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brick wall slope

I'm building a new house with a builder company and I've noticed that one of the side walls has a slope of about 1-2 inches from the bottom to the top. This is 2 story house with full brick siding. ...
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Home Remodeling [closed]

We just moved into a beautiful new home in North Vancouver, but one room feels quite dark despite having decent-sized windows. Are there any trendy remodeling solutions that could help brighten it up ...
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1 inch Copper pipe to new Navien Tankless - no hot water on other side of house

I just installed a Navien tankless condensing unit. It sits next to the kitchen, which gets really hot water. But on the other side of the house, the water isn’t even lukewarm. I’m running a 1 inch ...
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Rotten wood on the ground

What's the process to fix the wood? I am the first time home-owner and have an absolute zilch idea about the fix I need to do? There is also a gap between the wood and the concrete. Should I caulk it?
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How to fix my Double Sliding Patio Door that has a Giant Gap

I have a Newly Constructed home the builder is saying done. I’ve found many things and had them fix it before I move in. But the one thing they keep not fixing is the giant Gap at the bottom of my ...
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Post tension slab tendons intersections

I ordered pre-pour inspection for the house we are building and I've got this report. They say tendons should not overlap at intersections. I'm concerned that it's like that by design. Gonna ask about ...
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How do I use a T-handle for a garage door without a key?

Disclaimer: I am renting a house with 4 other people. There is no key for the garage door. The T-handle is usually aligned vertically. I unlock the garage by simply turning the handle counter-...
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French Door Draft Issue - Top Corner Not Touching Astragal

I recently moved into a new home with French doors, and I'm facing an issue with the front door. When the door is latched, the top corner on the strike side doesn't make contact with the astragal, ...
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Can we run utilities (sewer) to a new building from an existing house, or do we need parallel external hookups?

We're looking into building a new "tiny home" (or at least fairly small) as an auxiliary dwelling unit on the same lot as our existing home. One of the major concerns is how we'll hook up ...
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Dishwasher needed?

Is it mandatory to have a dishwasher installed in your texas home? We just bought a house, and of course we’re remodeling. The inspector won’t pass us unless we have all appliances. We don’t want a ...
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Stained concrete

I went to change out my doormat (those coconut-husk fiber ones) and there was a stain and it's sticky. The stain is not size of the doormat, it looks like someone spilled a drink in front of our door. ...
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How to remove window screens?

We have a brand new house. The window screens were installed by the builder as something of an afterthought after we closed. We only recently tried to remove a screen and realized they don’t budge. We ...
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Moving into a home that had dogs, and I'm allergic... what should be on my to-do list?

In about a month, I'm moving into a house that had 1-2 large dogs. I'll allergic to dogs, and I'm curious what steps I should take to prep the house before I move in. There is also a room (living room)...
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Why does the fuse blow when I turn on the oven and stove in the kitchen?

Why does the fuse blow when I turn on the oven and stove in the kitchen? This is a new build house that I rent. The owners told us we can only use either the oven (countertop oven) or stove (...
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First Home and a Renovation

We are buying our first home and it's a shell currently and it's roughly 70 years old. I want to insulate the house as much as possible and I came up with an idea for a multi-layer approach for ...
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Does a polyurethane floor need a very level substrate?

I'm Dutch so I might have some of the technical terms wrong. My partner and I have been hitting up businesses because we want a PU floor in our newly built apartment, but the information we get seems ...
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Is this mold? What next? [duplicate]

Went to do some cleaning in the garage, noticed some black lines on the ceiling. Also had noticed something on the ceiling of the main bathroom for some time before noticing the spots in the garage. ...
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Stripping varnish from the wall mounted portion of my new cabinets

Link to imgur album with pictures So my wife and I recently bought a nice starter home and now we are planning to remodel parts of the house. We are interviewing a few General Contractors to explain ...
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What is this pipe with wires in my new house side yard

Not sure what it is. Its a pvc pipe about 1ft high and some wires wrapped around it. Its in my side yard. Any idea what it is before I ask my builder about it?
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Can I use this external light switch to supply an outside circuit?

I have just moved in to a new home in the northwestern part of the UK. I have a light switch that switches an outside light. I want to use that power to have electricity in the garden including ...
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Sheet Metal Screws for HVAC - TEK or ZIP?

I need to purchase sheet metal screws for two residential HVAC DIY projects. I'm assembling basic rigid round peices, reducers, elbows, register boxes etc. I'm wondering what the HVAC guys reach for ...
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How should sub-fascia terminating into a lower roof be secured?

There was a pre drywall inspection done and one of the findings was a front gable fascia was not completely secured. The report also stated that this reduces the integrity of the roof and can be the ...
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Is it a problem that studs are 3 feet apart in my townhome? [closed]

We recently moved into a new build townhome. The studs appear to be 3 feet apart. My understanding is that they are suppose to be 16-24 inches apart. Is the structural integrity compromised by the ...
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Is there a site to see addresses by zoning laws? [closed]

I would like to search homes and see properties by zoning laws. For example I am looking for a house but would like to have it also as an airbnb or be able to build another unit in the back to be a ...
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One or two water heaters?

In building a new house, I have the choice of one 100 gallon gas water heater vs two 50 gallon gas water heaters. What are the tradeoffs I should consider before deciding?
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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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