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    How to remove ivy remnants from a stucco wall?

    How Do I paint Aluminum Siding?

    Can you paint a stove?

    Which wood to use Poplar or pine, for outdoor use?

    Every time I drill where a stud is, I hit metal instead of wood. What am I doing wrong?

    How can you remove wallpaper?

    How do I Remove Tile Glue?

    How do I trim excess roofing?

    Is there a way to dye or tint brick mortar after it has set or dried?

    How to glue plastic to wood?

    How do I install weather striping on an exterior door?

    What's the Difference OSB Vs. Plywood?

    How can you heat up a swimming pool for low costs?

    Which thermostat Should I Choose?

    I found razor blades between the wall of my bedroom and bathroom; What does that mean?

    Does primer have to fully coat the wood ?

    Can I Install a window air conditioner without brackets?

    How do I get a really tight tap valve off?

    What hammer drill is right for me?

    Do you need to use wall plugs when hanging something on wood?

    Can I lay Vinyl flooring direct onto floorboards?

    How Can I Priming and painting PVC?

    How Can I make Drywall fit down the stairs?

    How do you re-fill your toilet?

    How would I put a screw into hard wood without cracking the wood?

    How to remove paint or graffiti from concrete?

    How do I prepare my cottage or trailer for the Winter?

    How can I prevent mold & mildew from getting around my windows & window?

    Can I use SM foam board as underlay for laminate?

    Can I remove the sink vent?

    What kind of posts should I use for a second story free standing deck?

    Do I need a special tool to remove a bath tub?

    How do I drill into Brick Mortar?

    How do I remove mold from wood?

    How do I put a screw in the wall to hold my curtain rod?

    How can I soundproof an existing room?

    How can I mount a 16inch tv mount on a 24" studded wall?

    What should I replace a wall anchor with?

    How do you prep wood for staining?

    Where can I buy sand paper?

    Can I paint my garage when its cold?

    Could I stick wall tiles on plaster board?

    What is Hairdryer-Shrinkable Plastic for Windows?

    What kind of caulk should I use to re-seal a sink?

    Will concrete stick to wood?

    What do I do if the toilet floods?

    How can I stop black mold from growing in my bathroom?

    Is there a way to remove rust?

    What type of glue should you use for gluing stone to wood?

    How can I unclog my Bathroom sink?

    How can you crack/break concrete with water/ice?

    Should I try installing carpet of laminate in my basement?

    What kind of saw/tool do you need to cut granite for your kitchen counters?

    How to remove paint from brickwork.

    How to attach a fabric/material to a wooden desk.

    How to stop a toilet from sweating.

    Why does your Circular Saw Blade Sticks, and Burns Wood.

    How to remove super glue from finished wood.

    Should I Turn off the water before vacation?

    How to level a cracked asphalt driveway?

    How can I tint my bathroom window?

    How to remove the oil stains from a concrete driveway?

    How to thaw a frozen drain.

    How to hang a flag from your wall without damaging the wall

    How to hang cords from a wall mounted TV

    How to de-ice a driveway?

    I have icicles forming on my eves?

    How to determine which type of studs you have.

    How to remove popcorn ceiling.

    How to redirect airflow from you air vents

    The name of the tool that looks like a "T"

    Can I salvage a cord that has been chewed in half?

    Can I repair the plunger on my shower spout?

    How can to find out about building codes for your house?

    Can you put a bathroom in the basement?

    Can pex be run under an above ground cabin?

    Should you insulate plastic water pipes?

    Can you use drywall filler on MDF?

    \What are my options for cutting tiles?

    About Basement subfloor

    Why does you air conditioner unit iced up?

    Light Bulb keeps blowing?

    Will Sewage pipes Freeze?

    How to avoid burst water pipes in a house with no heat.

    How to repair a large hole in drywall.

    What to do about concrete steps falling apart in the winter.

    How can I mount my TV I can only find one stud?

    What works better Pipe dope or teflon tape?

    Can you use chlorine in a bromine hot tub?

    The name of the electrical outlet near the sink.

    "Dremel" Multi-Tool, Would you recommend it?

    Will caulking cause damage wood window frames?

    Is it ok, I have gaps in my sub-floor

    Can you use silicone to weather seal window?

    Concrete or wood stronger?

    Caulking before or after painting?

    Cold exterior wall no hot water in my shower?

    Screw head broke off, how do I remove remaining screw shaft stuck in the wall?

    Rotting wall board behind shower tiles...

    How to change the wheels on a screen door?

    Is contact cement conductive?

    How do I know when a cfl bulb is burned out?

    It's freezing cold outside and I have condensation in the attic?

    Lowest cost method of heating water

    What should You do to prevent mildew?

    What is the cheapest heating possibility for a home?

    How to Drill into tile

    What height must your handrail be?

    Where to Find Fiberglass Putty.

    How to Drill Holes in Perspex

    If I Double the Batts of R12 Insulation, will that Double the R Value?

    Do Older Houses Use Up More Electricity than Newer Houses?

    Can a Well Pump Freeze if no Lines are Connected to it Yet?

    How to Decorate Half-Moon Windows?

    Will installing a heavier bathroom door help muffle the sounds?

    Can I paint ABS pipe white before installing it?

    Why is my laminate flooring making a clicking sound when walked On?

    What are some ways to melt ice off driveways?

    If you Have a New House, is it Normal to have Cracks on Your Wall?

    How to Remove Wax From Your Carpet?

    Damaged Brick at Back of House – Recommend?

    Do I Hang Drapery Hardware on the Wall or on the Window Casing?

    What are Some Good Materials for a Low-Maintainance Bathroom?

    Do You Need Special Light Bulbs For Dimmer Switches?

    How To Recover the Shine to Old Brass?

    Can You Put Hardwood Flooring Over Carpet Padding?

    Septic System vs. Sewer System, How Should I Clean a clog?

    How often do you Need to Change the Filter on a Furnace?

    How do you Fasten a Toilet Tank to the Bowl or Base?

    Can I Use Plaster of Paris Instead of Drywall Mud on a Small Patch?

    How to Unclog my Bath Tub?

    Best 4x4 Wood for Post Compressive Strength?

    When Using a Dehumidifier is it More or Less Efficient to Open a Window?

    What is a Heat Exchanger?

    The Pros and Cons of a Radiant Heat Driveway?

    How To Replace a Toilet Seat?

    What is Less Expensive, a Shower Unit or Bathtub?

    How To Open a Garage Door When the Power is Out?

    Toilet Tank Has Water can it Flush if Pipes are Frozen?

    Why use Both Paint and Primer?

    Can you Cut with an Angle Grinder?

    How do Building Inspectors Find out or Get Informed of People Building/Renovating Without a Building Permit?

    When it Rains my Basements Floor Gets Wet how can I Fix This?

    Ice Build Up on My Roof in the Eves?

    Can you Put Insulation on Top of Each Other?

    What is the Difference Between Plaster of Paris and Wall Putty or Compound?

    How much do Shower Enclosures/Shower Stalls Cost?

    What Kind of Caulking is the Best Quality?

    Will a Ring Clog My Drain?

    Can I Connect my Bathroom Vent Duct to my Dryer Vent?

    Renovation; Install New Tile Over Old Tile?

    Repair, Water Damage on Popcorn Ceiling?

    If Two "Smoke" Detector are Next to Each other, is a Carbon Monoxide Detect?

    Is it possible to tile over the tub surround?

    What type of paint will work on cement?

    What the most Cost Efficient Way to Heat an Unfinished Basement?

    How to Get ride of Streaky Paint

    Is a Clear Glass Window in a Washroom Illegal?

    Finishing Basement What's the First Step

    Will Pipes Freeze if the Heat to the Cottage is Turned Off for a few days?

    Regular Water Heater or Tank-less?

    Do you have to Snake a Drain When Replacing a Toilet?

    Can I Take Out the Basement Center Post?

    I have Vinyl Floor in Kitchen I plan put Tile on Slab Floor should I Remove Vinyl First?

    The Pros and Cons of a Steel Roof Versus a Shingle Roof?

    What is a Good First Power Tool to Purchase?

    Can I Apply a Second Layer of Roofing Shingles over my Old Shingles?

    How To Pull Out Carpet.

    What is Average Price of Metal Roofing?

    What is the best decking material out there?

    How to Know if you Need a New Roof?

    How to Drive a Screw In Concrete

    Is Spray Foam Insulation that good?

    How to Build a Removable Fence

    Basement Poured in January

    When Tiling a Bathroom, do you Cut out the Toilet Area First or After?

    How to Fix a Hole in the Roof

    Where to Locate a New Toilet in Relation to the Wall.

    How To Make a Pergola Structure More Sturdy.

    How to Turn the Underside of you Deck Into Storage

    Building a Sauna, Tiles

    What Height Requires a Deck Railing?

    Pressure Treated Wood

    Draining your Hot Tub

    Applying Tile to Tub Surround

    Tile Over Tile

    Gutter Not Draining

    What Goes Under Vinyl Siding

    Why Laminate Flooring is Creaking

    How to Make a Level Surface

    Choosing Composite Decking Material

    HILTI? is it the Best

    Fence Post, Avoiding the Frost Line in Southern Ontario

    How Do to Fix a Hole in Drywall

    When to Use Wall Anchors

    What is the Best Multi Tool

    Do you need a Building Permit to Split 1 Large Room into 2 Rooms

    Patch a Hole in Vinyl Siding?

    Are Black Oxide Drill Bits the Best to use for drilling holes into Solid Wood?

    What is an Inexpensive Option to cut Steel?

    How can I lay Vinyl Down if my Existing Flooring is Not in Good Shape?

    Lattice for an Upper Deck?

    How to fix leaky Basement Window?

    How can I Glue MDF Board?

    Need a Building Inspector?

    Can I Lay Decking on the Ground?

    Hanging Heavy Objects on Drywall

    Do I Need to Remove All the Previous Paint to Stain my Deck, If so how do I?

    Rotten Floor Boards?

    Is There a Cheaper Way to Frame Decks

    Can Hardwood Flooring be Stored in an Unheated Building?

    Do I Have to Remove Asbestos After a Flood?

    Can you dump this paint down a drain?

    Is it Unnecessary to Use Primer?

    How to Make a Template for Cutting Tiles Around Your Toilet?

    How to Attach a Picture to a Concrete Wall?

    How do I determine What Size Beam for the Span?

    Type Of Screws For Wood and Concrete?

    How to Increase the Temperature of you Sub-Floors

    .Is it Safe to Use Treated Lumber Indoors?

    How do To Splice a Car Lighter to a Household Receptacle?

    Should I Change my 5" Furnace Pipe to a 6"?

    Rot From Wood Siding Touching Concrete Porch

    Spacing When Framing

    The Wood Product that's often used to Make Inexpensive Wood Furniture

    How to Seal Conduit After Running Through Brick

    How to Determine a What is a Load bearing Wall

    After Re-Grouting Tub Tiles You Should Wait before Before your Next Shower?

    Prevent Hair from Going Down my Shower Drain

    Convert a Deck Into a Sunroom

    How to Fix Toilet Leaking at the Bottom

    Which Type of Wood to Build a Sub woofer Out of

    Converting Gas Fireplace into a Wood Burning Fireplace

    Electric Baseboard Heat?

    Adding a Sunroom do you Need a Building Permit...

    Do Basement Offices Require a Window....

    Moving Heat Efficiently Throughout a House

    Installing an Above Ground Pool in a Backyard With a Slope?

