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Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: Bet You Don't Know...
What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile? I have long wondered about this myself, and finally I found out.
20 Bathroom Tile Ideas We Love
Check out our picture gallery of great bathroom tile ideas you can install.
Quartz vs. Granite: What's the Better Countertop?
How do granite vs. quartz countertops compare? Here is a point-by-point comparison with a recommendation of the best between the two.
Make The Most Of Your Small Bathroom Remodel
Small bathroom remodeling can greatly improve your property value and beautify your home, in the process. Learn how here.
20 Gorgeous Backsplashes To Inspire You
This picture gallery of great backsplashes is sure to charge up your imagination for your kitchen remodel!
20 Inspiring Paint Colors for Your Kitchen
See top kitchen paint colors you can copy for your own kitchen from brands like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, and more.
5 Celebrities Who Live In Surprisingly Small...
Celebrities, by virtue of their wealth, tend to live in mansions. But how about those famous and rich people who live in incredibly small houses?
What Types of Wood Floors Are Best for Dogs?
What are the best--if any--wood floors for dogs? Given that dogs do have claws, is there any kind of wood floor suited for them?
Easy Way To Convert 4 Prong Dryer Cord to 3...
One common electrical problem is when the dryer has a 4 prong plug yet the outlet has 3 prongs. How do you convert?
Helpful Guide to Common Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
Guide to common kitchen cabinet sizes and dimensions for your next remodeling project.
Lowes vs. Home Depot: Weighing the Competitors
Which is better? Lowes or The Home Depot?
Explore 7 Bathroom Flooring Options
Can you determine the best possible flooring for bathrooms? We rate flooring for practicality and looks, and help find the right fit for you.
How to Build the Right Size Stairs
Suggested stair riser height, tread length, and stair width for constructing your set of stairs, based on the International Building Code (IBC).
6 Secrets to Finding Cheap Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are notoriously expensive. How hard can it be to find cheap cabinets? Not so hard with this guide.
Did You Know Sawzall Is Now a Generic Word...
Sawzall is both a reciprocating saw made by Milwaukee Tools and a generic term.
Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring: Which One Wins?
Let's look at the issue of vinyl vs. laminate flooring and find out which is best for your home.
What is Grout Sealer and Do I Really Need It?
Do I really need to use grout sealer on my tile grout? If so, how do I apply it?
Is Bathroom Paint Worth the Extra Price?
Do I really need to use special bathroom paint? How does it differ from regular interior house paint?
Painting Your Tiles? Read This First!
Painting tile is faster, easier, and cheaper than a full tile replacement. How do you do it and are any risks involved?
Removing Tile Grout Is Easy. Here's How.
It's easy to remove tile grout--easier than you might expect. Plus, you can use common tools. Here are instructions.
20 Gorgeous Small Bathrooms to Inspire Your Reno
Yellow walls and subway tiles give this bathroom a classic, retro look.
3 Cheap Ways To Fix Failed Window Seal--Cheaper...
If the view on your double-pane window is foggy, chances are the seal has failed. Find out 3 easier ways to fix this rather than replacing the whole window.
The 7 Best Wall Colors for Kitchens
Here is a list of the 7 best colors for kitchen, based on expert recommendations.
7 Free Floor Plans for Small Houses
Plans for the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 882 sq. ft. house. Page 7.
Prefab vs.Tiled Shower: Which is a Better Choice?
Install a prefabricated shower stall or construct a tiled shower stall? Let this guide help you.
Visual Guide to 15 Bathroom Floor Plans
Free bathroom floor plans for your next remodeling project - for your master bathroom, 2nd bathroom, or powder/guest bathroom.
Check Out These 11 Amazing Tile Counters
A collection of pictures and ideas for tiles installed on kitchen and bathroom countertops.
7 Super Budget-Friendly Flooring Options
Cheap flooring? When all you need is a basic floor--or a little bit more--here are a few good standbys.
7 Ways to Cut Your Kitchen Remodel Bill 40% or...
Get these super-easy tips for saving on your kitchen remodel costs.
