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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Weather stripping measurements
Doing everything I can to seal up this house and save on the electric bill. Looking at the storm/screen door I see that if I push forward a bit, there is a decent sized gap The current stripping is about a 1/4" long but the area it goes to is 1/2"...

Spray foam over water pipes
I am in the process of finishing a basement bathroom remodel where I have hot and cold supply lines that feed the bathroom in a 2x4 stud wall that is tight up the poured foundation wall. My initial plan is to spray foam the entire water pipes and al...

Pet urine smell
Hi ALl, bought our first house, there is so much of pet's urine smell in a room on the first floor of the house. removed carpet, underlayment, and wet Moped the floor nicely. bad Smell reduced by 90% percent but still smells. there is stick and pee...

Under/Over-Cabinet Lighting
Two questions about low-voltage cabinet lighting. 1) Is there a certain type of light that everyone prefers over the others? My contractor wants to use tape lights. Seems very easy. Any experience with these? And secondly, when roughing in the...

Just bought first house, already damp issues!
Hi everyone, first post here and first-time buyer also! Bought a house which has had a somewhat makeshift extension put on the side. The area of garden that used to be between the external wall of the house, and the boundary wall separating our prope...

Ceiling fix
Hi Shannon, We are almost done our renos, and after getting the mudding and painting done (hired a good local guy to do it last summer), I noticed the ceiling in the dining room redeveloped a crack that he "fixed." It runs where an old wall was remo...

Epoxy Fillers
Hey guys, I have a situation where termites have eaten subfloor and 3/4" solid oak flooring. The owner suggested using an epoxy, rather than replacing pieces of the oak, and that it could be tinted/colored to match the floor. I know that epoxies hav...

Refinishing hard wood floors
Hello, I asked a question on one of your you tube videos. Your answer to the part about gouges in the floors was "Hopefully these deep gouges are not very wide of it will not work well for either of these fillers. " They are quite wide. A few pro...

Soffit
Y'all have a video on youtube showing how to install soffit and fascia panels. The soffit is aluminum vented panels. Could you tell me what kind it is and where to get it...

Floating Floor under Ikea Kitchen Sink Cabinets
I have been installing my Ikea kitchen which as you know uses suspension rails to hold up the cabinets which are further supported by the plastic Ikea legs. We are also installing some Costco engineered vinyl plank flooring (They ‘click’ together) a...

Basement framing around finished window
I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this window on the window well (see pictures - window1 & window2) that's already finished and flush with the concrete wall ([i]i.e.,[/i] there is no room for drywall to be attached to the window f...

Insulating joist ends in balloon construction
Hello Shannon. I've watched your YouTube video titled "How To Insulate Joist Ends Using Rigid Foam." It was very helpful. My c1900 home is balloon frame construction. There is blown-in cellulose insulation in the wall spaces and attic. Updated w...

Painting over high gloss tiles advice
I have moved into my house and have 2 x 1957 fire places which have high gloss cream brown tiling. I would like to paint them white. I would like any advice on prepping and which undercoat/paint to use? Many thanks in advance Sam...

Filling Gap in Roof from Dry Rot
Tore out some dry rot in an over hang after fixing the leak above. Going to put some wood hardener on the remaining exposed wood but unsure what to do with the gap where the rotted wood was. Any recommendations on how to fill it in? Please see the p...

Vinyl Board and batten siding entry door.
Good evening, I am installing vinyl board and batten siding on my house and wondering how a person does around a entry door? Do I need to run undersill trim on the sides of the door or just J-channel? Thank you in advance....

how attach foam board on sliding glass door
I have 300 SF of sliding glass door. I'm trying to put 1 inch styrofoam boards on these glass doors. I tried double sided tape, but air got behind and water condensed there. (this was interior.) Tape didn't stick well to styrofoam. At this point I ...

AC unit to house hook up
Hello all. I recently moved into a home and I noticed the hook up between the ac unit and the home looking suspicious. Should these wires/hoses be exposed? If not, how can I fix this problem?...

bad windows? mold?
[attachment=0]20191117_105523.jpg[/attachment]So heres the deal I bought a new house in 2013 ( brand new first owner) and right away during the winter I noticed the bottom of thw windows watering up due to cold temperature outside/hot inside...

What is this along the baseboards?
Hey everyone, I need some help. I'm renting a house and noticed that this is all along the baseboards in one of the washrooms. Is this just water damage? Potential mold? Could it become dangerous? I'm concerned because I have two small children. Any ...

Basement Insulation
I have a 9’ concrete wall that I have glued 2” silver board to and taped joints, I have only covered 8’ from top of wall (as per inspectors code) leaving space at bottom. Have the 2x4 wall Insulated, again not to floor. I was told not to put vapour b...

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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