DIY wood floors — the basics

Filed Under: Do it yourself    by: ITC

If you are ripping out worn out carpeting and find hardwood flooring underneath your first impulse may be to lay new carpet over the wood since refinishing hardwood floors may seem like something that is out of your reach. Many homes have hardwood flooring because in the 60’s it was considered luxury for a room to be carpeted wall to wall, which of course has change quite a bit since then given most homes are now carpeted. Read more…

4 Signs That it’s Time to Call for Help with Your DIY Project

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair    by: ITC

1. Stress

Getting stressed out? Stress is a contributing factor to a lot of household injuries, and possible damages. For example, below is sign #2, –a direct contributing reason to get stressed out. Signs 3 and  4 are direct possible results of being too stressed out to do your project efficiently. So before you start freaking out, relax, and call a friend, or a professional, to lighten the load. Read more…

Planning My Home Improvement: How To Do It

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

Planning your home improvement projects can be overwhelming, especially if you have never done one before. However, if you have the information that you need, you should be able to go through it easily, allowing you to accomplish the project properly. These are some of the things that I do when I plan for my home improvement projects. Read on and you might be able to find a thing or two quite useful.

First, you need to look for resources. Homeowners actually have an easier time nowadays when looking for design ideas and home improvement guides because of the internet. There are plenty of home improvement blogs and websites which provide not only guides and step-by-step procedures but also relevant photos and illustrations which could help you understand the process even better. There are also some websites which offer downloadable manuals.

If would be working on a large home improvement project, make sure to talk with an inspector and call the local building department. They usually provide handouts on the code requirements for the more common projects and would be happy to answer your questions. You might also consider calling the local utility company if you would be working on a project which includes digging holes so that they can check any buried utility lines.

If you can, try drawing your home improvement project plans on graphing paper. This would help you with the design process and it would make the construction details a lot clearer. When you have your ideas and design on paper, you would also have an easier time listing the materials that you need.

As you choose the materials, you should make sure to do plenty of researching and comparing so that you would end up choosing those that would be the most durable and the best for the kind of project you would be working on.

Try to keep the details of the construction as simple as possible so that you would be able to avoid mistakes and problems later on.

Make sure that you would be buying or renting quality tools and equipment. This is very important as it could make the difference between getting the result that you want and ending up with a poorly done home improvement project.

I also make it a point that before I start to work on my home improvement project, I already have all the materials that I need so that I would not be wasting any time later on making trips back to the home builders center. Make a list of the items that you need and check through each one of them to be sure that you have enough and if you have the right type.

Try to keep these things in mind when planning any home improvement project to get the most out of your time, effort and money. Through incorporating them into your planning, you would be able to accomplish any repair, renovation or remodeling project that your home needs.

The Top 10 Most Popular DIY Projects

Filed Under: Crafts, DIY Outdoor, Do it yourself, Featured, Gardens, Home repair, Kitchen, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

We’ve looked around a little to find some of the coolest and most popular DIY projects out there, and these are our favorites. Click the links to get to the original how-to guides, if you see something you like.

10. Mailing Tube Wine Rack

Re-purpose sturdy mailing tubes to create a stylish wine rack. This project is flat out simple: just stack the mailing tubes under a shelf. If you like, you can add a quick coat of colorful enamel. The end result is quite handsome, too. Use the money you save to expand your collection of vino.

9. CD Stack Lamp

This clever lamp takes some effort, but is well within the DIY reach of most of us. It’s the perfect way to transform all those AOL CDs into an awesome accessory. This quirky lamp is an eye-catcher best suited for the basement rec room, game room or family room.

8. Wall-mounted Magnetic Knife Block

Kitchen knives shouldn’t be left to bang around in a drawer, but who has the counter space for a chunky knife block? This wall-mounted magnetic knife holder is a happy solution. Carve slots into the backside of a wood block, then glue heavy duty magnets into the slots. Mount the wood block, and slap your knives on it. Check out the video when you click the link! This baby is way stickier than it looks.

7. Auto-on Watch Holder Pantry Light

Take a plastic wristwatch holder and mix in a dash of ingenuity, and put an end to fumbling in a dark cupboard, pantry or closet. This light works like the one in the fridge. Hook up a reverse switch to rope lights inside the closet or cupboard door. Mount the switch in a watch holder. Open the door and the light comes on; close the door, which opens the switch and turns off the light.

6. Hands-free Flusher

While this gizmo would probably fare best in a frat house, it works if you want hands-free flushing. A foot pedal is fashioned from a wire clothes hanger, shoe polish and some paper towel rolls.

5. Wall Outlet Safe


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Watch the video to see how this one works and for details to make one of your own. A thief probably won’t think to look behind an outlet plate for your valuables, making it the perfect spot to hide jewelry and small treasures.

4. Secret Bookshelf Door

If you’ve ever dreamed of a secret door that is activated by taking a book off the shelf, this project grants your wish. Avid DIYer Simon Shea offers this outstanding project, –or, he used to, but you’ll find an alternative method on Instructables if you follow the link. It takes time and dedication, but it’s really cool.

3. Automated Garden Watering Drip System

DIYer and Green Thumb Matt Haughey explains how to construct an automated water drip system to keep plants properly hydrated, even if you’re away for several days. A parched lawn and garden become things of the past.

2. Homebrew $30 Air Conditioner

When you can’t bear another sultry summer day without air conditioning, this project offers some relief. You can build an effective air cooling unit for about $30. Necessity was the mother of invention for this one, brought to you by college summer schoolers stuck in a dorm with no AC. It’s a bit clunky, but it works. And there’s a closed circuit version that eliminates the water run off.

1. Remote Control Deadbolt

This project isn’t easy, but it gets loads of points for being clever as well as utilitarian. Watch the video for the demonstration, and click the link for instructions on how to build a remote control device to unlock the deadbolt in the garage or tool shed.