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DIY in INDIA
the type of DIY shows here is mainly work in country like USA , CANADA...and other cold climate region or where structure are mainly of wood, I live in MUMBAI(INDIA)...the type of construction is mainly of concrete and bricks...can u make DIY project video relating to this type of region?...it will be most helpful to me and...
Wash before or after scraping and sanding
Can someone give me insight into preping a house for re-painting. Everything I read says I need to wash the house as part of prep but do you wash before starting or after scraping and sanding? I had some family help which went sour. I was advised that the house needed to be washed (with TSP) after sanding. My nephew was v...
Building my home gym
Hello to everyone I'm from Puerto Rico and had being watching DIY videos on how to build a shed/room for my home gym. I want it to be 12x12 or at least 10x10 with 9' or 10' height. I don't know nothing about construction. I want some windows and run electricity on my home gym. Just saw the shed video on youtube and really ...
Finishing fascia where rake meets eave
What do you use to finish off the angle that is created where the rake fascia meets the eave fascia? Do you just cut colored flashing material to fit this area not covered by the fascia cover? How do you fasten it? Thanks...
After watching countless videos on how to do windows, I decided to tackle one. I consider myself more then average on the handy level, especially with vehicles and anything else alike but nothing prepared me for the " uhh what is that?" feeling i got when i pulled the first window out. what i want to know is if an...
Window Replacement with Aluminum Siding
Hi Shannon, Chris here from just outside Chicago. First off you make some great easy to follow videos! I watched all your videos on window replacement already. My question is I want to replace the windows on my garage. The current windows are small and don't open. The exterior is aluminum siding and I can't find any good...
Stair Stringers going up to attic trusses
Hi again Shannon, I have to build a set of stairs to go up to attic space of my shop/barn building. I have attached some different pictures. They installed Attic Trusses that span the 36 foot deep building. The inside measurement of the attic truss space is 13 feet inside measurements. The trusses run the same direction ...
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.