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How To Lay Tile In An Older Home That Does Not Have A Plywood Subfloor

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    A friend of ours is asking about a bathroom upgrade that they are planning and they are wondering about the best method for installing a tile floor in their bathroom over an existing board subfloor. They are wondering if they should remove the old subfloor or supplement it with a plywood subfloor before installing their cement backer board and then their tiles.

    This is a common situation for any home that was built in the …

    How To Refinish A Deck That Was Mistakenly Painted With Latex Paint

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      One of our friends is asking for some help with his deck. He is a new home owner and wanted to clean up his deck and decided to use some primer and latex paint instead of staining. The results are pretty ugly and the paint is chipping off in wear areas and in random areas around the deck surface. Unfortunately it seems that he painted everything including the railings and steps and now doesn’t …

      How To Repair Your Homes Rim Joist And Sill Plate

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        A friend asks about some water damage he found along his foundation when he removed his deck and he is wondering just how hard it will be for him to do the work himself or if he needs to hire a structural engineer and a contractor.

        The problem is pretty common on homes that have attached decks where the contractor didn’t take care to make sure the home was waterproofed before he attached the deck …

        How To Resurface A Utility Table For Kitchen Food Preparation

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          One of our friends asks about a utility table that they have in their kitchen and what would be the best way to resurface it to make it usable for food preparation in their kitchen. So, We are going to take a look at some of the possibilities that they have and recommend one that is probably the best and the safest way along with being the easiest way to get the job done.

          At …

          How To Clean Up A Crumbled Concrete Pathway In Your Backyard

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            A Friend asks us how can they clean up the pathway in their backyard to make it look better and to improve its condition. Its a 3 foot wide concrete pathway that was placed on the back of the home to help with diverting rain away from the home. There is actually a pretty big grate in the path on the side of the home which diverts water out into the street and their …

            How To Flush Your Automatic Transmission At Home With Basic Tools

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              If you have an older vehicle that you care for on your own then you know that saving some money and doing the work right will make your car last longer and reduce the chance of a big expense in the end.

              I would not suggest that you perform this work on a car that is still under drive train warranty because your dealer can do this for you but if you have an older …

              How To Install Attic Rafter Vents When Adding Insulation

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                If you are increasing the amount of insulation in your home then it is important that you consider your attic venting system before you install your insulation. Attic insulation will keep the interior of your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer but for your attic to remain cool it needs proper air flow. In most new homes that means that under the overhang of your roof you have soffit vents …

                How To Cut Out The Lawn Care Service And Have A Great Yard For Very Little Money

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                  A friend is asking for some help with their yard. It seems that they have a few neighbors that are complaining about their property and they don’t have a lot of money to hire professional services.So, we are going to take this opportunity to give a few secrets we have learned over the years to manage your yard and home to get the most out of it for very little money.

                  Honestly if you are …

                  How To Use A Ball Hone To Prepare Your Engine’s Cylinder Walls For New Rings

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                    If you are rebuilding an engine and replacing your piston rings it is normally suggested that you hone the cylinder walls to prepare them before assembly. This might not always be the case but most of the time you don’t want to skip this step because honing your cylinder walls is what keeps the oil on them.

                    For best results you are suppose to create a 45 degree cross hatch pattern on the cylinder wall. …

                    How To Remove Carbon Buildup On Your Pistons And Cylinder Walls During Head Gasket Replacement

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                      When you are working on your engine and replacing the head gasket and you will need to clean your deck surface before you install the new gasket this is a good time to clean up any carbon buildup that might be on the top portion of your cylinder walls and the top of the pistons.

                      While doing so you will also be able to inspect the cylinder walls and deck and know if you need …