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Replacing a corner 4 x 4 corner support stud
Hello Shannon and everyone, First of all I want to say how much I appreciate your informative and helpful house improvement videos...You Rock!! I am replacing some 35 year old fiberboard siding and sheathing (the home builder wrapped open studs wit...

joint compound, which one?
I read on internet that for joint compound it is better to use all-purpose for setting the tape and second coat and another finishing joint compound for finishing layer. many people seem to recommend all purpose joint compound. So i was wondering the...

Installing Outlets through Concrete/Plaster Wall
Hey everybody! When I bought my house the previous owners had these extension cords hard-wired into the house and screwed into the baseboards. I know these are dangerous and I want to replace them with wall outlets but my walls are plaster (or concre...

Tile Layout
Hey guys, I'm tiling a tiny, basic "L" backsplash. The tile is 2" squares. There is exactly 1/2 a tile overhang on both the long end and the short one. Do I put the cut tiles at the seam where they meet? Or at the edges? Bonus points for poorly dra...

Adding new receptacles to existing 20 AMP line with 12/2
- longtime Shannon fan, first time posting: Please see attached schematic of my existing and proposed electrical arrangement. QUESTION #1: is it OK to branch off Recep #1 in order to add two more receptacles or must I continue along the existing ord...

Finish Gables
Are your finish gables solid hardwood? Do you make the finish gables or buy them? If bought, from where? and are they pre finished? I highly enjoy your videos, very informative and fun to watch. keep up the good work! Thanks!...

holding bracket for blinds
im trying to install a bracket to hold my blinds and its supposed to be screwed into wall but im not able to on one of locations. is there a tape or adhesive u would recommend to hold the bracket? they are small blinds and this one is seldom used....

Concrete against wood garage
I recently moved into a home where the concrete inside the outdoor garage doesn't reach the frame of the garage (the garage is made of wood). Because of this, mice and squirrels are digging in the soil outside the garage, going under the garage, and ...

Make interior brick look nice
My client has an old brick fireplace that she thinks looks kind of ratty compared to her newly-renovated living room. She wants me to paint it all white, but I'm hoping there is some way to clean up the brick and make it look nice again. It can't be ...

Wiring light fixtures
I have 1 power source and want to wire 2 separate switches that will work on 2 separate lights how do I wire that?...

Basement Framing and Insulation
Hi Shannon, I'm just starting to insulate and frame my previously unfinished basement. My plan is to use 1" rigid foam board insulation, followed by batt insulation. As you have mentioned the rigid foam board acts as a vapour barrier BUT in your base...

Moisture Behind Drywall
ABOUT: Bought House; Remodeling Office. Split Level Home built in 1964. Office has 2 exterior walls [side A] & [side B], [Side B] is halfway underground and [Side A] is not. [Side A] also has a faucet for the hose outside. [Side A] wall is Cinder...

Exterior finishing and insulation
I am looking for some advice on insulation: I have a turn of the century home with single layer brick veneer, that was sand blasted and ruined years ago. i want to remove the brick, frame with 2x4 in the space where the brick was, them sheet and sid...

Concrete Patio Restoration
Alright, I'm worse than a novice with home improvement. But I'm trying my hand at some small things first. Our concrete Patio is chipping away badly, and I'd like to re-paint it. However friends have recommended I power wash the paint off to leave ...

Interior Brick Repair (Big Holes)
Re: brick foundation, 1920s house This weekend, I removed some drywall in my basement (next to the furnace) to reveal something unexpected: two large shoebox-sized holes framed by metal, stuffed with fiberglass (see pic). This area is immediately b...

Repair concrete steps to our back door
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to repair this, short of demo entire stairs and starting from scratch?? I've never worked with cement before...but am handy...

Installing ceiling fan to existing circuit
Hi all. I would like some advice on adding a ceiling fan to my living room that currently has no overhead lighting/electrical installed at all. The only lighting for the room is two wall sconces above the fireplace which are controlled on a 3 way swi...

Ditra or Crack Isolation Membrane
Hi Shannon, Awesome channel, thanks for all the great videos. I have a question on tiling a marble floor. I have poured Self-Leveling cement over my radiant heating wires. I planned on using Ditra (which Iíve used before) before installing 12x24 mar...

Workbench wiring help
I recently built a workbench very similar to this one, but havenít added receptacles yet: I want to add three double gang metal boxes, controlled by 4 single pole switc...

How should I cover up this ugly window and wall?
My company moved into a new warehouse last week. The owner of the building did not take care of the building, and all of the past repairs were done carelessly, with minimal cost being the goal rather than design. I run an online home decor company, s...

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.

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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