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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Best type of mattress
Im confused! In desperate need of a new kingsize mattress but there seems to be so many types -memory foam, pocket sprung etc. Can anyone recommend a good "all rounder"-we have no back problems or special requirements-thanks. PS our base is the woode...

Do you think this is asbestos?
Hello, Removed old flooring (test results are pending). Just curious if anyone can identify if this is asbestos? I think this is an Armstrong “spatter” sheet flooring from the late 1950’s. Just looking for some thoughts. We setup a negative air ...

Exterior Stone Help!
Hello, I wanted to ask the community what specific kind of stone is on my exterior and best suggestions on updating it. Can you paint it? Will it need fully torn off and replaced to not appear so 1950s? Exterior is stone/stucco. Thanks in advance...

Straps at top of stairs with LVP install
Hey everyone. I am installing some LVP on my second floor and I have run into a snag. There are straps at the top of the stairs, that I assume are tied to the bottom side of the stringers, that stick up too tall to put down the flooring. I also ass...

Insulation on a shed floor
Love the how to build a shed videos! I'd like to insulate the floor - how would I do that? Could I use that blue styrofoam stuff? Would I need to sandwich it between the joists with ply on both sides? Thanks, S...

Base board trim
When installing vinyl plank flooring is it necessary to remove the base board trim prior to installation of the floor?...

Adding outlet behind wall & outside. Pictures and draft shopping list enclosed.
Guys, I asked about this several months ago, but other projects jumped ahead of it. Now, it's my next task on my list. I want to add an outlet behind the TV I mounted above the vented gas fire place, and an outlet for a patio TV. The wall behind the ...

Under sink Switched Receptacle
Under my sink is a switched receptacle. I need it split, so that the top is constantly on. I saw your video on how to do this, but when I went to do it, there were only 3 wires going to the outlet. Is it still possible to do what I want easily?...

What is the minimum depth of slab on grade
My old shed is built on an 8" concrete slab and I wonder how much I can lower the grade around the shed before the slab is exposed too much? E.g. is it okay if the bottom of the slab is just 3" below ground and the top of the slab is 5" above ground?...

Space drywall and trim
Hello - I have the trim cut but it's too short at the bottom so I see a gap between the trim and drywall. Do I have to add a little sliver of drywall or any other ideas?...

Cargo Trailer
Hey guys, I'm in the market for an enclosed work trailer, 6x12 with at least 6' interior height. Budget dictates buying a used trailer. 1 - What are good brands/manufacturers to look for, and why? 2 - What are the ones to stay away from, and why? ...

1/2” Foamboard insulation worth it?
We are getting new siding put on our house and have been considering installing foam board insulation, however our windows only allow for a maximum size of 1/2” to be installed. Is it worth the money to install it or should we bypass it altogether?...

Awesome shirts
Definitely just purchased a shirt, and should go ahead and purchase a hoodie. Thanks for all your help Shannon...

Installing new siding
Hi, I'm wanting to install new siding. The problem being we have large over hangs on the front and back of our home. The siding I'm wanting to add is to the end of the house. My outside corner meets the underside of the soffits. The soffits are appro...

Repairing holes ductwork/small crawlspace
Hi all, After reading many forum posts, I've decided that to repair the holes in the heating ductwork with tape. The ductwork is located in the crawlspace under the old house. So... Im a getting a bit older female that can do just about anything. ...

Deck joists - waterproofing
Hi Shannon, Watched your "Building a deck series" on Youtube and noticed that you didn't add any waterproofing for your joists. I will be building my own deck in a couple of weeks and was wondering if adding joist flashing tape is overkill? The en...

Window drip cap length?
How much wider than the window should the drip cap be when installing a replacement window?...

Main floor beam replacement, single storey building
We have to replace the main floor beam in a property we just purchased. 1 half of the building is about 35 feet, the second is about 16 feet. Currently there is what appears to be one beam running the length of the building. We would like to install...

Need help with roof/sideboard
Hey! I’m new here. But I have a question about the sideboard connected to my roof. It’s sagging and pretty much falling off, and squirrels started getting in my attic from there. I want to try to do it myself and have no idea what I would do to start...

Freezing Bathtub Drain -- how to improve exterior insulation
I have a bath tub drain that froze solid twice last winter, and want to improve the insulation (we live in Minnesota). The tub drain pipe freezes but not the water inflow. Tub/shower is located at an exterior corner, so two of the shower walls are ...

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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