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Consulting expert for remodelling plans while doing the work myself?

I'm planning a kitchen renovation that involves removing a floor to ceiling pantry that separates the kitchen and dining areas, new cabinets, new flooring, and new appliances. I'm unsure of how to ...
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Waterproof membrane under alcove tub? Tiling the bathroom floor

I’ve completely demoed my bathroom, I’m going to install the alcove tub and then tile the floor. It’s a one story house and it’s a concrete subfloor. My question is: do I apply the waterproof membrane ...
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Can I remove just the upper part of my 1 Piece Acrylic Tub (Walls) and leave the tub in place?

I want to tile the walls in my bath but don't want to remove the one piece acrylic tub. Has anyone ever cut down the tub walls and tiled down to the edge of the existing tub? I anticipate placing a ...
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Has anyone acted as your own general contractor for a bathroom remodel? [closed]

We are in the process of renovating one of our two bathrooms with a general contractor. I'm learning a lot through this experience, and am thinking about acting as my own general contractor for the ...
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Putting a microwave in an island?

We are remodeling our kitchen, and we are going to put the microwave inside of our new island, Below the counter top, Built-in with the cabinets. Our old microwave is an "over the range" microwave ...
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Tile on the side of shower base

I saw this at a hotel where they tile on the side of the shower base which is fiberglass: My question is: Do I just tile directly on the side of the pan? How do I make the thinset to stick? Thanks.
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Basement concrete leveling issue for click lock hardwood flooring installation

I am prepping my basement concrete flooring to install click lock hardwood. The problem I saw is that there is a spot in the corner with this: I am not sure what it is as it looks like a cap to cover ...
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Can I remove center brace from these cabinets?

We are looking at doing a kitchen remodel, and one of the things that we want to do is move the location of our oven into the cabinet pictured. We will also be replacing the countertop with either ...
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How to ensure shower handle flushed when replacing shower wall to tiled wall

I am ripping off my shower kit and the wall. Before demo, I took picture of the back of the shower fiberglass wall: I plan to install tile. What happen next is to put drywall and then hardie board ...
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Bathroom window size and fitting issue

My basement bathroom window is 35" W x 17" from the inside measurement: Now if I replace this old window, I have few questions: Do I shop some window that is 0.5" smaller on all edges? So like 34"...
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Not enough room for door trim

Hi I'm redoing my bathtub surround (because I did it incorrectly the first time). Basically there is only 3" between the tub and the door frame. How much should I extend the tile past the tub? How ...
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Adding dedicate circuit to old panel

I want to add a dedicated circuit for a wall heater in the bathroom. Attached is a picture of my power panel. How do I tell if I have enough room to add to my existing panel? Housing is currently knob ...
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Can I use old cloth-jacketed wiring to power a new light?

I removed some wood paneling in a hallway closet and found this wire bundle between the studs. Is this electrical wires? Can I reuse this to install a light source for the closet?
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How much larger than the fireplace opening should a door kit be?

I have a dilemma with sizing my gas fireplace box to fit a new glass door. The firebox is 40-in W x 23-in H Medium glass door: 30-37-Inch width of firebox opening and 22.5-32.5-Inch height of ...
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Replace basement window with vertical trim on top of siding

Here is the outside look of my basement window. Do I remove the entire vertical trim and pop the window from the outside? What else should I expect to remove? If I install double pane glass window, ...
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Remove and replace kitchen window with just caulking outside

I have an old kitchen window and like to replace it with modern double pane glass. Here is the look from inside: Here is from outside: Do I just remove the caulking from the outside (red box)? Then ...
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Remove shower enclosure for tiling but keep shower base only

I am remodeling my bathroom and want to change it to tile shower. I am OK with the shower base here and I don't like the shower enclosure / doors: Is it possible to just remove the door and the ...
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Add bars / dowels to cabinet

I've recently purchased an entertainment center which I want to make into a dog kennel. The dog is small (16lbs) and will fit comfortably behind the doors in the unit attached. I've search endlessly ...
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Expand entrance area [closed]

My entrance is below photo and it is very tight/small space inside. I would love to expand it "out" to make inside area larger. My questions are: Do I frame all the way to the top (hitting the roof) ...
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Resurface uneven stone fireplace

We owned this house for about 3.5 years and really interested in refacing this fireplace. Curious, can this be done? What are my options? The stone sticks out at different angles and depths, our ...
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Bowed Wall / Running Corners: Help Me Tackle Getting Studs in Plane

So here is my conundrum: I'm dealing with some wavy walls in a very old home and clearly the framing is all over the place. The worst offending wall has what seems to be a pretty large almost 4' span ...
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Not possible to build into cathedral ceiling?

I have a house that has a two-story cathedral ceiling. I was thinking about adding a floor and turning it into new rooms in the house. However, a web page I read said "Vaulted ceilings create no floor ...
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Ensure smooth drywall surface around stone mantel

I have a follow-up question from this Frame drywall around brick fireplace regarding the "best method" to ensure smooth drywall surface on top and both sides of mantel. Basically I have a very "rough"...
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Replacing particle board underlayment and building up floor height to lay tile

We are in the middle of updating our guest bathroom and while removing the vinyl flooring we found that it was sitting on a 1/2" particle board underlayment. Given that particle board in a wet ...
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Use metal studs to frame for drywall around brick fireplace

This is my fireplace stripped to bare minimum and I asked a question on how to cover with drywall in this Frame drywall around brick fireplace However, after I bought a metal stud and tested to ...
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Is it a good idea to separate switch for recess lights and chandelier in living room?

