Resources on Home Improvement

Do Your Own Bumper Repair - Can You Skip the Auto Body Shop and Save Money?
Before you start your own bumper repair, make a point of checking out this informative web page. Discover when you should take your car to a body shop to have the work done instead of trying to do it yourself. The site also lists questions you should be asking before leaving your car at a garage to be repaired and discusses why you should consider a fiberglass bumper for your car. For expert bumper repair Los Angeles, see Westwood Auto Body, located on the West side on Westwood Blvd. just north of Olympic Blvd.

You Can Build Your Own Backyard Fire Pit
If you want to bring back memories of sitting around a bonfire in your own back yard, go for a wood or charcoal burning fire pit over a gas model. A materials list is provided, along with detailed instructions for preparing the area by drawing the circle and digging the pit. The procedure for filling the hole with gravel and marking the ground for a retaining wall is covered. Find out the correct way to stack the blocks for the retaining wall, starting with the first row, and how to add an adhesive agent to keep them securely in place. Several general installation tips are an added feature.

Take on a Tabletop Water Fountain as Your Next Home Project
If you want to tackle a home project that not only looks great but acts as a stress buster, consider building your own tabletop water fountain. Rather than trying to find one that reflects your personal style, you can assemble materials that reflect your taste to create your own version. The list of what you need to build your own is shorter than you may think: a water pump, some type of filler (rocks, shells, crystals, or pebbles), tubing and a container to put it in. A few green plants and some figurines complete the look and make it uniquely your own.

Get Expert Advice from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Home owners visiting the Association's web site will find some basic tips for finding and choosing a contractor, as well as signs that should be considered red flags. Information about the different kinds of design professionals, how customers can protect themselves when hiring them and how to cope with the disruption that goes along with a remodeling project. Get suggestions for managing expenses, and be sure the check out the links to two major environmental sites: Energy Star and Lead-Free. Both of them are valuable resources that encourage safe practices, as well as responsible decision-making about energy matters.

InspectAPedia.com Helps Consumers Find Roofing Contractors
Looking for roofing contractors is not something that the average homeowner does often, and it's important to consider the choice of contractor very carefully. InspectAPedia.com, a free encyclopedia, offers step by step instructions for finding contractors, how to evaluate roofing specialists and tips for selecting roofing material. This site also provides information for consumers on how to negotiate a contract with the roofer. It also advises homeowners to sit back and let the roofing specialist do his or her work once the decision has been made.

Planning to Buy a Chiminea? Check out These Tips First
Before you head out to buy a chiminea, surf over to the Blue Rooster web site to get some helpful tips. Find out what you need to know about choosing the right size and weight, and discover how to choose the right site for the piece. You will also find information about why cast iron is a better choice for a chiminea, as well as some helpful safety tips.

Build a Heavy-Duty Workbench for Your Home or Shop
Building a heavy-duty workbench doesn't have to an expensive undertaking. With the detailed instructions posted on this site, you can construct your own for about $20. Are you a visual learner? No problem - you can check out the steps involved in words and pictures. For your convenience, a list of tools and materials needed has been posted.

Check Out "The Workshop" for Home Improvement Tips
Fans of Fred and Gerry, two of Canada's leading home improvement experts and hosts of "The Workshop", share tips for DIYers, including suggestions for fence building, weather stripping, deck designs, maintaining garage doors, building planters and the proper way to glue corners. A handy checklist for home and vehicle maintenance is included, along with information about the duo's television and radio shows.

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