Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Using foam backer rod to fill a wide crack before caulking.

How to Caulk Wide Cracks

While caulk alone can be applied to narrow cracks, gaps wider than 1/4” should be filled with foam backer rod first. Watch this video to find out how.
Using selfadhesive fiberglass mesh tape to repair a ceiling crack.

How to Repair Cracks in a Drywall Ceiling

Louise asks, “The ceiling in my living room has a crack where two of the pieces of drywall meet. How should I go about repairing it?”
Cutting drywall with straight edge and utility knife.

How to Cut and Hang Drywall

While hanging drywall can seem intimidating, with the right tools and techniques, it’s not as difficult as you might imagine. Drywall—also known as wallboard, plasterboard, and by the trade name Sheetrock®—is made from gypsum cement that is covered with paper to give it added strength and a smooth surface.
Painted wall paneling

How to Paint or Resurface Wall Paneling

Refinishing, resurfacing, or removing wood wall paneling can be a bit tricky, but it makes a good DIY project if you know how. Read on for some tips and suggestions on how to update the dated, old paneling in your home.
Danny Lipford and Joe Truini installing paneling on wall.

How to Hide Seams When Installing Paneling

Watch this video for a tip on how to keep drywall from showing through the seams between sheets of paneling when installing paneling in a room.

Knotty Pine: How to Restore Orange Paneling

Linda's knotty pine paneling is turning orange, and she wants to know what she can do about it to preserve the wood's character. Here are her options.

How to Repair Cracks in Plaster Walls

Plaster walls in older homes are often plagued by cracks and other defects such as pitting and uneven texture. If cracks are simply filled with spackling or joint compound, they have a tendency to telegraph back through. Watch this video to find out how to solve this problem.
Installing a toggle bolt in a drywall wall.

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture on a Wall

Using a toggle bolt to hang a heavy mirror or picture is just a part of the solution. Here's Danny's trick to create a very strong wall anchor.

How to Repair Cracks in Stucco

Stucco repair can be simple. Here's how to seal cracks and deal with damaging vines.