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Software to keep track of renovation

What I am looking for is some kind of software to store ideas (links, images, text) for an upcoming renovation. When the renovation starts, schedules could be kept to the same item to know when work ...
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Tile over brick…with a problem

We have this giant brick fireplace in a home we just purchased. As part of our renovations, we plan on covering the brick with tile and putting a simpler mantel on top. The hearth and surround was ...
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Will roof work done by unlicensed volunteers pass code? [closed]

I go to a church in Chicago that needs a new roof for one of their facilities. For my own home, I can sign a Certificate of Responsibility where it is my job to insure that all the work is up to code, ...
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How to make a basement warmer? [closed]

I'm looking for some cheap way to renovate my basement and make it warmer and quiter,any ideas?
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help and advice on shower renovation on existing slab

We recently purchased a home that is built on a slab. We're going to have the floors polished but we're debating about what to do with the existing shower. It currently has some sort of hard foam pan ...
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How to rewire house electrical?

I just had an electrician replace the old 100A fuse box of my 1954 house, with a 200A breaker box. The breaker on my meter base and wires between breaker and breaker box were also replaced with 2/0, ...
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Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
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Can I stud out a wall without removing the plaster

I'm in the process of re-doing my kitchen. One of the issues I have to deal with is that the original construction is double brick, furred out with 1 inch strips, then plaster over gypsum. This ...
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Options for covering an in-wall safe removal?

I recently removed an in-wall safe which fit neatly between two 16"-on-center studs. But now I'm left with a big hole in the wall where the safe once was. Since the hole is behind a closet door, I'd ...
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Does this count as a material alteration or repair for code purposes

Ontario Building Code, 2012 Except as provided in Section 3.17. of Division B, Section 9.40. of Division B and Part 11 of Division B, if an existing building is extended or is subject to ...
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Using replacement windows in new construction

A few years ago I replaced my old drafty windows with high-quality replacement windows. Now I am doing some renovations, which will require some windows to be relocated to a different position. The ...
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Should I replace carpet over ancient linoleum that might contain asbestos?

One of my smaller hallways is carpeted, for no highly obvious reason. That carpet is on its last legs, and I'd prefer a wood floor anyway. Taking a peek under the carpet, it looks like the surface ...
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In kitchen reno, can I make the kitchen ceiling same height as rest of dining room?

Check out the picture below -- that bar / pony wall area and the rest of the wall where the thermostat is are being knocked down to open up the kitchen. Question is, can I make the kitchen ceiling ...
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basement plumbing

I have a cottage that until recently was on piers. The plumbing lines are at the base of the cottage as there never was a basement. The cottage was built in 1905. They are in the home stretch of ...
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How to install a new window header that overlaps an old one

I'm attempting to move some windows. I have an engineer drawing up the exact plans of how to make sure it is structurally sound, but my question here is more on actual implementation. In one or two ...
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What to do with old air/light shaft? [closed]

I live in an old house that is very narrow but tall. In the middle it features an old air/light shaft that looks very similar to this one. It goes through attic room, second floor bathroom, first ...
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How to adhere drywall to cinder block

I have just purchased a home which I will be renovating prior to moving in. The house was built in 1950 and has cinder block ex/interior walls. I have an area going into the hallway which attaches to ...
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For planning interior walls, should I get an architect or interior designer or someone else?

I am thinking of adding interior walls to divide up a large space (a walk-up basement). But I am clueless regarding building codes and I don't know where I can and cannot put walls. I've read a ...
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Should I remove, or work around dividing basement walls?

The basement of my house is bare concrete floor with bare concrete block walls. I'm in Canada and would like to (and should) insulate these walls, at least the above-grade portion, which is about ...
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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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How to fit a new door in a narrower frame?

I would like to replace a door which has non standard dimensions. The door itself is old, 8 cm wider and 5 cm taller than current doors. It is also very expensive to order a new door for these ...
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Why would a short cause the main breaker to trip instead of the branch circuit breaker?

In our home, we have two electrical panels. One main panel (in the basement) and a sub panel on the first floor. The lights to the kitchen on the first floor run to a breaker in this sub panel. We ...
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What does a vent stack look like?

Excuse my noob question, but what does a vent stack look like? It's pretty easy to tell which pipes are for waste (I can hear the water running through them), and I'm assuming that all of the pipes ...
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How can I install a sink/dishwasher in basement?

I am looking to finish my basement and as part of the renovation, I'd like to install a bar complete with a sink and dishwasher (and beer taps of course). Attached (once I get enough rep) is a ...
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What are the pros and cons of various styles of dormers?

What are the pros/cons for choosing a style for dormers? I'm not asking about the aesthetics of one over the other, more a comparison of the construction costs, maintenance costs, and any other ...
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Why doesn't the paint stick to new ingrain wallpaper?

I painted newly wallpapered walls with white color (2 times). Now I want to paint a rectangular part of the wall in a different color. To accomplish that, I used tape to get exact, well-defined ...
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How do I renovate this wooden furniture?

The furniture aren't very damaged, just a bit worn. I don't have any knowledge or experience on the subject, I'm just trying to revive them a bit. I'd rather not unscrew it or take it apart. I found ...
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How should I flatten (not level) a concrete subfloor?

In the final stages of finishing a room in our walk-out basement. This particular room has a long history, as it was originally a garage. Thus, it has a slight pitch from the back of the room ...
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How to repair this shower/bathroom wall for bathroom remodel.

I have a nasty bathroom downstairs. It looks like the previous owners built it over a floor drain, not entirely sure if this is a good thing or not (not even sure if that's what they did but see ...
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What information do I need to give a general contractor to get a good quote?

I'm looking to do some major renovations: removing an interior wall removing popcorn ceilings new kitchen (layout, appliances, counters, cabinets, etc) new master bath new flooring throughout new ...
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How much drywall should I cut to re-route some wires?

I am just looking for advice on how much drywall to cut to move some wires. There's a wire in the ceiling that has incoming power, and a switched leg for the light in the entry way, and another ...
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What advice would you offer somebody who is building a laundry chute for the first time?

I'm looking to build a laundry chute from our bedroom closet to the laundry room below. The positioning is such that the wall of our closet is shared with a storage closet in the loft above our ...
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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?

Looked everywhere for proper answer. We have a 2 car garage attached to the basement. This house is old, built in 1968, we purchased this 2 years ago and were renovating here/there. We just ...
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How can I add a closet to an existing room?

So I am looking to add a closet to an existing room. I want this to be a built-in because where I live real estate listings do not count a bedroom with a free standing closet. However I can't ever ...
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How to deal with the stress of DIY renovation?

I've done a few DIY projects over the years and over time it starts out as fun and exciting and then it detoriates to stressful and not so fun. Our latest project was to redo our basement. This ...