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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Removing wall from living and and finishing it
Hello, I have a wall in my living room which has a vent, electric switch. This divides dining and the living area. This wall is not a load bearing wall. I have seen the videos to remove the wall. But after removing the wall, I would have to finish t...

New siding and windows diverter question
I'm replacing the siding and new construction windows with built in J and have a question. The space at end of the porch where it meets the house and the new window doesn't seem to allow enough space to use a diverter will it? What would be the best ...

Stubborn Moen Shower valve with female threads!
I have this Moen shower valve with female threaded ports and a Sharkbite adapter, male threads on one end and push-to-connect on the other end and my problem is: I CANNOT, despite being a tough guy, get the Sharkbite adapter more than half way into ...

Patching a hole in shower stall tile!
What is the best and most waterproof way to patch a hole in a shower stall ceramic tile? The hole is 3/4 inch deep and 3/4 inch wide all around! Thank you to all responders!...

Shower valve in a shower stall with no tub spout!
This novice writer/DIY guy wants to know: what to do with the valve’s bottom opening when there is no tub spout in the shower stall! Is there a shower valve with just three openings? Thank you to all responders!...

Paint or trim
Hi, It seems this might be an age old question, but I value the feedback on this forum so ........ Prime and paint the sheetrock first or install the primed trim first? Thanks as always. Rich...

Composite decking parallel to house
I'm building a low floating deck with boards running perpendicular to the house brick wall. At first I was planning just to butt the boards against the wall, but now I'm not sure it'll look good. I was thinking to rip a couple of boards and use the...

door problem
I have a problem with my front door closing. The door is not sagging,is on level , gaps are OK but not closing freely. It fills a tension when closing. I don't know where is the problem....

Exterior window replacement contractor/inspector face-off
I need some peace of mind- My contractor wants to attach a newly framed vinyl exterior nail-in window, to the siding, rather than removing the siding and attaching the window to the frame. The inspector said no way. The contractor is arguing that if ...

Reusing Existing Wood Fence Posts
Looking to replace our cedar fence which is 20 years old. Several of the panels are showing signs of rot, however the posts (4x4, not sure if hemlock, cedar?) appear to still be solid. It was suggested that we could reuse the existing posts and just ...

Insulate Cathedral Ceiling
I have a sun room in a 3 season cottage, which is unheated in the winter. However we will use it on the weekends and we use a woodstove for heat during that time. I am thinking of making a cathedral ceiling in this room. However I am concerned ...

Thermo Studs . . . Anyone?
Anyone ever see or hear of these things before? They sound pretty cool, no pun intended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxDSulcLpAE...

lower roof ice damming water leak problem
Hi All, Seeking advice on my lower roof ice damming problem. My house has a small living room that is designed with a high ceiling, which was not a problem for the first 10 years or so (house built in 1993). As it turns out, this design [b]*is*[/b...

Window replacement frustration
I have watched all the videos I can find on Youtube but still have some questions. I have one window to replace in a bathroom that I have completely remodeled. After completing the bathroom I thought I'd just hire a window company to do it. However,...

Addition crawlspace insulation
Hi there, I'm dealing what is becoming an increasingly complicated reno project. I will go into as much detail as I can to explain, and include photos to illustrate. Our home is in central Ontario, about 1.5 hours northeast of Toronto. So cold wint...

Garage Lighting
Since I get to rebuild my garage to my specifications I have been looking at new lighting. I have a 2 car garage, 20'x20', about a 12 ft ceiling, with a 16 ft door. Looking at putting in two 4' 4 or 6-lamp fluorescent fixtures on each side of the cen...

No expansion gap at sliding doors
Our contractor installed our 2 1/4” wide red oak flooring without an expansion gap at the sliding doors. I have read that this flooring expands in the tongue direction and that is the side away from the one slider and perpendicular to the other, so ...

How to test AC relay and condensers?
Hey guys, 104F here today and the condenser/fan (outside portion of unit) quit running. When I flip the breaker, I can hear a click at the unit. There are four items between the incoming power line and whatever magical components are beyond, there ...

Cinderblock wall options
Good day, I have a space that has a large painted cinder block wall on one side. I would like to cover it, to make the space look less industrial. I've looked around an seen that I can use furring strips and then drywall. I've also seen that you can...

insulating around air handler in attic
The air handler for my central AC is in my attic. This poses two problems(or I think so). 1. It takes up a huge area that is not insulated so the room below is slightly colder than other rooms. Actually much colder in winter since it is in shady part...

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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