Tim Carter demonstrates how to use a hidden French cleat to attach a gorgeous fireplace mantel to a wall. Learn this clever way to attach the mantel to the wall without using screws or nails. The challenge is to mount a fireplace mantel to the wall without putting screws or n ...more
Christmas sweaters are one of those anomalies that everyone complains about, yet so many are sold every year that someone has to like them (kind of like fruitcake). Whether you're keeping tradition for tradition's sake, or secretly you actually enjoy ugly sweaters (we won't te ...more
Converting a wood fireplace to gas can warm and beautify your home. This how to video is a quick excerpt from a DIY show demonstrates the process of switching in an old fireplace for a modern one. Watch and learn how to convert a wood fireplace into a gas fireplace.
This is a how-to video on how to build an outdoor brick fireplace. It has 5 parts and is a total of about 45 minutes long. It covers laying brick, acid washing, installing firebrick, installing flue tubes, and installing a stainless steel grill. It also covers brick string gui ...more
Are you tired of your fireplace? It's actually not too hard to give it a fresh new look by refacing it with stack stones. This video will show you exactly how to do it, whether you're starting from brick (easy) or not (harder). If you have brick, you don't even need to modify ...more
Remodeling your living room or kitchen can be expensive, but you can save some money by doing it yourself. If you are re-doing your fireplace you can lay the tile or marble yourself. In this Home & Garden how-to video we will show you how to install marble tile over a fireplace.
If you have a bare fireplace in your home, it can sometimes look unfinished and boring. Installing shelves or a new layer of brick or stone can help the cause. But a mantel can do so much to a fireplace as well. In this tutorial, you'll discover how to build a mantel from scra ...more
Have an interest in building a protruded mantelpiece for your fireplace? It's easy. So easy, in fact, that this free woodworker's guide can present a complete overview of the process in fewer than 10 minutes. For more information, including a step-by-step look at the mantel (o ...more
Got a fireplace? Then you'll be doing it injustice if you don't festoon it and dress it to the nines for the holiday season. But don't take the easy way out and purchase cheapo plastic ornaments and fake greenery at the store. Instead, check out this video to learn how to make ...more
If you have just recently moved into a home with an old drab fireplace, a good makeover may be in need. Brick fireplaces can be easily painted over and even adjusted so new tile can be installed. This tutorial will show you how to make over a fireplace using tile and a mantle. ...more
A fireplace is a great tool to use during the cold winter months. It can be used to help set a mood or just to keep you and others warm. But when the fire is out, it's important to close off the entrance to prevent any cold air from coming in and any warm air from leaving. The ...more
Every Christmas, the fireplace mantel is transformed from a simple shelf to a center of tradition, beauty, and elegance. Watch Julie's tips on how to create an easy-yet-stunning mantel garland, complete with candles.
There's nothing like spending time outdoors with loved ones. Whether it's a hot summer evening or a coo, brisk spring morning, the outdoors can be a great place. You can enhance your experience with the outdoors, by building yourself something that everybody is sure to love: a ...more
Check out this video to learn how to add the look of stone to your fireplace for a fraction of the cost.
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a gas fireplace. Steps: 1 Prepare installation site by building wall recess to accept fireplace. 2 Cut hole through exterior house wall and install stovepipe thimble. 3 Attach short section of stovepipe to exhaust p ...more
Learn how to measure your fireplace for replacement fireplace doors with this home improvement tutorial. This how to video shows you how to measure specifically for stock sized fireplace doors. You need to measure the top and bottom width and the length for the left and right. ...more
Remodeling your living room or kitchen can be expensive, but you can save some money by doing it yourself. If you are re-doing a fireplace you can learn to set the tile and do the grout yourself. This Home & Garden how-to video covers setting marble and grouting a fireplace.
How to choose between a fireplace or a fire pit To choose between a fireplace or a fire pit you have to make a decision about what you want. If you want people to be able to sit around it you will want a fire pit. If you want to anchor a space then you will want a fireplace. T ...more
Learn how to build, start and add wood to a fire to create an ambiance and warmth in your house in this free home improvement video. Part 1 of 12 - How to Build a fire in a fireplace. Build a fire in a fireplace - Part 2 of 12. Click through to watch this video on expertvillag ...more
Have a boring fireplace that seems to be a sight for sore eyes in the living room? Build a mantle or change the facade to make your fireplace the focal point. Watch this how to video and get a few tips on how to spruce up a drab looking fireplace.
