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Concrete Steps Repair
How can we repair our steps stair that is cracking?...

Using vinyl J for F channel nailed thru bottom
For vinyl soffit eaves. Is it OK to attach vinyl J channel horizontally and through the bottom of the channel into the garage walls. Doing it the normal way by snipping tabs and making f channel out of the J channel resulted in an uneven appearance...

How do I insulate my garage door
Hi, I have what seems to be the only garage door that is smooth no rails on the panels to install the foam panels that I see in all the videos. The problem is how to attach panels to the door with creating issues in opening/closing the door etc.? T...

Exterior white board installation
Hello there, I recently had someone install white-boards around an exterior window and unfortunately the smooth side was placed on the outside which doesn't match my other windows which are grained looking. Outside of looking bad is there a problem, ...

Over Spray paint in a ceiling box: Concern or not?
Over-spray paint in a ceiling light electrical box. Hello I am about to install a light fixture in a ceiling electrical box that has never had anything in it. When I removed the cover it had paint all over the inside of the box and the 3 conductors. ...

Underlayment in kitchen
Sir I recently pulled up my linoleum floor in the kitchen to install laminate flooring throughout my house and identified about 1/4" underlayment in the kitchen but no where else in my house. Do I take out the underlayment in the kitchen, with the ...

Furnace
Hi guys, i am building my first spec home. And i wonder, would it be better to put a 1. Natural gas furnace, oven, tankless/regular heater 2. Condensation furnace, gas oven, tankless/regular heater 3. Heat pump, electric oven and electric water heat...

Hot Water Odor
Hello. Recently, I started to notice an odor coming from our hot water. I watched Shannon's video on how to change the anode rod, which was very worn, and his video for replacing the T&P valve. When I refilled the tank and after the water was ...

Banister Repair
[attachment=0]Rufus.jpg[/attachment] When our dog Rufus was a puppy he had some issues as you can see. He is now over it, but I am working to repair the damages. As far as this banister, should it be repaired, partially replaced, or fully replaced? I...

Exterior brick
Bought a house but it has this ugly brick work done. The mortar joins are solid but it was sloppy how can I clean this up to make it look better. This looks like it was done a few years ago....

AFCI Breakers vs. AFCI Receptacles
Is there one that is preferred over the other? Is one technically safer or more effective? Adding some circuits to a GE panel. GE (atleast from my research) does not make a half-size (THQP) fault protected breaker (AFCI, GFCI, or Dual). So, to ...

Insulation Cantilevered Overhang
Hello. I am interested in the proper way to insulate a 24 inch cantilevered overhang (floor level) from the basement. I can see into it where the rim joist would normally be. I live in a cold climate (NY) Thanks!...

Outdoor and Underground Conduit
What is the best conduit to use to bury a line that will eventually be used for a lamp post? I have a patio going in today and I need to get conduit for the installers to be able to lay that down before they do the rest. I could use rigid PVC type...

Exterior steel door gap
I installed new weatherstripping on an exterior steel door and I have a large uniform gap on the doorknob side,any ideas on how to fix this issue ?...

Vinyl corner posts
Good morning Shannon. Preparing for vinyl siding of new construction. Have followed your website from the beginning. Project coming great! Soffit and facia are in. Here is the question: How do I run the vinyl corner piece up to the bottom of the box...

Roof Rafter Framing
Hi, I'm building an add-on 8x16 mudrood/entryway with a shed-style 4/12 pitch roof abutted to the existing exterior wall. Cement piers are in, floor and walls are up. Next step is to frame the roof. The existing house is 1.5 story, balloon-style fr...

Unlevel floor
Going to be installing pergo lvp floor and noticed my entire hallway dips a little bit so its unlevel. Is there a solution for this, i feel it will be noticeable with a vinyl plank floor...

Steel door sweep
I have a steel door that I have to change the bottom door sweep every couple years because the rubber lets go. The door frame also has the magnetic weatherstrip kinda like what you replace in your youtube video. To the question , on the door sweep sh...

Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Good afternoon. I've got a three way switch for two sets of lights in the front of the my house. The first set of lights is over the entryway to the house and the second is over the second floor porch. They're supposed to be controlled by two three...

Sunroom over Carport on Concrete Slab - Insulating floor
Hello all! I've enjoyed Shannon's youtube videos, did a quick forum search and didn't see what I was after. Attached is a sketch for the below. I've a carport sitting on a 6-8 inch concrete slab that's been parged over for "looks." I've got a full...

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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