Wrap a House

How To : Install House Wrap

G'day, Knuckleheads, and welcome to Episode 20 of my Owner Builder Series! In this Episode, we look at installing the Wall Wrap which goes on before the cladding is installed. It's a vapour membrane that protects the frame and internal linings from moisture damage. Check it o ...more

How To : Work with fiber-cement board with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to work with fiber-cement board. Steps: 1. Wrap plywood house corners with 15-pound builder's felt; secure felt with staples. 2. Hold fiber-cement board against house, flush with the corner; secure the board with galvanized na ...more

How To : Install new windows in a new construction project

Steve with Eikenhout Educational Video Series and Paul Griggs with PGriggs Construction demonstrate how to install new windows during a new construction application. You will need a level, a utility knife, a caulk gun and a hammer to install the windows. First, cut the house w ...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 : Plant a tree in poor soil with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to plant a tree in poor soil. Steps: 1 Select spot for tree away from house and overhead wires. 2 Measure diameter of the plastic tree pot. 3 Dig a hole four times wider than pot and as deep as the pot. 4 Add compost to topsoi ...more

How To : Prune a fruit tree with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to correctly prune a fruit tree. Steps: 1. In winter, look for branches that rub against each other. 2. Cut rubbing branches with bypass pruners or pruning saw. 3. Remove thick, vertical branches with pruning saw. 4. Open up c ...more

How To : Create candyland chic Christmas candy trees

We can't guarantee that these candy trees will still be there the next day if you happen to have a few candy-obsessed kids running around the house! As short or as long as they last, these candy trees are a gorgeous compliment to your holiday decor. When untouched, these trees ...more

How To : Troubleshoot a leaky shower with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to troubleshoot a leaky shower. Steps: 1. Cover shower drain with rag to prevent dropped screws from falling down the drain. 2. Remove handle from shower valve. 3. Unscrew escutcheon plate from the shower valve. 4. Inspect rea ...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 : Assemble a Survival Kit

I am writing this quick post in response to the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that are affecting Japan. As soon as the news broke, and we began to hear of tsunami warning for our area, I immediately realized how under prepared I was for a natural disaster. The thing that dro ...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 : Transplant a small tree with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to transplant a tree. Steps: 1 Wrap tree with rope to protect the branches during transport to new location. 2 Measure the width of tree trunk; multiply by 10 to determine root ball diameter. 3 Tie tope around trunk to represe ...more

How To : Make a mini cucumber for a doll & dollhouse

Showing how to make of a cucumber out of polymer clay. The instructor begins with the color of clay she is going to be using, greens and translucent. She makes six inner 'seeds', then she shapes them around a core piece. Around the middle, she wraps 2 layers of translucent cla ...more

How To : Create DIY Filters for Your Cell Phone

In photography, using filters over lenses is a common practice and provides a great way to set the mood or to create an artistic image. The only problem is that they can be quite costly and there currently aren't many available for cell phones specifially. Fortunately, there i ...more

News : Plastic Wrap Mayhem

The Supplies Plastic Wrap (lots of it) Clear tape The Set-up Make sure that the victim is sleeping while you do this. Put plastic wrap over most parts of the house. Main ones are: Toilet Seat, Doorways, Shower, Mailbox, Inside of cabinets (like when they open the door and t ...more

How To : Easily make a gingerbread house

If you’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread house for the holidays but have been intimidated here is your chance. This video will take you though the process and it’s so much easier than you thought possible. You can use more complicated template but if this is your first on ...more

How To : Replace a toilet in your house

You may want to replace the toilet in your bathroom for a number of reasons. Perhaps you have a cracked toilet, an antiquated model or one that uses a significant amount of water. There are a number of new models which will match the decor of your home and reduce the amount of ...more

How To : Dress up your poinsettia with golden fabric wrap

Chances are you will have a poinsettia plant in your house before the end of the holiday season, whether it's due to them being on sale at the local grocery store or you receiving them as a hostess gift. Learn how to turn these festive plants into beautiful, eye-catching arra ...more

How To : Make some easy Thanksgiving decorations at home

You can create some lovely and cute cloth pumpkins to decorate your house for Thanksgiving! All you need is some scrap material in fall or pumpkin colors, and a few rolls of toilet paper. Wrap the fabric around the toilet paper, tuck and secure!

