Caulk Baseboard Like a Pro

Materials Caulk Caulking gun Grout sponge Bucket with water Steps Apply caulk to baseboard Run finger along caulk to smoothen it out Wet and rinse sponge Run sponge along caulk once on each side Repeat steps 3 and 4 until caulk looks good

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Repair Drywall Hole Where There Are No Studs to Screw In To

If you have a hole in drywall that you need to fill but the hole doesn’t span two studs, you won’t have anything to screw the new drywall in to. In this case, just cut a piece wood furring strip (or drywall) that is longer than the hole but narrower so that it can fit […]

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How to Remodel a Kitchen

So, last week I renovated one of my rental properties. This included replacing an old kitchen from 1995 with a new one. Here’s an overview of the process. 1. Take a picture of and measure the old kitchen cabinets I just drew the measurements in Photoshop. Note that the picture below is what the cabinets […]

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How to Fix Broken Electrical Outlets / Switches

If you have an electrical outlet or switch that isn’t working, here are some steps for debugging and fixing the issue. First of all, it’s important to understand the flow of electricity within a typical home. Electrical Components and Electricity Flow Electricity comes through a cable from your local utility to your house That cable […]

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Tips for Installing Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

So, I was going to replace the old bamboo flooring in the living room and vinyl tiles on top of linoleum sheet flooring in the dining and kitchen areas of my rental with tile but since I hate dealing with mortar and cutting tile, I asked some contractors to do it. Apparently they all want […]

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Measuring Water Usage in a Multifamily Building

If you own a multifamily investment property which you are renting out to 2 or more tenants, you’ll probably be disappointed to find out that there’s only one water meter (provided by the city) to the entire building located underground under the sidewalk. Following are some scenarios on how water pipes reach each unit and […]

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Quickly Create Photo Slideshow Video

This tutorial uses Corel VideoStudio Pro. 1. Add photos to project Sort the photos as desired, usually by date, so they appear in chronological order. 2. Select and drag photos to video track All photos will be added to the video track 3. Change duration of each photo If the duration of each photo is […]

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How to Make a Quality Video Presentation With Slides and Someone Talking

In this article I explain how to create a video presentation like what you see below. Features of this video include: custom background (still image or video) the presenter on one side presentation slides on one side clear audio Equipment Following is the equipment I used to make this type of video. Video Editing Software […]

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How to Take Pictures to Get the Right Shot

Most people take pictures by just manually taking a shot when they are ready. Since many things could go wrong with taking just a single shot, e.g. the subject blinks or yawns, a car drives by, etc, then some people will take multiple shots manually – maybe 2 or 3. However, this still doesn’t necessary […]

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How to Install 4 Posts Square and Plumb (e.g. for a pergola)

This weekend I built the frame of a pergola. The posts are 6x6x10 Redwood posts and they’re heavy. We had the posts go 15″ in the ground but before pouring cement, we wanted to make sure the posts were level and plumb. To hold the posts in place while we measured, we filled buckets with […]

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