Home Improvement

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Usually it's easy to unstick a stubborn door. To diagnose the problem, close the door, watching it carefully to locate the binding point. From here, there are several potential strategies. Learn to unstick a door.

Hanging or installing an interior door isn't terribly difficult. You probably can tackle this home improvement project in an hour or two with the necessary materials and tools. Learn more.

Consider replacing some of your old incandescent fixtures with fluorescent lamps. Fluorescent light provides shadow-free illumination, but, best of all, fluorescent bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Learn how to install a fluorescent fixture.

New doors need a lockset. Some doors come predrilled for standard-size locksets, others will require drilling. Mortises also need to be cut for the lockset and strike plate. Learn the details to install a lockset.

If fences make for better neighbors, then doors make for happier families. But not if a door is squeaking or sticking. Learn tips on how to keep doors in your home working properly.

Drywall can withstand only limited abuse. A door flung open too hard can produce a doorknob-size hole in the wall. Find out how to fix both small and large holes in drywall.

For refinishing or repairing furniture, it's important to have basic materials like abrasive powders, adhesives, and sandpaper. Other materials like painter's tape aren't used frequently, but they are also important to have ready. Learn more.

Furniture should be bleached if the surface is marked by stains, black rings, or water spots; if the wood is discolored or blotchy; and if the color is uneven. Learn how to bleach furniture.

Sealer coats are used between finishing steps to ensure even penetration of stains and finishes, to prevent bleeding of stains and fillers, and to make the finished surface smoother. Learn how to seal wooden furniture.

Applying filler to furniture is a matter of personal taste. Filler usually produces a very smooth, glassy surface. For a more natural look, you may want to leave the pores open. Learn to apply filler.

Wooden furniture can be spoiled by small damage to the surface. Some stains are easily removed, while more damaging spots may require refinishing. Learn simple methods to repair small stains quickly and effectively.

Loose joints on wooden furniture can cause long-term damage to the rest of the frame by increasing stress on other joints. Learn how to repair joints and stop small structural problems from becoming big ones.

Removing old finish from wooden furniture is a lengthy process, but knowing the proper techniques and professional shortcuts can save you time and money. Learn how to strip wooden furniture.

Many decisions go into buying a piece of unfinished wooden furniture. You should consider quality, style, and problems to be fixed. Learn what to look for when buying, and how to fix what you've bought.

Veneer is a thin layer of wood glued to wooden furniture. Veneer is very prone to blistering, cracking, or falling off. Learn how to fix damaged veneer and replace broken or missing sections of veneer.

Drywall, like all building materials, has its own characteristics and problems. As the wood studs age and shrink, nails and screws loosen and pop out of the wood. Learn how to fix popped drywall nails.

A bamboo candelabra will add a tranquil, yet flattering touch to your backyard patio. We have some easy instructions so you can make one yourself.

Though laundry space is often limited, simple planning can make wash days a more tolerable experience. You can create spaces to fold and hang your clothes. Learn how to organize a laundry room.

A well-designed pantry can hold much more than food, including dishes and cookware. But designing an efficient kitchen pantry space can be a challenge. Corner shelves and rolling baskets are a start, but learn what else to use.

Garages almost always hold more than just our cars, so designing a versatile garage and workspace requires careful planning. Find tips and advice on organizing your garage.

FoIP faxing is a method of sending faxes over the Internet. Learn about FoIP protocols and how FoIP allows older 3G fax machines to transfer over the Internet.

Three words -- "organizing your closet" -- might strike fear in a lot of people. But having a clean storage space doesn't have to be a complicated process. Learn how to organize your closet.

Dividing space is important when it comes to organizing your closet, and different items require different boxes and containers. Learn more about the organizing accessories you can use to maximize your space.

The fastest way to get a new ceiling is to install ceiling tiles directly to an existing drywall ceiling. If the ceiling surface isn't sound or has open joists, staple the tiles to furring strips. Here are extensive installation instructions.

Today's resilient floors are a boon, but they can lose their attraction quickly when they're damaged. Fortunately, even the worst-looking damage is easy to repair. Learn how to repair resilient flooring.