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Is our closet load bearing?

Can we take this closet out? Last photo shows diagram. The closet is perpendicular, and the wall 2 feet behind it is load bearing (obviously, as an exterior wall). The tricky part is the front of the ...
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Fiberglass Shower Drain Removal

1974 Condo on a post tension concrete slab. This was an original fiberglass shower enclosure. I can’t figure out how to remove this drain. Any advice is appreciated.
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How to demolish metal lath wall (tiled)?

A wall is metal lath on studs, covered in a coarse heavy plaster (or light cement, I don't know what it is) and over that is a thick layer of tile cement and then ceramic tile. The whole thing is ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

I have a small wooden shed in my back yard that needs to be torn down, and for the most part, I can handle it fine. However, I have one concern about the cleanup afterwards: how can I make sure the ...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

Our house had a nice cedar pergola in the backyard, about 20'x16', whose posts began to rot at the base. It was covered in grape vine... Nice for shade but not for a falling down pergola. Needless to ...
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How do I properly demolish a tub and shower?

I'm planning to demolish my bathroom for a renovation, and not sure of the exact steps on demoing the tub and shower. Also worried about the shower since it's a large one piece. How I should go about ...
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Hand saws to cut OSB type panels

I want to cut OSB panel on an old shed into pieces and they will go into garbage. I've searched for some advice regarding it and found out that a handsaw can be used for small amount of work. Please ...
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What considerations should I make when demolishing a driveway?

I have a really long concrete driveway, and we'd like to turn the back half of it into part of the backyard. From this: To this: I'm hiring a demolition contractor for this task, but I'd like to ask ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

The construction of my new home is undergoing now, but I am facing a problem - piling up of trash and unnecessary materials left over at each step of the development which I am moving to my garage. My ...
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Safety Razor Disposal in Medicine Cabinet

A question for the old timers(or any timers), have any of you demolished an older house that had a safety razor disposal slot built into a bathroom medicine cabinet? Was dealing with the dispised ...
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Efficiently remove backer board screws

I am replacing kitchen tile with vinyl planks or engineered hardwood. After ripping out the backer board with tile, I am left with hundreds of screws, set every two inches in a rectangular grid. Is ...
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Can I remove these walls?

I'm doing kitchen renovation and want to remove a few walls. Those are on the first floor of a 2 story house(no basement). I've opened a few of them and did my best to provide all the pictures. I ...
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Removing deck frame attached to siding

I'm in the process of removing an old deck attached to my house in an effort to replace it with stairs and a paver patio. I've gotten most of it torn down and removed, but I'm wondering what the best ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

We are renovating an old property in France where three walls of an old stone schoolhouse (10ish meters high I'm guessing, maybe more in some places) sit adjacent to the more recent house (1950s). We ...
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How should I replace this rotten window header?

Here I have a corner bathroom. Left wall is exterior. My “header/top plate” is rotten. I am able to put my finger through it. I have never come across a window header that doubles as a wall top plate, ...
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Is this asbestos pipe insulation

I have been doing work around a house I purchased. Never even thought pipe insulation would have or could have asbestos. My home was built in 1976 and is on Long Island NY (not sure if this helps.) I ...
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What kind of material is this (for a shower pan) and how to remove it

I have a house built in 1962. I want to demo the bathroom and I'm seeing this patterned sort of cement looking material (perhaps it's granite?) that is the shower pan. Is this cement? And what is the ...
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How to get up deck boards with rusted screws, want to plane and reuse the boards so the screws have to come out

a slight spin on other questions. I have a deck that is coming out with painted wood and rusted screws. 1 out of 10 comes out OK, the others break off. Since I am going to be re-using the wood, and ...
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Crushed cinder block a substitute for crushed stone?

I have two projects and I'm hoping there's a synergy between them. The first project is the demolition of a small cinder block wall that has just been completed. The second project is building a ...
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Is this brick knee wall tied in to the main wall?

We would like to remove the L-shaped brick "knee wall" in the picture on the left. The picture on the right shows the seam between the knee wall and the main wall of the house. Is the knee ...
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What underlayment material is this? Is it safe?

This underlayerment was found in a bathroom. It was under a cement layer with tiles on top. The house was constructed in the late 1980s. What material is this underlayerment made of? Is it safe to ...
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Mold growth in home

My home is a mold catastrophe. My fiancé was sick for a year and we got an air quality test and it tested the highest level. I started ripping the house apart and found that there was mold in three ...
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Can this stack air duct be removed to tear down small wall?

I have an appointment with the HVAC supply business that installed the furnace 2 years ago but it is months away. My question is can I remove this wall to make my shower bigger? Through research I ...
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Can I remove this post on the lower floor of a two-storey home?

In the living area of my house is this decorative rail and post. I want to remove them. While I suspect such a narrow, solitary post would not be made to bear a load, I am not a builder so I still ...
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Proper demolition hammer selection for stone wall and concrete steps

I’m looking to replace a wall under my deck, and to remove an old set of concrete stairs under same. I’m currently researching the project, and hoping to do it this fall in cooler weather. The stone ...
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Pool demolition

Approximately 15,000 gallon pool that I want to demolish and fill to have a regular backyard. My concern is the established plumbing that is associated with the pool. What happens to it? I dont ...
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Process of removing mold from behind shower tile

Background Thanks to a shifting foundation, the tile in one of our showers cracked along a corner and water got in behind it. We know that at the least the wall behind the tile has fails as it caved ...
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How to check whether demolition brick is safe to use?

