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How To : Repair vinyl siding with This Old House

In this video from This Old House, you'll learn how to repair vinyl siding with General Contractor Tom Silva Steps: 1. Cut piece of faded siding from an inconspicuous spot to replace the damaged section; it'll better match the house than brand-new siding. 2. Use framing squar ...more

How To : Repair shingle siding with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair shingle siding. Steps: 1 Make a story pole from a straight 1x3; mark locations of shingle courses on pole. 2 Use pitchfork to remove all damaged shingles from house. 3 Peel off any paper or housewrap; inspect the con ...more

How To : Paint aluminum siding with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to paint aluminum siding. Steps: 1. Rub siding with cloth to check for powdery paint pigment and mildew. 2. Cover ground and nearby shrubs with drop cloths. 3. Test old siding paint for lead using a lead test kit; if lead is p ...more

How To : Replace rotted siding on your house

In this online video series, learn from construction expert Jon Olson as he removes and installs new house siding to show you how to replace the siding on your home. Jon will teach you how to check your house siding, what tools and materials you will need to remove your house ...more

How To : Clean a Butcher Block Table

A butcher block table (or counter) is a solid, wooden table. Originating in butcher shops (hence the name), this has become a popular household item. Butcher block tables and counters are durable and attractive looking. The downside of butcher block is that the wood is so poro ...more

How To : Build a Basic Birdhouse

How to Build a Basic BirdhouseMaybe you were outside in your back yard and you noticed that it seemed a little lonely and empty. Our maybe you have young kids that love to experience wild life in their own back yard. Whatever reason you have for searching out this article, you ...more

How To : Repairing clapboards with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair clapboard. Steps: 1. Pull loose nails from clapboard siding. 2. Tap flat bar under siding to loosen nails. 3. Secure old siding by driving ring-shank nails down at an angle through the old nail holes. 4. Pull nails f ...more

How To : Build a stylish bar cabinet with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to build a stained-glass bar cabinet. Steps: 1. Cut the cabinet's 1x preprimed pine sides to the length of the glass door. The ends and shelves should be 1½ inches smaller than the window's width. (You can also have the wood c ...more

How To : Install a storm door with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to put in a storm door. Steps: 1 Use bevel square to establish angle of doorsill. 2 Mark doorsill angle onto the bottom end of the hinge frame. 3 Use hacksaw to cut hinge frame to length. 4 Screw hinge frame to edge of screen ...more

How To : Choose exterior paint schemes with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to choose exterior paint schemes. Steps: 1. For small, simple Queen Anne home, choose a three-color scheme; large, elaborate Victorians can support up to seven different colors 2. Choose paint colors for three main areas: the ...more

How To : Simulate brick wall effects for dioramas

Here are some examples of brickwork for dioramas or war game terrain. Create a fine grit coating for foam carvings using a mixture of white glue, paint and fine sand. Press in brick patterns into foam, or if working in smaller scale, you can coat cardboard with a thin coat of ...more

How To : Pressure wash a second story siding

Cleaning the siding on the second story of your house used to be a difficult task. But pressure washers have made cleaning high up places easier than ever. No need to use use a scaffolding or ladder. Watch this Home & Garden how to video to learn how to use a pressure washer t ...more

How To : Lay a flagstone walkway with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to lay a flagstone walkway. Steps: 1 Use a garden hose to lay out the shape and location of the 3-foot-wide walkway. 2 Cut through the sod and roots along the hose using a flat-blade shovel or edger. 3 Dig 3 to 4 inches of dir ...more

How To : Maintain a steam radiator with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to maintain a steam radiator. Steps: 1 Close the valve at base of radiator. 2 Turn off the room's thermostat. 3 Carefully unscrew the old air vent from side of radiator; if valve is hot, use thick cloth to protect your hand. 4 ...more

How To : Remove a tree stump with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to remove a tree stump. Steps: 1 Use shovel to dig out any rocks from around the tree stump. 2 Start up the stump grinder and drive it close to the stump. 3 Raise the grinder's cutting wheel slightly above the stump. 4 Drive g ...more

How To : Make birthday cupcake cakes with jelly beans

Do you have a cupcake fan in your house who's having a birthday soon? Then he/she will just die over these cupcake cakes, each of which contains not just one, but three cupcakes stacked high and proud to form a multilayered "cake." The great thing about this food project is t ...more

