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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 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

Carpentry and Trim Projects

Western Red Cedar and Redwood Structures

Design ideas, construction guides, handling and finishing tips, grades and usage guide, and many more topics thoroughly covered, many in PDF form by Bear Creek Lumber. Also, a great source for Western Red Cedar and Redwood to build decks, fences, pergolas, as well as interior paneling and exterior siding installation. bearcreeklumber.com

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 Molding Corners

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

How to Install an Interior Door

Step-by-step installing a pre-hung interior door with pictures of each step. ConstructionProTips.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

How to Wire It

Links to wiring diagrams including: switches, receptacles, thermostats, dryer cord, landscape lighting, and more. how-to-wire-it.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

Kitchen Remodeling Guide

Overview of kitchen remodeling and what to expect with pictures. Includes demo and wall remodeling, adding new wiring and lights, installing new flooring, installing cabinets, new appliances, and countertops. TheBalance.com

Replacing a Cabinet Door

How to measure for, prepare, and install new cabinet doors. Step-by-step with pictures for replacing a cabinet door including accurately measuring, installing new hinges, and hanging cabinet doors. Instructables.com

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 offering 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

Home Remodeling and Renovation Guide

Home remodeling company offers advice for planning and dealing with home remodeling projects. Good primer for all types of home renovations including what to expect, estimating costs, living with an ongoing renovations, and what to consider when making changes to everything from floors to roof.KitchenSacramento.com

Guides to Renovation Costs in the UK

Several very detailed and informative guides to the cost and logistics of some major improvement projects in the United Kingdom like adding an addition, building a garage, removing asbestos, and many more.HomeGuides.co.uk

Safe Asbestos Abatement Guide

PDF download with helpful advice on asbestos in the home. Includes information on the abatement process, the cost of asbestos abatement, and tips on how to hire a professional to do the job right.Asbestos.com

Mesothelioma Causes

"Asbestos is the only proven cause of mesothelioma". Get all the facts on exposure and sources of asbestos in your environment. Resources for those suffering from mesothelioma.MesotheliomaVeterans.org

Designing Your Own Home Theater

Tips and considerations for designing a home theater of your own. CustomControls.co.uk

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, roofs, 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

WaterDamageAdvisor.com

This website offers help with water damage problems around the house, from preventing it before it happens to dealing with the consequences of plumbing leaks, roofing leaks, and severe weather like hurricanes and flooding. Find tips on how to avoid water damage to your home and information on how to start repairs, including dealing with the inevitable mold growth that follows water exposure. Also, find local listing of contractors to help clean things up if you're unfortunate enough to have water damage to your home. WaterDamageAdvisor.com

Home Products

YourBestDigs.com

Get real reviews of products you use everyday, from garden hoses to portable air conditioners. YourBestDigs.com has used these products first-hand and they're ready to give you the real dope on how well they work or don't work. yourbestdigs.com

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

Antique Store Directory

Comprehensive directory of antique stores in the USA including all types of vintage and architectural salvage dealers. Find antique hardware, building materials, lighting, and more by searching this directory. AntiqueStoreFinder.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

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