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, shows a great way to fill in the space between a mantle and firebox using natural stone products that will make your fireplace in your house looking great!
The ability to control fire has allowed humankind to go from living in dank caves to penthouse apartments in one thousand foot tall glass skyscrapers. It'll help you in Minecraft, too. Check out this video to learn how to build a fireplace in Minecraft
To continue getting the enjoyment out of your fireplace you should inspect it regularly. Check the condition of the mortar in the firebox. If it is loose, missing, or crumbling it needs to be professionally repaired. Look for black deposits inside of the chimney or flue using ...more
Stone statues and fireplaces are distinguished and classical. Are yours old, chipped, and dirty? Check this video out. It will show you how to paint stone so that it comes out smooth and beautiful, giving a colorful new look to your stone antiques.
In this video we show you how to inspect a fireplace.
Did you know you fireplace is very inefficient? It takes conditioned and treated air and pushes it out of your home. This tutorial video will teach you how to make your fireplace more efficient.
A fireplace is a beautiful, elegant way to light up a room that lets anyone who enters your home know you've got class. That's just as true in Minecraft as it is in real life. If you can't make it to the nether and get netherrock, stick to the instructions in this video.
Looking to bring some cozy warmth into your Minecraft home? Watch this video to learn how to build a fireplace. Worried about your cozy fireplace burning down your Minecraft home? Watch this video to learn how to build a sprinkler system.
Watch as a seasoned professional demonstrates the steps necessary for cleaning a fireplace, including how to prepare the area, how to use various cleaning tools, and how to stay safe in the process -- in this free online video about home care. Part 1 of 15 - How to Clean a fir ...more
Is your fireplace in need of a repair? Watch this instructional video on how to properly measure your fireplace to ensure that you order the right amount of materials for this do-it-yourself home improvement project.
Longing for the coziness of a fire? Follow these tips for a safe and successful experience. You Will Need * A fireplace * An axe * Softwood * Hardwood * Matches * Newspaper WARNING: Never use charcoal lighter, kerosene, or gasoline to start a fire in a fireplace. Step 1 Use ...more
In order to cook food in your fireplace, you will need a Dutch oven. You will also need the following ingredients: 3-4 cups of rhubarb, 3 cups of sugar, lemon juice (either freshly squeezed of from concentrate), flour, and almonds are optional. Chop up fresh rhubarb. Melt som ...more
Create an elegant space around your fireplace that's fabulously decorated, incorporates smart design ideas and makes good use of space. This is critical to designing a warm and welcoming space.
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our advanced tutorials and come play with us on our free server. Although Minecraft is a powerful creative tool, it does have limitations. The scarcity of block types and their linear size tends to make the creation of certain detailed ob ...more
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our tutorials, post to the community corkboard, and come play on our free server! During our Weekly Workshop this past weekend, everyone got to share their favorite tips related to interior decorating and design in Minecraft. Everyone who ...more
Fire. It’s everywhere— always has been. From the Ordovician Period where the first fossil record of fire appears to the present day everyday uses of the Holocene. Today, we abundantly create flames (intentionally or unintentionally) in power plants, extractive metallurgy, i ...more
It's that time a year when winter storms begin causing havoc across the United States, and when "rotating outages" are common to help sustain the electrical grid during intense cold periods. That means pretty much anybody with snow and ice in their backyard can succumb to powe ...more
Part 2 Welcome back! In my last post I talked about the exterior aspects and techniques of building a great looking house, and now we shall focus on the interiors. Interiors There are a few important prerequisites to look at before starting the interiors of a house: The ge ...more
The weather outside might be frightful, but heating bills are downright scary this time of year. Heat is absolutely essential during the winter season, but it's also really expensive. If you aren't blessed with a fireplace or unlimited disposable income, fear not, because you ...more
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our tutorials, post to the community corkboard, and come play on our free server! Several new block types were introduced to Minecraft when 1.2 was released, expanding the potential for builders throughout the world. Actually, so many new ...more
A few years ago I went hog-wild trying to achieve a zero-waste lifestyle. I didn't succeed, but the experiment taught me that we throw away things we could—and should—be using more. In ye olde days of our forefathers, people generally used every part of the animal in cooking. ...more
