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Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

When doing home improvement projects there are a lot of euphemisms that come with the territory. One that I’m sure we’ve all heard is “measure twice, cut once”. Great advice. It’s probably the single most important bit of knowledge that has saved many a DIYer from being bogged down in frustration. Below, we’ve included some measuring tips that can hopefully keep you from using another known euphemism, which is “caulk and paint can make a carpenter what he ain’t”. Next to the hammer and screwdriver, the measuring tape is probably the third most common tool in the toolbox. Believe it...

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Painting the Exterior of Your House This Summer

Painting the Exterior of Your House This Summer

Painting the exterior of your house is an opportunity to spiff up the appearance of your home and extend the life of your exterior. Before you start painting the exterior of your house this summer you will need to prep and clean the exterior of your home thoroughly. Make sure to repair or replace any damaged surfaces such as wood, stucco, masonry, or metal. When cleaning these surfaces, use a high-pressure water sprayer to help reduce the amount of labor. Washing your house is not only for providing a clean foundation for your paint, but it also reveals problems with...

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Six Suggestions To Stay Safe While Power Washing

Six Suggestions To Stay Safe While Power Washing

It’s kind of like your mom telling you not to put your hand on a hot burner or your dad telling you not to jump into the alligator pit, but knowing safety is important in any aspect of dealing with equipment. It may seem obvious but being safe when using a power washer isn’t any different. 1) The first and most obvious rule is to never point the wand at any person or animal. This isn’t your standard garden hose and it packs a lot more punch. 2) Don’t leave the washer running without pulling the trigger to release the...

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How to Repair Damaged Molding

How to Repair Damaged Molding

The functional purpose of moldings, such as baseboard, chair rail and door casings is to protect the more delicate wall materials (most commonly plaster and sheetrock) from damage. The problem is, when molding does its job, it begins to look a little shabby. Maybe the movers got a little sloppy, or perhaps the dog decided that an outer corner of baseboard was a new chew toy. Either way, there’s no reason to live with damaged molding. Repairing it may be easier and less costly than you think. Before you begin your work, there are a couple things to keep in...

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Project Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Project Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is known as the kickoff of summer fun. Campgrounds, amusement parks and beaches all typically mark the long weekend as their season’s opening. If you find yourself staying home during Memorial Day weekend, there’s another thing the holiday weekend is known to kickoff which might be more to your liking: The unofficial start of the home improvement season! The long weekend can be an opportunity to fix those nagging little problems that have been at the back of your mind, just waiting for a nice day to get started. Got a leaky outdoor faucet? Need to bring the...

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