I am just asking in general. I have 8 recessed lights to install and 1 chandelier in the center. There will be plenty of light so I can turn on just the recessed light and/or chandelier. The ...
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Frame drywall around brick fireplace

Below is my fireplace with the old stones removed. Now it's "bare bone" and up to me to redesign it. I am planning to put drywall on top and mantel on the bottom with tiles around like this But then ...
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Kitchen peninsula countertop over hang to patio door

I am in the process of remodeling the kitchen and the peninsula countertop coming into question: It's right next to the patio door and there is only 4 inches space. The countertop is 3 feet wide. ...
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Garage remodel: can I leave garage door in and put an insulated wall in front?

doing a garage remodel and wondering how best to keep the garage door on facade and still be able to have A/C in the garage? I live in hot and humid south Texas. Is this a ridiculous solution to ...
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Problems while replacing old bathtub with recently bought bathtub?

I'm just upgrading my old dumb bathroom with the new faucets. The biggest change during remodeling is the bathtub. The builder put in a smallish tub, and I’m now going with a luxurious soaking tub ...
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Half wall supporting 18" overhanging counter — can this be done?

As part of an upcoming kitchen remodel we plan on knocking down a (non-load bearing) wall between the dining room and kitchen. We are thinking of converting a portion of the existing wall to a half ...
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Are there code restrictions when adding an access panel in the ceiling below a bathroom?

So on the first floor there is a full bathroom without an access panel. I would like set up the panel, but would hate the look of the access panel on the first floor which is built into the living ...
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Are there hinges that will accommodate 1.5 in thick cabinet doors? If so, would they solve the issue discussed below?

I'm adding a frame around my kitchen cabinet doors, using lengths of oak that are 3/4" thick x 2 1/2" wide. The 3/4" thick frame makes the cabinet doors 1 1/2" thick, and when I reattached the hinged ...
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Tiling over old linoleum. Will schluter ditra work?

Good afternoon, I am getting ready to tile the floor of my bathroom and am hoping to tile over the existing linoleum. Reasons why are: old house so asbestos risk underneath glue seems like it is ...
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Re-mounting electrical switch box between studs after removing plaster and lath

I am refinishing a room that had a gang of light switches mounted directly to the lath, between the studs. The lath is out, and drywall is going up next. I don't wish to change the horizontal position ...
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edge gluing more wood onto butcher block countertops to make them wider?

Question is: can I take same width strips of the same species wood - ideally from another section of same-brand butcher block, and then glue and clamp it to the butcher block countertop to make it ...
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Filling 2“ gap between a tub and existing floor tiles for 30” bathtub in 32" tub opening

As the title suggests, I have a 30" tub in a 32" tub opening. When the tub is centered, there is an inevitable 2" gap between the tub skirt and the existing floor tiles. The 2" gap excludes the 3/8" ...
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Squeaking Shower Pan

I decided a few months back to remodel a guest bathroom, and went with a fiberglass/acrylic shower pan. The pan was put in place on top of a mortar base, and then sealed to it with liquid nails. At ...
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Ideas for Door Opening that is 1 foot above adjoining room

I am renovating and add-on room at my house. The room is a converted outdoor patio which has concrete slab for flooring. In order to add a bathroom (toilet & drop-in shower combo), the decision ...
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How can I fit a board to another that isn't straight?

When I created this end cap I knew the floor was not level, but I only have the straight cut of my table saw. See the gap at the lower left? For future projects.... How could I have cut this so I ...
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Best and thinnest way to cover masonry brick wall with drywall

I am remodeling my 1950s home and I have exterior walls made out of masonry bricks (cinder bricks). The interior of the bricks has been painted many times over. I've been given 2 basic ...
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How often should clients look at the job site and talk to the contractor?

During a major kitchen remodel that includes removing structural walls and pouring new foundation piers and extending the house, along with the typical re-plumbing and electrical work, how often ...
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How can I tell if a contractor is trying to scam me by charging more after starting a job?

I have a remodeling project for about $2,500 and I have already signed the contract. When the contractor was making a new door on the wall he found a wire inside the wall. Now he is asking for an ...
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Replacement Window Rails Not Aligned

I had a custom Reliabilt window built by Lowes a couple weeks ago. I installed it and made sure everything was level and square but I noticed the rails are not in alignment. I took the window out to ...
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What order do I do projects on my kitchen remodel

I am refinishing cabinets, replacing counters, replacing back splash, floors and appliances. What order should I do the jobs in?
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self-improvement vs licensed-contractors

This is a question about the ability of doing remodeling on one's own, compared to hiring licensed contractors. I realize some remodeling/repairs require permits from your local township/city to be "...
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Accidental plumbing leak. How bad is this? What should I have my contractor do?

I'm remodeling my 2nd floor bathroom and we are in the demolition phase. My contractor's plumber accidentally turned the main water on without checking the bathroom hot/cold lines. They were not ...
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What to do with floor drains in basement?

I'm looking to finish my basement, the house was built in 2005. There is a storage area (it will remain unfinished) with the water heater, hvac, sump pump and storage. There are two floor drains, that ...
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Running bathroom vent duct through cold air return

I am remodelling a basement and I noticed that the old bathroom has the vent duct running through the cold air return ( for about 6ft, in and out, the entrance and exit are sealed) and then outside. ...
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Refinish (reporcelain) a toilet?

We have a Kohler circa 1989 wall mount toilet; i.e., the seat and tank are both on an outside wall. It's also avocado green. Is it possible to have the toilet refinished in another color? Pros? Cons?