Mobile homes have that “wallpapered” look board in them, does anyone have any ideas how to texture, or change
them that wont cost an arm and leg?
You can buy sheetrock texturing mud and a trowel at Home Depot. It is relatively inexpensive. You can do a handtroweled wall that is all the rage with custom homes right now. It really looks good if you do a glaze over the paint. There are also how-to books at Home Deppot. Here is an article to get you started….http://www.servicemagic.com/article.show.3-Simple-Ways-to-Transform-a-Room-on-a-Budget.12072.html
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Hello,I am a college student about to graduate and I am working on a final project where we have to build a recording studio. I am in charge of costing out the raw materials for the building such as dry wall, studs, wiring, etc (whatever is needed in the building to keep it up). At the beginning of this project I…
Honestly, the people who work at Home Depot are not qualified to do that sort of an estimate. They can price a bill of materials once you have compiled it from your plans, but they don’t do the take-offs for you (because most of them would not know how to do that.)Check your local library and see if they have copies of the Means Construction Cost Data books in their stacks. I am a construction estimator and these are what we use to price labor and materials for project budgets. If they don’t have them, you might want to contact an organization like the ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) and explain your situation and see if any of them have old copies they would let you borrow or even have. There is a new Data Book published every year with updated prices so they often have old ones that are no longer useful for competitive building, The books contain listings of all materials plus they also have per square foot budget costs for certain types of buildings. There are also books on general techniques of construction estimating that may be helpful to you. Look in the books department of the Home Depot or a large bookstore for these.There is also the ASPE, American Society of Professional Estimators (i was a member when I lived in Michigan). Their website is http://www.aspenational.com. They are very open to helping students. There are chapters in Detroit and Grand Rapids.You could also do some web searches for “square foot estimate building costs” which might yield some data you could use for a rough budget.I would not sweat this project too much — you can’t really be expected to do this with any accuracy. It takes many years and a LOT of hands on experience to be a construction estimator. We professional estimators earn a lot of money for doing this because it does take a great deal of skill.
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Anyone remodeling a room. Who here is sick of Home Depot.
I guess I am like many new used-homeowners. A 2 week project turns into a 2 month ordeal. Getting help or advice from Home Depot is impossible, but you have to buy from there, especially if their store is located less than 2 miles away from your house.
I am a contractor who goes to Home Depot or Lowes about twice a day. They are miserabl;e and uninformed people who coukldn’t hack it in the trades. Do not use them for renovation information. Buy a book. Thats how the pro’s do it.
How does Home Depot’s price compare to private contractors for finishing a basement.
high, HIGH, HIGH…You need to get a do it yourself book and sub contract that out yourself. If the home depot does it, they have to build it to code. That is ridiculous for a basement!You need to really think about what you want to do there. You probably don’t need electrical outlets every 8 feet, the toilet to be at least 1 foot from walls etc. But if you are going to have a kitchen, be sure to get dedicated circuits for your appliances.And, a sprinkler system overhead, (it saves on insurance)
How to build a Corner Breakfast Nook.
Please don’t give me ideas, which are great, but I need plans and instructions on how to build it. I’ve viewed the one on www.ronhazelton.com. But I need a physical plan in my hand with materials and so on. My office is in my dining room and I do child care. I can have my parents come in and sit there to do…
Hit the home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Check the magazines and how-to books. They have web pages associated with many of the projects and you can purchase plans and complete material lists through those sites. Check the New Yankee Workshop web site. Norm is very good and the last time I checked he had some of the projects available in plans and material lists. Whether he has a nook, well I just don’t know.Good luck
How difficult to add can lighting.
I would like to put this lighting in my ceiling. I have insulation above in the attic. How do you wire it to the light switch? Is this a job better performed by an electrician? Any advise is helpful!
