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Recent Home Improvement Forum Discussions

Retention Wall
I am planning to use bricks to build a sort of retention wall/border/ledge for a patio I installed last season. I have a snap-edge that is currently in place around the border of the patio. If you look at the picture you can see the edging has one ...

Exterior Door Shim Fail? How Can I Fix?
Hi all, After installing several interior doors successfully, I'm trying my first exterior door. Shannon makes it look so easy, haha. I have the door caulked and in position. I shimmed the top and middle hinges, and shimmed the top left corner of t...

How to remove vine remnants off sofets/siding
Hi everyone. We recently moved in to Home that had a vine growing up one side of the house. We ripped out the vine and scrubbed off what we could off of the bricks. We are having a lot of problems however removing all signs of the vine from the alu...

Options to frame this wall
I'm looking into finishing a portion of my basement and am wondering what options I have for the top plate to frame this corner of the wall, specifically below the bricks (hearth is above on the main floor). [attachment=1]IMG_20180519_221612.jpg[/at...

Installing vinyl sliding doors
I'm replacing my old aluminum sliding doors with new vinyl ones. What tutorials on YouTube would be best?...

Cooktop + Oven on 50A / 240V circuit
Hopefully my last post on this remodel! I currently have a range that's running off a 50A / 240v circuit via 6 AWG (unfinished basement so can see everything that's running up into kitchen above). Based off my calculations from NEC Table 220.55 m...

Drilling piles or putting post blocks down
I was interested in building a small deck perhaps this summer, just about a step or two off the ground not attached to the house, however been seeing some videos people do piles in the ground then others people just use the post blocks on the grass l...

Hanging cabinets on a cinder block (plastered) wall
Hi all - I'm almost ready to hang my new cabinets in my kitchen. It's a 1948 home so my kitchen is against 3/4" of plaster, which is applied directly to the foundation brick. What is the best way to hang my new cabinets? They're hardwood constructio...

New deck attached vs floating
Hey Shannon, first I just want to say I have watched a lot of your videos and they have really helped with various projects in my house. I have a question about building a deck. I抦 planning on building a small deck/porch in front of my house. It wil...

Move electrical wire into brick wall?
Hi all - wanting to bring electricity down from attic to put a few outlets on kitchen counter (currently only 1). Problem is my kitchen is against the exterior wall, and a 1948 home doesn抰 have any studs against the brick, the plaster is just applie...

No flooring under old vanity
So, I'm halfway through fixing some sad happenings in our half bathroom (whose leaking sink valves started the whole main shut off valve thing). The old-old (original with the house) vanity was tiled around, and then a newer/bigger one was put in ov...

What am i looking at?
[attachment=0]1526592417258-1892647028.jpg[/attachment]Noticed this gapong hole in the house. Whays that stuff around the hole? Asbestos? Mold? What am i looking at?...

new construction window install
I love your youtube videos, thanks. I want to install a new window on a wall without one, but my wall only consists of sheetrock, 2x4's, and fiber cement siding on the outside. Every video I see they have siding on top of sheathing. How exactly wou...

Please suggest me the best window and door profiles for my new home
Hello there! As we are in process of shifting to new home, we are looking for window and door profiles which suits all the weather conditions. Thank you!...

Decks beams and joist
Shannon, the joist are 2󭅅6 the beams are 210 16....

Protect ground level sheathing & bottom plate.
Hello, I know it's not very smart construction, but it's part of the house my wife and I bought over 25 years ago. The section I'm working on now is slab on grade. It's actually a converted garage. Here's a look at what I'm dealing with: [attachme...

Replacement window, how to cut back interior sill, tile, etc.
I'm in Seattle and have a 1955 house with aluminum single-pane windows I'm replacing soon with Milgard StyleLine windows. The exterior is a mix of 10" exposure lap and 12" exposure deep groove cedar shingles. The interior head & jamb casing is ...

Electrical wiring confusion
Hi, I live in Newyork, USA. I am watching your videos regularly for my home improvements. Thank you for explaining everything clearly. I am trying to install a ceiling lamp holder where i have rough in for ceiling fan with light. So when i open cap ...

How to install drywall in Basement Wall
Hi Shannon, You have guided me before and with your great help, I am able to finish my basement walls. I Have glued and anchored 2" XPS foam sheets to the concrete block wall in the basement. Then I framed with 2x4 and installed Roxul. Now I am at d...

Removing plate on non load bearing wall
I am in the process of removing a non load bearing wall. The wal goes from the outside wall to the middle gerder. The plate in the ceiling has 2 2x4 nailed together. The bottom one goes from wall to wall but the upper one goes into the wall a little,...

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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