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Are these large horizontal wood planks structural in my 1900s home?

I'm currently in the processes of remodeling a home built in 1900 or even earlier. It has balloon framing and true dimensional lumber. I removed the lath and plaster on the walls and behind some of ...
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Installing a 48" vanity between two walls that are 51" apart. How can I cover the 1.5" gaps on the cabinet marble top and the cabinet sides?

Here is the space where my vanity will go. The vanity i'm planning on purchasing is below. How can i fill the gaps on the face and on the top?
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Fiberglass Shower Drain Removal

1974 Condo on a post tension concrete slab. This was an original fiberglass shower enclosure. I can’t figure out how to remove this drain. Any advice is appreciated.
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2x6 as floor joist

I am going to be replacing the subfloor in a room, but just noticed that the exiting joists at the end wall (room getting new subfloor is a dining room, room next to it is a bathroom) end at ...
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Minimum perimeter clearance within basement utility room

We are remodeling our basement and our water heater / HVAC unit (no fuel, all electric) is awkwardly placed in the middle of the room. We are enclosing those items in a closet space, but would like ...
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Patching brick, lath and plaster - electrical box

How do patch this? The box is within brick covered by lath and plaster. How do I attach the box to make sure it is set at the correct depth?
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What is this tool and what is it used for?

Approx 6’ long rack with 4 fixtures on it. Rack had thumb screws allowing it to expand or contract. My father was a remodeling contractor but we never used this. No model or brand marks of any kind.
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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

Is it silicone adhesive that kitchen and bathroom remodelers use to "glue" a porcelain sink to the underside of a granite countertop around the perimeter of the cutout? Something else? P.S. ...
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Is an 8" header adequate over a 10' nook in an exterior wall?

I am redesigning my entertainment nook. I've taken out all the shelves, sheetrock and most of the framing that was my entertainment nook and fireplace. There is a 10' 4x8 header that spans the ...
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Do I need to supplement my floor joists or steel girder for a remodel?

I am doing a kitchen/den remodel and spoke to an engineer beforehand about taking out some walls (he said it's safe to do as they aren't load supporting). On his way out he said I should get someone ...
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Replacing a switch from switched outlet with duplex receptacle

I have a switched outlet underneath my sink, probably from a garbage disposal. It's in a 2 gang box with two receptacles, one switched, one not. There is a switch on the wall by the sink to operate ...
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Exhaust wiring problems in a old house

I'm remodeling a bathroom from 1932, at some point someone put an exhaust fan/light/heater combo in. With all 3 functions on separate switches. It has 3 stacked switches in a single 1 gang box. The ...
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Is #8 wire suitable for an oven on a 50A breaker?

My house took considerable damage to the roof and electrical supply to my home in a wind storm. The main breaker panel was in a sorry state and so while the damage did not technically reach the panel ...
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Is this a load bearing wall / what options do we have to reduce its size

Thanks in advance for your thoughts; we're looking to do a remodeling project, and want to remove the 'chopped up' nature of our home to make it feel more open. It is a 1986 build, nothing renovated ...
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attic remodel - insulation, ventilation, and general questions

it's time to really get to work on my attic remodell. House is gable roof home with continuous soffit vents (of a kind - my home doesn't have eaves really, there is only a tiny amount of overhang, so ...
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removing room dividing wall?

I have a colonial which I would like to extend the kitchen into what is now a living room, the wall does run perpendicular which usually would indicate that this is load bearing, but also the joists ...
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How do I make a round hole in overlapping cement board wall with limited access?

I am having a hard time planning a hole for a one room in wall ventilator. I have already a 160mm hole in my exterior wall. However, on the outside the wall is covered in 3-mm square cement board ...
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How do I know if a roofing company is using subcontractors? [closed]

My wife and I hired a roofing company, but I think the person we contracted with just put the work onto his crews back. He only came out to the job site twice: once to provide an estimate, and once to ...
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Can kitchen island receptacles serve one of the two required small appliance branch circuits?

Remodeling a kitchen - I already have the two required 20A circuits. However, due to removing a wall to open things up, the receptacles that one of the branches serviced will no longer exist and there ...
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Best approach for enlarging washer and dryer compartment

I have a laundry room that has a section reserved for the washer and dryer with a drain. Presumably it exists in case either unit leaks for some reason. The problem is, I ordered a new washer and ...
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Vinyl tile installation - remove or install on top of existing vinyl?

I've got a small closet in my 1985 condo that contains the water heater, HVAC, and W/D. I'm trying to figure out the best way to get a new floor in there. The existing floor seems to be vinyl tile ...
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Can I remove these planks from subfloor? [closed]

I am remodeling an upstairs bathroom and have removed the old floor. The subfloor is 2x6 planks between the joists. They are nailed into 2x4s that are sistered to the side of the joists. Has anybody ...
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term of art for extra-shallow-depth refrigerator

I am hoping to replace an old fridge with a new one that does not stand so far out from the wall. I've found so-called "counter-depth" ones that are about 30" deep and also a few ...
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Best saw to notch a tricky floor joist

I'm running a new light switch and have to unfortunately notch out a hard to access joist to get into the wall above. Our house is a small antique cape house and this will not affect the floor's ...
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should a glass fixed panel shower door sit directly on a tile curb?

