Questions tagged [contractors]

For questions relating to the subject of general contractors for home construction, including soliciting or making bids, working with or under a general contractor, handling payment, and warranty considerations.

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Lighting in a Detached Garage

I have a 20'x24' 2-story unfinished, detached garage. The first floor is a two-story garage. The second floor will be living space (kinda like a studio apartment). The ceiling of each floor is about 8 ...
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Changing a dishwasher from hardwired to cord-and-plug

My dishwasher flooded my kitchen, requiring the removal of the flooring and eventually the lower cabinets. I turned off the water supply to the dishwasher right after the flood, but couldn't unplug it ...
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Handyman working along side general contractor

We are redoing our kitchen, two bathrooms, and a bunch of small stuff (e.g., replacing interior doors) in a house we just purchased. We have a GC for the kitchen and baths, which are complicated and ...
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How do you stop basement waterproofing sealant that is coming into the sump pump basin from the foundation drain pipe?

I have a very unique and serious problem on my hands concerning the sump pump in my basement and I am very eager to hear of any suggestions or possible solution(s) as soon as possible. The problem I ...
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Having doubts about my mason

I have just hired a young mason for a few projects, one of which was to patch a hole in the brick wall and the other to build a low garden wall. I hired him on the basis of pictures that he texted me ...
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Hiring a contractor to inspect / survey / analyse my home as a whole

Last summer I hired a general contractor to do some painting, trim, and cabinetry work. During that time he told us a bit about our home, and that in the next 20 - 25 years we may need to do some more ...
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Just got quoted $5000 to service my HVAC system. Is this reasonable? [closed]

I have a 15 year-old York heat pump that gave out at some point during the winter (not sure exactly when as it's a dual-fuel system and nobody noticed until higher than normal gas bills started ...
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Is it reasonable that a contractor has asked for two-thirds of the project cost by start time? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is an appropriate question for this forum. If not, I'll remove it. I need to have some work done on my house and the contractor has asked for 1/3 to schedule and pull permits, ...
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How do I protect myself from bad contracting jobs?

I've came cross couple recent bad jobs 1 2 and am dealing with a bad electrical job myself. Before putting down money and letting the people leave, what resources are available to a consumer to ...
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My contractor wants to install a different brand of solar panel from what was approved in their permit

I am having solar panels installed on my house. My contractor told me that they are installing 20 Canadian Solar CS3k-325-MS panels. I just got a copy of the plants they sent to the city for their ...
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What is the fully burdened hourly rate for an HVAC installer? [closed]

While it's pretty simple to get an hourly rate that is paid to an HVAC installer, I have found it more difficult to ascertain what the fully burdened rate is. This is the complete cost a company to ...
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Storm-chasing contractors and insurance claims

This is the year we planned to replace our roof. When we bought the house five years ago, the home inspector told us that it was coming up on being due, so it was the next big thing on our list after ...
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Has anyone acted as your own general contractor for a bathroom remodel? [closed]

We are in the process of renovating one of our two bathrooms with a general contractor. I'm learning a lot through this experience, and am thinking about acting as my own general contractor for the ...
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Why do Contractor Levels have two vials with the same orientation?

It seems to me that having multiple vials in the same orientation is redundant, but many levels seems to include this feature. What am I missing? There has to be some reason.
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Roofing shingle replacement: Hand nailing vs nail-gun [closed]

I live in the North East. Architectural asphalt shingles (whatever those are) need replacement or might last 4 more years depending on who I talk to. One roofer tells me hand nailing is what he does....
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Plumbing replacement - Drains, P-traps, and Vents

I'm having a bathroom remodel done that involves replacing the leaky old galvanized steel plumbing with PEX piping. I have zero plumbing experience, but I'm not convinced it's being done properly. ...
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Is my contractor doing a botched up job installing the soffit

Is my contractor doing a botched up job installing the soffit with staples?
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What type of contractor

I have a number of projects I want to get done all on the exterior of my home: Replacing an old 1970s metal awning with a retractable solar shade Adding window trim over stucco Replacing a fence gate ...
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Why is there so much price disparity for a house painting job?

I have a 70+ year-old house with cedar shake siding that is in pretty bad shape and is in desperate need of a paint job. I know nothing about house painting, so I've gotten a few quotes for the job. ...
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Is is appropriate to negotiate price with contractor

I have a problem with my roof that I'm not equipped or interested in fixing myself. I found an appropriate contractor who sent a contract with a price that I feel is to high. I would like to ask ...
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How do I choose a Home Inspector and Inspection?

I'm purchasing my first house, and I'm researching into the inspection process. I'd like to ensure a good inspection/inspector: Reading reviews could be valuable, but given that defects may not ...
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Running ethernet between floors

Internet comes through in the basement (semi-basement), so, all life relating to computers and such grew around that, but it's started to be more trouble than it's worth. The house has three levels : ...
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Nails coming through the visible underside of roof sheathing [closed]

I have a rental unit that has a large single slope roof. There is exposed roof decking all around the outside of the house. It is an older place and has been shingled and re-shingled previously. This ...
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Are there skilled professionals who will supervise unskilled DIY labor?

