Home Improvement Resources (06)

Home Improvement Facts for Consumers: Hiring a Contractor
This government site provides a thorough list of home improvement advice for consumers. It is advice relating to hiring contractors, filing complaints, contracts, references, payment options, avoiding scams and filing complaints. There are also links to the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council.

Lowe's Helps Consumers to Build an Adjustable Workbench
If you are looking for instructions for an adjustable workbench, the one on the Lowe's web site isn't exactly what you are looking for. Instead, the site offers instructions for intermediate-level carpenters on the finer points of building a workbench they can be proud of. Once you master this version, you can consider a more complicated model, such as a three drawer cabinet workbench. Discover how to determine the correct size and dimensions, what tools and materials you will need, and check out the cut list to make your project to build a bench a success. You will also find instructions for assembling the bench.

Need a Bigger Workbench? Consider a Portable Woodworking Table
When space is at a premium in your garage or shop and you need to have flexibility when it comes to placement of your workbench, consider the simple design featured on this About.com channel. If you are looking for a workbench that is easy to make and can be completed in an afternoon, this is the one for you. A list of tools and materials for building the workbench is provided for your convenience.

Build Your Own Outdoor Fire Pit
Check out the step-by-step instructions for building your own outdoor fire pit posted here. Find out how to prepare the area, why you should stay away from stones that have been immersed in water and how to deal with drainage. Digging a hole and laying the stone are covered, as well as stacking additional layers of stone on the first one. Discover tips for setting the steel ring over the fire pit. An informational video has also been provided to demonstrate the process from start to finish.

Get Connected to Prescreened Contractors, Realestate Agents and Lenders
If you're looking for a contractor, a real estate agent, or a lender, HomeAdvisor.com can put you together with a prescreened, fully licensed professional in no time. No matter what your project, from cabinets & countertops, to general carpentry, to cleaning services, concrete, brick & stone work, decks and porches, driveways, patios, walks & steps, drywall & insulation, electrical, telephones & computers, fences, flooring, foundations, garage doors, swimming pools, siding, roofing, painting and dozens of other categories, this site can help match you with the professional of your dreams. If you need an architect, an engineer, an appraiser, a home inspector, a lender, a professional mover, a maid service, or just about any other professional, this site has a matching service that can save you time and money. Click on Homefront Library and you'll find dozens of expertly-written articles, design ideas, and project estimates covering everything from room additions and cabinets to flooring, landscaping, decks, painting, plumbing, walls, windows and doors and so much more.

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