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armored cable
I found a problem with an armored cable in my attic, it is ridiculous. It seems the previous owner made a cut and tapped into it, and then they put it back using just electrical tape. I am worried about this starting a fire since it is right near a beam, I have no idea what is under the electrical tape. My idea is just to...

how to properly reinforce a deck to support a hot tub?
I've been asked to build a 20' x 20' deck that will have a 4 to 6 person hot tub resting on top. I want to make sure that this deck has plenty of support. I'm thinking of using 2x12 joists 12" on center. Also, putting extra 4x4 posts under each corner of the hot tub. All posts will be resting on concrete footers. A...

Interior door installation
Hello, First off, thank you for great youtube videos and tutorials. I am working on a project to install a door to a "lofty" Den entrance (see attached images). The existing Den opening is 93x33. What would be the best solution to tackle this? A couple of ideas that were given to me is to frame out an approx. ...

Vinyl siding tools
Hi Shannon, I've watched your vinyl installation videos, and I have a couple of questions regarding the tools you use. 1) You mentioned "yellow" aviation snips. Why yellow? what's the functionality difference between red and yellow snips? 2) What is that "special" tool you use to notch J channels? Is it...

Removing garage roll-up doors and framing in
Two questions: I'm starting a project to remove my roll-up garage doors and then to frame and enclose them in. The house was built in 1971. I received a grant for the materials if I agreed to provide the labor. A contractor provided and dropped off the materials. 1.) As part of the materials there is a large roll of wh...

Basement windows
Hi Shannon, thank you for all of your help. In my basement have the little vinyl sliding widows and so I framed around them and now the drywall is up except on the inside of the windows. I can't find any good video's on how to finish the inside part of the windows. I found some video's on extension jambs, but I really like ...

Footings for a shed
Using 4x6 treated lumber, what is the maximum distance between footings to build a shed ?...

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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