As somebody who is interested in improving my home, learning things and acquiring tools, I would like to know if there is an existing market for professionals advising and supervising DIY projects. ...
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Cutting stainless steel vent chimney to fit sloped ceiling

Looking for thoughts on how to cut a stainless steel hood vent chimney to match the profile of a angled/sloped ceiling. BEHIND the drywall is 1” of insulation and then the roof. Should this be done ...
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Plumber Broke A Wire Doing Repairs, Can I Charge Them for Electrical Work? [closed]

Much like the title of the questions says; my HOA had to have a plumber come out to replace the risers for the building. After they finished, I noticed that half my unit was without power. ...
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How often should clients look at the job site and talk to the contractor?

During a major kitchen remodel that includes removing structural walls and pouring new foundation piers and extending the house, along with the typical re-plumbing and electrical work, how often ...
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How can I tell if a contractor is trying to scam me by charging more after starting a job?

I have a remodeling project for about $2,500 and I have already signed the contract. When the contractor was making a new door on the wall he found a wire inside the wall. Now he is asking for an ...
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self-improvement vs licensed-contractors

This is a question about the ability of doing remodeling on one's own, compared to hiring licensed contractors. I realize some remodeling/repairs require permits from your local township/city to be "...
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Is there a term for making an addition to a Bill of Quantities?

I am looking for a term that describes an item that was not part of the Bill of Quantities in the original Construction Contract, but is being added at a later stage. Is it considered a regualr Bill ...
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How much active labor is involved in repointing?

I hired a contractor to perform repointing on my old house and opted to pay them by the hour. I chose this company is because they know how to make the proper softer mortar for antique Chicago bricks....
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I have a leak in my roof and damage to my ceiling. What type of company should I be looking at to repair it?

About a month ago, I cleaned out the gutters and removed moss from my roof. About a week later, I noticed a leak in kitchen (near the range hood/exhaust vent), and so I went up and sealed all the ...
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Contractor scratched, gouged, and pitted my new hardwood floors [closed]

The contractor that installed my beautiful new hardwood floors then scratched, gouged, and pitted them when dragging our new kitchen cabinetry across them. He's trying to tell me that those dings are,...
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A plumber left the job in the middle, how do I close out the job? [closed]

This question is cross posted https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/13995/a-plumber-left-the-job-in-the-middle-how-do-i-close-out-the-job because it was put on hold as off topic for DIY. (It has ...
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Plumber asking for a lot more money, after starting work

A plumber gave me a quote to bring natural gas to a standby generator, which I accepted. He began work today. This evening he sent me an email saying that to install a larger gas meter would cost at ...
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Water smells like sulfur or rotten eggs only in a couple of faucets

My parents have a brand new house built 3 years ago. It has city sewer and water and a 80 gallon electric water heater and a water softener. They had a plumber come to replace the anode rod and he ...
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What type of contractor do I need for ventilation and ducts?

I'm trying to be my own GC. What type of contractors do I need to install range hood and the necessary venting? They would also need to help do the venting for a clothes dryer.
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Are Florida, USA, roofing contractors required to have permission from everyone listed on the deed [closed]

My father wants a new roof. My mother is living out of state. They both are listed as owners on their deed. The roofing contractor(s) told him that he'd either have to get her to sign the documents, ...
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Which trade(s) should I hire for structural repairs?

I need some structural repairs done to the floor joists of my house. Which trade should I contact for quotes? I was initially thinking about getting a structural engineer involved directly since I ...
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How much can venting cool the top floors?

I recently bought a house -- big, beautiful sucker built in 1900, with two full stories and a third that's essentially a very nicely finished attic. I had a contractor give me an estimate for ...
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What kind of sub-contractor do I use for cutting out a window in a wall that the kitchen and living room share?

I'm sorry for this very basic question but I know that plumbers deal with pipes, electricians deal with wiring, etc. but what is the name of the kind of sub-contractor that can cut a make a pass ...
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DIY way to wash sand/clay out of driveway gravel?

I hate how the sand and fine dust blows around on our dairy farm's gravel driveway in the dry summer months. It's not reasonable to talk about blacktop due to the long driveway and the fact that it ...
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What is the proper way to perform work in an attic? (UPDATED)

For an attic with rolled fiberglass insulation, what is the proper way to perform work in the attic? Is it okay to just walk on top of the insulation, stepping where there are beams underneath it? ...
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

I am looking to have vinyl siding installed on my home. Are there any advantages to getting a quote from Lowe's or Home Depot instead of contacting contractors directly? It seems that this is just ...
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Was this furnace installed properly?

I am looking to answer the following: Was this job done properly, and if not, then how really bad it is? And should I hire this contractor again ? Product: Ruud RGTM10ERBJS 100K BTU 95% Downflow/...
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Contractor not using thin set between sub floor and cement board

So, I've made a big stink with the flooring guys about how they have installed the Hardiebacker cement board for our tile. They skipped putting down the thin set under the cement board even though ...
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My contractor replaced old soffits and fascia with fiber cement panels. What type of molding/cleating should be used?

My contractor installed a narrow piece of wood molding in the corner where the soffit panels meet the wall of the house. See the diagram below. The material used for the yellow piece is unprimed, ...
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HVAC Contractor Didn't Install Drip Pan

I recently got the A/C unit and furnace in my basement replaced. When the company came out to do the quote, they stated that they thought I should have a drip pan, and the proposal that they gave me ...
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Replacing fascia board: what kind of contractor?

I was cleaning my gutters yesterday and I noted that the fascia board is coming apart. I don't have the time or skills to do it myself. What kind of contractor would be best to hire? The ones I can ...
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How can I estimate costs for a renovation project?

This is a general question about estimating costs that a contractor might charge for a job. I have a large renovation project that I am considering. This project is clearly beyond my abilities. ...