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T1-11 on concrete wall
I'm putting up T1-11 on the exterior concrete walls of our walk-in basement. Do I need a barrier between the plywood and the concrete?...
Drain pipe/trap size for replacing Bathtub with Shower
Hi Shannon, I'm planning to replace my existing bath-tub in basement bathroom, which has 1-1/2" drain pipe and trap with a shower stall. Can I use same 1-1/2" drain pipe and trap for Shower area or it has to be 2"? What does the code say? Thanks, Harry...
framing an interior wall without a rafter to anchor to
I've been asked to frame a wall to divide a large room. I think I'm supposed to cut out the sheet rock so that I can anchor the wall directly to the rafters above. The rafters are running the same way as the new wall will be so I don't have anything to anchor too. I thought putting in 2 X 4's between the rafters but ther...
Cutting tile backsplash
I am installing a new bathroom vanity cabinet that is about 4 inches higher than the old vanity. I need to cut off 4 inches of the old tile backsplash so the new vanity top is flush to the wall. What can I use to cut the tile? I would prefer not to remove the entire backsplash. Thanks....
Bump in concrete floor, tiling
I am tiling basement a floor, it is concrete. There is a bump in the flooring that spans six inches and has a rise of about 3/4 of an inch. Is an angle grinder a good way to solve this problem to get the floor level? What do you suggest? Thanks...
I want to install new hardwood flooring on th3 second level of my house. My house was built in the 1910 and it has plank sub flooring. Should I put plywood on top of the sub planking flooring before I install my new hard wood flooring?...
Building a wall oven cabinet
Hi Shannon: The thermostat on my single wall oven just broke, and I've been told that replacement parts are no longer available. There is a kitchen renovation in my future plans which will call for a double oven but not at this time. Rather than purchasing a single oven that will fit in the existing space for the time bei...
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.