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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Cold room insulation and framing
Hi Shannon - I spotted a few posts on here about insulating a cold room which have helped me but I just wanted to run my plan by you to make sure it was ok. The cold room is 4'x6' with concrete block walls (not very flat) and a concrete ceiling (fl...

Tub drain question
I've got a quick question about where I should connect my tub drain. In the top left of the attached image is the trap and a footlong piece of pipe attached to it (the trap is glued already, the piece of pipe is just stuck in there to make it easier ...

Under cabinet Lighting Rough In
You guys have been so helpful, so I hope I can get some input on rough in for under cabinet lighting. I'm not sure what is best - 120v line or low voltage led. Do you guys have a preference for one over the other? I'm down to studs in the kitchen...

Moisture Barrier for Basement Wall
I am framing in some rooms in the basement and wondering if lumber wrap can be used as the moisture barrier between the studs and concrete foundation. I watched your video listing 3 types of moisture barrier where you list house wrap as an option. I...

Will my stairs be off center?
Will my stairs be off center? I finally finished my deck and I am about to work on the stairs and i realized I may have messed something up. Will my stairs be off center to the gate? If so how bad will that look and is it fixable? I canít move th...

BBQ Regulators
What do you guys know about regulators in general, but more specifically, BBQ regulators? The burners on my propane grill burned through and I replaced them with identical aftermarket replacements that were a quarter of the price of the OEM burners....

Gas range - exterior ventilation required? / recomendations
Hey all. Doing a kitchen reno here and we have thought about installing a gas range to go with the new cabinets. I was wondering if external ventilation is required for a microwave range hood and a gas range? And regardless of that any advice for ro...

wire gauge requirements
I think in US they require 14/2 wire for lighting and 12/2 and 12/3 for receptacles. Is it the same rules apply in Canada? Im just about to order a book Electrical Code Simplified, hopefully it has some good tutorials for newbs like me....

water damage for cellulose insulation
Hi, one of air valve for baseboard insulation broke and my garage ceiling had water(hot water heating). It seemed to be contained between two beams over the garage. The garage ceiling is filled with cellulose insulation. Should I get the insulation r...

Sunken woes
I have a sunken living room and in such, it creates a low ceiling room in the basement. The unfinished space is just short of 6'3", being 6'2" myself there isn't much else that I can think of doing but a theater room. I'm trying to figure out how to ...

those darn 45's
ok...I need some help after 2 failed attempts but I am trying....I am trying to frame a burglar alarm box in my home...the measurements are 14 by 16...how does one measure the framing material for the proper fit for the angles...thank you...

Lighting Diagram
Hello, I'm new here and wanted to ask your advice on this. Attached is a rough wiring diagram. Could you look over the attachment if you have time? I have a friend who wants me to help him put some ceiling fans/w lights in his house. 1 in each of t...

Several rooms have no lights??
Hi. I'm new here. I have several rooms that have no lights, and I can't figure out what the deal is. All of the fuses in the fuse box are fine. Including the screw in buss fuses, and the cartridge fuses. All of the outlets work, other than 2. One was...

self leveller to transition floor levels
I installed what was called stranded carbonized bamboo about 5 years ago at my home in central Indiana and was very pleased with it. It did play havoc with the saw blade though. We recently move to southwest Florida and I am replacing the carpet and...

Bi-Level Insulation
Hello Shannon - thank you for your incredibly helpful DIY videos - my husband and I sincerely appreciate them, especially since we purchased a home this fall that has many pretty substantial issues that our home inspector missed that we are having to...

Running Wire through Floor Joists
I need to run about 8 x 14/2 wires, #12 wire (water heater), #10 dryer wire, and 2 x 12x2 wires through a set of 10 floor joists (2x10). I'm in BC, Canada and need to figure out how many holes I need to bore in the dimensional floor joist lumber an...

Need Help Quick - Cold!
I've got (another) furnace issue. It stopped working tonight. I tried to replace the fuse but that was not it. When I take the cover off of the gas/combustion area it works fine. I think there is an obstruction in the breather valve. Could this ...

Replacing sub floor
So I've started renos on my daughters ensuite bathroom. Old shower is out, and the floor has quite a bit of water damage. Question is, how much would be best to cut out ? If I just do the damaged section, will that cause problems when I go to do th...

Bathroom vent hood & stucco
I moved a bathroom vent hood from the roof to my gable end. I have a stucco finish. I noticed that the stucco is wet and Iím hoping itís from the vapour. I did not install flashing at the bottom edge of the vent; I did seal the stucco edges [where I ...

Replacing small piece of drywall with existing moisture barrier
Hi all, While replacing the baseboard heater in our bathroom, I noticed some black mold on the drywall in the corner by the tub, so I sawed it out (thanks to my experience from Shannon's video on sawing drywall! :D). Looks like the drywall we have ...

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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