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Building a Squirrel House

Squirrels make their nest out of leaves and like to make them in hollows they find in trees. When hollows are not available, they build their nests in treetops. Because of the exposure, these nests are susceptible to damage from high winds. A good solution is to provide your squirrels with a squirr

How to Buy a Solar Panel for My Home

There are many different systems and appliances available to heat your home, including supplemental heating systems. You might not think that solar power is available for ordinary homes, but with the installation of solar panels, this technology is available to you and your family. Before you make a

Can Curtains Be Used With Indoor Shutters?

You have numerous ways to use curtains, draperies and other types of window treatments in combination with indoor window shutters, whether your shutters cover all or part of the length of the window. With a little planning, attractive and affordable decorator looks can be achieved that still allow y

Uses for Rusted Tin

Rusted tin adds an old-fashioned and rustic touch to its surroundings. Whether you use it as a wall covering or a design element, rusted tin is a warm addition to your room. You can find rusted tin at flea markets, second-hand shops and salvage stores. Oftentimes, you can purchase rusted tin panels

How to Calculate How Much Concrete I Need for My Project

When ordering premixed concrete for a project around your home, it is important to order the correct amount. If you order too little, you will not be able to complete the project; order too much, and you're wasting money. Concrete sells by cubic yard, so use this measurement when purchasing the conc

The Advantages of Precast Hollow Walls

You have many choices when you build a new office building, apartment complex, retirement home or commercial facility. The building materials you choose can impact everything from the strength of the building to its wind and fire resistance. Including precast hollow walls in a new building can provi

How to Refinish a Ceramic Tile Counter

Ceramic tile counters are often found in kitchen and bathrooms. They look a bit more luxurious than a plastic laminate surface while still holding up to continued heavy-duty use and are easily cleaned with plain water or non-abrasive cleanser. But if your tile is looking a little shabby, you may be

How to Tile a Wall With Porcelain Tile

Ceramic tile is a common choice for home tiling because of its affordability and ease of cutting (you can score and snap it), but it still doesn't have quite the look that real porcelain does. The two tiles are similar--both are clay-based--but porcelain has a richer look due to the fact that it isn

How to Make Desk Calendars

Desk calendars are a functional space for professionals or home organizers to keep track of appointments and special events in a neat and easy to update location. Usually large enough to quickly skim for a week's event, the desk calendar is frequently just a bit smaller than the work space and often

How to Turn a Sliding Glass Door into a French Door

Do you hate that plain sliding glass patio door, but can't afford to replace it with a fancy French door set? Here is a very inexpesive way to take a standard sliding glass door or window and turn it into an elegant french door/window (for less than $5).

How to Install a Personal Shower

To install a personal shower, you need to gather all the necessary materials and be aware of two things: how to avoid causing leaks in the pipes that supply the shower with water, and certain laws that restrict shower installation. The time used to install the shower can run from a few minutes to s

How to Remove Tar From Wooden Floors

Tar is a substance that attaches itself to a number of surfaces, including walkways, steps and your home's wooden floors. Tar is sticky, collects dust and dirt, and is easily transported inside of your home on your shoes. Removing tar from your wooden floors is a challenging task due to its stickine

How to Install a New Insole in a Shoe

The insole of a shoe can serve several purposes, depending on its design. Its main function is to provide comfort by shielding your foot against the hard surface of the bottom of your shoe. It can also provide support, as is often the case with athletic shoe and orthopedic insoles, and leather insol

How to Repair or Replace Old Drywall

Drywall that has been repeatedly damaged by furniture, door knobs, and picture hanging can only be repaired so much before it will need to be replaced. Drywall that has been wet, and then dried out, will be crumbly on the inside and the paper facing will separate. This drywall needs to be replaced s

How to Calculate the Square Feet of a Deck

A well-built deck is a useful accent for any home. If you are planning to remodel your deck or sell your house, you will need to know the square feet involved. Square footage is a measurement of area, which is the total feet of a certain space. You can find the square feet of your deck quite easily

How to Maintain Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is a beautiful home accent, but it does require specialized cleaning in order to maintain and preserve it. If you are considering porcelain tile or own a home with this tile already in place, make sure that you are willing and able to put in the care necessary to keep this type of til

How to Treat a Butcher Block

Treating butcher block can be done with a number of oils, but the owner must be sure never to use vegetable or cooking oils. These types of oils will cause the board to have a rancid smell and pass a bad flavor onto the items cut on the board. Treating the block is a fast process, but it must be lef

How to Remove Sticky Velcro From Walls

Velcro, which is a combination of the words “velvet" and "crochet" and is also known generically as a hook-and-loop fastener, was the creation of Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral in the 1940s. Hook-and-loop fasteners have thousands of practical applications, from securing shoes

Types of Stone Construction Masonry

Stone construction masonry is among the oldest forms of construction since the emergence of civilization, carried out in regions where stone is readily available. Building using stone is often preferred because of its aesthetic beauty and durability. It has been used to construct a number of ancient

Premature Roof Shingle Failure

The roof is one part of the house that may not receive much thought, simply because it is not as easily noticed as other areas of the home. Roof shingles may therefore have the opportunity to deteriorate prematurely.