General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

Is it Very Easy to Install Wood Flooring Yourself?

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Well, there are several ways to answer the question but not an exact one.

The ease or difficulty in installing wood flooring by yourself will be determined first, by your skill level as a DIY-er - accuracy in measurement, precision in laying things out, skills in cutting as well as familiarity with tools. The second and perhaps more important thing is the type of wood flooring to be installed as this will determine the tools needed and the manner of installation itself. Wait, because the list does not end with these two. Other equally important factors to consider is the type of subfloor you have, the area of the room, the features it has - doors, trims that might need to be removed, vents and stairs as well as transition to other flooring materials.

How To Do HVLP Painting At Home

HVLP Painting

Before you begin a project using HVLP painting, you need to know the steps to follow and any precautions you should take. The process is pretty straightforward but should involve caution anytime you use tools and chemicals.

How To Remove Mould Stains From Wood Floors

Mould on a wood floor

Wooden floors are a beautiful, sophisticated and elegant design idea for any home. Keeping wooden floors clean and in top condition however can seem like a lot of work sometimes especially if your wooden floor has noticeable mould spots and stains within it.

Mould grows when water has been standing on the surface of the wooden floor and the finish has stained, which allows mould to develop. Mould stains are not the end of the world though as they be removed with a bit of elbow grease. Just follow the steps below to get rid of unsightly fungus.

Basic Sheetrock Repair, Tape And Texture Made Easy: 101

Basic Sheetrock Repair, Tape And Texture Made Easy #HomeImprovement #Sheetrock

We really do live our lives in homes that surround us with sheetrock. All walls are covered with it unless it's an older home with a plaster wall treatment. For the most part, if you live in a home in any Western country then you’re surrounded by sheetrock.

Sheetrock is surprisingly vulnerable too. If your roof leaks for instance, it's the sheetrock on the ceiling that will suffer first. It doesn't take much of a leak either to do some pretty serious damage to it. A couple of roughhousing teenagers can also leave you with a sheetrock damage repair job on a bedroom or hallway wall.

Funny Home Improvement Jokes, Humor, and Oddities

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The Electrician, The Dog, and The Parrot

An electrician went to a job at a house with a large dog and a parrot. The owner, sensing the electrician's nerves, said to the electrician that there was no need to worry about the dog, but whatever you do never say a word to the parrot. Relieved, the electrician got to work, the dog sitting there watching him the whole time. All of a sudden after the owner left, the parrot let loose with the meanest tirade of insults at the electrician who, after a few minutes of this, told the parrot to shut up. The parrot replied, “Sick ‘em, Rex!”

Home Soundproofing Tips For Musicians

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Here are some handy DIY soundproofing tips that every musician should know about. Start by reading this article, then watch the videos below for demonstrations on how this is done.

If your neighbours have stopped speaking to you since you bought your new drum kit or trumpet and your family and friends are at their wit’s end then it may be time to think about soundproofing your music room.

Can You Have Too Much Oak?

Oak cabinet

I am in the middle of a highly disruptive but nonetheless therapeutic remodeling of my house.

I say therapeutic because I am taking the long overdue opportunity of banishing all the elements of my home that I dislike from my life forever! Apart from the removing of unsightly fitted wardrobes and the demolition of an ugly fireplace the project has involved the pleasant task of selecting new flooring and furnishings for almost every room. As I stood back recently to admire my purchases (but not the hole in the bedroom wall) I realised that much of what I had chosen was oak and I wondered if I had over done it and should have gone for more variety?

Meteorite Explosion: Home Repair Bills Set to Skyrocket in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region [Videos]

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Just when you think your home is protected against everything nature can throw at it - think again!

Spare a thought for the unfortunate people in Russia's Chelyabinsk region who have had windows, doors, and more, blasted in by a Meteorite that came hurtling through the atmosphere today.

Tips For Moving Into A New House

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Moving to a new home can be many things: stressful, overwhelming, frustrating, confusing and full of problems but also exciting and full of the promise that comes with change. In fact if it were not for all of the stresses, moving can actually be somewhat fun. Of course, all of this is amplified if you are moving an entire house worth of possessions, from clothing to furniture to electronics and extension cords, as well as everything in between. If you are well prepared and plan correctly you can help ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible. The following are some tips that you may find useful at different phases of the process.


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