you’re determined to make it shine like it did when it was brand new. It can be tempting to wait until the weekend and just jump into... more


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64 Do It Yourself Pest Control & Pest Prevention Tips

With springtime right around the corner, not only do we get the pleasure of the trees and flowers coming back to life, many homeowners find that their homes are a safe haven for pests. Whether it’s bugs, mice, critters or snakes, almost every home has some kind pest control... more


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How to Install a New Shower Head

Like most small home repairs, as long as you have the correct tools, you can easily replace your shower head. Don’t let the fact that you are dealing with plumbing scare you; replacing a shower head is very simple.  In addition, if you are new to home improvements, this... more


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Top 6 Ways to Lower Your Heating Costs this Winter

Use the Sun Take advantage of the suns warmth. Let the radiant energy from sunlight to augment your homes heating system by opening your drapes or blinds on sunny days. Conversely, close curtains after sundown or on cloudy days to retain heat. If you are building or renovating... more


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How To Hire a Home Improvement Contractor

Finding a quality home improvement contractor is not easy and the last thing you want to do is pick one at random to entrust your home improvement projects with. You want to make sure you are hiring a quality contractor that will complete your project properly, but there are... more


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Top 3 Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Home

There is so much maintenance that needs to be done on your home year round that it can become a very daunting task.  From lawn maintenance outdoors to hvac system maintenance indoors, the list goes on and on. Your best bet is to take a few at a time, knock those out, and then... more


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How to Remove Stains from Your Carpet | Including Pet Stains!

There are many different products available on the market that will help you to remove almost all types of stains. The ideal solution in minimizing or totally removing stains is by simply cleaning the spills and dirt the moment they crop up. Cleaning them up won’t... more


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Caulk the Cracks in Your Home | Seal in the Heat

With the cold weather marching in, you should really take steps to caulk those cracks on the outside of your home.  Caulking is the easiest and most efficient way to seal the openings on your house and make it weather sealed. Not only will a good caulk job on the exterior of... more


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Storm Windows | How To Measure and Install Storm Windows

How To Install Storm Windows Storm windows are one of the best ways to lower your heating bills in the winter!   Yet so many of us either don’t have them, or don’t check them to make sure they are working properly. Storm windows are installed over your regular... more


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Weatherstripping | The Different Types of Weatherstripping

There are several types of weatherstripping and most can be used for either doors or windows. Its very important that you understand the different types and uses before you start your project, so you don’t get yourself into a difficult position and unable to finish! Some... more


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Dryer Vent Cleaning | How To Clean Your Dryer Vent

Not only will dryer vent cleaning increase the efficiency of your dryer, it will also drastically reduce the fire risk. How do you know its time to clean your vents?  The outside of your dryer will feel much hotter than usual Clothes will take much longer to dry Heavy articles... more


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Deck Cleaning | How to Prepare a Deck for Staining

Deck cleaning is the first and most important process you need to do, before you stain your deck! The process of cleaning all dirt and stains out of the wood is not hard, but it’s the deck cleaning where most DIY’ers fail to take the most care. Remember, if you don’t... more


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DIY Guide on How to Restore Hardwood Floors

One of the best ways to update the look of our homes is to restore the hardwood flooring.  Everyone thinks this is such a daunting task, but with the right equipment, it is actually quite easy! Most of us don’t even know the best way to even get starting on restoring... more


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49 DIY Tips to Big Energy Savings!

Small changes or projects don’t usually make much of a difference on their own, but when combined… the cumulative effort can add up to significant results! That statement really holds true when it comes to energy saving tips you can easily make inside your home, and... more


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How to Inspect and Start Your Gas Furnace

The cool and refreshing breeze of Fall is in the air and many of us will be turning the thermostat to the heat setting and starting up the gas furnace for the first time in 5 months or longer! I haven’t run the gas furnaces that heat my home since March or April…... more


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How To Get a Home Improvement Loan

In tough economic times, it is even more difficult to get a home improvement loan than in latter years.  Home Improvement Loans are completely different from most other loan types due to all the variables involved.  Almost all lending institutions have a basic set of instructions... more


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DIY Inspection of Your Roof and Roofing

With the cold winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time of year to do your own roof and shingle inspection! While it only makes sense to take a look at your roof several times throughout the year, just ahead of winter is the most important time, since snow and ice... more


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7 Ways To Save Money on a New HVAC System!

Surprisingly, this is one project that a DIY Homeowner needs to weigh the pros and cons of installing anything on their own. Aside from the legal aspect of permits and licensing, we are talking about combustibles like gas or oil when it comes to heat, and of course, freon gasses... more


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DIY Cleaning of Your Home A/C Condensor Coils

With fall and winter just around the corner, many of us will start spending a bit more time in our yards preparing for the harsh weather ahead. This usually includes cleaning out gutters, cleaning debris off the roof of your home, and of course, making sure the home is weatherproof... more


Lighting your own Pilot Light

Pilot Lights go out for several reasons, but with winter coming quickly many of you will find that over the cooling season, the Pilot Light on your Gas Furnace has either gone out naturally, or you shut it off after the last time your heater was used, and it has to be relit in... more


DIY Garage Refinishing with Garage Floor Epoxy

One of the things that need to be changed when planning to remodel your garage is the floor. Concrete floors serve the purpose of flooring but do not look good, even if you paint it, the floor will look bare. By refinishing the floor with a Garage Floor Epoxy Sealant, you will... more


What Size Gas Logs should I Choose?

Gas Logs can not only add a great aesthetic improvement to your old fireplace, they also help save energy and heat quite a large in your home! Since 1998, they are also the most popular Fireplace Accessory you will find on both the web and many local hardware stores! Having worked... more


How do you Winterize and Cover a Pool?

Its that time of year again… when we have to get our Pool Covers out, and winterize our swimming pool! Depending on where you live and the type of pool you have, this can be a 30 minute process, or a full day! Typically, it takes longer to cover an above ground pool, than... more


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DIY House Insulation to Prepare for Winter

Its that time of year again! Winter cold is right around the corner and with the rising energy costs, we can take a few basic steps and less than 1 hour, to make sure we winterize our own homes. Did you know that there are 5 main areas where all your expensive heat is lost?... more