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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Wet saws
Is there any wet tile saw that bends both sides on the 45 angle?...

Another question about flooring...
You already answered my previous question about my old vinyl flooring. But after some research and thought, I think I might go with the laminate click and lock flooring. So my question is...instead of ripping up the old vinyl tile flooring, can I j...

Remove drywall behind fridge but leave studs.
Hello, here's my dilemma. We have a fridge cavity with a wall next to it. We can't easily build out the wall (would be impossible for us to match the look of the new wall with the existing old walls because of texture that's aged and been painted o...

Nail holes in basement walls
I have block cement walls that previously had studs nailed to them. The old studs were ripped out because of water damage from a burst pipe. I am removing the old nails so I can frame new walls without worrying about running into them, (and some smal...

Grout haze on tile
So, I put in some floor tile. It's a chocolate brown. I got Fusion Pro grout, cream colour. Instructions for using Fusion Pro is that you have 3 to 5 minutes before you wipe it off. In my case, perhaps due to the tile, a matte porcelain... I foun...

Bathroom mirror silicone type?
I'm about to put my bathroom mirror back up. It is about 4 ft tall by 6 feet wide. One of those typically bathroom mirrors you know? Will be using those bathroom mirror stainless steel hooks (will be looking to screw them into studs) but I also wan...

vinyl flooring
I am doing my small galley kitchen over. I would love to do some of the demo myself to try and save some money. I have a couple of questions to ask in regards to the floor... 1) The vinyl flooring is in good shape. It has a few nicks or dimples in...

Shed foundation
I only have one option for building a storage shed and that is to build an addition off of my garage. Was planning a 6 x 16 building and was not sure on what type of foundation I will need. Permit office said that it would be a slab to slab foundatio...

Underground cable question
So my service panel located in my basement was move to a different location(still in the basement but on another wall). What the electrician did was run a new line from the meter and the cable was buried underground and back up to the side wall where...

Repair Handle Broken off Door
Hi there, Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be done to have this repaired. We don't currently have the funds to purchase all new doors but they will be getting painted grey in the near future. Any help would be greatly appreciated! [img]ht...

Water on Window Frame
Hi, I have a picture window under overhang. It became foggy, so I got a new one installed. The installer told me there is water dropping from the top of the frame when they removed the old one. They think rain somehow got behind the vinyl sidi...

Where should I put my mailbox?
I have rural mail delivery. My mailbox is currently across the road from my house with the three other boxes that belong to the people who live on the road across from my driveway. My box needs repairs, and I need a new post. I called the post office...

Checking Floor Tile Mortar Coverage
Hello, I'm installing floor tile in a small area and many of the instructional videos suggest periodically lifting tiles from the mortar bed to check for coverage. When doing this do I need to re-trowel the mortar notches or can the tile just be d...

Paver question
I have laid 500 sq ft of cement brick pavers(4x8ish inch) in my backyard. I have been toggling with one question. Is it ok to tamp the pavers with a plate compactor without the pad between the metal and pavers? My hd doesn't rent out the pad. N...

Insulating cellar under front porch. Any dos or donts?
Basement is almost done! You guys helped me so much and I cannot thank you enough! Last minute idea to finish off this 4x5 cellar under my front porch that is doored off from the rest of the basement. I just waterproofed the cinder blocks and debat...

glass backsplash installation
I have almost a full bucket of mastic left over from another job. I plan on installing a glass backsplash tile and was wondering if i can use mastik or not? Some people suggest i should better use thinset with glass tile. Also a follow up question -...

Onward Bifold doors
Hi Shannon I'm back to seek more help. This time I'm installing two sets of bifold doors in a closet opening. I have the 2 sets ( 4 doors ) pretty much hung and I realized I'm at a loss as to how are two sets of doors hung as per the centre sliding g...

Foundation membrane quesiton
As a general practice, should the top of my foundation membrane be sealed at the top against the foundation? As you can see from the picture, i have a burried downspout extension nearly at level with the top of the membrane and is a vulnerable spot f...

Horizontal crack along both sides of an exterior wall
I'm not sure if I'm describing the problem properly, I'm helping my mother arrange some repairs and I am not the most handy person. I don't have quite the right vocabulary. I'm trying to determine the best type of contractor/engineer to have come ou...

I did something with electrical
So, I replaced a thing. Then I got curious why the last (seemingly identical) thing wasn't working and needed to be replaced in the first place. So naturally, I broke it open. Is this just accumulated dust? That's not even all of it, it was packed in...

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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