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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Lighting in basement
I am trying to add lighting in my unfinished basement. Nothing fancy, just the good ol cheap white porcelain lights that have a pull chain (but I will use a switch to control current). My question is, how do I bring my Romex cable along I-Beams lik...

Moisture barrier and air vapor barrier needed?
Hello, i have a stone foundation which i will be repointing in prep for framing, insulation (r15 fiberglass), and drywall. Do i need a moisture barrier on the stone and also a air vapor barrier over the studs? If not, which one is more important to ...

efflorescence and XPS insulation
Hi Shannon, I am re-finishing/insulating my basement in a 1930 home in Zone 4 . I am planning to do it as follows from foundation to interior which meets local building code: Basement Concrete Foundation Wall > 1”XPS Rigid Board(Pink Owens Cor...

Moisture barrier
Hello, I am working on framing an existing room that is built from concrete block above grade. My question is do I need to install some sort of moisture barrier? The plan is to insulate with foam once the walls have been framed. Thanks in advance...

how to align holes on handrail?
Hi Shannon, Not sure it anyone has touched on this before, but do you have any tips on how to easily align the markings from the handrail to the floor so they're straight/plumb? Unfortunately I don't have any laser tools at my disposal :( and want...

Floating Wall - Minimum Distance?
Good day, With regards to a floating wall. Shannon mentioned that the gap distance should be 1". I notice online many places state to use a 3" gap. In Canada, what is the recommended distance by NBCC? Thanks, Shannon (as well, lol)...

Please make video about installing a block for outside 220VAC twist lock recptacle
Shannon: Please make a video that shows how to remove a section of vinyl siding, then installing a plastic block, and then cutting and reinstalling the siding around the block. Then continue the video showing the installation of a 30A twist lock rec...

Insulation/Flooring Question
Hi! We saw a couple of your videos and thought they were great. We have a question about how to deal with some cracks in the insulation of a floor underneath baseboard heaters in our sun room. We removed a piece of carpet to find that the sub floori...

Basement Half Framed Insulation question
Hi Shannon, Before I ask my question Just want to say I watch your videos all the time and they have been great for me. Thank You!!! I am about to start refinishing my basement and I have a question about the Insulation. The basement walls are conc...

Bathroom countertop help!
Greetings! We are working on CHEAPLY sprucing up the house to sell it. This is some type of stone countertop,the type of which I do not know, that has stains, located in our bathroom. How would you go about improving it? Any advice on cleaning to r...

Build Shed Around a Tree?
If I wanted to build a shed in a specific spot, but say a 7ft circ evergreen was happily occupying the space, is it possible to debranch the base of it and build a shed around the tree base rather than cut it down (since it's probably a good 25ft tal...

Rooftop deck
Hello everyone, Curious if anyone has built a rooftop deck on a flat roof? I'm interested in how to properly build an access way to it. I can either have stairs from an outside balcony or interior stairs (spiral or regular) city zoning allows it and...

Removing old gas line question
Hello Everyone, Now that ive tackled my laundry room wall rebuilds and my exterior siding ive moved into the house to finish off the walls that I had to rebuild. Before I can start putting in insulation and drywall I wanted to lay down new subfloor....

Oil burner ash trap leaking, but not fireplace.
Just wondering if anybody would have an idea in identifying a leak I'm getting with the oil burner portion of my chimney. Currently there is a fireplace that has been cleaned out, and checked out for water, so far, I don't see anything. But when I to...

First big project, help me prioritize it?
So we just bought our first house, older spot built in 61, good bones but shit basement. I stripped the basement down, and plan on rebuilding it from scratch. Upstairs is pretty much done, we removed an old door frame that split the back entrance to...

Vinyl plank to Carpet transition
Watched video great job with the information have a question did not see in the video. I'm going to be laying vinyl planks down in the living room. Dining and kitchen are in the next room which is where tile starts. Do I have to put a transition stri...

vinyl corner post at soffit
Shannon, I am currently building a detached garage and have just finished the soffit and am ready for vinyl. I have an overhang on the eave and the gable and have finished the soffit without out a soffit box, exactly like you did in your 2011 soffit...

Bought an electric dryer but my apartment does not have a 220 Volt outlet!
Hi, Bought a Samsung Electric/gas (hybrid) dryer online from Home Depot a few weeks ago. The model number is DV40J3000EW. The major problem is that my apartment does not have the 220 volt outlet. I had no idea that the dryer's require special...

kitchen counter top laminate
Hi Shannon, Really appreciate your videos. I watched your video on laminated counter tops. My question is can I connect particle boards together without a seam showing under the laminaate?...

Hiding drain stack pipe in joists.... Safely?
So, I am installing a basement bathroom, and it just so happens to be just below the upstairs, so i currently have my drain stack ~3ft from the wall, and plan on pushing it back. I got 2 plumbers to take a look as they were here for various issues, o...

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 ! 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. Privacy Policy