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How to reattach a cast iron drainpipe

The cast iron drain pipe fell off my wall this morning. It’s the entire length from guttering to drain. It looks like it was attached with very old nails which have worked their way out, taking some ...
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How to hang drywall on uneven horizontal plank wall

I'm removing many layers of wall remodels in a 1913 house. The last layer is 1x6 horizontal planks. They are not pretty like shiplap so I need to put up drywall. The three interior walls are pretty ...
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Can I screw through wood floor and plank subfloor to joists to prepare surface for tile?

I’m renovating my 100year old house’s kitchen and found that the old existing tile was attached directly to hardwood flooring. This explained why so much of it was cracked even though it is the only ...
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How do I self-repair a section of crumbling basement wall, or should I hire a professional?

How do I self-repair a section of crumbling basement wall, or should I hire a professional? Background: How I discovered it: I removed some exposed blue foam insulation from my basement walls to ...
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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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How to use this intercom?

My home has this intercom (I was told they are intercom) in bedrooms. I am not sure how to use it, and I can not find the manual or model number. My question is what it is used for and how to use ...
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How can I find the most upstream receptacle in a circuit to install a GFCI?

I have an old house (1870) that originally had knob and tube, and has subsequently been upgraded to modern service, except in certain areas there is no ground. I am trying to protect some of the ...
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A tale of two Victorian houses: one cracking, one sloping. Potential causes?

Did a viewing of two houses in London, revealing different problems. What could be causing these issues? Which one is potentially more serious? Mr Slopy No visible internal cracks inside; ground ...
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Overflow over gutters on roof. One story ranch

Straight to the point, there's too much water coming off my roof. Unfortunately I wasn't able to record this last rainstorm to show you. My home is a 1950s ranch house one story obviously, the first ...
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Type of UK House Construction

not sure if this is the correct forum for this, so please let me know if it's not 🙂 Is anyone able to recognise the construction type of this house? I know it's concrete construction and likely built ...
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Me and my mom and dad moved to a older house since we have moved in we have had health problems

Me and my mom and dad have been having health problems since we have moved in our house in October , have brain fog and anxiety and my alleges and ashms and rashes and my mom and dad have been having ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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In an old house, do I need a ground wire to install newer outlets, lights, and appliances? [duplicate]

If I have an old house, as in 80 years old (the wiring is newer than that), and it only has two wires, hot and neutral, no ground, can I connect newer things like ceiling fans or hanging lights? The ...
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Lights dim on a switch that was a 3 way

I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan with 4 lights in my kitchen that dims after I turn it on. The house is over 100 years old and has been through multiple remodels. It appears as though that the ...
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What type of register and/or installation method to use for a inside duct mounting holes?

I removed the original register cover from my vent, the screw mounts were inside the duct. I'm not sure if the fact that this is on an external wall has anything to do with it, but there was no bite ...
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Old refrigerator risks

I just acquired a double door Amana refrigerator. I'm not sure when it was manufactured but from the design and the dates on referenced patent numbers on the back, it seems to be from the late 70s/...
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Why does water accumulate on the hardwood floors in my 1930 home?

My home was build 1930 and nothing has been updated. In my downstairs bedroom under anything that sits on the floor from my bed, night stands, dog crate, and other things the floors will puddle with ...
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Plaster & Non-Standard Wire Mesh Patching

Had some electrical work done leaving holes in walls that need to be patched. The plaster and wire mesh in my house (built in 1920) does not appear to be the typical chicken wire mesh that most search ...
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Black stains and discoloration on outer foundation wall of a house - water damage?

The outside foundation wall of this house has visible black stains and discoloration. The house is a bungalow built around 1970. No way to tell what the inside of the foundation looks like (covered ...
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Pulling treads and risers back into position in a housed / closed stringer staircase

I recently moved into an 80+ year old house and am looking to fix up the main staircase. It seems to be the original (oak?) wood stair that is built using the closed / housed / mortised stringers that ...
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Why do a lot of old houses have drop ceilings?

I've been looking at a lot of older home listings in different areas and I'm seeing a lot of drop ceilings in older homes, especially in less populated areas. In my areas drop ceilings are primarily ...
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What is this orange yellow substance on my wooden studs inside walls?

There's some kind of orange yellowish looking substance that forms into tiny bubbles (it looks sticky, but I haven't touched it). It seems to be on my floor joists and wall studs. The house is from ...
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Weird cylindrical deadbolt housing

I am trying to change the locks in my house, and saw this weird housing for the old deadbolt. To me it looks like glued on as there are no screws or indentations, but is there any other way? Adding ...
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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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What kind of wall material produces orange dust, and how should I work with it?

I live in a townhome that was constructed in 1890 in the US and remodeled sometime in the past 20 years. Most of the walls are drywall, but the walls that separate my home from the units on either ...
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Mounting to an old pan-style electric box

I did something slightly stupid when preparing to mount a new fixture to a very old unused ceiling pancake box in a 96-year old home: I unscrewed the bracket that attached the mounting nipple to the ...
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How is this electrical service setup to subpanel able to work?