    Using a Circular Saw to Cut Tile

    Can Water Damaged Practical Board be Repaired?

    Is Concrete Dust Poisonous?

    The Best Way to Bend a Steel Pipe?

    Flag Stone Vs Stamped Concrete?

    New Hardwood Floors have Gaps and are Creaking?

    Laying Plywood Under "Hardibacker" or Cement Board?

    Where the Sump Pump Should be Installed in the Basement.

    Lost Item Down Sink Drain.

    Why toilet's leaking on the backside.

    Drywall Tape Coming up in Laundry Room

    What Bonds Stone to Stone?

    How to Best Remove Sticky Adhesive

    How to Repair a Broken Tile

    Non-Window Mount Air Conditioning Unit.

    How to Repair Frayed Wood as a Result of Being Power Washed to Harshly?

    Water Coming in through Foundation and Standing Water Under the House?

    Beam posts as your Railing posts?

    How to Seal a Concrete Floor

    Type of lumber to use to Build a Backyard Play Fort

    Temporarily Removing a Door from it's Frame

    Cutting Vinyl?

    How to Drain a Full Toilet

    Damaged Drywall, left Exposed Paper.

    How to Hang a Heavy Object on the Wall Without Drilling Holes

    Prime Before Painting

    Doubling up Ice and Snow

    Do I Need Hardiboard for a Kitchen Back splash?

    How to remove sticker residue

    Looking for Reclaimed Wood?

    Staining Concrete?

    How to mount computer speakers to a concrete wall

    How thick does a concrete floor have to be to support a 30,000 lb Motor home 2 front and 4 rear tires

    How to Replace a Shower Head.

    Remove Musty Smell.

    How to Remove Odor from Hardwood Flooring

    How to Seal the Area Around Outdoor Faucet.

    Drop Ceiling Questions.

     

    • How to Remove Ivy Remnants From a Stucco Wall on my Home?

       

      To Kill the Ivy cut the roots as far down as you can. Ivy creeps so you will most likely have to do this several times. Depending on where you live (i.e. Guelph Homes) and what your Bi-Laws are you may want to use herbicide as well.

      The Best way to remove the Ivy for the stucco is to use a wire brush but, be careful not to press to hard and damage the stucco.

     

    DIY tips you will find on this page

    Below are a few of the many topics we cover
     
    • kitchen ideas
    • Bathroom ideas and tips
    • construction tips
    • remodeling ideas
    • basement tips
    • home construction ideas
    • home renovation tips

     

     

     

    • How Do I paint Aluminum Siding on My Home?

       

      To Paint Aluminum siding you will want to first clean off all the dirt and debris that has accumulated over the years. To clean the siding simply use soap water and a good scrub brush .Allow the siding to toughly dry I would recommend a few days depending on the temperature.

       

      Next, apply high quality oil based primer to the aluminum siding read the manufactures instructions for application and use primer that is specially designed for oxidized paint on sheet metal. Don’t paint or prime in direct sunlight on hot days. It’s best to apply on cloudy or overcast days.

       

      Finally, apply 100 percent acrylic latex exterior paint and look for paint with high amounts of acrylic paint resin. The higher the amount the long the life of your paint will last. Apply the paint within 48 hours after the primer has dried.

    • Kitchen Ideas;Can you Paint a Stove?

       

      To Pain a stove you will need the following items: Stove Paint, a de greaser such as TSP a few rags, newspaper, steel wool or sandpaper and a facemask and gloves.

       

      First

      Use the de greaser to clean the stove make sure to remove all dirt and grease. Make sure to open any windows and allow for maximum ventilation.

       

      Second

      Wrap anything you don’t want covered in pain in newspaper, also remove all the burners. Now put on your gloves and face mask

       

      Third

      Use the steel wool or sandpaper to light remove the exiting finish on the stove, just enough so that the finish is rough

       

      Fourth

      Apply the paint. If spray paint make sure to you stead consistent long even strokes. Make sure not to apply the coat of paint to thick. Once dried you can apply one final coat, once again make sure the coat is thin to prevent peeling.

    • Which Wood to use Poplar or Pine, for Outdoor use?

       

      I would recommend pine; stain it thoroughly with a high quality weather stain and sealer. Untreated lumber such as Pine and Poplar don't stand up well outdoors, compared to pressure treated lumber or cedar. Any cuts made to the untreated lumber should stained and sealed as well.Back to the Top

    • Every Time I Drill Where a Stud is, I Hit Metal Instead of Wood. What am I Doing Wrong?

       

      The room may be framed with metal studs, instead of pine or spruce. Some contractors use metal studs to fame walls with to same time, money or because steel studs are all perfectly plum or straight.

    • How Can You Remove Wallpaper?

       

      The easiest way to remove wallpaper is to use a steamer; you can rent one at your local hardware store. You can also buy chemical solutions to put on your walls that make it essayer to remove the wallpaper. If using the chemical solution be sure to follow the manufactures instructions. Please not that the chemical solutions can be messy though. Back to the Top

    • How do I Remove Tile Glue?

       

      To remove tile glue simply use a "Scrapper" or a wide putty knife on the back of the tile or on the floor but make sure to wait until the glue has dried before you begin. Once dried the glue will peel off much easier.

    • How do I Trim Excess Roofing?

       

      To cut shingles use a "hook Knife" which can be purchased at your local hardware store. To get your straight line use a chalk line or a level to mark on the shingles then proceed to use to hook knife and cut away from your body.

    • Is There a Way to Dye or Tint Brick Mortar After it Has Set or Dried?

       

      Once the mortar is totally dried you can't really change the colour, your best option is to chip out a small section of the mortar at the front and replace it with the mortar that is the colour that matches best.

    • How to Glue Plastic to Wood?

       

      To plastic to wood you will need the following items: household “goop” or epoxy, a damp rags, steel wool or sandpaper, gloves and clamps.

       

      First

      Lightly sand down both surfaces to create a rough surface.

       

      Second

      Use the damp cloths and wipe off any debris that is on ether of the surfaces.

       

      Third

      Use the “goop” or epoxy and apply to the wood and plastic. Immediately use your clams to bond to the two substances tighter. Follow the manufactures instructions regarding dry time to determine how long you leave the clams on for.Back to the Top

    • How do I Install Weather Striping on an Exterior Door?

       

      First
      Determine the length of the areas that needs the weather stripping. This would most commonly be the interior of the door frame less the bottom.

      Second
      Use a utility knife or succors depending on the type of weather striping you purchased and cut the weather stripping to the predetermined lengths.

      Third
      Apply the weather stripping to the predetermined area on the door.  To attach the weather stripping use the method recommended by the manufacturer

    • What's the Difference OSB Vs. Plywood?

       

      OBS can be manufactured into panels of up to 8' x 24', far larger than plywood

      OSB does not stand up as well when exposed to the natural elements as Plywood.

      OSB will often peel when exposed to rain or water

      It can be $3 to $5 a panel less expensive than plywood. For a typical 2400 square foot home, OSB will save about $700 if used as the sub floor, sheathing, and roof decking instead of plywood.

      Long-term, plywood sags less than OSB in humid conditions.

      Group 1 plywood, made from the strongest species of wood hold screws better than OSB


    • How Can you Heat up a Swimming Pool for Low Costs?

       

      Get black water line and coil it on your roof. Connect the black water line to you pool pump and pump the water into your pool. The combination of the heat generated from the black shingles and the black water line will warm up the temperature significantly and the cost is relativity low.Back to the Top


    • Which Thermostat Should I Choose?

       

      The best types of thermostats are the 7 day programmable thermostats, they are very energy efficient and relatively easy to set up.

    • I Found Razor Blades Between the Wall of my Bedroom and Bathroom; What Does That mean?

       

      They are from the old medicine cabinets, there was a slit in the back and the blades were deposited in the wall cavity. When removing them you be careful and take them to your City's " Household Hazardous Waste"

    • Does Primer Have to Fully Coat the Wood?

       

      You want slow even brush strokes and even coverage. Use a high quality brush and take your time, priming is an important step and when properly done will save you time with the finish coat.

    • Can I Install a Window Air Conditioner Without Brackets?

       

      The majority of all window air conditioner don't require brackets. Another option you may want to consider is purchasing a "portable air conditioner". They are very easy to set up, simply plug the unit into the wall. The unit will need to be located on the ground near a window. Next, set the exhaust and air in take into your window. They are easily set up, transported, and removed. You can purchase them at ROAN, Home Depot and Lowe's.Back to the Top

    • How Do I Get a Really Tight Tap Valve Off?

       

      I would use a wrench or a pipe wrench. The longer the wrench is the more leverage you will have and the easier it will be to loosen the valve. If the pipe is expose and vulnerable to damage you may want to use two wrenches and turn them in opposite directions (one wrench on the valve and the other on the pipe). That way you will not be reefing to hard on the pipe.

    • What Hammer Drill is Right for me?

       

      I would recommend a lithium ion hammer drill as hammer drills are usually heavy as it is and the lithium ion is much lighter and last longer and charges quicker. BOSH, DeWalt, Makita are all comparable you need to determine how much you want to spend.

    • Do You Need to Use Wall Plugs When Hanging Something on Wood?

       

      You don't need plugs, just hand drive a screw into the wood. The point of a plug is to create friction to allow the screw to grab into a material that a screw, alone would not grab into.Back to the Top

    • Can I lay Vinyl Flooring Direct onto Floorboards?

       

      As long as your floor boards are securely fastened, don't creak and and are level you are good to go. If your floor boards do creak your best method is to glue and screw them, but if you don't want to take up the floor board you can simply drive a few extra screws into the joists to snug them up. .

    • How Can I Priming and Painting PVC?

       

      First, sand the PVC to allow for adhesion of the paint . PVC it too smooth on its own and paint will not ad-hear very well. You will also want to thoroughly clean the PVC after you have sanded it down to ensure there are not particles left on the PVC.Now you can proceed to using prime and paint that is designed to be applied to plastics.

    • How Can I Make Drywall fit Down the Stairs?

       

      First, make a straight line on the back side of the drywall (the darker coloured side). Score the line with your utility knife, make sure not to go too deep (you don't want to completely cut thought the drywall. Put the drywall on its side with the front of the drywall facing you, then grab the ends and carefully snap it towards you.Back to the Top

    • How do you Re-fill your Toilet?

       

      To allow for more water to be in your toilet you want to adjust the floating arm in the back of your toilet. For a one time use simply pull the arm up until you have the desired amount of water, but for a permeate fix adjust the screw on the top of the lever.

    • How Would I Put a Screw into Hardwood Without Cracking the Wood?

       

      Use your drill to make a pilot hole that is slight smaller in diameter than the screw you are using. Make sure to drill your pilot hole as deep as the screw you are using is long.Back to the Top

    • How to Remove Paint or Graffiti from Concrete?

       

      You have a few options:
      * Use strong paint thinner although is may take several applications

      * Use a pressure washer by its self or in conjunction with paint thinner (use a pressure washer with a minimum 300 PSI)

      * There are several different types solutions and solvents that you can purchase at you local hardware store.

    • How do I Prepare my Cottage or Trailer for the Winter?

       

      Drain all your water lines and leave the taps on your waterlines open. Open all the taps, in side and out side, open all the faucets and leaved all of them open for the winter. Put RV Anti-freeze into all the drains (sinks, and bathtub). Also drain as much water as possible out of the front and back of your toilet. Next, pour RV Anti-freeze into the front and back of the toilet, the more you use the better, Anti-freeze is in expensive and if you don't use enough your pipes will crack.Back to the Top

    • How Can I Prevent Mold & Mildew from Getting Around my Windows & Window?

