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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Tool Safety
I'd like to hear from pros, DIY'rs, and average Joes what you think about circular saw kickback. As a pro, I've experienced it, however, when you are aware of the tool you are using, what you're doing, and the potential for kickback, you are prepare...

Ran new wire to old Switch Box
Hey, just ran a new power feed to a switch box upstairs in order to get rid of a junction box in the basement ceiling so i can drywall (this switch box feeds power for lights and outlets) However it was all the old black wiring that didn't have a gro...

Shower niche on common wall of condo
Is is ok to install a shower niche on the common wall of a condo ? Is this the same as installing on an exterior wall ? There is currently bat insulation on that wall by the way. Or would this totally depend on how the units are constructed ? I ...

Attaching a Ledger Board
I have a poured concrete basement. On top of the walls, I can see a board running the length of the wall. I'm assuming that is the sill plate. On top of the sill is the house rim board. If that is all correct, I should be able to outside, find th...

Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Last year I installed a window on first floor of the gable end of my house. Now, I am going to put another window in but this time it will be on the second floor and on the eave side (I think that is the opposite of gable, right?). I am wondering if...

Drywall crack: Plaster, Spackle, Caulking, something esle?
I have a few of these cracks around the house, all of them under windows. I'm planning on selling it and don't have to have to deal with a big plaster job. Just need something that will "fix" the problem for a few months....

Framing
Hi Shannon installed rigid foam against concrete basement wall would you recommend the framing be tight against the foam or can i leave a small gap to run electrical wiring.thanks very much...

furring strips under Siding or not?
Hi Shannon, Where I come from, we usually install furring strips beneath the siding fot vent purpose. But it seems that it's not what most people do looking to a lot of videos including yours. l'm planning to use wood for the siding of my cabin insta...

Basement Insulatin 2 XPS
Hi Shannon, I am insulating my basement with 2 XPS, using adhesive to the poured concrete wall. My rim joist were previously sealed and insulated by the builder. I have about 8 feet and 10 inches of concrete wall, The very top of the concrete does...

XPS foam vs. EPS foam vs. Roxwool comfort board
Hello Shannon, First let me thank you for your superb videos; I have come to them time and time again for home projects. Your advice is explained well, easy to understand, and most importantly, reliable. I have another question about insulation. ...

Cold air return thermodynamics??
Hello, I live in Ottawa, Canada, very cold winters. My heat exchanger (HRV) runs all winter long. The cold incoming air duct that leaves the HRV feeds into an initial cold air return supply duct (about 8ft run). The area directly above (hardwood flo...

AFCI
Good evening everyone I was wondering what the new code is for AFCI .Do I need to put them in for ever receptacle circuit I have or is it just for bedrooms . And do I have to put them on the circuits that are only lights . Or can they have regular ...

Owens Foamular Foam Board Insulation
Hi Shannon, I am framing a basement wall. Your YouTube video is great. My issue is that my walls are about 8'10" tall and the foam board insulation is only 8 feet tall. Can I cut and go horizontal to make up the space? If so, on top or on bottom? And...

Beam splicing
Hi Guys, I will be building a 12x44 deck this spring and will be using 3 2x8 material to make the main beam. I plan to use a pair of ZMAX 16-Gauge Galvanized 6x Adjustable Post Cap brackets to attach the vertical 6x6 posts to the beam. Do you use ...

Vinyl siding J channel cutter
Hi Shannon, In a video on how to install vinyl siding you showed a tool to notch J channels. Can you tell me the name of that tool? Thanks, Andre...

Receptacle Spacing
Good morning all . I was wondering if someone could interpret the receptacle general spacing code for me cause the way I read it makes it seem like that no receptacle can be no further then 6 feet (1.8)away then each other in usable space . And if t...

Conduit for heated floor wires in wall cavities
So Guys what is your take on using conduit between the thermostat box and the floor when running electric heated floor cables? They do not really have a jacket on the cold wire end so I have always used conduit. I like fishing it through the pipe wh...

adding vapour barrier and r value to existing home
Hey Shannon, I noticed in my attic ceiling insulation, it has that old gyproc brand insulation, paper backed on both side, stapled in place, green lettering that says gyproc. I then have pink insulation over top of that, I think its R20 or 2x6 insul...

re use builders insulation blanket or not?
Hi Shannon, Just found your site, thank you for all the great information. Im currently finishing my basement and have some questions about insulating. I currently have builder installed blanket insulation four feet down, then bare concrete. My ...

Drywall Mudding Confined Area
I have a bunch of drywall niches 13" x 13" x 3" deep to finish. It was okay to put on a tape, but I'm having hard time applying finish coat because I can't lay knife flat to finish a nice smooth coat (hits sides). Any tips on best approach to lay d...

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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