Home improvements check list - Steps to be taken before contract a home improvement service.

How to Find a Contractor - How to find the right contractor to get your home repair or home improvement job done most effectively.

Avoiding Home Repair Ripoffs - Tips on how to prevent home repair scams.

Family Friendly Floors - How to Family Friendly Floors.

Patching Resilient Tile Flooring - Replacing a damaged resilient floor tile is a straightforward job for do-it-yourselfers. Follow the instructions here for a picture-perfect repair.

Retractable Awnings Offer the Best of Both Worlds - How to Retractable Awnings Offer the Best of Both Worlds.

Replacing Ceramic Tiles - The example presented here shows how to replace a single ceramic tile. If you have a leak behind a tile wall, you'll have to remove all the affected tiles and replace the wall behind the tiles.

Installing Lightweight Brick Veneer - Lightweight veneers of brick can be an ideal solution.

Fixed-Fee versus Time-and-Materials Contracts - How to decide what kind of contract you'll need to get your home repair or home improvement job done most effectively.

How to hire a contractor - Finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Give Your Home a DIY Facelift with New Wood Floors - How to Give Your Home a DIY Facelift with New Wood Floors.

Patching Sheet Flooring - Sheet vinyl damage can be cut out and replaced with a patch. Here's how to do the job with minimal scars.

A consumer Home Inspection Kit - How to select and maintain the right home for you.

Electric Radiant Floor Warming: Simple Pleasure's Afoot - Electric Radiant Floor Warming: Simple Pleasures Afoot.

Retirement Life, Baby Boomer Style - How to Retirement Life, Baby Boomer Style.

Why hardwood flooring is still a good investment -

Can bamboo flooring really help save the worlds� environment? - Probably not on its own, but its an excellent example of how consumers can vote with their buying dollars to sway market demand to bring more environmentally friendly products into the marketplace.

Installing Cement Backerboard - You may be tempted to rush ahead and get to the fun part - laying the tiles.

Laying Out the Tiles - Once your surface is prepared, you�ll need to lay out where the tiles will go.

Grouting - Grouting is the process of filling the spaces between the tiles.

Removing Carpet  - There aren't any ifs, ands, or buts about pulling up old carpeting, because you can't lay any other material, even new carpet, on top of it. Fortunately, removing carpet isn't rocket science, once you realize that it's fastened only around the edges.

Removing Ceramic Tile - Damaged or loose ceramic tile must be completely removed. Don't bother trying to salvage the old tiles. Just bust 'em up and chip away the pieces. Of course that can be easier said than done, depending on how the tile was installed.

Removing Wood Flooring - Think twice before tearing out a wood floor. You can easily replace a few badly damaged boards, sand away wear and scratches, and apply a shiny new finish � for a fraction of the cost of new flooring.

Setting the Tiles - Setting tiles is fairly straightforward: begin at the center of the room and work your way out.

Setting the Tiles - Part 2 -

Stopping Squeaks - Floors and stairs squeak when wooden floorboards or structural elements rub against each other, when the bridging between joists flexes under traffic, or when floorboards have not been properly nailed to the subfloor.

Removing and Replacing Thresholds - Thresholds cover floorboard edges that end at a door, and serve as a transition element to other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl, and ceramic tile.

Replacing a Threshold - Thresholds are an important part of the entry to your home. Their primary function is to keep warm air in and cold air out (or vice versa in summer.) And because they withstand a lot of traffic, purchase a good quality threshold to increase durability.

Hiring an Installer - Don't get in over your head with an intricate home improvement project. Here's how to seek professional help.

Hiring an Installer - Part 2 -


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