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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Basement Obsticles
I am about to begin my basement finishing project, but wasn't sure about the best way to go about framing around some of the existing obstacles. There are 3 that stand out. 1. Horizontal and Vertical drain by window. 2. Beam, Ventilation, Gas and Water. 3. Drain and AC that run length of wall https://imgur.com/a/khvl...

Repairing Fascia
Hey Shannon, I have a few questions for you and I would really appreciate if you took the time to answer them. I'm about to replace some fascia that was blown off in the winter. 1) What adjustment would you make when installing fascia where there's no drip edge? 2) Our builder put screws on the face of the fascia, not un...

attaching Ceiling Fan to Ceiling Beam
Hello Shannon, I am currently in the electrical wiring stage in my cabin and my question relates to hanging an electrical box to a Glulam Beam. The beam is made of 2x4's with dimensions of 3-1/2" wide and 16" tall. The beam spans 20'. I plan to have one ceiling fan mounted to the center of the beam and it wi...

Basement Ceiling Sound Proofing/Insulation
Hi Shannon. We are building a house and are looking to get a sound proofing insulation in the basement ceiling. Our builder suggested spray foam (as we were spray foaming the rest of the house as well). Is this an effective method of sound proofing? Thanks....

Off Topic / Cabinet Videos
Shannon, just finished watching the two videos you recently upped to YouTube on cabinets. I don't have a question about your project but rather about your table saw. What make and model is your contractor's saw? I can't believe how quiet it is. When you first went to turn it on, you stepped back momentarily and I thoug...

Owens Corning rigid insulation c200
I'm Looking to insulate my basement using Owens Corning rigid insulation 2 inch trying to figure out what's the difference between shiplap versus butt edge ? can they both be used to insulate the interior foundation wall in my basement or should I use one over the other? I was originally going to use the shiplap insulation ...

exterior door
I would like some info on how to raise an exterior door including the work that has to be done to fill in the foundation and do i need an engineer to design a plan? Thanks...

Recent Articles

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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