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How to Identify Tiffany Silver Plates

A silver plate from Tiffany & Co. likely is the creation of designer Elsa Peretti, who has been designing silver home decor for the jewelry house for more than 30 years. Peretti joined the Tiffany staff in 1974, Tiffany.com reports, with sterling silver designs that "came directly from nature: bones

How to Replace Glue-Down Flooring

Glue-down hardwood flooring uses a string adhesive layer to bind hardwood planks to a subfloor, creating a bond that's meant to last the lifetime of your home. Because of this, removing the flooring once its down is no light task. It requires the complete destruction of the floorboards, and then the

What Is the Best Way to Cut Laminate Flooring?

Installing laminate flooring is a popular home improvement project among do-it-yourself enthusiasts. This is due in part because the installation process is relatively simple and usually easily well within the skills of an amateur. If you are going to install your laminate floor yourself, you should

How to Fold a Pair of Jeans

Want to fold your jeans so they create a neat, minimalist stack in your closet? Use the method retailers use when putting jeans on display!

How to Adjust TrafficMaster Tiles

TrafficMaster floor tiles have interlocking edges, just like puzzle pieces. Connect them together to cover an entire room or to create an area rug. If one or more tiles become heavily soiled, remove only those tiles and replace them. You could also change the pattern of your TrafficMaster rug by rem

DIY Peg Board Room Divider

Make a room divider that doubles as an organizational structure by using pegboard. Pegboards allow you to hang anything from tools to cooking pots in a versatile manner that is easy to access. The room divider consists of three hinged panels with pegboards as the covering on both sides. Painting the

High Pool Filter Pressure Troubleshooting

Backwashing a filter is the treatment for high filter pressure. When the pressure gauge reads 8 to 10 psi above the normal operating pressure of your particular filter, then it's time to backwash. The process for cleaning and backwashing a filter involves cleaning the filter so it's free of dirt and

How to Build a Wood Lumber Rack

Many wood workers want or have a wood shop in their garage or shed. As a wood worker you will come across deals on lumber that are hard to pass up, or you will have good pieces of wood that are left over after finishing up a project. If the wood is not stored correctly it will quickly start to warp

Do-It-Yourself Passive Solar Panels

Passive solar panels are affordable alternatives to pricey photovoltaics. The panels are essentially just boxes covered by pieces of black metal so that the air inside is heated. They are easy to move when necessary. The heat cost savings these panels generate quickly justify the cost of the materia

How to Save Money By Insulating the Attic

A poorly insulated attic space is a sure-fire way to ratchet up your heating bills. Proper insulation prevents heat from escaping into this cold and commonly unused space, allowing you to heat your home more efficiently and cost-effectively. Many professionals install insulation; however, most homeo

How to Hang a Closet Rod on Plaster Walls

Plaster is an old-fashioned wall covering that was more popular in the mid-1900s. Plaster is brittle and easily cracks when you try to nail or screw things into it. It is applied over lathe, which are thin pieces of wood that provide a framework and support for the plaster. To install a closet rod s

How to Clean Marble Flooring to Look New

Marble flooring is a serious investment, both in installation and maintenance. If you are lucky enough to have marble flooring you know that is exquisitely shiny, gorgeous and worth the effort. The best way to maintain marble flooring is to keep it clean. Marble flooring is soft, porous and easily s

Linoleum Vs. Ceramic Tile

When it comes to kitchen and bathroom flooring, linoleum and tile are popular options. Linoleum often is associated with institutional buildings such as schools and hospitals. But there is a new generation of linoleum that, like tile, has many benefits.

How to Build Exterior Stairs

Building exterior stairs is not as complex a task as it once was. The advent of precut stringers eliminates the need to do difficult calculations and make repetitive cuts. Stringers are available at a variety of lengths to meet just about any stair need and are found at most home improvement stores

Can You Use a Dry Well for an Outdoor Sink?

If you want to build an outdoor kitchen, you have to consider how you're going to connect up your sink, both for water supply and outflow. You have to find a way to get rid of used water once you connect the sink to a water source. In some cases, a dry well -- a pit dug in the ground to collect and

Detectable Warnings on Ramps

The American with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. It gave those with disabilities the ability to navigate through public facilities with the same ease as those without disabilities. One requirement involved providing warnings on ramps and in sidewalks for those who are visually impaired. The re

Repairing Drywall Cracks Above a Door Frame

Drywall -- a gypsum mixture pressed between two paper boards -- is a common building material used in homes. The drywall boards are placed side by side, and the seams are hidden by drywall tape. Typically, seams are kept away from doors, since doors are highly susceptible to shifting as the house se

How to Unplug Weeping Tiles

A weeping tile isn't really a tile, but a pipe installed in the ground that absorbs water from your home. There are slits in the pipe that allow water to seep through, hence the name: weeping tile. Once in a while, sewage can seep into the pipe and cause blockage, resulting in water overflow in your

How to Update a Kitchen on a Budget

Most of us don't have enough money to remodel a kitchen. But there are things you can do without taking out a second mortgage.