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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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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. ...
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Do asphalt contractors throw away unused sealant at end of season?

Background I just had a guy knock on my door to pitch me a quote to reseal my driveway. I need to get it resealed, so I listed to his pitch. He said he wouldn't charge me for materials because he is ...
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Should it take a while to get supplies to rewire a 1100sq ft house?

I'm dealing with some contractor problems and I'm trying to get some information to figure out if the contractor is lying to me or just incompetent (or if I'm unreasonable). We had a long delay of no ...
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Small caulk holes around new windows

I'm trying to determine how strict to be when reviewing a contractors work. We had new windows installed, which involved caulking around the outside, between the vinyl window and the new wood siding. ...
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Importance of plaster repair skills/experience

I have an old 1920's house in the Chicago area with many lath-and-plaster walls and ceilings. We are going to be removing a whole-house fan, which will leave a 3' square opening that will need to be ...
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What is the best way for a DIY'er to work with contractors/inspectors? [closed]

Like many here, I was born with an unhealthy desire to do things myself. It is in my DNA, it isn't gonna change. This is NOT a post about the evils of the government deciding what/when/how I can do ...
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Galvanized Gutters Required For Dormer With Rubber Roof?

I have a long dormer and currently there is no gutter, water just runs off and is starting to seep into my basement. I got an estimate to install gutters on the dormer and the contractor said that ...
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Does a contract to build a deck need an occupancy clause?

I am replacing an exterior deck. I've had several contractors out to give quotes, accepted an estimate from one, and am now in the position of signing (or not) a contract for the work. It's a lump sum ...
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Can an electrician run wiring to convert battery powered smoke alarms to wired alarms?

I recently purchased a 2001 built condominium unit with original battery powered smoke and CO2 alarms. Since I have to replace all the alarms at this point anyway, I'm curious how invasive a procedure ...
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What kind of repair do I need for water damage from second floor?

Last night, my second floor shower wouldn't turn off because the handle cartridge broke and water leaked from the shower handle opening to behind the shower walls and all the way down to the garage. ...
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Who do I hire to design my home HVAC system?

Preface I need to buy a new HVAC system for my 1930s home. I currently have forced air duct system. My gas furnace was installed in 1985 and is rusting out, and I'm not sure about the air conditioner....
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Is it common for a contractor to ask a 50% deposit prior to starting the job?

It's the first time i'm dealing with this kind of thing, so it's probably a basic question, but I would still like to double check. I found a contractor for a job in the house, but he's booked for ...
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Which type of termite control is the most efficient in term of price in my case

Which type of termite control is the most efficient in term of price in my case? All the wood flooring and pillar had termite colony in my case...
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How do I look up a contractor's license status in Pennsylvania?

I've seen this question but it's a few years old and isn't specific to a state. I am past the inspection stage on a potential new house and the seller wants to use a certain plumber to do some ...