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9 Steps to Drill Through Floor Joists Safely

Odds are if you are reading this, you already know how to drill a hole. Install the bit in your drill and pull that trigger. However, whenever you are drilling a hole into a floor joist or any other part of your house for that …

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Sanded vs. Unsanded Caulk: When to Use Each One

Caulking is a simple solution to stopping or preventing leaks and creating seals for construction and home restoration projects. The type of seal required and its characteristics will largely determine the type of caulking you use. Not only does the material of the caulk vary, …

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5 Tips You Need Before Buying Stone Veneer

Before you buy your stone veneer for your next project, there are a few things that you should know. Arming yourself with the correct knowledge before purchasing stone veneer will help you bypass anything that could potentially go wrong. Here are a few tips you …

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Does Sanded Caulk Need to be Sealed?

For small joints, normal caulk is used. For large joints, however, and for areas where joints are adjacent to grout, sand is added to caulk to bulk it up and make sure it can fill the wider joint. The question becomes, however, whether sanded caulk …

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Do You Need Noggins in Floor Joists?

If you have a flooring section that has begun to sag you should install a few noggins. Supporting and partitioning the floors and walls of the structure you are building is critically important. These are done with shims and other bits of wood, called noggins, …

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Do Roof Shingles Fade or Darken Over Time?

Many exterior structures of a house are subject to change over time, and shingles are no exception to the rule. Shingles will fade over time, but the rate at which they fade is largely determined by their original color. Darker shingles fade more noticeably than …

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Will a Second Layer of Sealant Help?

Some homeowners install extra layers of sealants or caulk because they feel that the extra layer of sealant will protect against energy losses and water damage in the home. Will the second layer of sealant help? It is best to limit the amount of caulk …