Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Plunge cutting a hole in cement backer board with a portable jigsaw.

How to Cut Holes in Cement Backer Board with a Jigsaw

Find out how to cut holes in cement backer board using a jigsaw or sabre saw fitted with a metal cutting blade. Watch this video to find out more.
DIY tile snapping jig

Jig for Snapping Tile with a Manual Tile Cutter

A manual tile cutter is great for cutting porcelain or ceramic tile, but it can be hard to break a small strip off evenly. Joe has a simple solution to solve this problem. It involves constructing a jig composed of two 1x4s separated by a strip of wood or plywood the thickness of the tile.
Marking a border tile for cutting

How to Cut Border Tile Without Measuring

Watch this video for a simple tip on how to mark border tile for cutting without using a tape measure by putting the tile to be cut on top of the last full tile to give a perfect fit every time.
Using a cold chisel and hammer to remove a ceramic tile.

How to Remove a Bathroom Wall Tile

Watch this video to find out how to remove an existing ceramic tile using a nail set, carbide tipped masonry drill bit, hammer, and cold chisel.

How to Cut Door Jambs Around Flooring

To cut door jambs so flooring will fit under them, turn a piece of flooring over to use as a guide. Lay a handsaw flat on top of the flooring and saw through the jamb.
Prefinished engineered wood flooring.

Laying Wood Flooring Over Tile

Donna asks, "We are thinking about replacing our tile floor in the kitchen. Is it possible to lay hardwood over an existing tile floor?"

Yes, you can lay a wood floor over tile if the existing floor is in good shape and without cracks. I would suggest 3/8” thick, prefinished engineered hardwood flooring.
Laying a tile floor.

How to Tile Over Vinyl Flooring

Linda asks, "Can I lay ceramic tile over vinyl tile in my kitchen?"

If the existing vinyl floor was installed over concrete and is glued down firmly, you should be able to tile right over it without any problem. Read on to find out more.
Sanding wood floor with floor sander.

How to Refinish Wood Floors

Nowhere is the charm of an older home more apparent than in the rich look of heart pine floors. Cut from the dense heartwood near the center of virgin longleaf pine trees, heart pine is prized for its fine grain, durability, and lasting beauty. Watch this video to find out more.
Tile floor

How to Install Tile Over a Wood Subfloor

The use of a plywood subfloor topped by cement backer board has made tiling much easier today than when I started my remodeling career. But there are a few important considerations to take into account when tiling over a wood subfloor. Read on to find out more