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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Garage Heaters - Gas or Electric?
I'm considering options for a garage heater. My shop is out there as well - altogether about 1000 sq. ft of space to heat. I have a gas line (exposed) running right across the ceiling but no 220 outlets. I could install 220 if I had to (I have not...

securing rattling spindles
hello all. I just moved into a new house. I've got a decent DIY background but was hoping for some suggestions on how to best resolve this one issue. Many of the spindles leading up my staircase are slightly loose in the holes under the hand raili...

Cantilever Balcony
I want to remove a window on the second floor of my home and install a french door and a small balcony outside only using the house to support the balcony, no post going to the ground. Is a cantilever balcony the only way to install this balcony, if ...

Wall Height
If you want to build a 14ft wall, non load. Is it better to build an 8ft wall then a 6ft wall on top or build the wall the entire 14ft?...

Using architectural shingles at peak of roof
Hello, I watched the videos on installing architectural shingles. They were great. Thank you! I can't find a 3-tab shingle that matches the color of my architectural shingles, so I am wondering how to use the architectural shingles at the peak of ...

Chimney Removed - Siding Issue
The house had a leaning chimney and it has been removed entirely. Now, there is a gap (to bare wood sheathing) where the chimney used to be. The old siding on the house is stucco (pebble type) - I would like to install wood trims and hardie in the mi...

30A to 20A breaker
I have a 30 A breaker that is not been use, can I put a 20 A breaker and use it for something else. I'm doing a garage conversion....

Framing Basement with Drywal Ceiling Already Up
In my state they recently passed a code that unfinished basements must have drywall installed on the ceiling. My question is twofold. 1. If i frame my basement can I do this without pulling the drywall off the ceiling? 2. If i pull the drywall down...

Installing a drop ceiling where stairs end
Hi Shannon, Thank you so much for making the video on the "Install A Suspended or Drop Ceiling". It is very good compared to other contractors making videos. I require some tips when installing drop ceiling at the bottom of my stairs. See photo at...

pipe insulation
hi, pipe insulation seems confusing. You see all these foam based insulation and you wonder how safe are they for hot water pipes. Most of foam products I thought were flammable. Should they even be near boiler/ Then there is fiber glass sleeves whi...

Vinyl Plank over Laminate Flooring
Hi Shannon, Thanks for the installation video on Vinyl Plank. About 25 years ago I put down a laminate plank floor similar to today's vinyl plank. Back then I used white glue to hold everything together. Under that floor I rolled out thin foam, an...

Installing a Lutron MRF2-8S-DV (Wireless multi-location switch) on a 3way configuration
Hello, I have a 3 way switch on an entrance stairway. I will be installing a Lutron wireless multi location switch and its respective celling sensor. Can I just cancel the other switch instead of installing the Lutron companion? If so, what's the se...

breaker box for a hosting / data center
Hi, I'm new to this forum. I just started here as a followup to a conversation on youtube. Thanks for inviting me to join, here, with my question: I'm in the process of designing and building a breaker box to feed multiple nema L6 outlets 220v 24a...

Reusing deck material
I am rebuilding a deck in my back yard. I am wondering if there is any danger to reusing some of the old material from the deck that I tore down to build the new deck. Specifically, I am curious as to whether it is ok to reuse the deck joists. The...

Crack in garage floor foundation causing effervescent on block wall in cellar
I have a crack in my garage floor that extends from the out side of floor foundation to were my cellar wall lays. When it rains my wall gets damp and causes effervescence. My cellar is very dry and I donít get any puddling of water, just dampness and...

Cleaning smugged dried glue
Hi Shannon, Any tips you can offer how to clean off dried on PL glue on pre-finished hardwood flooring? Don't know what can be done without scuffing or damaging the surface. Cheers, Al...

Canadian supplier of Carlon Zip Boxes
I'm looking for a competitive Canadian supplier of the blue plastic electrical boxes the Americans use. Home Depot and Lowes USA have them, but for some reason their Canadian counterparts don't.

Bathroom wall shared with crawl space
Hello Shannon, I have a tri-level home. Doing a bathroom renovation in the lower level. One wall is shared with the adjacent crawlspace so lower half is crawl space wall and upper half is shared with ground level house. The crawl space portion I no...

Window Installation is a Shed Building
Looking for some guidance for installing a window in my new shed building. It's about 98% finished. Working on organization now. This was a ginormous project for me, complete with lots of mistakes.Lol. A lot of time and sweat equity. https://www.ho...

Hitachi cordless framing nailer
First, thank you Shannon for creating all your training videos and this great forum. I have learned a lot. Now onto my question... I want to purchase a Hitachi cordless framing nailer and there are 2 models currently available. The NR1890DC which ...

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 ! 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. Privacy Policy