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How To: Lay ceramic tile with drywall spackle

Tree Climbing Man demonstrates how to lay ceramic tile with drywall spackle. You don't need to rip up your existing floor and put down plywood or a sub floor to lay down a new floor. You can put ceramic tile right over existing linoleum with less work, less heartache and less problems. First, spackle the back of each tile and lay it down. You can also use a stapler and tape to fix problem areas. You don't need to go crazy with the adhesive. Spend your money on quality tile. You can use clay f...

How To: Build makeshift outdoor stairs

In this video, Andy Bell shows different ways of how to build temporary makeshift stairs for use during construction or remodeling projects. He will teach you how you can easily measure your own stringers (the sides of the stairs, that the steps rest on to cut them on your own, or, as he tells viewers, you can also build stair building kits that come with the stringers precut and ready for use. Learn about the variations of precut stringers, as well as their affordability! Then, the procedure...

How To: Install a range hood roof vent

Range hoods are a necessity in any kitchen. A properly installed range hood will vent hot air and cooking odors outside as well as help keep kitchen surfaces free of grease. The trickiest part of installing a range hood is determining how to run the ventilation ducts. Depending on the location of your range, you will need to decide if it is easier to vent through an outside wall versus up through the roof. Use this tutorial if you determine that venting through the roof is the best route.

How To: Install an exterior entry door

Let the Home Depot show you what it takes to install an exterior entry door and the tools and supplies you'll need for this popular do-it-yourself project. Go step-by-step through the process and pick up a few tips along the way for extending the life of your new exterior door. For more, or to get staretd on your own exterior installation process, watch this video DIY guide.

How To: Hate Ugly-Looking Power Strips? Make This Sleek DIY Power Outlet Box for Your Desktop

One of the biggest downsides to having so many gadgets is that you never seem to have enough outlets to power them all. Most of us have a power strip or two to solve this problem, but Instructables user dlewisa wanted something a little nicer looking, so he built this DIY desktop power outlet. For the housing, dlewisa put together a small wooden box using a nail gun and wood glue. He used a sander to round off the corners, then filled in the gaps with wood filler and painted it. You could als...

How To: Install solar window screens

Hub Kirkpatrick teaches the viewers how to save handyman bills by installing solar window screens by yourself. This video describes the step-by-step process of installing solar screens on windows. According to Hub, these screens are not only very easy to install using tools found in everyone's garage, they are also only about one-third of the price of the conventional roll-down screens. In addition, these screens, if properly installed, can drastically reduce air-conditioning bills by prevent...

How To: Remove a tile from your floor or wall

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to remove a tile from a floor or wall. Begin by marking the tiles with a hammer and punch. These marks are used as guidelines for the drill. Create an X shape with the markings. Now use a drill to drill through the tile holes, but not through the wall. Now complete the X-shape pattern by connect the holes with a chisel and hammer. Then crack the tile into pieces and pry the pieces off the wall. This video will benefit those viewers who are doing home ...

How To: Install non-woven wallpaper

Non-woven wallpaper is easy to install and it's reusable. Tim Carter of explains how this cool wallpaper is different because it doesn't expand when the adhesive contacts the paper backing. These new non-woven wallpapers are huge time savers because there is no need to pre-paste a sheet of paper and book it while you work on another piece.

How To: Install a window valence

Valances add a great touch to windows that you do not want to cover completely, but that you also do not want to leave bare. Bare windows can seem cold and uninviting, and adding window dressing such as a window valance will make your room much more homey and warm. There are several styles of valances from which to choose. This valance is a single rod valance requiring a 2 1//2” flat curtain rod. Although this valance is intended to be poufed, it can be left as a flat valance for a more tradi...

How To: Repair cracks and holes in drywall with Lowe's

In this tutorial, we learn how to repair cracks and holes in drywall with Lowe's. Drywall can be damaged in a number of ways, but can be fixed easily. If you have a medium size hole in the wall, first place caulking on it and then smooth it out. If you have a larger area, you will need to use a sanding strip around it to smooth out the area and all around it. Use drywall compound to fill in the area that is empty. Then, smooth over it with a flat tool then paint over it with the same color pa...

How To: Spackle and patch holes in the wall

Having tons of pictures hanging in one single room can be a beautiful site to look at. But if you plan on moving or changing the style of that room, you're bound to have a few holes in your wall. Not to worry, those holes are easy to take care of and will take you less than a day to complete. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to properly spackle and patch holes in your wall. It's an easy task that anyone can do in a snap! So good luck and enjoy!

WARNING: House-On-the-Go May Induce Nausea

Experimental house, "Roll It", is a collaborative project within Germany's University of Karlsruhe. The basic concept is as follows: using a cylindrical design to maximize space within a minimum housing unit. Not sure how "space efficient" this would actually be, but using it as transport could be fun (until the nausea inevitably sets in).

How To: Tile a bathroom floor with Home Depot

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to tile a bathroom floor with Home Depot. Home Depot is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services. Tiling a bathroom floor can be difficult and can look awful if installation is done incorrectly. In this video, users will learn how to tile a bathroom floor. Mosaic tiles can be installed individually or pre-mounted on mesh-backed sheets. In this video you will learn how to install 12 x 12 inch sheets mosaics on a b...

How To: Install patio doors in a brick wall

If you've got a brick wall and you're thinking of installing a door, you may have thought you were out of luck. Not so! This helpful how-to walks you through the steps so you can see how it's done. First off, know that this is not a simple task, so be prepared to wield a brick cutter, which is a serious tool in itself. After that you'll be framing out the door, shimming it up, and installing the door. Go for it!

How To: Adjust a Sliding Door

How to adjust a sliding door. Sliding doors are great when they are sliding but can be a real pain in the bum when they don't. Today's video will concentrate on adjusting the wheels to help alleviate some of these annoying issues. It doesn't matter if it's a robe sliding door, a closet sliding door, a glass sliding door or a patio sliding door, the principle is still the same. Obviously there can be other factors like the sliding door track or the sliding door wheels being in a state of disre...