Use Stair Gauges to Properly Mark a Stringer Building a set of stairs is a tricky endeavor. Using a pair of brass stair gauges and a builder’s square to mark the stringer (the zigzag boards the steps and risers attach to) can make the job a little easier. Step 1: Sand the outer edge of…

How to set a fence post: Whether it is one post for a mail box or 100 posts for a fence, it is important to follow some simple steps when setting a wooden post in the ground. Step 1: Call 1-800-DIG-SAFE or dial 811 before you dig any hole. Depth and location of utility lines…

If spring has sprung a leak in your basement wall, it is time to head to your local hardware store or lumber yard for some hydraulic cement and fix a leaky basement. Step 1: Use a chisel to enlarge any cracks bigger than an eighth inch in diameter. Inverted V-shaped cuts will allow the cement…

To fertilize or not to fertilize… that is the question. Excessive fertilization is detrimental to your lawn, wastes money, causes pest problems and is bad for the environment. Knowing how and when to fertilize your yard is essential in creating a healthy lawn. Step 1: Test your soil every 3 to 5 years. Gather two…

Window boxes can add charm and color to any structure on your property. Consider adding a window box to your home, garage or storage shed. Step 1: Choose a window that faces the south, east or west and measure the width of the window. Window boxesshould be 5” wider than the window itself. Step 2:…

To seed or not to seed, that is the question. Spring is a great time to over seed an existing lawn. Sunshine is abundant in those normally shady spots and springtime rains assure an adequate supply of moisture. Spring is also the only time you can control crabgrass with a organic or chemical pre-emergent ….

About ants and eliminating Ants inside. When the ants come marching two-by-two, into your kitchen, “hurrah, hurrah” is most likely not the first phrase that comes to mind. With a little due diligence and some chemical intervention, you can fix your ant problem in no time. Step 1: Prevention is the key to all solutions….

Spring is a great time to plant a tree for shade and savings. Trees not only increase the value of your property, but can also reduce energy costs by providing much needed summer shade. Step 1: Choose the right tree. Height, canopy spread, and hardiness should be taken into consideration; as well as sun and…

When it comes to old light fixtures, repairing rather than replacing is always a good option. Replacing a lamp socket assembly is an easy way to extend the life of an old light fixture. Step 1: Make sure the lamp is unplugged, or the power supply has been shut off. Step 2: Remove the light…

Fix a Leaky Toilet, Fill Valve If you have recently replaced the tank flapper and your toilet is still running, it may be time to pull out the big guns and replace your ball cock, aka fill valve. I prefer the Fluid Master Brand fill valves over the old style floating ball types. They are…