Home Improvement

Who better to provide home improvement tips than HGTV Canada stars like Bryan Baeumler, Sarah Richardson and Brian Gluckstein? Whether you’re investing in a major reno or a light makeover, these do-it-yourself home improvement hacks will ensure you get the best return on investment.

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Vapor and Air Barriers

I could never quite figure out where a vapor barrier should go, and now my renovator is talking to me...


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Cold Walls

My master bedroom is one of the coldest rooms in the house. The back wall of the closet in the...


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Mildew Corners

There are what appear to be water marks running down from the corners where the wall and ceiling meet in...


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Insulation And Stucco

I recently bought a 10-year-old house. A stucco wall runs from the basement ceiling halfway down the wall. I want...


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Covering Stucco With Vinyl

I have a 30-year-old house with stucco exterior walls. I want to cover the walls with vinyl siding, but I...


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Painting

I've chosen a nice, dark decor paint for my dining room, but it doesn't seem to cover the color of...


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Paintbrushes

How can I increase the life of a paintbrush?


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Protecting Wood

How do I protect wood when it is placed in a vise?

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Clamps

I have always put wood blocks between my clamps and workpieces to prevent marking the wood. I see that newer...


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Professional Help

I would like to undertake some of the renovation of my house myself, but I realize that some jobs are...


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Fireplaces-2

We have a floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of rock. Over the years, the rock has been discolored from escaping smoke. I...


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I am thinking of converting my decorative fireplace into a working one. What are the standard safety precautions for a...


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Contact Cement

I have used contact cement for years but now I see a water-based contact cement in the stores. Is this...


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Gluing-2

How do you prevent glue from hardening too quickly, and how do you get glue into small spaces?


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Gluing-1

I want to fix a broken lampshade, but no glue seems to work on hard plastic. Is there any way...


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Arborite

I have an arborite kitchen countertop over which I would like to apply more arborite. Do I have to remove...


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Odorous Sump Pumps

I recently removed an old sump pump, and filled the hole in the floor that it had created with foam...

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Basement Floods

When it rains, water seeps up through my basement floor. Last year I had the property landscaped, so I know...


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Frozen Pipes

I have a frozen steel pipe in my basement. I there anything I can do to thaw it before the...


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Loose Showerheads

Is there any way that I can secure a showerhead that moves from the wall when it is touched? Will...


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Odorous Shower Drains

We installed a shower in our basement about one year ago. We have noticed a gaseous odor emanating from the...


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Loud Pipes

My main drain leading from the roof to the basement passes through the wall that separates the kitchen and the...


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Renovating Bathrooms

I am planning to renovate my bathroom. I would like to install a sink and a shower on one side...

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Freezing Stack Pipes

I have been experiencing problems with the stack pipe, which passes through an unheated garage. During the winter the stack...


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Installing Sinks

I am going to install a new sink in my basement. I will have to add an extension of copper...


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Uneven Water

The flow of water from my showerhead is uneven. Can the problem be corrected without installing a new showerhead?


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Low Water Pressure-2

When the dishwasher and washing machine are running, or someone flushes the toilet, water pressure in the shower becomes weak...


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Cleaning Bathtubs

What kind of paint should I use to remove rusty discoloration marks on the bottom of my bathtub?


Frosted Fruit Arrangement

It's a lot easier to create this gorgeous centerpiece than it looks. For food-safety reasons, make frosted fruit the...