How to Fix Sagging, Sloping Floors
Sagging, sloping, and out-of-level floors are common in old houses. What causes this, how to fix it, and how much to fix?
How to Clean Icky Grout Haze
Cleaning grout haze is an inevitable part of tiling. Find out how to minimize this task.
4 Essential Steps to Painting Wood
Think you know how to paint wood? Maybe not. We've got tips you may not know about this seemingly simple task.
Your Handy Guide to Drywall Size and Thickness
Learn some of the basics of drywall sizes and thicknesses.
20 Ways to Update the Look of Your Bathroom
A walk-through of tried-and-true bathroom paint colors to copy for your own bathroom!
We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is great stuff. Looks super and it's easy to install. But there are problems, as well. Let's look at both sides of this popular choice.
Estimated Cost of 13 Home Remodeling Projects
List of estimated remodeling costs for kitchen, bathroom, exterior, and more.
Do You Really Need to Wash Interior Walls...
Do you really need to clean interior walls before painting? Washing is not necessary in all instances.
10 Steps for Building Your Own Home
Learn the 10 basic steps to build own house.
Granite Vs. Corian: We Weigh the Pros and Cons
Corian vs. Granite - which is the better solid surface countertop material for your kitchen? Find out who wins in the Corian / Granite debate!
Bathtub Refinishing: It's Easier and Cheaper...
Learn methods for refinishing your bathtub instead of replacement--the process, quality, cost, and more.
The Plumbing "Rough-In": Learn Where to Cut...
Find out the plumbing rough in dimensions for toilet, bathtub, and sink.
Can You Install Tile on Plywood Subfloor?
Can I install tile on plywood subfloor with no other substrate?
Moss Taking Over Your Roof? Banish It for Good
A quick primer on how to remove moss on a roof, using dry and liquid applications.
8 Super Durable Flooring Options
What's the most durable flooring you can buy for your home? The answers might shock you.
13 Steps to Full Home Renovation
When you renovate a house, what comes first? Then second, then third, and so on? Here is the remodeling process laid out for you.
Is Plank Vinyl Flooring Right for Your Home?
Is plank vinyl flooring right for you? We look at plank vinyl flooring and if it is right for your house.
How Much Should the Granite Cost for a Kitchen...
How much does granite cost for kitchen counters? Is it within reach for your kitchen countertops? Find out...
9 Surface-Remodeling Ways to Update Your Bathroom
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Can You Install Tile Over Vinyl Flooring?
Addressing the perennial question of whether you can tile over a vinyl floor.
Should I Seal My Tile Grout?
Face it - sealing tile grout is no fun. But here's why you need to seal tile grout, and some tips to make it go easier.
For Emergencies, You Must Know How To Cut Off...
For emergencies, remodeling, or repairs, here is how to locate your home's main water shut-off valve fast.
The Best Way to Clean Laminate Floors: Do's and...
Find out which is the best laminate floor cleaner for your flooring. Not all laminate floor cleaners are created equally.
Durable "Wood-Look" Siding You've Probably...
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A Beginner's Guide to Floor Underlayment
Ever wondered which type of flooring underlayment to use for which floor? We help you separate the different types of flooring underlayment in our guide.
How Much Does it Cost to Refinish a Bathtub?
How much does it cost to refinish your bathtub? Here are estimates.
Shopping for New Countertops? Here's What It'll...
Cheap countertops? Are cheap countertops even possible? We explore the relative range of prices for kitchen and bathroom counters.
7 Free and Paid Programs That Help You Design...
A list of kitchen design programs--free and paid--to help you design your kitchen without spending money on professionals.
Installing a New Refrigerator? What You Need to...
A run-down of counter-depth refrigerator dimensions.
8 Truths About Replacement WIndows
Learn a few basics of replacement windows - materials, cost, process, etc. - before you make the big leap and call a replacment window company.
How to Change the Color of Your Grout
How to change grout color? Is it as simple as buying one of those grout colorant kits?
