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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Framing around ductwork close to wall.
Hey All, Have some duct work close to the walls where I'm not sure I can squeeze a 2x4 behind, even with the basement foundation blanket removed. What would you guy's recommend? Not sure if this will impact your feedback but I'm also looking to ...

Remove light housing
Hi Shannon, I want to remove this old light housing, and replace with new recessed light with integrated junction box. But the old housing is hard to remove by pulling and twisting, as attached[attachment=0]20181215_001501.jpg[/attachment]. No obv...

Bulbs on chandelier dark after only a few hours
Hi, Had a chandelier installed in the spot where a ceiling fan used to be. No dimmer on switch. 60 W bulbs, new, which are the max allowed on the chandelier. After about 5 hours use, some of the bulbs have become black. What gives? These are regular...

Three Way Lighting
Hi, I have a room with three way switches. However, the wiring is different than in Shannon's video. The main power source comes into the light. Then it has 12-3 wires going out to the switches. There is also a 12-2 wire which continues past the ligh...

Grouting behind sink not lasting
Hi, I've had the grouting behind my sink re-done twice, and it looks good for about a month before it starts to deteriorate. Why doesn't it last? Is my contractor using cheap caulking?...

Sharing 2 sides of a stud
I am about to rough in my electrical for the basement, and I am also running ~200m of ethernet as well, my original plan is to share the opposite side of the stud I am going to put the power on for 2x ethernet lines (cat6 UTP cable). I know not to us...

Replacing Diagonal Plank Sub floor for Tile Job
My home was constructed in the 50s with 3/4" diagonal plank sub floor which I was told is not acceptable for tile. I've attached a picture of the floor and would like to install tile out until the blue line and as far as the doorway. A section of t...

Can I use galvanized pipe holder on copper pipe?
Hi again guys. Several months ago I've repaired a loose shower head pipe by opening the wall around it and attaching a galvanized pipe clamp to a copper pipe. Before I did that I was advised on another board to use only copper or galvanized clamps.[...

Paint Repair
We are in the process of repainting our home that we recently moved into. The bathroom paint is cracked but not peeling for the majority of the space. What would be the best course of action to take? Sand then repaint? I have attached a picture for...

Trim on header of basement door that is directly against low ceiling
Any ideas on how to ad some trim to low door that is against ceiling?...

Microwave and washing machine on same 20amp circuit?
Would it be acceptable to run a washing machine and a 1000 watt microwave on the same 20Amp circuit?...

Shifting duct trunks over to beam so I can make soffit.
Hello again. I have another last minute idea I would like to run by you. As you can see in the picture, my duct trunk is spaced almost 3 feet away from the main beam in the basement and ideally I would like to have it right next to it so I can soffi...

Electrical update, retrofit or....
I am in a smaller house (900 sqft, 84m^2) built in the 1950's in need of some electrical updates: adding grounds, adding a circuit or two, adding receptacles and cleaning up mystery junction boxes. The site conditions are a very tight crawl space, lo...

one power source, two single pole switches one two gang box to switch two diff receptacles for each switch using 14/2
I have reviewed many youtube videos on how to do switches but I'm not seeing one one how to do what I need to do. I have one source of power 14/2 15 amp to power two different switches in a two gang box, each switch for two switched receptacles, for ...

Insulating Protruding Basement Wall
Hello, My basement has been underpinned and the lower 2 feet of the wall protrude a few inches. [attachment=0]IMG_20181210_072026.jpg[/attachment] What's the best way to add moisture barrier on this wall? The wall was previously made with no ins...

Pipes and how to hide them-Framing
Hi Guys, I'm almost done with framing my basement. Again thanks for all of your input. Its been a great help. In one section of my basement, in front of my basement windows, there are a set of pipes- 4 of them close together and one pipes is about ...

OSB board under roof of cold cellar.
Hey Guy's, OSB boards under the roof of cold cellars. Should I remove it when making the cold cellar part of the warm space? Builder left it. Thinking the answer is yes since most of the 2x4's under it are loose after the concrete has set. Does...

Dishwasher Install
Good Day, We are hoping to reno our kitchen in a few months and would like to add a dishwasher. The way the kitchen is laid out our dishwasher would need to be installed on a perpendicular wall and approximately 4 feet from the kitchen plumbing. Wo...

Shed Window Project
On the backside of my projected window opening I will need to cut out part of a wall stud to install a header and window sill. My studs are 16" OC and the height of my wall is 81" from floor to top of the top plate. I have installed a new stud for...

Treated 2x4 on basement floor: Do I need to place a vapour barrier underside the 2x4?
Hey Shannon, Have rigid foam on the walls, spray foamed cracks, taped etc. Now I'm installing the 2x4's. I'm using treated 2x4's on the floor and untreated 2x4's vertical against the rigid foam. Couldn't help notice that the builder left existi...

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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