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How to Install Electric Radiant Heat Under Bathroom Tile
Ethan | April 13, 2012
How to Install Electric Radiant Heat Under Bathroom Tile

Installing radiant heat flooring is a great project for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers. Radiant flooring adds comfort and value to your home, and it’s not overly difficult to install. I spent the day with professional contractor Joe Bianco as he completed this project. Read on to learn how it’s done. MaterialsWarm Tile radiant flooring kit 1-1/4″ concrete anchors Thin-set mortarToolsStraight-edge Hammer drill Driver Hammer Snips Fish tape Multi-tool Chisel MultimeterStep 1: Plan the Layout One of the challenges... 

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How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting
Ethan | March 29, 2012
How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a great wall application for dressing up kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and more. It’s also a great do-it-yourselfer project because with the right tools and proper planning, anyone can achieve great results. If you’re not sure how to tackle this project, what better way to learn than straight from a professional contractor? Today’s Pro-Follow showcases carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew as they install beadboard wainscoting in a small kitchen eating area. Stay current with all of our Pro-Follow articles... 

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How to Install a Patio Door
Ethan | March 27, 2012
How to Install a Patio Door

Welcome back to our latest Pro-Follow. If you read yesterday’s Pro-Follow update about replacing a door header, you’ll recognize this is the second part of that project. Steve and his crew discovered a poorly built header and replaced it before continuing on to replace the patio doors. Today’s article shares how to install a new patio door, including the steps necessary to waterproof and level the door. If you’d like to learn more about our Pro-Follows and the contractors with whom we’ve partnered, check out... 

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How to Replace a Load Bearing Door Header
Ethan | March 26, 2012
How to Replace a Load Bearing Door Header

Contractors can’t always foresee every possible scenario when they bid a job, and they often have to assume that previous tradesmen have done their work appropriately. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and even simple jobs became much more involved. Professional contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew began the process of replacing a patio door when they uncovered a poorly built header. Steve couldn’t in good conscience continue with the project until they replaced the header, and here’s how... 

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How to Install Pre-Hung Doors
Ethan | March 19, 2012
How to Install Pre-Hung Doors

Installing a pre-hung door is much simpler than purchasing the raw materials and building a door from scratch. Pre-hung doors come already fastened to the door frame, and you can order them to size. Pre-hung doors also eliminate the time-consuming process of routing a space for the door hinge and doorknob hardware (like the faceplates), and the holes are already cut for the latch and doorknob. With a pre-hung door, you can install a typical interior door in about 15 minutes, and this article will provide pictures and text to walk you through... 

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How to Build a Deck (with 120+ Pics, Diagrams, Pro-Tips, & Helpful Links)
Ethan | March 9, 2012
How to Build a Deck (with 120+ Pics, Diagrams, Pro-Tips, & Helpful Links)

If you’re a regular reader, you know this detailed guide is the culmination of many days shadowing expert general contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman. I was on-site as he and his crew built this deck, taking pictures of the progress, documenting the work and discovering tips and tricks. I’m convinced that there’s no better way to learn how to tackle home improvement projects than following a licensed contractor through a build. If you enjoy this article, check out our other Project Guides. To stay current on all... 

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How to Repair an Underground Water Pipe
Ethan | March 5, 2012
How to Repair an Underground Water Pipe

We’re back with our next Pro-Follow, and this one hits close to home. If you entered Fred’s Husky Tool Tote Giveaway, you probably read the brief update at the end where he shares that today’s Pro-Follow comes to you from my house. Earlier this month, Jocie and I noticed that our water bill was significantly higher than usual. Seeing nothing amiss in our home, we called the utility company expecting there had been a clerical error or perhaps a malfunctioning water meter. Instead, they suggested we might have an underground... 

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How to Build a Concrete Patio with Bluestone Inlay (Complete Guide)
Ethan | December 15, 2011
How to Build a Concrete Patio with Bluestone Inlay (Complete Guide)

We’re really excited to share this step-by-step guide for building a concrete patio with a decorative bluestone border. We partnered with Joe Bianco, President of SDG Home Solutions, to document how a contractor and their crew would tackle this home improvement project. This article shares pictures and tips covering everything from demolition to the finishing touches. We hope it’s a great resource for you, especially if you’re considering a new concrete patio in the near future. Concrete Patio Remodel Here’s Joe... 

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