House Improvements

You are here: Home

Welcome to

Welcome to the site. We have developed this site to provide you with instructional articles and videos on how to do common and not so common DIY home improvement projects as well as articles on various other topics that are important to any property owner or renter. Whenever possible we provide photos, illustrations and videos to help make things easier for you.

We are always adding new articles and videos, so be sure to add us on your favorites and keep checking back to see what's new. We are also on facebook if you want to check out our fan page.

Register now to ask a question (free)

Want to be notified when we post new articles? Then "Like" us on Facebook! We post on facebook whenever we post a new article or video. Also, if you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you'll be notified when we upload new videos.

We also feature a Home Improvement Forum where you can ask questions pertaining to your home improvement or repair issues. It's totally free, just click the Forums link in the top navigation bar.

New Feature: Complete article and video series on building a shed

Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Ledger Board or Beam?
Hello, Iím rebuilding my deck and after taking out the old one, I realized it had a ledger board screwed on the exterior brick veneer. I canít install a new ledger board there because it is against code and a bad idea. So I was looking for some help...

Sanding primer or not
I skim coated my walls, and sanded it all smooth (220). Then I foam rolled primer/sealer (Glidden gripper), which left a slight texture vs the sanded glassy smoothness across the walls. My final coat is IdeaPaint dry erase paint (thick like the prim...

Deck beams
Iím new to the deck world just have a quick question ... how do you figure out where the support beam goes?? And how far apart the footings need to be??...

Rotten boards at the top of foundation.
Hi Shannon, As you can see at the attached photos the boards at the top of foundation completely rotten they fell out like sand when I removed stucco. What would be the best option to fill the void? How about to install rebar and fill the rest with ...

Need help installing shower column
Hello Folks, I am about install brand shower column in Basement Bathroom. Plumber has run rough-ins for all fixtures including shower. There hot & cold water supply line rough-ins for shower. But I don't see any control valve for shower. Please ...

Attic and garage ceiling insulation
Taking advantage of the GreenON rebate that we have here in Ontario, I've registered and will have a company come in to do attic and garage ceiling installation. Thought about DIY but with the rebate, there's not much saving. I have a few questions. ...

drop ceiling conundrum
Hi. I am currently installing a drop ceiling in my basement. I understand I should have an even border all the way around. That's easy for the edges width-wise. How do you make it even at the ends of the mains? I have a 16' 10" length so I have to jo...

2 breakers, 1 outlet
I had a freezer hard-wired to a double gang electrical box. The freezer was 115/208/230. Now I have 2 black wires, 1 white wire and the ground capped off in the box. The breakers associated with the box are 2 separate 20 amp breakers. I'm trying ...

Knob and Tube Wiring
Hey guys, I know this topic has been beat like a dead horse, but want to get a second thousand opinion. I have old K&T wiring in my home. As I slowly renovate each room, I have been replacing the K&T with romex, room by room. I am currentl...

I am re-siding my house and it was built in the 80's and they used roofing paper to cover the sheathing, i am putting tyvek on my house before adding my new siding. So my question is should i remove the roofing paper or can i put the tyvek over top ...

Tube through basement wall?
I just bought a new place and found this tube coming through the basement wall. Does anyone know what it might be? Iím wondering if itís a drain for a dehumidifier since itís next to an electrical plug. Thanks for your help!...

backing for tiles
What do you guys suggest for backing of tiles for a shower. Cement board, kerdi board, just green drywall ?...

Hanging door trim: gap between trim and door frame
I've been replacing the trim on all my upstairs doors over the last couple of days. Everything was going great until I got to the front door. It looks like the door frame was installed at an angle, or has shifted over time. I'm not sure. But I mocked...

Gutter type A, type B elbows ?
I am going to make a trip 50 miles away to buy all my components for a gutters I am going to install. Looking at there website there is a type A, and type B elbow, with the exact same description on both. What's the difference? Asking for help at the...

30" sink in 30" cabinet
Going to install a 30" drop in or under mount sink in a 30" cabinet and end up with granite countertop. Edge rim of sink sits on top of sides of cabinet instead of on side lips. Will this effect the granite installation when I have that done? Should ...

Best Window Treatment for Room Darkening?
I have a kiddo that won't sleep the second the light comes into the room. I need a room-darkening product but I am not sure I like the way many of them look. Any suggestions?...

Chimney Framing
New to the forum so I'd appreciate some good feedback/guidance. I recently removed a couple strips of water damaged hardboard (Masonite) siding from the exterior of my chimney and noticed a lot of rotted wood (OSB ?) and framing. I originally though...

cottage attic crawlspace rebuild 1 1/2 story
Soon I'll rebuild an 2nd floor ceiling, or attic/crawlspace floor. It's a 1 1/2 story cottage. Some history: Built 1915. At some point they used vermiculite attic insulation. Later, they let their roof shingles deteriorate and water damaged occurred....

Weird Question About Light Fixture Box in Ceiling
Hi everyone. So just an odd thing I hadn't encountered before and thought I'd see how you all would approach it. I'm replacing an old light fixture on the ceiling with a new one. The old fixture didn't have a ground wire on it at all, so the groun...

Extension of cold air return
Hi all, We're set to install an electric fireplace on our wall, similar to this picture I found online [attachment=2]Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 15.43.44.png[/attachment] I'll frame a new wall to extend the existing wall where the watch is hung to t...

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 ! 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. Privacy Policy