How To : Wrap a toga

This video shows you how to wrap a toga. The materials required are: 1 bro and 1 sheet. With this toga method, you should impress all the guys down at Animal House.

How To : Make a small, easy, functional telescope

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a small, easy, functional telescope. First, glue a lens in place with glue underneath a piece of cardboard with a circle cut in it. Then, cut this into a circle and tape it to a paper towel holder. Then, you can wrap this in some paper ma ...more

How To : Make a Christmas wreath out of recycled materials

The old frame of the wreath of a previous year containing only two old ornaments is used. Placed on the frame are plastic bags from the grocery store . The bags were green in color however colored bags may be used for creativity . Fluff and fold the bags and wrap them around t ...more

Cake Mixx : Psychoanalysis Based on CAKE!!!

NYC photographer Dustin Wayne Harris currently has a show up at Heist gallery entitled, 'Cake Mixx'. Harris' art concept uses the practice of cake decorating (the foremost interest of CAKES! CAKES! CAKES!) as a means of evaluation for romantic relationships. Harris says: "A ...more

How To : Make masala dosa

Dosa is an awesome Indian cuisine to try right in your own kitchen. It's basically a pancake made of rice and lentils, and is perfect for breakfast, but just as good for dinner. Masala dosa is even better, with potatoes, onions, and spices. See how to make masala dose. A dosa ...more

How To : Install a sump pump with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a sump pump. Steps: 1 Set sump basin upside down on basement floor; mark its outline on floor. 2 Use demolition hammer to chop through concrete floor. 3 Dig hole deep enough to set basin flush with floor. 4 Wrap the ...more

How To : Repair a kitchen sink sprayer with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair a kitchen sink sprayer. Steps: 1. Turn off hot- and cold-water at the shut-off valves under sink. 2. Loosen cap behind faucet’s spout with pliers; protect chrome cap with a rag. 3. Remove cap and stuff the rag into t ...more

How To : Join steel and copper pipes with This Old House

Steps: 1. Turn off water and power to water heater. 2. Use garden hose to drain water from heater's tank. 3. Cut copper pipe just above the corroded connection using a tubing cutter. 4. Use two pipe wrenches to loosen the old union. 5. Remove the old union from the steel pipe ...more

News : The Role of a Gaffer

Both on and off the set, the Gaffer or Chief Lighting Technician is one of the most important positions around. Though the average movie goer most likely has no idea the job even exists, they probably don't know what 99% of the other crew is/does either.   From the time a DP ...more

How To : Make a stylish Halloween bag tag

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a stylish Halloween bag tag. You will need: ink blending tool in black soot color, black paint, orange paint, white card stock, stencils, cutters, scissors, and glue. First, place your white card stock underneath the stencil, then cut out ...more

How To : Grill churrascaria-style

Churrascaria? What's that? It's a meat-lover's dream… if you're in Brazil. But you don't have to travel abroad to enjoy the meaty goodness of this awesome grilling party! A churrascaria is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak house that features an amazing array of spit-roasted ...more

How To : Lock a deadbolt from the outside with no keys

Do you need to lock the door but don't have the keys? This may happen if you are sharing your keys with someone else, staying at a friend's house, or for a variety of other reasons. Check out this video for a sneaky way to secure that door tight without even sticking a key in ...more

How To : Move a heavy appliance without injuring yourself

Learn to move a heavy appliance without injuring yourself: When you move a heavy appliance at your home, you really have to be careful. Not only can you hurt yourself, you hurt the appliance and even the floor. •Hand truck is the thing used to move the heavy appliances. But ...more

News : My poor Mom.

