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By Vigneswar RajasurianAccording to traditional custom, house-cleaning should be done prior to the Chinese New Year. For the older Chinese community, it is a taboo to sweep the house during the first few days of the new year as this chore is tantamount to sweeping away good luck and prosperity for...

By Kevin EichenbergerYou might have just bought a house, you might even have lived in it for a while, and maybe you were thinking of hiring a professional to get some improvements done – but what if you decided to spend the time and effort, use some of that money for your own tools, and do it...

By Kevin EichenbergerThe majority of leaks can be traced to a standing pool of water somewhere in the home, a level floor should fix thatIf you've got this much water indoors, you may have a bigger problem than just undulating floors. Photo by Yoab Anderson on Unsplash.If you happen to find a leak...

By Kevin EichenbergerQuarried stone can be expensive and difficult to acquire, but it is possible to create a more affordable and readily available substitute with epoxyEven if you manage to find the kind of stone you’re looking for, the exact shade and quality of veining you get are definitely...

By Kevin EichenbergerInstead of tiles or paint, you might consider going the artistic route and giving your wall a luxurious bespoke treatment with a Venetian plaster finish worthy of the Renaissance mastersPhoto by Mona Eendra on Unsplash.You could pick up a ready-made Venetian plaster mix from...

By Kevin EichenbergerPaint is one of the easiest ways to add some of your personality onto the wallsPhoto by David van Dijk on Unsplash.If you’re bored with the colour on your walls, or if you’ve just repaired a wall and made it nice and smooth, you might want to paint it before trying out...

By Kevin EichenbergerAfter removing a tile, you might want to put a new tile in its place to cover the unsightly patch of bare wall you’ve just createdPhoto by Charles 🇵🇭 on Unsplash.Most hardware stores carry varieties of mortar for adhering your tiles to surfaces. You could get a premixed...

By Kevin EichenbergerIf flakes of a whitish, powdery substance are popping out between tiles, or if you’ve just replaced a tile, you may need to fill in the gaps with groutPhoto by Lazy_camera_girl on Unsplash.The natural consequence of choosing tiles for an architectural finish would be the gaps...

By Kevin EichenbergerIf your wall is damaged, or if you’ve been aggressive with removing a tile, the wall plaster may be crumbling and will not hold the weight of any finishesPhoto by Dave Webb on Unsplash.You’ll need to repair your wall before proceeding with any architectural finishes. Tiles,...

By Kevin EichenbergerPerhaps the preexisting mortar has finally worn out, or maybe you’ve destroyed some of your tiles in an attempt to drill a hole – in which case, this section is for youPhoto by Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash.Beneath your tile is a thin layer of adhesive or mortar, beneath that...

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