Home DIY

Whether you're fixing a broken pipe or installing new cabinets, home DIY is an important aspect of living in a house. Check out these home DIY articles.

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How to Fix Popped Drywall Nails

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.

How to Design a Kitchen Pantry

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.

How to Tile a Ceiling

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.

How to Repair Resilient Flooring

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.

How to Remove Wallpaper

Stripping off the old wall covering is usually wiser than leaving it on. New coverings adhere better to stripped-down surfaces. There are several ways to approach the job. Learn how to remove wallpaper.

How to Install Drywall

Installing drywall can be easy, but taping the joints between panels requires some practice. Furthermore, you'll need key tools and key skills to construct smooth, sturdy walls. It's all in this article, so keep reading.

How to Install a Suspended Ceiling

A suspended ceiling can cover a lot of flaws and obstructions, including pipes, wiring, and ductwork. It works, however, only where you can afford to lose some ceiling height. Here are extensive installation instructions.

How to Install Ceramic Tile

Installing ceramic tile is easy with modern fast-setting mastics, sealants, and grout. Whatever style or size you choose to install, the principles are the same. Learn how to install ceramic tile.

Uses for Vinegar: Home Improvement

Vinegar's chemical properties make it ideal for use in many common repair and maintenance jobs. Find out about vinegar's home-improvement benefits, from removing rust and wallpaper paste to eliminating paint odors.

Pest-Control Tips

Every home-dweller eventually has to contend with pests like insects, rodents, and raccoons. But don't fret: There are time-proven ways to deter and eradicate these little beasts. We've collected some in this article.

Storm-Safety Tips

Storms are a routine occurrence no matter where you live. We generally take them in stride, but they are capable of doing great harm to life and property. Follow these tips on being prepared for storms.

How Combination Locks Work

They keep the contents of your school locker safe. They secure precious documents and monetary instruments. Some of them can even take a bullet. Learn about what's going on inside combination locks.

How Locks Work

This set of articles includes explanations of lockpicking and safecracking, as well as the mechanical workings of many of the most common types of locks.

How Safecracking Works

People use safes to keep their valuables, well, safe. But in movies, thieves can open one using a little concentration and a good ear. Could you crack a safe that easily?

Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring

If you want a surefire way to improve the look, durability and value of your home, hardwood floors are the way to go. Besides being beautiful and hard-wearing, hardwood floors are environmentally friendly, too.

How Fire Extinguishers Work

While there's a good chance that your fire extinguisher will sit on the wall for years, collecting dust, it could end up saving your property and even your life. Learn the correct way to use an extinguisher and see what sort of fire suppressant works best on different types of fires.

How Doorbells Work

You probably don't spend too much time pondering the inner workings of a doorbell, but it's actually a pretty cool device once you get inside. Find out exactly what happens when someone rings your bell.

How does a master key work?

The super of our apartment building is always going into everyone's apartment when something needs to be fixed. There must be a hundred apartments, but he only carries one key around with him. How does he get into all those apartments?

How Lock Picking Works

In movies, burglars can open a lock using a paper clip. Is it really so easy? The basic process of picking a lock is simple, but it takes practice to get it right.

How Burglar Alarms Work

Security systems can range from do-it-yourself kits for $10 to sophisticated whole-house networks installed by professionals. But most alarm systems are actually built around the same basic design concepts.

How do smoke detectors intercommunicate?

I have several smoke detectors in my house, and recently the battery went dead on one of them. It started chirping, so I took the battery out, only to have the others complain about it. My question is, how do all of the smoke detectors talk to one an

How do you replace a seal under a toilet?

A friend told me that the bad smell coming from my toilet indicates that the seal under the toilet is broken and needs to be replaced. He also said that I could probably do the job myself. I'd like to try.

How Radon Works

In places where uranium is common in the soil, radon is a popular topic of discussion. Even though radon is "completely natural," it can be a real health hazard. Learn how radon forms and why it is so dangerous.

What is this bumpy stuff on my ceiling that looks like popcorn or cottage cheese?

What is this bumpy stuff on my ceiling that looks like popcorn or cottage cheese?

How do dry chemical fire extinguishers work?

How do multi-class dry chemical fire extinguishers work? What is the dry chemical?