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How to Maintain a Wood Deck - Feartured

Wood decks require routine maintenance to keep up their attractive, natural appearance. Follow these easy steps to keep your wood deck looking like new, year after year.

Energy Efficiency Upgrade – Basement Overview

An unsealed basement can be a major contributor to home heat loss. This overview takes a look at a typical basement and targets the main sources of potential heat loss.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade – How to Seal Baseboard Heaters

Baseboard heaters are heat and cooling loss culprits if left unsealed. Proper sealing requires little in the way of materials, but there are a few steps to take to access the units correctly.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade – How to Seal Up a Basement Window

Basement windows are often a source of heat loss in a home. Follow the steps in this video to address the issue in your home.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade – How to Seal Up Exterior Walls

Believe it or not, exterior walls can require sealing, too, especially in older homes. This is a straight-forward DIY job that can be completed in an afternoon.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade – How to Seal Up Outlets

All the outlets on the exterior walls of the home can contribute to higher heating and cooling bills. The steps in this video show how to properly insulate each outlet to maximize the home's energy efficiency.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade – How to Use Rigid Foam to Seal Up a Basement

One way to seal up a basement to improve a home's energy efficiency is to use Rigid Foam Insulation. Follow these steps to ensure correct installation and a proper fit.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrade – How to Use Spray Foam Insulation to Seal Up a Basement

Using spray foam insulation is an effective way to seal up a basement to improve the home's overall energy efficiency. This video will demonstrate the proper steps and techniques to effectively apply foam insulation in a basement energy upgrade project.
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How to Add Weatherstripping to Doors and Windows for Energy Savings

Weatherstripping is an easy way to block cold or hot air from entering the home around doors, windows and electrical plates.
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How to Apply a Plastique Faux Painting Technique

Plastique is a faux painting technique that provides rich, mottled texture to enhance any room.
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How to Apply a Color Wash Faux Painting Technique

Faux painting adds grace and sophistication to any room. Color washes create a softly patterned handmade effect that cannot be matched by any wallpaper patterns.
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How to Apply a Combing Faux Painting Technique

The technique known as faux painting adds grace and sophistication to any room. These combing effects create rich textures and handmade detail to the wall finish, which cannot be matched by similar wallpaper patterns.
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How to Apply a Double-Process Strie Faux Painting Technique

Faux painting techniques, like this double-process burlap strie, can add grace and sophistication to any room.
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How to Apply a Leather Faux Painting Technique

Faux leather techniques create striking textures and handmade detail that cannot be matched by similar wallpaper patterns.
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How to Apply a Ragging Faux Painting Technique

Ragging is a faux painting technique that provides both warmth and texture to any room.
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How to Apply a Single-Process Strie Faux Painting Technique

Single-process vertical strie is a faux painting technique that creates the illusion of height in a room.
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How to Apply a Stripes Faux Painting Technique

The technique of faux painting adds grace and sophistication to any room. Striped effects create rich textures and handmade detail that cannot be matched by wallpaper patterns, and they make a room with a low ceiling appear taller.
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How to Apply Joint Compound to Drywall Corners

A professional drywall finish has smooth seams and corners. A few tricks will help you to finish your drywall corners like a pro.
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How to Build a Deck Storage Box, Part One

This western red cedar deck storage box is a one-day project spanning two videos. Western red cedar was chosen for this project because of its beauty and natural abilities to stand up to insects and harsh weather for many years. In Part Two of the project, the box itself will be built. Part One focuses on the storage box top. Download PDF Plans

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How to Build a Deck Storage Box, Part Two

Building a western red cedar deck storage box is a one-day project that will provide convenient storage and an extra place to sit. Western red cedar was chosen for this project because of its beauty and natural abilities to stand up to harsh weather and insects for many years. In Part Two of the project, the box itself will be built. Download PDF Plans

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How to Build a Flower Box

Western red cedar was used to construct this window flower box project in one day. The naturally weather- and insect-resistant qualities of western red cedar wood make it an ideal choice for outdoor use. Download PDF Plans
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How to Build a Jig to Make a Tapered Leg

Using a jig is a great way to make accurate, angled cuts.
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How to Build a Miter Box

A miter box is an important tool to help cut perfect 90- and 45-degree cuts.
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How to Build a Sled or Boat for a Table Saw

A boat or a sled makes the process of making multiple cross-cuts accurate, fast and safe. Here’s how to make one for your table saw.
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How to Build a Wooden Lattice Screen

This western red cedar lattice fencing was a one-day project designed to screen the home recycling center. Western red cedar is naturally weather-resistant and repels insects, making it a perfect choice for this outdoor project. Download PDF Plans Click here for more woodworking projects featuring Tommy MacDonald.
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How to Care for a Riding Lawn Mower

Proper maintenance of your riding lawn mower will keep it performing reliably for years.
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How to Childproof Your Home

A child's curiosity can be a dangerous thing in an unsafe home. Follow these steps to protect your child from harm.
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How to Clean a Dryer Vent

Regular cleaning of the dryer vents will increase dryer efficiency and reduce fire risk.
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How To Clean and Seal a Garage Floor

Sealing your concrete garage floor can protect it from road salt, eliminate concrete dust and prevent stains.
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How to Clear a Blocked Sink Drain

Clearing a blocked sink drain requires only few basic tools and a little elbow grease.
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