Where to Buy DIY Replacement Windows for Your...
Where do you buy replacement windows to install by yourself?
Discover 1 Cheaper Way To Fix Fogged Windows...
Is it cheaper to defog a window instead of replacing or repairing?
We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Standing Seam...
The hottest, newest roofing material is called the standing seam metal roof. Is it right for your house?
List of The Top Tile Manufacturers
Here's a list of tile manufacturers I have compiled for my own use and though they might be helpful to anyone looking at tile for their home.
What You Should Know About Pre-Hung and Slab...
What's the difference between a prehung and a slab door? Why would you use one over the other?
4 Bathroom Wall Surfaces (Other Than Paint) You...
Wall coverings for bathrooms - consider space and moisture. It's not always the easiest choice to make. Learn which kind of wall covering - wallpaper, tile, paint? - you want to use in your bathroom.
Your Complete Guide to Tools and Materials
Find out the easy way to read a tape measure, even if you hate math.
Is a Shower Liner Right for Your Bathroom?
If your bathtub or shower are scratched beyond repair or just generally falling apart, but you don't want to replace, reliners may be your best option.
Planning a Sunroom Addition? Read This First
A sunroom addition often seems like a great deal. Let's answer some of your questions about sunroom additions.
Water in the Crawl Space: Is it Worth Fixing...
Find out how to get rid of water in the crawl space. Water under the house will be no problem if you take these steps.
How Much Do Corian Counters and Backsplashes...
Corian is manufactured by DuPont and is generally less expensive than quartz or granite kitchen counters. Here are some cost estimates.
Compare 3 Popular Countertop Choices with This...
Let's compare and contrast solid surface, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop materials.
Jack Up Your House Yourself: Yes Or No?
It's you're not already convinced that jacking up your house by yourself is a bad idea, read this cautionary tale.
Is My Attic Insulation Asbestos?
A visual guide for identifying whether your attic insulation is asbestos.
13 Options for Your Basement Flooring
Looking for basement flooring ideas? Vinyl, tile, concrete, wood? Here are basement flooring ideas for you.
Understanding Your Home's Foundation Footings
Foundation footings and code in a nutshell.
Installing Stone Veneer Over Interior Brick Walls
Can you put stone veneer over brick. If so, how do you do it?
Do you know the difference between laminate and...
Can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?
Choose the Right Sandpaper Grit for Your Project
Find out how to size sandpaper grit for your job. Did you know that bigger gauge numbers mean finer sandpaper?
Roof Replacement 101: When and How to Replace...
Within the home renovation workflow, roof replacement is job number one. Learn some basics before plunking down big money for this project.
The Best--and Worst--Stud Finders You Can Buy
Here are a few of the many stud finders out there: magnetic, UWB, and rare earth magnets.
What is Greenboard Drywall and How is it Used?
It is the same as regular drywall except it is colored green and resists water (but is not water-proof.)
Does Your Paint Job Really Need a Paint Sprayer?
Don't immediately run out and buy a paint sprayer. They can cover outside areas in a short amount of time, but there are problems involved, too.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: A Gimmick or the Real...
What is Luxury Vinyl Tile, and is it all just a P.R. stunt?
How to Remove a Tub Drain
Find out how to remove a tub drain without any special plumbers tools.
How to Install New Shingles
Looking to save some money and challenge your home improvement skills? Learn how to install new roof shingles, in just a few easy steps.
Can You Paint When It Rains?
Can you paint when it rains? What about interior vs. exterior?
5 Types of Roofing Materials You Should Know
A list of common roofing materials available for your home.
Painting Cedar Siding
For advice on painting cedar siding, we went to the expert: Paul Mackie of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Understanding Sanded Tile Grout and Non-Sanded...
Should I use sanded tile grout? What is the difference between sanded and non sanded tile grout?
Over-the-Range Microwave Installation
Ready to install your over the range microwave? We'll show you how to do it properly to ensure a high-quality DIY job.
Our Step-by-Step Guide to Regrouting Bathroom...
