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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Vinyl Siding -DIY or Hire?
Hello Shannon, I'm a year-old home owner and am gearing up to replace the vinyl siding on my house. However, I have never done this type of work before and being in a new town, do not know anyone that could assist me. Can I do this type of job on ...

Hardwood flooring on floating stairs
I just watched this video, which is great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8qj3js1rUw However, I have "floating" stairs, which have a gap between each stair and an underside (you can walk under the stairs). Each of these stairs is wrapped with ca...

need advice on pealing ceiling paint after abatement
Hi, I had pop corn ceiling and got abatement company to scrape it off, they left a flat but dusty surface where you can see the drywall mud ( the mud is also made of 2% asbestos) , the surface was dusty and left white residue when I touched it. I t...

Switch Plates Getting Hot
I replaced two ceiling fans in our great room with two chandeliers. In the 3-gang box that controls the lighting in the entire room there used to be two dimmers (for recessed lights) and a ceiling fan control. When I replaced the fans with the fixtu...

Drywall over 3/4 inch wood panelling.
Hello, I am thinking to replace the existing wood paneling with the drywall. The wood paneling has very old look. I want to install drywall, prime it, and then coat it with nice paint color. I am very much confused, should i remove the entire wood p...

Sump Pump Life
Hi all, I have two sump pumps that have been in use for 10 years. Should I have them changed yet? What is the life of a good sump pump? Thank you...

Garage door opener
Hi Shannon, Thanks for putting the garage door video on Youtube. Couple questions. I have an aluminum (builder grade) garage door that has a lock. Do I need to remove the locking mechanism so the garage door opener will work? What are your thou...

how to make new laminate floor connect to a sloped existing laminate floor
Hi, I live in a house that has asbestos tiles all over, but carpets are laid on this tiles. In the hallway, there's a few months old laminate floor in good shape and color that we actually like, but is has a weird slope, and it seems like they laid...

breaking concrete slab
Hi, I have to break the concrete slab for plumbing a new bathroom in the basement, what is the best way to do it? I need it to be 12''W X 8' L. P.S. english is not my first language so i hope my question is clear....

'52 bare basement - cold
Hello hive mind, 1952 unfinished basement - block foundation waterproofed w 2"foam (2017) ~75% height is below grade. yes the floor joists have bark and measure a full 2"x10" :D but it's cold :cry: I've just started to glue 1"-XPS to the N wall...

Electrical monitoring @ the breaker?
I live in the country. We have a well that we share with 2 other houses. Power from the well comes from my house. Is anyone aware of any type of monitor at the level of the breaker? I.e. I want to be notified if power usage skyrockets (i.e. the p...

Anode rod replacement question
Hi, I enjoyed the video on the anode rod replacement. I had a question... when looking for replacement, are they all generic? Or will any Anode rod fit any water heater (besides the length issue that was addressed in the video)? Also, does it matter...

Cheap circuit tracers
Hey guys, I had a quick question about circuit tracers. I understand how they function, simple plug in tone generator, and a receiver. But my question is, can these cheap 40-50$ ones be used in more than just plugs / lights to the breaker panel? Bas...

Attaching baseplate to concrete floor without using fasteners
Hi, I'm planning on building some rooms in my basement which has a concrete floor with imbedded radiant heat coolant tubing. Obviously, I cannot use the standard method of attaching wall baseplates (anchor bolts) as I cannot drill into the floor for...

Basement frame & insulation
Hi Shannon, I wanna finish my Staten Island basement walls which are concrete (foundation), there will be a kitchen there as well, which means 2 things: 1: being able to pull plumbing (& electric) in the wall 2: the framing being able to hold kit...

Phone/Cable Service Weatherhead Embedded in Wall
I need to put a weather head up on a wall for bringing in a phone/cable service. I was trying to figure out how to run conduit in stud bay and how you angle the conduit to make the weather head stick out the wall. The weather head seems to be design...

Insulate 1965 bungalow walls
After removing dry wall, there was no insulation. Structure is the following: exterior brick, normal air space, 4 inch by 12 inch brown wood beams with heavy tar paper on each side, 3/4 inch space (forenz at every 16 inches), then the gypse dry w...

Problem with Recessed Lighting (pot-light) installation
Hi folks - I am dealing with a problem with my recessed lighting installation on the upper level of my two story house. Our entire upper level is being redone due fire damage. My electrician asked me to bring these pre-mounting plates (attached) so...

How to install foam board over clapboard?
Thanks to Shannon I gathered the courage to vinyl side my old 1930'ish house. The house is not insulated, despite the arguments online, I have decided to have cellulose blown in. On the exterior I have what I would assume to be wood clapboard in grea...

pvc edge banding for cabinets?
have heard you talk about using pvc edge banding for cabinets. just wondering is this standard edge banding or is abs banding what you usually get in big box stores. If this is the case where can you get pvc edge banding thanks...

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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