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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Laminate floors
Just bought new home. Want to replace laminate with tile. If I remove myself is it a substantial savings on labor for tile company? Second, are laminates usually glued down or should they come up easily like your video. I'm not very handy but think I can remove. Thanks...

Crown Molding
Just watched your video. Why do you turn the MDF upside down to do the cuts? Could you not reverse the angle of the cut and leave the MDF rightside up? Thanks...

Loosen Compression Fittings
I am replacing the summer-winter hookup "mixing valve" located outside the boiler. I cannot "break" the hold the fittings have on the pipes and don't want to bend/break the connecting pipes. What do I do?...

Hardwood flooring meeting stairnose.
Silly question. Should I install the stair nose first on the top most stair that meets the new hardwood installation? I assume you want a full piece of stair nose and work the hardwood around it (if it doesn't meet up perfectly, which I do not think mine will). Thanks, and thanks for the hardwood flooring video you did on...

Siding installation
Hi, I've live in Norway, and buildingcode / standards here are different from US/Canada. Here wood cladding is the norm. However, I would like to use vinylsiding when updating the exterior of my house. I see from your videos, that US/Canadian construction that outer layer of wall is plywood which is then covered in housewra...

Exterior bathroom wall
While hanging drywall I discovered my wall is out of square and not plumb. I have replaced bowed studs, shaved the lintel, the jack studs, primary and secondary studs. I'm at a loss as to how to fix it. My next idea is to replace the sole plate and all the framing and offset it 1'' thereby making the wall straight but havin...

Refinish hollow interior door
Hello, In my living room I have to Two interior doors that are right next to each other, (one separate walls but forming a corner) One is to a bathroom and one is to the utility closet. For the bathroom door I just picked up a new solid core pine 6 panel door to add some... Privacy... To that room for guests. I'm think...

Recent Articles

LED Lighting
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.

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 ! 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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