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Keeping ABS pipe clean
I've cleaned out enough traps under sinks to appreciate how easily gunk builds up on the inside walls of any plumbing. Is there a preventative way to keep it from building up in the first place, something I can do on an occasional basis? A recent Con...

Toilet bowl ceramic repair?
The ceramic at the base of my toilet bowl is wearing away (see photo). A little annoying, as it is a Toto, only 8 years old. We do not use the old-fashioned, steel bowl cleaners, but a plastic one with no tip. Anyway, is there any way to repair this?...

Bug identification?
I keep getting bugs in one bathroom. Looks like they're coming out of the hatch door that opens into the plumbing below the tub. Below that is a crawlspace. Some of them have wings some don't. Any idea what these are? I live in Northern California, n...

Framing around plumbing?
Hey guys, I am just wondering what the best way is to frame around this plumbing? I am thinking of using 2x2 on either side connected to the ijoists and then bridging the area over the pipe with a 2x4. The 2x2 will sit just offset to the middl...

how frame a non load bearing exterior wall with different heights
hi there i'm out here in BC. I have a playhous in the woods for the now-grown kids. I want to turn it into a little studio for my wife to do pottery. It is about 10'x10' with a sloping roof, which means there is a higher front wall and lower rear wa...

Concrete Plastic fasteners for rock wool comfort board
I am looking for source in canada for 3 1/2 pmf plasti grip plastic fastners. I see on your video to attach blue board you use a similar fastners. Can you advise where I can get them 'please...

Well Insulated Front Doors
Dear Community! I'm shopping around for a new front door, but i'm not satisfied with the style sold at Home Depot/Lowes. I live in New England, so good insulation is important. My issue is that the weather proofing seems to be more of an afterthough...

Fanfold Insulation over Wood Clapboard
Hello Everyone, As you can see from my previous posts and topics I have been working on putting new siding on my house since last fall. I started back on it last week and I ran into a new issue. The previous 5 walls I have completed had Aluminum si...

How to fix sound issue when walking on the floor
Hi Guys, My name is Arvind and this is my first post here. It seems that I have some sort of sound issue with the floor in my home. When I walk in the living room with light footsteps, it all feels normal but if I put heavy foot steps, I get probabl...

hairline cracks drywall
Hi guys, I have these cracks on my walls that Im trying to fix. they are pretty much throughout the whole house, on the ceiling and in some places on the walls, every room has at least one crack like shown in the pictures. Im pretty sure its not a s...

A few dryer vent questions
A few questions about dryer vents (it's never straight-forward, is it?) - I'm going from old flex pipe to 30g steel. With the added weight, how do I support the pipe going down? Can I have a stud right up against the pipe? Will metal pipe strapping...

Replacing Masonite
So the time comes to replace the masonite on my house with vinyl and I plan on doing it myself. I have watched all the videos and feel good about install. I assumed the house had sheathing on it but after taking a look, all I have is celotex. From...

Adding a new light switch
Hello, currently at my home there are 2 lights hooked up to a single switch, i.e. you turn on the switch and both lights turn on. I want to keep one of the lights on the original switch, but I want to add another switch for the other light and discon...

Rough In for Wall Supply Elbow
I'm installing a flush 90 degree elbow to supply an adjustable sliding shower. The instructions require the pipe or 3/4 thread to stick out about 3/4" from finish wall. My first thought was to just create a copper 90 degree stub and cut it to requi...

Tile removal/Prep for vinyl peel and stick
Hey guys, so just spent the last 3 days removing 300 sq ft of 12"x12" tile along with the backing board (sorry not sure what the technical term is). Anyway now that its mostly out I just have around the cabinets to do. My question is how do I prep ...

Renovating Basement Extension
Hey Shannon, I have a situation that I don't believe I've seen in any of your videos. The previous owners of my 1920s house built a sunroom on the back of the home. Under the sunroom is a basement; it's a concrete floor and has concrete walls for 3'...

Drain Cleanout - How far from a stud?
I have a cleanout in my basement for my kitchen (above), basement utility skink and laundry. I'm studing out the wall; how much space do I need to allow for the cleanout? It's angled toward the (would be) stud (rather than facing directly forward)...

modifying interior door height
Hi ! Ok so in a part of my basement i would like to install an interior french door. Now the height of the opening is 72" and a standard door is 80" tall . I found a nice used french door for 20$ but i would need to cut the height. The problem is i...

1st day...
Today is my first day on the job. Found you guys quite by accident. I have totally enjoyed it so far. I have learned two things today. 1-every site needs a Shannon. That guy rocks. 2. I have been a general contractor with 35 years experience. My atti...

Completed patio roof (earthquake and typhoon tested)
Completed this last year. We had a small earthquake last week, and a large typhoon last fall. It seems to be working well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVMujBJij00&feature=youtu.be...

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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