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Questions relating to moving from one home to another. The destination does not have to be NEW, just new TO YOU.

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What are the standards for acceptable installation of *prefinished* solid wood pine flooring? [closed]

We are building a home. We selected a solid pine floor which comes prefinished. It has tongue-and-groove on the sides, but not the ends. The builder & installer did NOT cut the ends of the ...
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Drilling into timber frame wall from loft

I live in a 2021 new build house in the UK. Detached, timber frame, stud walls. I have a sloping roof on two sides, on the other two sides they are just vertical walls (in the shape of a triangle at ...
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Water leakage in new house - is this common or an issue?

I am planning to purchase a house from some builder and I have finalized some properties. All are newly constructed houses. In one of it, I can see some water leakage in walls due to rain. Is this ...
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Is this post supporting my roof framing intended to be permanent?

I purchased a new build last year and recently got my warranty inspection done. Both the inspector I hired before closing and the inspector I hired to do warranty inspection (different inspectors) ...
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How can it be (much) cheaper to build a new house than to buy an existing one? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is unique where I live or something, but it seems to me that you can have an entirely brand new house built, where you are the first person to ever move into it, for way less ...
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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 type of saddle to use for house built on piers?

I'm drafting our "forever home" and have enough knowledge of our building code (Ontario Building Code, National Building Code) and I've done enough significant renos that I'm on a solid ...
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How do I search for a mixed smart-normal switch plate?

I want to change only ONE of the switches to a smart switch. I am confused about what I need to buy. Can I just use one of these smart switches? What confuses me is - how does the cover plate work? Do ...
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New construction, do the supports look correct in the attic?

I have a house under construction and this is how they are supporting the roof. Does this look correct? Thank you for your input! ]1
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Does shale rock call for a larger well diameter?

I recently bought a house in the western most Finger lakes, in between Hemlock, Honeoye and Canadice lakes. The house needs a new well. I've gotten one quote so far -- $10,000 for the well and all the ...
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Bulging in the wall and ceiling

I purchased a new construction home just a month ago that has a year of warranty. I have started noticing bulges in the wall and ceiling. Is it poor construction? There are several like these. How ...
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Dead end in pipes and legionella risk

Today a plumber removed a sink from my house and sealed the two corresponding pipes at the location where they branch from the rest of the system. I expressly asked him to do this because I wanted to ...
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Dealing with incline from back door to fence

We have plans for a new house build - see my attached crude mockup where the front of the house is on the left and the backyard is the green shaded area. The land has up to 1.8m incline from front to ...
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Why CAT 5 cable is run through electrical box with blank faceplate

The two cables seen here have very little slack. The house was built in 1998 in Texas in case it offers any clues. Any idea why this is here?
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Garage on the 2nd floor of a 3 story townhome on a hill-slope

I was looking at a 3-story 2000's townhome in a good community built on a hill - The top 2 stories are both open on all sides, with the bottom one under road level and closed off on one side. ...
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Storage for household stuff [closed]

My wife and I decided to renovate our kitchen and living room. We hired a renovation company for both the kitchen and the living room but the old furniture and other appliances such as the TV and ...
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Should I vent a porch roof and how to do it?

I am having a difficult time figuring out the venting for my open air porch roofing project. This is new construction. I have a 4/12 pitch porch roof, 8ft wide, goes around 9 corners of my 2 story ...
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Closing Letter question

I had a construction company build my new home. It went quickly smoothly and I was happy with the process. There were just a couple of minor fixes to be done after closing (two months ago) which have ...
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Was it correct to connect all the ground wires for my new outlets?

I have a new home built this year. Made a workbench in the basement. There are no outlets in this half of the basement. I mounted a metal outlet bar on the front of the bench, wired house wire (3 wire)...
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New house concrete slab foundation cracks - TX

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. Yesterday I found that I have 3-4 cracks on the ...
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White specks on framing lumber

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. I found that some lumbers (about 4-5) on the first ...
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Soffit vent distance from facia

I am installing soffit and vents from the outside on my house which is framed and dried-in (new construction). It is a large Victorian style, white farmhouse look. 2 story, already sheeted (roof and ...
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How is wet cellulose insulation usually blown into walls?

I'm dried-in on new construction on my own house and plan to DIY the insulation as I have done many times. Not looking forward to stapling it up. I see companies offering a wall cellulose solution ...
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Is it better to do convert builder provided carpet stairs to hardwood yourself, or have the builder do it from the start (e.g. for townhome)?

Title should summarize the question. I have heard that in general it is good to have certain troublesome things done by your builder from the start, depending on factors like lest you have to damage ...
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Preventing delivery theft at condominium building

Over the last few weeks, numerous residents have had packages stolen from our unit. Last night, I went down to the entrance to find that my package had been ripped open. They left the box, but took ...
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KNX PROS & CONS about using same device for sensor&actuator and impact on electrical design

Is there any recommendation to take into account about using devices that joins the sensor and the actuator instead of placing all the actuators in the electrical control panel? What are the pros and ...
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One of the double dimmer is still on

I have changed dimmer switch in our lounge, it’s double switch, one of them is working normally, but the other one is still on and can’t switch it off or lower the light. There is more light on this ...
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How do I move my sheave pulley vertical with the bottom door bracket?

