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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

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...

hole in plastic shower stall
My client has a hole in a 1-piece plastic shower stall. Any ideas on how to repair it? Thanks.[attachment=0]IMG_4985.jpg[/attachment]...

How to start laying Joists on Freestanding Deck
Hi there! Thanks for all the wonderful information on the site. I've used it extensively on a remodel and now a deck project. My question starts with how to begin laying my joists. I have a 30' x 17' freestanding deck with 3 beams already complete....

bare basement
Shannon, I saw your videos about installing a subfloor and framing, but which of those two should be done first?...

Fixing gash in wooden molding
Our plumber created this gash in our entryway molding. What’s the best way to repair this? Are there wood fillers available?...

Split Level Basement Room
I watched the video about how to insulate a basement room. Our split-level house only has cinder block about 4 feet up the wall and then has a sill and wood framing the rest of the way. How does the insulation work with a wooden sill dividing the c...

Outside Deck
Gotta Say first off great video series love them very informative and have motivated me to do allot around my house and get it done, I live in the PNW of Washington state, Just bought a home and going to attempt to enlarge and redo the 40x12 deck I h...

windows & siding
I am planning a remodel job including replacing existing windows with vinyl clad (nailing flange & built in "J" channel. Also plan on siding with vinyl. Currently there is T-111 siding. My question is can the aboved mentioned improvements be ...

Roof Top Deck
I watched the "How To Build A Deck" video and it seems like a great small project. In the video, the deck was built over a concrete slab, so one side was supported by the ledger on the house, and one side was supported by a metal bracket bolted to th...

Recessed lights layout
Hello all, I'm planning to install some recessed lights on my main floor, would love to have your thoughts on the layout. There are currently 4 lights: 2 builder's ceiling lights, 1 chandelier, and 1 light in the foyer (missing in the picture). The...

Advice for window install
Hello gents, I have installed windows before, but I ordered a window from a fellow that owns a window company that lives across the lane from me and I have never seen this type before. It is a retrofit window, therefore, there is no flange it simply...

Re-finishing a bath tub?
Hello, Brand new here, wondering if anyone has used 'tub paint,' type products. One is a two part epoxy. If you have used them, could you please pass along your experience. Thank you very much from friendly Manitoba :)...

Painting Wood Windows
Hello all! I'm new to the whole DIY thing so please bare with me! We recently bought a house (built 87) with old oak windows throughout. They need replacing, but I'm hoping to be able to put that off until we're ready to do the whole envelope. Onl...

removing undermount stainless steel sink
I recently installed a granite countertop and stainless steel undermount sink. Sink is defective. How difficult will it be to remove the sink withoit damaging the granite counter. Sink is small enough to remove without lifting countertop back up....

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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