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Switched Outlet
Is it possible to have a switch controlled receptacle that also powers a light automatically when the switch is turned on? So when you turn the switch on, your light would turn on as well as whatever is plugged in to the switched receptacle would al…

Basement Project. Plumbing.
Dear brothers in arms,
May I ask you what is wrong with these pictures in your opinion?
I see, that the toilet has been leaking. And I smell it, too.
The shower drain is … cement pour is not finished. I can feel loose aggregate in the center of th…

Fire Blocking At Half Wall Transition
Hi Shannon,
Question for you. I fire blocked all the straight forward framed walls against my foundation wall. However, where the full height foundation wall drops
to a half wall since we have a walkout basement, it’s unclear to me if fire blocking…

Micro Wave Installation
Your video on tube was very helpful in understanding how to remove and replace an over the range microwave I’d like to know what size plywood you used for the backing on the wall. Thank you….

Sealing/Closing Off Old Duct Line
Struggling to find an answer to this anywhere.
I want to get rid of a vent and the duct work that feeds it. What’s the best way to close off the opening from the main duct that it was coming off of?
Thanks in advance!…

Deck, ledger board attachment to brick veneer
Hi Shan, I watch your videos when I can. They are very informative.
As my nick states I am a newbie to DIY.
We have a brick veneer home with no basement, I story and on a concrete slab.
I am wanting to build a 24×24 deck in the back and wa…

How to remove drain pipe
Is there a proper way to remove a sink drain (the abs piping for drain and vent)?…

Bali cellular blinds – mounting to window jamb
Hi, I just bought a house and one of the rooms had a Bali cellular shade in it ready to be installed, except it didn’t come with any mounting hardware. Also the window in this room is an arched window. From what I saw in another room with the same so…

Basement Project.
Hola!
I need The Third opinion, please.
Why is moisture barrier film advised (by MB Hydro booklet, [img][attachment=0]Basement and Crawl Space Insulation.jpg[/attachment]attached[/img]) to caulk slightly above grade line?
I observed my “opened/demoli…

Help, I am locked in and need a bathroom
Hi,
Well, I am at high risk for the circulating coronavirus and have been told by my cardiologist to stay away from people for, ahem, six months. Wow. Wife threw me in the basement and I have to quickly build a bathroom. I am confident with carpe…

painting 2″ foam board
What would be the best paint on Owens Corning foam board insulation? Or best paint to avoid?
Thanks…

Tile/Mortar
Hello Shannon
Greetings from Nashville Tennessee, new to this site however visit your site and find your youtube videos very informative and your a great teacher.
I watched quite a few videos on tiling but chickened out as wanted the master bathroo…

Curved Bottom Plate
We started to frame out our basement today and one of the PT 2x4s I got has a bow to it that I didn’t notice at the store. I am wondering how much bow, if any, is useable in a bottom plate on a basement wall. It doesn’t look to egregious, but I don’t…

Not easy to match up existing floor tile in DIY
Searching MR101818HD1P6 if anyone knows where to find it. It was available a few years ago though I have followings leftover if you need
Daltile Sicily Regal 13 In. X 13 In. Porcelain Tile SI981313HD1P6
Daltile Marseilles Chablis 13 In. X 13 In. Porc…

Problems Replacing Exterior Door Weatherstripping
OK. So, you’d think this would be a simple job. I took out the old weatherstripping from around my front door.
The spline of the replacement weatherstripping (M-D Products) I purchased is not as thick as the original and therefore won’t stay in the…

PEX Tools
I am looking to use PEX to run my water lines into a new bathroom/laundry room but have none of the tools (always have worked with copper). I see there are crimps, clamps, and some other ways to connect PEX. I am just looking for opinions and insig…

Removing Nail From Concrete
I’m in the process of finishing my basement and am currently trying to prepare the walls for foam board insulation from floor to ceiling.
The builder had installed these rigid fiberglass boards, which I have since removed. They were fastened to the …

Porch light not working
I’ve done a fair amount of research on the subject and troubleshot a few things so far but I’d really like some first-hand, live input.
The porch light just stopped working one day. My girl and I didn’t love the fixture to begin with so we went ahea…

Wood paneling below sink cabinet?
I’m not entirely sure what it’s specifically called but here are some pictures. It’s the strip underneath the cabinets underneath my kitchen sink.
I’ve cut out some time to completely gut the bottom of that cabinet because I know there’s water dama…

Adjustable deck post brackets
I get a lot of people asking about the adjustable post brackets I used in my deck building video series so here is a link for these brackets.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081TJ4LGF/…

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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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