How-To

How to Replace Wallboard in Your Ceiling

 Wallboard in Your CeilingOne of the worst feelings you can have when walking around your home is to look up… and see that familiar, brownish circular stain on your ceiling. When you realize its part of the wallboard – and that it might be buckling from the damage – things start to look even worse. Thankfully, when you learn how to replace wallboard in your ceiling correctly, you learn that it isn’t quite as painful as you’d previously imagined – neck cramps not included!

First Steps

Carpet Laying Over Concrete

When applying a floor covering to your sub floor you have quite a large selection of materials to choose from. Terrazzo, vinyl tile, vinyl sheet goods, hardwood, laminate, and carpet; just to name a few. Each has its own installation specifics but let’s take a look at how we accomplish the task of carpet laying over concrete.

Leveling

The first thing you want to do is take a long look at the concrete surface. The padding and carpet can mask some imperfections, but as long as you are doing it, why not do it right? Any noticeable bumps or lumps should be taken off. This is a simple job with a cold chisel and a hammer. Make sure to wear those safety glasses.

How to Remove Silicone Caulking

Silicone caulking serves a wide variety of purposes in the home. It can be used as a weather sealer, a finish product, and an adhesive. When it is time to remove or replace it, however, silicone caulking can be a tricky customer.

Places you’ll find it:

The most common place in the home to find silicone caulking is around baseboards and other moldings. The carpenter or painter applies the silicone with a gun and works the product into small cracks and crevices. The main purpose of this is aesthetic. By filling gaps and cracks in the woodwork, the artisan gives his work a more complete and quality appearance.

How to Hang a Picture

hanging a picture frameHave you ever gone to someone’s house and noticed a picture just a wee bit “off”? It takes everything in your power to resist the urge to walk over and straighten it. And sometimes, even if you do, the darn thing will stubbornly, on its own, slope right back over to its original position. Or maybe this is happening in your very own home.

How to Stain a Deck

staining a deck diyThey say there is more than one way to skin a cat. Well, there is also more than one way to know how to stain a deck, feline pets notwithstanding. Is your deck brand new, freshly installed and waiting to come to life with a stunning covering of color?

Or is it an old, weatherworn one that has seen family parties, years of summers and winters and survived the elements, and now needs a bit of a facelift? Staining a deck that is old is a different story altogether to finishing off a brand new construction.

Extreme Makeover for your Tired Old Deck