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Adding Electrical Circuits

Finishing a basement almost always requires that you add electrical circuits to service the new space. To determine your electrical needs, think about the finished space and the types of fixtures you plan to include...

Basement Construction

Modern basements vary somewhat in how they are constructed, but most have concrete or concrete block foundation walls that are poured on footings and support the wall above them. The joists for the first floor are s on the...

How to Evaluate Your Basement

Trace plumbing lines and note locations of shutoff valves cn supply lines: which are natural points for adding new pipes :r redirecting old pipes. If you ere considering a bathroom or kitchen addition, also trace drain lines back to...

Basement Possibilities

What do you want your basement to look Lice? Is there a missing room in yoor house that you’ve always dreamed about having? A basement bar? A family room? A guest bedroom? A wine cellar? Perhaps a home theater or a state-of the-art workshop...

Connecting Breakers for New Circuits

Test for current before touching any parts inside a circuit breaker panel. With the main breaker turned off but all other breakers turned on, touch one probe of a neon tester to the neutral bus bar, and touch the other probe to each setscrew...

 

Basement Controlling Moisture

Basement moisture can destroy your efforts to L functional living space. Over time, even small amounts of moisture can rot framing, turn wallboard to mush, and promote the growth of mol and mildew. Before proceeding with your...

Basement Controlling Pests

A typical basement offers everything a pest could ask for: its cool and damp with plenty of hiding places and ample food sources. Insects will happily invade your basement in just about any climate, typically entering through cracks...

Creating Decorative Concrete Finishes

Most people are accustomed to thinking of concrete primarily as a utilitarian substance, but it can also mimic a variety of flooring types and be a colorful and beautiful addition to your basement room...

Drainage Solution: How to Install a Dry

A dry well is a simple way to channel excess water out of low-lying or water-laden areas, such as the ground beneath a gutter downspout. A dry well system (see previous page) typically consists of a buried drain tile running from a catch...

Drainage Solution: How to Install a Sump Pump

If water continues to accumulate in your basement despite all your efforts at regrading and sealing your basement walls, installing a sump pump may be your only option for resolving the problem. Permanently...

 

Drainage Solution: How to Re-grade

Establish the drainage slope. The yard around your house should slant away from the house at a minimum slope of ¾ per ft. for at least loft. Till the soil or add new soil around the house perimeter. Drive a wood stake next to the house...

Egress Window Considerations

If your home has an unfinished or partially finished basement, it’s an enticing and sensible place to expand your practical living space. Another bedroom or two, a game room, or maybe a spacious home office are all possibilities...

Finishing Basement - Evaluating & Planning

Planning a basement remodeling project is a different process than planning an addition or even a routine remodeling project in the upper-level living spaces. In basements, you typically do not have the option of adding floor...

Electrical Capacity

Check your main electrical service panel to gauge if there is enough available capacity for you to ad: the additional electrical circuits your remodeling require. Start by looking for unused slots that are still covered with metal knockout plates...

Evaluating Your Basement

Measure clearances from pipes and ductwork to walls and ceilings. Any obstructions that are not contained within the stud or mist cavities will need to be moved or isolated in framed chases or soffits...

 

HOW TO SET LOOSE BOARDS

Because small squeaks can be caused by dirt between floor boards or by dryness, dean the floor at least once a week and apply lubricants to areas that tend to be extra dry or squeaky...

HOW TO FASTEN LOOSE BOARDS

As a last resort, reattach buckled floorboards to the subfloor by nailing them down (from above the floorboards) with flooring nails. To reduce the risk of the boards splitting, drill pilot holes slightly smaller than the diameter of the nails...

FLOORING - HOW TO FIX A BUBBLE
Deflate air pocket. Use a utility knife to lightly score and then slice through the bulge. This allows air to escape. Extend the cut a little (½) beyond the blister at both ends. If possible, cut along a line in the pat tern to hide the cut...

FRAMING WITH STEEL STUDS
Steel studs, joists, and rafters are old hat to most high-volume carpentry contractors. Using them may have started on the west coast, but now steel framing is used throughout the country...

Prep & Exterior Painting
Wash your siding with an inexpensive hose- mounted brush, such as a car-washing brush. Work from the top of the wall to the bottom. Use household detergent on tough spots and rinse all soapy areas thoroughly...

 

HOW TO A PAINT DOOR
Remove the door by driving out the lower hinge pin, using a screwdriver and hammer. Next, have a helper hold the door in place while you drive out the middle and then the upper hinge pins...

HOW TO CLEAR CLOGS WITH A CLOSET AUGER
A closet auger is a semirigid cable housed in a tube. The tube has a bend at the end so it can be snaked through a toilet trap (without scratching it) to snag blockages...

Reinforcing Floor Joists
There are several ways to beef up attic floor joists so the space above can be used for a bedroom, home office, or a second family room. Usually the best approach is to double- up the existing joists...

How To Patch Resilient Sheet Flooring
Measure the width and length of the dam aged area. Place the new flooring remnant on a surface you don’t mind making some cuts on— like a scrap of plywood. Use a carpenter’s square for cutting guidance...

How To Install A Dimmer Switch
First shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative coverplate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside. With the
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Painting Wood Cabinets
Painting wood cabinets is an inexpensive way to give a kitchen a face-lift...

