Entries by Robert Dickson

Eliminating Odors in Shower Drains

The bad odor emanating from a shower commonly comes from problems inside the pipes; however, this is not always the case. To effectively get rid of the bad odors coming from the shower drain, you must first determine the source of the odor. Odor of pipes and fixtures When trying to locate the source of […]

Making Space for Clothes in an Apartment

Finding enough space for clothes in an apartment is sometimes difficult with little available space. This is particularly frustrating if more than one person lives in the apartment. Getting rid of excess clutter and using organizational tools is an effective way to create more space for clothes in your little home. Using all available space […]

How to Make Dark Stained Wood Lighter

If you try to apply a light-colored stain on top of an existing dark finish, you will not notice much difference. To completely alter the color of the wood’s finish, remove the existing paint using an oil based solvent. Once you have removed the original finish from the wood, you can add a lighter color […]

Avoiding Mold After Water Damage

Mold can be a health risk, especially to people with allergies or asthma. People with weak immune systems or chronic lung problems may be susceptible to mold infections. After a flood or leak mold can grow rapidly. Instructions Mold prevention Open windows and doors to help dry the wet areas. Set up fans to circulate […]

How to Paint Over Existing Tiles

When you’re ready to remodel your bathroom, if you need to save money, you do not have to remove the old tiles. With the right tools and a good foundation of knowledge, you can paint over them. Below are a few good tips that will help you paint over the existing tiles. Instructions Selecting paint […]

Designing a Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom

There are universal guidelines that must be followed when designing a bathroom with access for the disabled. These guidelines suggest the height of the toilets, sinks, showers, switches and the amount of space it takes to maneuver a wheelchair in the space. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 can be found at www.access-board.gov. Many […]

Cleaning Your Dryer Duct

Sometimes the lint tube of your dryer can get stuck with your clothes and when this happens, the flow of air from your dryer is blocked and can cause long drying times, incomplete cycles, automatic sensor failures and even fires. Because of this, it is important to keep your dryer duct clean to avoid problems. […]

Polishing a Concrete Floor

When concrete floors are unpolished they are rough and sandy and dust makes it is impossible to make them look clean. Polishing the rough concrete will give it a smooth finish. In addition, polished concrete is easier to maintain than rough. Instructions Seal the cracks with epoxy putty. Use a small spatula to apply caulk […]

How To Build a DIY Wooden Fence

A picket fence not only prevents people and animals from entering your yard, it also gives your property a finished and attractive aspect. Hardware stores and home improvement stores sell fence panels that simplify the task of building your own wooden fence. Try planting roses or a vine to soften the look of the fence. […]

Types of Metal Roofs for Homes

Metal roofs are becoming the material of choice for many homeowners, replacing asphalt shingles. Metal roofs offer aesthetic and functional advantages over other materials, including options in design, durability, and versatility. These roofs are available in a number of different styles and materials, and can easily last for decades with little maintenance. Materials Steel is […]