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Coretec Plus flooring
Hi, I'm looking for flooring for the kitchen. I've just come across something new to me, Coretec Plus. It's described as LVP/LVT (Luxury Vinyl Plank/Tile). Does anyone have any experience of this? Is it any good? Is it easy to lay? Are there many places you can buy it in the UK? All the retailer websites I've found are in ...
Applying laminate to corner counters
Your videos on building and installing laminate counter tops were highly informative and has encouraged us to build our own. Our kitchen has a "L" shaped counter with a corner sink on a 45 angle cabinet. We are using the remaining laminate from this "L" shape for stand alone cabinets and want to save an...
tools you never thought you would buy or cant live without !
This thread is strictly fun and perhaps informational ! So what I would like to see is some posts from other members other than Shannon ! As well as Shannon don't feel left out I'd love your response as well ! So the thread is exactly as above ! Pick a tool you never thought you'd buy and love it ! Or a tool you simply lo...
pot lights and suspended ceilings
I will be installing a suspended ceiling and will likely be installing pot lights. What type of pot lights should I purchase? Does the dimension ( height ) of the choosen pot light dictate how far below the floor joists the ceiling should be installed so that the bottom of the pot lights is flush with the bottom of the pane...
What order should I tackle these projects in a small room?
This room needs all new drywall including ceiling, new trim, new hardwood flooring, new outlets and light switches, new ceiling light fixture, new electric heaters, new door and I want to replace the windows. What order would you recommend I do these in to best utilize my time and reduce frustrating or running into problem...
Interior Door with Existing Frame
Hey, Shannon! Been a fan of your videos on YouTube for a long while and I finally have a question of my own! I've got a open doorway that I would like to install a door in to give my master bedroom a bit of privacy. What do you think is the best approach? Should I remove the current framing and go with a pre-hung door o...
Prep Walls for Primer
Hi Shannon, After you tape, mud and sand your drywall, how do you get rid of the drywall dust on the wall? I used a lightly damp sponge to wipe my walls, but some the drywall mud came off (I needed to mud small patches too which basically wiped off). Do you need to remove the drywall dust for prime? If so, what is the best...
So as your incandescent bulbs burn out, you are thinking it may be a good time to switch to LED (light emitting diode) bulbs. LEDs have been around for a few years now and we all know basically 3 things about them. They are pricey, they last much longer than incandescent or CFLs and they are more energy efficient...
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.
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.