It's easy to regrout bathroom tile--much easier than you might expect. Regrouting bathroom tile is a simple two-step process of first removing the existing grout and then adding grout back. Let's show you how.
You Can Paint In Humid Air. But Beware Of...
Can you paint your house when the air is humid? How much humidity is acceptable?
Our A-to-Z Guide to Building an Addition to...
Learn the essentials you need to consider when creating a room addition for your house.
20 Bathroom Tiles We Love
A picture of subway tile wainscot, a classic look for any bathroom.
Don't Trash That Trim! Save Money By Removing...
Tips for removing trim and molding from walls without breaking it.
Did You Know: Angle of Your Roof Determines...
Not all shingles can be used for every type of roof. Did you know that roof pitch determines the type of shingles you can use?
7 Awesome Space-Making "Slim Refrigerators"
A list of narrow, compact, but stylish slim-line refrigerators for small kitchens.
What Is a Solid Core Wood Door and How Is It...
Solid core wood doors in a home's interior are considered better than hollow core. But are they really?
Why (or Not) to Install Rolled Roofing
Homeowners often wonder why or even if they should install rolled roofing. We give a few answers here.
What Is Cement Backer Board and How Do I Use It?
Cement board is one of home renovation's greatest inventions - find out how to use it to make your tiling work go faster.
We Rate and Review 10 Common Countertop Materials
What is the best countertop? Check out our ratings of countertops for kitchen and bathroom.
Plywood Underlayment
For underlayment, you have lots of options--chiefly plywood. Find out how plywood underlayment can benefit your finish flooring project.
Easy DIY: Install a Peel and Stick Backsplash
Is it possible to make kitchen or bathroom backsplash installation even easier? Peel and stick backsplash tile makes that promise.
Do You Know When Your Remodel Requires a...
It's often difficult to know when you need a permit for home renovation or repairs. Here is a simple chart of permit-worthy actions that you tend to find.
How to Splice Electrical Wire
Step by step visual description of how to splice an electrical wire to extend it.
Opening a Load-Bearing Wall
Basic instructions on opening up a load-bearing wall to accommodate a larger doorway or pass-through.
Learn The Basic Layouts for Kitchen Design
Learn about kitchen design layouts for your kitchen remodel.
4 Steps For Renting a Rolloff Dumpster
A dumpster (otherwise known as a container or rolloff) is essential for demolition work related to home renovation. How do you go about renting one?
Bump Out
A bump out is far less than a house addition, and even a sun room addition. But even a small bump out can feel like you've added a lot of space.
Choosing the Right Insulation for 2x4 and 2x6...
What's the best batt insulation for 2x4 and 2x6 walls?
How to Install Shoe Molding or Quarter-Round...
Step by step instructions for installing quarter round or shoe molding, as well as cutting a neat finishing return.
8 Major Laminate Flooring Manufacturers
A list of laminate flooring manufacturers and brands. It's a list that I will continually be updating.
Can You Use Latex Paint Over Oil-Based Paint?
Can I use latex paint over the oil-based paint on cabinets if I use a primer?
Learn About 7 Basic Floor Transition Strips
A guide to the basics of transition strips that go between different types of floor coverings, such as from hardwood to laminate.
Tile That Looks Like Wood Flooring
Yes, you can get tile that looks like wood flooring. In fact, scarily so.
When to Use Thinset or Mastic as Tile Adhesive
When do you use thinset on tile vs. epoxy or mastics?
Are Simonton Windows Good?
Simonton makes vinyl windows, which are fine.They last forever and never need to be painted. (The flip side is that you cannot paint them effectively.)
The Best Tile for Your Small Bathroom
What is the best tile for tiling a small bathroom? Shape, color, etc.?
Do You Just Want a Quick Idea of Bathroom...
You want to know one thing: How much will it cost to renovate your bathroom? In this simple guide, we give you a rundown of what you should expect to pay.
Engineered Wood Flooring
For many homeowners, engineered wood flooring just might be the perfect compromise between solid hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. Learn the basics about this great wood flooring product.
