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Major Renovation

I'm considering hiring a contractor to do some major renovations to my home. I'm already in need of a new roof so this is the ideal time to do this. Currently, we have a patio that I would like to ...
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moving electric water heater to old shower cove

doing extensive remodeling of a small (1400 sq ft) house. I want to move the electric water heater to an old shower cove. Getting the wiring there will be easy (its about 5 feet away and all the walls ...
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Found Lath and Plaster wall under remodel drywall. Is it restorable?

I'm currently in the process of restoring my 1906 home's bathroom. At some point in the last 10-15 years the bathroom was given a cheap remodel. New plumbing and outlets were run and drywall was hung ...
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Pull Up All Laminate Boards Or Cut One Board in Doorway and Start From There

Now that I have installed Pergo XP laminate flooring I've discovered that there is a soft spot from the doorway which transitions from the kitchen into the dining room. When walking into the dining ...
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Can I demo plaster walls but somehow keep the window casing?

My house was built in 1915. It has cracked (original?) plaster over lathe, poor insulation, leaded paint, and knob and tube wiring. To fix all of these things, I'm demo'ing the upstairs down to ...
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Is it code-legal to have a circuit breaker box within a storage room?

I am currently in the process of planning a room remodel to convert an existing bedroom into a home office and storage room. One thing that makes this conversion a little bit tricky, is the existence ...
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Should toilet be close to sewage pump?

I am adding a bathroom in basement which will have a sewage pump. I am finalizing the bathroom layout and the ideal setup will have the toilet 8 ft away from the sewage pump. Is there any reason of ...
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Diagonal Cut-in Brace Removal?

I am working on renovating my dining room and while tearing out drywall I found a diagonal cut-in brace which is running from the front of the house along side an exterior wall. I am trying to ...
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Stacking one mattress on top of another

I have a memory foam mattress which has become squishy over the years. I am getting a replacement, but I still want to retain the old one in case I have guests. As of now, I don't have a bed frame, ...
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Remodel Condo: Where to start and finish

I'm preparing to remodel my condo and need an idea of where I should start. This is important because I will be living in the condo as I remodel and cannot do it all at once so to speak. My condo is ...
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Adding more floor joists in a crawlspace. Originals are 5' OC and need more support

I just bought a 1956 ranch house in Portland, OR and am facing an issue. I've gutted the bathroom for a remodel and it's down to the studs. There was a bit of water damage to the subfloor around the ...
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What is an affordable 2D drafting software for amateurs?

Background: We have about 1500 feet of unfinished basement that I am contemplating finishing off into a "grandma suite". Before getting serious about the project, however, I would like to play around ...
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What's the recommended order for completing these bathroom remodel tasks?

I realize that this question is similar to What is the order of tasks when refitting a bathroom? but since I have some different projects, I thought it would be appropriate to ask in a separate ...
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Should I put vapor barrier only on exterior wall of a bathroom?

I've been searching around the site and haven't found an answer for my question on where to place a vapor barrier so I'm hoping to get a little more clarity here. Basically I'm in the home stretch of ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...
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How can I protect ultra thin paint on new kitchen cabinets?

I just got new kitchen cabinets, and the paint on the doors (which are hard wood) is ultra-ultra thin. It seems like it will scratch very easily. Is there a way to protect? They are being installed ...
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Is it work making a small bedroom smaller by installing built in booksheves? [closed]

I have a 100 square foot or so bedroom in my townhouse that is my guest room/library/yoga room. I really want to add built in booksheves around the window, essentially reducing the room size by about ...
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Can I get bathroom permit in old house (1950s) which doesn't quite meet modern codes?

I want to add bathroom in my basement. The house was build in 1950s so its old. The basement ceiling hight is not great, max 7 ft (unfinished area). I have had couple of contractors and plumbers come ...
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Remodeling… and now I need to make 2x4s into a beam(?)

After working to remove a wall that runs parallel to the ceiling joists, I've run into a little problem. The builder used a 2x6 for a nailer (to attach the ceiling sheetrock) on top of the 2x4 stud ...
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90 degree angle in air conditioning ducts, should I avoid them?

I have forced air at my home and air ducts run pretty much straight. However I want to add bathroom in the basement and because of low ceiling hight, the main air conditioning duct has to be re-routed ...
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Will my tub drain properly if I create a P-trap by running it under a 4 inch floor joist?

Remodeling bathroom in old house. Water always backed up in the tub. I've replaced the waste lines and pitched them properly. The original line from the tub went under a double floor joist and across ...
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How should I tile under kitchen cabinets?

I currently have tile on the floor of the kitchen that just butts up to my cabinets. I plan to change the floors and also change the cabinets. Is is best to rip out all the cabinets and tile, and ...
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Building staircase from first floor to the attic with a Dorm window for headroom. Large 40 x 12 attic space. [closed]

I want to add a staircase by taking space from the living room for the staircase then adding a large dorm window space to give headroom (gable roof) at the top of the stairs so that I can enter the ...
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Covering knob holes in bathroom tile

I have recently replaced an old leaking shower manifold (three handle) with a one handle model. In hindsight I should have used an adapter plate like this one to cover the two outer holes and expose ...
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Review of my electrical plans

I am finishing a basement. It is wide open with no rooms, just a structural cinder block/I-beam wall. I am adding a home office to one corner. This is a bit long, but I want to be sure to include all ...
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Do I NEED to remove the wood trim to sand and re-stain it?

