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Walls & Ceiling Articles


Walls and ceilings make of the majority of surfaces in a home, and it’s important to know how to maintain or even upgrade them. The articles in this section focus on Walls & Ceilings with topics like How to Hang Wallpaper and How to Repair Drywall.

How to Paint a Three-Piece Crown Molding
Ethan | November 23, 2013
How to Paint a Three-Piece Crown Molding

Today we’re featuring a guest article by Ken from The Joy of Moldings Jennifer’s kitchen is getting a top to bottom molding makeover. I just installed the crown molding and door trim (a Greek Revival eared architrave style), but still have the baseboard and wainscoting to go. Since I get so many questions at The Joy of Moldings.com about how to paint crown moldings, I thought I’d share my painting techniques with One Project Closer readers.Project Price & MaterialsCrown Molding Materials From Lowes: $211.75 Primer:... 

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How to Repair a Medium-Size Hole in Drywall
Ethan | November 7, 2013
How to Repair a Medium-Size Hole in Drywall

Repairing drywall is a great do-it-yourselfer task because tools and materials are cheap, and there’s very little risk (to you or the house). Plus, if you can master the repair, it’s a skill that will serve you well no matter if you own or rent. So before you call the local handyman next time, give yourself a chance to tackle this basic, home improvement project. Editors Note: This is a great tutorial that I put together in March of 2012, and you can find this along with other top-notch articles in the Best of OPC section found... 

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Performing a Professional Home Energy Audit
Ethan | May 21, 2013
Performing a Professional Home Energy Audit

Recently a friend was having a professional home energy audit performed, and I asked to tag along. I was curious to learn what tools and techniques a professional uses to analyze the efficiency of a home. I also wanted to learn what actions an auditor would recommend. The audit was performed by James from Energy Services Group, a local business specializing in residential energy conservation since 1981. If you live in central Maryland, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) is probably your energy provider. The state of Maryland requires... 

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How to Detect Mold in Your House with Mold Sniffing Dogs
Ethan | February 20, 2013
How to Detect Mold in Your House with Mold Sniffing Dogs

Welcome back to our latest Pro-Follow update! If you’re a regular reader, you know that Fred and Kim have hired Joe Bianco to finish their basement, and one aspect of this remodel includes permanently fixing a leak created when the deck was installed. The contractor who built the deck didn’t properly flash (waterproof) it. Fred and Kim eventually discovered wet insulation, discolored wood and a dank smell around one of the windows in the basement. Needless to say, they are concerned about mold, and Fred and Kim want to be... 

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How to Hang Wallpaper
Ethan | January 29, 2013
How to Hang Wallpaper

You all met Larry last week in our article about Painting Like a Pro, and I mentioned that Larry and his company also hang wall coverings. For today’s Pro-Follow I was back on a job site with Larry and his business partner Jim as they wallpapered two bathrooms in a model home. Larry explained that the demand for wallpaper fluctuates, and right now he’s seeing business pick up. Homeowners and designers are using more wallpaper and often as an accent wall.Materials Modern wallpaper is actually vinyl laminated to a fiber or... 

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How to Paint (Like a Pro)
Ethan | January 24, 2013
How to Paint (Like a Pro)

It’s good to be back on a Pro-Follow, and I’m pleased to introduce you to Larry Smith. Larry is a professional painter, and his company also installs wall coverings (wall paper, fabrics, etc.). Larry brings almost 40 years of experience in the industry, and I’m excited to be on a job site with him. If you live in Maryland and are need in of a painter or someone to install wallpaper or other wall coverings, give Larry a call at 443-250-4899. Today’s article is all about repainting an existing room, and it’s... 

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How to Install a Window
Ethan | November 20, 2012
How to Install a Window

Installing new windows is a great DIYer task, and it’s a topic we’ve touched on in the past. However, OPC is all about showing pros in action so that you have the best possible resources for tackling home improvement projects, and this is a task that professional contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman and his crew have just completed. If you followed along on the in-law addition, this was one of the last items on his punch list. Read on for details on installing a new window, sealing and weatherizing a window, and installing... 

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How to Install a Basement Egress Window
Ethan | October 17, 2012
How to Install a Basement Egress Window

Today’s Pro-Follow is part of a series shadowing professional contractor Joe Bianco and his crews as they remodel an unfinished basement. A necessary part of this remodel is bringing the basement (and even other areas of the house) up to current code, and that includes installing an emergency egress window. For this project, the guys are expanding an existing window and installing a window well. If you enjoy learning and interacting with pro contractors and tradesmen, become an email or RSS subscriber. You can also like our Facebook... 

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How to Design and Install an Improvised Kitchen Crown Molding
Ethan | August 8, 2012
How to Design and Install an Improvised Kitchen Crown Molding

Today we’re featuring a guest contribution by Ken from The Joy of Moldings. This kitchen crown molding project was an exercise in making do with a room, materials, and tools that were less than ideal. Call it improvisational finish carpentry if you like, but between Paul and I we got the job done — in our own amateurish way — in spite of the chickens.Here were the major issues:The kitchen has two ceiling elevation changes that will interrupt the crown The ceiling bulges and sags The crown molding he bought was too... 

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How To Remove a Load Bearing Wall
Kim | April 23, 2012
How To Remove a Load Bearing Wall

This how-to guide is a compilation of several articles from 2010 when we were going through the process of removing a load bearing wall. It was a big project that took place over the course of several days and required the help of professional contractors and engineers. This article will walk you through the process, step-by-step so you can see how the pros completed the job. For any of you who weren’t with us in January 2010, this was the last wall to be removed in the conversion to an open floor plan in our home, as indicated by... 

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