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Floor Underlayment Installation

Floor underlayment is an additional flooring surface, generally thinner and lighter than a room's subfloor, installed over a subfloor to create a level surface on which to install many types of flooring. Underlayment is advisable for floor coverings like linoleum, carpet and tile, and works on both

How to Fix a Chewed-On Window Sill

If your new puppy has decided that your window sills are perfect for teething, it's time to get her some chewy toys and get to work on repairs. Window sills with minor chewing damage can be repaired with wood filler, sandpaper and some paint. The job isn't difficult if you follow the correct procedu

How Do I Install High-Density Unfaced Insulation in a Vaulted Ceiling?

Vaulted ceilings are popular in building newer homes. These ceilings do not have much room for insulation and require a 1-inch to 2-inch air space between the insulation and the roof sheathing to allow for proper ventilation. The easiest insulation to install in a vaulted ceiling is high-density fi

How to Keep Mulch in Place

Mulch is rarely permanent. A good, properly prepared organic mulch will break down over time. According to the Texas A&M University Extension, the best mulches are organic, and they improve the structure of your soil year by year. Inorganic mulches don’t break down as readily, but they may

Directions on Replacing the Gasket on a Big Green Egg

The Big Green Egg is a ceramic egg-shaped grill designed to retain heat and radiate it back toward the food. When a Big Green Egg is stored outdoors or heated above 1100 degrees, the felt seals can deteriorate. A worn or missing gasket on a Big Green Egg allows heat and smoke to escape from the lid

What Is an OSB Board?

OSB, or oriented strand board, is a type of wood panel used in construction. It is made up of wood chips that are glued together.

How to Compare Formica to Wilsonart

Formica and Wilsonart are two of the most popular brands of plastic laminate in the United States. Both of these companies manufacture a wide range of laminate products, including countertops, flooring, doors and furnishings. Because Formica and Wilsonart produce similar products, it can sometimes b

How to Replace an Attic Door

Homeowners finishing an attic can find a laundry list of small projects to complete the space. Among them is replacing an old, worn-out attic door with a new one. This project is not unlike hanging an interior door in any other part of the house. Once you've measured the existing attic door, you can

How to Create a Three-Season Flower Bed

Designing a flower bed allows gardeners to get in touch with their artistic side and express their creativity. Taking a blank area of yard and turning it into a blooming bouquet not only allows them to accentuate the landscape, it helps them to create a small oasis of beauty on their property. With

How to Remove an LSDA Interior Door Handle

LSDA makes a wide variety of exterior and interior door handles as well as door closers. Removing an LSDA interior door handle may seem next to impossible upon first glance, because there are no visible screws securing the two handles to the door. The securing screws are hidden behind the door knob

How to Lay Carpet Squares

Laying a roll of carpet requires heavy lifting, measuring, cutting and positioning the entire piece just right. If you choose carpet squares instead, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle. The squares come in easy-to-manage sizes, the smallest usually being 12 inches square. There's no need

Options for Interior Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important features in any kitchen. Cabinets provide a storage area and counter space to work with. There are thousands of ways to decorate a kitchen with the cabinets; here are almost as many kitchen cabinet options as there are paint colors. The best way to choo

How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling, Walls

Popcorn ceilings were common in homes during the 1960s. However, some homeowners do not like the textured appearance and prefer a smoother wall and ceiling. Removing the texture from the walls and ceiling is a messy job. This project probably will take an entire weekend. Once the texture is removed,

Solar Oven Ideas

The sun offers endless energy you can use for cooking in your own solar oven.Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty ImagesA solar oven represents a way for consumers to free themselves from using a paid fuel source, such as wood, electricity, oil or natural gas, to cook. Build your own solar oven or...

Special Mortars for Fireplace Repairs

Fireplaces are often a prized feature of home decor, so it's not surprising that damaged or deteriorating mortar or bricks receive prompt attention and careful repair. Use a special type of mortar for repairs in the firebox. Repairs elsewhere may be done with some types of standard mortar, but for b

Do-It-Yourself Tile Murals

A mural adds artistic interest to interior or exterior walls. They are used to decorate almost any surface from a stove backsplash to a school hallway. With a tile mural, the image is painted onto tiles that are then installed onto the wall. Tile murals can be as big or as small as you wish and cons

How to Tile a Laundry Room Floor

Laundry room floors have to be able to hold up under moisture in the air, heavy foot traffic, temperature variations and the weight and movement of the washer and dryer. Ceramic tile works well, as it's durable, waterproof and easy to clean. You'll want to use thick tiles (½ inch, instead of

How to Care for a Konecto Floor

Konecto makes vinyl flooring that looks like real wood or stone, but is stain resistant. However, the vinyl flooring does require particular care to remain beautiful. It's not hard though. A few simple accessories, and a few hours of maintanence per week is all you will need to keep your floor looki

Insulating Properties of Straw Bales

Straw bale houses are viewed with interest by building designers and homeowners as a sustainable, cost-effective building technology. When encased in concrete, the straw bales become impervious to deterioration. The superior insulating properties rate highly in comparison with other insulation mater

Homemade Headboards

The bed is the focal point of most bedrooms. As such, it should be decorated to reflect the style of your room. Bedroom furniture can be expensive, and a designer headboard or bed frame is out-of-reach for some budgets. Fortunately, there are many ways to create a headboard with very little investme