One summer day last year we were in our farm house in New Hampshire.  My brother's friend, Michael, had just made a spankin new potato gun.  We ran out of potatos.   You know what I am talkin about.  Everything is happy until you run out of potatos.  Mom is sitting peacefully ...more

How To : Eco gift wrap your presents

Tracy Hepler and Jaclyn Mullen of YDT TV demonstrate how to gift-wrap your presents in an environmentally conscious way. You will need: newspapers, scissors, tape, and lace or ribbon. Use a daily newspaper page instead of wrapping paper. A lot of paper is usually wasted around ...more

How To : Turn old magazines into a coiled blanket

Have a bunch of old magazines sitting around the house you'd like to recycle? Use old magazines to make a cool basket that suits your more eco-friendly side. Learn how to make a coiled basket out of magazines with help from this how-to video. What you will need: • Old magazi ...more

How To : Make inexpensive gift wrapping material

Make beautiful presents using materials around the house with simple gift wrapping techniques. Learn how to wrap presents with aluminum foil, wax paper, cheesecloth, and more in this free arts and crafts video series. Part 1 of 14 - How to Make inexpensive gift wrapping materi ...more

How To : Make an ant farm

Why buy an ant farm? It’s simple and fun to make one from a few items you have lying around the house. WARNING: Do not put fire ants in an ant farm! Step 1 Cut the mouths and necks off both bottles. Wrap the outside of the smaller bottle in black construction paper, and secu ...more

Night People : A Bad Vibes Label Profile

Night People: A Bad Vibes Label Profile Shawn Reed is one of our favorite people, not content with making music with Wet Hair, he also runs 'Night People' - an almost complete DIY record and tape label operation in Iowa - a label which has consistently put out and introduced ...more

News : The Trayvon Deception

If you've been reading, watching or listening to the news, you sure know about the Trayvon Martin case. If you visit this site often, you may also have noticed that I've not put up any news on this case. I have my reasons. And this post will describe why. Before continuing, I ...more

News : Toilet paper prank

This may cost a little bit depending on how much streamers and toilet paper you want to buy. Find a house/car that you don't like or just want to pick on. Wrap toilet paper/streamers around house/car. Either run, ring doorbell if done to a house or see reactions the next morn ...more

How To : Make candy cane reindeer Christmas ornaments

Nothing brings joy around the house around Christmas time like home made crafts. In this video, Katrina and Sloan show their viewers how to make candy cane reindeer Christmas ornaments using simple materials such as glue, pipe cleaners, small pompoms, googley eyes, and a candy ...more

How To : Deal with rats

The best way to keep rats out is by making it difficult and unappealing for them to come inside. Keep your house clean and free of anything that a rat might want to eat. Rats can fit through very small opening so go on the defensive and keep rats where they belong. Simply put ...more

How To : Make a Christmas tree centerpiece

During the darkness of the winter months some bright and spirited holiday decorations can really add holiday cheer to a home. This Christmas, try making this festive tree and light table piece because you can never have too many decorations. Step 1: Clean and dry baby food ja ...more

How To : Change Your Own Oil — A Beginner's Guide

If you're one who enjoys a good DIY project, or if you're just tired of paying exorbitant labor fees to have your vehicle serviced every 5,000 miles, changing your own oil can be a rewarding endeavor. Even though cars and trucks are becoming increasingly over-engineered these ...more

How To : 10 Beautiful DIY Ways to Declutter Your Closet

Your closet is an area that holds important things such as keys, glasses, clothes and shoes. However, for some reason, it's always messy. Why is this? I know my closet is messy because I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and organize every little thing in there. I have neve ...more

How To : Clean and Maintain Your Tape Measure

Recently I was working outside forming a driveway in the rain. Working in and around the wet sand was not friendly on my tools, especially my tape measure. About halfway through the day my tape measure would need "encouragement" in order to retract to the closed postion. Not t ...more

How To : 9 Poppin' Uses for Bubble Wrap

If you're like me, you have a secret dream of living in a house completely covered wall-to-wall and carpet-to-carpet in bubble wrap. Until you have enough of that pliable transparent plastic with air-filled bubbles, there are some truly practical things you can do with the lit ...more

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