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Visible seams in wall paneling, seams not centered

First time posting here so apologies in advance for newcomers mistakes. TLDR; contractor installed shiplap and it has visible seams causing uneven board lengths, and the framing is completely off-...
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What to do about cold spots on new electric heated floor? [closed]

I just had a new remodel done which included electric in floor heating. During the install they set the wires with leveler which ultimately sealed them in place. They sent me photos of the progress ...
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Water leakage in basement after down spout installation

Large amounts of water have been leaking into my basement after below ground downspouts were installed in November of 2022. Prior to the installation, there was never any water leakage in the basement....
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Should I be concerned about my contractor not being lead certified

Wife and I live in a 1950s house. We’ve been planning a whole house renovation for months and finally found a GC we like. We learned he isn’t qualified to work on lead-containing materials. He’s done ...
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Are loose-stacked bricks a suitable base for concrete steps?

We have a contractor building a set of concrete steps outside of our house (will be leading to a new French door whenever we get the door). They are using a bunch of left over bricks as filler they ...
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Help! Is our contractor skimping on us on our basement foundation repair?

Our contractors just finished a job to completely redo one of our basement foundation wall, but we have some questions about the quality of the work. They assured us it was fine, but is it normal to: ...
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Tile shower - Is this good / how is it looking?

posting some pics of job halfway done, I find myself somewhat questioning if the work done by my contractor is up to the quality standards, also looking for comments on the overall tile choice and ...
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How many people for concrete pour?

What size crew for monolithic slab pour: 10' x 20' x 5" thick, with 12" wide x 18" deep footer--about 5.5 to 6 cu yds? How many experienced versus inexperienced people are needed? ...
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Failing Finish on Resurfaced Hardwood Floor Renovation: What's the correct course of action?

Background My wife and I recently purchased a 1250 sq. ft. condo that needed some simple renovations. The first floor is entirely Number 1 Common Red Oak, which had likely last been installed 10-15 ...
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GC installed new front door with huge beads of sealant that is dripping

Just as my title suggests, we hired contractors to measure, fabricate, and install doors for us. We want to know if we should demand that they fix the issue? We also want to know if it is a simple fix?...
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Partially constructed ADU too close to power lines

My family has hired a contractor to construct a two-story ADU; the initial plans have been okayed by the city and the wood for the entire first floor has been assembled and the concrete laid. After ...
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Who do I hire to repair damage from a leak from the deck into the house?

Backstory: we bought a ~130 year old wood-framed house a year ago in MA. The previous owners maybe 10 years ago added a two car garage to the back of the house and a large deck on the roof of the ...
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Is the J-channel in my siding installed correctly?

I am looking to find out if the trim on my currently-being-re-sided house is being done correctly or if it is as wacky as it looks. One piece looks like it's installed upside down. Wait, wait, are ...
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Wood floor over carpet underlay

Had a contractor 3 years ago install new wood engineered floor over carpet underlayment. I was told that it was done all the time, and foolishly took him at his word. Now, the flooring isn’t level and ...
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Switch loop with continuing power to supply an outlet

Attached is a diagram of what I’m trying to make sure I wire correctly. I have 12/2 wire coming from panel to light fixture, 12/3 wire with red going from light fixture to a double toggle switch, 12/...
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Do contractors expect a tip and if so how much? [closed]

I’m having an electrician upgrade my subpanel. The cost will probably be $1500 for labor and materials. Should I tip them? If so what is expected? (Note: I live in the US)
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Why am I having difficulty getting contractors to provide written estimates? [closed]

Recently, I have had three different contractors in to sister a joist in my house. All three said that they would get me a written estimate by today. One gave me an oral estimate which I told him to ...
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Window Replacement Contract Question [closed]

I ordered 16 Window replacement to a company. I paid the advance 4 weeks back. After few days one of their tech tells me that they would install window in 4 to 10 weeks and I would need to take off ...
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Who's the right person to hire for exterior door repair?

I have an old(ish) house with a door that no longer seals tight against the frame. This is the door between my house and my uninsulated garage, so it's effectively an external door. (Also, it's ...
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I-beam removal from garage ceiling a structural concern?