       

      There are a few things you can do. You can apply "Duck Roll-On 3-Window Film " or "3M window insulation Kit" this product will increase the insulation value in your windows. You also need to remove the moisture from your home, a very effect way to do this is by install a HRV unit. You can also purchase a dehumidifier although it will only work in a localized area.

    • Can I use SM Foam Board as Underlay for Laminate?

       

      SM is too soft to use as an underlay for laminate. You want to use something studier, depending on the type of laminate you purchase, many products suggest a underlay to use. Some popular brands are schluter and usg manufacture.

    • Can I Remove the Sink Vent?

       

      Do not remove the vent, you Absolutely need that. Depending on your situation and municipality you may be able to replace it with a "cheater vent". They are much smaller but not accepted everywhere.Back to the Top

    • What Kind of Posts Should I Use for a Second Story Free Standing Deck?

       

      You should refer to the building code for your province and also refer to your local by-laws. I would suggest no smaller than 8x8 pressure treated lumber.

    • How do I Remove a Bath Tub, do I Need a Special Tool?

       

      First use your utility knife and score the caulking around the tub. Next, to remove the drain use pliers to grab onto the drain guard in the drain and twist to loosen. Note that on some older tubs the drain and drain pipe could have fused together. If this happens you will need to use a grinder to cut around your drain so you can remove the tub. Once the tub is out you may be able to then remove the drain from the pipe if not you can replace the drain pipe. In most cases when the drain and pipe fuse its because the pipe is an older type of steel and not PVC.

    • How do I Drill into Brick Mortar?

       

      You should use a hammer drill and a masonry bit. First, drill into the mortar using your masonry drill bit, make sure the bit is slightly smaller than the "tap con" you will be using to create good friction. Second, use a screw driver or drill to drive"tap con" into the mortar. I prefer to use a screw driver because you need to be careful not to use too much torque, if you do you cold risk stripping the hole.Back to the Top

    • How do I Remove Mold From wood?

       

      First, create a water and bleach solution in a bucket, roughly 20% bleach 80% water. Soak a rag in the solution then lay the rag directly only the bleached area. Leave the rag on for several minutes, wipe and repeat. After doing this several times allow the wood to thoroughly dry in the sun. The bleach should will kill all the mold.

    • How do I Put a Screw in the Wall to Hold my Curtain Rod?

       

      Use a drywall anchor. Punch a small hole in the wall slightly smaller than the size of the drywall anchor. Insert the drywall anchor. Choose a screw that is slightly larger than the opening in the anchor so as to provide good friction and good grip in your wall. Use a screw driver and drive the screw into the wall anchor.Back to the Top

    • How Can I Soundproof an Existing Room?

       

      There are several things you can do to reduce the sound in a room. One of them is installing a sounds reducing door. Most doors are hollow in newer homes and don't provide much in terms of sound reduction. You can also re-insulate your interior walls with sound reducing insulation "safe and sound" is one particular type.

    • How Can I Mount a 16inch TV Mount on a 24" Studded Wall?

       

      Mount two 24" 2x4's into the studs in your wall then mount the TV bracket onto the 2x4's. If you don't want to see the 2x4's remove a section of drywall where the where the wall mount will be installed. Make the opening roughly 30" wide and install the two 2x4's in between the wall studs. Nail the 2x4's in place and patch the drywall.
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    • What Should I Replace a Wall Anchor With?

       

      You have a few options you can patch the holes and relocate the toilet paper holder. You can also install butterfly anchors they open much wider than a wall anchor and can be purchased at your locate hardware store.

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    • How do you Prep Wood for Staining?

       

      When staining wood make sure it is clean and dry. If not clean you can light sand and scrub the wood clean. You will then have to wait until it is thoroughly dry. Following the directions on the product for application instructions. Make sure you have quite a few rages though and can lay them out open to dry.

    • Where Can I Buy Sandpaper?

       

      You can purchase sand paper at Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowe's, Variety Stores, and on line.

    • Can I Paint my Garage When its Cold?

       

      Depending on the paint product you are using will determine the temperature at which you can apply paint. I would suggest heating your garage to let the paint dry evenly on the cold nights.Back to the Top

    • Could I Stick Wall Tiles on Plaster Board?

       

      I would not attach tiles on plaster board its not strong enough and does not hold up well to moisture. I would recommend cement board for tiling. It works great, it's inexpensive easy to install and you can find it at your local hardware store.

    • What is Hairdryer-Shrinkable Plastic for Windows?

       

      You can apply "Duck Roll-On 3-Window Film " or "3M window insulation Kit" this product will increase the insulation value in your windows. You can purchase this product at your local hardware store.Back to the Top

    • What Kind of Caulk Should I Use to Re-Seal a Sink?

       

      You want to use bathroom, tub and sink silicone.

    • Will Concrete Stick to Wood?

       

      Concrete will not permanently sick to wood. Although when using wood for concrete forms its a good idea to oil the wood first.

    • What Do I Do if the Toilet Floods?

       

      You can use a plunger. Make sure you have a tight seal around the drainage hole when using the plunger. If you have no success you can use a plumbing snake. You can purchase them at your local hardware store. They are fairly easy to use and are very effective.Back to the Top

    • How Can I Stop Black Mold From Growing in my Bathroom?

       

      I would suggest installing a bathroom exhaust fan. You should also take down your existing drywall and replace it with moisture resistant drywall.

    • Is There a Way to Remove Rust?

       

      Use sandpaper, to remove light rust, 40 grit or anything below will work for soft metal and will remove light rust, paint or stains.

    • What Type of Glue Should you Use For Gluing Stone to Wood?

       

      I would suggest PL Premium adhesive. You can purchase it at your local hardware store and can be applied with a caulking gun.Back to the Top

    • How Can I Unclog my Bathroom Sink?

       

      I would suggest using a plumbing snake. If that does not work you will want to drain your P-trap then, once all the water has drained you can then better access the situation. You should also remove you skin plunger (if you have one) as debris can be caught on it and cause clogs.

    • How Can you Crack/Break Concrete With Water/Ice?

       

      To do this you will need very cold temperatures and you would need to contain the water in the the concrete. The expansion needs to be contained in the concrete in order for the ice to crack the concrete. If the water is not contained it will expand out of the concrete

    • Should I Try Installing Carpet or Laminate in my Basement?

       

      Carpet is quicker to install but, laminate is easier as long as it is engineered. Carpet can be tricky to install in large spaces and hiding seams can be difficult.Back to the Top

    • What Kind of Saw/Tool do You Need to Cut Granite for Your Kitchen Counters?

       

      You can use a standard skill saw but you need diamond cutting blade. You can purchase these blades at your local hardware store. To void chipping the edge of the granite, which is caused by the blade's vibration. To avoid this use collars, they will act as big washers on both sides of the saw's blade reduce the vibration, allowing a cleaner cut.

    • How to Remove Paint from Brickwork.

       

      I would recommend a paint removal system. There are many out there that you can purchase at your hardware store they use a gel or paste to dissolve the paint. They are safer for the brick and are least likely to cause damage to historic bricks. You could also rent sandblasting equipment yourself, or you can heir a company to complete the sand blasting, providing the brick on the home is in excellent condition.

    • How to Attach a Fabric/Material to a Wooden Desk.

       

      I would use Aylmer's spray adhesive, test a small area first though to make sure the adhesive does not bleed through the fabric. You can purchase it at you local hard wear store or at a craft store. It's relativity inexpensive and easy to use.Back to the Top

    • How to Stop a Toilet from Sweating.

       

      Purchase a Styrofoam liner for your toilet tank from your local hardware store and install it inside the tank.

    • Why does your Circular Saw Blade Sticks, and Burns Wood.

       

      I would suggest replacing your circular saw blade. The one you are using it too dull and is creating to much friction causing the wood to smoke and slightly burn. You can purchase a new one at your local hardware store.

    • How to Remove Super Glue from Finished Wood.

       

      Removing super glue from a finished wood will be very difficult to do without damaging the wood. To remove the glue use nail polish remover, apply the the nail polish remover to a rag and gently apply to the wood.Back to the Top

    • Should I Turn Off the Water Before Vacation?

       

      I would turn off the water to your outside hose. If you live in a cold climate I would suggest leaving the heat on in your house to ensure your water pipes don't freezes.

    • How to Level a Cracked Asphalt Driveway?

       

      Use asphalt patch or "cold patch" its very easy to use and can be purchased at your local hardware store.

    • How Can I Tint my Bathroom Window?

       

      You can purchase window 3M film from the Home depot, it will stick directly to your window and come in a variety if options and is very easy to apply.

    • How to Remove the Oil Stains from a Concrete Driveway?

       

      Try scrubbing the concrete with a De greaser and use a high powered pressure washer to remove the reaming De greaser and stain from the concrete. Make sure not to hold the nozzle too close to the concrete would could possible damage the concrete.Back to the Top

    • How to Thaw a Frozen Drain.

       

      I would suggest using boiling water and salt brine solution. The combination will safely speed up the melting of the ice.

    • How to Hang a Flag From your Wall Without Damaging the Wall.

       

      Use 3M adhesive hooks and hang the flag from the grommets. The hooks can be purchased at hardware stores and Wall-mart. The hooks can be safely removed without damaging the wall.

    • How to Hang Cords From a Wall Mounted TV.

       

      If you Hung your TV on a dry walled wall you can cut a hole in the drywall behind the TV. Cut the hole slightly smaller then the size of an electrical box in the space between the studs. Make another hole straight below the previous hole near the bottom of the wall .Insert a low voltage box that simply pinches between the drywall to hold it in place. Then install a wall plate that insufficient for the cables you are running. You could also use wire mold.

    • How to De-Ice a Driveway?

       

      I would suggest de-icer you can purchase it at your local hardware store and it is safe for most pets and is also safe for concrete.Back to the Top

    • I Have Icicles Forming on my Eves?

       

      There are two things that could be causing this to happen. A lack of insulation in the attic could be causing heat loss through the roof causing snow to melt and ice to form. Also I would suggest adding extra venting in your soffit is the area where you are getting the icicles.

    • How to Determine Which Type of Studs you Have.

       

      You can purchase a magnetic stud finder and that should tell you. You can also use a nail to determine whether its metal or wood. In most cases residential is almost always framed with wood studs.

    • How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling.

       

      I would suggest laying drop sheets in the area you plan to remove the popcorn ceiling. You may also want to moist the ceiling with a sponge it will soften up the popcorn ceiling, then use a scrapper or a trowel to save you a bit of time to scrape it off.Back to the Top

    • How to Redirect Airflow From you Air Vents.

       

      You can replace your current register with a "pop up" register and you angle the heat towards the wall.
      You can purchase them at most hardware stores.

    • The Name of The Tool That Looks Like a "T".

       

      There are many different slang terms for the tool but it is most commonly know as a Valve Key or a Valve Wrench. You can purchase them at plumbing supply stores

    • Can I Salvage a Cord That has Been Chewed in Half?

       

      Yes, you can but in most cases your insurance company will not cover you if any problem should arise. I would recommend simply replacing the cord as they are relativity inexpensive. If you know a listened electrician they can put a plug on the end of the severed cord.

    • Can I Repair the Plunger on my Shower Spout?

       

      You can purchase a new one at you local hard ware store. To install, unscrew the shower faucet replace the existing plunger with the new one, put new teflon tape on the thread's on the water pipe and screw the faucet back on.Back to the Top

    • How Can you Find out About Building Codes for Your House?

