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What are the prep steps in buying a house for the first time? [closed]

What kind of preparation is necessary for someone interested in buying a first home? Taking into account the price difference between newly constructed houses/apartments vs houses/apartments built ...
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Window repair and restoration [closed]

How does Chameleon address and eliminate window drafts? because im very interesting
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any way to fix a crumbling foundation hole?

Here's the problem: the house is over a century old and has been renovated and repaired before, I'm not sure how it was built initially, or all of it's repairs (the soil in that corner is awfully ...
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What is the advantage of applying Tyvek HomeWrap or Huber Zip System on only one wall?

Unfortunately a window of my 1920ies California lath&plaster/stucco home was leaking, causing dry rot in the framing and requires to demo the stucco, redoing sheathing, tar paper, stucco and ...
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I want to build a simple wooden outhouse but the ground is soft - how to make sure it's stable? [closed]

The old outhouse at our rural property has been slowly collapsing for years already. The two problems with it are rotting wood at the base, and soft ground which has resulted in one side slowly ...
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In what instance can a bedroom not have a proper egress window

Wife and I were watching one of the home improvement/ flip shows. We noticed that in a bedroom the owner had the big window with the lower sill taken out and only 2 small windows with the sills at ...
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Framing lookout basement wall with minimal depth

I have a lookout basement wall where the windows sit directly on the silplate. The foundation wall sticks out about 2 inches past the silplate and there is 2 inches of xpf directly glued to the ...
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How to properly top a parapet wall with coping stones?

I have a flat-roofed extension with a parapet wall (built by previous home owner). The parapet is topped with once weathered concrete coping. The extension is about 15 years old and - I think - the ...
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Shallow joist sit on the sill plate

I noticed several joists sit < 1/2 inch on the sill plate. Is it dangerous? What should I do to enforce them.
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What is the purpose of these small unaligned studs for building a precut chest of drawers?

I was working on building this drawer by FOTOSOK I had ordered from amazon. and in the instruction booklet on page 11 step 12 there is a mysterious step which I don't understand the purpose of. I have ...
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How to remove window screens?

We have a brand new house. The window screens were installed by the builder as something of an afterthought after we closed. We only recently tried to remove a screen and realized they don’t budge. We ...
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Mold in toilet's waterline, why?

Recently I've noticed mold forming in the water line inside the toilet's seat. To be honest I was surprised since never in my life have I seen mold forming up in a toilet's waterline. I make sure to ...
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Expanding doorway - can this be done?

I’m hoping to get an idea of what options are to incorporate a French/sliding door into my kitchen living space. We currently have a doorway in kitchen that leads to back door entryway and under stair ...
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What material should be used to fill a raised shed foundation?

What type of soil or other material should be used in a shed foundation? I'm building a gravel foundation for a timber shed on a sloped site (about 8%). Due to the slope, I need to fill to level. At ...
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Building an RV cover and garage [closed]

I'm a mech engineer student so I’m not too familiar with wood sagging and weight. My biggest concern would be on the 40ft sides with the weight of the trusses and the sheet metal (not shown). ...
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How to trench building front facing elevation to run electric line for my new elevation/facade lights

My building has an beautiful elevation but at night but the lights fixed at the elevation is not enough and so I'm planning to install few elevation lights but I'd like the conduit to the lights ...
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Sill plate patch shifted when it went into the anchors, how would you fix this?

Title says it all, how would you handle a situation wherein you're patching a rotted sill plate and getting it perfect seems impossible? The plate section is 13' long and has three threaded rods ...
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Barn Roof Overhang Repair / Attaching Purlins

I have a ~3000sq/ft barn which has overhangs on either side. They are a bit "off the cuff" in their design and I'm working on repairing them. The "purlins" (I think that is what ...
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Load bearing wall removed from house that I bought now it’s sagging

This was a load bearing wall and the people I bought it off of moved it now it’s sagging I don’t want to put a beam in the middle of my room what can I do Sagging beam
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What's the best soil for filling around the building walls?

The ground is made of clay so we excavated and did the back filling with river sand and we have laid the excavated clay around the building walls. But I'm noticing that rain water that runs off from ...
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How To Extend A Deck [closed]

I have a elevated deck (~8ft) attached to the back of my home, and I would like to add about 5 feet to it. What is the proper way to add this extension? I want to extend further away from the home. ...
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Does this wall material have asbestos? [closed]

My home was built in 1951 and it has this fiberboard, it feels like paper, peels and separates like layers of paper. The home was modular construction. I'm screwed in terms of exposure already, but if ...
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Discontinuous footer?

During the installation of a radon mitigation system, the installers noted the area of the suction pit (not shown) didn't have a footer under the foundation wall. It seems that other parts of the slab ...
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How can I handle this sloped laminate flooring transition? [duplicate]

We have recently converted our garage into a room and have a slope between the hallway and the new room (previously garage) because the new floor is higher due to insulation and screed depth. We opted ...
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Is it possible to dump wastewater from shower and sinks to the soil if we only use biodegradable products (Quebec/Ontario)?

Is is possible to dump waste water from showers and sinks directly into the ground using pierced pipes with siphons somewhere near the property as long as we only use washing products which are ...
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Do p2 resperatiors provied any protection against asbestos? will I be ok? [duplicate]

do n95 resperaitor filters provied any protection against asbestos. I am a 16 year old building apprentice and I am freaking out about this. I was working with my boss when he said that we would be ...
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How can I better brace the walls of my timber building to avoid blocking window openings?

