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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Peeling Paint, just seal it?
The paint is peeling and chipping off the wall. Can I just seal over this with Zinnser Bin? [attachment=0]IMG_20190419_142105-600x800.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=1]IMG_20190419_142042-600x800.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=2]IMG_20190419_142130-600...

floor support.................
Hi Shannon, My wife and I just moved into a brand new modular home just over a year ago. The two sections, ( joined together to make one home ), measure 15 feet wide, by 76 feet long, which makes our home 30ft wide X 76ft long. There is ...

leaky balcony
How Can I repair my leaky balcony without removing tiles?...

Building a burner for a gas grill
I can't find the article about building the burner I saw yesterday. However the holes in the burner was not mentioned in the article. Can anyone tell me what size drill bit they use along the burner for the gas to come out for a good blue flame? Than...

Garage Door Instalation
Hello, This is a simple question for Shannon to answer, and possibly one of you all. In his video on youtube about installing garage door, does anyone know what brand of door and style used? Not only was that video extremely helpful, but I loved t...

Towel Warmer Safety Question
I recently came to know about Towel Warmers. Honestly, I haven't used one before. Living the cold area I hope this will help during the winter seasons. I want to make sure if this a right thing to do. I have two concerns: 1. My major concern is the f...

Possible load-bearing?
Hey y'all. I have a concern regarding a wall I want to open up. Firstly,I'll start out by saying this is a ranch home on a slab. The wall in question divides the kitchen area from a very small dining room (dinette area). I got up in the attic to as...

Cabinet Repair after Backsplash Removal
In preparation for new countertop install, I removed the laminate backsplash from a cabinet wall that is part of the built-in fridge cabinetry. In the process, the glue damaged the surface of the cabinet. Wondering what the best way is to go about r...

Front entry door
Hi guys, Have a 2018 built house. My problem came this winter. My front entry main door which is like a french door held up by an astragal attached to the sidelight with bolts on top and bottom to secure both doors (main door is 32w x 80h and sideli...

Ideas for a raised deck retrofit and pergola
Hello helpful House-Improvements- I have a raised ~10x20' deck supported by five 4x4 posts. Strangely, there's also three support posts on the house side although it appears to be connected to the house correctly so I don't know why these were added....

Kobalt sliding dual bevel miter saw issue
Hello I recent bought a Kobalt miter saw and noticed the 4 1/4 tall baseboard angles were off about 1/16 of an inch from top to bottom. After some investigation I notice that the rotating table is not level with stationary sections of the table. ...

My deck layout needs help
hello new to website I hope I can get help I want to build a deck treated lumber 4 feet off of ground Post will be 4x4 or 4x6 Beams I don't know Joist I don't know concreate footings with simpson strong tie post mounting base (expensive) M...

Furnace heat exchanger requires replacement - disconnected it!
Need some advice on furnace stuff. Service guy just turned off my heat saying the heat exchanger is toast and needs replacing. $600 installed. Wasn't leaking during his 15 minute test. Does this sound legit based on what you see here in the pics? The...

copper to abs connection
I have a copper 1.5" drain pipe and I need to attach abs pipe to it for kitchen drain. Is fernco rubber gaskets are the best way to go about it? thanks....

Drywall fixes
The builder of our house really screwed us on many features of the home, my current issue I'm trying to fix is the joints on almost all of drywall pieces. It appears they did not utilize any tape and just applied one swipe of joint compound. The insi...

Topgreener 3-way smart switch wiring help
I am trying to install a Topgreener 3-way kit (want to do a 4-way too but I'll save that for another day). I am trying to control three recessed ceiling lights that are currently on a standard, non dimmer, three way toggle switch setup. My house is b...

How do I reshingle along this side of a exteior wall?
How do I reshingle along this side of a exteior wall?...

Attaching second story deck ledger board when no sill plate is present.
Hi, first of all thanks for any and all help, it's much appreciated. I have a 2009 built home that uses manufactured I-beams for the floor joists, and the "sill plate" is just OSB (not positive of the thickness). My original plan was to use joist h...

stucco - to cover, or remove?
Hi everyone, I've started on a project of enclosing and finishing the underside of my 2nd floor deck. I want to cover the exterior of the actual house while closing this space up. Right now its stucco, would it be fine to cover the stucco? or b...

Using extra fiberglass batts in attic
Hi, I'm accumulated about 700 sqft of fiberglass batts in good condition (17 years old). Some were in rim joists, some were wall cavities. I was thinking of using them in the attic and placing them over the blown-in fiberglass insulation. Should I...

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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