Should a glass fixed panel shower door sit directly on a tile curb? Instructions that I have don't say anything about having a small gap. I would think a small gap, say 1/8" would allow for ...
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Finding electricity source for new Ceiling Fan install?

I'm a diy'er installing a ceiling fan in a bedroom that had no existing fixtures in the ceiling. Only a few outlets and a single pole switch that controls one of the outlets. I have access via the ...
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Software to capture current home structure and content?

Twenty+ years ago while planning a home renovation, a designer provided software that allowed me to take interior and exterior photos, import them, dimension them, then assign/map them to walls/floors/...
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Modifying load bearing studs

The builder of our house put two double load-bearing studs in the middle of the media room wall where we want to install an in-wall center channel speaker. Would installing a box frame with double 2x4'...
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How much will removing a bedroom affect my home's value? [closed]

I recently purchased a 4br 2ba split level house, brand new construction. The trouble I am having is that there is no "master suite" in the house. If I remove one bedroom and modify the ...
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How to raise a wooden floor above a basement (old porch floor) 8 - 10" to the same height as the adjoining room

My current mud/laundry room was once an exterior porch (enclosed decades ago). I removed all the layers of flooring down to the original planks thinking I would refinish it or do tile or something. ...
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What protects an installer from drilling a hole in joist and not hit anything?

I've found the 'where' to drill a hole in the joist span to run wire across ceiling cavity (multi-story on first floor so no attic access). What I can't find is how does someone drilling from an ...
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HELP: Supporting Vaulted Ceiling Mid-Beam

I'm working on calculating beam sizing to support one end of a mid-beam for a vaulted ceiling. The room is 16x20, with 4x10 beams spanning the 20' distance (48" O.C.). There is a mid-beam in ...
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Framing around gypsum block walls

I am doing my bathroom remodeling. I have to reframe my ceiling as old one is all crooked. The issue I am facing is part of my walls are gypsum blocks (not drywall) What would be the best anchors to ...
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Kitchen Remodel: Cooktop Relocation

Background: I’m trying to remodel my kitchen and I want to replace the center island with a much bigger one with cooktop and remove the current stove and oven. Question: what are the common steps to ...
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How would one solve this tub-length issue?

We have a 1 3/4" bath situation in our house. Like many 1970's ranch style homes, the floorplan's master has only a single vanity, toilet, and shower. The guest bathroom, which is attached to ...
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What is the best way to join toe kick boards?

We got out cabinets installed and the only thing missing are the toe kicks. Sounds like something “simple” however, both of our runs are longer then a single toe kick board. The board they provided is ...
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Shower Floor Tile - Please Help!

We just had glass penny round tile laid on the shower floor yesterday. It is approved for shower floors but we hate the look of it. Since it hasn't been grouted yet, can we pull these up before the ...
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Schluter... Membrane over green drywall?

We're about to remodel our bathroom, having tile applied to about 17 linear feet of wall (8' high). 90% of the wall area to be tiled already has green drywall. The remainder is open studs, where a ...
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Electrical for Whole House Remodel

I'm looking at doing a room by room remodel. I know there would have to be a lot of electrical done which has been the biggest deterrent to date. I'm trying to get a grasp on how much, from what I can ...
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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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How could I insulate a thin hot roof and bring it to current Southern CA code?

So we started an exterior remodel today, and found that our roof construction is way more mickey mouse than I thought it was. Our house has vaulted 2nd floor ceilings through most of the 2nd floor ...
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Techniques for mitigating pavement ants during gut reno in bathroom on slab foundation?

planning a bathroom renovation in a 1950s ranch on slab. Ants appear in several areas where walls meet the floors. Is there a specific practice for sealing the passageways, that expands/contracts with ...
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Want to install Japanese style unit bath/bathtub. Trimming a joist a bad idea?

I am asking myself if there is any way possible to lower the bathroom floor level without causing damage to the floor. So I am researching if it is any way possible to install a Japanese unit bath ...
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How to mount butcher's block counter above washer/dryer?

I'm redoing my laundry room, and planning to put a butcher's block style counter top above the washer and dryer. The plan is for the counter to extend the full width of the room. Questions: It has to ...
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Adding an additional fixture to an existing three way switch

Box one. I'm doing a remodel and want to add a fixture to an existing three way, it would be a ton of work to reach the existing fixture or the three way switch that has the power supply in it's box. ...
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Basement Recreation Room

I have a basement that we would like to make into a recreation room. There are two ways into the basement, code compliant stairs and a 36x80 door that leads to a mudroom (we live in Maine so mudrooms ...
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What defines a load bearing wall?

I know "A" is a load bearing wall. "B" may/may not be load bearing. Correct? What about "C"? I want to take that wall down. Can I safety assume non-load bearing? ...
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Can I cut the bottom part of this let-in brace

I'd like to remove a wall between the kitchen and living room. I also want to remove the closet and cabinets. While removing the drywall I found what appears to be a Let-in brace. The wall with the ...
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Cracked Ceiling Joist

I am installing new cabinets, and when I removed the kitchen soffit, I saw one joist with a horizontal crack that goes all the way through the joist and travels about 8 inches down the length from the ...
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Moving a toilet [closed]

How difficult/expensive would it be to move a toilet across joists? My bathroom is over a garage so I can get to it from below.
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