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Best way to tear up half a concrete parking pad?

I have a concrete parking pad in my back yard (butts up to an alley) that is substantially larger than I need, and I'd like to reclaim some of that space for my yard. To that end I'd like to tear up ...
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How do I remove a chimney?

I've got a chimney in my 50's-era house that doesn't do anything. It's a regular brick and mortar chimney but it used to be used to vent the old oil heater (it's been converted to natural gas since). ...
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How do you remove a lot of wall tiles?

How do I quickly remove a lot of wall tiles without damaging the wall?
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What is the proper personal protective equipment and procedures for removing mouse nesting that may contain Hantavirus?

Me and my uncle are working on cleaning stuff (various auto parts and tools built up over the last 60 or so years) out a garage on my parents' property prior to demolishing it. There are multiple ...
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How can I replace the plywood under my air handler?

Sunday morning I walked out into my garage to find two huge water spots in the ceiling. The condensate drain line that comes out of my air handler in the attic had clogged up, and it turns out the ...
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What is the best way to demolish a little brick wall?

Since this is a small wall, I do not wish to buy any expensive tools. seems they used some mortar. I failed when trying to use nothing but a small (nail) hammer. Any tricks?
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How do I best tear down a small building?

I've got a property where a house will built. Currently there's this little hut that needs to be completely removed to make room for building a real house. To keep costs down, I'll be doing most of ...
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Do products like Ditra make tile removal more complicated?

Products like DITRA are great to use when installing tile, but I can't help wondering what it'll be like to remove the tile later. Is it more difficult to remove tile that's been laid on this type of ...
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Is there an easier way to remove a double layer of drywall on the ceiling?

I'm pulling down the ceiling and am having difficulty pulling down the drywall because it is 2 layers thick. I'm using a hammer and a wrecking bar but it is going a lot more slowly than I'd hoped. Is ...
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Is there any way I can reclaim this space and still safely support the front steps?

In my garage I have a nearly useless room that's 6'x10' but has this ... strange shelf of sorts in there. When I went to bust up the drywall to see whats behind it I found out it's been there since ...
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How should I remove a raised concrete pad on my basement floor?

I have a raised square of concrete, about 42" by 42" by 6" in my basement. Its probably an "equipment pad" of some sort, not sure what it was originally for, but it is inconveniently placed. Its ...
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Does 2008-era drywall contain asbestos?

I changed the brake pads on my motorcycle today and I read in the manual that you have to be careful when cleaning them with compressed air because asbestos fibers might get into your lungs and cause ...
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At what Lead levels are respirators and hazmat suits required?

I am under going demolition work in pre-1978 building. I have paint chip samples sent away to determine ppm of lead. At what levels are contractors required to wear hazmat suits and respirators? ...
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What is the proper way to frame in a room?

I'm looking to frame in this room (photo 2) to utilize the space for a 1st floor bathroom / 1st floor laundry room / storage. I think I have the process down having seen my uncles and brothers houses ...
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How can I remove a closet shelf & keep it intact?

How do I remove a closet shelf that is flush against the closet wall with just a brace in the middle? The brace is not a problem, but the shelf looks like it's glued in. It has a 2 X 1(maybe) X 72 ...
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What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

So our new place came with an old antiquated huge satellite dish in the yard. Getting it down wasn't much trouble, but I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the big steel post it sat on out of the ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

i recently bought a very old house and wanted to start renovating asap. I want to take out this wall but i am unsure if its load bearing.
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What is the right way/tool to remove this tile and thinset from a concrete slab?

I'm finishing up my hardwood flooring project and realized I had enough material to replace a tile entry pad with hardwood. So I started removing the tile and thinset with my handy prybar. I'm finding ...
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How to get rid of this shed?

I have a shed in my garden, and I'd like to remove it to plant trees instead. But I am not exactly sure how I can go about it, and would appreciate advice. I've included 2 pictures of the shed below. ...
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How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
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How to remove a tub insert

We're looking at the effort and time for a bathroom renovation, and the biggest item on the list is replacing an old fiberglass tub insert/surround with a standing shower insert/surround. Looking at ...
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How to remove faux fireplace?

I am interested in removing the faux fireplace in my living room and replacing it with one more in the right style for my house. I didn't own the house when it was installed, so I'm not sure if it's ...
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How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?

How can I remove a brick patio set in concrete and on a concrete slab? Is it possible for a woman to do this herself?