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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Restoring or painting a white kitchen sink...
I have this white kitchen sink that we like very much but after 15 years of use the bottom part of the sink became very rigid or no longer very smooth like the rest of the sink which causes it to stain very easily. Is there any way to paint the bot...

Tiny pin holes in the bathroom ceiling...
Hi. I've been planning to paint the bathroom and during the planning process I've discovered a 100s of very tiny pinholes in the ceiling but only above and just next to the shower all around the ceiling fan. What causes that and how can It be fixed b...

Telepost Adjustment
I was just Curious the proper way to adjust telepost in my basement . And if there is anyone that can do it in Grande Praire AB Thank you very much for your time...

New England basement
When insulating a basement in New England (Maine- hot summers and very cold winters) when DIY and installing - what would be the order of products (example: moisture or vapor barrier, foam, insulation, then lastly drywall?) from first to last- and mo...

Basement Insulating with "Quick-Therm"
I've stumbled upon a Canadian company Quick-Therm, from Winnipeg that has a basement insulation, metal framing system for finishing basements. Product videos look very interesting and seems simple enough for a DIYer? Has anyone tried their products? ...

Analog Water Meter Reading Trouble
[attachment=0]Meter_Read_Tricky_image.png[/attachment]I hope I can re-produce the image of the meter in this message. I've been trying to learn how to read the odometer style water meters by not just looking at the digits but also using the sweep han...

cutting framing members awkward position
hi, have an odd request. i have renovated a house which included new vinyl siding. i have included a picture and if you look bottom right of the door you'll see some house wrap hanging down, about 1 foot high by 4 feet wide. this was a cut out spo...

Re-Caulking Backsplash?
Hi Everyone, Noticed that my backsplash caulking was separating. Hoping someone can help answer the below? The island is granite not sure what type of tile the backsplash is. 1) What is the best caulking to use? I was thinking GE2 kitchen and b...

Framing freestanding half-wall
I'm remodeling my kitchen (very slowly) and finally got around to tearing down the drywall on a wall that will be partially removed. First on my list of things to do is to do some rerouting of the two circuits that go to this wall. However, once I h...

Installing soffit and fascia after siding?
My husband and I (ages 66 and 67) are building a 24' by 24' cabin with 6' porch. Learning a lot, so far so good. For some reason we thought we should install siding first then soffit and fascia. One side and the front of the house have already been s...

Fixing a drywall for newbies, please help
So after removal of a very large mirror and an old vanity I got this left with. How can I best to fix this before painting...

laminate on stairs
hi guys i got another question. maybe you might have some ideas to help me. I am installing laminate in someone's house and they asked me if i can do the stairs as well. i have done lots if stairs in the past without a problem. these stairs have th...

Main Vent Stack ABS Pipe Sweating Moisture Buildup-Insulate?
I have a 3 inch main stack vent pipe, and insulated it with pink insulation all the way up, accept for the final foot or so, where it is in the attic, but noticed when I removed the insulation and vapor barrier that the insulation was a bit wet, and ...

Shed roof with no overhang
Hi Shannon, I love your videos, they've really inspired me to start doing more DIY stuff around the house! I'm currently building a 10x10' barn style shed using plans I found online, I studied them extensively before I started; but now I'm worried I...

voltage problem on one of my subpanels
I lost power to half of my building. The breaker seems OK, but when I turn the breaker off and retest with the voltmeter, it still shows 3 volts coming in. I changed the breaker (20 amp) and still have the same issue. Does anyone have any ideas as...

Briggs PowerBuilt 13.5hp help
Model #218707-0373, vertical crankshaft, electric start, installed on Yard Machines riding mower. Need a step-by-step on on how to remove blower cover. I've searched the web several times, which pointed me to parts sites/manuals (no help) or pages no...

Cabinet Hinges
My husband and I are redoing our old kitchen cabinets and I have a question about hinges. From reading online it looks like we have partial overlay doors with faceframe cabinets. We had semi-concealed hinges previously but I really hate the way they ...

Exterior brick moisture issues and insulation
Hey guys and gals, So here is the issue I have. Back in December I recognized that a section of drywall in the garage was wet and soaked. So i took it off to let dry. I pin pointed the issue as an old slab which was not sloped properly. All the water...

Recessed lighting went out (3 way light switch) - How to fix?
Hi, I was getting ready for work this morning and turned on my kitchen recessed lights via the 3 way switch (center switch here is what is used) then it was out just a second or two later as if the lights died on me. Now, I have a 2 way switch on th...

Wood siding over foam insulation
After watching the really good video on applying the foam insulation to the outside of the house I did have one question. I'm not sure if there is a video for this sort of thing but how would I install wood plank siding over the foam without smashing...

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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