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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Replace bad step flashing
Hello, I have T1-11 siding and 7-year old architectural roof shingles. There's no sheathing under the T1-11. The flashing that is under the T1-11 trim board (in this photo) that goes under the shingles, is one single L-shape piece of flashing, not...

How to get PEX through and around a corner
Hi Shannon, A plumbing question for you. I had hoped to run PEX through the wall studs then to a hose bib on the outside of my home. However, today as I started to drill holes, I discovered the framers have placed additional wood into the corners o...

Is a plywood header above window in 80's home normal?
Hey guys. I'm in the process of renovating the basement in my 1984 home. Just finished ripping off the old drywall. The plan is to replace the fiberglass insulation with Rockwool (R12 as framing is 2x4 instead of 2x6) and re-do the poly-job (wasn't 8...

Broken Central Air
Hi again, Of course my central air broke in this heatwave. See below: I have a 1996 Bryant central air 2 ton unit. I have a goodman gas furnace as well (not sure if that is relevant). The central air turns on and the fan spins outside, but does not...

Framing under an I Beam
Hi All, I've got an I-Beam going through the middle of my basement. Want to put a wall below it so the round steel posts supporting it are incorporated into the wall. What should I use to attach the 2x4's to the I-Beam or should I even do that? ...

BAD Vinyl Siding Job??
Hi, I just had one wall of exterior vinyl siding replaced. I'm a single woman and feel that they may have cut some corners thinking I wouldn't have noticed. When it took forever for them to come back to install a vent cover, didn't caulk anything an...

Shop Wiring
I have a saw, router and joiner each wired with a female plug to a vacuum. When each is plugged into the vac each turns on when the tool is turned on. I purchased a switch (Leviton Three Switches) with 3 switches so that I can wire each tool to 1 ter...

red wire in ceiling light??
Hi, Long time lurker and first time poster... I'm having trouble wiring a new ceiling light and any help would be greatly appreciated :D I went to change a ceiling light and came across a red wire. There is just one switch that controls the light...

Seam where Hardi meets shingles
We had our house's plywood siding replaced with Hardiplank a couple months ago, and there is one area where Hardi meets the shingles of a roofed section below that has never looked right to me. If I look closely between the metal flashing and Hardi, ...

Looking for some help on unique negative grade/flooding issue
My house is simply too low into the ground. It was built in the 1920s. The yard itself is level, but close to the house I have a negative grade to avoid having to put soil up against the siding. So the water basically pools around the perimeter of th...

Dead outlets
Someone accidentally shorted out an outlet. The outlet and others on the same circuit are dead. The circuit breaker tests live. It can be reset without tripping. What could be wrong? The shorted outlet shows no signs of damage....

16oc or 24oc groundlevel deck
So I will build a real basic ground level deck dirrectly sitting on the grass ( ill put a antigrowing grass tarp under it) itll be made with 2x6 no post or dekblock for support just right on the ground and the boarding will be standard 5/4'...

Hard to remove fixture?
Can figure this out ?...

Installing In-ceiling speakers
Hey guys, So currently I am renovating my living room and decided to install some In-Ceiling speakers (thinking of going POLK found out about em here [url][/url]) but I'm having a super hard time with th...

Deck remodel problems
Hi everyone - first time question. I am having to remove and replace all deck posts, rails, deck boards etc. When trying to install the new posts today (Iím doing it the same style/method as Shannonís How To Build a Deck Series Part 3), the 4X4 post...

retaining wall
I have this retaining wall in front of the house. it looks kinda sad, maybe dark from moisture? what would be good way to restore it? Sandblast? paint? stucco over it? any suggestions? thanks...

Vapour barrier suggestions needed
Hello everyone. I just joined this form and this is my first post and I'm looking for suggestions and/or comments. I'm no stranger to home construction and renovations but I'm stuck in deciding how to vapour wrap above the garage. I intend to insul...

Deck joists and posts issues
Hi everyone, I'm brand new to the forum and was completely impressed by Shannon's helpful deck video series. I started a "small" deck project for my mom which was supposed to be just sanding down and sealing her deck boards to give it a facelift. Unf...

Hi Shannon, Just wondering your opinion on using XPS vs EPS on the interior of a concrete basement 4ft below grade in eastern Canada. Planning to use it directly on concrete, with wooden studs fibreglass batt insulation between studs. R-value aside ...

Deck Ledger vs Freestanding - Brick Exterior
Watching the how to deck videos gave me the confidence to go forward with my DIY deck build, however I have run into a snag which is causing me a bit of anxiety. After more research, I have found it may not be suitable to support my 14' x 24' deck wi...

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 ! 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. Privacy Policy