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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Nail gun
Can you please tell me what kind of nail gun is used in this video? I want to stop using a hammer to nail studs while repairing my house. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oQSxqLwARzE Thank you...

Redoing floor
Hi, I just saw your video on redoing floors. I want to do my floors which are made out of Rosewood without a high shine. In your video your floors a day bright polyurethane shine, I was curious if I need to do anything different? Attached are picture...

freestanding carport conversion to garage
Here's one for the construction gurus. I have a good sized freestanding carport and I am thinking about adding walls and doors to make a garage out of it. A little background to try and describe it goes as follows. The structure is a good size, stand...

AFCI/panel questions.......
So I installed a new panel for my mother in-law. She had an old panel and somebody had added a pony panel at some point. It was a mess to say the least. I installed a Schneider Homeline panel and all is very much neater both outside and inside the bo...

Framing HVAC on main floor
Hello, My friend has recently purchased a house in the city that is a major fixer upper. Though watching your videos has been a tremendous help, as we have used many of your videos to help us install insulation and vapour barrier and soon drywall. T...

A few sump pump pit questions
I've just watched Shannon's great video on installing a sump pump pit and it answered some of my questions but I am still looking for someone to explain me better what I have now. The pit I have is very shallow and it doesn't have any liner, i.e. the...

options for renovating concrete driveway
I am wondering what are my options if I have a really bad concrete driveway and want to fix it? What I mean is basically the driveway has a ton of cracks in it. There are also some spots where the concrete lifts up. How can this be fixed? I am aski...

Using Fiberglass batts on outside wall
If the fiberglass batts have Kraft paper backing is a visqueeen vapor barrier still needed? This would be for an outside wall....

Need some ideas on exterior and soffits
Hi Shannon, Its Dilpreet here. Two year ago I bought a 1978 attached house and this year I am thinking of renovating exterior. It has old wooden siding. Two sides are in good condition but backside are in bad condition. I am thinking about going with...

Cold air return to ceiling
Shannon, I have finished the ceiling in two basements, one with ceiling tiles and one with drywall. My question is how do we bring the cold air return lower to the ceiling level? Do we have to makeshift sides using metal sheets? Thanks JM...

Replace brickmould around door
Hi guys, I'm gonna replace this crappy weathered brick mould with the PVC kind. Is it just a matter of prying this old stuff off and cutting/mitering to fit the new stuff on? Any caulks or sealants needed? Anything weird issues with J channel or drip...

Peeling Paint, just seal it?
The paint is peeling and chipping off the wall. Can I just seal over this with Zinnser Bin? [attachment=0]IMG_20190419_142105-600x800.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=1]IMG_20190419_142042-600x800.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=2]IMG_20190419_142130-600...

floor support.................
Hi Shannon, My wife and I just moved into a brand new modular home just over a year ago. The two sections, ( joined together to make one home ), measure 15 feet wide, by 76 feet long, which makes our home 30ft wide X 76ft long. There is ...

leaky balcony
How Can I repair my leaky balcony without removing tiles?...

Building a burner for a gas grill
I can't find the article about building the burner I saw yesterday. However the holes in the burner was not mentioned in the article. Can anyone tell me what size drill bit they use along the burner for the gas to come out for a good blue flame? Than...

Garage Door Instalation
Hello, This is a simple question for Shannon to answer, and possibly one of you all. In his video on youtube about installing garage door, does anyone know what brand of door and style used? Not only was that video extremely helpful, but I loved t...

Towel Warmer Safety Question
I recently came to know about Towel Warmers. Honestly, I haven't used one before. Living the cold area I hope this will help during the winter seasons. I want to make sure if this a right thing to do. I have two concerns: 1. My major concern is the f...

Possible load-bearing?
Hey y'all. I have a concern regarding a wall I want to open up. Firstly,I'll start out by saying this is a ranch home on a slab. The wall in question divides the kitchen area from a very small dining room (dinette area). I got up in the attic to as...

Cabinet Repair after Backsplash Removal
In preparation for new countertop install, I removed the laminate backsplash from a cabinet wall that is part of the built-in fridge cabinetry. In the process, the glue damaged the surface of the cabinet. Wondering what the best way is to go about r...

Front entry door
Hi guys, Have a 2018 built house. My problem came this winter. My front entry main door which is like a french door held up by an astragal attached to the sidelight with bolts on top and bottom to secure both doors (main door is 32w x 80h and sideli...

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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