To frame or not to frame

John asked Presently in the planning stages of a basement renovation project. I’m planning to renovate half of the basement. Large open room with half bath. I’ve already gutted the basement, and need to have some rough plumbing done before things start. I...

How to Safely Hang a Ceiling Fan

Rudy asked Can I use anchors to hang a ceiling fan? If so, which ones would you recommend? DIY Answer Guy Hi Rudy, Anchors are not really appropriate for hanging ceiling fans as fans are quite heavy.  If there isn’t an electrical box already mounted in the...

How to remove a broken EZ-anchor

Jay asked I was installing a hook rack in the bathroom today using the plastic 75 pound ez anchors. I had about 3/4 of the anchor into the drywall when I noticed I hit a wall stud. I attempted to remove the anchor and I got about half a turn when it snapped off down...

Faced or un-faced fiberglass Insulation?

John asked Which type of insulation is used in walls? Faced or unfaced? DIY Answer Guy Hi John, Un-faced insulation is usually used in interior walls for sound reduction, in floor joist, over a crawl space and in-between the attic joist. Whereas faced insulation is...

How to fix a leaky washing machine hose

Rosemary asked I am new to connecting washing machines/hoses. I have managed to inset the washers into the ends of the hoses. I have connected the hoses to the washing machine and water valves. But the hot water hose is leaking on the water valve end. Is it broken or...

How to repair worn carpet

Amanda asked Hi DIY Answer Guy! My house is only a year old, but my carpet looks horrible! There are three spots where my carpet is worn down practically to the pad. I’d like to patch them. How would I do that? One is in the middle of the floor, one is on the...

How to reinforce drywall for towel bars

Steven asked This is a wobbly side of a bathroom towel rack. The left side hole was simply screwed into the dry wall, and the right side hole had one of those white screw-type wall anchors that I screwed out. I cannot simply replace with a larger wall anchor because...

How to remove or cover water stains on a fireplace

Roy asked My fireplace has water stains where it once leaked. I sold the house and would like to try to remove the stains, or can I stain the fireplace to cover the water stains. The water stains have caulking streaks in it. I have tried soapy water. I picked up some...

How to make a clothes mannequin stand

Brittany asked I found this old mannequin with legs and a head and, as an aspiring designer, I decided to recycle it. So I cut the head and legs off and got what you see in the picture. It’s some kind of hard plastic, possibly fiber glass (can’t say for...

How to remove and refinish a popcorn ceiling

Clem asked I recently moved into a small apartment in Manhattan. There is a popcorn ceiling. I noticed a small water stain. Upon closer inspection, the ceiling I discovered is dry. However, the ceiling crumbled in my hand. I checked another part of the ceiling, same...

How to create custom paint colors inexpensively

Shannon asked I am a high school art teacher and we are creating various murals at our school and I need a large variety of latex colors but small amounts (not enough to buy gallons of everything). How can I mix colors myself to paint on the wall. I am hoping for the...

What type of towel bar to use with restricted space

Cheri asked We are in the midst of remodeling our bathroom. In doing so, we have lost towel bar space. Our option is to get a free-standing towel rack/bar or install towel bars on an inward curved wall. Can we do so with a standard towel bar? I’ve investigated...

How to seal basement floors for tiling

Karen asked My husband and I bought a house. The house has a basement concrete and we want finish it ourselves. The only thing that worries us is that it is very wet and the floor sweating. The home inspector said he recommended to ventilation duct of air conditioning...

How to find a basic bathroom plumbing class

Marika asked Which type of insulation is used in walls? Faced or unfaced? DIY Answer Guy Hi Marika, I’d recommend buying these three Great DIY Books They cover just about everything you’ll need to know to plan and execute your remodel with the least amount...

How to adhere mosaic tiles to galvanized metal

Freda asked I am using a galvanized steel stock tank (horse trough) as a pond. I would like to adhere Rock-on-a-Roll which is made up of a variety of polymers laid over a flexible backing, which are textured and colored to replicate the aesthetic qualities of bedrock....

How to Remove a Towel Bar Bracket and Anchor

Jenna asked I want to remove a hand towel holder in my bathroom. Unfortunately the builder used a bracket and drywall screws. The entire piece of hardware is a bit larger than a 50 cent piece, and since the screw in the center of the mounting piece just spins around,...

How to Filter Fresh Drinking Water in an Emergency

How to filter and decontaminate water safely is easy with this simple tool. Whether you’re camping, traveling, hiking the outback, or caught in a disaster, Lifesaver 4000 can provide you with water just about anywhere. The Lifesaver 4000UF water purifier...

Can A Cordless Drill Have Too Much Power?

Milwaukee gets serious about cordless drill power Apparently, racing pit crews need cordless drills with A LOT of power. And it looks like Milwaukee was happy to oblige as is shown in this funny racing pit stop commercial. My only question is, “Where do I get...

Review: GreenJeans Gardening Chaps

GreenJeans Gardening Chaps — the best gardening tool you’ll ever wear. Whether it’s working outside in the garden or doing landscaping projects for my clients I inevitably spend a lot of time on my knees. This ends up being very hard on, not only my...

How to Easily Stay in Touch in an Emergency

Your best choice for receiving emergency information and staying in touch with this compact, self-powered emergency radio. Whether you’re at home, in your car, boat, or just camping, staying in touch during an emergency is critical, and I’ve found the best...

Review: 4-in-1 Emergency Tool

What’s the best gas and water shut-off tool? When confronted with a water or gas emergency, knowing the location of your gas and water shut-off valve locations and how to safely shut them off is paramount. Although a simple wrench or pliers may turn on or off...