Low Cost, Essential Home Improvement Tools for DIYers

Here’s a list of the minimum tools I think a DIYer would need. To keep costs low, I chose tools that had good reviews but were not necessarily brand name. Power Tools Since it’s cheaper to buy a bundle, I picked this bundle of 12 tools. Not all are essential like the brad nailer but […]

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Block Weeds From Growing Along Driveway Expansion Joints

We’ve all seen them. Weeds. Along your concrete driveway expansion joints. Many, if not most, people will just remove the weeds only for them to grow back as soon as it rains. So, why do weeds grow along these lines? Apparently just a little bit of dirt that makes its way into these gaps is […]

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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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Never Use Wire Nuts to Splice Electrical Wires Again

You’ve probably used wire nuts to splice electrical wires at home. Though this works, the wires can become loose can cause a short circuit. Some electricians will wrap black electrical tape around the wire nuts but that’s messy and sticky. You could use In-Sure wire connectors which claim to support both solid and stranded wires […]

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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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Easily Renew Your Ugly Concrete Driveway or Garage Floor

Your concrete driveway or garage floor will get ugly over time. There are many reasons for this such as oil or acid stains natural discoloration new, adjacent slabs of concrete that have a different shade of gray Fortunately, you can easily cover up the non-uniformity of colors with any one of the following products: Behr […]

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