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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

20amp 125v outlet
20amp 125v , can I use the wall Outlet for my Lincoln Electric handy pack HD welder? What outlet do you recommend?...

Basement
We are buying an acreage with a farm home built in 1900. The basement is an older clay tile wall with brick above grade. While there are no discernible leaks, the walls are bare. I want to: 1) seal off the obvious air, pest, and loose grout seams,...

Replacing a rotted 4x4 at the bottom of the garage frame
I am replacing a rotted pressure treated 4x4 at the bottom of the garage frame. This is an old garage and the 4x4 was flush with the driveway which made it constantly exposed to water. Instead of replacing with a new 4x4, I am considering adding a ...

Drip edge/shingles - Gabled Roof
Shannon, I have a shed that has a gabled roof. It is about a 70 degree fall off angle between the top portion and the almost vertical fall off. It has been suggested to me to shingle the first portion of the roof and the start and 2nd drip edge for t...

Advice for gap under patio door with new composite decking
Hi Shannon, Excellent forum! I'm looking for advice/suggestions for my deck. I'm replacing the wooden deckboards with composite. The original deckboards are 2x6's. The composite deckboards are not as thick. The composite is 7/8" thick and the or...

Does new plumbing waste line have to be underground?
Hi all - we are about to start a project where we are converting our detached garage into a mother-in-law unit and adding a new bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet in it. The new bathroom will need to connect to the main sewer line and have a was...

Identify this light bulb
I set out looking for an LED bulb to replace the one in the photos. I checked Home Depot and went to an LED only shop but no matching bulb. I took photos of the bulb (I am not local to the bulb) and thought I would look online. Unfortunately I did...

Siding Transition. Vinyl to PVC band board....
We get a lot of wind in our area and it finally took its toll on our the siding on the back of our house. The back of the house is a large, flat area with a lot of siding. We can't source the same color (style, close, but not the same brand). So, we ...

Painting a ceiling
I will remove the popcorn ceiling from a small room. Once I remove it is there a special type of paint to paint ceiling? Also should I use something on the ceiling before I paint it?...

Turbine Roof Vents And Rain Infiltration
I'm considering installing a turbine roof vent. How does rain water not get into the attic with these vents? I live in south Florida and wind/rain showers can be rather fierce. For hurricanes, we're required to remove the turbine and cap the opening....

What to do about drywalling basement ceiling
Hello. The answer I need may be simple, but I can't seem to wrap my head around it. I hope I can try to explain this. Im preparing to drywall my basement, and looking at the ceiling joists I can't figure out how. They are spaced 19 3/16" OC, so a...

Adding gable overhang/eve with rakes/soffit ladders
I plan on having overhangs on the gable ends of my 8x8 shed. I'm trying to determine the easiest way to build this. Would building rakes/soffit ladders be sufficient? [list] Use 2x6x8 ridge board and have common rafters at the gable ends. [/list] [...

Current 100a 24cct vs 40-48 or 200a upgrade
Currently my 24 cct stablok pioneer panel doesnít have enough space. Unfortunately itís a 1950s home and the current panels top breaker is approx 80Ē as well as being on the other Side of the stair landing wall, if I had it swapped to a larger 40 or ...

Attaching a new addition to your house
Hi Shannon, Love your videos very informative. My question is this i am building a small addition to my house (Entryway) 8x12 and wondering what would you suggest to use as fastener (Lag Bolt) to my rim joist. I know in some of your videos you hav...

Under deck support
I am building a deck off my lower level. It will be under an existing deck off the upper level. The existing deck has a ledger on the house, then rests on four 2x6 posts. I would like to attach the lower deck to the existing 2x6 posts with a ledger o...

How to attach first and last joists to ledger board
Hi I watched your videos on how to frame a deck and found them very informative. Getting ready to build a deck in my back yard using composite, and had some questions about the first and last joist, and how to attach them to the ledger board I am...

Laminate floor laying
I'm laying laminate and was told that a continuous run of over 25 ft. must be broken up with a spacer. My long run is 28 ft. from closed door at end of hall up 14 ft. to living room then 14 ft. across the living room making 28 ft. The hall is only ...

Basement stairs - Framing
All, is there any info on this site for framing around basement stairs on both sides ? I checked and didn't see any. attached is a snap shot of the stairs as they look now.. thanks in advance....

Bathroom window obstructed by shower/tub enclosure
Hi Shannon, i'm a new subscriber to your channel. Thanks for the great videos. I am replacing my bathroom window and have a question. As you can see from the photos, my window appears to extend behind my tub enclosure!!? I don't believe I'll ha...

deck railing and post height
I want to install a railing with the black aluminum balusters. But I want the posts to be higher than the top of the railing. What is an appropriate distance from railing to top of post? I plan to put a cap on the 6x6 posts that I am using. Also, I w...

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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