I would like to reuse demolition brick from building that was part of chemical factory. Factory was closed about 10 years ago, I know that sulphides and acids were heavily used there. I wonder if it's ...
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Best tool to cut out back of kitchen sink cabinet?

There are 100% mice under my kitchen sink. I need to rip out the cabinet part to see whether and how I can patch it up to keep them out. I'm digging in from outside beyond the foundation, too, but ...
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1920s stove pipe walled off behind kitchen

I have a giant metal pipe filled with concrete or something, it doesn't go anywhere, it's just taking up space in my closet. I assume there used to be a big wood burning stove in the kitchen, and ...
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How would I remove a concrete shelf with possible reinforcements

I've had a brick-walled cupboard removed from my kitchen, but the concrete shelf that was in it had to be left because of the gas piping around it. The piping will be removed for 2 days soon while a ...
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How to demo a partially structural chimney?

Just bought a new home and would like to remove its chimney. It was originally built on the outside of the home and they built a carport up around it. It looks like it may have sprung a leak, so the ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I'm planning on taking a few weeks off to do some DIY in the fall, and one of those things is replacing the standard-hinged door in my walk-in closet with a pocket door. This is a non-load bearing ...
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Tools and feasibility of tearing down a wooden shed held together by nails

Is it possible to DIY tear down a wooden shed held together by nails? I have a hammer and crowbar. What other tools do I need? It looks like this shed except I already tore down the door and I've ...
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Would a sledgehammer be okay to break up limestone?

I would be working in an enclosed environment so I don’t want anything too bulky and preferably handheld that’s why I wanted to go with a sledgehammer as you can probably tell I’m new to all this ...
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Is it load bearing? Weird attic config

thanks for taking a sec to read. I just bought a small house in which the ceiling joists in the Attic seem to change from east to west to north to south. I am wanting to remove part of a wall in which ...
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Demolishing large concrete patio slabs

My new (1950s) house has large -- e.g., one is 3.5 feet by 8.5 feet by 5 inches -- concrete slabs in our back yard. I'd like to remove them but don't know which tool(s) to use. Could this be done ...
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What to consider before removing a drop ceiling?

My basement has a drop ceiling in a semi-finished part of it and we've removed many of the panels in the process of updating the house's wiring. With most of the panels off and clear view of how ...
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Temporarily relocating an electrical panel while rebuilding a room

The room where our main power supply comes into the house is actually an old converted porch. Several inches of the wooden frame, including the sill plate and band board, are buried below grade and ...
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Remove cast iron wood stove

New homeowner here and we would like to remove a cast iron wood stove and the brick structure with minimal damage to the hardwood floor below (see picture below). Two options: 1) Hire someone. We ...
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How to remove shower handle?

I have this handle attached to the shower wall (as a kit): I frankly cannot figure out how to remove the while plastic piece and the metal piece outside of it in order to pull the large round cover. ...
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Remove and replace kitchen window with just caulking outside

I have an old kitchen window and like to replace it with modern double pane glass. Here is the look from inside: Here is from outside: Do I just remove the caulking from the outside (red box)? Then ...
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Removing fibreboard plinth from concrete floor

A previous owner of our property fixed a fibreboard plinth to the concrete floor under our kitchen worktop to raise the height of the dishwasher there; I'd like to remove that plinth to fit a taller ...
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How do I determine if a wall can be removed?

I don't know much of anything about load bearing walls so I can't really decide how necessary this wall is. So the space for my fridge is 35" almost exactly. Less if you count the trim on the floor. ...
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How to remove tile with mesh embedded in cement bed?

I am doing a bathroom remodel on a late '60s house. The bathroom tile is set on a roughly 1.5" cement bed with embedded wire mesh. I have removed a small portion with a rotary hammer with a pointed ...
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how to remove gypsum board cemented to brick wall?

Renovating a semi-detached house. On the shared wall, the builder mortared gypsum board to the cinder-block (first and second floor, each 8' tall x 30' long). Tools I have considered: Belt sanders ...
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How to remove countertop from cabinets while sacrificing it to maximize the chance to reuse cabinets

I have a row of "base" cabinets in the living room that I'd like to remove, but I would like to use several of them elsewhere. I don't care about the top (which is some kind of stone and already ...
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How can I replace a load-bearing header and jack studs without disturbing siding?

My broad question is what tools/technique to use to remove (in order to replace) load-bearing studs and headers on an existing wall with lap siding nailed into said studs. Any videos or tips are ...
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Detaching large ceramic tile without breaking it

Do I have any chance of lifting the tiles you see in the pictures without breaking them? You can tell from the picture what I tried and how it went!
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Painted Wall Demolition [closed]

Today, as I was walking through campus, I saw a cart full of wall debris. It must be some demolition going on in a building. I noticed one side of the pieces were of a different color. The pieces were ...
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