You flip the light switch, but nothing happens. And hey, you've always wished that was a dimmer switch. On a new ceiling fixture. Next to a two-room addition. Are you headed for disaster or domestic bliss? Measure your knowledge on this quiz and see if your score makes the cut.
These are the outlet's hot, neutral and ground wires.
Asbestos is naturally occurring and has been used for thousands of years. It's resistant to fire and is great at absorbing sound, but has been discovered to cause serious illness, such as mesothelioma.
Water damage can result from flooding, leaky or broken pipes, poorly sealed windows, and a variety of other causes. It can lead to mold growth or dry rot, which can affect the structural integrity of the home. It is recommended that repairs are made as soon as water damage is discovered so as to prevent the problem from spreading.
Using the wrong tool for the job can cause a lot of complications, from lost time and money to personal injury.
Keep goggles, ear protection, gloves and boots -- and don't forget the first-aid kit -- on hand for your safety on projects of all sizes.
There's a Russian proverb that says, measure seven times, cut once. But the expression we're looking for is from an English proverb: measure twice, cut once.
A constant leak could mean there's a crack in the toilet base. But if it's during or after you flush, it's time to replace the wax ring.
Flat paint is good for ceilings and also walls in low-trafficked areas.
Sink's clogged up? Place a bucket underneath, loosen the nuts and move it up and down until the blockage clears.
Fix a low water level in the toilet bowl by adjusting the float.
It's smart to ask potential contractors about their business practices, including all of these questions.
To empty the toilet tank so you can remove it, first turn off the cut-off valve. Flush the toilet and hold the handle until the water in the tank has emptied (there's always a little left to sponge up).
Because this is toxic material, you'll need to hire a knowledgeable professional to do this job.
To figure out the number of tiles you need, calculate the total square footage of the area that needs to be covered and divide that number by the size of one of your tiles.
Use a lit candle and watch if the flame moves in front of any doors or windows.
You need to clean before you can paint, not only to remove loose or peeling paint but also to remove dirt and the everyday gunk that builds up over time.
Depending on the type of faucet you have, you'll need to replace one of these things to stop the drip.
A faulty flapper, too much slack in the lift chain or a low water level in the toilet tank can all cause a toilet not to flush all the way.
If your home is older or newer than 1950 to 1978, you don't have to worry. But if it was built during those decades, you have two options: have an inspector come and test it, or test it yourself (although you should never remove it yourself).
With a drywall knife, use a crisscross pattern and blend the edges with the wall.
If you can avoid it, not moving the sink or toilet can keep your plumbing costs down.
While you could repaint the wall to cover a small nick or scratch, it's just as effective, and a whole lot faster, to dab on some touch-up paint.
Sprinkle baby powder, baking soda, or powdered graphite onto the floor and rub it into the seams.
Knob-and-tube wiring, used in homes built mostly between 1880 to the 1930-ish, is a fire risk.
Over time, the connections where aluminum and copper meet begin to loosen, which can lead to fire. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, homes with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have a hazardous connection than homes wired just with copper.
Combining ambient (general), task and accent (drama) lighting is the best lighting setup.
Homeowners spent an average cost of $21,637 on kitchen remodels in 2016.
If you're new to renovation, this is the less expensive end of the spectrum, and is estimated usually between $10,000 and $15,000 (at 2017 prices).
Use an Allen wrench to rotate the flywheel, which should help loosen any stuck items.
Although it's sometimes bare, the ground wire is almost always green.
It's best to assume you'll need a budget that's 20 percent more than what you've estimated.
Most minor clogs should clear after about 8 to 10 plunges of your plunger. But if it doesn't, try a toilet auger next.
If you've never had CFLs before, according to ENERGY STAR® you can expect between 30 seconds and 3 mintues until full brightness.
While this could be a job for a professional, you can do it with a penetrating oil and a blow-dryer.
Nope. No permit, no insurance coverage.
Flat paint is the most forgiving if your walls or ceilings have imperfections.
End the constant running water sound, and save your water bill, with a new fill valve.