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Forum Update
So today I implemented a minor forum upgrade. The updated forum scripts are now more secure and should load faster. There are slight other improvements that you probably won't notice such as the icons. The most noticeable difference is if you are ac...

Prime and paint drywall
Hi, I am getting closer to finish my drywalls and I want to plan primer and painting. I am almost at Level 4 and I will use roller to get level 5. I want to confirm some of my assumptions. Steps and questions inline: 1.) After 3rd coat I will sand t...

Installation of vapour barrier
Hey all! I've watched the video on installation of vapour barrier. I've got quite a few sq ft of vapour barrier to install soon. I noticed you have a very speedy tool for installing the staples, whereas mine requires two hands to pretty much get th...

Ivy stickers and vinyl siding
Anyone have good ideas for removing ivy stickers from vinyl siding? The vines are long gone, but there 100s of little brown dots left behind - the attachment points of the vines. Thanks...

Hardwood stairways- Finding the right stain for a already tainted floor.
So I am remodelling my stairway and i'll be using hardwood floor with bullnose at each stairs. the floor is already tainted, and I have to match the bullnose with the existing floor. What would be the best stain, and will I end up getting a good resu...

My DIY repair of MDF cabinet doors
I had a kitchen with some cabinet doors that were mostly in OK condition, but for some unknown reason were full of 'chips' in the paint. Of course being MDF there was also water damage. I think the general consensus is these doors can't be repaired...

Basement Finish - Colorado
I'm working the permits to finish a basement in Colorado with the required floating walls and firebreaks, etc. I wanted to get some feedback on how to tackle a few in-situ conditions. The floating walls around the stairwell have swelled up and clo...

Pocket door track bowed. How to fix?
I've got a pocket door issue. I'm at the trim stage in my basement development, so I went to hang the 36" door on the rollers to get it all adjusted plumb and whatnot so I could put my trim on (BTW Shannon - your video was ultra helpful!). Unfortuna...

Sliding patio doors should sit on....
Hello all, I've obviously been led here by YouTube and the greatness that is Shannon. By the way, "Shannon Our Lord and Savior" is not an acceptable answer to the registration question "Who hosts the YouTube videos." Anyway, I'm going to be installi...

Fiber Lap Siding
Hello, I am using LP SmartSide Fiber Lap siding to re-side my garage. This was a special order item and after it arrived, I became a little skeptical about the quality of this product. Nonetheless, it is what I am going to install. I have two mai...

Sub panel to subpanel
There is a small gazebo near a wide open pond which is 600 feet roughly from our house where the main breaker is but only 450 feet from my workshop where a 100 amp subpanel is installed. I would like to run a few lights and maybe an outlet in the gaz...

Rot on wood frame/under old stucco on concrete sill below grade
I'm just removing the stucco on my home to put on some Hardi and a small portion of the concrete sill is stepped up in regards to the basement. Only problem is that when the landscaper put in fill the dirt was not stepped or graded properly to keep t...

Dead Outlet
I only have one outside electrical outlet-right outside the front door. I had a saw plugged into it recently and it just went dead. I opened outlet and it looked ok. Next I went inside and opened up the next outlet just inside the door thinking somet...

Window replacement with stucco exterior
That looked like a LOT of work taking that window out. It really makes one wonder why we even bother with new construction windows with flanges? Retrofit ones go in and out so much easier....

Removal of Deadbolt (no screws)
How in the world do you take this thing off?...

Re: How to build a laminate countertop
Hi Shannon, I notice that you don't use a 'balancer' sheet of laminate on the underside of your countertop. Can you confirm that your construction experiences minimal movement without this? I'm keen to do it your way but unsure why others might think...

Chicken coops
Just wondering if Shannon ever did a video on how to build a chicken coop. Hope I'm not out of line here but I love the way he explains his work. I'll be building a coop soon but have not found any satisfactory plans or step by step instructions. Ma...

Need replacement handles for tub faucets
My client wants to replace the handles on her tub faucets, just because they're nasty and ugly (see photo). What are my options? I assume the Delta would replace same for same: http://www.homedepot.com/p/PartsmasterPro-Handle-for-Delta-Clear-58152/2...

Skim coat prep
I have a small section of damaged drywall - damaged from wallpaper removal. Other, similarly damaged areas I replaced the drywall but I would rather not here. How necessary is a sealer like Gardz for prepping this surface? BTW, Gardz is hard to get;...

question about the size of a door
Hi, I have a storage room outside of my house (so I guess its door is considered an exterior door). I want to change the door. When I measure the door itself (not the opening), it is 32 in across. When I go to Lowes, the 32 in door they have is actua...

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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