Hardwood has always been one of the most popular flooring options, but it’s never been a great choice for places that get wet – like mudrooms, kitchens and bathrooms – because it’s easily water-damaged. Lumber Liquidators has an affordable new product called engineered-vinyl-plank, or “EVP,” that is both waterproof and worry-proof, letting you bring the beauty of hardwood flooring to any room – without stressing over every spill.
It can be a total hassle when a light bulb burns out in a hard-to-reach lighting fixture in your home. But now, thanks to long-lasting LED lights, you can forget what it’s like to change a bulb. LED technology is now being integrated right into light fixtures, so you’ll never have to install or change a bulb in those fixtures again – because there isn’t even a bulb to change!
Find out how to keep your kitchen safe and sanitary while cooking up feasts for friends and family this holiday season.
Wondering where the world of tile is headed? Todays biggest ceramic tile trends include monochromatic color schemes, wood planks, vintage looks, encaustic patterned tiles, porcelain pavers and more, according to Tile of Spain, the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers. This year, tile will move from being an accent to being everywhere, indoors and …
Find out how to deal with a black stain on a painted aluminum gutter. First, make sure the gutter isn't clogged and that the water isn't backing up and overflowing the gutter. Then you can clean the gutter with trisodium phosphate, prime and repaint.
Find out why treated wood is a good flooring option for a covered porch that won’t be exposed to the sunlight. You’ll have to refinish it from time to time but it will be less expensive than composite decking.
Find out why you should wait for a dry spell in the fall to stain your wood deck. The drier the lumber, the longer the stain will be able to last. Get tips on following the manufacturer's instructions for application to get the best results.
Find out how to improve ventilation and prevent mold in a bathroom in a rental home. Get tips on installing a powerful vent fan that is properly vented to the exterior, and installing an occupancy sensor so the vent fan automatically turns on when a tenant enters the bathroom.
Find out why you should hire a structural engineer to inspect a big crack in your foundation. They'll write a report with step-by-step instructions for making the proper repair. After the repair is done, they can come back and certify that it was done the right way.
Find out how to repair hairline cracks in a concrete driveway. Get tips on using a product specifically designed for the job, such as QUIKRETE's Concrete Repair product.
Find out how to repair composite siding that is splitting and coming apart. Get tips on caulking the seams to fix the cracks in the siding.
Find out why a musty odor in a home on a concrete slab isn't unusual if the house has been unoccupied for a long time. The smell should clear up once you move in and start running the HVAC system. However, you should consider replacing your carpeting with a different type of flooring if you have a concrete slab home.
Find out how to remove a tree trunk that has a lot nails in it. Get tips on having a professional come out and use a stump grinder to grind the trunk down to below grade.
Find out how to preserve a deck made of pressure-treated wood. Learn why Thompson's WaterSeal works better on regular lumber. Get tips on using a solid color exterior stain instead.
Find out how to replace a door with rotted sills and jambs. Get tips on cutting the entire door out all the way around, and then installing a prehung exterior door.
Find out how to remove mushrooms from your yard using natural solutions that won't pose a health threat to kids or pets. Get tips on spraying the mushrooms with a mixture of baking soda and water, and adding lime to the soil to deter their growth.
Learn a trick of the trade for caulking a bathtub. Get tips on filling the tub with water before caulking, then letting the caulk dry before emptying the tub. This will ensure a good, strong seal.
Find out why the 1960s were a relatively good decade for home construction compared to, say, the 1980s.
Find out what to do when there are air pockets in your well system that cause water to shoot out of the sink occasionally. Learn why the issue is probably a problem with your pressure tank.
Find out how to keep your Kool Deck clean. Get tips on going to the website of the manufacturer, Mortex, and looking up the commercial-quality cleaner that they make specifically for their Kool Deck product.
Find out why you don't need to replace the breaker box in your house if it trips the breakers when you try to run two window AC units at the same time. Instead, the solution is to add another circuit specifically for the second AC unit.
Find out how to restore an old enamel clawfoot tub. Get tips on removing the tub from the bathroom and sending it to a company that refinishes enamel tubs. Doing so will give you a longer-lasting finish than if you have someone come to your house to do the work. Also learn how to install a shower kit for a clawfoot tub.
Find out how to stop moles from tearing up your yard. Learn why the grubs in your lawn are attracting the moles. Get tips on how to kill the grubs, which forces the moles to leave to look for another food source.
Find out what your best options are for affordable roofing to replace a cedar shake roof. Learn about DaVinci Roofscapes, which is a composite roofing tile that you can install without plywood underneath if you have spaced sheathing.