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How to Build a Parking Lot

Growing populations mean growing parking problems. Businesses require adequate parking for their customers. Additional parking is required in growing residential neighborhoods. Because a parking lot is expensive to build, it is important to build it right. Like a house, a parking lot must have a goo

Tips on Pouring Large Concrete Slabs

Start with a firm foundation and plan your transporation and screeding carefully.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesIf you are planning a small concrete project, you can probably buy and mix the concrete yourself in a wheelbarrow. For large projects, however, you will need to bring in a...

How to Cement Sidewalks

Pathways lead you from one place to another and they also set the ambiance of the journey. The sound of gravel underfoot or the soft feel of a sand trail underfoot affects how you feel about going from here to there. The same is true of cement sidewalks. Well-maintained cement sidewalks make walkin

The Best Way to Reface Cabinets

If you are looking for a kitchen remodel, refacing your cabinets can be an easier and more affordable option over installing brand new cupboards. This option can get very expensive, however, if you leave it to a professional. Taking this project on your own can be challenging and time consuming, but

Comparison of the Density & Hardness of Hardwood Floors

Hardwoods are flowering trees and shrubs with heavy, dense wood due to the wood's cellular structure. Hardwoods have water-conducting cells along with compactly organized, thick-walled fiber cells that make them heavier and more durable than softwood species, which usually only have the water-conduc

How to Install T-Mold Transitions on Tile Flooring

Homes that have two different types of flooring installed in adjoining rooms often need transition moldings. The T-mold transition is a popular type of transition molding used to bridge the gap between the two different flooring types -- say, where one room with a hardwood floor meets a room with ca

How to Replace Basement Window Frames

Your basement windows, like any other windows in the house, need a frame to cover the joint between the window casing and the surrounding wall. Because of their proximity to the ground, with snow and rain splash-back, wood basement frames can rot and corrode faster than most other house trim. Howeve

Rectangle Mosaic Backsplash Ideas

Modern backsplashes adhere to few rules and can be fashioned out of many different materials. Look to the existing decor of your home before you commit to anything. For instance, if your home already has multiple colorful focal points, you will want something understated, but a home with a mainly ne

How to Measure Toilet Tile Cuts

Tiling a bathroom floor gets a little complicated around the toilet, but not as complicated as you might think. Once you remove the toilet (a necessity before you can tile) you'll find that the only real obstruction is a drain hole in the floor the size of a small dinner plate, which can be navigate

How to Attach a Window Box

You have bought a new window box and now it is time to attach it to the house. You may be unsure how to do it and wonder if you should hire someone to help. Well, you don't have to. With a drill, two anchors and a couple of L brackets you can do it yourself. Follow these steps to learn how.

Natural Cedar Shakes Vs. Painted

With an appearance that can be both natural and refined, cedar shakes are a popular choice for siding and roofing. Cedar shakes are more expensive than aluminum or plastic sidings, but they have an elegance that's hard to match. One of the most important decisions you have to make before finishing y

Ideas for Curtains As Closet Doors

OverviewJupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesIn certain spaces, curtains are a more ideal closet door covering than a hinged, sliding or pocket door. Curtains are the solution for especially tall doorways, closets lacking space for door installation and makeshift closets, such as an...

How to Put Down Linoleum

Linoleum is a flooring material made of linseed oil, wood dust, and bits of cork laid over a sheet of jute. While once a popular flooring choice, linoleum has been replaced in recent years by vinyl tile, hardwood and other materials. With the growing trend towards green, environmentally friendly mat

How to Fasten Sheet Metal

Sheet metal is exactly what it sounds like; a large, thin sheet of metal. Joining two pieces of sheet metal together is known as "fastening." Fastening sheet metal can be achieved through many methods, each of which has its pros and cons. One method of fastening sheet metal is to use self-clinching

How to Cover Gaps in Laminate Flooring at Door Frames

When updating your home with laminate flooring, you'll need to create breaks between the door jambs for proper installation. You can insert T-molding into an installed U-channel between the flooring breaks to conceal unsightly fastener holes in gap coverage trims. T-molding is available in a wide v

Why Teak Wood Is So Popular

Teak wood enjoys worldwide acceptance for its beauty, durability and strength. United States consumers frequently see teak indoor and outdoor furniture, along with hardwood flooring for homes and businesses. Retailers market small teak home accents such as picture frames and wall shelves. Less commo

What Are the Sizes of Ceramic Tile?

There are as many sizes of ceramic tile as there are colors in the rainbow, which translates to a lot! Tiles may be purchased from large home improvement stores or custom made to a specific design idea.

How to Build a Kitchen Island & L-Shaped Bar

Although there are many ways to build a kitchen island by starting from scratch, the easiest way is to secure two or three lower cabinets together. The ready-made base cabinets will have finished wood ends or those that look like wood to save you the steps of adding these for appearance sake. Making

Do It Yourself: A-Frame Construction

An A-frame is a lightweight structure made of two beams of the same size that are attached at the top at a 45-degree angle. The structure is usually made out of wood or steel and made to hold some sort of load. The beams are held together by drilling, welding, riveting or gluing. A-frames have a cro

How to Connect Solar Panels to My House's Electricity

Solar power is increasingly gaining popularity as a reliable and clean energy source for the home. Initially, you may find solar cells expensive, so you may use them in conjunction with your existing, grid-power electricity to meet your home's energy requirements. Once you install solar panels at yo