Home Improvement 101

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Home Improvement 101

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Adding custom trim makes a dramatic difference on the style of your home. Combine various pieces of moulding into “build-ups” to get that craftsman style look. Get started with these project instructions.

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  • Fallon Jennings
    Fallon Jennings

    This is such a great idea! I have to try this!

  • Lasher Contracting
    Lasher Contracting

    Gorgeous piece of trim! Great way to easily update a room!

An ogee edge countertop has a bit more flourish than some of the other edge options, as it combines a convex curve and a concave curve to create an S-shaped edge.

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Unlike a square edge countertop where the edge forms a perfect right angle, an eased edge countertop has a slightly rounded corner.

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A beveled edge countertop has an angled cut where the countertop ends, giving the countertop a simple but polished look.

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A half bullnose or demi-bullnose countertop edge has a rounded corner on the top edge and a straight corner on the bottom edge.

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Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is used in construction to elevate and support both people and materials during building or maintenance.

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    Tanner Mayweather

    nice

A cornice is a horizontal piece of moulding that tops an architectural element, most commonly a door, window, or column.

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A scupper waterfall is a contemporary style of waterfall in which the water cascades in a flat horizontal sheet.

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    Total Wallcovering

    A friend of mine just installed one of these in his pool and it looks amazing :-)

A square edge countertop is the style of finished edge seen here with straight perpendicular lines.

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Crown moulding is the moulding that can be found where the ceiling and wall meet. There are many different styles of crowm moulding, such as dentil moulding (pictured here), egg and dart, or roped moulding.

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A gutter guard, or gutter shield, is a filter that can be attached to a home's gutter to prevent leaves and debris from clogging the gutter.

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A duranta plant is a tropical shrub that can easily be trained into hedges or trees.

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Strap hinges are an early style of hinge in which long thin strip of metal is attached to a door or gate allowing for movement. Today strap hinges are often used decoratively in cabinet hardware, garage doors, and gates.

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A saw horse is a handy item to have around a workshop. It's a beam with four legs that makes it easy to support projects.

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A louvered door is an interior door that has louvered panels inset into the frame, allowing for light and sound to pass through them.

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A waterfall edge is a contemporary style of countertop design in which the countertop extends all the way down one side of the cabinet or island.

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An air compressor uses power to release quick bursts of air. They can be connected to pneumatic tools to create a more powerful effect. An air compressor is a great way to make your stapler, paint sprayer, sandblaster, or drill more powerful!

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A shop light usually refers to a type of light than can be easily moved around a shop or workspace to allow for easier task lighting. Often, a shop light has a stand or clip that allows it to adapt to illuminate any project.

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A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, measures the amount of heat a grill can give off.

Gas Grills, Charcoal Grills & Grill Accessories at The Home Depot

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Have you ever noticed those little s-shaped doo dads that fix an exterior shutter to a home? Yes, they have a name. It's a 'shutter dog.'

Winworks Pair of S Holdbacks-80022000 at The Home Depot

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An eyebrow dormer is a style of dormer in which a portion of the roof protrudes in wave-like shape, while the bottom of the dormer remains flat.

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A gable (sometimes called a dog house) dormer is a style of dormer in which two sloped roofing planes meet, creating a ridge.

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An exposed brick wall often refers to a brick wall that was previously covered in either drywall or plaster that for various reasons has been uncovered and left bare, with just bricks and mortar showing. Today, they are commonly found in restored industrial spaces.

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Open shelving is a popular trend in kitchen design in which kitchen items like glassware and dishes are displayed on shelving that is open, rather than behind cabinet doors. Ask about shelving that compliments your cabinet style if you're undergoing a kitchen renovation, or add simple shelves to an empty kitchen wall to create more storage.

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An attached pergola, as its name suggested, is affixed to another structure, most often a home or garage. As with the freestanding variety, a pergolas usually covered with climbing vines and greenery.

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A driveway apron is where the street pavement or sidewalk meet a home's driveway. Aprons are often decorative but also intended to lend durability to the opening of the driveway, a space that is vulnerable to street cars and trucks.

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Eaves are the very edges of a roof that hang over the side of the building, keeping water from running down exterior walls.

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Wooden blinds are a common window treatment in which slats of wood are strung together in a louvered fashion. When closed, they block light and offer privacy, when open they allow sunlight to shine through.