       

      Your local municipality will have local building code information on there web site, for the entire Ontario building code you can purchase it from the Ontario government. If you have specific questions regarding your homes building plans you can find them at your local municipal building services department.

    • Can you put a Bathroom in the Basement?

       

      You can put a bathroom in your basement. You must first determine weather or not you have floor drains, if not you will need to install them. To do this you will need to to determine where you main drain stack is. Once you know you will need to break up the concrete in the basement so you can set, lay and attach you new toilet and sink drain. This should not be performed by anyone other than a licensed plumber.

    • Can Pex be Run Under an Above Ground Cabin?

       

      As long as you have of the appropriate size of piping for the appropriate application, Pex will work.

    • Should you Insulate Plastic Water Pipes?

       

      If you live in a area where the temperature drops below 0C then yes you need to insulate the plastic pipes. There are many options you have but the colder it gets in your area the better the insulation you want to be using, read the insulation value on the product you choose to help you determine what will work best for your area.Back to the Top

    • Can You use Drywall Filler on MDF?

       

      You can use drywall compound, but it will crack over time. I would suggest Elmer's interior/exterior wood filler. Apply, let dry, then lightly sand, then apply S-W Prep-Rite primer.

    • What are my Options for Cutting Tiles?

       

      You have a few options,you can rent a tile saw from the home depot. You could also purchase a tile saw or a tile snap cutter, they are relativity inexpensive compared to a tiles saw and, perform well, and can be purchased at your local hardware store.

    • About Basement Subfloor

       

      You have many options when it comes to choosing a subfloor for you basement, what you need to first determine is what you would like you basement subfloor to achieve. If you are looking to add warmth to your basement and would like added protection again small flooding you can purchase a product called Dri Core, there are many similar manufactured products on the market which are all quite costly. At Cedar Line Contracting we give you the same results for half the cost of the product. We make our basement subfloor with similar products but you save on the manufactures costs.  If you would like to know more information please “contact us” and we would be happy to answer and question you may have.

    • Why Does Your Air Conditioner Unit Ice Up?


      There are 2 reasons that your air conditioner freeze up;

      Causes
      Air-conditioners that freeze up typically have one of two issues. The most common issues leading to air-conditioners freezing up include low freon and restricted air flow.

      Low Refrigerant
      As an air-conditioner runs, a refrigerant known as Freon flows through a series of tubes inside the unit. The refrigerant passes through an expansion valve, where expansion allows the gas to cool. If the Freon level becomes low, increased expansion allows for too much cooling and the unit may freeze.

      Air Flow
      As Freon circulates through an air-conditioner, it picks up heat from ambient air passing through the unit. If air flow becomes restricted, the refrigerant may not acquire sufficient heat and the unit may freeze

      http://www.ehow.com/facts_7581599_ac-fre…

    • Light Bulb Keeps Blowing?

       

      You may have a bulb with too high a wattage for the light fixture. You may also get getting fluctuating voltage. Try using a lower voltage bulb if that does not work I could contact a local electrician.Back to the Top

    • Will Sewage Pipes Freeze?

       

      Sewage pipes can absolutely freeze there is liquid and moisture in sewage and that can freeze. If your pipes are frozen you definitely want to insulate them. The best way to insulate them in the bury them below the frost line.

    • How to Avoid Burst Water Pipes in a House with No Heat.

       

      To avoid freezing, drain all your water lines, water tanks, turn off the water supply and keep all you taps and water lines open. Put RV antifreeze in all your drains, and in the front and back of you toilet.

    • How to Repair a Large Hole in Drywall.

       

      You will need, drywall compound, drywall tape, a sheet of drywall and a drywall saw. Use a drywall saw to square off the holes. Next, measure the size of the squares and cut the drywall to fit. Place the new drywall into the wall apply the self adhesive drywall tape to the around the perimeter of the drywall path. You will then apply your first coat of drywall compound. Once the first coat has thoroughly dried you can apply your second coat, you may want a third coat depending on your second application. Finally, lightly sand out any in-perfections and apply paint.

    • What to do About Concrete Steps Falling Apart in the Winter.

       

      Unfortunately, because it is winter you can't patch the concrete steps right now. You can purchase new precast steps from local concrete manufactures in your area, in my area I would contact Lafarge. To" help" avoid liability clearly mark the area on the steps with pylons or orange spray paint (if you will be replacing them)Back to the Top

    • How Can I Mount my TV I Can Only Find One Stud?

       

      There are single stud TV wall mounts but the largest I have found that they will how is a 40 inch television. Rocketfish makes a single mount that holds a 40 inch and can be purchased at future shop. There should though another stud in ether direction at ether 16 or 24 inches.

    • What Works Better Pipe Dope or Teflon Tape?

       

      I personally find that if I am working with older pipes or pipe with larger threads I find pipe dope fills between the threads better than Teflon tape. For small pipes or pipes with small threads I find Teflon tape to work just as well.

    • Can you use Chlorine In a Bromine Hot Tub?

       

      If you are currently using chlorine in your hot tub and would like to switch over to bromine, you can do this but you first need to drain your hot tub and then refill it. Once fresh water is in your hot tub you can then start to use bromine.

    • The Name of the Electrical Outlet Near the Sink.

       

      GFI stands for Ground Fault Interrupter. Also sometime referred to as GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. The purpose of this device is to reduce the chances of you getting severe or fatal shock from electricity.Back to the Top

    • "Dremel" Multi-Tool, Would you Recommend it?

       

      I would absolutely recommend this tool, its very versatile and has helped me in many binds when no other tool could complete to job. I would recommend the corded version as it does have more power. There are also many other companies out there that make a similar product although I have not used them and can't speak to the reliability.

    • Will Caulking Cause Damage to Wood Window Frames?

       

      As long as the wood was not damage before the caulking was applied, the wood would be in the same condition as the rest of the window frame.When removing the caulking use a utility knife to score ether side of the caulking then peel away. Make sure to be careful with the knife.

    • Is it ok, I have Gaps In my Sub-Floor

       

      When we are building and installing a sub-floor we first lay plastic dimple board, then cover it with tongue and groove plywood to eliminate and gaps. I would suggest if you have gaps you can caulk the gaps to give your sub-floor a continuous flat surface.

    • Can you use Silicone to Weather Seal Window?

       

      You can absolutely use silicone to seal a window. When applying if you have trouble obtaining a consistent bead of caulking dip your finger in water, then use your finger to smooth out the caulking.Back to the Top

    • Concrete or Wood Stronger?

       

      Concrete is stronger than wood, but wood is more flexible and can be use as a building material in most all weather conditions. Concrete should not be poured in extreme cold or rain.

    • Caulking Before Or After Painting?

       

      You can caulk before or after you paint the important detail is that the caulking you apply is paint-able.

    • Cold Exterior Wall, No Hot Water in my Shower?

       

      It sounds like the wall the water lines are against is poorly insulated wall. I would recommend calling a plumber to make sure this is the only issue before you start to re-insulate your home.

    • Screw Head Broke off, How do I Remove Remaining Screw Shaft Stuck in the Wall?

       

      If there is enough of the screw sticking out of the wall use a pair of needle nose vise grips and lock them on to the protruding screw, then twist the screw out. If there is not enough protruding out of the wall hammer the nail and wall anchor back though the wall using a nail punch. Then, patch the small hole.Back to the Top

    • Rotting wall Behind Shower Tiles.

       

      I would suggest removing the water damaged wall, you may have mold forming and that can be toxic.
      You will need to determine if any of the studs are damaged or have mold on them in which case they will need to be replaced. If so, you may want to contact a professional to help you determine weather or not the wall is load bearing. If the studs are fine you can proceed to re-tiling the bathroom wall. First, install a vapor barrier. Next, install cement board, then dampen the cement board with a sponge (to prevent it form soaking up all the moisture from the thin set) mix enough thin set for bottom row. Using a notched trowel apply thin set and spread it evenly for the bottom row of tiles, then apply first row of tiles.

    • How to Change the Wheels on a Screen Door?

       

      At the bottom (underneath) of your sliding screen door there will be a screw at the front and back these adjust the height of the wheels. Completely unscrew them and the wheels will fall out. Replace the wheels with new ones and readjust the wheel heights for optimum coasting.

    • Is Contact Cement Conductive?

       

      Contract cement will not conduct electricity it will simply create a firm bond between two different materials.

    • How do I Know When a CFL Bulb is Burnt Out?

       

      When a CFL bulb burns out it turns a dark colour near the base of the bulb.

    • It's Freezing Cold Outside and I have Condensation in the Attic?

       

      Condensation is forming because warm air from your home is escaping through your ceiling and is mixing with the cold air that is coming into your attic. This is causing your condensation. You need to better insulate in between your ceiling joist to stop the heat loss escaping into your attic.

    • Lowest Cost Method of Heating Water

       

      The most cost efficient way to heat your water is by installing a take less water heater. They instantly heat your water and you are not paying to keep water warm that you are not currently using. You could also install a "Power Pipe" this will recover the heat lost from your main stack.

    • What Should You do to Prevent Mildew?

       

      Mildew is caused by moisture, if you are finding that you are getting mildew you need to remove the moisture from the area. One option is to purchase a Dehumidifier.Back to the Top

    • What is the Cheapest Heating Possibility for a Home?

       

      The most important component for low cost high efficiency heating is the proper insulation of your home. If you don't have sufficient insulation it does not matter how efficient your heater is. High Efficiency Furnaces are the best bang for your buck. Geo Thermal is the lest expensive but by far the most expensive to install.

    • How to Drill into Tile.

       

      To Drill into tile you will need a Carbide-tipped masonry or diamond-tipped drill bit. Determine where you want to drill your hole and put a piece of masking tape on the tile. Setting the drill speed to low and apply constant pressure drill through your tile.

    • What Height Must your Handrail be?

       

      In Ontario you handrail needs to be 31-38 inches from the top of the stair nosing according to the Ontario building Code

    • Where to Find Fiberglass Putty.

       

      You purchase this product at Home Depot, Princess Auto, Part Source, large marine stores, Amazon.com and alibaba.com. This putty is recommended for the holes patching, filling large damages, rust points, and for reinforcing of weakened elements, mostly in the car bodies

      Source: alibaba.com

    • How to Drill Holes in Perspex.

       

      First, Apply the masking tape over the area you are going to drill. Next, using a metal drill bit, drill a small pilot hole, slightly smaller than the size of the desired hole. Drill at low a very low speed and to prevent friction you can spray water on the hole as you are drilling.

    • If I Double the Batts of R12 Insulation, will that Double the R Value.

       

      The R value will be R24 along as the batts are not compressed. As soon as fiberglass batt insulation is compressed the insulation value is compromised and the R value is lessened.Back to the Top

    • Do Older Houses Use Up More Electricity than Newer Houses?

       

      There are a number of factors that could cause a higher electricity bill in an older home. Older houses usually are not as well insulated and therefore require more heat. An older home may have old appliances that are not "energy star" rated and use more energy. A older home may have an old water heater that is not energy efficient and has a large water tank.

    • Can a Well Pump Freeze if no Lines are Connected to it Yet?

       

      It depends on the location of the pump, earth is an excellent insulator as long as the pump is deep enough and the top of the well is sealed you should be okay. That being said I am always leery about freezing so although it should not freeze I would remove it.

    • How to Decorate Half-Moon Windows?

       

      I would suggest window films. You can purchase them in many different styles and shapes and you can cut them to fit your windows perfectly. You can purchase them at the Home Depot, they are fairly inexpensive and are relativity easy to install.

