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How to fix a cartridge faucet

Turn off the water at the stop valves. To avoid losing small parts, put a rag in the drain if it has no stopper. Some cartridge faucets have an index cap covering a handle screw. Other handles, especially on one-handle faucets...

Installing a door

Installing a new interior door can be easy or not, depending on the type of door you buy. While it is certainly possible to hang an individual door, these days the most popular doors are prehung units where the door panel is mounted on the jambs...

Framing a ceiling opening

There are several common reasons for cutting a hole in a ceiling. One is to change the location of an attic access hole to a more convenient spot. Another is to install a folding attic stairway...

Cleaning ceramic tile

Dry mop daily to gently remove particles that could scratch your tile...

How to install landscape lighting

Install your transformer or transformers. If you are installing one in a garage, mount it on a wall within 24” of the CFCI receptacle and at least 12” off the floor. If you are using an outdoor receptacle on a wall or a post...

 

Indoor lighting design

Use lighting the way an artist uses a brush, to downplay or highlight elements in a room. Lighting focused on an object will draw the eye to that object in contrast to its background. For example, lighting the corners in a room makes...

Installing a chair rail

Flat panel wainscotings, like the type shown on the facing page, are usually topped with a chair rail. Traditionally these boards were installed to protect walls from damage caused by chairs...

How to build a partition wall

Partition walls are constructed between load-bearing walls to divide space. They should he strong and well made, hut their main job is to house doors and to support wall coverings...

Bathroom demolition

Bathroom demo can get messy. The reason? Even when you shut off waterlines, there is still water in traps, in toilet tanks, and in the water lines themselves. When you undo a pipe connection, some water will inevitably...

Cleaning resilient & laminate floors

Remove tough stains with mineral spirits or household bleach. Wet a rag with the solution, and place it over the stain. Lay a plastic bag over the rag to slow evaporation. Wait 1 to 2 hours, then wipe up the stain...

 

Installing drywall

The hardest part of hanging drywall is in stalling it on the ceiling. The panels are heavy and unwieldy, so be sure to line up some help for this job. If you have to work alone, rent a drywall lift...

Checking a room for square

The biggest problem with an out-of-square 4 room is not knowing about it. If you’re in the dark, then you can’t exercise any of the many strategies to hide the problem. One of the best is simply to identify the least visible wall and use that to absorb all the trouble...

Decorative paint techniques

Many decorative painting techniques offer more depth and interest than a plain painted wall. Some involve glazes and other materials that take time to master. But several, including the five shown here, are easy to do, particularly if you take the time to test...

How to fix a ball faucet

The ball-type faucet is used by Delta, Peerless, and a few others. The ball fits into the faucet body and is constructed with three holes (not visible here)--a hot inlet, a cold inlet, and the outlet, which fills the valve body with water that then flows to the spout or sprayer. Depending on the...

Installing slate floor

Once the slate is laid, as shown here, consider applying a sealer. While doing so is not necessary, coating the floor prevents the grout from staining over time. Apply the sealer with a paintbrush in thin, uniform coats. Most sealers dry in a couple of hours, and two coats...

 

Lace door cabinet

Add a pretty, lace screen door to a shelf unit to hide the bathroom clutter inside...

Installing a colonial door casing

Doors can be trimmed out with the same traditional components that are shown for windows or they can be trimmed with simple colonial casing boards, which is the standard approach for most new houses...

How to install vinyl gutters

Mark a point at the high end of each gutter run, 1” from the top of the fascia. Snap chalk lines that slope toward downspouts. For runs longer than 35 ft., mark a slope from a high point in the center...

How to fix a disc faucet

The disc-type faucet used by American Standard, among others, has a wide disc cartridge hidden beneath the handle and the cap. Mounting screws hold the cartridge in the valve body. Two tight - fitting ceramic discs...

Hanging wallpaper

There are several common sense keys to successful wallpaper hanging. Work with a sharp utility knife; change the blade after just a couple of cuts. Keep your worktable clean and free of paste or adhesive. Make sure the outside of each strip of paper is cleaned with a damp...

 

Demolition of a wall

It’s remarkable how flimsy an interior wall can seem when you first cut into it using a reciprocating saw or poke a hole in it with a hammer, especially if it is made of drywall rather than plaster. It comes...

Installing radiant-floor heating

Radiant heat can be used in any room, especially if it is specified when the house is being built. But in the remodeling world, the most popular room for installing radiant heat is unquestionably the...

Installing a plug cover

Plug covers are designed to replace cover plates on receptacles where devices are plugged in more or less permanently to prevent children from unplugging them...

Installing a ceiling fixture

First cut a hole in the ceiling; then fish a power cable into this hole; and install a retrofit ceiling box. Once both are in place, strip the sheathing and wire insulation from the cable, and screw a hanging strap...

