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How to Make an Earthquake Home Kit

The first 72 hours after a major emergency or disaster are critical, warns the California Emergency Management Agency (CAL EMA) (www.calema.ca.gov). Gas, water, electricity and/or telephones may be offline. Firefighters, police officers and other first responders handle serious crises, leaving basic

How to Install a Drawer Slide in a Kitchen Cabinet

A drawer slide is a tracking system that allows a wooden shelf or drawer to slide out rather than stay mobile. When you install a drawer slide in a kitchen cabinet, it is often with the purpose of installing a sliding shelf to store larger items, such as bowls and pots. While some drawer slides are

Polyurethane vs. Urethane Finish for Hardwood Floors

Polyurethane and urethane hardwood floor finishes are both clear, protective, surface finishes used to guard against everyday damage. Surface finishes build up on the wood's surface; penetrating finishes are embedded within the wood.

How to Make a Chest Coffee Table

Using a chest for a coffee table has the advantage of providing hidden storage in the lounge room, as well as being an interesting feature of the room. If you have been thinking about using a wooden chest as a coffee table, chances are you have found out that wooden chests are quite expensive on the

How to Remove Acoustic Popcorn Textures

Acoustic popcorn texture ceilings are not difficult to remove, although the process is time consuming, messy and labor intensive. Before beginning any work, It is vital to have the ceiling tested for asbestos. Popcorn or sprayed texture ceilings put in place before 1978 are very likely to contain as

Durabond Grout Colors

Grout is the cementing material that bonds tiles to the wall and to each other, which makes it a highly visible part of the room, sitting between each tile in a grid pattern. Because of this, Durabond manufactures grout in several different shades. These colors are designed to complement the various

Typical Kitchen Counter Size

While a homeowner can customize cabinets and counters to meet his needs, stock cabinets and materials do have an average or standard size available to home builders. The depth, height and distance of the cabinets and appliances in a kitchen determine the convenience and ease of the room. The kitchen

Cinder Block Uses

Cinder block is less expensive than brick or natural stone as a building material. It is more durable than some wood products, which can make it an attractive option when considering its use in outdoor settings. You can build almost anything with it -- from living accommodations to outdoor furniture

How to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets by Replacing the Doors

Replacing the doors on your kitchen cabinets can give your kitchen a refreshing, brand-new look without the expense of completely changing your cabinets. Your new doors should complement the style and design of the cabinets, yet update them at the same time.

What Is a Broadloom Carpet?

The simple definition of broadloom carpet is a carpet produced on a wide or broad loom. In the carpet industry, the term "broadloom" also refers to carpets designed not to have seams, which are produced in one piece to serve as floor covering for any room in your home.

Play Hut Folding Instructions

The Playhut EZ Twist Gazebo is a portable tent-like gazebo that is ideal for camping or outdoor use. It can be set up in a moment or two and folds down into a flat circular shape for easy portability. Once you know how the Playhut folds, you'll find that you can break it down in a matter of minutes.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors With White Vinegar

Hardwood floors require regular care to maintain their warm and beautiful appearance. Careful cleaning is an important consideration, as traditional mopping methods used on linoleum will ruin your hardwood flooring. White vinegar can become a homeowner's best friend for cleaning purposes. This natur

How to Build an Arched Footbridge With Posts & Rails

Small bridges are incorporated in gardens as practical or decorative landscaping elements. Traditionally, arched bridges have been part of exotic gardens in the Far East, particularly in Japanese- and Chinese-inspired gardens. Arched bridges are used to span small streams, ponds and rough terrain or

How to Remodel a Bathroom Vanity

Bathrooms are one of the most utilized rooms of a home; however, they are also often outdated and visually unappealing. While a total renovation is expensive, there are ways to update a bathroom without spending a great deal of money. One way is to paint your bathroom vanity. Paint is a wonderful wa

How to Build Island Cabinets

Kitchen islands are often the center of the whole room. With space for food prep or dining, they provide extra countertop space that is accessible from all surrounding areas. Having storage under the countertops is another added bonus. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to build the island o

How to Insulate Electrical Outlets on Exterior Walls

Air leaks in your home raise your heating and cooling bills. That's a fact. The more leaks your home has, the more money it's going to cost you to stay warm or cool. Fortunately, you can reduce your energy costs just by making some simple home improvements. By adding insulation to the electrical out

How to Finish Concrete Block Walls

Concrete block walls in basements, garages and retaining walls can be finished in many different ways. One way is to apply a stucco finish to the walls to improve their appearance. Stucco can be applied with or without a colorant to blend the wall with the décor of the area. Stucco can also b

How to Get Out Dried Stucco & Plaster

Stucco and plaster can be combined to create a textured, finished look to the exterior or interior walls of your home. Stucco and plaster can dry out and crack and peel over time, requiring removal. Getting out the dried stucco and plaster from your wall can be time-consuming, but some pretty basic

How to Arrange Small Family Rooms

Maximizing space in small rooms can be difficult, especially in an activity-filled room like a family room. Choosing the proper furniture for the space and arranging it using space-saving methods will make your family room feel larger and make it more functional for family use.

How to Hide Cardboard Storage Boxes in a Living Room

Sturdy cardboard boxes can provide an efficient storage system. By keeping the boxes in the living room, hidden, they can be utilized as skirted end tables, ready to hold a lamp or potted plant. Holiday ornaments, books, or out-of-season clothing or Grandma's china dishes can be carefully packed in