    • Will Installing a Heavier Bathroom Door Help Muffle the Sounds?

       

      The weight of the door will not increase the sound deafening properties. A more dense door will though, to increase the sound reduction even more you can install a sweep on the bottom of the door as well.

    • Can I paint ABS Pipe white Before Installing it?

       

      You can paint the ABS pipe but make sure not to get any paint on the joint where you will gluing the ABS together. Depending on what type of paint you use it could compromise bonding and sealing strength of the glue.

    • Why is my Laminate Flooring Making a Clicking Sound When Walked On?

       

      There could be a few different factors, your sub-floor may not be securely fastened in that area. There may be no under pad in that area or, if the flooring is old and the area is high traffic, the under pad may have warn thin. You may just have had the flooring installed incorrectly.Back to the Top

    • What are Some Ways to Melt Ice Off Driveways?

       

      Salt is one option but you have many other as well. You can use sand, De-Icer or a product called "Alaskan Ice Melter". Depending on your budget you could even heat your driveway.

    • If you Have a New House, is it Normal to have Cracks on Your Wall?

       

      This does happen from time to time on new homes. This can be caused by the house settling, moisture and temperature changes in the house through its first seasons or even poor mudding by the drywall installers. I would contact the home builder and tell him about the cracks and he should send someone out to repair them.

    • How to Remove Wax From Your Carpet?

       

      To remove the wax you will need a hair dryer or an iron, and few sheets of paper. Fist, cover the wax with a sheet of paper then using a hair dryer blow the hot air on to the the sheet of paper. Make sure to the the paper hot enough to melt the wax, then as the hair dryer is melting the wax through the paper firmly press onto the paper to absorb as much wax as possible. Repeat these steps until all the wax has been removed. If using and iron follow the same steps. Make sure to be careful thought as the wax will be very hot.

    • Damaged Brick at Back of House – Recommend?

       

      I would remove all the existing damaged brick and replace them with new bricks. I would bring a sample to a suppliers and see if they can match it. Although if the bricks on the building are older they may be difficult to match because of the weathering. If this is the case, you may have more luck purchasing recovered bricks for older tear downs, as there brick will already be weathered.

    • Do I Hang Drapery Hardware on the Wall or on the Window Casing?

       

      Hang drapery hardware from the wall. If you are concerned with the weight of the drapes, you can use drywall anchors. Attaching the hardware to the window casing will damage the casing and if your casing is made from MDF it may not be repairable.

    • What are Some Good Materials for a Low-Maintainance Bathroom?

       

      I would suggest ceramic tile for the bathroom floor and shower. Ceramic will last for a very long time ,usually unit it is out dated. It's very easy to clean and maintain and looks very nice if properly installed. A glass or plastic shower door can be low maintenance as long as you clean it weekly, as soon as you leave it for a prolonged period of time you will notice build up which can be difficult to remove. A shower curtain is probably your best bet.Back to the Top

    • Do You Need Special Light Bulbs For Dimmer Switches?

       

      Most all lights work on dimmer switches although for high efficiency CFL bulbs, you will ether need a dim-able CFL bulb which will work with a stranded dimmer or you will need a CFL dimmer which will work with a standers CFL bulb.Back to the Top

    • Can You Put Hardwood Flooring Over Carpet Padding?

       

      No, Hardwood flooring needs to be on a secure surface. The under pad is spongy and will cause the hardwood to flex and shift. This will cause the nails to pop and will damage the hardwood.

    • How To Recover the Shine to Old Brass?

       

      Go to your local hardware store and purchase a product called "Brasso", it works fantastic. Make to use with caution as it is a toxic product, be sure to carefully follow the directions.

    • Septic System vs. Sewer System, How Should I Clean a clog?

       

      If you are on a municipal sewer system there isn't need to use products like RID-X, you could possibly snake your drains as an effective alternative. The municipality looks after the waste lines as soon as they leave your home.

    • How often do you Need to Change the Filter on a Furnace?

       

      Change the air filter on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. I put a reminder on my calendar and in the winter change the filter month and in the summer bi-monthly as the windows are open and I don't the furnace or A/C that often in the summer

    • How do you Fasten a Toilet Tank to the Bowl or Base?

       

      When you purchase your toilet it will come with 2 bolts they will go down through the bowl into the base of the toilet. Tight the bolts using a screw driver and a wrench, but be sure not to over tighten.

    • Can I Use Plaster of Paris Instead of Drywall Mud on a Small Patch?

       

      Plaster of Paris can but very useful in small applications for patching as it sets very fast and does not shrink, which can cause cracking. Make sure that you have the patch as smooth as possible as Plaster of Paris is difficult to sand.

    • How to Unclog my Bath Tub?

       

      I would suggest using a plumbing snake. You can purchase them at your local hardware store and they are very effective and easy to use.Back to the Top

    • Best 4x4 Wood for Post Compressive Strength?

       

      I would suggest pressure treated lumber its designed to hold up in the elements and is very strong.

    • When Using a Dehumidifier is it More or Less Efficient to Open a Window?

       

      By opening the window you allow more humid air to enter your home and decrease the efficiency of the dehumidifier.

    • What is a Heat Exchanger?

       

      It is a unit used to transfer heat from one source to another. Most common system would involve two or more water tanks. One tank for cold, one for hot. The two tanks are separated by a thin layer of conductive metal. The hot water will transfer its heat through the metal wall into the cold water.

    • The Pros and Cons of a Radiant Heat Driveway?

       

      The Pros would be that you no longer need to shovel your driveway or worry about ice build up.
      The Cons would be the cost, to install a radiant heat driveway you need to tear up your existing driveway, run the electricity and lay the heat grid, then lay your driveway. You also have to consider the cost to run the radiant heat at all times during the winter.

    • How To Replace a Toilet Seat?

       

      At the back of the toilet seat where the seat hinges you will see two white domes. Use a slot screw driver and pop the dome cap off. Now, you will see the screw head and directly below is the bolt. Use a screw drive and vise grips to loosen and remove the bolt. Now, repeat for the other side and then remove the seat.

    • What is Less Expensive, a Shower Unit or Bathtub?

       

      Stand up shower units can be much less expensive, but when purchasing one make sure you don't buy one too inexpensive as the cost does reflect the quality of the product in most cases. Back to the Top

    • How To Open a Garage Door When the Power is Out?

       

      If the garage door has an electric opener you will need to look up to where the opener is located on the ceiling. There you will find a red handle and cord, pull the cord to disengage the opener. Now, you can manually open your garage door.

    • Toilet Tank Has Water can it Flush if Pipes are Frozen?

       

      As long as your waste pipes are not frozen you can flush the toilet by dumping and bucket or water into the toilet bowl.

    • Why use Both Paint and Primer?

       

      Primer is an important step, it prepares the surface so you can apply your paint. One example is as follows: If you would like to paint a bathroom that has just been built, in most cases the Gypsum board will be "Green Board". If you try to paint directly onto the surface the paint will not adhere and the paint could peel off once dry.

    • Can you Cut with an Angle Grinder?

       

      You absolutely can use an angle grinder for cutting. I would suggest using a diamond blade, they are extremely versatile and relativity inexpensive for a grinder.

    • How do Building Inspectors Find out or Get Informed of People Building Without a Building/Renovating Permit?

       

      In southern ontario it is the responsibility of the homeowner and contractor to obtain a building if they are completing a renovation that requires a permit. If, no permit is obtained and renovations are taking place neighbours have the right to call the municipality and enquire. I would suggest getting a permit when ever required, it protects you the homeowner and the contractor as well.

    • When it Rains my Basements Floor Gets Wet how can I Fix This?

       

      You can re grade your lawn to curve to path of the water flow. You could also install a weeping bed or increase the size of the existing weeping bed. This will increase the drainage around your home.

    • Ice Build Up on My Roof in the Eves?

       

      There are a few of different things that could cause this. Heat loss through your attic. Water accumulation in your gutters from snow melt, then a flash freeze.

    • Can you Put Insulation on Top of Each Other?

       

      Absolutely, insulation and can be stacked on top of itself to increase it's R value. Although if the insulation is compressed it looses much of the added R value.

    • What is the Difference Between Plaster of Paris and Wall Putty or Compound?

       

      Plaster of Paris is used in small applications, it sets up very quickly and dry's very hard. It does not crack the same way "wall putty" or compound can. Compound is used in large applications for drywall patching and joints. Compounds sets in various times depending on the type you purchase.Back to the Top

    • How much do Shower Enclosures/Shower Stalls Cost?

       

      The is a large variance in cost, shower enclosures can cost as little as $200.00 and as much as $4,000.00 (with jets). You need to determine what's right for you. If, this shower will be use on a fairly regular basis you should not purchase the least expensive one you can find as quality does reflect cost.

    • What Kind of Caulking is the Best Quality?

       

      The application of the caulking will determine the type of caulking you want to purchase. Once you have determined that, you can choose caulking based on the length of time it is designed to last, you get what you pay for in terms of quality.

    • Will a Ring Clog My Drain?

       

      If, you drooped the ring down your kitchen or bathroom sink it will most likely be located in the P-trap. That is the loop under your sink, unless this was a very large ring it is unlikely this will not clog your drain. That being said, I would still remove the ring as it is not very difficult to remove the P-Trap.

    • Can I Connect my Bathroom Vent Duct to my Dryer Vent?

       

      This is possible to do but not recommend. Each, need a separate vent and separate duct work to vent and expel the moisture properly.

    • Renovation; Install New Tile Over Old Tile?

       

      To properly complete this job you need to remove the old existing tile, I would also recommend removing the drywall or cement board as well. Now, install new cement board and boarders and being the tiling process.

    • Repair, Water Damage on Popcorn Ceiling?

       

      If you have water damage you are better off re-doing the entire ceiling. It is extremely difficulty to match the colour of the existing ceiling and you will probably spend more time trying to match the existing than re-primed the entire ceiling.

    • If Two "Smoke" Detector are Next to Each other, is a Carbon Monoxide Detect?

       

      This is possible, but most likely not the case. Now, many modern smoke alarms also detect carbon monoxide In fact on all new homes build in Ontario every new home is equipped with hardwired smoke detectors and at least on hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide detector.

    • Is it Possible to Tile Over the Tub Surround?

       

      No, you must first remove the tub surround. Next, you will need to install cement board. Then, prepare your thin set and apply thin layer with notched trowel. Next, you will install your tile boarders. Next, begin to apply tiles. Finally, once all the tiles have been applied and the thin-set has dried you can apply your grout.

    • What Type of Paint will Work on Cement?

       

      There are many different name brands of paint that make specially designed paint for concrete. Just make sure when choosing one it has a bonding primer in the paint like epoxy.

    • What the most Cost Efficient Way to Heat an Unfinished Basement?

       

      I would insulating the basement walls and putting down a sub-floor. As a heat source I would suggest extending duct work if you have a furnace and if not I would purchase a space heater.

    • How to Get ride of Streaky Paint

       

      I would suggest lightly priming the walls with a good even coat. Then, when apply you colour make sure to apply long even stokes or rolls, you want to over lap as well but make sure you apply consistent light pressure.Back to the Top

    • Is a Clear Glass Window in a Washroom Illegal?

       

      No, you can have a clear glass window in the bathroom. I would suggest blinds though or you can purchase a window film to blur the vision through the window.

