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OEM front door weather strip replacement?
Hello…. when I had my front door replace about 10 years ago, it was with Sears, so much for the me now…. So i need to replace my front door weather stripping, but it does not seem like its possible to remove the old old? See attached photo..[atta…

Help installing shower base
My house was built in the 60s so they had a concrete shower pan build. I removed the concrete from the area and was left with what is shown in the picture. There is some type of metal pan and a drain connection on top of that metal pan. Im thinking …

Basement Framing & Insulation Questions
Hi Shannon,
I have enjoyed all of your insightful YouTube content – you are a great teacher! I moved into an Ontario century home w/ a finished walk-out basement. After discovering some water issues in my basement I decided to gut the basement and …

5 years water getting behind flashing and destroyed all the subfloor. Cant figure whats going on maybe someone can help.
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I have a 100-year-old house where they originally used galvanized flashing 1 foot into the ground around the house. But we had replaced it and now there have been water problems with water gett…

Dishwasher ground
Does dishwasher solid copper wire go between the washer and bolt head, between the green wire and washer, or between back plate and green wire?
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Half of electrical breaker doesnt work
I have a trailer that has a 15 amp breaker for almost all the lights and outlets but only some of the outlets are working and they all look correctly wired and right now the house is hooked up to a bigger generator but all the lights in the master be…

Transition piece between wood floors and door sill
Unsure if this is a threshold moulding but just moved into our house and this part is cracked. Anyone know best way to remove it and replace. Hoping don’t have to take whole door out….

12′ x 16′ shed help
I am looking to build a 12×16 shed similar to what you described in your videos. I am planning on vinyl siding with a metal roof. Because the placement of the shed is on a slight slope I was looking at putting cement pilings down in the corners and…

Is a nightmare unfolding in my bathroom?
So my wife and I bought a house that was built in 1960. The toilet (blue) started leaking from the bottom so we decided to replace it. I took off the old one which had four bolts instead of two, and three out of four were rusted off. Then I realized …

Shed footings/ base
I am planning building a 12 x 8 shed on a 12 x 12 low deck base with sonotube footings. I want the deck as low as possible but I have the following questions:
1. How many footings for a 12×12 deck with heavy shed on top?
2. What size bea…

Setting shed posts into concrete: should I treat seal the posts first?
I will be building a small lean-to shed and want to set the posts holding the roof into concrete. The standard procedure is to dig a hole, set the post, pour concrete to almost fill the hole then add dirt. Question: if I want my posts to last longer,…

Sump pump running non-stop — chemical test of water?
Hello everyone!
First time posting.
I have noticed that my sump pump has been dumping water pretty much nonstop for the last few weeks. Dumps water every 5-10 minutes. It’s been raining quite a bit this winter (I live near DC) but still I am concer…

Cutting abs before gluing
How square does abs really have to be before gluing into a fitting? I know we aim for square but does it have to be square?…

Kitchen wall dilemma
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Hello all,
I currently have four plaster kitchen walls that look like this. There is adhesive from old tiling and wood paneling that I just removed.
What is my best option moving forward? It seems lik…

Farmers porch
I am in the process of constructing a farmers porch. I just finished a deck on the backside of my house. I have moderate building skills and mostly research to find the best ways to build before I start because most of the time it’s for the first tim…

Framing for a shed
Hello, I build a foundation for a 10 x 20 shed and my foundation is not square. When I measure diagonal the two sides dont match.
What should I do? I already concrete the 4 x x 4s and framed the 2 x 6 s all around……

Drywall Question
Hi All,
Recently bought a new home and did not realize until now, but some of the rooms seem to have something strange happening with the drywall. I cannot find anything online that describes what I’m seeing. These ripple stripes, about the same wi…

closet doors
upstairs bedroom closet doors are floor to ceiling 91.5in. when downstairs was finished bedroom closet doors are 79in. there is a piece of wall above closet doors 11.5in. I like the look of the downstairs doors better. how do I build a wall in close…

Best Bet For Decent/Usable Lumber?
So given the current situation, I’ve got to get the rest of my materials for finishing up the basement delivered. Only problem I have with that is not being able to pick out my own lumber.
Would ordering #2 rated 2×4’s give me a better shot at ge…

Wine cellar question
Hi there!
New to this forum, I need your recommendations.
I’m going to redecorate my basement to a wine cellar. What sholud I put my attention on? Any advice will be welcome. Of course, if there are wine lovers they can recommend me wine fridges/chil…

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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…

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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.

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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?…

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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.

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So you think you want to take on building your own home as a
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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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