Questions tagged [new-home]

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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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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What are the minimum insulation code requirements for a steel arch building (Quonset hut) used as a residence?

I'm interested in building a steel Quonset hut home in central Texas. I've done a fair amount of research on what's involved, but I'm stuck on insulation. The IECC defines minimum insulation ...
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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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New construction home, loose foundation anchor nuts

I am going around caulking behind the insulation due to drafts. Part of basement sits above ground, as house is built on slope. Many of the nuts on these foundation anchors are loose. I have been ...
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What considerations need to be taken when building a lakefront property?

I'm in the process of evaluating a lake-front lot in my city in hopes of building my next home there. The lot is on a small peninsula as seen on google maps here. I briefly talked to a friend of mine ...
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How to set up home network w/ fiber from street & unterminated Cat5e in garage

I'm having gigabit Sonic Fiber installed soon in a newly purchased, remodeled house, and I need to figure out how best to configure my networking setup to distribute a wired (& wireless) ...
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How much wooded land should be cleared around a new home site?

I'm planning to build in a wooded lot, and want to leave as much woods as possible. What is the minimum buffer that is required or recommended to allow around the home's footprint, taking into account ...
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What the best way to do site planning on a large wooded lot?

I'm trying to layout the desired locations of buildings and fences on a new rural lot that's about 15 acres and heavily wooded. The plan is to have a section of woods cleared for the build sites (two ...
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How do mouse traps DETER mice?

My roommate is convinced that getting rid of crumbs on the counter will make the mice go away, and they won't be a problem anymore. We did a thorough cleaning of the house and make sure every time ...
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Who is the right type of person to create construction drawings for a home I've already designed?

As the ultimate DIY project, I want to owner-build a home. I've already "designed" the house, meaning I have a 1/2" scale floor plan, roofing ridge line, and elevations for all interior and exterior ...
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Latch bolt not aligned on double doors

We bought our house new and since the house has settled a bit, the doors to our bathroom have become misaligned. Unfortunately, we're beyond our builder walk throughs so we need to fix it ourselves ...
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How to find what code is in my area for insulation in an unfinished basement?

I just purchased a house that was built and finished this year. My house is backed up to a hill, and the foundation walls get shorter from the front of house (8 feet) to the back (a little over 2.5 ...
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Mystery constant, fast, and barely audible vibration in private home

I recently moved to the top floor of a three story home that is near an infrequently used express track (primarily on weekends during construction on the local line/once or so an hour). A train ...
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How do I wire my new dryer cord? [duplicate]

I have recently moved into a new home and discovered that my dryer plug does not fit into the outlet. I have a three pronged plug and need a four prong plug. how do i wire the new cord into my dryer?
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Is it within code to leave unused romex wire within a stud cavity for future use?

I'm installing pendant lights, instead of wall sconces, for a bathroom vanity in a new construction home. However, I'd like to be able to have the option of adding the wall sconces and remove the ...
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Which tools to use for changing locks?

I am new Home owner. I want to change locks and do it myself. I have never used a screwdriver set before and do not own one. If anyone can recommend what tools I will need to change the locks. ...
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New floor up to new cabinets already installed or under? New construction home

I purchased a new construction home through a commercial builder. I will be closing on the house in a few weeks and opted to do the hardwood floor myself to save some money. I did upgrade the ...
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what size ground wire should i buy?

I am trying to connect my house to the current meter pole that is 300 feet away I am going to buy 250kcmil for the load conductors. I know that I can save some money by buying a smaller size ground ...
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rotten egg smell in cold water only bathroom sink of new home

I live in a brand new home. Since we moved in (Nov 2015) there is a rotten egg smell in just one of the bathroom sinks and just from the cold water. It used to be now and then. Now it is 90% of the ...
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What can be used to prevent my windows from sliding down?

I have wooden windows in my home, they came with a pulley mechanism to hold them up once they are opened. However, some of the pulley's cord popped, so now when I lift the lower window open and let go ...
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Are patch panels essential to a home network closet?

I am completing my home remodel and have decided to wire CAT6 cables throughout the house with at least 2 sockets for the wall jacks in each room. My subcontractor has already wired all of the rooms ...
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What are the best option to Rekey My New House?

I'm closing on my first house on Tuesday and I'm interested in seeing if rekeying my locks is worth the effort. I think my options are: new locks, rekey it myself, and get a locksmith to rekey it. Any ...
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Do ceiling joists need to rest on cross beams?

I am having a new home built by a national builder. They are framing now I see that ceiling joists in one area are not resting on a beam that divides two open rooms. See the photo. The beam that runs ...
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Insulating the wall

I want to start building my house and wanted to ask for tips on how to do the insulation on the walls. I heard from people how they are doing and here is how it looks from above: My questions are: ...
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What are these blue and yellow cables coming out of my house for?

I recently purchased a house built in 2007. All houses in the area have those cables on the side of the house. The white cable on the picture is for cable/tv. But what about the blue/yellow cables? ...
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Bathroom above the Garage

Is it advisable to build a bathroom above the garage? What kind of obstacles might we face if there is a bathroom above the garage in terms of piping, insulation, etc.?
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Prefab houses seem to cost more than you would suspect [closed]

I was reading the catalog of Blu Homes, a prefab housing company. They advertise their prices as being "20% lower" than comparable custom house prices. Their homes typically are abound $275 per square ...
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New Samsung Washer Smells

I am concerned because our new Samsung washing machine (front loading, stackable, stacked on the bottom) absolutely REEKS of chemicals; the closest I can think of is paint thinner. I expected a "new ...
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How can I determine the style, design, and manufacturer of this tile?

We are extending our kitchen and need to match the backsplash tiles that the previous owner put in. Can someone please give me some information about these tiles? Style/Design/Manufacturer?