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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Roof
Hi, So, i'm building a 10'x12' greenhouse and due to some snow doing the winter i'm curious on how steep to have the roof. Any suggestions on your side? Thanks, Al...

Conservatory dilemma
Hi, we have an old, leaking conservatory which needs taking down. We can't decide whether to replace it or just lose the space (which is pretty useless as it is). I have 2 questions: do we need planning permission to have it taken down and would l...

Vinyl window with renovation brick trim
Is there another name for this style of window, as nobody in Phoenix has this window trim available...

Drywall patch problem ...
Hi Shannon, I patched and sanded smooth a 10"x14" area in the ceiling and allowed a couple of days to dry. The problem is when I rolled on primer some spots began to peel/flake off. I'm just using regular mud compound ... nothing special. Can you te...

Primer peeling off drywall after first primer coat
Hi, Two day ago I painted primer (Zinsser Bull's Eye 123) with spray gun on my new drywalls. As I am learning, I did it only in my walking closet and during painting I already noticed I am spraying too much as primer is running down on walls (I saw d...

Framing Basement Walls that have a French Drain
Hi, My basement has been waterproofed with a french drain and sump pump. Nailing into the concrete...into the french drain voids the warranty. How can I install the bottom plate without nailing into the concrete?...

Shower columns/panel's/Spas?
Good day folks I'm trying to do some research on these new fancy shower panels/columns/spas or whatever there called. Everyone at the big orange and blue stores have all different names for these item's. So I'm hoping you understand what I'm talkin...

How do you check for damage?
Hooookay, so don't laugh at my jerry-rig setup, but one of our showers was desperately heinous. Original tiling remains in the upper area of the shower, but the lower area has been replaced with what seems to be leftover flooring. Maybe I could tempo...

Straighten Leaning Garage
I'm looking into how I can straighten my leaning garage. I'm wondering if I could use the method described here: [url]http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/framecarp/liftmove/straighten/garage1/winch.htm[/url] However, I'm wondering if it'd work out to...

Drip cap over and under windows
What exactly is the theory around drip caps above windows and batting. I see four different levels of drip caps and everyone has a different way of doing them. Some say that the primary purpose of a drip cap is to simply expel water coming at it and ...

Removing Tile in Kitchen - Nails Everywhere
Hi there, I am currently renovating a house for the first time and have been pulling up old tile in the kitchen. It is stuck down pretty well and is turning out to be a real tough job to get it up. Anyway something that has surprised me to find is na...

5/4 Rail Cap
I am building the handrail on my new deck and would like to use a 5/4 x 6" deck board as a rail cap to cover up all the tops of the posts. The rail cap will sit on top of the top rail 2x4 w/ aluminum ballasts.The intermediate posts are 4x4s and the ...

Framing a boiler
Hi I was curious if you had any videos or tips on how to frame around my boiler and water heater when redoing my laundry room....

Base cabinet design
I'm preparing to tackle a kitchen base cabinet project and wanted to know if there are any pros or cons in two different base methods. The 1st method is building your bases from 2x4's and laying them out level and then build the cabinets to sit on th...

Fascia
I'm building a little 10'x16' cabin in the woods and when considering fascia, I thought I'd just use pressure treated 2x6s and not install any soffit--leaving the rafter tails exposed underneath. The rafters are untreated. Will any harm come to the ...

Which one goes first: Thinset or Redgard with Mesh tape
Hi, I put Durock boards in my shower. I need to close the gaps between backerboards specially on the corners. Also, I need to flatten the surface. I saw a post on youtube that suggested using thinset to flatten the surface. So, do I just apply th...

How to wire a 2 gang box that has two separate fixture switches
How do I wire single pole switches in double gang box to two different light fixtures? I currently have 3 sets of wires going into the double gang box. 2 wire sets of this combo (white black and ground). 1 wire set with live feed. I would like t...

Cripple studs
Where do you starr to measure the cripple studs from? The ends of the king or the end of the of the trippler studs? Thanks. New to framing...

Close to Grade Deck Planning
Hi Guys! I'm a long time lurker and first time poster. Thanks Shannon and co. for all the help you guys have given me with my house over the past year. I've finished remodelling the interior of my house and finally get to move onto the backyard. ...

Adding flooring to concrete
Hi all, I would like to add flooring to this room. The room has carpet on top of concrete slab. The room's floor is also lower than the rest of the house. I'd like to raise the floor by adding 2x4s, sheathing and then tiles. Is this possible? Can...

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 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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