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  • How big should a steel beam be in a garage?

    John from Hillsdale, Ontario wants to create a storage area in the attic of his garage and wants to know just what he needs to shore it all up. His photos showed that what is there now is not designed to hold any weight at all.The short answer is that he needs to have a contractor or structur...
  • Reinforcing weak floorboards

    Helayna from Toronto, Ontario wrote that a few of her hardwood floorboards simply bend down when you step on them in one area. She is afraid that at some point they might just break through. The ceiling below is finished, so she can't check it out from below. She had a contractor who sugge...
  • How do you walk safely in an insulated attic?

    Robert from Winnipeg Manitoba asks about the safety of walking around in his attic.First let's be sure not to fall into the room below. If you were to remove all the insulation, you would see the drywall or plaster of the ceiling below, nothing more. It is held in place by the ceiling joists,...
  • Supporting outdoor structures

    In this episode, we collected several different viewer questions about supporting outdoor structures so we could compare one to the other.The first viewer lives in the mild climate of the lower mainland of British Columbia and wants to support a new deck by putting concrete pyramids over an e...
  • Planning out a home theatre

    Larry Gullins of G & G Electronics in Whitby, Ontario builds home theatres so we sought him out for some design recommendations.Locate the screen in the centre of a wall at the longest point in the room, not on the short side -- you need depth for the best effect. The best room shape is re...
  • Tying the house down for earthquakes -- Shear Walls

    A couple of years ago we went to Canada's primary earthquake zone, Vancouver, and saw a lot of details about how hot water tanks and just about everything else in the house can and should be tied down to avoid damage during an earthquake. This time we went to near-by Victoria to see how to st...
  • Fence Post Specifications

    The depth of the fence posts into the ground must be at least one foot below the frost level for your region. As well, one third of the total length of the post should be in the ground. This means that in mild regions the posts will be well below frost simply because of their length. In regions w...
  • Insulating an above grade block wall from the inside

    This article deals with a block wall above grade.  For a below grade block wall see Basement Perimeter Drainage and Leaking Foundations.   Bryan is faced with a totally un-insulated cinder block wall with 1x2 strapping and a plaster covering.  He is thinking about stripping it back to the block...
  • How do you know if a wall is load bearing?

    David from Tracadi, New Brunswick wants to tear a wall down in his basement and wants to know if it is load bearing or not. He says it runs perpendicular to the floor joists. If a wall runs parallel to the floor joists, chances are that it is not load bearing, as it is only holding up one floor ...
  • How do you silence a squeaking floor?

    Here's an animation that helps to show you why floors squeak and what you might be able to do to solve the problem.