Like any wallpapering project, you're most likely to be
successful if the surfaces are clean and smooth. If you're
installing a wallpaper border over an existing paper,
you'll get the best results using a vinyl-to-vinyl
Installing Cabinet Drawer Fronts
Drawer fronts come in two types – solid and applied. Solid
drawer fronts are an integral part of the drawer. Applied
fronts are screwed to the front of a pre-made drawer box.
To replace solid fronts, you'll saw off overlapping edges
and screw the new front to the face of the old. For
applied fronts, unscrew the old fronts to remove them,
then attach the new ones.
Installing Cabinet Doors
Installing new cabinet doors isn't difficult, but plan
plenty of time so that the doors hang straight, are evenly
spaced, and operate smoothly. Attach the hardware to the
door first, then hang the door on the cabinet face frame.
You can work on the doors in your
kitchen, but protect them from scratches by using a soft
cloth or clamping them in an upright position. When
drilling pilot holes for the hinge screws, take care not
to drill all the way through the door!
Installing a Security Lock
Deadbolt locks provide extra security for entry doors.
There are two types -- single-cylinder and
double-cylinder. Single-cylinder types feature a finger
latch that can be opened from the inside. Double-cylinder
deadbolts must be opened with a key from either side of
Installing an Entry Door
Nothing spruces up the outside of your home quite like a
new entry door. An insulated steel entry door is a good
choice because it combines toughness with energy
efficiency. Entry doors come in a variety of styles and
colors and feature a baked-on enamel finish that is
especially durable. As with most doors, you can get a
steel entrance door that is pre-hung with hinges, jambs,
and brick molding included to simplify installation.
Installing Split-Jamb Interior Doors
Split-jamb, pre-hung interior doors feature jambs that are
literally split in half lengthwise. The trim casing is
already attached to each edge of the jamb. That means you
don't have to fumble around trying to make perfectly
matched mitered corners – it's already done for you.
Installing a Cable TV Jack
You've probably seen cable-TV installations where the bare
coaxial cable simply enters a room via a crude hole
drilled through the floor or a baseboard (maybe you've
seen them in your own house!). They're functional but not
too decorative. For a more finished and permanent
installation, do the job right and install a bona-fide
Installing Coaxial TV Cable
It sure would be nice to have cable TV in that spare
bedroom you've converted into an office. But before you
pay the cable guy for coming to your house and
extending your cable run, see how you can spend an hour
doing it yourself. With the money you'll save, it'll be
like getting a month or two of free cable!
Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Forget the stock market. Few hour-long home-improvement
projects will pay year-in, year-out cost-savings dividends
like replacing your old thermostat with a new programmable
- or "automatic setback" - model. Depending on the
severity of the winters where you live, you could realize
a savings of up to 35 percent on your yearly energy bills.
Who wouldn't want to do that?