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…

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…


Painting one wall or a whole room is a great job for a cold winter day. Step 1: Patch holes and cracks in drywall with lightweight spackling. For plaster walls, use patching plaster or spackling paste. Sand patched areas with 100 grit sandpaper. Step 2: Remove all hardware from the walls to be painted. Cover…


If you have a sticky wooden door and tightening the hinge screws or shimming the hinges has not solved the problem, it may be time to take more drastic measures. Planing a door is a relatively simple task. A manual planeworks fine for most jobs, but if you need to remove more than half an…


Fixing a door that sticks could be as easy as turning a few screws or shimming a hinge. Step 1: Use a screw driver to tighten all of the door hinge screws. If the door was sagging because of a loose hinge, this simple step will fix your problem. Step 2: If the hinges still…


Covert your clothes dryer into an extra source of heat by installing a dryer vent heat economizer. Once installed, the simple flip of a switch will save energy by redirecting the dryer’s warm moist exhaust air inside during the winter months. Step 1: Choose a spot to install the Heat Economizer where the dryer’s flexible…


Installing a smoke detector is an easy task, but choosing the right detector and deciding where to install it requires a little forethought and information. Step 1: Choose the right detector. There are two basic types of smoke detectors, photoelectric and ionization. Ionization detectors are less expensive and work best in flaming fires indicative of…


Weather proofing your windows is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce winter drafts and save on energy cost. Step 1: Caulk around the interior and exterior of the window fame. If gaps around the frame are larger than one half of an inch use flexible caulk backer rod to fill the gap before caulking….


Grout old tile, it can add new life to an otherwise tired and worn bathroom, kitchen or entryway. Step 1: Clean the tile with a good non residual cleaner such as TSP or Dirtex. If you are grouting a bathtub or shower, be sure the soap scum is completely removed before proceeding. Step 2: Use…


Strip Wallpaper Whether it is old and faded or just not your style, removing old wallpaper can dramatically improve the look and feel of any room. Step 1: Prepare the area. Stripping wall paper is a messy proposition. Move the furniture away from the walls to be stripped. Take down pictures, pull out nails and…