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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Removing ceramic tile from floor
I am getting ready to start gutting my bathroom, but am running into some problems. When I redid my kitchen, I made a really bad mess and did a lot of damage using a sledge hammer to break and move the ceramic tile in the kitchen. The same tile is in...

Removing this horrible texture
I have a really old home, plaster and lathe except for where I've renovated. The previous owners put this disgusting and extremely difficult to paint texture on every wall and ceiling in the house, and I'd like to remove it. What's the ebst way to do...

Deck Stair Railing
Shannon let me start off by saying how much I enjoy your youtube videos - very informative and I love how you show your mistakes or issues. I have replaced the railing on my deck with the metal balusters and cedar 2x4 top and bottom rails (thanks to...

Chimney flashing
what is the best caulking/sealant to seal chimney flashing to brick chimney?...

Are there bulb sockets with a rechargeable battery?
Thanks a lot...

Exposed Basement Cieling + saniflo type toilet
Hello Shannon, Thanks for the great videos on youtube! Those informative videos on various topics are helpful in my learning process. Seeking some advice regarding my basement. Q1) What would the thoughts be for an exposed ceiling in the basement...

Beginner Question About Replacing Light Switches
Hi, I've been watching and using your helpful youtube videos for a while now; you guys are the best! I'm wondering if you can help me with something. The situation's probably really obvious, but I am fairly new at doing this kind of thing. I live ...

Insulating the basement wall behind furnace.
I have to finish the insulation in my furnace room 3 of the walls are easy to get at stud and use batts. The problem is the wall behind my furnace and hot water heater. There is nearly enough room for me to squeeze in so studding would be very diffic...

New this forum
Hey all! I'm new so I just wanted to introduce myself. I want to learn many a lot about bathroom. I hope this forum is the best place to learning to about bathroom. Thanks all....

No flashing between deck and vinyl siding...
Hello, Realized from watching your video and some investigation of my deck that it appears no flashing was used. House has vinyl siding. Is there any way to rectify this? Thanks...

Toilet cemented to ceramic bathroom floor
Help!! I have a powder room with toilet I need to remove. The toilet has ceramic flooring and the toilet is cemented to the ceramic flooring with thinset, it appears. The color matches the tile around it and surrounding flooring. What's the best way ...

LED Strip/Tape Lighting
Hi. I'm thinking about installing LED tape/strip lighting under my cabinets (for function and ambiance). Should these be applied 1) towards the back bottom edge of the cabinets, 2) towards the front, or 3) somewhere in between? My initial thoughts a...

Portable building workshop insulation questions
background: I'm looking into getting a (likely wooden although possibly metal) portable building. The type that sits on concrete blocks. I live in the Southeast US so it is hot and humid. The shed will likely not have any kind of tyvek or exterior va...

Shed trusses
Watching the videos on measuring and building shed roof trusses. Question: will that procedure work for a 16' span? Or will it require additional or different steps? BTW, I'm new to this forum thing so I hope I did this right. Thanks, B...

epoxy floor
My wife wants me to put an epoxy floor in our den. There is linoleum on the floor now. Whats the right way to apply the epoxy over the linoleum?...

Paint on wooden floors
Hello all, I live in a small farmhouse and discovered wooden oak floors underneath the carpet. I would like to refinish them (was going to use laminate before I discovered the real deal) BUT the previous owners, while blowing in the white popcorn cei...

Old panel door - missing panel
One of the panels in an old panel door got kicked out. Can this be repaired? I would rather do that than deal with the hinges....

Stair stringers attached to cantilevered deck
Hi! I'm in the tail end of framing my 12'x16' free standing deck which is only 24" above grade. The 16' side is against the house, with two beams running parallel with the house at 2' and 10' from the side of the house. This means I have 2 2' can...

Something growing on standing seam roof
I've got something growing on a standing seam roof; it's worse where the sun doesn't shine. Any ideas on how to clean it off? Thanks....

Interior framing of bay window
Hello, I am gutting my master bedroom. Old lath and plaster being removed to the brick. There is a bay window and was wondering if you have a video on how to frame the interior. I had the window replaced 7 years ago, no issues on the exterior. Than...

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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