Paint blistering is caused by paint losing adhesion to the base coat of paint or underlying drywall, plaster, and wood. The best way to prevent this is to identify what caused the bubbles and remediate that issue. Learn about factors that cause bubbling paint and how to address them.
Understand the difference between “dry time” and “cure time” when it comes to caulking. Most products become dry to the touch after several minutes, but don’t fully cure for days. Learn about factors that determine the dry-time for caulk.
Get inspiration and ideas for your upcoming kitchen remodeling project from a walk-though of a complete gut of two bedrooms for a conversion into an open-plan 18-by-12 kitchen and dining room.
Over time, tile grout can stain, crack, and come loose which means it's time to repair or replace it. Grout repair is easy and budget-friendly and can update the look of kitchen or bathroom tile. Damaged grout can make your tile look old and worn, and can also create an environment for bacteria and mold growth.
Installing wood flooring improves the overall appearance of a room and increases the value of your home. Hardwood flooring costs vary based on the type of wood, width of the planks, stain, adhesive, and style. On average, 50-75 percent of your budget will be for materials and the rest to installation. Some contractors will include the removal of old wood flooring or carpeting with the price of installation and trim while others do not. Learn more about costs to expect when installing hardwood flooring.
The kitchen is the focal point for activity in most homes, being used for cooking, eating, family conversations, and more, which is why a remodeled kitchen can make time spent at home feel better, even if it’s a simple refresh. Kitchen remodels are typically a significant expense, so it’s important to consider all options before purchasing materials and hiring a contractor. Learn about steps you can follow to help plan your kitchen remodel and estimate the required budget.
If you’re designing a brand new kitchen or working with a small budget to make your existing kitchen cabinet space more efficient, the following tips from professional organizers will help you get organized to optimize kitchen storage space and ensure all of your kitchen tools, small appliances, and other items have a place.
Mold creates a stale, damp scent and the smell is a first sign of mold or mildew. Homeowners should identify the source of the smell and cause of the mold quickly, and remediate the mold as soon as possible as waiting to address the issue can result in a more arduous removal process.
Black mold usually appears as a black stain in a high-moisture area. It is most commonly found in bathrooms or other areas with damp conditions, poor ventilation, and high temperatures; damp basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. If a homeowner finds black mold, remediation will depend on how significant the spread is.
Instead of waiting for serious issues to happen, make a monthly schedule of simple home maintenance tasks to tackle. Learn more about chores that, if completed regularly, will help to avoid bigger problems.