I have 108 year old original wood trim throughout my house. Due to a roof leak last February, three rooms on my first floor need to have most of the (also 108 year old) plaster walls removed and ...
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How can I remove a non-load bearing wall in my basement?

I have two small rooms in basement. I want to remove the common wall between the two and covert the resulting big room into a home theater. What is the best way to remove the studs, wiring, etc.?
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Moving a pair of studs 4 inches

We are trying to put in an interior window between a room and an addition to the home that was added later. We cut out a hole in the drywall between the studs of the original room. However the studs ...
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Can new wall go over tile floor?

Looking at moving my laundry upstairs, and the right answer is to combine two adjacent closets to get the width and move one of their walls a foot or two into the kitchen to get the depth. The ...
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How common are wet rooms in the US?

I have a half bath to which I'd like to add a shower. It is quite small; currently, the smallest shower pan I've found (32"x32") is too large to fit. I've considered turning the entire room into a '...
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Window Replacement

I'm remodeling a home. The kitchen has a garden window I wish to replace. The walls are open from the inside, but we are "out of time" (for various reasons) to remove the exterior siding and install a ...
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How should I contain dust during a remodel?

I am about to start on a remodel project that involves framing in part of the attic for a bonus room. More importantly this will also involve knocking down a few walls near the living room and kitchen ...
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Are these walls near a skylight, load bearing?

My master and guest bathroom are back-to-back (toilet-to-toilet). Both bathrooms have a tall skylight this size (~4' square). The skylights are about 5 feet apart from one-another. Master Bathroom, ...
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New “Hardwood” Floor Layout

Redoing a big a portion of the first floor in our 1984 home. Need some advice on layout of floor planks. I understand the material we end up choosing will affect layout pattern, but for now we are ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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Can I use floating luxury vinyl tile for an indoor/outdoor basement in Michigan?

We are looking to update our walk out into an indoor / outdoor area particularly for Michigan summers. Several questions have discussed flooring particularly floating luxury vinyl tile (LVT) like ...
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Can I add 8 more lights to a circuit?

I have a recessed light (75w) in one corner of my room (on 15 amps breaker) and I am thinking of the extending the input to this light circuitry to fill the room with 9 more bulbs. I plan to arrange ...
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Kitchen Remodel Order

We're looking into doing a basic remodel of our kitchen: replace current tile with new tile, reface cabinets (maybe replace a couple of cabinets), replace back-splash and replace the counter-top. We'...
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Is it possible to move a front door?

My family just moved into a new house and it's awkwardly laid out. We are planning on moving in another year or two and we want to fix up the house enough to profit from it, but to also make it as ...
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Tools necessary for an efficient demo

Due to some water damage sustained last February caused by an ice dam induced roof leak, I have to remove and replace the 100 year old plaster in my dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. That, combined ...
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How do I frame in the open front of a 12' high shop/garage building

My building is 32' wide, 26' deep by 12' high. I believe it was built as a carport for RV and other vehicles. The 3-walls use 2x4's 24"oc - the front opening has a good sturdy header that runs the ...
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How do I improve the insulation in a vaulted ceiling?

I live in a twenty year old Florida condo quadplex. The upstairs ceilings are two by four trusses of a mansard roof. I have replaced the ac, wall insulation, ducts. An IR thermometer shows huge heat ...
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The best kind of tiles for using on floor and walls

I'm in the process of doing up a room in my home for short term rental. It is a small room, and approximately square; about 12.5 ft by 12.5 ft. This room is on the edge of a building; we normally ...
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Subfloors and stairs

It seems to me that many people put subfloors in their basements (and other floors), but what do they do when it comes to the existing stairs? I'm code says that you can't have more than 3/8" ...
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Replacing old windows - how to make vapor barrier?

I'm replacing a couple windows in an 80 year old house. Not surprisingly, there is no house wrap or any kind of vapor barrier. It's 2x4 studs with 1/2" tongue and groove wood siding on the inside, ...
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What do as-built drawings need to look like?

For a permit for an office addition to our house in California we need to provide as-built drawings to the city. Among other things, they will use these plans to do title-24 energy calculations. Are ...
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How would I replace this wall?

I have a house that was built in 1950, when it was built, the garage was built 10 feet away from it. At some point in the last 60 years, someone closed the space (side walk area) between the house and ...
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Do I need builders risk insurance for a kitchen remodel

I am managing my own kitchen remodel which involves the following work: Level subfloor New porcelain tile floor Replace load bearing wall with post and beam (under the direction and plans of a ...
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Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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can I extend my open loft?

I own an open loft (I have open view to the living room from the second floor), however, I feel that I'm wasting a lot of space. I want to know if is possible to close the second story completely and ...