I'm purchasing a cape cod built in 1949 that has only a partial I-beam in basement ceiling. It appears 10' has been cut and removed from the garage that is under the back of the home. I currently own ...
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Forms on a Slope—Contractor wants more money to reinforce them after a rainy week

We are having a patio poured on a slope. The forms are complete and have been sitting for two weeks. Over the time period, it has rained here just under an inch. We are in the Texas Hill Country, so ...
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Should I be disappointed about this quality of craftsmanship in new front door? [closed]

I recently had a new front door and doorframe constructed an installed in my Victorian terraced house. The old frame and door were ripped out, and a new frame and door installed. On inspection, I ...
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Should my contractor have installed a new concrete patio on top of sod and an existing patio?

Contractor added concrete patio around the back of my house, but its already cracking after less than 6 months. I believe that there should be cuts and expansion seams throughout the slab to allow for ...
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Contrator made Concrete parallelogram for shed foundation

I hired a contractor to make me a shed foundation from concrete for a tuffshed. I wanted a 10x20 foundation but instead of making it a rectangle he made it as a parallelogram. When tuffshed got here ...
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Do I need a new roof to install ridge vents?

I wanted to have a ridge vent installed across the top of my roof to improve ventilation. Roof is about 40ft long with a ridge board in the middle and 5/12 pitch. Roofer came out saying he can't ...
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Leak from contractor work on toilet damaging plaster ceiling below (US)

We had a full bathroom renovation start while we were out of town. We just came home to discover that our contractor installed our toilet with the supply line leaking. The tile floor beneath the ...
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Did my contractor install these windows correctly?

I had a contractor come install 4 of these windows for me. He’s an older guy who I believe just does this to keep busy post retirement. The labor costs were very cheap. When I went upstairs afterwards ...
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How do I know if a roofing company is using subcontractors? [closed]

My wife and I hired a roofing company, but I think the person we contracted with just put the work onto his crews back. He only came out to the job site twice: once to provide an estimate, and once to ...
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Should a contractor who uses subcontractors carry workers' compensation insurance? [closed]

I'm in the process of hiring a contractor in California for a small masonry project (retaining wall, budget <$20k). I found a contractor I like, with good recommendations and a competitive bid. He ...
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Quartz Installer refuses to use a dual mount sink - only undermount?

The company installing my quartz countertops says that the sink I provided, a dual mount ( https://www.elkay.com/products/hddsb33229tr3.html ) is not usable and that I must provide a true undermount. ...
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Contractor work caused a water leak in the house - UK

I’m renovating a kitchen, together with small hallway and a cloak room toilet. I hired a company to do all the work although I now realise I don’t have a formal contract with them, only with their ...
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Would insurance cover water damage due to an improperly installed deck?

My house is an 80 year-old 3-story with a partially finished cinder block basement. I've owned it for about 10 years, and it came with a pair of french doors that opened from the dining room onto a ...
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What would be a fair day rate for a 1-day excavation job involving 1 person and a 24" bucket excavator? [closed]

We're hiring a local company to come move dirt around our 1/10 of an acre property in a small town. The job will be 1-day of work, all by machine (no hand-digging). What would be a normal rate to hire ...
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Techniques for mitigating pavement ants during gut reno in bathroom on slab foundation?

planning a bathroom renovation in a 1950s ranch on slab. Ants appear in several areas where walls meet the floors. Is there a specific practice for sealing the passageways, that expands/contracts with ...
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Radon Levels Remain Elevated

I recently purchased a home. During the inspection there was measured radon levels of 6.3 PiC/L. After having a professionally installed radon mitigation system, an electronic sensor indicates an ...
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What kind of license to check for when hiring a builder?

This question is a follow-up to this earlier question. I found someone with a license to do excavating. They have the license that allows them to operate the equipment. I can confirm that in a ...
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What is the advantage to hiring someone with a license?

Recently many out of work handymen have shown up at my door asking if they can do any work. One quoted me on some work, at a much lower price than if I looked in the phone book for a licensed ...
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Renovation Planning [closed]

We would like to do the following in our two-family house, ordered by priority Sound-proofing bedrooms, potentially other living spaces (we are getting woken up at 4-5am from tenants on the second ...
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Should I have my contractor redo the underlayment?

I’m having my roof redone and on the roof where my roofer is going to install standing seam metal roof he put down Winterguard HT fastened with staples (because it was cold so it didn’t stick well). ...
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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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