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Moving Kitchen Plumbing
I am wanting to move my kitchen plumbing. On the left is where the sink used to be, I'm going to move it over in front of the window(outline on the white tarp), the green tape is where the sink cabinet is going to be. I think at one point the sink us...

Attic: How to improve the insulation and add a storage..
I just took few pics of my attic and was wondering if my insulation is really that bad? Can it be improved and how? Also, I've been reading up on creating storage up in the attic that I could definitely use. I only wanna store some empty boxes that I...

Replace or repair bathroom exhaust fan
I'm pretty sure my bathroom exhaust fan motor finally died. It's been on the way out for a while - it was starting to take a good 10-20 seconds for the motor to start going when flipping the switch, and now the fan just hums and never starts spinning...

Cement stairs
Hey Guys, I plan on putting vinyl down in my basement next week but the company does not make stair accessories. Just wondering what I could to cover the below 2x steps. I am hoping not to use MDF if possible. In the end will find a paint and pa...

Painting Ceiling
Hey Guys, I plan to paint my fresh drywall and recently primed ceiling. I am not the greatest at cutting but it seems that most dont cut when doing the ceiling. Example in the video he paints 4 on the ceiling and 1 on the wall? My question is...

Deck Post Spacing
Hello, I'm making plans to rebuild the deck in front of the house. The 10x36 deck was built in 1983 and made out of 6x6 posts, 2x8 16" OC. The post spacing is 8' apart with a double 2x8 beam that the joists are attached to. The joists go from th...

Wall oven electrical requirements (Toronto)
Hi All, I'm planning my kitchen Reno at the moment. I'm aiming for a wall oven and a separate induction cooktop.The cooktop requirements are pretty straight forward - 8/3 wire ( ~25ft to the breaker), 40A, 240V dedicated circuit. The wall oven isn...

Laminate flooring near front door
I am almost done installing the laminate floor in living room except few plans near the main/front door where I am struggling. See the pic how it looks from inside. [attachment=3]frontdoor1.jpg[/attachment] [attachment=1]frontdoor2.jpg[/attachment] ...

Even out concrete wall and insulate 2x4's.
Hey All, Wanted to know your approach to evening out a concrete wall from bumps such as these before insulating? Do I just press the rigid foam against these or shave / break these off? Leaning towards the former to avoid exposing any holes to the...

Re leveling bathroom floor
My bathroom floor is 5'x8' over an 1" low on the 8' side I was planing on taking everything out taking it down to the original subfloor shiming the low side with a couple foot wide 1/2 " plywood then going over the whole floor with another 1//2" peic...

Wet cold room walls , plywood ceiling is damp
Glad to find good channel for stay at home mom who just like to do diy repair minor and your videos are great . One thing I am facing it as , in my cold room / cold cellar underneath of porch has ceiling plywood supported by 2x4 S , problem is it...

Dimensions for the Bi-Folding door
Hi again, How much the opening must be to install a 79 X 30 bi-fold door? Thanks M...

Side guide for roller shade...
I bought a roller shade but it didnt come with a side guide like this: [attachment=0]SideChannel.jpg[/attachment] Do you know a good way that I can build one myself ? Anything that blocks the light will do, it doesnt need to be metal... thx sonic...

Continuous Load
Hi everyone, I would like to know what is the max. current in Amps you can officially get from a socket-outlet in a house/apartment in the US in continuous load (8 to 10 hours). With 120V, 208V and 240V. Thank you very much for your help. Best, Ele...

Insulating Basement with Block wall+Gap+Stone foundation
I've had a bit of trouble finding a similar situation to mine, upon which to base a decision. I will upload a diagram to hopefully clear things up, but the house is 120+ years old and built with a sandstone foundation in Ohio/Zone 5. Half is a basem...

Non-standard Window Sash Locks
My wife and I bought an older home this past summer, and are currently going through and renovating it slowly. The windows on the house are probably 10 - 15 years old, but they are vinyl and in good shape. Unfortunately, the window sash locks look da...

Vapor Barrier on Basement Walls
I have an unfinished 1200sq ft basement that is partially below grade. I live in Pennsylvania. Always been humid in the space but never had any leaks or anything like that through the walls however I used drylock over all the walls just to be sure. ...

Vinyl siding over stucco
Hello, I have a brick home that is covered with stucco, the stucco is in fair shape, I just hate stucco. I want to put vinyl siding over it. The resources that I have looked at say I need to used concrete screws and attach furring strips to the stucc...

Partially finished basement walls
Hello everyone. This is my first post! I have a 30 year old house that has an unfinished basement that I would like to try and finish myself. The builder has finished the exterior walls from the basement ceiling down to 32 inches above the concrete ...

Switching opening of sliding patio door
Shannon's video of removing a sliding patio door is EXTREMELY HELPFUL. Can you show or explain how to change one to open from the left side instead of the right panel? We need to accomplish this even if the new positioning won't lock. This is betw...

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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