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A room with an attic ladder coming down from the ceiling
PROJECT GUIDE

Attic Ladder Installation


Difficulty Advanced
Time 2-4 hours

Learn everything you need to know to install most attic ladders in your home today

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 person uses a pry bar to remove drywall.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Remove Drywall


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Safely extract old drywall before remodeling a room

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 video examples various types of roofing.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Roofing


Choose the right roofing material to fit your home and budget.

A concrete foundation for a home.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Build a Foundation


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

A solid concrete base is crucial for the structural integrity of a house

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

FRP paneling installed in a laundry room.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install FRP Paneling


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Learn how to install a Paneling accent wall or entire room yourself with this step-by-step guide
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
A person measuring a wall.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Calculate Square Footage


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Learn how to calculate square footage with this helpful guide
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BUYING GUIDE

Types of Cabinet Hinges


Demystify the surprising number of cabinet hinges and drawer slides to be sure you’re selecting what’s right for your cabinetry
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
Illustration of someone applying drywall joint compound on a wall.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Tape Drywall


Difficulty Beginner
Time Over 1 day

Complete your drywall installation by taping the joints together
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
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
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
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BUYING GUIDE

How to Choose Lumber


Buy the right lumber for your DIY building projects
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PROJECT GUIDE

Finishing Outside Corners


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Shore up your outside drywall corners with a metal corner bead to protect your wall
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