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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Adding a recepticle
Hey im adding a recepticle off the bottom side of a switch over my fireplace to hang a tv. It is an exterior wall so there is insulation and vapour barrier. Typically i would just use a vapour box and tape the seams but this is a remodel and im using...

Drywall/plaster, cavity, then brick - How to install a bike mount
Hello, I just moved into a new apartment and want to install bike mounts on the living room wall. First I tried a drywall anchor, but after screwing it about 3/8" into the wall with just my hand, it wouldn't go in any further. I drilled a pilot hol...

Kitchen subfloor
QUESTION: We have a 120 year old house. When building/replacing a deck which is off of our kitchen, I opted to replace the ledger board as well. In doing so I noticed that a 5 foot section of the 8x8 rim beam which was behind the old ledger board and...

Brick Foundation: Do I Seal Or Remove Sealant Before Insulating?
First off, this is my first post here - lots of great info! My 100-year-old house in Toronto has a brick foundation. I have a small room in the basement (entirely under the kitchen) that is uninsulated and used as a "cold room." Nearly five feet o...

Best way to remove carpet tacks?
Hi guys. My first work in the house will begin tomorrow. I want to remove the carpet. I pulled a section up today. I notice a strip of tacks running around the edges of the flooring. What is the best way to remove these without beating up the hardwoo...

Framing this basement wall
Good Morning. Wondering if anyone would have some advice on how to frame this wall? The joists run parallel to the wall and the concrete foundation goes right up to the sub floor above, not sure how I would add blocking or fasten the top plate. I'...

ceiling tile tight clearance
I have to replace four tiles 2x2. Unable to fit in new tiles because clearance above tiles is very tight. How can I make the tiles go in? I just cannot get them to push up enough to allow installation. Should I drop the frame temporarily, makin...

Shower Drains
Hi Shannon, I am going to be moving on to my next project soon and I am in the planning stages. Currently, I have both a shower and a corner jacuzzi. I am going to remodel the entire bathroom. I am going to remove the jacuzzi and build a 3' X 5' sh...

How expensive is a Portico?
Looking to one day do this for the front of the house [attachment=1]gilbert_20130814_06839.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=0]19ac41447f07a8a3053a5478051c2f46.jpg[/attachment] Are these things particularly expensive? Has anyone done something on this sc...

FUBAR Moments
The instigator amongst us *cough**cough* Dia *cough**cough* wants to hear about those times we've had things go wrong. The only job I wasn't proud of when I was finished was my very first exterior paint job, I had gotten a little over zealous with t...

Pine exterior finish
Hi Shannon, I'm gonna be putting up 1x6 pine boards to finish off my 5' x 15' front porch ceiling ( still called soffits? ). They've been stained and back primed and all that's left is to give it a clear top coat. I've got about half a gallon of V...

First time install pre hung door and I messed up. Help!
Help! Zoom in. Notice the top Vs. The bottom on left side. There is a gap. Since hinges are on the inside there shouldn’t be any gap. Plus won’t “click” and stay closed. :( Stupid me didn’t check this before I nail gunned the blank out of it. ...

Dishwasher and Receptacles in same breaker
Hello Folks, I am trying to add 3 receptacles in my basement bedroom. One of the receptacle will be located inside Main panel cabinet (Which is located in one corner of this bedroom) and will be used only to power up internet/Cable box. Even though m...

1920 Colonial basement renovation with slightly bowed walls
Hi Shannon, fantastic videos! They're super informative for a DIY novice like myself. My apologies if this question has been asked already. We have a 1920 Colonial, in Zone 5 in the US, with a basement wall that is about 7 feet high and it's bowed in...

When to use an Auger style bit?
Hi, I'm looking into drilling holes from some rooms into the attic to fish network wire through. There are two types of bits I found, but I'm not sure which one to use. The walls have insulation. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00DNEDK98 https://www.amaz...

Removing wall panels
Hey, looking for some advice. I just removed wainscotting in a kitchen that was glued to the wall. Pulling it off tore the first layer of paper off 75 percent of the wall in this situation would you peel the rest of the first layer of paper off creat...

Shed Insulation + Roll-up Metal Door?
Hi Shannon & Co., I really like your videos. Thanks so much for producing them! I'm thinking of building an insulated 6' x '8 shed to house motorized equipment that has to start in the winter (think snowblower, generator, etc) with a little the...

Insulation on basement walls
Hi Shannon, I seen your video on installing rigid foam on basement walls and i'm sure it will help when I start my project. My basement walls has a lip to it and I was wondering how do I install the rigid foam over the lip. The lip isn't even and o...

plumbing clean out pipe
Hello I need to add a toilet in my basement development and was wondering if my plan is ok? I was gonna replace this old cast iron connection and also the clean out pipe. But im not sure if im "allowed" to just remove the clean out pipe or if there ...

Replace flooring over tile
I'm wanting to replace the wood flooring in my house. I had no problem replacing the carpet and laying down hardwood floor in my dinning room. The problem is that the owner before me laid a thin wood flooring down in the kitchen over the top of the...

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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