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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

To Notch or Not to Notch
Hi guys! I have a question regarding notching one of my ceiling joists in the basement (or floor joist from the 1st floor, depending on point of view). As you can see from the picture below, there are a bunch of joists in rather close proximity, and...

Deck Flashing Issue
I'm hoping that someone with flashing experience can help me out. I recently purchased a house that has a flashing issue around where the deck meets the side of the house. The deck boards are laid diagonally, so in an effort to reflash this area, ...

expanding window size on a brick home
I am currently rebuilding an exterior wall window section on my brick home. My house has had a lot of water problems. Leaking roof(fixed), leaking brick(in progress), possibly leaking windows(to do), leaking shower(wall deteriorated due to externa...

Concert deck into covered screen porch
Hello, I have a 14x14 deck off the back of my house. We currently do not use it as it gets no sun ( house backs up to woods). I want to convert to a screen porch. Questions: 1. Does it need to attach to house? It is a two story so the current roof ...

Framing for a door opening
Hi guys, I plan on using a louver door to the opening where both the hot water heater and furnace are located. this is the info on the door I was planning to install:

Front deck progress
Since I've been asking so many questions here, and gotten so much help, I figured it's only fair to share my progress so far with my front deck, it's my first deck, and a few things have changed since the pictures, mostly due to reinforced footings, ...

Can I drill through this beam (Atlanta Ga)
Hello All, Been lurking for a while but here I am. I'm roughing in the electrical in my basement. The electrician that wired the house original seems to avoided drilling through this beam? He took a really long way around it to get to other place...

Fake brick siding
I watched your video on installing a foam board brick to the interior wall. On the outside of my house I have siding board that a step to the one above it. Would just putting say 3/8 inch plywood over it work to make it a substrate for securing the f...

4 way light does not work correctly
Hello, I recently fixed my 3 way light switch by watching your video,Thank you! Now I'm attempting to fix my 4 way light switch but my set up is different than yours in the How to wire a 4 way light video. In my set up the main power wire and the wi...

Bowed studs
How straight does a framed wall need to be for drywall to look good ? Checked my studs for a 30 ft wall and some are bowed in 1/16 '' a couple are in 1/8 and one is 1/4. A few are bowed out 1/16. I assume that I need to fix the 1/4". What about t...

Vanity question
Possibly dumb question but I have to ask. I have older house with some of those 2x8 stud walls as support for upstairs. Now they do steel support beams, but in my house there are four walls that are in the basement and that what holds the upstairs f...

Closed cell sprayed on batting
Soon I'll spray some closed cell foam insulation upstairs.. where the slope meets the knee wall, there's some conventional batting stuffed into what I'll call the 'eaves.' I'm not sure that's the proper term... Is it ok for foam insulation like this...

Finishing Basement- What to do at window sill and sides?
Hi Shannon, I am finishing a basement. Now I am at the drywall stage. I have a window installed in the concrete blocks. Now the depth of the sides is 12.5". I don't know how to finish that. What should I install? Drywall or some plywood? Please guid...

constructing a porch with roof alongside a mobile home.
What is the best way too construct a porch with a roof along side of a mobile home. The mobile home does have about a 12'' overhang, also have need of the best way to attache the floor framing to the posts and also at the roofing area. Thanks for any...

New tool pouches!
My wife thinks I have problems, but I'm pretty giddy about my new tool pouches I bought today. I used to have a good leather set that got stolen a few years ago, then for the last few years I was making due with big box pouches. Inevitably I bust som...

installing 4" prehung exterior door in 6" frame
I am installing a walk-in door in the corner of my pole building (an OLD bldg). I purchased a prehung steel door in a 4" jamb frame with brick mold attached. After getting door home, for various reasons, I have decided that using a 2x6 frame opening ...

basement insulation fix.
First off, thank you so much for this forum and all your videos. You really explain things well in an field where everyone seems to have an opinion, you really explain it all so it all ends up making sense. The basement of my old house has some typ...

Veneer chair seat rippled
As you see, the seat of this chair turned out to be a veneer, which rippled when it got wet. Can the veneer be replaced?...

Hey Shannon, What materials layers are best as subfloor for Linoleum. There is plywood now...then the original 1970s subfloor ( particle board ) ...and they don't make it in the same thickness or dimensions anymore. Its already water damaged from a ...

Options to fill a previous "cut out" area of a hardwood floor
Hello. I have a rather older home with very well kept hardwood floors. The one exception is a long ( about 9 foot) by 4 foot area the previous owner had a entrance wall placed in the middle of the hardwood floor. The construction team decided to c...

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