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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Pet Peeves
Got any? This is one of mine: [attachment=0]20170921_141013~2.jpg[/attachment] This road is actually okay with three tire tracks, but so many roads on my commute are wider than this, and yet everybody cuts two tracks down the centre immediately afte...

Counter top finish and fit.......opinion sought
Currently having quartz counter tops installed. There is a small free standing counter top that has a small back splash that is moderately troubling. The counter top surface has a shaped edge. The back splash sits oddly.....to my eye....on top of ...

A personal thanks to Shannon
Shannon, Although i'm a big DIY'er, I can do electrical, repairs, etc, but I *was* absolutely stupid when it came to structural building/remodeling/construction. I am nearing the end of a project of transforming an old storage shed into a she-shed f...

Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles
Anybody ever use something like this before: https://www.decorativeceilingtiles.net/r-08-ceiling-tile/ :?: If so, what's it like? We have popcorn in one room that's badly patched and repaired all over the place but I worry this would just look ...

Vinyl plank flooring - L shaped hallway
Thank you for your video on installing plank flooring. It was just what I needed. I have a few questions... 1. I have an L shaped hallway. How do i handle them meeting if I want to have the planks running lengthwise in both directions? 2. Do the p...

Ceiling repair
I have a question regarding Sheetrock repair. I had to rip out a long narrow section of sheetrock recently due to a roof leak from a vent stack. The roof is now repaired and I have the ceiling prepped to put new rock up. The concern is this hole (abo...

Junction box behind vinyl mounting block for light?
Hello Everyone, I am working on putting new vinyl siding on my home, and im wanting to put two lights on the sides of my french door. This will be new construction since I recently rebuilt the wall to accept the french door. I purchased two of these...

Schiender distribution sub panel 60 AMP
I need to wire my table saw 240 volt 20 amp from my panel and it appears that don't have the room on the bus bar .I have seen some breakers allow you to put a single on the hot bus bar for a 20 Amp 240 volt instead of a double . Can anyone point ...

Reuse of concrete slab
Hello all, I am new to this forum, but I have a question about a major expansion I am planning. I have a 1290 sf, one story rental house that I plan to expand to 3000 sf (also only 1 story). It is currently a small house on a big lot. I have an a...

Measurement Shed roof rafters 4mx4m
Hi there - I am going to build a shed (timber). 4mx4m. I watched the video on how to measure the timbers for the 6ft shed. So i was wondering if you would have guidelines for measuring rafters for a 4mx4m shed What height would the roof be? etc... T...

Paint Quality
Is this just another old and cranky guy ranting, or is paint these days truly as crappy as it seems to be? A long time client recently moved and I'm doing some minor upgrades, which include replacing an interior garage door and installing a cabinet ...

Asphalt versus synthetic WRBs?
Good morning Shannon (and others), I live just east of Colorado Springs. My 30' x 48' x 16' shop is coming along well and in a couple weeks I'll be ready to install the windows. I have watched your video "How To Install a Window with a Nailing Flang...

Must ventilate to insulate!
First, big THANK YOU to Shannon and his team. My question is regarding the ventilating of my gambrel roof ceiling space. There's not an attic, it's a 9x16 little Barn Home. The rafters don't open up to the soffits, they run across the short sides. I...

Load bearing arches?
Hi guys, We're not in our house yet. Still have to do closing but so far everything is a green light. As I'm planning ahead on work to be done there is one (lol "one") feature of the livingroom the bugs me and it's the arches in the built-ins. I kno...

Injuries
Anybody have good stories/pictures of injuries? :twisted: I just split my thumb changing the picture in a picture frame and had to get a doc to glue it. No injuries while using my tools, not while helping husband with the car, not while building a...

What to do at top edge of concrete wall board with drywall ceiling?
Hey, I'm just wondering what to do my tub area where the concrete board on the wall meets the drywall on the ceiling, here's what the plan so far (aka, what I know lol). -I'll be tiling the walls, and painting the ceiling. -The walls of the tub area...

Farm fencing pole spacing
Hello, has anyone seen those fences on farms? It looks like they use double rounded 4x4s and attach chicken wire to it to keep the deer out. 1) Whether doing farm fencing with chicken wire, or doing regular 4x4 to do a regular stockade fence, can y...

Drip Cap & Flashing
Sorry to bring this topic up again, cause I'm sure you've answered it a million times already (but I can't find those answers). I'm installing a new door in my shed tomorrow. And I'm trying to understand how to layer the flashing ABOVE the door. So I...

roofing video
Hello My name is solomon adissu i was wondering, when u guys gonna release a new video about roofing. The last video you guys did was amazing, but the problem is that it was easy house. iam not saying i know how, but it would be better if you guys ...

Tongue and Groove laminate countertop seam
Howdy Shannon, I had an idea and wanted to know what you think. What if I were to take my countertop I need to build. Cut out the shape it needs to be in. Use my router to cut a tongue and groove into the diagonal pieces I need to seam together. App...

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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