Q: For a countertop, what are the advantages/disadvantages of 2-centimeter granite versus 3-centimeter granite? The 2-centimeter is cheaper, but I know you usually get what you pay for. A: The 2-centimeter granite is installed over a plywood rough top. The edge of the plywood is then hidden by an ogee trim or molding on the edge. You can easily […]
Q: Any advice on installing crown molding solo? I’m remodeling my house but I live alone and don’t usually have an extra pair of hands to help out. Installing long sections of molding is getting tricky. A: Asking someone to help out is definitely the way to go. But if no one is available you might try using a string […]
Q: I’m remodeling my kitchen, which will feature white cabinets, white crown molding and white baseboard trim throughout. For a sink backsplash, I thought the look of baseboard trim would tie in nicely to the overall décor, but I don’t want the wood trim to decay when exposed to water. Is there any problem with making an economical baseboard-like backsplash using […]
Q: Can I install plastic laminate over a countertop that’s already covered with existing laminate material? A: Yes, but the existing surface must be even and smooth. Repair any gouges or loose edges and make sure the existing laminate is glued firmly. Rough-up the surface with sandpaper, and then use a soft paintbrush or a vacuum cleaner to completely […]
A Room with a View (or Two)
Here’s how to build two types of benches; one “classic” piece of outdoor furniture, as well as a rustic bench made from a log slab.
Build a retaining wall with power and style.
Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors,” and the Minor family of Birmingham, Alabama, decided to be good neighbors. They selected an ornamental metal fence to follow the property line of their new home. The fence was chosen for its good looks and to provide safe stomping grounds for the family dog. This meant the dog could roam […]
General’s award-winning Digital Sliding T-Bevel takes the guesswork out of angle measurement and duplication, and eliminates the problems associated with interpreting analog readings and transferring manual measurements. It is the perfect tool for measuring, storing and transferring inside and outside angles when doing fine carpentry; building cabinets, furniture and picture […]