    • Finishing Basement What's the First Step

       

      If you are installing a sub floor then, you first want to make sure your basement floor is level. If its not, you will want to apply self leveling cement in the areas that are low and not level. Once this is complete and the cement has dried you can begin to install you sub floor.

    • Will Pipes Freeze if the Heat to the Cottage is Turned Off for a few days?

       

      Your pipes could possibly freeze, depending on how cold the temperature outside your home gets and how well your pipes are insulated. If you are not sure of theses factors I would suggest emptying your drain pipes and water pipes and pouring anti-freeze into your drains, or just leave the heat on low in your home.

    • Regular Water Heater or Tank-less?

       

      Tank-less water heaters are fantastic, I recommend them in the proper situation. They require much less energy to use, they are much more efficient at heating water and you also use much less water. When choosing your tank-less water heater you want to be aware of how rapidly it heats the water and the demand it is designed for. If, you don't do you research you could end up with a cold shower when your dishwasher is on.

    • Do you have to Snake a Drain When Replacing a Toilet?

       

      If you are simply replacing a toilet you don't need to snake the drain. The only reason to do this is to unclog the drain or increase water flow thought the drain pipes.Back to the Top

    • Can I Take Out the Basement Center Post?

       

      Absolutely not, that post is part of what supports your home. If you remove the post your home will sag and you will have structural damage. If, you want a professional to remove the post it may be possible. Contact an engineer and have them come in to your home and let them tell you what your options are.

    • I have Vinyl Floor in Kitchen I plan put Tile on Slab Floor should I Remove Vinyl First?

       

      You do nee to remove the vinyl first then use a scraper to remove any left over glue. Next, put down your "hardy board"/ cement board. Once that is complete you can begin the process of laying your tiles.

    • The Pros and Cons of a Steel Roof Versus a Shingle Roof?

       

      There are definitely pros and cons for a steel roof vs a shingled roof; Steel roofs are more expensive, they are more difficult to retro fit any changes you may make in the future, they are almost impossible to walk on once they are complete, they last much longer, they come in a variety of colour's and styles, they can provide insulation depending on the type of steel roofing system you install. Shingles, less expensive, easy to install and alter, don't last nearly as long, styles and colour's are limited and can be much more costly for a unique colour or style. What you need to decide is what works best for you.

    • What is a Good First Power Tool to Purchase?

       

      I would suggest looking for a cordless set. All the major tool manufactures have them and you can always find one on sale. They are a good bang for your buck and provide you with the most common cordless tools.

    • Can I Apply a Second Layer of Roofing Shingles over my Old Shingles?

       

      No, I would recommend removing the existing shingles. If the are old and damaged they need to be removed, they will do more harm then good. You need to remove the existing shingles survey your roof to determine its condition then start new with Ice and Snow, tar paper and shingles.

    • How To Pull Out Carpet.

       

      First, make sure to wear a dust mask as removing old carpet will cause airborne debris. To remove your old carpet, start at the edge underneath the baseboard using pliers to pull up the carpet along that entire wall. Now, using a utility knife cut the carpet in strips, so when you pull up the carpet its easy to roll up and remove. Finally pull up the tack strip with a pry-bar.

    • What is Average Price of Metal Roofing?

       

      There are many different types of metal roofing systems including, steel, aluminum and copper. To get a ballpark price you need to determine the type of metal roofing system you are looking for.

    • What is the Best Decking Material out there?

       

      There are a few variable you may want to consider when choosing the correct type of decking material for you. What will you be using your deck for? if you are planning to putting a hot tub on your new deck, I would advise not too use composite as the moisture, water and chemicals that would come in contact with the composite will cause damage. Aluminum decking a a relatively new product, and with most new products there can be growing pains. For a complete list of the pros and cons of these products check out http://www.cedarlinecontracting.ca/Compair.html

    • How to Know if you Need a New Roof?

       

      If, you have a shingled roof that needs replacing some of the warning signs are, curling shingles, moss or algae build up, blisters from moisture in the shingles, rotting and missing shingles. For more signs and information and a picture of what these damages look like visit http://www.cedarlinecontracting.ca/Roofing.html

    • How to Drive a Screw In Concrete

       

      To drive a screw in concrete you need to use a hammer drill, a concrete drill bit, a tap-con (which is slightly smaller in diameter than your drill bit) and a drill. Pre-drill your hole with your hammer drill, next use the drill to screw the tap-con into the pre drilled hole. Back to the Top

    • Is Spray Foam Insulation that good?

       

      Spray foam insulation is a great product, its perfect for applications where its difficult to get at or in areas where you cant put batt insulation. Spay foam insulation is more expensive than batt insulation and should be done by a professional.

    • How to Build a Removable Fence

       

      If you are looking for a 6ft wood fence that is removable, here is how I have done it; Dig holes deep enough so they are below your winter frost line. Next, get steel forms that are slight larger than your 4x4 fence post, set your form in the middle of the Sono tub and pour your concrete around the form (make sure your form in long enough to reach the bottom of your Sono tube) Next, slide you posts into the forms attach galvanized brackets and attach your sections of fencing. When you need to remove the fence unscrew the brackets and pull out the posts.

    • Basement Poured in January

       

      As long at they are just hair line cracks you should not have a problem, most poured concrete basements will get a few cracks. That being said, pouring in January is usually not the best practice if it is below 0C as the cold weather can cause more cracking in a foundation.

    • When Tiling a Bathroom, do you Cut out the Toilet Area First or After?

       

      First remove the toilet, then tile until you reach the toilet, make the appropriate cuts in your tiles so they fit comfortably around your drain pipe. Then put down your new wax ring and screw the blots down. Don't caulk around the base of your toilet, because if you have a leak you want to know. You don't want the water sealed under your toilet base from caulking as it can rot your sub-floor and cause other damage.

    • How to Fix a Hole in the Roof

       

      To repairer a leak in you roof and fix damaged plywood, first make sure you have all the appropriate safety equipment such as ropes and harnesses before you go on the the roof. Once, you have determined the area that needs repairing remove the shingles for the area. Remove an area that is 2-3 times larger than the area that is leaking. Next, cut out the area of damaged plywood use your skill saw and set the blade depth to 1/2" to 7/16" to make sure to don't cut into the rafters. Make sure you span at least 3 rafters with your cut so you can firmly attach the replace piece of plywood. Once you have replaced the plywood and securely fastened is down to the rafters apply blue skin around the edges of the old and new plywood, then cover the area with tar paper and fasten then install and fasten your new shingles.

    • Where to Locate a New Toilet in Relation to the Wall.

       

      The center of the toilet flange should be located 12' inches from your back finished wall. If the wall is just framed and not boarded allow and additional inch from the back wall for drywall. If you have not framed the wall allow 16' inches from the location of where the framed wall will start.

    • How To Make a Pergola Structure More Sturdy.

       

      I would dig below your frost line (here that is 4 1/2 feet) make a wide footing at the bottom of the hole then set your posts in the concrete and fill the hole with more concrete. I would then use temporary wind bracing until the concrete sets up. Then if necessary, design permanent wind bracing that adds character to your Pergola..Back to the Top

    • How to Turn the Underside of your Deck Into Storage

       

      To start off, under your deck lay down landscapers cloth cover the cloth with gravel or 3/8 crushed stone, that will give you a base to set you belongings on and will promote drainage. Next, determine where you would like to locate the door or gate. Screw the hinges of the door or gate to a post and make you door or gate the width between two post. Next, attach 2 pressure treated 2x4's in between posts running vertically each about 2 1/2 feet apart. Finally, screw vertical fence board to the 2x4's you just installed all around the bottom of the deck. Note: this is a great use of space but water will still penetrate through the deck floor board, so if you want to keep things dry you may need to tarp them.

    • Building a Sauna, Tiles

       

      Tile will heat up too much and will become very hot to the touch. When building a sauna the most common product used is cedar. Cedar holds up well in the heat and stays cool enough to the touch.

    • What Height Requires a Deck Railing?

       

      In Guelph, Ontario decks that are above 35 inches off the ground and have less than 6ft of floor space require a railing. If the Deck has more than 6 ft of floor space a railing is required when the deck is more than 42 inches off the ground.

    • Pressure Treated Wood

       

      Pressure treats wood is designed to be exposed to the elements, it does not require any paint, stain or sealer. However, if you choose to apply a stain, paint, or sealer make sure to allow the wood to age a year in the elements to allow for the green colour from the chemicals to fade and dry out.

    • Draining your Hot Tub

       

      If there is no drain on the hot tub, I would suggest purchasing a submersible pump they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Make sure to follow the safety instructions on the box of the submersible pump and connect a hose to drain to water from your hot tub.

    • Applying Tile to Tub Surround

       

      I would strongly advise not to. Bath wall tile should be adhere to cement board in the shower. A plastic tub surround us not porous making it more more difficult for the tile to adhere, its also most likely not a flat surface, finally the tub surround is probably adhered to drywall which is not designed to be in moisture rich areas and over time will most likely cause the adhesion on the tub surround to loosen. Simply remove you existing tub surround apply cement board and tile. Its better to do it right the first time then have to go back and do it again.

    • Tile Over Tile

       

      I would not advise applying tile over existing tile. I would suggest using a long handled scraper to remove the existing tiles then start from scratch and begin the tiling process. Tiling over existing tiles can cause problems in the future such as, tiles lifting or cracking, also if you ever want to have something other than tile you now have two layers to remove.

      Gutter Not Draining

       

      Most likely the cause is a clogged down spout. Although if the eves have been newly installed they may not been pitched correctly to the down spout which could also cause the down spout not to drain properly.

      What Goes Under Vinyl Siding

       

      I would suggest wrapping your home in tyvek first then installing your SM insulation. The house wrap of Tyvek will allow moisture to escape, but resists water penetration from outside. This avoids harmful condensation build-up in the walls. In addition, Tyvek is a fire retardant material that is very strong and durable.

      Source:http://www.build-yourown-home.com/tyvek-house-wrap.html

      Why Laminate Flooring is Creaking

       

      There could potentially be a few reasons for this occurring; if there is a plywood sub-floor beneath and it was not securely fastened (glued and screwed) that could cause the squeaks. Not, installing a foam under pad beneath the laminate flooring could also cause the floor to creek. In-proper installation of the laminate flooring could cause rubbing and lead to the floor creaking.

      How to Make a Level Surface

       

      To level the sub-floor you can use self leveling cement (which I would only recommend in applications where you already have a concrete floor but need to level it) or you can use shims.

      Choosing Composite Decking Material

       

      This really depends on a few variables; The colour options you want to have, the quality of the product, and the textured finish options you would like. You also need to look at the warranty options that are offered and the application of the composite, in some cases composite is not the best option. For example, I would not advise setting a hot tub on composite decking. Once you have determined all of that information it will better help you determine the right composite decking material for you.

      HILTI? is it the Best

       

      HILTI does make an excellent product but if you want to know what is best, that is on and individual basis. The best way to find out is to read tool reviews they will go over the best brands and review them based on performance and price, then you can decide what is best for you..Back to the Top

      Fence Post, Avoiding the Frost Line in Southern Ontario

       

      In most of Southern, Ontario when digging posts holes you are required by code to go 4 feet deep to avoid heaving from frost.

      How Do to Fix a Hole in Drywall

       

      Make the hole in your drywall square. Next, using another piece of drywall cut out a square that is 2 inches larger than your square. Trace the smaller square (from the wall) on the larger square and score the lines you just drew. Now, snap the scored lines and remove gypsum but leave the 2 inches of paper around the perimeter. Insert the square into your hole and use the tabs you created to mud and sand into place.

