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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Outlets not working
Alright everyone, I was hoping to get some insight here. I moved into a house recently. There are 3 outlets that are not working. My kitchen and dining room have a wall that splits them apart. The 3 outlets that are not working are one in the kitchen...

Installing a chandelier
I removed an old chandelier and now I am installing a new one. The issue I have is that there are (3) separate electrical wires coming into light fixture box. There is one hot wire the rest seem to have been connected together leading to other light ...

Basement window
Hi guy's, I bought a house and the windows in the basement are in bad shape. I have a block fondation the windows are wood, the dimension from the wood are aproximatly 44 X 21. I don't want to spend crazy money on exact fit. what a found as close was...

Shim vs spacer?
Hello, I am currently working on a long wall kitchen project. I have established a level line across the wall going off the high point of floor I determined using a transit level. Being a long run of 23', the floor slopes to around 9/16 at the far en...

Asbestos Risk In Wall Covering?
Hello, We are remodeling our kitchen in our home that was built in 1960. One wall of the kitchen (that also carries down the stairs into the laundry room) has some sort of linoleum (not sure if that is what it is) sheet that comes about half way up...

fluorescent bulb issue?
Hi, I have a single fluorescent light that recently went out. I simply went to home Depot bought a new bulb and replaced it. However the replacement is not fully illuminating and had a strange purple color. So I decided to return the bulb as defect...

Basement steel i beam
Hey Shannon, This is a non issue but i was curious about the typical depth of i beams in older houses. My house is from the 60s and 2 main beams run in the middle. Each beam is embeded in the foundation and it has posts supporting in in few places. ...

Window trim - better way?
I've been working on all my windows and have received some great help already here. My issue is I feel like I'm doing it the hard way. So, my replacement windows are recessed from the frame, and the drywall is usually always uneven. You'll see in the...

Rough in plumbing with sewer back flow
Do you’ve a video of installing a sewer back flow preventer w/clean-out built in plus rough in plumbing (abs)underneath concrete in basements?...

Sump pump installation
How far from the basement concrete wall are does the footing extend. Need to know this in order to install sump pit. Video does include this info. Also, can you recommend or give the kit name for the sump pump w/backup. Are the pumps cast iron?...

Securing subfloor planks to floor joists
Hi all, We are almost done securing and leveling the subfloor in the first room of a second story hardwood flooring project. The subfloor planks are varying lengths of 1.5" x 5" tongue and groove. Since some planks were loose, we secured them to the ...

Adding a foundation
We're redoing our bunkie into a guest house/game room. Its current "foundation" is railroad ties. There are no traditional joists, you can see the wood floors from underneath, which are on wood "beams". Those beams are on the ties. My question is - i...

Bunkie Renovation
I have an old post office on our property and I feel like I have a million questions to ask. This is what is behind the walls. Directly behind that is the exterior wood. Is it worth it to remove all of this material? Or should we just frame over it a...

Installing a 6’ sliding door
Hello all , I am looking to install a 6ft sliding glass door in my single level ranch house . I am running into the problem of installing a header . I have low ceilings and not enough room under double 2x4 top plate to install a header . I have an in...

Fiber cement lap siding and a new pet door
I have a wonderful house with brand name fiber cement lap siding. I need some advice on installing a pet door. This would be “old work” as the house construction has been complete for some time. I imagine the advice would be similar for someone wishi...

Vinyl flooring around raised hearth
I am going to install floating vinyl plank flooring in a basement rec room. There is a fireplace with a raised hearth in the room. How would you install the flooring around the hearth? I don't want to leave a gap around the hearth as I won't be insta...

Textured bathroom ceiling
We are in the process of putting in a bathroom in our basement. Plumber finished today and we are ready to start sheet rocking. I have been told by a couple people not to texture the ceiling in a bathroom. Is it a bad idea due to humidity? We live in...

Home foundation/structure question
Hi everyone, I have recently purchased a home on Long Island New York that is not too far from the ocean. It is an older home that was built in 1961. Recently I have noticed that there are a lot of wall cracks in the house. Some of them appear to hav...

Wiring dishwasher and garburator
Hi Guys please I need help with wiring garbage disposal and dishwasher. Im posting a diagram of all the wires. Basically if I turn the breaker on I have two hot wires and the other wires are for dishwasher, garbage disposer and garbage disposal swit...

Newbie Here
A house is home when a family lives together and have all the basic facilities working in proper manner. When any defect comes a handymen is required for every small repair. So I have joined this forum to learn and share various handyman tips....

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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