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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Thin concrete countertops?
I have an old house (built in 1958) and the countertops are tile, and I hate them (the grout is rotting away, and makes it very hard to clean) They sit flush with the top of the countertop edging, so when I pop out a tile, there is a recess across th...

mystery hole
I opened a wall in the basement to replace insulation which was old and degraded. I noticed that there was a 3/4 inch hole going through the wall siding as to allow air exchange between the inside the wall and the outside. The passage is protected by...

Leveling Wood Subfloors - Floating Bamboo
Hi - I'm ready to start floating bamboo flooring on the second story of my home. After removing the carpet, I've noticed a few dips in various high traffic areas. I have a few areas about 2'x2' and one area about 4'x6' to fix before starting. Depe...

vanity not square with back and side wall
installing new vanity and top, back and side walls are covered in acrylic faux subway tile over new green board. The best I can get is sidewall 1/4 to 1/2, back wall 1/4. can I shim with wood and caulk Cutting acrylic wall is not an option...

Kitchen Backsplash
Hey everyone, My wife and I just did a kitchen renovation with our contractor and we want to do the backsplash as a DIY project together. However, there are uneven areas in some parts of the wall where the backsplash is going to be installed. If y...

Shower valve problem
Hey guys,I have a one handle shower valve. The problem is the hot water won't turn off in the off position I'm thinking the shower valve is defected and I just need to replace the whole shower valve. What are your thoughts?...

Bathroom floor leveling again.
Weekend DIYer here. Looking to ceramic tile my bathroom floor. Large format tile 12x24. Floor is 3/4 plywood. 40 years old. I've added more screws everywhere to make solid, no bounce etc. My problemo is that the plywood sheets are not level to each...

Cheapest/best value option for improving old kitchen cabinets
We plan on selling our home and would like to freshen up the kitchen. One of the cabinet doors is broken and it looks like we won't be able to find a replacement that matches in color. We priced refacing the cabinets and it is too expensive. What...

Faucet thread pipe is too narrow
So I replaced a bathroom sink faucet and the threaded pipe is very narrow compared to the drilled hole. It tends to move when you use it despite how hard I tighten it. What can I do to make it more snug besides replace the faucet with a better sized ...

Best cement mix to patch dips?
Im trying to patch up a few dips that are still present after using floor levelling compound in areas of my basement to bring it up within 1/8 flatness for subfloor, I used the mapei self leveller plus, however now im struggling to find something to ...

Small Drywall Niche
I made some small 13" x 13" x 3 1/2" (deep) niches between studs from drywall. Finished with outside corner bead and paper tape on inside corners. All was well up to this point. When it comes to finish coat of mud, it's a super pain to run knife as ...

Ceiling/drywall
Hi, in the past few months I have noticed some cracks along the seam of the ceiling and wall on interior walls on my house and today I came home and found the ceiling bowing in two spots right beside one another. This happened on the top floor. There...

Jacuzzi Tub wiring
Hi Shannon, Hope all is well. I have a jacuzzi tub in my master bathroom, which is on a dedicated line back to the service panel. I am going to get rid of the Jacuzzi. So now I will be left with a dedicated line. However, I don't know what type of ...

Installing closet doors
Hello house improvements friends. I have a question about installing closet doors. I have a few of those closet openings in the house that dont have any doors. My openings are 36" and 48". the problem that I have is that some openings are slightly l...

Copper wiring
I am trying to install a dishwasher in my first home. There had never been a dishwasher here before so the plumbing is non-existent. I know that I need to extend the copper wiring for my hot water valve under my sink but I can't seem to find any info...

Electrical close to dryer exhaust pipe
Hi, The electrical installed for my dryer was run exactly where I want to dryer exhaust to be drilled. The wall is plaster so it's just an open cavity and the wire will prob be 2" from the exhaust pipe. I couldn't find anything in the code book I...

need ideas for exterior
Hello! We recently bought a very cute, but very tan house. Any ideas to spruce it up? I'm thinking white trim, or cedar shutters and cedar porch? Any other ideas that aren't too costly? Also, the windows are rather tall, so I'm wondering if shutters ...

Fiberglass Mesh Tape
I am redoing a tub/shower. The thing has a window in it (hate that!). I am using Densshield tile backer board. I will be using Mapei Aquaguard for the waterproofing (joints and screws). I want to embed fiberglass mesh tape into the Mapei for adde...

Very moist and damaged half foundation wall
Hello, It just thawed out after a very long cold stretch and I discovered a very wet floor in my cold cellar. The cellar was framed and drywalled by the previous owner and I cut out the drywall to discover the lower part of the half-foundation wal...

Da 'Burb
Ever wonder what a Suburban looks like without seats, carpet, and most of the plastic trim? :ugeek: :mrgreen: [attachment=0]no seats-carpet.JPG[/attachment] Got most of the grime and filth out and the stains lightened quite a bit. Thankfully, the ...

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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