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A screened-in porch surrounds a patio table with chairs.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Screen in a Porch


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Using a screen framing kit can make screening in a porch easier

Two construction workers on a job site wearing PPE.
BUYING GUIDE

What Is PPE and Why Is It Important


Discover the different types of PPE, also known as personal protective equipment

A cracked concrete driveway in front of a gate and a car.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Repair Cracks in a Concrete Driveway


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Follow these steps to learn when to repair or replace a concrete driveway

A bathroom with recessed panel wainscoting.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Create an Easy DIY Wainscoting Look


Difficulty Beginner
Time 2-4 hours

Install DIY wainscoting panels in your home

A video highlights tips to use when buying a house.
BUYING GUIDE

What to Look for When Buying a House


Stick to your checklist to avoid buying the wrong home

A car parks in the shelter of a wooden carport.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Carport


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Protect your vehicle from the elements by constructing your own carport

Two men installing drywall.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Cut Drywall


Difficulty Beginner
Time Over 1 day

Learn how to cut drywall and get other drywall tips too

How to Remove Carpet from Stairs
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Remove Carpet from Stairs


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Easily remove carpet from stairs with a few helpful tips and tricks

A small greenhouse with a peaked polycarbonate roof.
INSPIRATION GUIDE

Polycarbonate and Plastic Sheeting Ideas


Polycarbonate is a reliable glass alternative used for a variety of household projects

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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install a Laminate Countertop


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Need a durable, affordable countertop for your kitchen or bath? Go with laminate

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BUYING GUIDE

Types of Lumber


Choose the best lumber for your building or renovation projects
Fruit sits on a gray concrete countertop in a kitchen.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Make Concrete Countertops


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Build your own concrete countertop for a functional and durable kitchen surface.
Click to discover how to remove a popcorn ceiling.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Get rid of popcorn ceilings for a sleek and uniform texture throughout your home
A person smooths a repair patch on a concrete step.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Repair Concrete Steps


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Fix chips, cracks or holes in your concrete steps to avoid a safety hazard
Two plywood panels stacked on a work bench.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Plywood


Use plywood to complete a range of DIY projects, from subfloors to furniture
How to Install Remodeling Boxes
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Remodeling Boxes


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

Quickly add an additional outlet wherever you need it by installing old-work boxes on drywall
Minor Sidewalk Repairs
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Repair Concrete


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Make minor sidewalk repairs before they grow into potentially unsafe conditions
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BUYING GUIDE

Types of Drywall


Get the right type and size to fix drywall problems such as cracking and peeling
A blue home with a gray metal roof.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Metal Roofing


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Learn how to install trendy and stylish metal roofing
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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Patch Drywall


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Damaged drywall can be easily fixed with drywall compound
Drywall Corners
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Finish Inside Drywall Corners


Difficulty Beginner
Time Over 1 day

Stop hairline drywall cracks from developing in five simple steps
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PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Crown Moulding


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Over 1 day

Whether you prefer your crown with moulding or molding, the finishing touch of wood donning your walls adds value
Cutting Outside Miters in Crown Moulding
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Cut Crown Moulding


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

Lend a finished look to your moulding and trim with an outside miter cut
White crown moulding  installed around corners of the ceiling of a room.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Cut Crown Moulding


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Cut crown moulding with simple techniques for tight-fitting corners
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