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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Home foundation/structure question
Hi everyone, I have recently purchased a home on Long Island New York that is not too far from the ocean. It is an older home that was built in 1961. Recently I have noticed that there are a lot of wall cracks in the house. Some of them appear to hav...

Wiring dishwasher and garburator
Hi Guys please I need help with wiring garbage disposal and dishwasher. Im posting a diagram of all the wires. Basically if I turn the breaker on I have two hot wires and the other wires are for dishwasher, garbage disposer and garbage disposal swit...

Newbie Here
A house is home when a family lives together and have all the basic facilities working in proper manner. When any defect comes a handymen is required for every small repair. So I have joined this forum to learn and share various handyman tips....

Crack in Cove joint
Hi Shannon, Just wondering your opinion on sealing/filling cracks in the cove joint. Getting ready to insulate my basement and wanted to address the cove joint crack that extends all around the perimeter of my basement. Some areas are worse than o...

Shut Off Valves
Hi Shannon, Hope all is well. I was told by an associate at Home Depot that I could install a shut off valve that will work to shut off the water for both my tub & shower with only installing only one valve. However, for the life of me I cannot...

Basement Insulation - Builder covered Blanket Insulation till Freeze Line
Hi Shannon, My basement in about 30 months old. The builder has covered with the bat insulation (???) for the top half. I want to complete the basement now. I need suggestions. 1. Should I remove the existing insulation and install fresh - like a ri...

Unique Crown Molding Feature - Removing Wall
Hello, We are remodeling our kitchen and, as part of that, are planning on removing a non-load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining area (see attached picture). This home was built in 1960. The walls are 5" and consist of 2x4's, gysum board ...

Installing dog ear pressure fence
Whats up guys, I'm about to install a pressure treated dog ear fence and i would be installing the pickets individually. I was just wanting to know what type of nails should I use? The pickets are .75 inch thick and I'll be connecting them to 2x4. ...

confused myself
I have a 220v 8/3 wire coming from the main service panel to an old central a/c thats no longer used. I'd like to put in a subpanel and have some 110v 20A outlets. 220V will NEVER be used from this subpanel. For now, ignore, the setup in the main ser...

HELP... this gal needs to know fast...
the absolute best way to properly level a ceiling. I've found myself in a massive renovation and in a 1400 SQ FT house. I have had several walls removed and I want all the texture off the ceilings and want them painted smooth and level. I'm complete...

Railing Suggestions
I am looking to replace the vertical supports for the railings pictured to make it safer for the children. Is there anything you would recommend?...

Ridge vent question
Picture of my ridge vent. Does this need a cover? Looks to me like water will/has been running into the attic. Of all the ridge vents, this is the only one like this. Red circle looks ok to me. Blue circle looks like it is missing a cover. But I am ...

Flashing horizontal porch roof to a stucco wall
I am building a patio porch roof extending off a stucco wall. I exposed a 2x10 leadger (ridge joist) under the stucco and attached Simpson joist hangers every 16 inches from which I hung 2x6 rafters that rest on a 6x8 horizontal beam 12 feet out from...

Before inspection do I teminate the wires or
When I wire my addition, for 120 volts, do I terminate the wires into the actual breakers in the power panel, and at the receptacles and light boxes, before the inspection or not? My thinking is not. For I can't hang the light fixtures before the s...

Running natural gas line for a dryer
I will need to run a 1/2 inch copper line to the area where my clothes dryer will eventually be moved to. Will I need a special back flow type valve or something similar, attached to the line before the gas valve is attached to the line? Or will al...

What style of freeze proof water faucet should I use?
I'm wanting to install a new outdoor hose faucet on my house, where there never was one before. The water line feeding it will be 1/2 inch PEX and coming from a heated living space, actually my new laundry room. The line will pass through a 2x4 wall...

Faucet type for a clothes washer
I'm moving my clothes washer and dryer to a entirely new location, to please my wife. I'm using 1/2 inch PEX. Due to code restrictions and obstacles inside the existing walls, My water lines and drain line, will be on the outside of the drywall, thu...

Charge water lines for inspection or not?
I'm plumbing an addition to my home. The only water connections will be for a clothes washer, and gas clothes dryer, and a utility tub. Do I need to actually connect the PEX water lines to my existing PEX water lines prior to my plumbing inspection...

Floor Tile installation in 2-3 days
We are currently renovating the floor house entrance that is shared with the guest bathroom (which is linked by one door). Our tiles are 24 x 24 with 1/16th grout line. We are using Perfect Level Master (T-Locks) for the leveling. The way the two roo...

Water Lines
Hi Shannon, Hope all is well. For the purpose of my illustration; I named the photo Pipe 1 & Pipe 2. However, these two photos in reality is just one pipe. I will need to re-route the pipe, because it is in the way of what I will be doing. Pipe 1...

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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