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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Replacement Treads & Stair Height
I watched Shannon's video on stair replacement (carpet to hardwood) and I'm curious how he handled the height difference. When I pull off the carpet and add the first tread, the bottom stair will be 3/4" higher in rise and the top stair will be 3/4" lower in rise from the second to top step. This will lead to ...

Apprentice carpenter
Hi I am just getting into carpentry as an occupation. I have been evaluated by a local union as a first year apprentice 6 mos in. Do you have advice on union vs independent or what in general is best method to get started as a carpenter. I have not begun work as it is slow, and am pondering how to best enter this trade. I w...

Installing replacement basement windows in concrete wall
I am about to replace windows in my basement. Measurement was taken tip to tip brickmould size. When removing the casing around the inside of the windows I realized that the windows were attached directly to the concrete wall on the bottom and two sides. Is it ok to re-attach the new windows in the same way? If so, what d...

new exterior door and patio door install
Hi Shannon, again thanks for the great advice, I have a new question ( I sure hope there is no limit to the questions I can ask, lol ) I installing a new 34"exterior door and a 6'patio door at our cottage, do I install the finished floors first or do I set the doors on the existing subfloor? Rick...

Rerouting ductwork
Hey Shannon, Firstly, your YouTube channel is a wealth of great and useful information for anyone looking for well thought out how to videos. I am in the beginning stages of finishing my basement. I want to rerouted some ductwork up in between the floor joists. Can I drill holes in the i-joists safely or will it compromise...

expanding exterior door now too tight!
Hey guys, I am looking for some advice on fixing an exterior door that we installed not long ago which has since expanded a little at the top and bottom and is thus so tight that it is rubbing hard against the jam. We are building a Tiny House and have an unusual door implementation. It is outswing, we got with without a b...

header sizes
Hello Shannon, we would like to replace the windows and doors in our old cottage and the current building does not have any headers over the windows or door. Our local building dept. wants me to submit a drawing show the window sizes and new exterior doors size with the headers size we will use. Our new exterior door...

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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