I have setup on building where panel is feed from meter through disconnect. The wire is #8. There are two legs and a ground coming from meter. There is a ground wire running to metal case of ...
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How should I handle grounding & neutral bonding when replacing my sub-panel?

Current subpanel was installed in the early 70s. We think we need to replace it as lights are not working (very dim, flickering/fading in/out) - we suspect an open neutral. How do we wire in a new ...
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Suspending many lightweight acoustic panels from a plaster ceiling

I have a collection of fairly lightweight acoustic panels that I want to suspend from a plaster ceiling (see mockup images below). My question: What is the best way to attach them? Here’s the shape of ...
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What is the right way to plumb bathroom drainage across small joists?

Finished the demo part of the bathroom remodel to find pretty significant damage to the floor joists caused by the original builder's "design" (see photos/video). Setting aside how I'm going ...
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Is there a cost efficient way to add windows to a brick house?

We bought this house built in the 60s and it has these small windows that don’t provide much light . The house is brick but I’m wondering how difficult it would be to put in larger windows instead of ...
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What are the dangers of hidden boxes?

I've been remodeling my 1924 house, and have been slowly re-wiring, and splitting up an old "mega circuit" where half the house is all wired into one circuit. In the process of doing so I ...
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Exposing brick chimney in kitchen

My 1916 house has a brick chimney (no fireplace) that runs through the corner of my kitchen and I was considering removing paneling/plaster to expose the brick. I chiseled away a small test square and ...
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Electrical voltage is between box and wire, not between hot and neutral. Not OK?

I live in a house that has significant issues. Here's the current one I'm wondering about. This electrical outlet box seems to be "live". There is 120v voltage running between one of the ...
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114 yr old building whooshing sound at inside water feed. No leaks/No drop in pressure inside

114 year old building, was once a commercial building, now residence: Sound is coming from what we believe to be the indoor main water feed, that is buried in the cement floor, except for nozzle, and ...
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Im a renter that recently noticed walls really bending zhould i be worried

Ive been renting an older house for about 3yrs now and the past 7 months or so I started noticing the walls didnt look even anymore they looked like they were curving. Then in spring I came ...
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Remove paint from stained glass windows

I have a couple stained glass windows that look to have paint around the outsides from previous owner painting the trim. Any suggestions on removing the paint without damaging or am I out of luck?
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old fan/light for new

I changed out an old fan/light for new. The new one has a fancy control (no remote). I finished installing and went to hook up switch. Old wires present are two red and a white, no ground. The new ...
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What should be done to check the capacity of a 100+ year old wooden floor joist?

Short version A 7.5cm x 20cm wooden floor joist from an apartment constructed in 1906 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands will be subjected to an increased load. The type of loading the floor joist will ...
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What type of insulation/sheathing material is this?

I have a house that was originally built in Chicago in 1954 that had an addition put on in the 90's. The original roof and part of the original exterior was built over is now visible in the attic of ...
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When removing siding with a mildew smell, and then replacing it, should I wrap the house in something airtight first?

I have a home built in the late 1960s in Massachusetts. The prior owner covered the house with vinyl, which was not done with care. Water gets behind the vinyl. The cedar wood clapboard and trim is ...
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mice and sound traveling through brick party wall joist pockets

We live in a 1912 row house that I believe has joist pockets that allow sound and mice to travel freely between me and my neighbors' houses. For instance, my neighbor hired pest control to deal with ...
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In old houses is it normal to use multi wire wiring bundles out of the breaker box?

I have an old house, ca 1928. A lot of the wiring is old. A lot has been replaced over the years. I'm not an electrician but I am very comfortable doing wiring. But I don't have the experience of an ...
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Is there a way to refinish underside of a toilet seat?

I have an old-ish toilet seat that has eroded a bit on the underside. Picture below. Is there a way to fix this? Is there a material I can use to paint over it or something?
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Date written on bottom of basement sink

Not exactly about home improvement, but we just bought a house and our inspector showed us that, at least here in the Northeast of the US, they would often write the date the house was completed on ...
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How do you wire and replace an old bathroom vanity light fixture

I am replacing a bathroom light fixture in an old condo built in the 70s. There is armored cable coming into the fixture from the wall. From my understanding is that I need to do these steps, 1) ...
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Changing out ceiling light fixture and found no box, - how to proceed?

I am replacing a ( hanging ) ceiling fixture in the dining room and found only wires and no box ( see photos ). There's no junction box and the wires are old and gnarly looking. The house was built ...
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Is this asbestos? (Insulation, transit pipe, wall board)

These pictures are from a house I just purchased in Western NY. The house was built in 1950 and I believe there are gypsum boards with plaster and lathe over them. Pipe is above a 1944 Pennco boiler. ...
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Is this flowerpot insert made from asbestos?

I own three flowerpots with strange white inserts. I haven't bought them in fact they were already part of the 1970 built house when I moved in. I've heard of asbestos flowerpots but couldn't find ...
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Old-style ceiling vent in DC rowhouse, top-floor bathroom

I'm looking to recreate the original mechanism for opening and closing the ceiling "window-frame" vent in the topfloor bathroom of my 1938 Wash DC rowhouse. Problem is, I have no friggin' idea what ...