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DIY Home Improvement Projects – Do It Yourself Home Repair Guides - Family Handyman. Transform Your Digs into a Home of the Future, DIY-Style. For door locks, I went with the medium-tech approach: electronic keypad locks.

Transform Your Digs into a Home of the Future, DIY-Style

Schlage, for example, makes a line of electronic keypad locks that can generally fit into existing door lock holes. For me, it was a simple matter of unscrew/remove old lock, screw in/install new lock, and program new lock. However, possible downsides include (this is for the Schlage electronic deadbolt that I use): * The visible parts of the locks are a bit big/wide. In my case, whereas the visible parts of the old lock fit completely on a flat part of the door, the visible part of the new lock would slightly overhang past the end of the flat part, onto a beveled part of the door. . * It's a keypad: if someone sees you enter your combination, you're screwed. . * Unlocking with a key is slightly funky: insert key while holding handle, turn key 90 degrees without turning handle, push key in, turn handle to lock/unlock.

Simple Test to Determine If You're Using Too Much Laundry Detergent. When it comes to laundry detergent, the phrase "Too much of a good thing" rings ever so true. If you use too much, you'll shorten the life of your laundry. It can make your laundry look dull and dingy, and feel stiff and rough. Use too much laundry detergent and the residue will accumulate over time and damage your washing machine.

The accumulation can also cause mold and mildew to form in the machine. Here is a simple test to determine if you're using too much laundry detergent: First- Place 4 to 6 laundered bath towels in a front-loading washing machine. Second- Start the machine on a regular wash cycle. How to Put a Movie Theater in Your Home on the Cheap. Great Post! I did a setup in 2009 in my largish garage for about $1000 Aussie. That included ... 1. A $400 xga projector from ebay, (like the article says, resolution isn't everything) How I Built the Media Center of My Dreams for Under $500.

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How I Built the Media Center of My Dreams for Under $500

We are working to restore service. No TV tuner card...? I realize that it adds expense, but it seems worth it considering that a lot of cable companies charge you monthly to rent their box. With my current company, I could go from $15/month for an HD box, to $2/month for a CableCARD - the $13/month I save means that this thing will eventually pay for itself, or at least for some of the premium streaming subscriptions I buy for it. Plus, I can use my 360's Media Center Extender features to use it to watch digital channels and recorded TV downstairs, without having to pay for a second cable box - saving me another $15 every month. I know a lot of people build these specifically so that they can cancel their cable subscription, but if you plan on keeping it, you can get WAY more functionality out of this box with such a simple upgrade.

EDIT: Another commenter pointed out that XBMC and CableCARD tuners don't play nicely together. Flagged. Clean a Jetted Bathtub. Protect Wall and Door Fixtures from Paint with Aluminum Foil. Paint a Room Overview. 10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips. Home maintenance isn't restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks--when performed regularly--may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it's inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro.

Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there's a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained. The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Cleaning your gutters is the chore you abhor. THE QUICK FIX Make gutter cleaning easier--and safer (no ladder required)--with a long spray wand made from a 1/2-in. How To Clean Your Dishwasher. Previous image Next image It might sound unnecessary to clean the actual dishwasher, but it is a necessary evil if you want your dishwasher to run efficiently. Not to mention, your dishes will be cleaner and your dishwasher will smell fresher, too! What You Need Distilled white vinegarBaking SodaMicrofiber cloths or soft ragsToothbrushStainless steel or multipurpose cleaner Instructions. How to Know the Finish of My Hardwood Floors. How to Clean and Refinish a Wood Deck.

Then this is the tutorial you want. A beautifully refinished wood deck not only looks great, protects and extends the life of the wood but it may also help improve the resale value of your home and allow it to sell faster (if that is a goal). Ten Tips for Painting Your Home.