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How To: Install a glass vessel sink or countertop

This video tutorial shows you how to install a glass vessel sink or countertop. First you need to make sure that the glass vessel sink or countertop has all of the pieces needed and that none of the pieces are scratched or broken. You then need to place the mouthing ring on the countertop where the sink is going to go. Make sure that the rubber side is facing down. Then carefully set the sink on the mouthing ring. You must then take off the tail piece of the pop up drain. Take off the ridge a...

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: Repair a dryer by replacing the support rollers

The drum support rollers are usually in the same spot on every dryer, no matter the brand. They will be below the drum. In order to remove the rollers, you need to open the dryer's cabinet and remove the drum. Perhaps you will notice that the left roller is more worn out than the right one. This is a common occurrence, but you need to replace both at the same time. Be sure to remove the nut before you remove the roller. Don't use more than one drop of oil on the hub as too much oil will aid t...

How To: Repair a ceramic disc tap

In this tutorial we learn how to repair a ceramic disc tap. You will need: adjustable spanner, flathead screwdriver, Allen key, and ceramic disc to do this. To start, you will prepare the sink by turning the water off. Then, remove the tap head using the tools that you grabbed. Once off, grab the cartridge from the inside using the wrench. Once you reinstall the disc tap you will replace all the parts back on top of the handle. When you're finished, turn the water back on and then see if the ...

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: Remove backer board from a shower stall

Mark Donovan is remodeling a ceramic tile shower, and shows how to remove the old backer board. First remove the old screws, starting at the bottom of each board and working your way up (leave a few screws so the board doesn't fall). Sometimes screws may be hiding under old mortar. Score the joint between the top board and the ceiling with a utility knife to prevent ceiling damage. Use a pry bar to gently remove the old backer board, being watchful for pipes. Remove the last screws, then the ...

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: Make a wooden soda holder that seems to defy gravity

In this video, we learn how to make a wooden soda holder that defies gravity. First, cut a hole into a piece of wood that is large enough to fit the cap of a 2 liter bottle of soda. Now, with the bottle still full, place the bottle into the hole and raise the piece of wood up so it's sitting on the edge of a table. Now, the wood should stay there without you having to hold it. This will look like it's defying gravity, but it is just the soda and wood being positioned perfectly so it doesn't f...

How To: Remove wallpaper quickly & easily

Getting that wallpaper down is not near as bad as people think it is. Here is a four step process for getting that old wallpaper off quickly and easily. Use a wallpaper perforating tool to make hundreds of holes in the wallpaper. Just roll the tool over the wall and it will make little holes in the wallpaper. Next put a gallon and a half of hot water in a garden sprayer and add to it an enzyme based wallpaper stripper. Spray on the wallpaper stripper starting at the top of the wall. Make sure...

How To: Install ceramic floor tile

Ceramic tile floors offer a very attractive and durable alternative to other floor finishes. They come in many different sizes and colors to match the décor of any room and they can provide years of maintenance-free use. Additionally, ceramic tiles are fairly easy to install. Ceramic tiles have one major prerequisite – you must have a smooth and rigid sub-floor to support the installation. Ceramic tiles are not flexible in the least, so they can crack if installed over a rough surface or thin...

How To: Cut nested crown molding with a DEWALT miter saw

dewalttv teaches you how to cut nested crown molding with a DEWALT miter saw. The advantage of this position is that it doesn't require a bevel angle. The bottom of the molding should be placed against the fence. To cut the right piece, set the miter to 45 degrees to the left and make the cut. To cut the other piece, the left one, set the miter angle to 45 degrees to the right and cut. You are done. This technique is useful when you don't want to worry about setting up a level cut.

How To: Build patio walls with posts

Instructions for building wall panels and posts using Alan Block materials. This is How-to Sheet #190, for the Courtyard Collection. Combine walls and posts in a three step process: build a post, build one wall off the post, then build a second wall off the first. Corner blocks help make perfect corners, and have one long and one short side. Offset the vertical seems by alternating. Blocks used for the wall include Dublin center-split, Dublin end-split, and York center-split. You will need to...

How To: Build a concrete shower base

Thinking about renovating your bathroom? It's a lot easier than you might think to remodel your bathroom. Find out how to build your own water-tight concrete base for a shower with this tutorial from the DIY network. Watch this how to video and you can build the concrete base to the shower in your bathroom in no time.

How To: Install carpets on stairs

In this video, we learn how to install carpets on stairs. First, install a tack strip along the back edge with a distance between the riser and where you place it. Then, you will place the pad down on the stairs, and then you will place the carpet down. Use trim to cover up the backs of the stairs and the underside of the bull nose. Use a nail gun with staple brads to fasten the carpet to the stairs. This is the easy way to do it, and you must make sure you have the right measurements to fit ...

How To: Finish a basement layout and planning

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to finish a basement by laying out and planning. Planning the lay-out and design of the basement is an important part of finishing or remodeling a basement. Learn how to get new ideas as you design and lay-out your basement floor plan. Viewers will learn how to finish the basement space with expert tips and advice on home improvement. Make sure the basement is empty. Make measurements and mark them on the wall or floor. For a bathroom, there should be...

How To: Rewire a fuse from an older style consumer unit

ultimatehandyman shows you how to Rewire a fuse from an older style consumer unit. What you need: fuse from an older style consumer unit, a tester/screwdriver, fuse wire of right thickness1. Use a tester to determine whether your fuse is in working condition or not. Once you are sure it is not working unscrew the screws partially which are found on both ends. 2. Unwind the old fuse wire from the screws and remove. Take the fuse wire that is of same rating as the one you just removed. 3. Inser...

How To: Install a bay window in your home

If you have high energy bills and older looking and dated windows, this may be a sign. If you want find a way to save money and have updated windows, check this video out. In it, you'll find out how to replace those old windows with an energry efficient window. This is an extremely difficult task that may require professional assistance. Good luck and enjoy! Install a bay window in your home.