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?
Installing a Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan will do more than just give your air
conditioner a break in the heat of summer - it'll also
take a load off your furnace in winter by recirculating
heated air that rises to the ceiling.
Installing a Dimmer Switch
A dimmer switch is one of life's little conveniences that,
once installed, you wonder how you ever got along without!
Any standard single-pole wall switch is a good candidate
for replacement with a dimmer switch – as long as there's
ample room in its electrical box and the light it's
controlling is of the incandescent persuasion.
Installing a Three-Way Switch
Three-way switches can be a little confusing because,
unlike a standard switch, they have three screw terminals
and do not have ON-OFF markings. Three-way switches are
always installed in pairs and are used to control a set of
lights from two separate locations.
Installing Specialty Switches
If you thought dimmers were about as fancy as switches
could get, think again. There's a whole world of specialty
switches out there just waiting to make your life more
convenient, and they're every bit as easy to install as an
Installing Cement Backerboard
You may be tempted to rush ahead and get to the fun part -
laying the tiles. But resist the urge. Unless you prepare
the surface under the tiles properly, you'll end up having
to retile a lot sooner than you want.
Installing Landscape Timber Edging
Landscape timbers are an excellent edging for a raised
garden bed. While a single course of 4-by or 6-by timbers
simply can be set into the ground, there isn't a lot more
involved in assembling two courses and securing them to
each other. Three courses of timbers stretches the term
"edging" and starts to qualify as a retaining wall, which
is subject to different procedures and code requirements.
Installing Plastic Edging
Because it's so flexible, plastic edging is the edging of
choice for curving beds and borders. It's the most
economical of the commercial edgings and the easiest to
work with, too. But if you're looking for sharp, crisp
corners, look elsewhere. Plastic edging can't handle it.
And be sure to anchor the edging securely with stakes to
keep it from popping out of the ground.