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Hot Topics: Sister Floor Joist

What kind of wood makes good connecting joists?

Hot Topics: Wiring Sub Panel Questions

Check out this chat from our forum about wiring a breaker.

Hot Topics: Covering an AC Compressor

A chat about protecting your AC condenser outside.

Hot Topics: Using a Miter Saw At an Angle

Forum experts weigh in on a tricky tool maneuver.

Hot Topics: New Gutter Issues

Our experts discuss a questionable gutter installation.

Hot Topics: Sanding a Tight Spot

Our experts weigh in on a tricky wood finishing project.

Hot Topics: Rotting Roof Board

Our experts discuss replacing a problematic piece of wood.

Hot Topics: AC Repair

Some things to try if AC is getting unreliable.

Hot Topics: Wiring New Light Switches

A forum chat about new light connections.

Hot Topics: Unstick This Broken Nut

This week, the Forum does the twist.

Hot Topics: What Kind of Switch Is This?

This week, the Forum turns us on to a new toggle.

Hot Topics: Fixing a Damaged Garage Floor

Our forum experts talk concrete floor repair.

Hot Topics: Architect vs. Structural Engineer - Which Do You Need?

Or you could hire them both and make them fight.

Hot Topics: Converting a Thermostat to Nest

A conversation about overhauling a thermostat system.

Hot Topics: What to do in Winter with a Water Main Above the Garage?

If you're worried about bursting, think about your options.

Hot Topics: Do I Need a Drill, a Driver or a Drill/Driver?

Getting you started with the drilling and the driving.

Hot Topics: Can You Use a Garden Sprayer to Apply Concrete Sealant?

Ask your peers in the forum for advice on your DIY project.

Hot Topics: Sand or Pressure Wash Before Staining a Deck?

Does sanding or power washing yield the best results?

Hot Topics: Got a Drill Bit Stuck in Your Wall?

Perhaps you can't drill it and forget it.

Hot Topics: Leaking Water Meter

For this repair, contact your water company.

Hot Topics: Old Wiring

Old wiring can sometimes be too far gone to save.

Hot Topics: Removing Razor Wire

This project requires specific safety precautions.

Hot Topics: Walkway Driveway Connection

This project didn't turn out exactly as planned.

Hot Topics: Updating a 1970s Kitchen on a Budget

What's the cheapest way to update a retro kitchen?

Hot Topics: Screw Stuck In a Deck

Sometimes a screw is just too far down for normal methods.

Hot Topics: Painting After Drywall Repairs

Does paint quality matter? In short, yes!

Hot Topics: Frozen AC Unit

AC unit freezing over? Check out this DIY forum chat.

Hot Topics: Deck Bolts and Fascia

Planning a deck project? Check out this constructive chat.

Hot Topics: Painting Over Blistered Paint

Do you have to strip the whole surface?

Hot Topics: Insulating a Plastic Shed

It's tricky but there are things you can do.

Hot Topics: What is this Wire Buried in my Yard?!?

Please, please, please don't put any more water on that.

Hot Topics: AC Troubleshooting

A useful chat about a crucial summer issue.

Hot Topics: Hot Tub Fuses

Hot tub not working right? Our forum takes a look.

Hot Topics: What's Wrong with My AC?

Things can get tricky when repairing an AC unit, fortunately our forum experts help a member get the job done.

Hot Topics: This Window Leaks - A Lot

Sometimes, you can't just wing it.

Hot Topics: Nest Thermostat C Wire

Wiring up a smart home can be tricky.

Hot Topics: Can Caulk Fill This Gap?

You may need to fill a large gap with another material first

Hot Topics: Fixing a Rotting Shed

A detailed chat about confronting rotten wood.

Hot Topics: Selling a Used Car

Check the value, consider repairs, and consider your market.

Hot Topics: Pool Power

Installing your pool's electricity is tricky, but possible.

Hot Topics: AC In Wait Mode

This discussion centers on a unit with power but no cooling.

Hot Topics: Deck Stain Prep

Summer is deck season!

Hot Topics: Making the Shade

A useful chat about constructing a roof-deck for shade.

Hot Topics: Installing a Car Charging Outlet

Some clever ways to maximize cheap charging time for an EV.

Hot Topics: Hot/Ground Reverse

This intimidating sensor reading has a simple explanation.

Hot Topics: Perma-Circ and Outdoor Reset

How valuable is constant circulation in a hydronic heating system?

Hot Topics: Replacing Roofing Around Vent Pipe

An amatuer roofer turns to the forum for advice.