How To : Gesso a canvas

You can’t expect to paint a masterpiece on untreated cloth. Here’s how to gesso, or prime, a homemade canvas in a hurry. You will need gesso, water, a plastic mixing bowl, a drop cloth, fine grit sandpaper and a house paintbrush. Tip: some painters prefer to use a squeegee to ...more

How To : Change Drive Axle Boots on a Porsche 944

This is a video tutorial how to change the drive axle boots at a Porsche 944. The boots are different for the different versions, i.e., the Turbo and S2 version have stronger drive axles, but the work is the same for all models. Note The video has a German soundtrack but Eng ...more

How To : Grow Plants With Compact Fluorescent Lights

I like to grow vegetables all year round, and I couldn't afford the big gas bulbs, or the power to run them. The big gas bulbs: can explode can burn you and your plants cost upwards of $50 a month to operate raise the temperature in your home, causing the air conditioning to ...more

How To : Craft a cute Christmas elf girl from polymer clay

Christmas means decorating trees with store-purchased ornaments and tinsel, decorating stairwells with store-purchased garlands, and decorating the exterior of your house with store-purchased lights. These days everything you need can be puchased pre-made somewhere, and while ...more

How To : Create a fashionable shrug from an old t-shirt

Do you have a t-shirt lying around the house with the most gorgeous sailor stripe pattern but is simply too small to fit you now? Don't despair; in this episode of "Whitney Sews," you'll learn a method for creating a shrug out of an old t-shirt. Because the shurg is made out ...more

How To : Fix a broken, skipping CD with toothpaste at home

Those discs you thought were done for because of scratches and years of use now have a second chance at working and all you need to do so is get some things together from around the house. You'll need toothpaste most importantly, some tissues, water and the actual CD you want ...more

How To : Perform a kickflip on a street skateboard

Street Skateboarding: Take It to the Streets The guys on the prefab ramps and half-pipes make the X Games headlines, but the real frontier of the skateboarding world is out on the street, where everyday obstacles become the tools of the trade. Find out here how to turn your s ...more

How To : Perform a 50-50 backside on a street skateboard

Street Skateboarding: Take It to the Streets The guys on the prefab ramps and half-pipes make the X Games headlines, but the real frontier of the skateboarding world is out on the street, where everyday obstacles become the tools of the trade. Find out here how to turn your s ...more

How To : Repair a skewed door with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how fix a unbalanced door. Steps: 1 Close door and check the spacing at the top and latch-side of the door. 2 Determine which hinge must be shimmed to adjust door and create even spacing. 3 Remove appropriate hinge from door and j ...more

How To : Install a door lockset with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a door latch. Steps: 1 Transfer lockset location from old door to edge of new door. 2 Screw hole-boring template to door for drilling out the lockset holes. 3 Bore the doorknob hole through the face of door using a ...more

How To : Install a radiator thermostat with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a radiator thermostat. Steps: 1 Close the valve at base of radiator. 2 Turn off the room's thermostat. 3 Carefully unscrew the existing air vent from side of radiator. 4 Put Teflon tape on threads of new thermostati ...more

How To : Make a box seat

Downing drinks while perched on the bed, the floor, and the arms of the couch is totally awesome!!! (If you're a college freshman.) Otherwise it sucks. Don't get us wrong; living small doesn't mean you can't party like a rock star, it just requires a little creativity. This pr ...more

How To : Origami a fantastic hungry bat

Just take a piece of square paper, and fold along with this video to get a paper bat! Memorize it (it's really easy!) and show off your skills at your next Halloween party - or use it as decoration, whether for your costume, or the house. Using paper that's black on one side a ...more

How To : Make lettuce or cabbage for your dollhouse

How to Make Lettuce or Cabbage from Polymer Clay for Miniature Doll House. The demonstrator shows us how to make Lettuce or Cabbage from clay. Take a green color clay, and make it into a small ball, then harden it by using a blow dryer. Take another small ball, heat it with y ...more

How To : Illustrate with markers and colored pencils

Watch this fine art video tutorial to learn how to illustrate with markers and colored pencils. "This video shows my process for making an illustration (non tradigital). I use illustration markers (usually prismacolor) and color pencils (usually prisma once again) and a wax b ...more

