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Deck Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Posted by: on April 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments

The weather’s warming up and it’s time to start extending your living space into the great outdoors. Decks are great for dining, entertaining or just relaxing with family. So take care of your deck by protecting it from the elements with just a few simple cleaning and maintenance tips.

This video offers detailed instructions on how to properly get your deck ready for regular use. It walks you through all of the necessary steps including, sanding to remove loose wood or finish, safely applying a cleaner, using a pressure washer to rinse, and applying a stain or sealer. It also includes helpful tips about wearing protective gloves and safety glasses, and how to choose between the different types of cleaners. Our expert associates on The Home Depot How-To Community Forum can also answer any other DIY questions you may have. And be sure to visit our Garden Center to get everything you need to beautify your outdoor space all season long.

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Spring Forward This Weekend And Check Smoke Alarms, Thermostats And Security Lights

Posted by: on March 10th, 2012 | Make A Comment

This weekend signals the beginning of daylight saving time in much of the U.S. Here’s a friendly reminder about a few things you’ll want to do beyond just setting all the clocks forward one hour…

1. Check all batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Make sure all detectors in your home have sufficient battery power. Twice a year, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors need their batteries tested. So this weekend, push the test button on your detectors. If they respond with a loud siren or flashing light, they’re good to go. If not, replace with fresh batteries and retest. Or just go ahead and replace them to be extra sure.

2. Adjust the time forward one hour on your programmable thermostats, appliances and clocks

It’s important to adjust the time on these household products to ensure energy savings. If you don’t adjust the time on your thermostat, your heater will kick on one hour late. If you forget this step, you may wake up to a cold house. Likewise, adjust the timer on your kitchen appliances and clocks to make sure your alarms and programmable cooking timers are correct.

3. Adjust the time forward one hour on your sprinklers and security lights

Don’t forget your outdoor timers!  Make sure your security lights turn on at dusk, which arrives an hour later this Sunday. Also, adjust your irrigation sprinklers to ensure they turn on at the correct time of day.

Top 5 Blizzard Safety Tips

Posted by: on February 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments

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Who doesn’t love a snowy winter day filled with snow angels, warm cups of cocoa and cozy nights by the fireplace? But those of you who’ve ever been stuck in the middle of a blizzard know that there really can be too much of a good thing! So make sure you’re prepared for when these serious winter storms blow into town with our blizzard survival safety tips:

1. Stay inside!  Blizzard survival is all about staying safe and warm. That means seeking shelter and staying there until the dangerous conditions have passed. If you’re outside during a blizzard you run a very real risk of suffering from frostbite and/or hypothermia. And even if you are sufficiently bundled up to hold off these dangers, you’re still not out of the woods yet. Very low visibility and icy roads make for treacherous driving conditions. It’s also very easy to get lost in a total white-out or big snow drifts, whether you’re in your car or on foot.

2. Keep heating options open.  Downed power lines are common during severe weather so it’s important to have a back-up plan to stay warm when the electricity is out. If you have a wood burning or gas fireplace you’re in luck. Just be sure to always have all of the necessary fireplace accessories on hand in preparation for blizzard conditions. Kerosene heaters and generators are also great heating alternatives. Just be sure to maintain proper ventilation when in use and keep pets and children away.

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How to Refinish Wood Floors With Stain

Posted by: on January 20th, 2012 | One Comment

When hardwood floors came back as a must-do home design trend, they came back in a big way. They offer so much design versatility, adding character and decorative flair to any look from elegant and sophisticated to casual and comfortable to modern and cosmopolitan. You can’t go wrong with hardwood.

It’s always a plus when a flooring makeover reveals beautiful hardwood floors beneath carpet or linoleum. That’s just what happened to Community member Cueshot108 while tackling a small remodeling project. In his Forum post ”First timer using Minwax Stain. Need help,” he shares his project to turn a small bedroom into his man cave. Forum associate ChristineClaret joined the discussion to provide expert advice and guidance on refinishing wood floors with stain.

Refinish Hardwood Floors with Wood Stain

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Cueshot108 was surprised to find pine hardwood floors when he ripped up the linoleum floors in a small bedroom. His newly discovered hardwood floors are in excellent condition, and he plans to use Minwax Wood Finish to stain them. He wants to know whether or not conditioning the hardwood and applying polyurethane after applying the stain is necessary.

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How to Replace a Vanity Light Safely

Posted by: on January 19th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Whenever you’re dealing with electrical wiring things can get a little tricky and you must remember that it’s always safety first! As long as you follow a few basic safety precautions, replacing a vanity light in your bathroom is an easy project that you can handle yourself without the help of a professional electrician.

This video gives you step-by-step instructions on how to replace a vanity light while highlighting important safety issues like switching off the electricity from the power box. Remember to disconnect all electrical wires and make sure that the proper wiring is in place before removing bulbs from the old fixture to avoid breaking them.

Be sure to check out our huge selection of bath products, including vanities, faucets, tubs and toilets. You can also visit our Home Depot How-To Community Forum for expert associate advice on all sorts of home improvement projects.

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Caulk Tips From The Forum

Posted by: on January 13th, 2012 | Make A Comment

As you prepare your home for winter, don’t forget to caulk. Caulking around windows and doors can help prevent heat from escaping, making your home more energy efficient. Caulking in these areas can also prevent dust and debris from entering your home through the walls. Caulk also keeps the moisture out and prevents rotting wood. If the caulk around tubs, toilets and other wet areas is starting to crack or separate, it’s time to replace it. This inexpensive DIY project is fast and easy. Here are some caulking tips from The Home Depot Forum.

Caulking Crisis

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Q: I accidentally caulked my crown molding with silicone kitchen caulk instead of an acrylic all purpose one. I now cannot paint the edges where I used the caulk. Please advise what I can do to have the paint adhere to the edge where the caulk is located.  - Community Member Rob13

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How to Use Joint Compound to Repair Damaged Drywall and Create Texture, Part 1

Posted by: on December 30th, 2011 | Make A Comment

Once upon a time in the 1980s when wallpaper was a hot home décor trend, a home was built with wallpaper attached directly to the drywall. One day, the new owner of the house, CraftyGalDIY (a.k.a. me) decided to give the bathroom a makeover. First step, ditch the wallpaper. Off to the store I went to get a scorer, wallpaper remover and paint.

Like a good little, amateur DIYer, I scored the wallpaper, steamed it and began to pull it off the walls. Down came the wallpaper and part of the drywall paper, too. Since no primer was applied to the wall before the wallpaper was put up, the wallpaper became a part of the drywall. Frustrated, I dropped the project and began to really hate my bathroom.

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I happened upon a Drywall Texturing thread started by homedepot.com community member tbsmiley33, seeking advice on texturing bathroom walls using the Spanish Knife method of applying joint compound. I was immediately interested since I was having some drywall issues of my own.

Paul, another community member, shared a link to DrywallSchool.com. The website provides step-by-step instructions on drywall texturing and a video tutorial on the Spanish Knife technique.
Call it a DIY epiphany, but I believed this Forum thread provided the solution to my problem with my bathroom walls. Could I really solve my drywall and wallpaper problems by using joint compound?  I checked out the instructions on Drywall School.com, made my shopping list, went shopping at my local The Home Depot store, then returned home to try to fix my walls…fingers crossed. :)

Did it work? Is my love-hate-relationship with my bathroom over? Check back next week for part 2 of How to Use Joint Compound To Repair Damaged Drywall and Create Texture.

Have you created texture on wall using spackle or joint compound?

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