Out Straight Edges
If you lay out a bed with landscape timbers, bricks or
stones, you'll want to create a flawlessly straight line
to start with. This two-step technique assures you a
perfectly straight line every time.
Out Free-form Curves
The sinuous, flowing curves of a free-form bed are all the
vogue right now. And for good reason. They soften the
landscape – and they're a snap to create.
Maintaining Garage Door Openers
Garage door openers are rugged devices that are expected
to do many years of hard labor. An opener has both
mechanical and electrical parts that could use a little
maintenance and care. Always be sure the power is off to
an opener before making any adjustments.
Toilets get used a lot, and sometimes they simply get out
of adjustment. If your toilet is gurgling and seems to be
losing water unnecessarily, try some minor adjustments
before replacing any parts.
Masking Wood Trim
You can paint like a pro if
you mask your work. Use pre-gummed masking paper or
wide masking tape to protect anything you don't want
splattered or painted over. Masking is a great way to
paint adjacent surfaces, like where door or window
trim of one color meets wallboard of another. Mask the
trim and you can paint the wallboard right up to the
edge of the trim. Reverse the
process and you can paint the trim to within a whisker of
the wallboard. When you're finished, carefully remove the
tape and presto! A perfect paint job.
Mitering Border Corners
If you're making your wallpaper border into a frame around
a door or window, you'll need to deal with some right
angles. That means mitering your border so the corners
look good. The key is to get your border nice and flat
before you make your miter cuts. That way, the cut ends
should meet perfectly.
Maintaining Your Storm Doors
Regardless of how energy efficient your entry door is,
storm doors add insulation, security and versatility to
Painting Flat Doors
Flat passage doors are common inside your home, where they
get lots of use and can get dirty, especially around the
doorknob. The good news is they are easy to paint, even if
you leave them hanging on their hinges. Spread out some
newspapers under the door and you're ready to go.
Painting a Door (While Attached)
Exterior doors are heavy and
can be awkward to move – you'll usually find it easier
to paint them in place instead of trying to take them
off their hinges. However, removing the doorknob and
latch bolt makes the job a whole lot faster and
Painting a Door (Unattached)
Painting a door by putting it flat on a pair of sawhorses
is the best way to prevent drips and runs. You can paint
in a garage or other area that will keep odors from
lingering inside your house. It's also the fastest way
– by removing all the hardware, you won't have to
paint around any obstacles. Now is the time to change
styles or replace worn hardware. Just be sure to take your old hardware
with you when you shop for replacements to make sure you
get the correct sizes.