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How To : Install a mortar shower pan

Mark Donovan is remodeling a ceramic tile shower, and shows how to install a mortar shower pan. First consider the framing of the shower. Plywood, 2x4's and 2x6's provide a good foundation for the weight of the tile. Then remove the cover from the drain. Use duct tape to cover ...more

How To : What to Do When You Don't Have a Mortar & Pestle

We're all familiar with the sinking feeling that happens when you cruise through a recipe, only to arrive at an instruction that calls for a tool you don't have. Some of the best food hacks (and my personal favorites) exist to combat that problem. Why spend money on a kitchen ...more

How to Get Better at Halo : Reach

Introduction Halo: Reach is Bungie's latest and final addition to the franchise. Microsoft has claimed the title and from now on 343 Industries will be working on the Halo franchise. In my opinion, Bungie's last game is the best out of all of them. These are some tactics and ...more

News : The Best Places to Download PC Games Online

Digital distribution games are already firmly established on the PC, and they've infiltrated every present and next-gen console to some degree. Whether you like to play DOS, AAA, PC or indie games, there's a way to purchase most of them without leaving the comfort and warmth o ...more

How To : Build a block retaining wall

Do you want to level a steep slope on your property or enclose an area for a decorative garden? Building a concrete block retaining wall is easier than you may think. The concrete blocks used in this project interlock and require no mortar for constructing a pleasant, stepped ...more

How To : Create a Simple Procedural Brick Texture in Maya

This is a guide to making a very simple procedural texture for Maya. As with all procedural textures, the basic texture can be refined and added to. It's a texture! Open up the Hypershade (Window > Rendering Editors > Hypershade). This is where you can edit any textures as w ...more

How To : 5 Surprising Uses for Your Coffee Grinder

During my time living in dorm rooms and small apartments, I would find myself in need of many different appliances—a food processor for making hummus, a blender for vegetable smoothies, or even a mortar and pestle for muddling mojito-bound mint leaves. Luckily, there was one t ...more

How To : Fill gaps in brick mortar

It is important that your mortar is not cracked so that animals and insects cannot get in. Also, it can prevent water damage and mold. Greg Lim, a professional handyman and residential property manager, shows you a do-it-yourself method for fixing your brick wall by applying m ...more

How To : Lay bricks with joint spacers

Using joints spacers to lay bricks makes things a lot easier and perfect. You'll get that perfect 3/8" mortar joint every time. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to lay bricks with joint spacers. This simple device makes laying concrete, cinder blocks, cements blocks, or ...more

How To : Tile a custom ceramic tile shower

Start by putting tile backer board tape on all the joints on the wall board and then put mortar over the backer board tape. Let the mortar dry and then you can begin the tile job. Install a ledger board at the base of the shower stall about one tile high. Draw some vertical an ...more

How To : Install a bathtub and shower surround with tile

In this video, The Home Depot shows us how to tile the surrounding walls of a bath or shower. Since these walls stand up to a lot of wetness from daily showers, they need to be sound and waterproof. Ceramic tiles are a great way to go. In this demonstration, the tiles are atta ...more

How To : Why You Should Be Making Your Own Spices at Home

In my opinion, spices are the key to a successful kitchen. With a healthy array of spices and spice mixes, you have the foundation for nearly any dish that you want to make; the culinary world is your oyster. With a depleted cupboard of spices, however, nearly every recipe loo ...more

How To : Lay Masonry Blocks and Bricks

Build a concrete "footer". Start your masonry project by building a concrete "footer" using standard construction techniques. Use 1" x 4" or 2" x 4" lumber as form boards. Nail or screw the wood boards to 1" x 2" stakes hammered into the ground using enough stakes to keep the ...more

How To : Install a glass tile backspash

This video is to show how to install a glass tile backsplash. Because installing glass is a little different then installing ceramic, knowing what to do is important. Use painter's tape to protect your surroundings wherever you are installing your glass and use only a white th ...more

Herb Slapping : You've Gotta Get Physical for More Flavor

Fresh herbs can be delicate, and it's not always easy to figure out how to cut, crush, or muddle them to make the most of their flavors. Get too rough, and you have a bunch of bruised and muddy-tasting herbs, which is due to too much chlorophyll being released. Don't do enough ...more

How To : Tile a shower floor and curb in your own bathroom

In this tutorial, we learn how to tile a shower floor and curb in your own bathroom. To start, you will need to apply the foundation of your tile with a smoothing tool from corner to corner of each of the corners. After the mortar is lied, grab your tile and press it down firm ...more

How To : Make Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms with Quail Eggs

These are classic stuffed mushrooms with a luxurious twist! This time I'm using Portabello mushrooms with fresh pesto, tomatoes, and a quail egg on top. Ingredients (Portions below serve 2) For the pesto: 2 cups Basil 4 cloves Garlic 1 cup Parmesan Cheese 3/4 cup Olive Oil ...more

News : Haunted House in Rotting LEGO

Mike Doyle's latest LEGO house (perhaps even more hauntingly beautiful than the last) is a Victorian mansion that transcends the material so effectively, the plastic reads like real rotting bricks and mortar. Beautiful house-devouring trees, created with LEGO hinge cylinders t ...more

