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Bluwood or spf pine for interior walls?
Hi, I've been struggling with the decision of using Bluwood or spf pine 2x4s for my basement's interior walls. Is there any advantage to using Bluwood in the construction of interior walls? I used Bluwood on the exterior walls. Here are a few of my finds when using Bluwood. First thing I'm glad I used it on the exterior ...

"Spocked" $5 bills in Canada
Sorry I can't resist. This is just awesome. lol [img:2pz2tww3]http://www.92kqrs.com/upload/Images/morespock.jpg[/img:2pz2tww3]...

New Basement Lighting
Hi Shannon, I've got my receptacles wired and passed inspection. I'm a bit confused on wiring per 2014 NEC code for lights and bathroom I have 8 spots in by sub panel, and note that ARC Fault protect breakers take up 2 spots. I have the 20 amp breaker for GFI outlet near vanity within 36 inches (1 spot, thin breaker) I ha...

Pole Barn 2 Story Building
Hi, I'm looking in 2 options for my backyard (24x36) 2 story slab addition. First' Conventional concrete foundation, wood framing and sheathing. Second, Pole Barn 2 story, wood framing and sheathing. Obviously, Pole building is cheaper, however, Iím worried about two things: 1- Durability and strength for 2 car garage on fi...

Sizing Windows for Replacement
Hi, I have a old house in Ontario that I wish to update. I am currently acquiring new vinyl frame windows for the entire house. The Manufacturer has asked me for the wall to wall gap size. I had a couple of questions regarding sizing: 1. I removed the interior trims around the windows and got the wall to wall size (size of...

basement
i have a house with a partial basement and the other have is a crawl space thats completely cemented floor and walls from roughly 1990. the floors in the house are freezing cold in the winter and the heat is terrible. if the house is 70 degrees F the crawl space is about 35 degrees F. the basement is 45 degrees. theres no i...

Exterior shop to be walls
JL Little21 hours ago I'm intending to build a new shop this spring. The area is south of Buffalo, just north of the Pennsylvania border. We get cold. There is a 20' x 30' existing concrete pad on the lot. I will enlarge this to be 20' x 70', with radiant floor heat under the new concrete only. Walls to be typical 2 x 6 x 8...

Recent Articles

Types of common roofing materials
Information on the common types of roofing materials (shingles) found in North America

How to fix a leaky crack in your basement or pool
So you have a crack or old snap tie hole in your basement wall that is leaking water, or maybe it is leaking around the conduit coming through the basement wall to the electrical panel, what should you do?

Keeping A Clean, Organized Work Space
Big or small one of the biggest challenges of keeping your reno project on time and budget is having a plan and a organized work space that is safe.

FAQ: Bathtub Answers
FAQ: Flooring Questions & Answers
Shannon answers many of the frequently asked questions...

How To Connect Multiple Light Fixtures To One Switch
I have a video showing how to conect a recessed light (pot light) to a switch but usually most people want more than one light on a switch. So this article will explain the easiest way to connect multiple light fixtures to one switch. But you may want to watch the video as well.

How To Replace a Razor Plug with a GFCI Receptacle
In the bathrooms of many of our homes that are Pre-1980's you will probably have a plugin in the wall with a large front cover and a small single plugin the middle. These where for razors most of them are so large because there is a small transformer behind there that reduces the voltage so it can be used by razors that did not need 120 volts of electricity.

How To Refinish Hardwood Floors
Just about anyone who has older hardwood floors in their home or has discovered they have them under their carpet has thought about refinishing them. It is true you could hire someone to do this task, but if you have ever gotten it priced out you were probably surprised by the cost.

How To Construct an Arched Opening
Many times people will create an opening through a wall between two rooms similar to a large window opening to try to make their home feel more open or bigger. These openings really can make a big difference but adding an extra feature to them like an arched top makes them more appealing to the eye...

How To Install Hardwood Flooring
Installing hardwood flooring can make a dramatic improvement to any room in your home! Installing the hardwood is not that difficult but does require a couple of specialty tools to do the job right. Most importantly you need an air compressor and hose as well as a flooring nailer/stapler.

Dishwasher Buying Guide
So its finally time to replace that old inefficient dishwasher with a new energy efficient model. The choices seem endless when you start to look around. Every manufacturer has many different models and all different price ranges. How do you decide?...

How To Install Bifold Closet Doors
Installing a bifold closet door is a fairly quick and easy DIY project as long as the door opening you are trying to install it into is the correct size and fairly square.Measuring your opening first will help you determine if...

How To Insulate An Attached Garage
Insulating an attached garage has some special considerations that you must address differently then a unattached garage. The most important issue is that attached garages must have a system in place, to keep carbon monoxide (CO2) from a running vehicle inside the garage, from filtering through the walls and ceiling into the house.

How To Install Insulation In Your Walls
To insulate a wall cavity you have pretty much two different ways to do it. You can either have someone spray foam it or you yourself can install batt style insulation. In this article I will explain to you how to install batt insulation or as sometimes referred to as fiberglass insulation.

DIY New Home Construction
So you think you want to take on building your own home as a D.I.Y.er ! Or at the very least you want to act as your own general contractor and as well do what you are comfortable with tackling yourself. Well this can be a very rewarding but also risky undertaking.

How To Install Poly Vapor Barrier
Installing polyethylene (poly) to the warm side of a exterior wall is very important. This is generally referred to as installing vapour barrier because the main function is to stop the warm moist air in your home from entering the cold interior space inside of your wall cavity.

 

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