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How to Laminate Over Lap Joints

Lap joints are created by cutting away exactly half the depth on the edge of two corresponding pieces of wood. The two halves are then mated with each other with glue. If properly done, the joint is flat. If the cut is even a 32nd of an inch off, which is common, you will not be able to laminate ove

How to Tell If Floor Tiles Contain Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that once enjoyed relative prominence in product and building manufacturing. Companies often used asbestos to strengthen their products, as well as for heat insulation and fire resistance in homes. In the 1980s, asbestos was outlawed in various countries because of its t

How to Fill Hardwood Gaps

Whether due to improper installation, a rise in humidity or structure settlement, gaps often are found in hardwood and require repair. Complete replacement is expensive and time consuming, but simple repairs to the occasional gap is relatively quick to do. It is important to act quickly when gaps be

How to Make Tile Stick to the Ceiling

In the past few years, the home improvement community has embraced tile as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional floor, wall and ceiling applications. Although the idea of sticking tile to a ceiling may seem daunting, it is quite straightforward. Using specialized mortar, such as thi

How to Fix a Metal Barn Roof Leaks

Sheet metal often appears on barns because it is durable, long-lasting and highly weather-resistant. Roof leaks often occur in valleys where water accumulates; however, barns primarily consist of only two slopes and do not have any valleys. This means that leaks in a barn roof are likely due to wate

How to Install Porcelain Floor Tile

Porcelain is making a comeback as a favored floor tile, despite the fact that it's more expensive than ceramic. The reasons for that added expense are obvious when you work with porcelain. It's harder and stronger than ceramic, making for a more solid floor, and the colors tend to be more vibrant be

How Do You Drive a Backhoe?

Driving a backhoe requires you to understand the mechanisms that control direction, speed, braking and steering. In order to safely get the backhoe to where you need it be, you must also have an understanding of the emergency features of the backhoe and the precautions you can take in order to ensur

How to Figure out Screwdriver Size

Finding the right size of screwdriver that you need makes your construction or repair job much easier. Screwdrivers and screws come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here's how to figure out which screwdriver size you need.

Different Kinds of Sandstone

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock, made up of minerals and sand-size particles of stone. It is naturally porous and workable yet quite durable and this makes it an ideal building material or paving stone. Sandstone comes in many colors but is usually tan or brown, grey, red, white and even sometimes p

How to Season a Cedar Post

Because cedar is insect- and moisture-resistant and has exceptional resistance to decay, it is the wood of choice when installing fence posts and mailbox holders. There are two methods of seasoning, or drying, cedar to the recommended moisture content level of 12 to 19 percent. Kiln drying is quick

Adding a Toilet to the Basement

If your basement is finished, or if you are in the process of finishing out the rough area, you will gain a large amount of living space. Unless your only intent is to use this area for storage, the addition of a bathroom can be a welcome convenience. Fortunately, there are products designed to make

Inexpensive Basement Floor Ideas

Basements can be updated without breaking your budget. There are many options to choose from when installing a floor. Consider installing carpet tiles or bamboo, which are soft on your feet, making it perfect for a downstairs family room. Reclaimed timber from an old barn or farmhouse will bring in

How to Install a Swag Hook in Drywall

Installing a swag hook in a hollow portion of a sheetrock wall is a simple project that does not require special tools or advanced carpentry skills. A swag hook is essentially a hook with a threaded shank that screws into a winged toggle. The toggle is hinged. The wings collapse to fit through a hol

How to Work With Window Caulking

If you have even tiny spaces in the frames of your windows, then you are letting a draft of cold air into your home during the chillier months of the year and allowing warm air to escape. On the other hand, you are also allowing cool air to escape your home during hot weather and hot air to find its

How to Make a Kitchen Bench

The kitchen is one of the most popular gathering spots in many homes. Friends and family gather to chat about the day and prepare meals here. However, the kitchen can feel overcrowded if you do not have enough seating for your gathering, or you need more storage space. A storage box with a hinged li

How to Make Floor Wax Stripper

Over time, floor wax may build up on your vinyl or linoleum floor, turning an unattractive, dull yellow. Instead of buying a commercial wax stripper, you can make your own with household ingredients. Most wood floors are coated with a durable polyurethane coating that doesn't require wax. Wax on old

How Many Feet Does a Breaker Box Have to Be Off the Floor?

When building a home, the placement of the electrical breaker box is vitally important. The height of the box is dictated by the National Electrical Code, which is the building code that has jurisdiction throughout the United States. The NEC dictates the maximum height of the breaker box.

How to Frame a Window in an Interior Door

Installing a window in your door, also known as adding a "light," is an ideal means of providing visual access to the space on the other side. Whether this is needed to observe young children without disturbing their sleep, or watching for clients from inside your office, it can save time and troubl

How to Bevel Formica Countertops

Formica laminates are extremely durable and waterproof surfaces frequently used for countertops and backsplashes in the kitchen and bathroom. They often are used in lifestyle-grade kitchen tables. Formica is durable once it's installed. Its multi-layered construction, consisting of a thick, composit