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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Cleaning smugged dried glue
Hi Shannon, Any tips you can offer how to clean off dried on PL glue on pre-finished hardwood flooring? Don't know what can be done without scuffing or damaging the surface. Cheers, Al...

Canadian supplier of Carlon Zip Boxes
I'm looking for a competitive Canadian supplier of the blue plastic electrical boxes the Americans use. Home Depot and Lowes USA have them, but for some reason their Canadian counterparts don't. https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-Gang-14-cu-in-Old-Work-B...

Bathroom wall shared with crawl space
Hello Shannon, I have a tri-level home. Doing a bathroom renovation in the lower level. One wall is shared with the adjacent crawlspace so lower half is crawl space wall and upper half is shared with ground level house. The crawl space portion I no...

Window Installation is a Shed Building
Looking for some guidance for installing a window in my new shed building. It's about 98% finished. Working on organization now. This was a ginormous project for me, complete with lots of mistakes.Lol. A lot of time and sweat equity. https://www.ho...

Hitachi cordless framing nailer
First, thank you Shannon for creating all your training videos and this great forum. I have learned a lot. Now onto my question... I want to purchase a Hitachi cordless framing nailer and there are 2 models currently available. The NR1890DC which ...

New Siding Options
Some of our siding ripped off the other day, but it is not so warm here until spring sets in. I am not 100% sure at this point what I want to do to replace the siding as the house is 17 years old. Money IS an issue, so I need to be frugal, but at t...

Exterior staining questions
I need to restain a garage door and driveway gate. I powerwashed both first, to try to remove as much of the old stain as possible, with very mixed results: 1. Most of the old stain came off the garage door, as you see in the attached photo. But not ...

Installing base molding on a wall that starts strait and ends with a curve
An interior wall in a bedroom in my house starts strait from the corner and then ends with a slight curve to the door way. Trying to install fiberboard base molding and having no luck figuring out how to make that bend. Any advice would be greatly ap...

Best method for painting paneling
I will be acquiring a mobile home in the future. It needs a lot of upgrade work and I am starting to redo a back room. The entire home is old style paneling and I would like to know how to go about painting it. Should I sand first, use primer or woul...

Trades - Differences / Misconceptions between US & Canada
I was having an interesting conversation at work today with a drywaller who used to live in the US and kinda thought I'd bring it here since there's a good mix of Canucks, Yanks, and different trades kicking around. Anyone ever noticed differences be...

Tech Question
One of the reason that spammers post links is to drive traffic to their sites. Another is that Google and other search engines see these links which gives those sites validity. If this is true, then shouldn't we disable the links here, even though th...

install window case and sill with uneven window installation
Home Depot installed a few new windows for my house and we have to install interior window case and sills ourselves because they repaired damaged dry wall and did not charge us but require us to install case and sills by ourselves. I thought it is no...

basement floor - control joints
My basement project required relocation of the rough-in drains placed by the builder, and thus a section of the concrete floor was removed. That section of concrete contained the intersection of two perpendicular control joints. How important is re...

Phantom Wire - Very Strange
So I was going to start putting in some light fixtures in the ensuite and master bedroom just now, and I tested the wires with my voltage pen to double check that they weren't live. The weird thing is one wire tested positive for AC, but it's not con...

Steven James
hi Shannon. My name is Steven Piechotta. I currently live in Edmonton Alberta. Im 28 years old, my spouse and I have a baby on the way and i have worked as a general labourer in the construction industry in British Columbia where i was born for sev...

2x4 Wall Mounting 4 Gang and 2 Gang Box
I have a wall next to a staircase and it is the only location where I can mount a 4 Gang box on stair side and a 2 Gang box on other side (kitchen). I have to install it in the last bay of the wall as it is the only place where you could reach it fr...

Do I need a header on non-load bearing wall?
I am building a wall between a hallway and a room, the hallway has a joist from the ceiling that lowers the ceiling quite a bit for about 6" 's in width (kind of like an arch), I want to use that as the anchor point for the top frame plate and then ...

Scraping painted popcorn ceiling
Does anyone have suggestions for scraping a painted popcorn ceiling. I know water works for unpainted but not sure what to do with this painted surface. Thanks, Alan...

Install hardwood on stair
I just saw your great video on installation of hardwood on stairs. Does it make any difference whether one installs top to bottom or bottom to top?--thanks...

What is the difference between vertically single and double-hung windows?
Which one does a better job in daily usage and which improves the performance? Can anyone help with an answer?...

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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