Assessing a Staircase
The experts discuss assessing an existing staircase in order to restore it.
Missing staircase parts will either have to be made or found in a recycle shop. Staircase parts can also be purchased from manufacturers assuming the parts match the staircase.
Most damaged staircase parts can be repaired, especially where the wood will be painted. Stained and varnished wood may also be repaired with greater difficulty and wood-grain matching skills.
Cleaning and conditioning varnished surfaces will often restore the finish on a wooden staircase. Painted surfaces may be cleaned, lightly sanded and repainted. This is the preferred method, as it will save the historic patina of the original surface. You can also restore the finish by stripping and refinishing varnished and painted surfaces. Sometimes the poor condition of the finish may require this method. However, this method is much more time consuming.
Staircase Regulations and Standards
Building codes require that staircases be constructed for safety and ease of use. If you're thinking about replacing a staircase or just the railing, find out all you need to know.
Automotive Workshop: Blasting Cabinets
If a full-scale automotive restoration is in your future, check out the various types of blasting cabinets to incorporate into the workshop layout.
Landing From Blog Cabin 2013
A feast for the eyes, the light-filled second floor offers unique design elements that tell a story of an old home reinvented.
Landing From Blog Cabin 2011
Farmhouse architecture is the focus of this second-floor space, which leads to front and back balconies and the home’s master suite and guest rooms.
Blog Cabin 2009: Interior Construction
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the interior construction of Blog Cabin 2009.
Frame by Frame: One-Story vs. Two-Story Framing
DIY Network offers information on the differences and similarities between framing a single-story home and a two-story home.
Indoor Lighting for the Holidays
Experts offer a few ideas for using lights to decorate the home for the holidays.
Tips for Restoring Furniture
Even furniture with water marks, vacuum-cleaner nicks, scratches or damaged veneer can look like new without too much trouble.
The Art of Refinishing Bathroom Fixtures
Fixing up your old bathroom fixtures can cost hundreds less than full-out replacing them, whether you do it yourself or hire a pro.
Dry-Ice Blasting to Restore Fire Damage
Outdoor house fires account for more than $30 million in property damage each year. The leading cause is barbeque grills too close to the house. To simulate such a disaster, we torched our patio with war-grade flamethrowers.
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