      When to Use Wall Anchors

       

      Screws and anchors are necessary when attaching articles to a wall unless you are screwing into a wall stud. If, you choose not to use wall anchors and screws you will most likely end up pulling the object you are hang out of the wall.

      What is the Best Multi Tool

       

      That depends on the primary application. If you are looking to do carpentry a great multi-tool is a dermal, where as a universal driver is also very useful in many applications when space for drivers is limited. An all round great multi-tool that does a bit of everything is a "leatherman". Do your research and determine what would be most useful for you.

      Do you need a Building Permit to Split 1 Large Room into 2 Rooms

       

      When adding an extra bedroom you do need to obtain a building permit. If you are on a septic system and are planning on adding another bedroom you also need to determine if you current septic system will allow for the additional use age. In Ontario, the building code dictates that if you are adding another bedroom that indicates an increase in occupancy of the home by two. In which case your septic system must be able to handel the increase amount of waste.

      Patch a Hole in Vinyl Siding?

       

      I would suggest replacing the section of siding. Its very easy to and install and you can find most all colour's at your local hardware store. If you have a custom shade Home Depot or Rona can order your siding in. Patches tend to fade and discolor over time.

      Are Black Oxide Drill Bits the Best to use for drilling holes into Solid Wood?

       

      The Black oxidation does not increase the strength of the drill bit, it simply helps to prevent rust. That being said it works fine for drilling pilot holes into wood, but if you are using a high speed drill or the wood you are drilling into is very hard you may want to use a "Spur Point Bit". The bit cuts through timber very fast when used in conjunction with a power drill.

      What is an Inexpensive Option to cut Steel?

       

      A good pair of Tin Snips will work great just make sure you have the correct coloured handle for the direction you want to cut the metal (straight cutting snips are yellow, right cutting snips are green, and left cutting snips are red).

      How can I lay Vinyl Down if my Existing Flooring is Not in Good Shape?

       

      I would first remove the existing vinyl flooring for the entire area you are planning to lay your new vinyl flooring. It's never good practice to lay new flooring over existing flooring. This could cause any moisture, decay or odors from the existing floor to be sealed against your new floor which could lead to a shorter life span or uneven flooring.

      Lattice for an Upper Deck?

       

      If strong winds are a concern in your area I would suggest not using lattice on a second story deck. Lattice is quite weak and does not stand up well in high winds. I would suggest building a louvered privacy fence, it's much stronger and performs better in high winds. Below is a link to an image of a louvered privacy fence. http://cedarlinecontracting.ca/CedarlinePhotoGallery/displayimage.php?pid=155&fullsize=1

      How to fix leaky basement window?

       

      If you have a leaky window the first place I would suggest to look is the caulking around the window. Has the caulking been properly applied? Is the caulking old and starting to crack, deteriorate and break down? If, you caulking appears to be in good working condition you may want to look at your window well. Is your window well tied into your weeping bed? Do you have sufficient drainage. Does the swale from your home go the correct direction? You need to do some trouble shooting to determine the cause of your problem, the above options are a good place to start.

      How can I Glue MDF Board?

       

      I would suggest PL Premium Construction Adhesive it has many applications, is relatively inexpensive and is very easy to apply. To apply, use a nail or the abrasive end that is part of your caulking gun to pierce the opening, the simply load into a caulking gun and apply.Back to the Top

      Need a Building Inspector?

       

      Contact your local municipality and ask to speak with building services. From there they will arrange for a building inspector to come to your home.

      Can I Lay Decking on the Ground?

       

      Never lay decking directly on the soil, there is too much moister and the lumber will decal quickly. You can ether dig footings and pour Sono's that will be below the frost line or purchase deck blocks from your local hardware store and set your framing on them.

      Hanging Heavy Objects on Drywall

       

      When you are hanging a heavy object on the wall you want to use screws to secure the object in to your wall studs. Wall studs are located ever 16' or 24" depending on the builder. The studs will ether be pine or steel. Note, steel studs are designed to hold weight vertically and not horizontally.

      Do I Need to Remove All the Previous Paint to Stain my Deck, If so how do I?

       

      If, you will be stain your deck you will want all the previous paint from your deck removed. The stain needs to penetrated the wood to properly protect it. Also any paint left on the deck, when stained over will change the colour of the deck in those areas. To remove the paint use a palm sander to evenly sand the entire deck, any remaining pain can be removed with acetone

      Rotten Floor Boards?

       

      If you have rotten floor boards it will need to be taken up and replaced. You may have more rot than initially assumed, this could include the joists below the floor boards. Once you have removed the rotten floor board check the joists to make sure that are still in pristine condition. If so, proceed in replacing the floor board, make sure to glue and screw when fastening the new floor board to help prevent creaking.

      Is There a Cheaper Way to Frame Decks

       

      Deck joists are normal spaced to 16" centers. If you are using composite or resin decking they may require 12" centers for the increased material weight. Decks are built the way they are for a reason they are based on building code and engineering specifications. Cheap is never what you want to be looking for when building anything, you always get what you pay for.

      Can Hardwood Flooring be Stored in an Unheated Building?

       

      Yes, as long as you keep the hardwood dry, away from moisture and off the floor. Hardwood can be left in an unheated area. Just make sure to give the hardwood plenty of time to acclimatize in your home I would suggest up to two weeks to be safe.

      Do I Have to Remove Asbestos After a Flood?

       

      I would suggest contacting your home insurance provider and explain the situation to them. They should have a licensed professional come to your home to remove the asbestos. Never attempt removing asbestos yourself.

      Can you dump this paint down a drain?

       

      This is not legal, to dispose of old paint take it to your municipal house hold hazardous waste facility.

      Is it Unnecessary to Use Primer?

       

      I would suggest using primer, it's always best practice. If, you want to save a step there are many companies that have paint and primer in one.

      How to Make a Template for Cutting Tiles Around Your Toilet?

       

      Lay your flange on your unattached tiles where your sewage pipe would be located. Lay the flange face down so that widest part of the flange is on the tiles. Next, using a marker trace around the flange on the tiles. Now you have the layout for where your sewage pipe and flange will be located.

      How to Attach a Picture to a Concrete Wall?

       

      I would suggest using a hammer drill with a concrete bit to drill a hole in the concrete. Make sure the drill bit is slightly smaller in diameter than the tap-con you use, this will ensure there is a good compression fit.

      How do I determine What Size Beam for the Span?

       

      Refer to your local building code. In your local building code book there will be span charts that refer to what sized beams are required for all different size spans.

      Type Of Screws For Wood and Concrete?

       

      For wood you want to use "wood screws" it will tell you on the container the length and type. There are many variations, any correct size wood screw will work for general purpose usage. To screw into cement you want to use a screw called a "Tap-con" they are usually blue and are designed to bite into the concrete. They are sold in a variety of sizes.Back to the Top

      How to Increase the Temperature of you Sub-Floors.

       

      If you lay dimple board beneath your sub-floor that will create air space which will insulate the sub-floor. You also lay heated flooring, although that would be quite a bit more in cost.

      Is it Safe to Use Treated Lumber Indoors?

       

      Pressure treated wood has many hazardous chemical in it. I would not advise bringing these hazardous chemicals into your home in a confined space. When indoors the chemicals in the wood will be present much longer than outside because there is no direct sun light on the wood and no drastic climate changes which help to weather the wood.

      How To Splice a Car Lighter to a Household Receptacle?

       

      In order to use a 12 volt car lighter to power a 110 volt residential receptacle you need to purchase a power inverter. Power inverters can be purchased at your local hardware store.

      Should I Change my 5" Furnace Pipe to a 6"?

       

      If you increase the size of your furnace pipe you will decrease the back pressure by increasing the pipe size. This can lead to issues with your furnace, if you furnace is only designed to have a 5" pipe. Refer to your owners manual or contact a professional before making any changes.

      Rot From Wood Siding Touching Concrete Porch

       

      When wood siding is close to the ground it will rot this is very common. Fist remove the rotten sections of siding, then check to make sure the house rap and your exterior wall is still in pristine condition. If so, use a "break" and cap the section in aluminum. Make sure to tuck the aluminum underneath the existing siding so the water runs down the siding properly.

      Spacing When Framing

       

      Walls should be framed on 16" centers. You will find on some instances walls framed on 24" centers but I would not recommend it.

      The Wood Product that's often used to Make Inexpensive Wood Furniture.

       

      The material used is MDF or Particle board. The finish on the product that gives it the wood grain appearance is wood veneering. Veneer is paper thin strip of wood laminated to MDF or particle board.

      How to Seal Conduit After Running Through Brick

       

      Use a can of Spray foam to fill the hole (use with caution though at the spray foam does stain and will expand rapidly, so use sparingly). Once the spray foam has set up and hardened cut away the extra foam which is protruding to the exterior. Once you have completed that you can parge over the hole.

      How to Determine a What is a Load bearing Wall

       

      Exterior walls are load bearing, sections can be removed but you need to contact a structural engineer to determine the extent of what you can do. To determine if an interior wall is load bearing you can view your homes structural plans, or you can also go into you attic and your ceiling joists will will indicate which walls are load baring wall.

      After Re-Grouting Tub Tiles You Should Wait before Before your Next Shower?

       

      I would recommend 24-48 hrs for curing time unless otherwise stated on the products container.Back to the Top

      Prevent Hair from Going Down my Shower Drain

       

      I would recommend a drain protector, there are many different types and styles, they are relativity simple to install and can be purchased at your local hardware store.

      Convert a Deck Into a Sunroom

       

      You need to consult your local building code to determine what, if anything from you existing structure you can use (i.e. sonos and footings). If you didn't previously have a building permit for your deck you will most likely have to scrap the entire deck and start from scratch. Your municipal building department is the best place to start.

      How to Fix Toilet Leaking at the Bottom

       

      If your toilet is leaking at the base this is likely cause by loss of seal. Many different circumstances can lead to this happening. such as; an a deteriorated wax ring or gasket. I would recommend shutting off your water at the back of the toilet, draining your toilet and remove your toilet. Once your toilet has been removed you can better determine your issue. If, your seal was broken because of a deteriorated wax ring or gasket, you need to replace it. You can purchase a replacement at your local hardware store, and follow the instructions for the replacement you purchased.

      Which Type of Wood to Build a Sub woofer Out of?

       

      When building a Sub woofer box or a speaker box use minimum 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). MDF is a great product to use because it's denser, harder, than plywood and particle board it also won't resonate.

      Converting Gas Fireplace into a Wood Burning Fireplace.

       

      Converting your gas fire place to a wood burning fireplace is not as simple as it may seem. There are many factors that need to be determined, chimney and flue size, chimney location, fireplace specs, you also need to consult with your municipal by-laws. I would advise contacting you local building services department they should have the specs on your home and can advise you on the necessary steps to take.

      Electric Baseboard Heat?

       

      Electrical baseboard heaters require a large amount of energy to operate. Baseboard heaters are good for supplementary heat for a home but can be expensive to operate as the primary source of heat. Installing a baseboard heater should only be completed by a experienced electrician.

      Adding a Sunroom do you Need a Building Permit...

       

      Absolutely, and depending on the location of the sun room to the property line you may not be able to add a sun room in the desired location. Call your local building department and go over everything with them, they will tell you what you can and can't do and how you have to go about proceeding.

      Do Basement Offices Require a Window....

