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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

how to remove and reinstall same sliding glass patio doors
Hi, i have to remove my sliding glass patio doors to accommodate the delivery of a large piece of furniture. I've been trying to find an experienced person in my area to do this for me with no success. Shannon, your YouTube video made taking it out l...

Tub drain advice
I am in the middle of installing a new tub, current drain is 2 pvc. All waste and overflow kits are 1.5. Question is where should I increase/reduce the pipe size to match? The drain is in a concrete slab with a 2 trap. This is for a jacuzzi tub...

Rust coming through water heater tank
Hello, I have a fairly old 40 gallon gas water heater that is showing rust on the outside of the tank. It is bubbling the paint slightly in one spot and a trail of rust beneath that. This is near the top of the tank. Also, there are some spots where ...

Metal roof coating to waterproof?
I have an old metal roof that apparently has a couple of pin size holes in the roof. When it really comes down, the water finds it's way in. I have found a couple of very small holes, like a mm. I want to coat the roof with some kind of coating. I se...

Drywall.
Hi Shannon, things are going well with the mudding. I have the first coat on, applyed with a 6 in putty knife, now the thing is I understand is it should take 3 coats of mud, Is that correct ? If so the spreaders I have left are 8 in and 12 in, shoul...

Remove thinset/glue from hardwood
What is the easiest way to remove some thinset or glue from hardwood floor. There was tile there previously...

Basement Crack Repair and finishing bottom half of basement wall
The top half of my basement was completed by the builder using underlayment/felt paper, 2x4 studs, poly and drywall. I am looking at completing the bottom portion but needed to repair some cracks in the foundation. The repair by the Company has lef...

Wall mounting a sound-bar - smallest outlet?
My goal is to have a totally clean TV setup. I've already wall-mounted my TV and have installed a proper electrical outlet behind the TV for power. All the digital cabling is nicely hidden in the wall too. I was hoping to also wall mount my sound-ba...

Iron roof condensation
I'm having lots of condensation on the underside of my iron shed roof. What options do I have for dealing with this? I am going to drill holes in the rafters just below roof level which should help. I would like to avoid doing a raised floor if p...

Will a dehumidifier in a finished basement keep the space behind the walls dry?
Hey guys, If you had a finished basement with with 2x4 walls built 4" off concrete wall, and you had a dehumidifier inside the finished space, would it keep the 4" void behind the wall dry? I am trying to avoid spray-foaming or foam boarding the co...

Deeeep Cabinets for OTR Microwave Install
Hello, I bought a microwave that is 16 deep. My cabinets are 16.5 deep. I have to bump out the microwave 3 inches for venting which gives me a huge gap in the back of the microwave where typical bump out kits can't be used. To better explain, thi...

Using Self-Leveling Underlayment
I'm going to install "click and lock" LVP over existing 12"x12" linoleum squares in a spare upstairs bedroom. The problem is that there is a "dip" - approx. 15"x30" - in one of corners of the room. It is significant enough that it needs to be leveled...

counterweight/pulley system for rasing and lowering a bed
Hello All, I have been searching now for a couple of days on how to build a counterweight/pulley system to easily raise and lower my bed from/to the ceiling. I am not having very much luck and want to know if anyone has any ideas as to where i c...

Dimmable Soffit Lighting
I am looking into installing dimmable soffit lighting around my home. I am looking into the dimmable units in the hopes i might use the dimmed setting on a photocell sensor to come on at dusk, and to wire the brightened setting to either my security ...

New floors, damaged sub
Hey guys, I am renovation a 1973 brick ranch style. The house has become a lot of work and needs a lot of repairs before we can even worry about updating and finishing everything else. My current problem is the subfloor in the kitchen. Many water mar...

Sump Pit
I am installing a sewage basin and there was a suggestion that a high water table might displace this basin once its put in place. I took a look at the neighbour's setup, and he has a sump pump adjacent to the sewage pit. So I am thinking I will do t...

Where to cut tile
Okay, another tile cutting question: If I am filling the back of a soon-to-be shelving area with subway tile, and it'll fit perfectly left to right, but not top to bottom, do the cut tiles go along the top edge, the bottom edge, or both evenly? [at...

Recessed Lighting location
first time in this forum.. not sure if i'm in right place. please help if not. I'm thinking of setting up 4 recessed lights (6" diameter one) in the bedroom, and this bedroom is bit awkward in shape, especially with the "nook" . not sure how to ...

Leakage from Water heater drain valve
I never drain my water heater ever since it was installed more than 10 years ago. Yesterday, I just drained it for the first time. After I drained my water heater, I couldn't completely shut off the drain valve. No matter how tight I tighten the scre...

Install Window With Nailing Flange
Great video "How to install a window with a nailing flange" What brand window?...

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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