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Walling up an opening to create a new bedroom
I have a room that we now use as an office. The room is right off of the entry way and there is a 6ft by 6ft opening from the entry way to the room. I want to fill in this opening making a full wall. There is pocket door on one of the other walls in the room so I don't need to build a door which makes this easier. My questi...
Faced vs Unfaced insulation and a poly vaper barrier
Hello I just bought a cabin in Northern Wisconsin where we get a lot of snow. The cabin sits on a hill so water pooling isnt a concern. The cabin sits on a concrete slab. The floor has been insulated. It has a vaulted ceiling. We will be heating it using a pellet stove and there will only be one separation or room other...
Finishing only part of a basement
Hello, hello! I'm new to the forums but I've been watching videos and reading everything I can. I appreciate all the information! My project is a home recording studio in the basement. For soundproofing reasons, I'm not attaching the walls to the joists above (they will be an inch and a half shorter but attached with isol...
Aluminum brake and aluminum
Hi Shannon , I was wondering is it reAl simple to use a aluminum brake to make gutters, I'm go rent one, I'm go try to make two long 25 ft gutter if possible, and do you know where I can buy the sheets of aluminum , thanks a lot...
Sagging Garage Overhang... HELP!
Hello, My garage has an unsupported, 18-inch overhang that appears to be sagging. It looks to me that the 2x4 top plates used in the construction simply extend all the way to the edge of the overhang, while the header is sitting just forward of the top of the garage door. What I believe is happening is the weight of th...
J-channel around door
First I would like to thank you for your helpful and informative videos. Your vinyl siding installation video answered most of the questions I had except one. We built a deck onto the house and will have to use a J-channel instead of a starter strip, which leads to my question. One thing I didn't get an answer for was when ...
Making Kitchen Cabinet Doors
One of my reno projects is remodeling the kitchen. I'm looking into refinishing the cabinet doors or making new ones. I will be painting them and want some simple trim. What type(s) of wood would you suggest ? Thanks !...
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.