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Plumbing 101 | DIY | Swamp Cooler Pump Replacement
Plumbing 101 | DIY | Swamp Cooler Pump Replacement Installing a new swamp cooler pump is an easy do it yourself project. If your cooler’s pump is not turning on when you run the swamp cooler on the pump or the cool settings then the pump could be bad. The pump can often get clogged with debris or calcium buildup. When that happens it will start pumping slower because something could be blocking the outlet tube or the spider. But if a swamp cooler pump is not turning on at all and you have power to the outlet chances are that the pump is burnt out and will need to be replaced. Removing the old pump: 1. Open the side panels of the cooler so that you can easily...
Why are Quartz Countertops So Enticing?
The world of interior design became a better place when quartz countertops became a real viable, stylish and functional contender for the those searching for a new surface for their kitchen. Kitchen countertops are an important part of the kitchen, so when you begin the hunt for new tops you need to acknowledge the fact that kitchen countertops get used. A. LOT. Pretty much every activity, cooking or otherwise, happens on or around the kitchen counter.From meal prep to homework doing and every soiree along the way, kitchen countertops see a lot of action on a daily basis. As enticing and exciting as natural stones like marble and granite are with their movement and elegance, one has to consider the...
Brass Cabinet Hardware
Many homes built or updated between the 1970's and 2000's are likely to contain polished brass hardware.  Whether it be sliding closet doors, cabinet knobs, doorknobs and door hinges, brass is was a very common finish to use. I think we can all agree to be content that the polished brass/ gold phase has passed.  Many people are now "de-brassing" their homes to get a more updated look.  Interestingly enough, we are seeing brass make a come-back in more matte and brushed sheens.We see the yellow-toned finishes work great in luxury contemporary and classic kitchens.  When brass is not polished, it acts as more of a color statement than a metallic that reflects light.Satin brass glows softly, yet brilliantly with sophisticated color palettes of neutrals,...
Green Remodeing
Green Remodeling For People Who Don't Like Green Remodeing Remodeling is a losing game.  When you remodel a house, you impose yourself on the environment in several ways. Green remodeling tries to mitigate those things you do to harm the environment. This guide presents the main tenets of green remodeling--for people who may not necessarily care about green remodeling.  Even if you follow these simple steps, you will go a long ways towards making sure that your renovations have a lower impact on the environment than with ordinary remodeling methods. 1.  Fix Rather Than Toss (Because Fix Isn't a Dirty Word) This seems to be an almost forgotten art. Remember when dad or grandpa spent hours in his shop tinkering with a electric wall heater or refurbishing...
ikea-rast-hack-bliss-at-home-BEFORE
Ikea Rast Hack I’ve missed you guys! Life has been busy lately. So busy, I say BIZZ-ZAAAY! The kids are finally out of school (hooray!) and I took a break from tiling the shower stall to work on a fun Ikea Rast Hack.  I just never tire of an Ikea hack, do you? I am a furniture lover and often times look for quality pieces new and old, but I’ve been known to work in the budget-friendly finds too. I’m definitely a high-low girl when I work on my own spaces. I was asked by Hickory Hardware to participate in an Ikea Rast Hack Challenge with 8 DIY and design bloggers. We each received an Ikea Rast dresser, our choice of hardware from Hickory Hardware, and gift cards...
DIY Wood Headboard Hack
Here, at StackedStoneTile, we love to publish Creative DIY projects. Today, we present to you 8 Incredible Furniture Hacks which you would Pin on your Pinterest profile. 1.DIY Console TableA long black second-hand tv unit was beautifully updated with white paint and gold paint on the legs to give it a stylish new finish without spending much money. View the tutorial at The Desi Wonder Woman.   2. DIY Wood Headboard HackUsing an Ikea Malm Headboard found in the As Is section at Ikea as the base the headboard was updated with peel and stick wood stickers to cover the headboard to give it a warmer rustic feel. View the tutorial at Sugar And Cloth.3. DIY Leather And Brass NightstandRe-style your old dressers into nightstands with...
Marble fabric
When you hear the word "marble" you don't immediately think "affordable." It's imported, it's a real material, it's heavy, it's one-of-a-kind. But if you still love the look of marble and want to try decorating with it without spending a lot, you're in luck. Here are some top marble-inspired projects to buy or DIY. Faux marble contact paperYou can find marbleized contact paper in your local home improvement store, sometimes in a variety of colors. Try covering an MDF table top or shelf with this sticky paper. It won't feel like marble, and may appear a bit shiny compared to marble, so use this on something that is small or a bit out of direct eye level.  Marble printed laminateLaminate has...
Kitchen Windows
6 Modern Elements Which Improve Your Kitchen Interior Modern design is not for everyone, but as of late I have noticed a huge surge in the integration of modern touches in interiors, especially the kitchen.  There is just something cool about the juxtaposition of sleek details sprinkled in a more traditional or transitional space. In general the modern vibe is very clean, simple and sleek and this aesthetic can be found in a slew of different elements that you can easily implement into your kitchen.Lighting - Pendant Lights for KitchensFirst up, lighting. Lighting is an important element in the kitchen both functionally and visually.  The fixture or fixtures you select will definitely set the tone for the overall feel of your space....