Installing baseboard trim

Designing a customized baseboard molding is a good way to express some of your own creativity. One simple design is shown here. It consists of three boards: a flat baseboard, topped with a stock cap molding, and a 3/4-inch shoe...

 

Installing a chandelier

Many chandeliers, especially heavy ones, come with instructions that explain the support the fixture needs. If your fixture doesn’t call for special support, then you can probably replace your existing fixture...

Installing a false ceiling beam

False beams can be installed on a ceiling for A a number of different reasons. You may simply like the way they look. You may want to hide something like a plumbing pipe that is hanging...

Installing a new window

If you are working on a new addition or just It adding a new window to a room, the process is the same. You have to expose the sheathing on the outside of the house so the window can rest against it. On new work...

Installing brick facing

If you like the look of brick or stone and would like to use it inside your house, consider products called facing brick and facing stone. These materials are much thinner and lighter that the full-size versions...

Installing track lights

If you’d like to try some track lighting to change the look of your room or to direct more task lighting where you reed it, then you’re in luck. Installing one of these systems is not difficult, especially...

 

Installing new window sash

You can replace worn sash without replacing the entire window. The first steps are to measure the window openings carefully and order your new sash. Then remove the old ores, and fill the window cavities...

How to pressure wash a house

If using detergents, cover the plants around your house with tarps or plastic sheeting. Leave the cover on only when you are working. If it stays on for long periods during hot weather, the plants can die from...

Installing flat-panel wainscoting (1 2 3 4)

You can choose from many different wood species when planning a flat panel wainscoting job. If you want a high-end clear or stained finish, pick the best plywood stock and chose hardwood lumber...

Installing a suspended ceiling

Most suspended ceiling systems include four components. The first are the L-shaped metal edge strips that are installed on the perimeter of the room. The second are the T-shaped metal main runners that rest...

How to hang roll-up shades

At the top bottom and middle of the window frame, measure the opening between the side jambs. Make a quick diagram of the window and note the smallest of the three measurements...

 

Kitchen demolition

Even a modest kitchen remodeling can cost thousands of dollars. But you can save some money by doing the demolition work yourself. Some basic rules: shut off the water when removing...

How to clean a showerhead

Water may flow through two or three shutoff valves between the city water line or the well and your shower or sink. Make sure all the shutoff valves are functioning...

Installing wall frames

Preassembling wall frames, and attaching them to bare walls, is a great way to dress up any room. This is not a difficult job, but it does demand careful layout. The best approach is to...

How to tune-up a garage door - Page 1 2 3 4

Begin the tune-up by lubricating the door tracks, pulleys and rollers. Use a lightweight oil, not grease, for this job. The grease catches too much dust and dirt...

Installing a laminate floor

A typical laminate floor is installed as a floating system. This means that the boards or tiles are glued to one another but not attached to the floor. This allows the flooring...

 

Level tools

Levels: A—2-ft spirit level, B—4-ft. spirit level, C—6-in. spirit level, D—water level with electronic level sensor, E—plumb bob and string, F—laser level, which can be attached to a standard level...

Installing a tin ceiling

Tin ceilings are making a comeback these days, about 100 years after their widespread popularity at the turn of the twentieth century. Many of the patterns available today are exact reproductions...

How to remove wallboard

Mark the width of the rough opening on the wall and locate the first stud on either side of the planned rough opening. If the rough opening is more than 8" from the...

Installing plywood underlayment

The correct underlayment will make your new flooring stay flat and resist water for many years. But it needs to be installed properly. First prepare...

How to make an opening in an exterior wall

From inside the house, drill through the wall at the corners of the framed opening. Push casing nails through the holes to mark their location. For round-top windows...

 

Spot-painting repairs

Painting is one of those activities that seems easy when you’re watching someone else is do it. Hitting a golf ball seems easy, but few of us can hit a ball as well as Tiger Woods. So what turns the weekend golfer into a pro? You won’t find...

How to install a lockset

Remove the old lockset. The knob on the inside of the door is usually held in place with a small clip. This is located on the side of the sleeve that extends from the knob to the flange on the door surface. To release this clip, just push it into...

How to anchor a bookcase

Cut a piece of l x 4 or l x 6 that is 8” less than the width of the bookcase. Mark a rip-cutting line that’s offset about 1/2” from the middle...

How to clean a faucet aerator

Dry and wrap the aerator with masking tape to protect the finish. Adjust channel-type pliers to fit comfortably over the aerator and twist the aerator counterclockwise to loosen...

Installing wall tile

Installing tile is not difficult, but it can be time-consuming. Because of this, be sure to read the container label on your adhesive to find out what its open time” is. This refers to how long the material can be exposed to the air be fore it starts to...

 

 

 

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