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  • How to strap a block wall for board and batten

    Rick from Grand Bend, Ontario writes: "I need advice on how to strap a block wall for board and batten. The wall is 10 ft. high, and I am wondering how many straps I will need?"Too few straps and the boards will warp, too many and you are wasting your energy and perhaps blocking ventilation behi...
  • Repairing Cladboard Siding in Newfoundland.

    There is probably no place in the world that gets tougher siding exposure than in Newfoundland and it may surprise you that wood clapboard siding is still the dominant siding on the Island. But it does require maintenance and occasional repair or replacement. Aiden Duff showed us how it is done...
  • What to do with bad drywall joints after they are painted?

    One viewer installed drywall, taped the joints, painted and then discovered that there were lumps and uneven areas in the joint plaster. What to do?It is certainly easier to perfect the sanding before there is paint on the wall, so the moral is to really verify your sanding job before saying it ...
  • Wallpaper working tips.

    Tracey Paul from Provincial Wallcoverings Ltd. in Toronto dropped into the studio to give both me and you some tips on getting wallpaper on the wall looking good and staying put.Most important according to Tracey is to have the wall smooth with no bumps or holes before you start.Read the instruct...
  • Avoiding painting errors.

    Ok, I'm not the best painter in the DIY world. I don't even enjoy painting that much. So I asked Alan Watkins from Sico paints to come in so I could grill him on my common painting errors.I always thought that the thick rollers were for rough surfaces and the low mat rollers were for smoother s...
  • Will blown in insulation settle in walls?

    Steve asks: "I have a question about insulating a home from the exterior. My house has got wood siding and I'm going to be removing it and replacing it with vinyl siding and when I do I want to insulate certain areas with blown in insulation but I heard that it settles over time. So if it start...
  • OVERVIEW: Sound Proofing

    In this TV segment we followed a sound proofing specialist through a home, testing it for problems, and indicating some solutions. Elsewhere in this database you will find more through discussions on soundproofing various parts of your house.The photo shows the use of Z-bars or resilient bars on...
  • How do you properly stand a stud wall up against a basement wall?

    When we are working with wood studs we generally build the wall on the floor and then lean it up to the wall. But in the basement we have all kinds of overhead obstructions, so if you just tip it up, you will probably find yourself blocked by pipes or ducts.The secret is like in the photo, to...
  • Rusty Nails in the wall

    Todd from Manuels NFLD looked under his siding and discovered that the nails holding the siding were rusting away.In very damp climates, like Canada's two coastal regions, walls tend to get wet, and stay wet. In other areas of the country, the climate gives them more of a chance to dry out. Tod...
  • House Walls made out of Firewood - A Stackwall House

    A viewer in Brandon, Man. had some questions about why his stockwall has started to shrink and crack. Art asked whether it is the aggregate he used or the logs themselves.Good question and I couldn't really help much. (But read on and you will see that at least one of our viewers does have so...