How To : Use a framing square

Tim Carter of Ask the Builder demonstrates the basics of a framing square. Tim shows how to make the marks for a simple roof rafter. A simple tool like a framing square can help with laying out cuts for building a swing set or play house. The framing square is good for making ...more

How To : Install a deadbolt lock with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a deadbolt lock. Steps: 1 Position paper template on door edge; mark center holes on face and edge. 2 Drill face hole using hole saw; drill from both sides to prevent splintering. 3 Drill edge hole with spade bit. 4 ...more

How To : Install a gas fireplace with This Old House

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

How To : Make Coffee Cake with Chef Hubert Keller

Watch Chef Hubert Keller whip up a coffee cake that will fill your house and taste buds with the comforting aromas and flavors of cinnamon and sugar. Ingredients 1 package dry yeast 3 tablespoons sugar 1/3 cup warm water 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup cold milk 1 large egg 1-1/2 ...more

How To : Build collapsible tables & stools with Readymade

Box Seats! Put the art back in party furniture with collapsible tables and stools. Downing drinks while perched on the bed, the floor, and the arms of the couch is totally awesome!!! (If you’re a college freshman.) Otherwise it sucks. Don’t get us wrong; living small doesn’t m ...more

How To : Install a rain diverter with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a rain diverter. Steps: 1. Sand underside of flashing with 80-grit sandpaper to help paint adhere; wipe surface clean. 2. Spray-paint bottom surface and up-turned edge of flashing to match color of roof. 3. Cut flas ...more

How To : Prune and train roses with This Old House

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to prune and train rose bushes. Steps: 1. Inspect rose bush to find old, dead or weak branches. 2. Use pruning saw to cut through selected branches at the base of plant. 3. Deadhead plant with bypass ...more

How To : Plant a tree with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to plant a tree. Steps: 1. Measure width of tree’s root ball; multiply times three to calculate tree-hole diameter. 2. Mark the tree-hole diameter onto the ground with line-marking spray paint. 3. Use shovel to remove grass fr ...more

How To : Vent a bathroom fan with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to vent a bathroom fan. Steps:1. Screw the humidifier to a wall near the furnace. 2. Cut away insulation from the duct using a utility knife. 3. Position the hole-cutting template onto side of duct. 4. Drill pilot hole through ...more

How To : Inject Your Drill Press Table Crank with Steroids

First, I would like to explain that among my family members, I am considered somewhat of an oddball. Mostly because of some of the mods that I have performed on a few of my woodworking tools. After I show you what I did to my drill press, you may be inclined to agree. When I f ...more

How To : Take Better Photos Without a Better Camera

Taking great photos doesn’t mean you have to invest in an expensive camera. By learning a little bit about photography and the camera you have, you can use a simple point-and-shoot to capture amazing pictures. Try out these tips to begin! 1. Take the time to learn your camera ...more

How To : Service a Porsche 944

This video gives a step by step tutorial how to service a Porsche 944. The service is demonstrated on an S2, but most steps are very similar for other versions. The video has a German soundtrack but English subtitles are available at YouTube. Working under the car Remove engi ...more

How To : Make Art Out of Everyday Objects

After taking a beginner’s art class at my local community college I realized two things: one, art supplies are extremely expensive, and two, I am not talented at painting. Although my painting skills are comparable to those of a five year old, I still enjoy art and being creat ...more

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

How To : Install blown-in insulation

Have you ever felt cold in your older home, even with the heat cranked? Ever feel drafts that seem to come from nowhere? And conversely, in the summer, is your home an oven? Many older houses are improperly insulated, if there is any insulation at all. This can have a large im ...more

How To : Insulate your windows with plastic

This winter, keep heat in and cold out by sealing your windows with plastic. You will need: blow-dryer plastic wrap double sided tape optional: bubble wrap or dry cleaning bags Note- insulating your windows with plastic is a good way to keep warm without cranking up the heat ...more

How To : Build an attached carport

A carport, or lean-to shed, attached to an existing building such as a garage, barn, shed or the side of your house can provide economical shelter for vehicles, garden tractors, boats or other equipment. An attached carport is also fairly easy to construct against the side of ...more

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