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Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Every year thousands of homes are destroyed by fire. Learn how, with the right precautions, you can protect your home and family in the event of a fire.

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How to Tape and Mud Drywall

How to Tape and Mud Drywall

Adding new drywall is a necessary step for most renovations. Learn how to finish drywall by taping and mudding seams between adjacent sheets with joint compound. Doing it right reduces the amount of sanding needed for a smooth finished wall.

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Taping Joints

Taping Joints

Joints should always be reinforced to prevent cracking. This is best done by first applying a thin layer of compound. Then depending on the type of compound you are using, press strips of paper or fibreglass wallboard tape into the damp compound. Use fibreglass tape when you ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Finishing Inside Corners

Finishing Inside Corners

Inside corners are a natural place for hairline cracks to appear. This can be prevented by first applying a thin layer of wallboard compound, followed immediately by strips of paper or fibreglass wallboard tape pressed into the damp compound. You will want to use fibreglass tape...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Rustic

Rustic

This textured effect is created with joint compound, producing a stuccolike appearance. Look for a joint compound with a slow setting time; premixed compound may be too brittle when it dries and will chip. When applying, use a plaster knife or trowel and place a generous portion...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Finishing Outside Corners

Finishing Outside Corners

Outside corners often take quite a beating, so it is a good idea to reinforce them with a metal corner bead. This is nailed to the outside corner, then joint compound is applied. Keep in mind that you should allow a day for drying for each coat of joint compound on corner joints....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Vertical Stripes

Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes are one of the most versatile wall finishes. They complement any decorating style, from sophisticated and sleek to casual and relaxed, depending on the width of the stripes and the colours selected. Choose narrow, high-contrast stripes for small rooms to draw...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Drywall Cutting and Screwing

Drywall Cutting and Screwing

Get straight cuts and great dimples. Score the face paper with a utility knife, using a drywall T square as a guide. Bend the panel away from the scored line until it breaks. Cut through the back paper to separate the pieces. Hang sheets with screws instead of nails. Drive the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Beaded-Board Wainscotting

Installing Beaded-Board Wainscoting

Wainscoting provides an intimate, traditional feeling in dens, bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a somewhat formal look for dining rooms.Installation is typically 32 to 36 inches off the floor, or roughly one-third of the room height. You can also create real drama in a dining...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Linen

Linen

Add a touch of elegance to plain walls with the woven look of linen. For this effect, a dry linen weaver brush is dragged horizontally, then vertically through wet glaze, exposing the base coat colour. Use a light touch on the brush for a more delicate effect. This technique ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Masking Wood Trim

Masking Wood Trim

You can paint like a pro if you mask your work. Use pre-gummed masking paper or wide masking tape to protect anything you don't want splattered or painted over. Masking is a great way to paint adjacent surfaces, like where door or window trim of one colour meets wallboard...

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Skill: Beginner

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Stacked Stone

Stacked Stone

Transform plain walls into an architectural feature with a faux-stone technique. Applying the paint in rectangles of varying sizes produces a stacked-stone effect. This finish uses a textured paint that gives the blocks a slightly rough, sandy surface. To create the effect, plan...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 4 hours

 
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