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New Feature: Complete article and video series on building a shed

Sliding glass door install
I want to add a sliding glass door to the master bedroom on my house the exterior is stucco and I want it on the side the roof comes to a point(hope that makes sense) this will be my first time doing such a project so I would like to know what do I n…

Coupling for DIY spray handle bidet
Hi all,
Given TP is now practically more valuable than gold in Houston, I am cobbling together a bidet spray handle kit for our master bath and wanted a sanity check from the crew here before ordering the components.
I plan to install a three-way, d…

How to remove the cover plate for the ballast of this fluorescent light fixture?
Here’s a link to pictures of the fuxture:

Ballast cover

No idea how to take this off….

jigs for base cabinet assembly?
hi Shannon:
making some base cabinets and in your video on base cabinet assembly you mention that
you have some made up jigs for attaching drawer slides. you say you usually put them on
while building gable ends. would you be able to talk about this …

Windows in Manufactured home
Hi Shannon,
I have a manufactured home that was built in 1996. I am looking to replace the windows with vinyl windows. The opening of my windows is 36″ x 52.75″, When i check all of my local big box stores, the closest and most common size they have…

Insulating an elevated “she shed” floor
Hello! I am building a “she shed” office for my wife for her business. It is going to be a 12×16 shed style design with 2×6 floor on 4×6 skids over a concrete pad and 3/4in treated plywood floor sheathing. I am fully insulating the walls and ceiling …

Kitchen cabinet/drawer slides
I was looking to update some drawers with new slides (soft/self closing, smoother ride and all that). I have frameless cabinets so I think I have to go with side mount slides.
What determines the size of the slide I need? I’m referring to the actual…

Shed Electrical
New member here.
For the electrical in my shed, I am looking to run electrical from the main house (60 foot run from the breaker panel inside the manufactured house). I also will have solar and a generator. I would like to be able to use the gener…

Sealing bottom plate to foundation wall
Hi Shannon,
Thanks for all your great videos. Maybe you can shed light on this.
For my detached garage I have 2×6 walls on concrete stem wall foundation (28′ x 36′), I have 2×6 sill gasket foam under the bottom plate. I put the house wrap down to t…

Recommendations on Framing Foundation Edge
Hi –
In my basement, an exterior wall has a foundation lip of about 1-2″. My initial thought it to use a 2×4 on the edge and create a small shelf by attaching a cleat to the wall and attach a strip of OSB on top. Drywall could go over this later.

This is not the right tool for the job!
Seen this on facebook . I could not resist posting it.
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French Door Replacement
The outside of our back porch french door looks really bad and needs to be replaced.
It’s 64″ wide and 80″ tall, which from my research seems to be an odd / hard to find size.
What kind of door should I purchase? I want to purchase something that w…

Hole on the Wall
[attachment=0]basement hall.jpg[/attachment]I removed the plastic barrier and the yellow foam stuff from the side wall and I discovered this hole I am not sure what it is for and what should I do. I can feel the draft coming in….

figuring out shed wall height.
Ok have watched video & I do believe I’m knowledgeable enough to be dangerous. Going to build a 10 X 14 shed out back. Several questions. 1 want 8 foot walls so have my studs figured for 91 1/2 inches. Here my question? with OSB on out side …

Basement Drywall height issue
Hello everyone,
I am replacing the drywall in my basement and had a quick question. The wall height is 7 ft, and the only sizes I can find for drywall are 8 ft and above. Will I need to purchase 8 ft drywall and then trim off 1 ft to make it fit? Th…

Tongue and Groove installation– bowed floor
Installing new T& G Maple flooring in my Foyer area . The floor has a slights now to it ( .5 in 84″) what is the best way to straighten out the sub floor ? The house is about 100 yrs old…

Can’t find replacement cabinet hinges
I’m planning on painting my cabinets, and was hoping to find updated hardware with the same hole pattern.
My old hinges have the screws 1 inch apart.
The only ones I can find that are close are soft close, but the screws are greater than 1 inch a…

Contractor Whoopsie-Daisy Let My Newly Rennovated House Flood. How Do I Know How Much Drywall to Remove?
TL;DR: Water seeped under and up through vinyl plank floor, how do I know what, if any, drywall needs to be replaced?
My house has been under renovation for THREE YEARS thanks to an incompetent general contractor. Anyway, I finally moved in two mon…

Door questions
With the warmer weather starting to arrive here in Nova Scotia we’re about ready to start installing windows and doors. Watched your window videos this morning ready for installing one of our windows tomorrow and they were a great help. Feeling a lot…

What base would you use?
My deck project is moving along, I’ve got the footers poured and am waiting on the concrete to cure. I have a 5/8 anchor bolt wet set in each one for securing the bases. Low deck, so no posts – the double 2 x 6 beams will be sitting right on the ba…

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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
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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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