There are three kinds of holes: small, medium and large, and each require a different procedure to repair.


Small holes:

Small holes are easy to

For holes smaller than one inch, simply spackle the hole filling it completely. 

Allow to dry thoroughly, it will crack, that's to be expected.

Apply a second coat, this time feathering it out a little.

Repeat once or twice more, feathering a little more each time as needed.

Sand as needed and paint.


Medium holes:

For holes one to two-and-a-half inches, apply a thin coat of spackle, covering the surrounding area by about three inches. 

Firmly press a piece of drywall joint tape over the hole and smooth it with a taping knife. 

Allow to dry thoroughly, then apply feathering

1- Add a little accent color

If you have shelves in a room, you can add a little accent color to the room by painting the shelves. Using a pastel paint will also brighten up a room even in small portions (like on shelves)

2- Replace light switches (and plate covers)

Most people don’t consider replacing a switch as an update, but changing it to a dimmer switch allows you to adjust a room's lighting to the perfect mood. Adding a decorative switch plate cover is also a nice added touch.


(Part 1)

A reader wrote in asking about building a Rustic Farmhouse Table. I thought this was a great topic, however I am covering this in a two-part article due to limited article space.

Where to start?

As with any table, you will need to start with the legs and supports. If you have an old wood table with a sturdy frame, you can always just change the top. But if you’re building it from scratch, here are the basics.

1- Use pressure-treated wood or true timber. But bare in mind that true

With more than 30 years in the Home Improvement business, I have found that the biggest issue I run into is people not properly planning for cost.

No matter if you’re a DIYer or hiring someone to do the work for you, before you start a project, know what the costs are.

Some businesses will include the material with their estimate. Understand that when doing so, they (understandably) figure in extra to cover themselves. Other businesses will price jobs for labor only (price is plus material)

Here’s Part 2 of building a Rustic Farmhouse Table. Refer to last week’s paper for Part 1.

Finishing Your Table:

1- Before you put the finish coat on, you will need to do some sanding. Make sure all edges are smooth and outer edges are slightly rounded. For an added touch you can sand the tabletop corners so that they are rounded.

2- Make sure your table is dust free, then apply the stain (color of your choice) in multiple coats. Do this by brushing on the stain and wiping it off with a

The first and most important rule is to treat all electrical wires as if they are alive (have power), even if it checks as off. Here are a few informational tips to help keep you safe.


Standard rules:

1- Black (or red) wires are hot (carry power to or from an outlet, switch, etc.).

2- White wires are neutral (common).

3- Green wires are ground.

4- All wires should be checked with a Proximity Tester to be sure there is no power on it.

5- On outlets and light switches, the power (red or

With living space being at a premium, you want to make as much use of your space as possible. Here is one way to save space.

No matter if you have a floating desk built to suit your needs, or you order one online or build your own, it makes a perfect space saving place for the kids to do their homework or to sort your bills, or any other everyday work that requires a desk.

Floating desks come in a large variety of sizes, shapes, colors and styles. The average one you find online requires

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