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The stair riser is the vertical plane between each stair tread, it's often made of either the same wood on the tread or drywall.

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A stair tread is the horizontal plane, most commonly made of wood, where you place your foot on the staircase.

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A relaxed roman shade is a type of roman shade in which the fabric has a subtle dip in the center, giving it a more casual look.

Roman Shades - Blinds & Window Treatments - The Home Depot

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Pegboard is a perforated surface (usually wood or metal) that allows for easy storage with the use of s-hooks and pegs. It's often used in work rooms and storage areas to maximize vertical space.

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  • Robert Flannagan
    Robert Flannagan

    I've used Ryobi tools for years

  • Wayne Dupre
    Wayne Dupre

    i love all tools but to make tings whit my hands is like creating life

  • Robert Flannagan
    Robert Flannagan

    There tools are very dependable I used them when I was building my workshop.

  • Wayne Dupre
    Wayne Dupre

    i have no work shop but i do love tools i love to fix thing don't always have the rite tool but i still git it dun some how loll

  • Robert Flannagan
    Robert Flannagan

    My workshop is like my home away from home I do little odds and ins in here

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Burlap is a coarse woven fabric made of yarn spun primarily from the skin of jute or hemp plants.

Burlap: Meet The Material

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A chimenea is a freestanding fireplace that is usually wood-burning. It often has a round base with a narrow chimney for smoke ventilation.

Search Results for chimenea at The Home Depot

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Sidelights are narrow windows that flank a doorway. They are most commonly found flanking a front door, but they can also be used for interior doors too!

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A vaulted ceiling simply refers to a ceiling that is peaked and the walls that meet are either sloped or arched.

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A quatrefoil is an archetype in both art and architecture in which 4 overlapping circles create a graphic symbol. Derived from the Latin word 'quattuor folium,' quatre foil means 'four leaves.'

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Woven shades, bamboo shades, or woven wood blinds -- they are all window treatments that lift vertically and are made up of natural plants woven together.

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A roman shade is a window treatment that lifts vertically, folding neatly as it is raised, to allow for more or less light to come through the window.

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A full surround mantel is made up of a continuous piece that fully surrounds the fireplace inset. Full surround mantels are traditionally made of wood and have a heavy ledge on the top for placing art and decor.

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A potfiller is a wall-mounted faucet directly above the stovetop that allows you to easily fill large pots, eliminating the need to carry heavy pots from the sink to the range.

Pot Fillers - Kitchen Faucets - Kitchen at The Home Depot

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When shopping for a stainless steel sink, it's important to consider the metal gauge of the sink. The lower the gauge, the thicker the stainless steel is. A lower gauge sink means that the sink will be less prone to denting and bowing. Because the metal is thicker, it won't transmit noise as easily, so it won't make reverberate when items are dropped into it. A 16 or 18 gauge sink is ideal for the kitchen.

Stainless Sinks - Kitchen Sinks - Kitchen at The Home Depot

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Support beams are an important part of your home's structural makeup, but they can also be decorative too! The term 'exposed beam' is just like it sounds, when the support beams are exposed to the room, rather than covered by the ceiling.

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A coffered ceiling is made up of consecutive sunken panels. Panels are most often in a square or rectangular shape, but can be found in an octagonal shape too! Traditionally the coffered structure gave a ceiling more support, but today, coffered ceilings are mostly decorative.

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In modern cabinet design, a lazy susan most often refers to a rotating rack found in corner cabinets, making it easier to locate items stored in the back corner of the cabinet.

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A rosette is a round, decorative bit of molding that is used in architecture. It can often be found at the corners of window molding and door molding.

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A plinth block is the square of molding that can be found at the base of a wall where two planes of molding meet.

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A flood light is a high-intensity light that projects illumination across a wide area, designed to cast light on buildings for both decorative purposes and for safety!

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When learning about paint, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These volatile organic compounds are basically gases emitted from paints that could have short- and long-term health effects. There are a variety of low-VOC and zero VOC paints on the market from your favorite paint brands, including Behr, Zinsser, Glidden, and even new favorites like Yolo Colorhouse.

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Want a built-in spot for your shampoos and soaps? You want a recessed shower niche! This space is created when the cement board is being installed in your shower, then the tiles are added to create a recessed spot in the wall that serves as a ledge for shower storage!

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