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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Floating wall gap & baseboard install?
Hey Shannon and the gang, I was relooking over things in my basement before I get Sprayfoam and drywall in, and I noticed that when I framed this section of wall the gap is roughly 2 5/8 from the bottom pt plate to the bottom of the wall plate. I p...

Securing a Safe to an Interior Brick Wall
Hi Team, Looking for some guidance from the group on a recent installation project of mine. I installed a medium sized safe to a brick wall in my basement with 2" lug bolts into plugs for brick. Clever and looks great I thought, until upon further th...

installing Push Fit connector to water line in Basement
I plan on connecting my ice maker by using Braided Line going into the basement and hooking onto the PEX water line, using the Push Fit Connector. Do you have a video showing how to do this? How to cut into the PEX line and is the Push Fit Connecto...

New slider window leaks
I installed a new horizontal slider window and it leaks, or more specifically, it's not weeping the water. From what I can gather, the outside sash is filling up with water and then it seeping through to the inside sash. For the life of me I can u...

Ceiling to low for wall cabinets
[attachment=0]20181109_115722.jpg[/attachment] I think the drop down of the ceiling is going to cause a problem with installing the wall cabinets. Hey Shannon, the problem is i usually screw through the top of the cabinet but the wall cabinets will...

Holes in drywall mud
Hello all. I'm new to the forum and mudding and taping drywall. I had some holes I patched and I'm using all purpose joint compound. I ran 3 coats of mud and everything looked good, but upon closer inspection I noticed little holes all throughout my ...

Rim Joist Insulation (Joist Sides Insulation)
What would be the best way to insulate the rim joist (along the sides of the joists), not the joist ends? I'll attach pictures to more easily explain. [attachment=0]44887774_10156423160505280_8079322336953630720_o.jpg[/attachment][attachment=1]447787...

window install
Shannon, I'm building a 10 x 12 room. I'm curious, does the windows go in after the sheathing, or after the finished siding? I've seen it done both ways and was curious. Seems it would go on after the finished siding in case I ever had to replace i...

What are these in my basement?
Hi, I have these sealed holes in my basement, I am not sure why they are for. Can someone please let me know what are these, what is their purpose? My basement does not seem to have rough in plumbing. I want to make a bathroom there. One contractor w...

installing basement windows
Hi Shannon, have a client with an 8 foot basement that they are turning into a suite of sorts. He wants to add some daylight via new windows but I have concerns over the integrity of the support for the house if he were to proceed with this. The wind...

Rim Joist Insulation
Hi Shannon, I've been finding some great advice from your videos and forum in helping me finish my basement....I have some questions that I could not find the answer or not sure what direction I should take. Thank you Frank Picture 1: many of my r...

Electric door for a pool house?
Hello guys, I am planning to add an electric door to my poolside. So, when I walk with wine and snacks, I won't be needing anyone to keep the door opened for me. The door will be of 36 x 80 size, approximately. The design is in the initial stage tho...

Safety
I've been watching quite a few framing videos with plans to build a shed . I came across this guy and was like WOW !! What is safety ? https://youtu.be/_MvsL-iDpss...

Two switches two lights.
I reviewed the YouTube video for this but my situation is a little different. The circuit I'm trying to connect is as follows: -panel box to switch 1 with 14/2, then -switch 1 to light 1 with 14/3,then -light 1to light 2 with 14/3, then -light 2 to...

Accessing the Sewer cleanout under tiles.
Hi all, I came out across this forum while watching one of the video related to fixing ceramic tiles. I have a bit more difficult problem and wanted to know if anyone has better idea on how to go about it. We have a basement finishing project in ...

Wine Cooler need dedicated circuit?
Hi, Planning for outlet for wine cooler/fridge in kitchen (under cabinet). I know that Refrigerator need dedicated circuit. But does that code apply to Wine cooler too? I do not find any mention of wine cooler in forums. Thanks in advance....

Junction box wiring with a switch
I'm doing some basement wiring where I'd like to bring power from the panel into a junction box and split it 3 ways. In the junction box, I want to install a master switch that will kill the power to all 3 legs if required. Please describe how I woul...

Metal corner beads
Dear shannon, I just watched your video on mudding on youtube your conerbeads had tape to them already. We bought corner beads and they dont have tape already on them how do we then use those to mudd??? Sincerly 1st timer...

hole in the bathroom ceiling fix advice?
While preparing the bathroom ceiling for painting I've noticed a little crack in the corner of the ceiling right above the shower. I think was made by the shower spring pole shelf where we keep shampoo bottles and stuff. I think the pole's pressure c...

Closing off a chimney - Ash trap + Oil Flue
As some of you may know I am finishing off the basement, and have an old fireplace / chimney. The chimney is a dual flue, Furnace + traditional fire, the fireplace is going to be replaced within a year or 2 with a gas insert, so the ash trap for tha...

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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