       

      You do require a window in a basement bedroom and they are required to be egress windows. I would consult your local building services as you may technically be able to have basement office without a window it may be difficult to prove that your basement office is not a basement bedroom.Back to the Top

      Moving Heat Efficiently Throughout a House

       

      An efficient and cost affective way to to circulate heat or cold through your home is by installing ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can keep heat down or move heat quicker up your stars, simply by changing the rotation of the fan and speeds.

      Installing an Above Ground Pool in a Backyard With a Slope?

       

      The most important issue when setting a pool on grounds that were previously sloped is redirecting the water flow. The slop was presumably created for drainage purposes, so if you are going to level out a section of the slop you need to put in alternative measures to still allow the water to flow in the designed direction. I would suggest building a retaining wall and laying drainage tile at the retaining wall to divert the water flow around and beneath the pool. This is a difficult procedure, and if performed incorrectly could result in the collapsing of the pool I would consult a professional in your area to review your situation before you proceed.

      Using a Circular Saw to Cut Tile

       

      A Circular saw can be use to cut tile, but you will masonry blade/diamond blade. Another option is purchasing a Snap Cutter, they are relativity inexpensive and very easy to use.

      Can Water Damaged Practical Board, be Repaired?

       

      When particle board becomes overly moist or is exposed to high levels of moisture it will absorb the moisture. This will cause the particle board to swell and expand thus causing irreversible damage. You will need to replace the particle board if swelling has occurred.

      Is Concrete Dust Poisonous?

       

      The largest hazard with Concrete dust is the Silica (which is the main component in sand and in rocks). Initial exposure of silica dust will cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat like most other dusts. However, if excessive amounts of silica dust are breathed into the lungs over a period of time, it can cause damage to the lung tissue. I would recommend wearing a mast when working with concrete. Source http://www.workershealth.com.au/facts060…

      The Best Way to Bend a Steel Pipe?

       

      You can purchase a pipe bender or rent one from an equipment rental store. Which ever you choose a pipe bender is the best way to bend and manipulate steel piping.

      Flag Stone Vs Stamped Concrete?

       

      I would suggest flag stones, I prefer the look and ability for more customization with the design and layout. Stamped concrete can be a good alternative but can be quite slippery when wet, when glazed. Also if the concrete is not coloured throughout the entire mix any chips are glaring as you will see the white concrete beneath.

      New Hardwood Floors have Gaps and are Creaking?

       

      Over time small gaps and creaking can be expected but, should not occur for quite some time. If, you don't allow hardwood flooring enough time to acclimatize to your homes environment before Installation. Significant shrinking and expansion can occur sooner, as the hardwood is not properly acclimatized to the homes environment.

      Laying Plywood Under "Hardibacker" or Cement Board?

       

      I would recommend laying plywood on top of the plan flooring. Lack of stability is a concern when laying tiles, if the plank flooring was to shift or loosen this could result in the mortar cracking or popping of tiles. Plywood should be glued and screwed which will greatly reduce the chance of shifting or loosing.

      Where the Sump Pump Should be Installed in the Basement.

       

      The ideal location to install a sump pump should be in the low spot in the basement and close to an exterior wall. Make sure that the hole is least 8" away from the foundation wall, to avoid hitting any footings.Back to the Top

      Lost Item Down Sink Drain.

       

      If, an item you would like to retrieve has fallen down the drain it will most likely be located in the P-Trap. The P-Trap is the pipe below the sink that is in the shape of a "p" . You will have to remove the P-Trap in order to recover the item. Place a bucket beneath the sink, most P-Traps will have a screw off cap at the bottom of the loop which will allow you to drain the water into the bucket before you remove the P-Trap. If, there is no drain cap you will have to remove entire P-Trap, be careful when removing, as the loop will have water in it.

      Toilet's leaking on the backside.

       

      Most likely you are experiencing condensation accumulation. New toilet tanks have a Styrofoam liner on the inside of the tank. This liner provides insulation that prevents the condensation. Your options are, replace the toilet tank or you can purchase the liner and install it yourself.

      Drywall Tape Coming up in Laundry Room

       

      There are several items that may be causing the tape in the corner to peel. One may be an improper installation of the tape from the beginning. There may not have been a sufficient amount of mud applied or too much mud was removed during the sanding process. You may also have a moisture issue. I would recommend properly repairing the tape in the corner then you can determine if it was the installation of the tape or it was because of moisture.

      What Bonds Stone to Stone?

       

      To bond stone to stone for landscaping applications I would recommend using Construction Adhesive. A product such as "LePage PL Premium" works fantastic. The product is applied using a caulking gun and is relatively inexpensive and can be purchase at most home improvement stores.

      How to Best Remove Sticky Adhesive

       

      I would recommend using a product called "Goo Gone" it's relativity inexpensive very easy to apply and you can purchase this product at your local home improvement store.

      How to Repair a Broken Tile

       

      You will need to remove the broken tile and replace it with a new tile. To remove the tile use a rotary tool to cut the grout around the broken tile. Once you have cut completely around the tile and most of the grout has been chipped away, you can start working on removing the tile. Use a scraper tool or a drywall knife to get up the tile and remove the thin set beneath the tile. Once the tile and tin set has been removed, you can proceed with laying a new tile.

      Non-Window Mount Air Conditioning Unit.

       

      I would recommend installing a duct-less wall mount air conditioner. You will need to have it professionally installed. The unit is permanent and some models also provide heat if desired.

      How to Repair Frayed Wood as a Result of Being Power Washed to Harshly?

       

      The damage was cause from excess water pressure on the deck boards. You will need to light sand the deck to remove the frayed wood partials. Try using a pole sander to help save the extra stress on your back and knees. Make sure all wood practical's are off the deck boards before staining or clear coating.

      Water Coming in through Foundation and Standing Water Under the House?

       

      You have a few options, if you have visible cracks in your foundation and can see where the water is entering you can opt for someone like "the crack doctor" to inject and fill the cracks. That would stop the water from entering but would not get rid of the water. Your best , but much more expensive option would be to install drainage tile, a weeping bed and a sump pump.

      Beam posts as your Railing posts?

       

      Beams and posts are two different things. I would suggest using 4x4's as your railing posts, they meet code are can be incorporated into a variety of railing styles.

      How to Seal a Concrete Floor

       

      Concrete floor sealant can be purchased from most local hardware stores. To apply concrete floor sealer you will require a paint brush, roller, pole extender, and paint tray. When applying, fist use a brush and complete all the edges. Next, using the roller and pole extender work from one corner of the room out, making sure not to box yourself in.

      Type of lumber to use to Build a Backyard Play Fort

       

      To frame the play fort I would suggest pressure treated lumber, its cost efficient, great for framing and last for years. As for the material that will have contact with the kids I would suggest using composite wood and sanded cedar. The reason I suggest these two materials is because composite wood is splinter free but when in constant sun light can get hot to the touch. So, for flooring applications I would suggest using sanded cedar and for walls and other creative attributes I would suggest composite.

      Temporarily Removing a Door from it's Frame

       

      To temporally remove a door from its hinges, simply pop out the pins on the hinges. To pop out the pins use a philips/square screw driver align it with the underside of the pin and knock it out using your hammer.

      Cutting Vinyl?

       

      I would recommend using snips to cut the vinyl, they are inexpensive and very easy to use. If, you find the vinyl is cracking when you are attempting to cut it, the snips may be dull or the vinyl may be of lower quality. Check your snips first and replace if necessary.

      How to Drain a Full Toilet

       

      To avoid getting water on your floor I would suggest waiting a few hours to see if the water level in the toilet drops. In most cases the water level will eventually drop, at which time you can proceed to plunge or snake the toilet depending on what is necessary.

      Damaged Drywall, left Exposed Paper.

       

      I would suggest applying a skim coat of compound with you drywall knife. Once the compound has dried lightly sand out, prime, then paint.

      How to Hang a Heavy Object on the Wall Without Drilling Holes

       

      I would recommend using PL PREMIUM fast grab. The product can be purchased at your local hardware stone and is very easy to apply. Simply, load PL PREMIUM fast grab into a caulking gun and apply as recommend by product label.

      Prime Before Painting

       

      I would recommend priming the wood before painting. The primer acts as a bonding agent to help allow the paint to ad-hear. To save your self a step look at purchasing a paint and primer in one, many of the paint brands now have this type of product.

      Doubling up Ice and Snow

       

      There is no advantage to doubling up the "ice and water". If you do, you could cause the shingles to lay uneven which could lead to future problems. If you are concerned with ice build up lay 4 feet of ice and snow and tar paper the remainder of the roof.

      Do I Need Hardiboard for a Kitchen Back splash?

       

      To install a kitchen backslash you simply need to apply mastic to the existing gypsum board. If, the gypsum board was painted, lightly sand the wall will 80-grit sand paper and wipe clean with a dam rag.

      How to remove sticker residue

       

      I would recommend using "Good Gone". You can purchase it at your local hardware store and its very effective!

      Looking for Reclaimed Wood?

       

      Looking for reclaimed wood you can start by using search engines on the net and I am sure you will find something. I would also suggest going for a county drive or using goggle maps to find old barns. Contact the owner and see what you can work out.

      Staining Concrete?

       

      There are a few different products you can purchase from your local hardware store to paint concrete. Some products give you the options of many different colour's while other products also give you the option of adding texture which can be very beneficial. Make sure to follow the directions on the specific product you choose.

      How to mount computer speakers to a concrete wall

       

      The best way would be to pre-drill holes into the concrete using a hammer drill and concrete drill bit. Next, install "tap cons" (they are special screws designed for concrete), which can be purchased at your local hardware store. Make sure the tap con you install is slightly small than the size of drill bit you used to drill the hole. Finally, install the wall mounted speakers on the tap cons and enjoy!

      How thick does a concrete floor have to be to support a 30,000 lb Motor home 2 front and 4 rear tires

       

      The minimum slab thickness you can use for a residential home is 4 inches. As a general rule this is the thickness for driveways, sidewalks, patios and porches. The more weight that the slab is expected to hold, the thicker the slab needs to be, and the only way to calculate the thickness properly is to contact a licensed structural engineer to help determine the weight of the home or other structure that will be on top of the slab. Source:http://www.ehow.com/info_12168506_concrete-thickness-calculations.html#ixzz24wHM74R5

      How to Replace a Shower Head.

       

      Replacing a shower head is a simple DIY project. Unscrew the existing shower head for the chrome pipe coming out of the wall. Once the shower head is off, wrap the threads of the chrome pipe with Teflon tape. Finally, screw your new shower head on.

      Remove Musty Smell.

       

      The musty smell is coming from moisture. The first step I would recommend is trying to remove the moisture via a dehumidifier, I would also open everything up to help remove the stagnancy. Next, look to see if you have any water damage if so you may have mold which will also need to be removed.

      How to Remove Odor from Hardwood Flooring.

       

      There are several products that do exists which may remove the odor. You can also try using baking soda. Simply sprinkle the baking soda over the affected area push the baking soda into any cracks and allow to sit over night. Finally, vacuum up the backing soda and the smell should be removed.

      How to Seal the Area Around Outdoor Faucet.

       

      I would suggest applying spray foam to fill the gap (spray foam can be purchased at your local hardware store). Once the spray foam has dried use a utility knife to cut off the excess foam on the exterior of your home and apply mesh over the area. When the mesh is set apply foundation parging.

      Drop Ceiling Questions.

       

      Depending on the shape of the room and the size drop ceilings can be difficult when attempting to complete for the first time. Unless, there is a need for many access points in the ceiling I would suggest drywalling your ceiling instead. Hiring a professional to do ether would cost close to the same and, drop ceiling panels will, tend to become dated over time.