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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

XPS inside and outside?
I have a concrete block basement. One wall was excavated, straightened and reinforced with 2"x3" steel beams. I believe the outside has 2" xps. I'm not sure if it goes all the way down, but I can see it at the top. Is it OK to put 2" xps on the i...

Asbestos under newer ceiling texture?
We moved into our house about 2 years ago, and at the time it had 2 bedrooms with asbestos popcorn ceiling texture (that we've since had removed). The rest of the house has either a knockdown or orange peel texture that was done sometime before we bo...

Siding
Hey there folks, any ideas on how to remove the section of siding above the door? [attachment=0]20190121_155158.jpg[/attachment]...

Underslab insulation
Hi I have purchased a pre construction semi detached home in Brampton, ontario. The basement is unfinished. My builder is providing a strayfoam underslab insulation as an upgrade for $3000. Just want to know if it is beneficial for maintaining the h...

Vapor Barrier -
all, I'm ready to install a vapor barrier over my framing that I just completed (all electrical is done) along with installing Rockwool batt insulation. In reviewing your video on installing a vapor barrier , I didn't noticed the products used. If ...

Converting Switches to Outlets
I would like to replace these two switches with regular outlets. The three way wiring always confuses me so I thought I would ask BEFORE I mess things up. The diagram shows the entry into a great room where there are some dimmers that control the ...

Insulation in the basement
Hi, I have been removing existing basement framing in order to build a new wall, and have to now deal with some of the insulation that was installed down their. There is loose insulation touching concrete which I recall being a bad idea. Should I re...

Add plug in between to existing plugs on same circuit
Hi, I want to add a new plug in between to existing plugs, and wondering how I can do it. Never did electrical DIY project other than hooking up a new electrical fan in my bedroom. Can someone plesae help....

Framing Window in Front of Half Foundation Wall
Hi, For framing the window in the wall below are there any special steps I need to take to frame the window opening? If I just frame a standard wall in front there will be a 3.5" gap from window sill to the framing. Is it acceptable to have a p...

Adding a garage man door to rear wall of 3rd car garage.
Im Adding a man door to the back of my 3rd car garage wall, i have the concrete pony wall cutout and doorway framed out already...my question is on the Exterior i have stucco...what is the best way to seal the brickmold against the stucco to prevent ...

Divets/Tears in Vinyl Sheet?
Hello! I have something going on with my kitchen floor. I am not sure if it is Linoleum or Vinyl, but it is one big sheet and there are a couple divets and tears in it. Is there any epoxy or silicone I can use to prevent further damage and tearing? I...

Old window jamb retrofit recommendations
I'm looking for recommendations on products used to replaced the rope & pulley system in old wood windows. (<1940s.) I've seen nice aluminum & vinyl jamb liners which make the old window look to be as airtight as a new window but I'm havin...

Basement window trim
Hey Guys, Just wondering what type of wood I should use to frame out the window? This is what I am trying to achieve?...

Cold walls and cabinets
Hello. My home was built in 1974. I've been here for almost ten years. I have been slowly renovating, and discovering how poor the house was built. I live in New Brunswick Canada, so we have cold winters. We did have wood heat, but a crumbling chimne...

Cold spot on floor (with thermal image)
When walking barefoot, I always noticed that there one area on my hardwood flooring that was noticeable cold to the touch. Sure enough, I grabbed the thermal camera the results confirmed my suspicion. The area in question is about 4-5C cold than the ...

Romex running along basement floor
Hi, I've found some existing electrical which is parged in and running along the floor in the basement. [attachment=0]IMG_20190116_214807-01.jpeg[/attachment] This can't possibly be in line with building code right? Seems dangerous. I am re...

Freeze on Exterior Windows
What does it mean if my exterior windows are freezing in the upper floor? Is it something to do with Roof?...

Tile / Baseboard
I am going to redo a bathroom, installing a penny floor with a clear epoxy coating. In addition I plan to tile the bottom portion of the wall. This got me thinking about the baseboard... I can't nail the baseboards in, so how does one go about fin...

What's this in my attic?
I recently bought a house, and discovered a "chimney like" structure in the attic. It's clean, square and made of grey brick / mortar. It doesn't look like it was every used as a fireplace, but looking down there's maybe some kind of shelf and a circ...

Bubble at edge of new countertop
Hey guys So I recently did a side job where I made a client a laminate countertop. Just a simple 8 foot straight countertop. Made correctly just like shannon did in his video. Also this isnt my first countertop ive made and never had a problem. Kee...

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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