Architecture : Home & Garden
Hooking solar panels to your electric box requires setup of components that will convert your solar panels direct current (DC) output into your house’s alternating current (AC) input panel. Depending on the type of photo voltaic (PV) system and the output capacity of your solar panels you migh
You can use glass tiles at the edge of a wall to give it a more unusual look.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesWhether you're tiling a kitchen wall, a bathroom wall or another wall in your house, you can give the edge of your wall a different look from the rest of your wall to spice up...
When you look down and see an unsightly ink stain on your beautiful wood floors, you don't need to be too disheartened because there are steps you can take to get rid of the stain. Care must be taken when cleaning ink from wood floors so the wood does not become scratched or damaged. Use the right p
Spray foam insulation has become increasingly popular as insulation in attics. Added to an existing building, it's an excellent way to significantly improve the R-value of the attic, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter and saving you money as well. Spray foam insulation a
Installing carpet is often a laborious homeowner project. While it takes some practice and experience to complete, having the correct tools and extra time will allow you to complete the project properly. The most common way to connect carpet to the subfloor of a home is with tack strips. The tack st
With the right tools, you can create kitchen cabinets like these.Modern elegant kitchen image by MAXFX from Fotolia.comWhether you're building whole cabinets from scratch or just refacing your cabinets and drawers, the building materials you use to make your kitchen cabinets can affect...
Timber beams vary in type and appearance.outdoor stairways image by Sherri Camp from Fotolia.comTimber beams are used to construct homes and support roofs and ceilings. Exposed beams, rustic and natural in character, are sought by many home owners for use in residential construction. It...
Regular asphalt shingles and shakes are designed for a roof with a pitch. Roofs with a pitch of less than 4 inches per foot cannot be finished with shakes, and those with a pitch less than 3 inches per foot cannot use wood shingles. These types of shingles require a slope for water to drain. On a fl
With all the concern over climate change and carbon footprints, alternative ways of generating energy have been developed. With economic instability, many of those ways are becoming popular. One of the greener ways of heating your hot water is installing hot water solar collectors. Most kits do not
Glass shelves in a corner are an effective way to make use of corner space to display three-dimensional artwork or books. Tempered glass is the best material to use for shelves as it is much stronger than normal glass. If it does break, it breaks into little fragments that are not as dangerous as no
Pre-made countertops made from layers of laminate or resin mixtures are popular for DIYers looking to install new countertops or replace an existing countertop due to the ease of installation. To install the counter though, it often needs cutting at an angle to fit into a corner against another coun
Granite counters are a beautiful addition to many kitchen designs. Since they are a natural stone, granite countertops are porous and require periodic sealing to prevent the absorption of oils or acids which could mar the finish. Your granite may require sealing very frequently or seldom depending o
Ceramic tile is an attractive and well-liked kind of tile for home use because it's durable, affordable and easy to install. It also comes in more styles and colors than marble, granite and other types of tiles. This allows you to make a wall just about any color or color combination you want. When
When you set out to install baseboard molding, you need to understand how to cut the molding. Fitting molding around corners can seem challenging if you don't know the correct techniques. Corner joints along the baseboard should be mitered. Standard corners are 90-degrees so that means each end of t
As the name suggests, dropped ceilings are composed of tiles that are installed in a dropped fashion, the purpose of which is to cover an existing ceiling or to create an inexpensive one. Though functional, they aren't the most attractive. To make the ceiling more appealing, use creativity to cover
If you are stuck with outdated melamine cabinets that are old, dingy and lifeless, consider updating them with a fresh coat of paint. A new color and finish can restore the beauty and luster to melamine, making it current. Special paints are available that are targeted specifically for melamine surf
Sealing your slate and natural stone products enhances the natural beauty of the stone as well as protects it against the elements of time, accidental spills, water damage, mud or anything else that might happen that could potentially mar the surface. You won't have to break a sweat to seal your nat
Scotchgard Carpet and Rug Protector is a spray treatment that consumers can spray on their carpet in order to keep it looking cleaner. The spray from the Scotchgard makes it hard for particles to cling to the carpet, allowing them to easily be removed by vacuuming. Scotchgard also helps protect the