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 wall jack.

Make a cutout opening 1 1/2 inches wide and 3 3/4 inches high at the television-jack location. Pull the cable through the opening, and install two television-jack mounting brackets in the cutout.


Use an adjustable wrench to attach the cable F-connector to the back of the television jack. Then attach the jack to the wall by screwing it onto the mounting brackets.




Electrical Projects

Adding a Telephone Extension

Installing Coaxial TV Cable

Installing a Programmable Thermostat

Replacing a Doorbell

Troubleshooting Your Thermostat


DIY Projects

Laying 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.


Laying 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.


Making Minor 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 your home.


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 neater.


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.


Do It Yourself Projects




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