Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500Enamel is is one of many misleading home improvement terms. Here are some times for applying it correctly.
Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500Developed as a substitute for rubber during World War II. Today, when a woodworker says "poly," the polyurethane under discussion is a tough, moisture-resistant film finish available in various levels of gloss.
Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500All screws have one thing in common: a helical thread, or groove, that winds its way around a metal shaft. The largest wood screws are called lagscrews, and you'll find them in your local hardware store in sizes ranging from 1/4 in. in diameter to 1/2 in.
Wed, 26 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500Anyone building with concrete should keep in mind these two facts: One, it will probably be around forever (think Roman aqueducts), because two, it's awfully hard to get rid of (think pneumatic hammers and hard hats). Making it, though, is easy.
Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500We don't think about what holds stairs up when we walk down them. You might guess it was the walls below the stairs, but actually stairs are self-supporting structures that are held up by their stringers, the long pieces to which each tread is fastened.
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500The Topsy Turvy is an inverted growing apparatus that promises not only to prevent your tomatoes from dragging on the ground and rotting, but to grow them faster and more heartily. We tested the Topsy Turvy tomatoes and tasted the results.
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500The Wearable Towel fills some unnamed, unknown need for a hydrophilic textile that "keeps you totally covered, and gives you the freedom to use your hands." We measured its absorbency and fit after numerous dips in a creek.
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500Although the words "pipe" and "tubing" are often used interchangeably, they are not synonymous. Unlike pipe, tubing is thin-walled and may be rigid or flexible.Here are tips on cutting, reaming, cleaning, fluxing and soldering copper tubing.
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500To a roofer, carpenter or a handy homeowner, the humble shingle is a joy forever-well, maybe not forever. Sooner or later sunlight and weather will degrade it, but better examples of the breed can last for decades.
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is designed to protect you by sensing electricity leaking to ground. They should be equal, and if they're not, it cuts power. Here's how it works.
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500A halogen bulb is a long-lasting and far more energy-efficient form of the standard incandescent bulb-it can yield a 40 percent savings, by some accounts, depending on bulb type. Problem is, it runs a lot hotter-too hot for many rooms.
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500It's easy to underestimate how important handsaws were to the development of civilization. They originated thousands of years ago, when wood-cutting was done with an axe. They were a revolutionary leap forward in speed, efficiency and accuracy.
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500Long used as an economical and heat-resistant countertop surfacing material, plastic laminate is made of kraft paper impregnated with melamine (a plastic resin). The two are formed into a thin sheet under high heat and pressure.
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500If you're a traditionalist in the kitchen, there's a good chance you have a few cast-iron pots. They're the heavy black ones that transmit heat so uniformly. Cast iron is an alloy (a hardened solution) of iron, carbon and silicon.
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500Drywall is easy to install with nails or screws; panel seams between pieces are layered with thin paper tape and covered with drywall compound, a plasterlike product that's applied with a wide tool called a drywall knife.