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What are the some tells of home improvement amateurs?

Home improvement professionals and those with a critical eye for detail: what are the 'tells' of DIY home improvement? What separates amateur work from professional work? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Apr 1, 2014 - 21 answers

 

VCR Ate My Copy of The Half-Assed Approach to Foundation Repair

The decades-old parging/plaster on our basement walls is scabby and peeling. The concrete itself is crumbly in places and there are a couple of cracks. It seems to me that the solution to my problem is to remove the old parging/plaster, fill the cracks with hydraulic cement, and patch the crumbly parts. But I'm less clear on the hows, whys, and whens. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Feb 9, 2014 - 6 answers

great neighborhood, dumpy house. best way to improve?

My husband and I just bought a house in a great neighborhood, and it has a wonderful interior. But the exterior looks like this, except with a completely flat roof (we live in Arizona). It is made of concrete block in the shape of Phoenix brick (a long thin kind of bricks popular around here). The concrete is painted white, with paint that is now peeling. We have talked about doing a roof-over with elevated pitch and spanish tiles, and/or about building a facade but have no ideas on what it might look like. Googling has failed me. Can anyone link us to houses that are made like ours: (a concrete shoebox) that have been renovated to have great or much-improved curb appeal? Or any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by powerbumpkin on Jul 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

The chisel isn't cutting it. No, seriously, it's not cutting at all.

How do I remove a small concrete shower pan lip without losing my sanity in the process? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Aug 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Don't want my black clothes to turn orange...

Have you painted a closet a bright color? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Beyond DIY: Where can I get educated on becoming a better renovator?

I've been renovating my house for about a year (and spent my childhood doing this stuff with my dad), and I'm starting to think that I really like this work. Where can I go for almost-but-not-quite-pro-level classes and hands-on education in stuff like residential wiring, conforming to code, hanging drywall, landscaping, etc? [more inside]
posted by m_lazarus on Oct 5, 2010 - 8 answers

I guess Victorians had better blankets

Insulating my attic cathedral ceiling, but I'm trying to be (a little) cheap about it. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Sep 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Backsplash tile to complement granite counters and wood cabinets.

Need help deciding on tile for our new kitchen backsplash! We recently moved into a renovated house, and it already has these granite countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the color or strong veining, but they're new and we don't have the money to replace them. Our cabinets are currently dark brown, though we might paint them a light grey or white in the next year or so. What kind of tile or marble should we use on our backsplash? Or should we just paint it another color with somewhat washable paint? We cook lots and there are already quite a few marks above the stove and around the sink. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Sep 16, 2010 - 26 answers

How can I patch the exposed cinder block at my back door?

RenoFilter: So I've had a external door cut and installed in a cinder-block wall. How the heck should I finish / patch up the exposed cinder-blocks? Concrete? Siding? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by consummate dilettante on Aug 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Help id the manufacturer of this c.1963 shower cold water valve stem!

We have a drip drip drip in the shower and had the plumber look at it when he came to service the furnace. Unfortunately it's not just the gasket; the actual valve stem is broken. House was built in 1963 and length of stem is ~3.25" (pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vector_irony/) [more inside]
posted by saritonin on Apr 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Getting plastered on the white powdery stuff.

Can someone explain the art of "back blocking" plasterboard (gypsum/gyprock/drywall/et cetera) - bonus points for a youtube vid that isn't filmed by someone not shot by someone who is actively masturbating. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Dec 31, 2009 - 10 answers

this will end well

[Renovation DIY filter] I need to install window wells for my basement windows. Is a drain really necessary or can I get away just by filling it with gravel? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Sep 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for remodeling picture series

I'm looking for remodeling picture sets (like this) for renovation inspiration. They don't have to be on Flickr, but a sequential, step-by-step series would be nice. Is there a site that specializes in these types of DIY remodel picture sets?
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jan 30, 2008 - 2 answers

Let There Be Light!

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Aug 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Acoustical tile ceiling make over

DIY.filter: I have a converted attic with acoustical tiles attached to the ceiling. Does anyone have any thoughts on mudding over them or covering them up with something to update the look? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Oct 9, 2006 - 11 answers

tile be gone!

DIYFilter: My kitchen floor still has the original tile from 70s (yuk!). I'd like to update it somehow on the cheap. So short of re-tiling, anyone have a good idea what I can do to update it?
posted by menace303 on Jun 25, 2005 - 6 answers

Drywall Tips

Drywalling: putting up gyproc over an insulated interior wall. From cutting to affixing to mudding, what tips and tricks have you learned? Aside from learning to pay someone else to do it, though I suspect that's ultimately the lesson...
posted by five fresh fish on Oct 21, 2004 - 14 answers

DIY Roofing

Roofing filter day

My wife has decided that we need a new roof and that we're going to do it ourselves. I'm not opposed to this, well, okay I am, but stilll....

How do we price this out for ourselves? Any denizens or askmefi have any experience in this? We have asphalt shingles now and will stick with same.

My wife says thanks in advance.
posted by damnitkage on Jul 20, 2004 - 23 answers

Hardwood floors

Anyone know anything about refinishing hardwood floors? I discovered really nice hardwood under the ugly tile that covers the floors of my house, but there's a few areas where spills seeped through, and the wood has bleached out. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Dec 13, 2003 - 17 answers

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