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Are there any reasons I shouldn't remove this odd nook from a basement room?

I'm thinking about taking out this weird nook in my basement, along with the white-topped blocks/supports that surround it. Is there any reason I shouldn't? In other words - is there a likely purpose ...
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I hit metal inside wooden stud

I'm about to install a new outlet. Whe drilling horizontally through a vertical stud, I hit something metal. The location of the stud very low to the ground, behind my baseboard. This is between two ...
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What would be done in a bathtub replacement?

I am replacing a bathtub in an existing remodel. Here is an existing picture of the bathtub. From drywall to drywall, the measurement is 59". The tub itself is 30" deep. With the trim ...
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Convert cathedral ceiling in bathroom to storage space

I have a bathroom with cathedral ceilings and do not like it. I want to add a rim joist around the room and create a flat ceiling. I have a solid plan on doing that. However, I now have this space ...
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Can I lower the height of a sewer vent pipe joint?(2 45°)

1976 home, it had pipes routed through the empty space below/behind the 1-piece shower. I’ve ripped it out but the 45° joint on the sewer vent pipe is an inch or two too tall to fit any new alcove tub ...
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Pillar removal question

We are just a few inches short for a piece of furniture to maximize the space. Just wanted to know if I can remove or even cut it a few inches? Inside photo: Outside photo:
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Any trick to installing a double electric wall oven "whip" so it doesn't bunch up but slides backwards when the oven is pushed back into the cabinet?

Is there a trick or "life hack" to holding the metal-shielded cable, the "whip", in place on the top of a double electric wall oven so that the 4-wire conductor cable and junction ...
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Rework Roof Design to add bedrooms [closed]

By chance. Does anyone have experience redesigning a roof. In this case, we're trying to see if it is feasible to add two bedrooms in place of the deck.
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Separate access to lower floor utility room

Hoping for some direction on this. I am purchasing a half duplex and aim to convert the first floor into a 2 bedroom rental with a separate entrance. Main floor (my living space) is half a flight of ...
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How to update the top shelf of a kitchen [closed]

Modern kitchen cabinet design have elements to ease access and make use of the space that is available. For example adding carts, rolling elements, and lazy Susan can improve access. Is there such a ...
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Route return air duct through attic or pantry

I’m looking to get feedback about my options to remediate uneven heating/cooling and poor airflow for two of our bedrooms. Any help or ideas are much appreciated. I'll do my best to provide as much ...
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Best way to hog out material for a doorway jamb switch’s electrical box?

I keep splitting the thin wood of the jamb itself when trying to use a chisel because when the needed hole size is correctly cut, the remaining amount of material is like razor thin (<1/4”). I have ...
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How to treat mold on a single stud?

I live in a house built in 1955. While remodeling a closet, I found a single moldy jack stud, right next to a non-moldy king stud. The mold itself seems to be dry. I was able to cut a little bit off ...
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Installed ledgerstone around fireplace but doesn't look right - panel seams obvious - what did we do wrong?

I had 6 x 16 ledger stone panels installed and I'm surprised that the seams are so visible/obvious. I'm not sure if this is because of the source we chose, the install is poor/incorrect or this just ...
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Upstairs wall studs sitting on top of subflooring that needs to be removed

I am currently renovating the entire second floor of my 1920's home and have run into an issue. The subflooring is currently unleveled and had intentions of pulling up the subflooring, adding a sister ...
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Can Someone Explain This Metal Flashing Under Tub/Shower Insert?

We moved into a model home ten years ago, and we’ve decided to start making some upgrades. Currently, I’m removing the existing flooring on our second floor in order to replace it with vinyl laminate ...
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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

The apartment I'm in now is build in Ohio in 2012. It has a textured wall that I'm not too fond of. It reminds me of popcorn ceilings. I'm curious how such wall are fabricated and using what material. ...
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Replace old shower drain from the 80’s

newbie there I move into a house from the 80’s. The bathroom needed to be renovated. I have demolished the shower pan and now need to replaced the shower drain attached. It seems like a valve on top ...
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How should an outlet be wired where another branch connects?

The power to my master bedroom stopped working. I changed my light fixture first from a ceiling fan/light combo, I'm getting power in room from what volt meter says. I have also changed outlets out to ...
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Do I need to remove/replace hot mop liner on shower floor?

After the demolition of our shower, I noticed our shower floor was water proofed with a hot mop method. This is all new to me (never even heard of hot mopping), so I was wondering if we need to ...
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Remodeling, do I need to add fire blocking

I am in the process of remodeling a bathroom built in 1961. One thing I noticed is that non of the walls I have opened up have any fire blocking in them. I am only going to have an electrical and ...
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What to do with this gap under a bathroom window in a masonry wall?

1980 block wall house, bathroom remodel with a window. Was expecting a wooden sill but found a 1" gap between window and top of block wall. How to refinish this? Thinking to fill window gap with ...
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Can gas line installed perpendicular to floor joists be tight to the joists?

When the previous owner added an island with a cook top, the gas line they installed was hung about 2" below the floor joists. It runs perpendicular to the joists just below the island. They had ...
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Adjustable Receptacle Box - Drywall Bulging

I’m new to all things drywall. I’m using adjustable boxes for electrical switches and outlets in the bathrooms and kitchen where the finish will be tile. I’m getting a bulge where the mounting bracket ...
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Mixing Mold Resistant Drywall with Standard

Really simple question. I have a mix of 1/2” mold-resistant and standard drywall sheets remaining on a remodel. Is there any silly reason why I might not want to mix the two together where I don’t ...
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Floor squeak -- what next?