Bathtub Liner DIY
Bathtub Liner DIY Replacing a worn bathtub and surround used to mean only one thing: weeks of disruption, a mess in the house, carpenters and plumbers coming and going, and one less bathroom to use in the house. In the past few years, though, the acrylic bathtub liner has become a popular alternative to replacing a bathtub and surround. It's not a do-it-yourself project; rather, installing a bathtub liner is a job for a professional.Before Installing a Bathtub LinerDo some research online to find companies in your area that specialize in installing bathtub liners. Ask friends, family and acquaintances if they've had a bathtub liner installed, and if so, whether they'd recommend the company that did the job. Choose...
How Do I Fix Bathtub That Has Already Been Refinished?
What do you do when you've refinished your bathtub, only to have it start to start flaking and peeling again?  A reader wrote to me saying I had Permaglaze redo my bathtub about 16 years ago and it was the biggest remodeling mistake I ever made...About two years later it started to flake off in the corners.... I have been looking at this ugly tub ever since. If you have any suggestions on how I can repair this on my own I would be happy to try anything. I have used touch up paint meant to repair appliance nicks and that has helped somewhat, but it isn't meant for that use and doesn't stay on very long. Even though the Permaglaze contractor may not...
6 DIY Home Decor Ideas
6 Cozy DIY Projects for Your Home Fight the winter chill and keep your home comfortable and cozy all season long with these simple, do-it-yourself pillows, accent pieces and more.  1. French Grain Sack Basket DIY Warm after a long brisk day outdoors by relaxing next to the fireplace. This beautiful rustic French grain sack basket is a great way to display and gather wooden logs next to your fireplace so you always have the supplies you need to start a fire on hand. To make your own basket you will need a coffee bag or french grain sack, twill fabric, a plastic insert and a few other basic crafting supplies.For the full tutorial visit Me Sew Crazy.   2. DIY Faux Fur And...
5 Non-Toxic Cleaners Your Home An Infographic
Non Toxic Cleaning Products are something that shouldn't miss from our homes. While it comes keeping our home fresh and our indoor air quality healthful, which cleaning solutions do we choose? Here’s an infographic that outlines some choices. One of the hooks that is available when it comes to considerably less chemicals in the house is that “it’s beneficial for the environment”. That’s certainly correct.After all, considerably less created chemicals in the cleaning products we use mean that there are much less of those similar chemicals in the air we’re breathing at home. This makes for our own better good shape and health, reminding us that we are also part of this wonderful World.So, how do we choose alternate, non-toxic...
3 Home Improvement Ideas - Without the Headache
Quality home improvements can add to your home’s value, but that’s not the only reason to consider renovating a home. Many homeowners do home improvement projects regularly simply because these projects add to the enjoyment of living in their homes.  Depending on the difficulty of the job and the amount of DIY experience the homeowner has, most do-it-yourselfers know that reliable home improvement goals can be a giant pain in the you-know-what. From budget issues, to time restraints, to unforeseen issues that were not factored in to the original plan, these projects can become stressful. But they don’t have to be. Here are a few ways to help your home improvement projects runs smoothly:Know Your BudgetNo matter how big your...
Transformed Living
Transformed Living A dilapidated Melbourne warehouse has been converted into a contemporary residence with a kitchen that both impresses and invites.  Like many industrial areas in urban Melbourne, Collingwood is undergoing an almost hidden transformation into a trendy residential area, with utouched warehouse facades fronting funking internal renovations.As with many of these conversions, this new home sees the rentention of the rough brick walls and timber beams overhead - rustic elements that are contrasted with sleek and modern additions.As freqvent entertainers, the owners needed this kitchen to as be as one with the living area but also transform the open space into a cosy retreat. To this end, the space is completely open but inhabits a good amount of room with...
Contemporary Kitchen With Natural Elements - Brilliant Decor Idea!
Contemporary Kitchen With Natural Elements Brilliant Decor Idea! A contemporary kitchen with some interestingly different features forms the hub of this family home. The first thing to grab your attention is the island bench, where a stacked stone feature wall envelops its facade. On top, the white stone surface is the perfect reflector of the three pendant lights that hang in symmetry above. What is unique about the island is its shape; being almost square affords the kitchen with extra work room and allows for the accomodation of plenty of storage and shelving where brightly coloured cookbooks can be lovingly displayed.Running in an L-shape behind the island is sleek white joinery incorporating a sink, cook top, range hood and integrated dishwasher. A...
The Self-Sufficient Lifestyle | Collecting Rainwater
The Self-Sufficient Lifestyle | Collecting Rainwater 101 DIY Advices With Stacked Stone Tile   Practically everything around your house that requires water loves the natural goodness that's provided with soft rainwater. With a simple rain barrel, you can collect rainwater to irrigate your garden or lawn, water your houseplants, or top off swimming pools and hot tubs. A ready supply of rainwater is also a reliable stand-by for emergency use if your primary water supply is interrupted. Rainwater that is collected in a rain barrel before it hits the ground is free of many contaminants that water picks up as it filters through soil. This soft. warm (and free) water is perfect for plants. lawns. and many other outdoor applications.Collecting rainwater runoff in rain...
The Self-Sufficient Lifestyle
The Self-Sufficient Lifestyle 101 DIY Advices With Stacked Stone TileSelf-sufficient living is a highly complementary practice-once you begin, you'll find that many parts of your home are connected, and that multiple systems of self-sufficiency contribute to one another, often corresponding with the natural cycles of the earth. Because of this interconnectedness, many of the projects in this book will naturally lead you to more and more projects that will help you maximize your self-sufficiency work. For example, if you start a garden, the fruits and vegetables you grow will provide waste that will transform into the compost that will nurture next year's bounty. Setting up a rainwater collection system not only reduces your reliance on public utilities, the fresh, soft water...

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