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Buildup Toilet Flange

When a floor or subfloor is built-up around a toilet, the toilet flange must also be raised to achieve a proper seal. Shortcuts such as using two wax rings are against code and you will probably have leaks. The topic of buildup flanges is discussed in more depth in the […]

Restoration Resources

We’ve come across some restoration resources from Old House Journal online. It seems like they have a very comprehensive listing of suppliers and manufacturers for any restoration you have planned. They also list some services and contractors who can help or guide your restoration process. Even if you are just […]

Modern Prefab Cabana

Modern Prefab Cabana

The folks at Inhabitat have found a prefab cabana that has a 10×10 footprint and comes pre-built and only requires common tools to fully assemble. They start at $12,500 and you’ll have to wire or plumb as necessary. You can change the siding, roofing, and windows to match your home. […]

Prep for Exterior Paint

Prep for Exterior Paint

Before painting any surface a proper prep job is required to ensure the paint adheres correctly and lasts for years. Prep Steps for Outdoor Painting [Extreme How-To]

Montana Living

Montana Living

We feel the approach the Avis family have taken to living in Montana is unique and more city folk moving or buying second homes in the country should follow their lead. The decision to renovate and re-use the original century-old buildings which are located on 1,200 acres but only 50 […]

Canadian Home Improvement Resources

Canadian Home Improvement Resources

To help console our neighbors to the North as the Oilers are on the brink of elimination, we wanted to share some Canadian specific resources for home improvement contractors, supplies, and advice. We’re interested in your feedback as to the effectiveness of these directories and stores or if you can […]

Remove a Heavy Tub

Remove a Heavy Tub

The most difficult and potentially dangerous part of renovating a bathroom is removing the old tub. A built-in cast-iron tub can create the most problems. Ebuild.com recommends you leave a demo like this to the pros, but if you do decide to take a sledgehammer to the tub, hit the […]

Xtreme Tape Measure

Xtreme Tape Measure

A tool line isn’t complete without an “Xtreme” model and the Stanley Fat Max Xtreme fits the bill. If you are tired of your flimsy tape that won’t hold a line or is too short then this may be the answers to your tape measure dreams. Stanley Fat Max Xtreme […]

Clean your BBQ Grill

Clean your BBQ Grill

Readymade’s blog has a quick and easy way to clean your BBQ. It only takes a couple minutes and you can and should do this everytime before you cook.

Deep Clean Carpets

Deep Clean Carpets

It seems that there is no consensus in the proper way to deep clean carpets. What we do know is that a vacuum cleaner won’t do the trick. When you need to properly remove mold, allergens, dust mites, and light stains, you should use a steamer. Steamers don’t require the […]

Mixing Wood Stains or Dyes

Mixing Wood Stains or Dyes

If you are into woodworking or just want to refinish a favorite piece, this article regarding color theory when applied to stains and dyes is a must-read. Color Theory: For the Woodworker & Furniture Finisher and Mixing Stains or Dyes [Wood Finish Supply]

Stone Walls

Stone Walls

The use of decorative stone can provide your modern home with a more rustic and earthy feel. This look can be created by placing stone on just one exterior wall. Beware of doing too much or your house could resemble a castle. Consider stone for interior walls as well. Stone […]

Decorative Bamboo Poles

Decorative Bamboo Poles

A reader recently inquired regarding the use of bamboo poles to decorate and frame the entryway between two spaces in his retail store. Bamboo is an excellent choice when it comes to adding warmth to a room and it’s neutral color and smooth finish won’t deter from the surroundings. We […]

Custom Security Window Grills

Custom Security Window Grills

Manhattan Users Guide just turned us onto these great custom window grills by Kristina Kozak of MINE. Wrought-iron grills are terrible to look out of and are unsightly on any home. If you need the security of metal window grills why not make them decorative. Custom Window Grills [MINE]

Fix a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

Here’s a DIY video from Expert Village that shows you how to adjust your ceiling fan so it no longer wobbles. An out of tune ceiling fan can loosen from it’s base so it’s important to keep these fans properly maintained.

Rapsel Sinks

Rapsel Sinks

Straight from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Apartment Therapy has highlighted some modern sink designs from Rapsel who are located in Milan, Italy.

Planning Your Garden

Planning Your Garden

Before you go organic and grow your own tomatoes, herbs, and flowers, follow these steps to ensure your garden has the greatest chance for survival.

Kickspace Heater

Kickspace Heater

In addition to toekick drawers, here’s another way to utilize the space between your kitchen cabinets and the floor. Install a kickspace heater like these from Myson.