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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Bay window woes
Hi folks, a couple things to ponder. I have a bay window that my little butthead dachshund used to like to use as a toilet :evil: The wood bubbled up in places, gross I know, so I had a guy come and re-top it with 1/4 plywood. It looks like crap ...

Power for a switched light can't come from another switched light
here is the scenario. Picture a two story room addition. On the first floor is a bed room, in that room, Power comes into a light switch, then up to 3 ceiling lights in the bed room. On one wall of that room, is a staircase and a landing. that lead...

Tiny nails!
I imagine there is a simple solution for this. I just purchased replacement flush pulls for my sliding closet doors. The pulls have tiny nails to attach the pull to the door. I donít see how drive in these tiny nails in such a confined space. A...

How use romex sheathing to lable wires
I want to use sections of romex sheathing to label wires in my power panel. I think these will or should be whole pieces, without the usual slit down one side, [i]as usually seen, becasue that is how it is removed when stripping wires. [/i] So, How...

Get power for a closet light from a ceiling fan?
So, my new bed room will have a ceiling fan light /combo (unless wife changes her mind again) The room also has one closet to have a light in it. It would be smart and advantageous to get the power for the closet light from the power that feeds the ...

Are we allowed to partially cover a outlet/switch box?
So, say I need an outlet/switch box larger than 22.0 cu inches because of the number of pigtails and romex cables going [u]OUT[/u] of the box { there is just [u]one[/u] [u]'power feed romex[/u]' coming into the box} . I'm estimating there would be ...

For lights, power to fixture first or switch?
Does it matter, when powering lights in a room, that the power first go to the switch then to the light or is visa versa better? Note: no 3 way lighting is involved in this . Neither is 14-3 cable. I'm just using 14/2 romex. For the record, I'm ...

No. of romex cables per outlet/switch box
I'm needing to know the allowed maximum romex cables allowed in a 22.0 cu in rec./ switch box? becasue I want to tap power used for lighting in one room, and also use that power to power the lights in a foyer, and not have to run a romex cable fro...

Subfloor finishing question.
Half of our building will be a pottery studio about 30' x 25' and we're struggling to come up with a way to finish it. We are toying with the idea of painting it and then putting some kind of epoxy over it to fill all the little dents that OSB comes ...

3-way switch pig tail
I had originally planned to run 14/2 from the panel to Switch #1 --> 14/3 to Switch #2 --> 14/2 to a light, and then 14/2 to the second light (Speaking of the lights on the left side of the picture). However, it would be much easier for me to j...

Gambrel Roof Garage Insulation
I am currently getting some plans together to build a 24x30 barn (gambrel roof) garage this upcoming summer. One of my biggest concerns is how to insulate the roof/walls upstairs. Spray foam is not a option as where I live, there is no contractor tha...

Canless recessed LED lights. Fire Hazard?
We are building a home and will have around 75 can lights. I have been researching can lights and came across the canless LED lights. They look way easier to install and cheaper overall than regular can lights with the housing unit. After ready a lot...

Installing LVP on top of existing floor
While installing new LVP in my condo we ran into an issue in the kitchen where the old laminate wood flooring was glued to the laminate tile flooring underneath. The rest of the condo has a concrete base with a pad ontop and installed perfect. Is it ...

Replacing roof support posts.
We've fi ally finished replacing all the floor joists and beams and are about to lay our subfloor. The previous configuration had two 4x4 posts running from on top of the old floor supporting a 30ft beam. The posts had started to sink into the floori...

How far can dishwasher be from water supply?
Anyone know if there are any distance requirements for a dishwasher and water source? The dishwasher was supplied with a 5' water hose but I'm going to need more than that as the dishwasher goes around the corner from the plumbing under the sink. Tha...

Jig used to cut crown molding
What is the name of the "jig" you used on top of your miter saw to steady the crown molding from sliding down resulting in an error in the cut? Thank you....

Over-sized Breakers!!!
Hey, I am new to this forum, and I would need quick help from you guys! My wife and I in the process of buying a house in the suburbs. We just found a beautiful perfect house! So just to round up everything, we had a home inspector inspect the house....

Poly on warm and cold side of basement wall
I am in the process of finishing my basement when the other day I noticed some wet spots along the bottom of a couple exterior walls. One was bad enough that I took down the drywall, poly and insulation only to find another layer of poly between the...

Detached garage frost on slab
I just built a garage on slab last fall. 28x28, 2x6 framed, fiberlass insulation. I didnt insulate the exterior slab as didnt have time before winter. During our -30 degree cold snap I noticed frost on the slap on all 4 corners. Forced air temp set...

Rotten wood beneath the door
Hi all Just removed the carpet from the room and noticed the rotten wood. I have attached the picture for your reference. Could you please check and advise if it is easy to replace this wood. Not sure how far the wood is tucked in the wall....

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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