I'm rebuilding a wooden structure on a brick base, approx 5x3m footprint. The main frame is built of 6x3" timber, to increase rigidity we have added corner braces in each direction, at the ends ...
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Power & Cables to outside workshop

(I am in the UK so UK Regulations apply) I want to run mains power from my (new) house to an outside workshop, a cable length of about 50m. The workshop will have its own separate consumer. I also ...
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How to cover gap in roof?

I am facing an issue regarding my roof design. there is a gap in the roof that i am worried if I just cover with wood water might go inside. Here is the final desired results: This is the gap that I ...
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Bridging one deck joist over a formal pond

I have built a small formal pond out of concrete block. I have also constructed a deck frame which part crosses the formal pond. Visually, I intended for it to appear that the water disappeared away ...
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Do we need to put cement on all sides of bricks when building house walls?

I have started building walls on my house and I have noticed that the builder in the third row just put the bricks next to each other without any cement in between at all? just to note the first three ...
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How to change name tag on old Kompakt intercom

I have bought apartment in old building and want to change name tag on Kompakt intercom. Plastic in front of name tag can't be move without breaking.
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Can a partition be built with 440 x 210 x 50mm 3.6N blocks? and How?

Can a 2.5 metre to ceiling by 2 metre wide internal partition be built with 440 x 210 x 50mm 3.6N block? and How? It will be supported either side onto existing wall and above and below. How does one ...
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Drywall to metal building

I have a metal building that I would like to ac and drywall. The walls are of course metal and double depth tube. My concern is about moisture and dead load to the wall. My original idea is to use ...
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Re-attaching hinge to brickwork

What's the best mortar/filler/glue to re-attach an iron hinge into a brick wall? I have a garden gate hinged onto a brick wall. My guess is the hinge was cemented into the wall when it was built. ...
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Is an 8" header adequate over a 10' nook in an exterior wall?

I am redesigning my entertainment nook. I've taken out all the shelves, sheetrock and most of the framing that was my entertainment nook and fireplace. There is a 10' 4x8 header that spans the ...
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What is this material? Could this be containing asbestos or any other harmful material?

[![enter image description here][1]][1] I have this in my furnace room stuffed above the duct and also on the ceiling if u see one of the picture. What is this? Can it be containing something harmful ...
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Is a permit required to add a non-load bearing wall in a bedroom?

I am looking to add a non-load bearing wall to a pass-through bedroom in my house to convert it to a standard bedroom (8'x10'), and use the remaining space (3'x10') as a hallway. Would I need a permit ...
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Proposed Plumbing Layout Question for Utility Building - shower/sink/toilet

I have two questions regarding the plumbing layout for my utility building: I would like to run the plumbing from the inside of the utility building to a currently existing main four-inch line ...
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Does sheathing overlap in corners and what happens to 8' walls?

Is sheathing supposed to overlap the corners? If not do you fill the corner with anything? If you plan to install rigid insulation over the sheathing does that change anything? If you do overlap, how ...
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How to check strength of building foundation to avoid any build tilt

I've been recently reading news that buildings are tilting due to torrential rain as the foundation gets weakened and those buildings are ordered to be demolished as well. Some cases which lead to ...
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How to drain grey water in clay ground in safe and secured manner

I have a building which sits on top of clay ground so I couldn't soak away the grey water. I explored solutions like leechfield,soakaway,cement ring well but all fails in clay ground. I'd like some ...
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How far should cement ring well be from building wall

I have a Residential building(India) which has no space in both front and back yard. It's a newly built two storey building( 3 houses ). There is 5 feet space available parallel to building wall. As ...
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Building a climbing structure for cats

Hoping to get a bit of DIY advice. We have a cat enclosure around the side of our house with a tin shed in it (see the photograph). We're trying to give the cats a way of accessing the roof of the ...
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What do you call a property with two separate buildings on it?

We have a piece of property with two separate homes (buildings) on it. Is this referred to as a duplex or something else? Most definitions for a duplex appear to assume that they share a common wall ...
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In what way is getting a "bygglov" (building permit) in Sweden apparently such a big deal?

I'm a Swede living in Sweden. I've really tried my very best over a long time now trying to figure out what exactly makes getting a "bygglov" (building permit) such a big deal. Because ...
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What is the height dimension to mount a stove outlet in drywall above the kitchen floor?

The stove outlet is a 50 amp,220 volt receptacle that is flush mounted.
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How can I build a permanent shelter in very remote area?

I can haul material with large 4 wheel ATV. Was thinking about one of those 7x7 resin sheds, but want to explore less expensive options for a camp get-away on property I own. 3 season use, but only ...
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Want to be certain that there is no way this decorative wall can be load bearing

I am in a top floor flat, 2nd floor (G, 1 & 2) and have a decorative wall [Picture 1] separating the kitchen from the living area. I just want to be certain it cannot be load bearing, or that any ...
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Plant growing below flat roof

My neighbours have a plant growing out the wall where it meets the roof (flat roof). I mentioned it to them years ago and they must have pulled it out but it’s back and I’m worried it’s growing along ...
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