I just recently purchased a house and the garage doors need some work (Replace wheels with silicon for less noise, etc..). While I'm at it I also want to change the stationary sheave pully so that the ...
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How can I attach security bars over EIFS stucco?

I would like to securely attach window security bars to the outside of my new house but it appears to have this fake facade. Its a row home (e.g. townhouse) in Baltimore City and the front is brick (...
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Can I get the final effect through 3d rendering when decorating my house?

I am planning to decorate my new house, it still under construction but I want to see the effect before it is really completed. Does 3d rendering service helpful to show the detail and style?
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Can I place an archway here?

I want to place archways instead of walls on the three places as shown in picture. The Wall are made of solid bricks. RCC slabs. No timber, no steel. Do you think it is safe because I want to make ...
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Is there a typical layout to blocking installed for backing in new construction framing?

I'm having a home constructed, and my rough inspection walk-through is in a couple of weeks. In order to make hanging shelves, towel bars, etc. easier, I would like blocking installed horizontally ...
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Condo Sound Insulation, Warranty

Similar to this, but not a duplicate: How can I determine the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating for my condo walls and ceiling? The goal: Verify if I have a claim towards the developer who says ...
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What if i buy land? [closed]

I'm thinking into buying land so i can build a home but my thing is, the home part would probably take some time before actually starting construction. My question is what do i have to look forward to ...
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Subfloor Water Damage

My wife and I are in contract to purchase a home (not a new home). The inspection revealed a few things and the seller has agreed to fix all but one thing we requested. The one thing they are not ...
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Pendant lights without a ceiling box

I am having a house built, and I noticed there was no exposed ceiling box at the locations of my pendant lights. I was unable to get out there to visually verify things before drywall went up (that's ...
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What is the name of this? [closed]

Here is the picture of an item I do not know the name of. Please advise what is the correct name of it
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Central Vacuuming: Is it worth it, and how does it compare to normal vacuuming?

I am in the process of buying a brand new home in the US through a builder. The home will be approximately 3,000 sq ft and I was given the option of buying a central vacuuming system for the house. ...
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What is an efficient way of moving home? [closed]

I have been moving so many times in the past few years, usually on my own without any help. It’s exhausting and painful. I’ve probably become more efficient over time but I’m still trying to figure ...
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Just bought house with hairline diagonal crack from window

We just bought our house at the end of November here in Wisconsin. So weather is changing. Noticed this crack by the window. House is from 60s I believe. Should I be concerned? Or could this be from ...
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What are these nail strips above and below windows?

There’s a new condo being built in a nearby northern Californian city and I noticed sets of nail strips above and below each window opening, over the plywood but under the vapor wrap. What is the ...
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What kind of wire can you use in your home? [closed]

Can you use MC cable in a house? I am wiring can lights. Also how many lines can go to a junction box? I have a 125A box, what kind of wire would I need to run?
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In what order should I perform these renovation tasks?

I've just bought a new house and I want to do a couple of improvements, I'm just not sure in what order should they be done. I'm kind of new to this stuff. What I plan to do: Painting the walls only ...
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New house concrete slab foundation cracks

I am building a new house in North Texas, it has been 17 days since the foundation was poured, I live close to the construction site, so I've been going 2-4 times a week. Today I finally was able to ...
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Design up (2 story) or out

I am not a builder. I am looking at properties with garage/shop + apartment. The two designs pictured are equivalent. From what I have seen most properties take the build out (left) approach. To ...
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Water has been turned off for over a year [closed]

I'm looking at a house today that has had the water shut off for 2 years. Should I be concerned about this? What kind of damages could it have caused overtime, if any? Thank you!
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What to be done about cut I-joists? Cut is in lower flange above load bearing point

I am a first time homebuyer in the due diligence phase with this house. We identified in the crawlspace that a few of the I-joists had been cut, looks like with a reciprocating saw, for unknown ...
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When can we put furniture in a new build house? [duplicate]

After the heat goes on, when can we put kitchen and furniture in. We've been told so many different timeframes and it's hard to find any info via a Google search. Our kitchen guy said heat needs to ...
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Kitchen Installation new build: How long after heat goes on?

In Short Our kitchen suppliers have told us that the kitchen should only go in 6-8 weeks after the heat has been turned on in our new build. Their concern is how dry the house is, I assume the issue ...
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Is there a maximum allowed time for a house to be built?

I bought a house built in 2015, but after pulling the permits I find out it was started in 2008. There were stop work orders and failed virtually every inspection. It just scraped by in 2012 for ...
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