Remodeling a home can be a daunting task, but you can do many remodeling projects yourself. Optimize your results and stay safe with the ideas and projects in these articles.

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Is that a crack appearing in your wall? Don't just live with them, learn how to fix it yourself!

By Becky Striepe

Give your tired room an instant makeover, by hanging a wallpaper border. Learn about how to hang wallpaper border in this article.

By Contributors

You need to drain your waterbed without a pump, and are wondering how to do this. Learn the secret of how to drain a waterbed without a pump from this article.

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You've heard of a dry sink and wonder what is, and how to build one. This article will explain how to build a dry sink.

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You bought a new house that you can't wait to furnish, and visions of comfy couches and dining room chairs dance in your head. But when it comes to putting it all together, your mind's reeling. How do you pull off a harmonious yet eclectic look?

By Emilie Sennebogen

Over time, it's only natural that something in your house will need upkeep and/or repair; it's just one of the joys that come with home ownership. Take the DIY route, unleash your inner handyman and fix these five items yourself.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd. & Victoria Plummer

There was a crooked man who built a crooked house -- and charged you thousands for the labor. Some stories about contractors are enough to give you chills. And other tales remind you that consumers need to be smart about their demands and expectations.

By Chris Obenschain


The budgeting process for a home remodeling starts way before you have to list your costs for labor and materials. It begins with a long, hard look at yourself. Why exactly are you remodeling in the first place?

By Dave Roos

Paintbrush? Check. Hammer? Check. Got everything you need for that DIY project? Think again! Unless you have the proper safety gear, you could injure yourself while repairing or beautifying your home.

By Echo Surina

Many first time remodelers end up spending a lot more money than they need to because of a lack of knowledge about construction and materials costs. Unscrupulous contractors may fly under the radar of a renovation rookie as well. Know how to manage both.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Wouldn't you love to know the secrets of how your house came to be? What did the original owners do for a living? How much the house cost to build in 1932? It only takes a little research to find out.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The act of restoring an old home to its former grandeur is a rewarding experience, and getting a great deal is the icing on the cake. But if you don't know what you're doing, the job can turn sour quickly.

By Emilie Sennebogen

When you were a child, your tree house was a magical place, your very own hideaway high in the sky. Now that you're all grown up, you can still look to the trees for your escape from the everyday grind.

By Emilie Sennebogen

A few years ago, the construction market was at an all-time high. But the recession brought with it a huge downturn in the real estate market. So if you're stuck in your house, how about sprucing it up?

By Emilie Sennebogen


While this may not be the best real estate market around, it is a good time to spend some money on your home to improve its value. But what should you do to get the most return on your investment?

By Emilie Sennebogen & Melanie Radzicki McManus

Knowing what to expect from a contractor will help you avoid making mistakes. Learn 5 things you should expect from a contractor at HowStuffWorks.

By Cristen Conger

Fact: Home improvements cost money. But some projects -- if done right -- can actually save you money in the long run.

By Rosalind Jackson

Cutting porcelain sounds like a tough project, but the good news is that one well-chosen tile cutter could last you for the remainder of all your home improvement projects.

By Eleanor Duse


Installing a mantel can be as complicated as building one from scratch -- or as easy as buying a kit and attaching the new facade to the surrounding wall.

By Olivia Page

Need to trace a circuit in your home without knocking holes in the wall? Consumers have a few handy tools available that can detect electrical current and match two ends of a wire without headaches.

By Rosalind Jackson & Talon Homer

The search for tranquility can sometimes seem never-ending. But your very own fountain can at least help you get a little peace, quiet and relaxation.

By Eleanor Duse

If your home's attic is nothing more than wasted space, you may want to remodel it. Whether you need a home office, an extra bedroom or a studio space, your attic is full of possibilities.

By Chris Marlowe


There may come a time when you or a loved can't run up the stairs, step into a steaming bath or even walk in the front door. But there are some changes that can make your home accessible.

By Jessica Brown

Is it greener to renovate a home or to build a new one from scratch? It depends on your individual situation, and each has its own advantages.

By Josh Clark