There's three types of animal lovers in the world. The first are your basic pet owners. The ones with a cat or dog in the home, meant to be their cuddly companion. They love and adore it and consider it a member of the family. The second are animal rights activists. They ten ...more
Sometimes, at the end of a build, you may find yourself saying, "I'm pretty much finished, but what should I do next?" One element of a build that is always good to revisit once you're finished is the floor. It's not really a significant part of a building, but it can help mak ...more
Christmas is just a few days away, which means everyone is out shopping for last minute gifts. But wait— you still need some Christmas cards! The stores are going to be packed and Hallmark's going to have huge lines— so now what? Luckily, WonderHowTo has some great videos to ...more
Last week, I did a short tutorial on three main types of flooring for your Minecraft builds. This week, I will be focusing on just one of those—inset floors. This was the first of the three types I briefly covered, and the example I used was an inset fireplace. Here, I will be ...more
The holidays are here and all of us here at Phone Snap hope you're spending them under a nice warm roof with some yummy food and great company! For this week's Phone Snap challenge, we want you to utilize your cell phone to capture some holiday spirit. Whether it be the gifts ...more
What can you do with your egg cartons after you are done using up all the eggs? The compartmentalized spaces used for storing eggs are also perfect to use as seed starters, DIY candle makers, paint palettes, and for storing similarly fragile or round objects like Christmas orn ...more
In order to be taken seriously in the world of motion graphics tutorials, one needs to teach something that everyone will remember… some kind of face distortion technique. Jerzy Drozda Jr has his "Form Face" and Andrew Kramer has his "Demon Face Warp," so the only thing that c ...more
Make fire starters that can be used when camping, fishing, or any other outdoor activity involving fire...or just for use in your home fireplace. Requires only dryer lint, a paper egg carton, and some old candles
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our tutorials, post to the community corkboard, and come play on our free server! Everyone seems to really be enjoying the current Weekly Challenge, so it was a little hard to find some finished builds. There are some work-in-progress bui ...more
You've probably tried just about every method of hanging your holiday decorations: nails, thumbtacks, sticky hooks, and, in desperation, even tape. Each method can leave a host of complications when removed, though, from chipping paint to visible holes. Your holiday adornment ...more
If you fancy yourself a nomad, check out Walking House, a mobile and modular dwelling system that is pneumatically powered, all-terrain ready. The vehicle-home crawls along at a snail's pace of 60 meters per hour, which equates to less than 1/2 a mile per hour. Akin in concept ...more
Keep your wood-burning fireplace well-fueled this winter. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Forest Technology instructor Alan Pollock shows you how to cut wood and make kindling. Watch this video and learn to chop your own timber.
In this tutorial, we learn how to start a cozy fire with lava rocks soaked in oil. First, grab your lava rocks and place them in a tin can, then fill it up with oil. Now, throw some wood into your fireplace while these are soaking. Use an old pair of metal tongs to take the ro ...more
During the winter, there's nothing we want more than to cuddle up in front of the fireplace and nom on something warm. Serve up a delicious entree that will warm the bellies of your family this holiday by preparing this Yankee chuck beef pot roast. Deeply flavored and so tend ...more
Sometimes I forget that I'm also a fiction writer, so I thought it might be a nice change of pace to share one of my stories with you. I wrote this piece awhile ago for an anthology that never came together and I'm tired of just sitting on it. It's one of the more odd stories ...more
Got a box full of Christmas lights but don't exactly have a picturesque rooftop to hang the lights from? Or, have too many Christmas lights and too little space to decorate with? To bring festive cheer to your living space, you can place Christmas lights on top of fireplace l ...more
Want a sweet bread for a nice holiday treat? This Portuguese Sweet Bread will do the trick. Just watch the video recipe to learn how to make it, just like your grandmother used to make. A classic sweet bread treat. You can even use the dough to make Portuguese doughnuts. Bea ...more
These little babies are meant to be tossed into the fireplace, adding some color to your festive holiday hearth. However, you can do whatever you want with them... Get creative. WonderHowTo sure loves explosives. You will need: dry pinecones boric acid (usually sold as a dis ...more
Mulled wine— if you've never heard of it, you never drank wine during the wintertime! Okay, maybe mulled wine isn't the drink of choice during the winter season, but it should be! And especially for Christmas! Mulled wine is basically a warmed up version of red wine, with warm ...more