Remodeling boxes, also called old-work boxes, are electrical boxes designed to be installed after drywall has been hung. For example, you would install a remodeling box if you need an additional outlet for a home office or theater.
In contrast to new-work boxes, which are screwed to the wall studs before drywall is hung, old-work boxes hang on the drywall with clamps built in to the box.
Installing a remodeling box is something you can easily do with just a few tools. This project guide will walk you step-by-step through the process of installing a plastic remodeling box in drywall for a new outlet, including running wiring from an existing outlet to power the new one.
Cabinet hinges and drawer slides are basic but crucial parts of storage systems, so it may surprise you that there are different types. The construction of your cabinet – most notably, the overlay of the face frame and the cabinet door – will determine which cabinet hinge you need. Similarly, the location that your drawer slides need to be mounted dictates what type of drawer slide you need. This guide will teach you the different types of cabinet hinges and drawer slides so you can make sure you get the right cabinet hardware for your cabinet system.
No interior construction project is complete without drywall. Commonly referred to as Sheetrock or wall board, this lightweight material comes in panels and attaches easily to studs to create walls. We'll help you understand the different types of drywall and the correct uses of each.
Removing old carpet from stairs may seem tricky, but it is an easy DIY project you can take on yourself. Once you’ve gathered all your tools, it’s time to get started.
At the 2018 Haven Conference, three lucky winners were selected to make their dream projects a reality with the help of The Home Depot. Read below on how one of the winners, Amie Freling Brown of Meme Hill Studio, was able to transform a backyard shed into anyone’s nautical-themed lake bunkhouse.
Organizing your pantry just got a little easier, especially if yours is custom built just like Corey Decker’s of Sawdust 2 Stitches. She transformed her traditional kitchen pantry to be more functional and organized with the help of The Home Depot. Check out the step-by-step DIY process of how she customized her Pantry below.
The biggest part of putting up moulding is not holding it in place and driving a nail every 16 inches. It's the few inches around the corners, that will require your greatest attention.
Miters are most easily cut on a power miter saw. The saw can be set to cut at any angle - set it to 45 degrees for a standard 90 degree corner. The saw can be set to 45 degrees to the left or 45 degrees to the right. So it's a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's automatic.
Most people like to install moulding working from the left side of a wall to the right, and these directions assume that you will, too. It's hard to get a miter exactly where you want it to be on a board. When you're mitering, cut the miter on a piece a little bit longer than you'll need. Cut it to length by making a square cut. Before making any cuts, use a level and lightly mark a guideline for the moulding along the wall.
Before you begin cutting, consider:
This guide highlights the procedures for cutting and installing moulding with an outside mitered cut.
Amy and Matthew Mings from Maison de Mings love French farmhouse style. As they have been working through the years on DIY projects around their home, their goal has always been to bring a bit of France to their country life. They have a small hobby farm and partnered with The Home Depot to makeover their barn to achieve a charming French inspired feel. Read the blog to find out how you could achieve the same!
Patching drywall is often a top concern when preparing for a move. Drywall is vulnerable to cracks, dents and holes, but you can easily repair it with drywall joint compound and a little sanding and painting. This guide will teach you how to patch drywall, whether you need to know how to fill in a small dent or how to fix a hole in the wall.
Safety Tip: Whenever working with drywall, especially when cutting or sanding drywall, wear protective eyewear and a dust mask.
Whether you deal with city noise or roosters crowing, soundproofing a room can make life more comfortable. You’ll enjoy better sleep and quieter days. It’s easier to work from home or relax on a day off when the surrounding noise is low.
This guide will teach you how to soundproof a room with foam and soundproofing insulation. You’ll learn tips on how to soundproof a room from outside noise. Discover soundproofing ideas for all parts of a room, including the windows, doors, walls, floor and ceiling.
For most home improvement projects, knowing how to calculate square footage is an important skill. From flooring and painting to landscaping, square footage is going to be a necessary measurement to get the right amount of materials for your project. This guide will explain how to measure square footage and outline the square footage formula so you’re ready for your next project.
