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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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Hanging drywall from rafter ties?

Looking to finish the upstairs of a 20x28 2 story garage, with the potential of this floor being an apartment one day if need be, so it would need to meet residential code. Looking to do the ceiling ...
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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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How to fit two full baths in this space?

I’m looking for any layout ideas about how to fit two full bathrooms in the space in this picture. One entering from the bedroom and one from the hallway. A few design things. We want the hallway ...
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Replacement supports, removing old partial walls

My old kitchen used to be divided into two rooms with a wall separating the rooms. At some point, most of wall was removed, however, they kept some portions extending out. east wall - extension comes ...
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Fixing very old, very undersized ceiling joists

I own a 24x60' uninsulated building that's about 100 years old. The roof is matched 2x4 rafters (no ridge board) with 2x4 ceiling joist (technically rafter ties I guess). As you can imagine, the ...
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How to fix gaps in shelf without a table saw?

I built this shelf for my office, I want to make it look as seamless as possible. I work with kids, only lightweight toys will go on this shelf. I was hoping some type of cover existed I could put ...
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Garden building (UK) 2.5m rule where measured?

Please see the image below. I have dug down 250mm from both fences. In order to comply with the 2.5m height limit for a flat roof structure within 2m of a boundary. Question: Is that 2.5m measured ...
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Moving a shed for clearance

My building inspector says my shed is too close to the property line (due to the gable overhang) so I need to move it forward about a foot or two. It's a framed floor on solid concrete blocks, but ...
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How will a hybrid water heater perform in less than optimal conditions?

I'm thinking of getting a heat pump hybrid water heater (this one maybe); The operating conditions will be technically within the prescribed range but less than optimal. I'm wondering how I should ...
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Using radiant barrier to keep a room warm [closed]

I have been told (including in comments by awesome user Unslander Monica) that a foil sheet placed on the interior side of an air-sealed window can help prevent radiative heat loss through that window....
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Sizing wide flange I-Beam for 20" span

I am doing a barn renovation project (pacific NW, 98922), and need to take out a large load bearing wall and replace it with a beam. Was going to use an LVL (which I sized at about 5.5 x 18") ...
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Running conduit through soffit into attic

I am looking to run a new circuit from one side of my house where the breaker panel is over to the other side of the house. My preference would be to run the conduit out of my garage, over ...
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Is a fire collar for internal pipes required if my house was built before the (UK) regulation?

I've had a surveyor round my property tutting a lot at the fact a fire collar was not fit around an internal soil pipe that runs from the internal garage to the above floors. I understand his concerns ...
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Ridge Beam Crack?

My wife and I are roofing our home, we are retired and living on a budget. I came across a rather deep and long crack on what I believe is the ridge beam and I am wondering if it's something I should ...
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How to replace beam with supporting wall

I have an old beam in my barn/garage. The building has a second story, so it is the main support for the center of the building. I want to remove this beam because its very old, and replace it with a ...
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concrete blocks

can you use the large interlocking concrete blocks(1600mmx800mmx800mm) to build a house? Would you use extra cement or would you it be safe and strong with the right structure to withstand hurricanes? ...
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Will old flats always have a crack and holes problem?

I'm currently filling a lot of cracks and holes in my very old flat. Once I'm done I'm hoping I won't have to be doing any more filling. As I have a lot of sensitivities I've been advised to move to ...
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Are these holes caused by termites?

These holes appeared about a week ago. Two holes had been there when I moved in, but I thought nothing of it. I noticed more of them this morning after I removed a painting from the wall. I have ...
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Whats the best way to seal a new garage roof to another existing garage roof?

I've just raised my garage roof from just below to 150mm above the adjoining garage of my neighbour. Their felt roof used to flap down onto my roof but now I need to direct this felt flap up to my - ...
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How to make layout batter boards for shed level without rotary laser?

I am trying to build a shed on a bit of a slope in my backyard. From what I understand, the best way to lay out the outline of the shed is with batter boards. I attempted to use a water level today ...
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Is stacking material under an I-Beam to make it level structurally sound and passing code?

Saw this in my new home construction, I am concerned, wondering if this is common. Thanks!
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Exterior Render Painting

We moved into our house 5 years ago which is rendered. We learnt soon after moving in the builders who worked on the house were not very professional. The exterior of the house is rendered and painted ...
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1m high retaining wall build

I'm hoping to use 215mm concrete breeze blocks to build a 20m long retaining wall at 1m high. Do I need to build the blocks on their flat or can it be a regular single skin wall with piers every so ...
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What is this noise from next door?

There’s a strange mechanical whirr coming from the building next door. It buzzes every four minutes. Listen here: https://clyp.it/3qwn1qhc We keep the windows open in our bedroom during the winter ...
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Is hanging beam a type of vertical members?

per wiki A joist is a horizontal structural member used in framing to span an open space, often between beams that subsequently transfer loads to vertical members. What does "vertical member" mean ...
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Is the wood part ceiling joist

per wiki, A joist is a horizontal structural member used in framing to span an open space, often between beams that subsequently transfer loads to vertical members. This tutorial mentions ceiling ...
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Leak-proofing aluminium windows in a minimalist house

I live in the tropics and plan to build my first home soon. The house will be 2-story with high ceilings (3.96m floor to floor--to improve indoor temp), walls will be made of plastered bricks and I ...
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Should columns supporting a beam be fastened to the floor?

I am trying to take down a load bearing wall and have had an engineer draw plans and advise I use a steel beam and columns to support the floor above. Do I need something to secure the columns to the ...
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DIY Murphy Bunk Bed

I know how to build it. I just need to know how to keep the top bunk stable and not fall off when carrying a 170lb person. This is what I have put together so far. If I missed something please ...
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Max sill height for windows as an escape and rescue in a group R-3 occupancy?

Don't have a IBC code book available, assuming it's answered in there. Google is giving me some confusing answers
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Running EMT conduit through soffit into attic

I am running a couple of new circuits to the bathroom which will involve running THHN wires through the emt conduit. The problem is that my panel is on the exterior wall and the conduit will need to ...
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How to locate a line parallel to adjacent building for a new building

I want to build a new building next to an existing building. The new building must be parallel to the old building, but shifted forward, as shown below. What is the best way to find a parallel line ...
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