I'm in the middle of a remodel of my downstairs master bath. There has always been a squeak in the floors and I knew when I started this project that was something I definitely had to fix. There is ...
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Am I being overly critical of these window installations?

We are replacing all of the windows in our house, which is a few dozen. We are doing new construction style. The crew is only about 20% done, but already I've noticed a few issues that concern me. I'd ...
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Why was the tile on the end of a shower wall jogged over partway up?

Is it normal to not finish the wall and let the tiles that way with back liner ? I don’t understand why would my contractor would not finish the wall here while so close to. Yes it’s aligned to the ...
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Under Cabinet Lighting - Electrical Rough-In

I’m surprised this wasn’t easier to find by 2023, so I’ll ask here to hopefully put a good answer on record. I’m remodeling a small, two parallel wall, galley style kitchen. With respect to under ...
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Asbestos contamination

Recently we did some remodeling in the house, which is built around 50's. Never crossed our mind to get the house tested for asbestos. So we decided to do so in the middle of renovation. If the result ...
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Reducing two drains from a double sink down to one, that are connected by a loop

Doing a kitchen remodel and I tore out the sink, the sink cabinet and the sheetrock behind the sink and this is what I'm seeing: It was a double sink (two sinks side-by-side, with two drains but with ...
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How can I level an old kitchen?

I'm trying to level my old hardwood floor in my kitchen to install snap together vinyl on top. I sanded most of the high spots but I would like to use floor leveler to get it nicer. I sistered the ...
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Can I remove this jack stud above our fireplace for recessed TV mount

Can I cut/remove this jack stud above our fireplace to install a recessed TV mount without compromising the structure? Please see attached pictures.
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How to increase floor joist height

I'm remodeling a 2nd floor bathroom and after ripping up 2 layers of old tile and 4 inches of concrete I finally found the joist. My question is really sistering on new joist to the old ones. I need ...
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Does this wall material have asbestos? [closed]

My home was built in 1951 and it has this fiberboard, it feels like paper, peels and separates like layers of paper. The home was modular construction. I'm screwed in terms of exposure already, but if ...
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How to fix the gaps between kitchen counters and wall, if wall is not straight?

Context I am working on a kitchen remodel. The kitchen is composed of two perpendicular walls (one is existing, the other is new). While the new is built straight, the existing is not straight and has ...
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Attic Insulation Retrofit with XPS Foam Board

I have an attic space in my house that has been converted into part of the interior envelope and is now heated. Unfortunately, the rafters making up the ceiling are only 2x6 and contain only R-21 ...
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Precision in Home Improvement, or: How to Trust a Laser Level?

Even though I enjoy DIY, I also suffer from a certain amount of anxiety about it, especially when tolerances have to be tight. If the Internet's advice is that a certain thing needs to be square, or ...
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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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What size ducting is needed for bathroom heat supplies?

Small single story condo in southern California. Newer horizontal attic mounted gas FAU with new ductwork. There is no heat in the bathrooms and adding electric heat is not an option. Are there ...
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Renovated basement room, added outlets to circuit, now Dishwasher voltage is too low, separate circuit

I renovated a room in my basement, adding ceiling lights and outlets onto an existing circuit in the room. The lights are LED, not too bright. My dishwasher started having issues, error code reads ...
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Can I save my shower floor if I only want to retile my shower walls?

We have a main bathroom that was remodeled around 2014 by the previous owners. We hate the shower tile choice and want to replace but don't mind the pebble floor that is down. The current tile is a ...
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Do I need to replace 14-Gauge Wire on 20-Amp Circuit?

Working on a family home remodel, there is a 20 amp circuit with 12 gauge wire. Recently, at the end of the run, 13 LED can lights were added in an inaccessible vaulted ceiling with no attic space. ...
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Range Hood Galvanized Pipe - Installation Code

I want to install a modern open range hood on top of a kitchen stove. However I need to first install a 6 inch duct from the roof, through the attic and have some part of the pipe exposed under the ...
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Rockwool vs Fiberglass insulation

I'm currently finishing my basement and I'm stock between what to use on rockwool or fiberglass. Based on my research rockwool is better than fiberglass but it is hard to install so its more ...
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How to upgrade wall panels? [closed]

I live in a house with wall panels like this: This is not a wall paneling but a wood wall. (according to my wife, lol) I'd like to convert this to something else because it makes the room very dark. ...
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Contractor cut into the I-Joist flange!

Hello. We are in the middle of bathroom remodel and our contractor cut into the top part of I-flange while removing the subfloor. He cut diagonally in several places and horizontally on another beam....
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NEMA 10-30 Ground & Neutral Bonded

Remodeling a 1970’s era condo. The current dryer receptacle has a NEMA 10-30R on a 30 amp breaker. While we are going to be using gas instead of a 240v dryer, I decided to pull the plate and make sure ...
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Faucets have no cold water only warm after Apt water off 3 days every week

My apartment building in Albuquerque is being rehabbed. We live in a 188 unit building on the 2nd floor and the water has been turned off every Mon, Wed and Fri from 8am-6pm for about a year now while ...
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Two P-Traps on Single Vent?

I am replacing the old washing machine drain stand pipe, p-trap and clean-out. I am adding a utility sink to the garage laundry area washing machine vent stack. Am I creating a possible issue by ...
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