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How can I determine the style, design, and manufacturer of this tile?

We are extending our kitchen and need to match the backsplash tiles that the previous owner put in. Can someone please give me some information about these tiles? Style/Design/Manufacturer?
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Electric panel distance from windows and/or gas service entry

I can't find anything specific anywhere else, but what is the minimum distance a main electrical panel can be from a window when the panel is mounted on the outside of the house? Additionally, is ...
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Wall Mounting a tv, how much can my wall take?

I am looking to mount a 20lbs tv on my wall in a new condo. I am under the impression that the wall has been framed with 2x3 studs. I am unclear as to how much this could support. However, in an ...
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Termite leaving sand on wall

We have termites problem in our house. And its getting worse day by day. We keep cleaning the wall everyday but still the problem of this sand termite exist. Please if anyone know how to keep them ...
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Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?

I am evaluating a quote to refinish my hardwood floors and stairs. The contractor mentioned that they would not be removing the quarter-round below the base board and it would require touch up after ...
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How to buy a land and build a cottage in the United States?

I plan to buy a small residential land (<1 acre) to build a vacation cottage there. Since I want to explore possibilities across different states, I am searching for possible options over the ...
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Risks of buying vacant lot for new home construction with existing but unused septic system?

My wife and I are considering purchasing a vacant lot for a new home construction. One of the main advertised selling points of the lot is that it has an unused septic system (tank, distribution box, ...
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Need help wiring switches with several wires

Background: This started out as a simple addition of a recessed light in a hallway. The beginning issue was that the wire to power it was live all the time. So I took apart the switches in "Box 1" ...
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Light fixture buzzing sound

Today I replaced our dining room's old 70s chandelier. When I opened it up I noticed pretty quick the rubber shielding on the lamps cords had been melting a bit towards the tips as it got all over my ...
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How to learn home improvement for young adults? [duplicate]

I am 22, living with my parents. I plan to buy a house in the next 4 or 5 years. I want to learn more about home improvement so I can renovate my future house easily. My dad does renovations, but I ...
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Are cracks in a newly poured concrete basement floor a problem?

I'm having a new home built and found a large crack in the newly poured concrete basement floor and wanted to see if it's something I should be concerned about. The floor was poured sometime in the ...
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Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build?

Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build in the Seattle, WA area? Is there any reason to get an inspection prior to building completion? I don't ...
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How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?

I think I heard somewhere when I bought my home that we weren't allowed to add any permanent (concrete foundation) fixtures on my property, such as a shed on a concrete foundation. Well, adding a ...
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What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

I will shortly move into a new home in Abergavenny in Wales, which I have already asked my wife about extending. I am more curious at the moment, but the plan is to build the extension in the next ...
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Are most contractors capable of building any home?

I know very little about building homes. However, I have a vision of what I want my next home to be like. But when I look at the websites of local builders and contractors, it looks like they only ...
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Are there websites to manage home improvement projects?

Are there any websites where you can create an account to manage your home with things such as: Layout or floor planning Budgets, project logging Wiring plans I'm aware of FloorPlanner.com and ...
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What should be on my pre-purchase house self-inspection checklist?

I’m looking at several homes and may purchase one, but realized that I’m probably missing important details when trying to identify potential money-pits. I have a simple checklist so I can save the ...
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What is the purpose of a double pole breaker for separate 15A circuits?

My new house is done being built and I am going to come in and install my new gas range and dishwasher, both 120V 15A appliances. I got thoroughly confused looking at the breaker box because gas ...
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Should building a new house include considerations about radon?

By chance I saw that there are a lot of radon questions here and it got me thinking: Do I need to concern myself with potential radon levels when planning to build a new house? My question is based ...
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How to tell if my new, unfurnished apartment has bed bugs?

I just signed the lease on a new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I did so after looking up the address and seeing that it had been listed twice in the bed bug registry. In 2009, a tenant said a ...
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When buying an older home that has recently been renovated, what should I look for in the home inspection?

I'm in the process of buying a house built in the mid 80's. It was foreclosed about a year ago and has since undergone a large number of renovations (roof, HVAC, windows, doors, plumbing, etc). What ...
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How can I learn the basics of Home Improvement projects?

I am a new homeowner and know literally almost nothing about home improvement. I would like to learn basic concepts by doing things one at a time...but I can't just jump in and do most things. Are ...
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Why aren't all houses equipped with fire sprinklers?

Fire sprinklers are common in office buildings but not so common in people's houses. How come? I'm thinking of adding such a system to my house but... I don't know... maybe there is a reason for why ...
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What should I look for during a deficiency walkthrough?

I'll be taking possession of a brand new town house next month and we'll be doing a deficiency walkthrough to catch any issues before we move in. This is not a home inspection, but our ability to get ...
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What are some of the best books/resources on home inspection for first time home buyers?

I'm looking at buying my first home. Considering the amount of money involved, it seems logical to make sense the inspection is solid. (I've seen a few "Holmes Inspection"s to have the reinforced.) ...
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Resource for ballparking current home construction costs?

We're about to move several states away and have begun the house hunting process. We're moving to a region that, like most in the US, has seen housing costs tank, though it is a small enclave of ...