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Painting and Faux Finishing Projects

How to Prep for Interior Painting

Pictures and instructions for masking floors and trim before painting an interior room. hometips.com

Painting a Stairwell Ceiling

(VIDEO) Demonstrating how to set ladders and use 2by lumber to build an improvised scaffolding in a stairwell. renovateyourworld.com

Removing Popcorn Ceiling Asbestos

Instructions for safely removing old asbestos popcorn ceiling texture. In the US, removing asbestos may only be done by the homeowner or a qualified contractor, the process at this link will help you do it yourself. nautralhandyman.com

The Painted Surface

An online guide for your home and office painting projects. thepaintedsurface.com

Applying Venetian Plaster

(VIDEO) Pictures and instructions for applying a venetian plaster finish. Also includes a video demonstrating the application of Valspar® venetian plaster product with a roller and trowel. valspar.com

How to Remove Venetian Plaster

Instructions and tips for removing an unwanted venetian plaster finish from walls. onlinetips.org

How to Hang Wallpaper and Borders

Detailed, step-by-step instruction for hanging new wallpaper and borders. wallcoveringplus.com

EPA Pamphlet: Renovate Right

Tips for choosing a lead-paint contractor, how to deal with the renovation process and how to keep you family safe while the work is being done. epa.gov

A Guide to Eco-Friendly Painting

A thorough guide to painting your home the "green" way. moloneypainting.com

Carpentry and Trim Projects

Bleaching to Lighten Wood

(VIDEO) Animated tutorial demonstrates bleaching to lighten wood finishes. Links to other animated furniture finishing tutorials including stripping, staining and varnishing. easy2diy.com

Coping Inside Corners with a Jigsaw

(VIDEO) Detailed video demonstrates how to cope inside corners on crown molding using a miter saw and electric jigsaw. miterclamp.com

Coping Inside Corners with a Coping Saw

(VIDEO) Demonstrates how to cut inside crown molding corners using a miter saw and coping saw. about.com

Coping Inside Molding Corners

Details and pictures for cutting coped molding joints in a great PDF file. kelleher.com

How to Build a Deck

Complete guide to building a deck. Pictures and step-by-step instructions including all phases of deck construction. Layout, lumber size requirements, choosing materials, preparation and layout, building the substructure, decking and railings. doityourself.com

Finish Carpentry Techniques

All types of moldings projects including trim for doors and windows, baseboard and plinth blocks. Many pictures and detailed instructions for choosing, cutting and installing moldings. Door and window casing styles including craftsman, victorian, mitered and butt joints. PDF File. kelleher.com

Trim Carpentry Tips

Pictures and instructions for installing wood trim molding around doors, windows and floors. taunton.com

Installing Window Casings

Pictures and step-by-step instructions for cutting and building custom window casings. hammerzone.com

Door Trim Over Protruding Drywall

Solution for protruding drywall at door jamb; Pictures and instructions for installing the trim molding. hammerzone.com

How to Build Stairs

Pictures, instructions, diagrams and calculations for building a cut–stringer staircase. taunton.com

Door and Window Projects

Installing Doors

Instructions for installing interior, storm and entry doors. In addition to installation, instructions include cutting hinge mortises and installing locks. acehardware.com

Installing a New Window

Cutting, framing and finishing for a new window installation. Pictures and step-by-step instructions for installing new windows where none exists now. hammerzone.com

Electrical Projects

Troubleshooting Home Electrical Circuits

Steps and tips for finding problems with household electrical circuits. thecircuitdetective.com

NEC Codes

Extensive collection of electrical codes and the latest changes to be aware of. ecmweb.com

Wiring Diagrams Entertainment Center

Database of wiring diagrams for connecting home electronic equipment. comcast.com

Wiring Diagrams Carrier® Products

Searchable database by product name or model number. carrier.com

Wiring a Hot Tub Spa

Wiring diagram for control panel and instructions for installing a hot tub spa. Pictures and instructions for running cable, installing the service panel, wiring and more. spadepot.com

Solar Power for Your House

Building a solar electrical supply for the home. Rob Kemp takes you thru his experience building and installing a solar power source for his home. Details of all aspects of the job. users.tpg.com

Kitchen and Bath Projects

Installing Solid Surface Countertops

Pictures and step-by-step instructions for installing an acrylic solid surface countertops. naturalhandyman.com

SolidSurface.com

Selling sheets of solid surface countertop materials to do-it-yourselfers and homeowners. Also adhesive and applicators to install solid surface counters yourself. solidsurface.com

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

Detailed tutorial for installing cabinets. Layout and level, plumb installation instructions. Many photographs showing the details of installing both base and wall cabinets. workbenchmagazine.com

Installing Kitchen Cabinets

(VIDEOS) Demonstrating installing wall and base cabinets as well as assembling new cabinets and installing draw slides and doors. ronhazelton.com

Other Helpful DIY Sites

Homewyse.com

Here's an extensive index of cost estimators to determine what you will have to spend to complete home improvements, from floor to ceiling. All associate expenses are included: materials, supplies and if you hire someone to do the work for you, the labor cost is also included. Search by zip code to find accurate job cost in your area. homewyse.com

Remodeling Cost

Estimate the cost of remodeling projects including decks, windows, roof and more. Search by zip code. remodelingexpense.com

ifixit.com

Repair mac computers, gaming consoles and smartphones using these superior repair guides. Thousands of guides, each including a VIDEO demonstration, illustrated, step-by-step written instructions and links to all the help you'll need to repair just about anything that goes wrong with your device. ifixit.com

BuilderBill-diy-help.com

Detailed articles for the do-it-yourselfer including roofing, steel and concrete construction, carpentry, construction tools and more. builderbill-diy-help.com

Visit DoItYourself.com

The Leading Home Improvement and Remodeling Website Featuring the Internet's Largest Hardware Superstore doityourself.com

Home Products

Antique Lamp Parts

Everything you need to repair an antique lamp or build a new reproduction in the original style. Switches, sockets, tubing, shades, and more. lampshademaker.com

Lewis Bamboo

Nursery specializing in cold hardy bamboo to add tropical beauty to your landscape, provide privacy screens and put ornamental plants in your gardens. lewisbamboo.com

Direct Buy

DirectBuy is a club that allows members manufacturer-direct pricing for over a million products relating to home remodeling. directbuycares.com

Deck Tiles

Source for decorative tiles to cover decks. diyhomeimprovement.net

Log Homes, Log Cabins and Log Furniture

Helpful Information and Plans for Building Log Homes. loghomelinks.com

Bathroom and Shower Fixtures

Wide selection of shower and bath fixtures including enclosures, shower heads, heated towel racks and much more. inspirationbathrooms.co.uk

Home Improvement Tools

Fasteners: Machine Screws and Nuts and Bolts

NutsandBolts.com makes it easy to buy your nuts, bolts, screws, washers and specialty automotive fasteners. Check out our popular hardware assortments. U.S., Metric and stainless steel fasteners. nutsandbolts.com

Steppin Up, Inc.

The High Stepper is a safe alternative to conventional stilts and ladders used for drywalling, taping, mudding, painting, wallpapering, and more. steppinupinc.com