"Rough In"? This Basic Remodeling Term Defined.
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Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?
Do you always need underlayment under your laminate flooring? Here I take an outside-the-box view.
4 Kits For Building Stair and Balcony Railings
Rundown of the staircase and balcony railing kits out there.
Do I Install My Kitchen Flooring Before the...
In a kitchen, should I install the cabinets before the floor or the floor before the cabinets?
Rating The 6 Best Types of Home Gym Flooring
What is the best type of flooring for your new home gym? The answer might surprise you. Here are six types of floors best for home gyms.
What Are Your Best Basement Flooring Options?
Q: What is the best basement flooring? A: The best basement flooring...
Instantly Size Bathtubs With This Quick...
What is the standard size for bathtubs? Here's a reference guide for alcove, whirlpool, oval, and corner bathtubs.
Crooked Cabinet Door? Here's How to Adjust the...
If your cabinet doors bump into each other, hang unevenly or don’t close properly, the hinges may need adjusting. Here's the easy way to do it.
Pros and Cons of Building a House Addition
Debating the various aspects--good and bad--of building an addition to your house.
Electrical Code In a Nutshell For Homeowners
The electrical code--properly called the National Electrical Code, published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association--is one of the most important documents a home renovator can have. Here are the basics of the electrical code.
Spruce Up Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets With One...
Painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to improve their appearance.
4 Options for Your Basement's Subflooring
Find out your basement subfloor options. You have more than one choice when it comes to basement subfloor.
Retiling? You'll Love This Free Tile Calculator
Recently, I found the best tile calculator that I have seen in a long time. Tile calculators are a dime a dozen, but this Flash-based calculator gives you a good
7 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Kitchen...
Be sure to stay away from these common kitchen remodel pitfalls if you want yours to turn out right.
This 5-Minute Guide Tells You How to Tile a...
A tiled shower is the holy grail of bathrooms - clean, neat, and custom-made. But can you tile a shower yourself? Yes.
Is Mold Remediation Just a Big Scam?
Mold remediation has become big business in recent years. But is mold remediation worthwhile or is it all just a big witch-hunt?
What's the Easiest Electrical Cosmetic Fix You...
Are your old electrical outlets old and loose? Replace them with new, safer electrical outlets.
All You Need to Know about Waterproof Laminate...
Is is possible to buy waterproof laminate? You won't find many options.
How to Repair Your Acrylic or Fiberglass Shower
The spectrum of shower repair ranges from ignoring the ugly thing (zero cost) to ripping it out and starting again (high cost). Showers can be repaired in other ways, though. Take a look.
Average Basement Finishing Cost
What is the average cost to finish a basement?
8 Steps to DIY Window Replacement
Even though most window companies don't want you to know this, it is possible to replace your own windows.
What Is Romex Wire and How Do I Use It?
Romex® is a brand of non-metallic (NM) building wire made by Southwire. NM is used to refer to any type of electrical wiring sheathed in a plastic coating.
How to Refinish Your Bathtub by Yourself
Refinish your ugly, stained bathtub and save yourself the misery of replacement or even relining. Refinishing your bathtub is a good, short-term solution to a problem that may have been going on for a long time.
Choosing the Right Screws for Drywall...
Learn the basics about drywall screws and which drywall screw you might want to purchase.
2 Important Points You Must Consider Before...
Removing load bearing walls is serious business. Consider all the factors before undertaking this important step.
Building Code Guidelines for Deck Rails and...
This building code cheatsheet is derived from the most recent International Building Code (IBC). The IBC is a model code.
Learn The The Absolute Best Way on Earth to...
You'll get perfect painted ceiling results by following these tips.
Drywall Alternatives
Drywall is still the best and often only material available for closing up interior walls. But it's miserable stuff. So here are some other wall coverings.
Our Guide to Common Floor Joist Spans
We'll help you figure out floor joist spans for common sizes, using timber found at your local Lowe's or Home Depot.
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