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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Shed Flashing & Metal Roof
Hi Shannon, Great vid re the shed; I built one based on your outline. I'm ready to install the metal roof. The flashing seemed easy enough Question: how do you install the flashing under the gable? The video doesn't show that install. Thx Chris...

New replacement tub is 32" wide vs. old 31" wide tub
Hi Shannon, My new replacement (CI) tub is 32" wide vs. my old 31" wide tub, so how can I add about 1 1/2" to my alcove space to accept the new wider tub in my bathroom remodeling project. The bathroom layout is a very standard 1950's design with a t...

Microwave hood vent
Hi :) I just installed a microwave hood vent like the one in this video. https://youtu.be/IYlfldtsYCo If I'm venting outside, does the vent at the top (where the cupboard doors are) still gets used for something? My cabinet is 15" deep, unlike m...

New windows in house with T1-11
Want to install new windows in a house that has t1-11 siding. Don't want to use replacement windows. Present windows are nailed directly into T1-11 through wooden brick mold from the outside. How would I put in a new construction window? Do I nai...

Framing Basement Stairwell
Im planing the framing for my basement, but Im stumped when it comes to the stairwell. I have about 1.5 inches of space from the concrete wall to the stairs, which isn't enough space to place a foam board for insulation and then a 2x4 to frame for dr...

Addition
Hi Everyone, I am looking for some advice on what type of foundation to use for an addition, I have a century home with a full basement. The foundation is part block and part rubble. The addition currently is sitting on logs, it was built long ago a...

Basement wall Framing
I just have completed insulating my basement walls with Roxul Comfort Board - 1.25 in. thickness. Question is : when I start framing my walls - How far from the basement wall should I start from ? Should I frame tight to the wall or use the 3/12 d...

Tropical Insulation Needs...
Hi Shannon, Just watched one of your videos regarding insulating what looks to be a basement cinder-block wall interior - helped a lot but also prompted a few additional questions I'm hoping you can address for me. I'm about to build myself a new...

4x6 notched foundation shed skids
Hello, does anyone know where i can purchase or how i can make 4x6 notched shed foundation skids, i am wanting to build a tiny house with this method for the foundation so i can set my floor joists in these notched 4x6ís. Thank you in advance...

Shed wall sheathing: OSB + LP SmartSide?
I plan on using LP SmartSide for my shed. From my research, this is applied to framed walls and no other layer is used (OSB or plywood). Does it make sense to have OSB on framed walls, then add LP SmartSide? Pros/cons of doing this?...besides added p...

I'm having trouble adding a switch
Hi Shannon. I currently have one switch controlling two lights that are in separate rooms. I want to add a switch in room two so the lights have their own controls. Current wiring is 12/2. My idea was to run wire from an outlet in room 2 to the new s...

Siding/Trim question- Newbie/Future home buyer
First and foremost, thank you. Future home buyer with a question regarding a house I plan on visiting. This is a house I'm looking at and it has me scratching my head. The inside and landscaping are in decent shape but it just looks like they stoppe...

Lights on half vaulted ceiling
looking for ideas for installing lights on the half vaulted ceiling in the house. maybe recessed lighting in the side? thanks!...

Am I allowed to rebuild this deck, otherwise how?
Shannon and Everyone :D , I am new to this forum site. I am quite a fan on your Youtube channel. I am a RN who likes DIY. I have a few questions for you today. My 20 years old deck attached to the patio door fell apart this year. It was originally b...

Basement washroom slope
Hey Shannon, Big fan of your YouTube channel. I'm installing a washroom in the corner of my basement, the cement floor slopes towards the drain in the laundry room next door at a slope of 0.018 (i.e. every 4 feet it drops approx 7/8 inches). Should ...

should I install my own Carpet
Hey, any tutorials on carpet installation? I have roughly 900 sq ft that needs to be laid down. Is it a DIY friendly or better be left to the pros?...

shingling between new roof and soffit
I am building a porch addition. The new porch roof is under the existing soffit by 24" There is only 5" of clearance between the soffit and the porch roof sheathing. I have no idea how to shingle the new roof with only 5" of clearance on the right si...

exterior window replacement and sizing
a few related questions. am replacing large bedroom window from 1970s canadian bungalow. have a decent amount of home improvement experience. my window supplier is telling me when he makes his windows the inside height and width will be reduced sl...

Can I reuse ice and water shield when re roofing
Hi My name is howard, this is my first time using the forum. I am going to replace my roof My question is do I try to remove the existing Ice and water shield or just lay new Ice and water shield over the old....

Directing Water in the Basement
Hello So my wife and I are saving up for drain tile in our basement that we purchased about 8 months ago. Unfortunately the previous owner lied about the water in the basement, it seeps from under one of the walls. In the mean time before we actua...

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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