Selecting which type of lumber you use for a project depends on its ultimate purpose. For structural needs such as joists or beams, the look of the lumber isn’t a top priority. But if the lumber is going to be visible, you may want a higher grade of lumber. This guide will help you understand the measurements you need for your project, as well as steer you in the right direction when making lumber choices.
When determining how much lumber you need, don't guesstimate, calculate. Know exactly how much you need with our project calculators.
Knowing how to prepare for a tornado well beforehand will help keep you and your property safer. Tornados are dangerous, destructive funnel-shaped winds that can top over 200 miles per hour. Use this guide to develop a plan and know how to prepare for a tornado before it strikes. Always follow evacuation orders from local authorities to avoid the risk of serious injury or death.
Wainscoting is a type of decorative paneling that can give every room in your home a more formal and stylish look. Installing wainscoting may seem like a complex job, but DIY wainscoting is an approachable option for beginners. The overall wainscoting cost is also greatly reduced if you do the work yourself instead of hiring a pro.
This guide will explain how to create an easy DIY recessed panel wainscoting look in your home.
R-value measures how well building insulation can prevent the flow of heat into and out of the home. Higher R-value means greater insulation performance, and thus more savings on your next heating and cooling bill. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about insulation R-values so you can better insulate your home.
When an emergency or natural disaster strikes, you'll be asked to evacuate or shelter in place. When it's time to stay put, creating a shelter in place drill checklist will help you be prepared. This guide will teach you what shelter in place means, how to shelter in place as well as offer tips on creating an emergency kit and more.
When it comes to buying lumber, there are a lot of choices to make. Choosing lumber means understanding grain patterns, grades, types of wood and more. Which type of lumber you end up using for a project depends on its purpose.
For structural needs such as joists or beams, the look of the lumber isn’t a top priority. However, if the wood is going to be visible, you may want a higher grade of lumber. Use this guide to learn lumber terms, measurements and grades so you can understand how to choose the right lumber for your next project.
Tip: When determining how much lumber you need, don't guesstimate, calculate. Know exactly how much you need with our project calculators.
When you find it difficult to insert fasteners directly into a concrete wall or other hard surface, you may need to insert anchors before securing the screws. This guide will teach you the best types of concrete anchors and masonry anchors to use for your next home improvement project.
Safety Note: Always wear safety goggles and a dust mask when drilling.
A drywall anchor is designed to securely hang framed pictures, mirrors, clocks and shelving on walls. Nails and screws are not made for walls such as drywall, paneling and tile. They can easily slip out of these walls without the additional reinforcement that an anchor provides.
There are many varieties of drywall anchors that keep hanging hardware firmly in place. This guide outlines the types of anchors for drywall and paneling and how to use a drywall anchor.
Plywood is a necessity in many DIY and construction projects, but not every type of plywood works for every project. The many types of plywood can differ in materials, number of layers, rating and grade. This guide will explain the different uses of plywood, as well as popular plywood sheet sizes and its rating and grade system, so that you can choose the best plywood for your project.
If your roof is over 20 years old, it’s time to consider a roof replacement. A new roof protects your home from the elements, and the choice of roofing material can even upgrade your home’s style and curb appeal.
You have many choices when it comes to roofing materials, from asphalt or wood shingles to corrugated steel and terra cotta tiles. It is up to you to decide what is best to protect your most important investment. This guide will teach you about different types of roofing, including the features, benefits, pros and cons of each, so you can find the perfect option for your home.
Using pressure-treated wood for projects like wooden decks and fences will keep your outdoor structures beautiful for years by resisting termites, rot and fungal decay. Few homeowners really understand what pressure-treated wood is and why you should use it, though.
This guide outlines the benefits and uses of different types of pressure-treated wood and helps answer the common question of what is in pressure treated wood that makes it resistant to Mother Nature. You’ll also learn what pressure-treated wood is most commonly used for.
Don't guesstimate, calculate. Know exactly how much pressure treated wood you need with our project calculators.
PPE stands for personal protective equipment, and refers to the kind of equipment and garments worn to minimize exposure to hazards in the workplace. This guide will expand on the importance of PPE and explain the different types available for each unique scenario.