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6 Common Injuries from Home DIY Projects and How to Prevent Them

Home DIY projects are more popular than ever thanks to home improvement TV shows and social sites like Pinterest and Facebook. However, for safety’s sake, it’s important to know what you can and shouldn’t do on your own. Electrical, plumbing, gas line or roofing projects, and those that involve dangerous substances like asbestos, lead paint…

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Decks and Porches Glossary

Beam: The boards that sit on top of the posts and support the joists. Cap rail: The horizontal board that runs along the top of all posts and pickets running around a deck. Decking: The boards that make up the surface of a deck. The decking boards are secured to the joists. Fascia: Boards that…

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Roofing and Gutters Glossary

Algae Discoloration: Roof discoloration caused by the growth of algae. Also referred to as fungus growth. Asphalt Cement: An asphalt based adhesive material that is applied during the roofing process to bond roofing materials and seal the roof against the weather. Asphalt Shingles: Any roofing shingle in which an asphalt waterproofing agent is applied during…

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How to Replace or Install a Bathroom Fan

From moisture removal to odor control, bathroom fans perform several important functions that enhance the quality of the air in your home. Modern units come in a variety of styles, some of which don’t even look like fans, and they operate quietly and efficiently to exhaust humidity and heat, keeping your home comfortable. Although homeowners…

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Front yard made of sod

How to Lay Sod – A Complete Guide

Sod offers a fast and easy way for you to create a new lawn or rehabilitate a scraggly one. While growing grass from seed takes months of time and ongoing care, a newly sodded lawn typically takes a little longer than an hour to install (depending on the square footage of your yard) and about…

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Stained deck

How to Stain Your Deck – A DIY Guide

On This Page: How to Effectively Seal & Stain Your Deck Tools & Materials Needed DIY Steps How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Pro? Deck Stain Prices FAQs A beautiful, well-maintained deck not only provides extra space for relaxing and entertainment, but it also adds value to your home. Like any outdoor living…

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Toilet Installation – Learn to DIY or Hire a Pro

On This Page: Tools & Materials You’ll Need Measuring & Planning How to Remove Your Old Toilet Installing Your New Toilet What to Consider if You Hire Questions to Ask It’s hard to argue against its utility, but like all household fixtures, toilets get old, break down and may even crack and leak. Whether you’re…

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Popcorn ceiling with light

How to Remove a Textured Drywall Ceiling

On This Page: Before You Scrape Materials & Tools You’ll Need to DIY Preparation Removing the Popcorn Sanding, Repairing & Refinishing Benefits of Hiring a Pro Questions to Ask Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceiling Popcorn and movies may go hand-in-hand, but popcorn and ceilings went out of style decades ago. Originally rising to popularity because…

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Old fashioned crown molding

How to Install Crown Molding – A DIY Guide

On This Page: Crown Molding Installation – Step-by-Step What You Should Know if You Hire More on Different Types of Crown Molding More on Cutting Corners and Angles When it comes to adding value and style to your home, sometimes it’s the little details — as much as the large renovations — that truly make…

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Drywall with yellow paint

Guide to Repairing Drywall Cracks & Holes

On This Page: Read This Before You Start Small Drywall Fixes Patching Dings/Dents Popped Nails Corners Repairing Holes in Drywall Small Holes Medium Holes Large Holes DIY Finishing Whether it’s an aggressive meeting between the doorknob and the wall, an over-enthusiastic child playing ball indoors, or just the normal wear and tear of age and…

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