How To Prepare Concrete Block For Paint
Press a piece of masking tape onto the blocks in several places. Pull the tape away: If the tape doesn’t pull concrete away from the surface, it can be painted. If loose concrete comes away with the tape, all loose bits need to be scraped away with a wire brush...

How To Fix A Leaky One-Handle Faucet
Single-handle rub and shower faucets have one valve controlling both hot and cold water. This valve sits directly behind the one large knob or lever. If your tub spout drips all the time, you need to fix this valve. The first step involves information...

How To Strip Wallcoverings
Find a loose corner and pull upward. If there are no loose corners, use a putty knife to pry one loose and pull. If the paper comes off easily, you’re home free. Just keep pulling until it’s all off the walls...

How To Rebuild A Broken Step
Make a cut in the stair tread just outside the damaged area, using a circular saw with a masonry-cutting blade. Make the cut so it angles toward the back of the step. Make a horizontal cut on the riser below the damaged area, and then chisel out the area in between the two cuts...

 

Exterior Maintenance
DOWNSPOUTS, FLASHING, AND GUTTERS
Inspect your gutters frequently. They should be cleaned in the autumn after all leaves have fallen and again in the spring. If you have heavy rains and lots of trees in your area, you’ll want to clean them more frequently...

CREATING A CLEANING CENTER
You will be more likely to start your cleaning chores and to finish the task if you have everything you need on hand and in one place. A cleaning center that saves you time and steps is the efficient beginning to quick and easy cleaning methods...

Repairing Plywood Paneling
Plywood paneling has been a do-it-yourself favorite for a long time. It looks good and can make short work of finishing any room, especially extra space that’s been reclaimed from an attic or basement. Minor surface repairs can be accomplished with a little stain or some colored wood filler...

Repairing Solid-Wood Paneling
Solid-wood paneling is a beautiful addition to any room, and it makes sense to repair it if it ever gets damaged. For surface scratches and scars, rub a small amount of stain that matches the color of the wall into the damaged fibers. Then once the stain is dry, cover the repair with a few coats of paste wax. For deeper damage...

HOW TO REPAIR BROKEN CONCRETE AND HOW TO REBUILD WITH PATCHING COMPOUND
Retrieve the broken corner, then clean it and the mating surface with a wire brush. Apply latex bonding agent to both surfaces. If you do not have the broken piece, you can rebuild the corner with patching compound...

 

HOW TO CREATE A HANGING PLAN
Measure the room and create a sketch of the hanging plan. Center a plumb line on a focal point, such as a fireplace or window, and sketch out a plan in both directions from the center line...

REPAIRING CORNER BEADS
Corner beads are the angled metal strips that are applied to the outside corners of drywall walls. Once they are covered with joint compound during the wall finishing process, they blend in and look like the rest of the drywall...

HOW TO RENEW A WOOD DECK FINISH
Apply a heavy coat of deck stripper to the deck boards. Usually a garden sprayer works for this job. But you can also use a paint roller with a long nap roller to spread the stripper...

How to prepare wallcovering strips
Hold the wallcovering against the wall so there is a full pattern at the ceiling line and the strip overlaps both the ceiling and the baseboard by at least 2” Cut the strip to length, using scissors...

HOW TO APPLY WALLCOVERINGS
From the starting point shown in your hanging plan, measure a distance equal to the width of the wailcovering minus ½” and mark a point. Draw a vertical plumb line from the ceiling to the floor, using a bubblestick or level...

 

How to fix a leaky two- or three-handle faucet
Both three-handle and two-handle faucets have a hot-water valve and a cold-water valve behind their hot and cold faucet handles...

Replacing a broken tile
The most important part of a tile repair job (especially in a shower) is to do it quickly, just as soon as you find the loose or broken tile. If not, a lot of water can get behind the tile and degrade the drywall behind...

Wallcovering spot repairs
To re-cover a damaged area, align a patch piece of wall- covering with the underlying pat tern; tape it to the wall; and cut through both layers for a perfect fit.

HOW TO FIX A PLUNGER-TYPE DRAIN
A plunger-type tub drain has a simple grate over the drain opening and a behind-the-scenes plunger stopper. Remove the screws on the over flow coverplate with a slotted or Phillips head screwdriver...

How To Replace A Ceiling-Mounted Light Fixture

Begin by turning off the power to the fixture.
Remove the globe by unthreading the globe (Turning it counterclockwise) or by loosening the three screws that pinch the
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How To Hang Wallcovering Around An Inside Corner

Cut and prepare a full strip. While the strip cures, measure from the edge of the preceding strip to the corner at several points; add 1/2" to the longest of these measurements...

How To Fix A Pop-Up Drain
Raise the trip lever to the open position. Pull the stopper and rocker arm assembly from the drain. Clean off soap and hair with a dishwashing brush in a basin of hot water...

Removing Old Vinyl Flooring

Remove baseboard and trim using a pry bar and scrap wood. Use locking pliers to pull out the nails from the back...

Removing an old Water Heater

Drain the old tank by shutting off the water supply and draining the tank with a garden hose...

Removing an old Water Heater

Drain the old tank by shutting off the water supply and draining the tank with a garden hose...

 

 

 

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