How To : Mix mortar for bricklaying

This video shows you how to mix mortar to be used for bricklaying. The first part covers mixing the dry ingredients and the second shows you how to add water and work the mortar to the right consistency. Part 1 of 2 - How to Mix mortar for bricklaying. Part 2 of 2 - How to Mi ...more

How To : Patch stucco with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to patch stucco. Steps: 1 Scrape loose, blistered stucco from the wall with a 4-inch drywall knife. 2 Clean away loose grit and dust from the wall with a wire brush. 3 Create stucco by mixing three parts sand, one part Portlan ...more

How To : Mix and apply thin set mortar for tiling

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be expensive. Learn to tile the floor yourself and save a bundle. In this home and garden how to video you will learn to properly mix and apply thin set mortar for tiling.

How To : Make a Thai-style green papaya salad

This authentic green papaya salad is made in a North Thailand way that is sure to keep you coming back for more! No only will you learn this magnificent recipe, but you'll learn how to make sure you have the perfect papaya from the grocery shop, which can be a bit tricky. Emi ...more

Weird Ingredient Wednesday : Cook with Lapsang Souchong Tea

Like cigars and whiskey, Lapsang Souchong tea is an acquired taste. Some people never get over the pungent, tarry flavor and intense smell of the beverage, but using it as a rub, marinade, or other seasoning is totally smart. The tea adds a smoky yet not overwhelming flavor to ...more

How To : Make Your Own Dandruff Shampoo

Dandruff -- the embarrassing white flakes that end up like snowfall on your shoulders and clothing. There are plenty of dandruff shampoos on the market to choose from, unfortunately, they are all very expensive. If you have ever wondered what ingredients make them so expensive ...more

How To : Remove backer board from a shower stall

Mark Donovan is remodeling a ceramic tile shower, and shows how to remove the old backer board. First remove the old screws, starting at the bottom of each board and working your way up (leave a few screws so the board doesn't fall). Sometimes screws may be hiding under old mo ...more

News : Was Worms the First Indie Video Game?

In the mid '90s, there was no such thing as a widely available indie video game. Brick-and-mortar stores were the only places for consumers to buy games, and magazines were the only outlets to hear about them. For video game creators, the need for a publisher to market and dis ...more

How To : Make Your Own Pesto Plus

Among the many gifts that Italy has bestowed upon the world, culinary and otherwise, pesto stands alone. The exact birthplace of pesto, that herby sauce made of pine nuts and olive oil, is an area of Italy called Liguria, whose microclimate is particularly kind to basil, one o ...more

Ranked : The 4 Best Fitness-Friendly Phones for Working Out

In many ways, your smartphone has become the ideal companion to take with you on your morning runs. Not only do they provide an easy way to listen to your favorite music and help get you pumped up, but they can also gather important information to give you a clearer picture of ...more

How To : Build a patio seating wall or wall panel

This video illustrate us how to build a patio seating wall or wall panel. Here are the following steps: Step 1: First of all take all the requirements that is cap stone of the preferred shape, mortar, sand, stones, water, sponge. Step 2: Now go the location on which the wall ...more

News : Zara AR App Brings Virtual Models to Life in Stores

Department store chain Zara is temporarily ditching its mannequins and dressing up its stores with augmented reality experiences featuring virtual versions of real fashion models. Rolling out to 120 of its flagship stores worldwide, customers inside and outside the stores can ...more

How To : Throw clay mortar and pestles on a pottery wheel

A mortar and pestle is a pair of tools that has been used since antiquity for grinding spices. This tutorial shows you how to turn some raw clay into a ceramic mortar and pestle on a pottery wheel. Make sure to glaze it using non-toxic glaze! Part 1 of 3 - How to Throw clay mo ...more

How To : Mortar a firepit

There's nothing like spending a nice cool spring evening outside in front of a fire. Now, you can buy your own firepit or metal fire bowl so you and other can enjoy it outside easily, but those don't last very long. What does last for a long period of time is a firepit that yo ...more

How To : Lay ceramic tile

In this tutorial, we learn how to lay down ceramic tile. Start off by laying down the mortar for the base. After this, scrape it around with the ridged laying tool. Then, lay the tile down flat and place a spacer in between the one that it is next to. Once you are finished wit ...more

How To : Make a PVC rocket at home

You can make a rocket at home using these items found around the house. Icing sugar, measuring tape, a PVC pipe, black marker, hammer, flat headed bolt around 18 millimeters wide , mortar and pestle, drill, drill bit size 5 millimeter, potassium nitrate and kitty litter. You ...more

How To : Earn the "Kaboom!" achievement in Fable 3

Later on into the game Fable III, you'll have a chance to purchase the Mourningwood Fort, which comes with a nifty little mortar mini-game that you can play! Yes, it's the same as from the quest, but still, there's an achievement in there as well if you can score 2000 points d ...more

How To : Shop for an eReader

These days, eReaders are everywhere. For die-hard book nerds, eReaders offer the convenience of a full library without having to sacrifice shelf space. Sure, there are the paper buffs who swear that you just can't take an eReader with you into the bathtub, but when's the last ...more

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