It is really not that hard to do, but it is very time consuming and difficult to explain over email. What I would do if I were you is go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and buy a “how to” book on electrical work that will explain to you step by step what you need to do.In general you need to spot the cans, pull back the insulation, cut holes in the ceiling and test fit the cans. Go into the crawl space or attic and find if there are any available circuits that you can tap into off of the same light switch that already controls you kitchen lights. If not or if you want them on a seperate ligth switch, you will need to run a new circuit. Go to your breaker panel, take the cover off, put in a new 15 amp breaker, run 14 guage wire from the breaker up to teh crawlspace where the lights will be and then go into the kitchen and cut a hole where you want the light switch to be and get a “old work single-gang construction box”; next drill a hole in the top cap on the studs and pull out enough wire to fish down to where the lightswitch will be and then cut it and tape it to the “running end” off the spool of wire and fish the two stands of wire down to where the hole is cut in the wall and put them into the old work box. Cut the wire back to expose the individula stands and you should find a black stands, white strand and a copper strand. Strip back about 3/8 of an inch on both the white and black strands, take some wire nuts and connect both of the white ends with a wire nut and push them inside the box to the back. Take the black ends and a light switch and the switch will have two brass screws on the left. Place one end of each black strand onto each of the two screws then get a small piece of bare copper wire about 4 inches long and take the two bare copper stands and this 4 inch “pig tail” and use a wire nut to put the three of them together, then use the exposed end of the pig tail and place it on the green ground screw on the bottom of the sswitch. Push your lights into place and go back into the attic and run wire to each of the lights. If you have more than one light, you will need to cut additional strands of wire to each of the lights. On the back of the can there will be a box that contains the wiring for the light, open it up and put the three blacks together and wire nut them off, three whites together and nut them off and the copper grounds together just like you did for the switch. Somewhere in the light fixture there will be a ground screw so you can ground the light fixture. YOu are finished with this individual light, go to the next and repeat.As you can see, there is lots involved, Get the book that explains it!
dose any one no of any books on how to bulid your own tools.
and tools power tools that you would by from home depot im looking for a book on how to bulid them
if you want to build primitive tools i would try old Yankee workshop. He builds his own tools as well. Remember that something like a drill press was very large and bulky often broke and not very efficient how would you make a drill chuck? I’m a machinist and there has been thousands of hours in building and making sure our tools work efficiently and correct.in a whole nother aspect many trades still make there own tools like our carbide cutters we make at work and grind to desired shape. So I guess it depends on what kind of tool or tools you trying to make.if your going to try to make a drill press out of wood good luck. If your going to take a electric motor and some pulleys and make a buffer then your building a tool that help you polish something. THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT KIND OF TOOLS ARE YOU TRYING TO BUILD THEN LOOK FOR A BOOK OR MAYBE ASK SOMEONE ON ANSWERS
How hard is it to build a deck?
Depends on how big you want your deck and how fancy you want it. Best bet is to go to a Home Depot or Lowes and get a book and see what you want to build and what you will need. I built my own and it took me and my friend a week to built it 35ft long by 16 feet wide with steps on both ends. Good luck and by the way, I enjoy every moment out on my deck !!!!
how to make a basement in the northeast.
I bought a house in New Hampshire. The basement is cement and have a sumpump. I want to finish it, make it a stand up shower, bed rooms and a family room, etc. How do I start?
go to home depot or lowesget one of the ‘how-to’ books on finishing out your basementflip thru the pages and make sure it doesnt overwhelm you with what you read in thereif you survive that part then it is time to make sure your lower level windows will be acceptable for city or county building codes departmentthen you will have to draw up what you are trying to do and submit your plans to the codes office and hope they allow you to continueif they say yes you can do it as plannedthe next step is figure out where you want your shower sink and commodestart cutting up the concrete to make way for your new plumbing systemyou will have to determine if your drains are in the floor or wallif in the floor just hook into themif in the wall you will have to install a sewage pump to raise the waste water to drain levelonce you finish the plumbing and redoing the cement work to make it are enclosed and levelthe rest is a simple matter of building in the walls hanging doors ..trimming everything out and adding your ventilation duct work
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