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Jacuzzi Tub wiring
Hi Shannon, Hope all is well. I have a jacuzzi tub in my master bathroom, which is on a dedicated line back to the service panel. I am going to get rid of the Jacuzzi. So now I will be left with a dedicated line. However, I don't know what type of ...

Installing closet doors
Hello house improvements friends. I have a question about installing closet doors. I have a few of those closet openings in the house that dont have any doors. My openings are 36" and 48". the problem that I have is that some openings are slightly l...

Copper wiring
I am trying to install a dishwasher in my first home. There had never been a dishwasher here before so the plumbing is non-existent. I know that I need to extend the copper wiring for my hot water valve under my sink but I can't seem to find any info...

Electrical close to dryer exhaust pipe
Hi, The electrical installed for my dryer was run exactly where I want to dryer exhaust to be drilled. The wall is plaster so it's just an open cavity and the wire will prob be 2" from the exhaust pipe. I couldn't find anything in the code book I...

need ideas for exterior
Hello! We recently bought a very cute, but very tan house. Any ideas to spruce it up? I'm thinking white trim, or cedar shutters and cedar porch? Any other ideas that aren't too costly? Also, the windows are rather tall, so I'm wondering if shutters ...

Fiberglass Mesh Tape
I am redoing a tub/shower. The thing has a window in it (hate that!). I am using Densshield tile backer board. I will be using Mapei Aquaguard for the waterproofing (joints and screws). I want to embed fiberglass mesh tape into the Mapei for adde...

Very moist and damaged half foundation wall
Hello, It just thawed out after a very long cold stretch and I discovered a very wet floor in my cold cellar. The cellar was framed and drywalled by the previous owner and I cut out the drywall to discover the lower part of the half-foundation wal...

Da 'Burb
Ever wonder what a Suburban looks like without seats, carpet, and most of the plastic trim? :ugeek: :mrgreen: [attachment=0]no seats-carpet.JPG[/attachment] Got most of the grime and filth out and the stains lightened quite a bit. Thankfully, the ...

Bathroom fan with inaccessible attic
Hey guys, A portion of my second floor rooms have inaccessible attic above it (above rooms and bathroom). My second floor bathroom has no fan and this has been an issue with moisture making all walls and windows moist. We are in Minnesota so opening ...

Running Electric for Dryer
Is there a particular type of romex that I would use to run 220 up to a new laundry room? The one that goes to my dryer now (in the basement) looks different than any others I have - even the 220 that I ran out to my garage is orange...but this is l...

Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom
I am putting a second floor laundry/bathroom on the second floor of my house. Running supply lines is simple, but I am looking for direction for plumbing in the drainage for toilet, sink, laundry and tub. I am wondering if I should run one main drai...

Garage Sub-panel Wiring Confusion - Please Help (?)
Hello all Ė Iím looking for some clarification on wiring my newly-built detached garage. At the outset, Iíll say I am not a complete novice with electrical, as I wired half of my house myself and installed an automatic standby generator myself as we...

Replacement bathroom fan
Hi, I am replacing the old bathroom ceiling fan and had to remove the whole housing unit. I was able to get the old one out but now I realized the vapour barrier is not intact. Me yanking out the fan didnít help, but to me it seemed this wasnít pr...

Panel works but no burners work
Hi. I am wondering what is up with a problem I am having. My stove/ovenwith 4 burners stopped working but the panel lights up. ( clock etc) So I got another oven and same problem. Is it the breaker? Or is it the wiring?...

Installing Garage Door Opener no Header?
New home owner here and I love getting into the DIY projects. I have some garage doors with no openers. They are smaller doors as it is a 3 bay garage on the house. I was looking to see where I could mount the header bracket but noticed that there is...

Framing No-Noís
I just rented a 10x20 storage unit with a roll-up door and an 18í ceiling. My plan was to install a 2x4 wooden framework on three walls using 2x6 for the joists to actually get a 9íspan. Then plywood sheet a floor. OH-NO Today they said donít atta...

Wiring cabin for generator
Hello , I have a question, I want to wire a remote cabin , power will be supplied by generator. Basically an extension cord running to generator. I want to install lights with switches Can I run these wired together with separate switch on each ligh...

Windows with brickmould
Hi I have been looking everywhere in the United States for those windows that Shannon used in the window replacement video. These have a cap that comes off the brickmould exposing a nailing flange. Once the cap is replaced it shows no signs of bein...

shower stall fiberglass vs acrylic installation
Hi guys ! I watched Shannon's 1 piece fiberglass stall video and was thinking of installing a similar model. I actually think i found same model. Shannon any idea how well its standing up over time ? Looked at the big box stores and noticed the 1 p...

Chimney Liner Leak
Hi, I think I have a leak in my chimney liner. Below is an image of the boiler exhaust pipe going into the chimney liner. Please note the red corrosion near the entrance. The masonry brick chimney is located inside of the structure of the house and...

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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