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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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Bathroom Remodel Lathing/Plaster and New Drywall Alignment

I just started a remodel of an old Bathroom, 1920's vintage. It had tile on the walls about half way up, I pulled those out. I am trying to decide if I should remove the rest of the wall plaster and ...
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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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How should I handle reflooring the bathroom of an old house?

We are updating the bathroom in our old house and after removing the old tile and concrete we found that it was sitting on 3/4" subfloor planks, and some of them are not in the best shape. We are ...
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Bathtub drain schedule: to keep or to replace?

We're remodeling our first bathroom and learning a lot. I'm planning on having the existing cast iron tub refinished after tiling everything. But before I tile, I need to figure out what to do with ...
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Electricians, do you see any problems with this wiring diagram for power at light shared between independent light groups?

I'm looking for input on the safety and code compliance of the wiring plan i've detailed, shown in the photos below. Description of the broader project My jurisdiction is subject to the 2014 NEC. I'm ...
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Is this kitchen wall parallel with the joists load-bearing?

I purchased a house with an outdated kitchen. I would like to remove an interior wall to open up the kitchen into the dining room space. I've removed the drywall and was wondering if this wall is ...
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Improvements to consider when opening walls during remodel of 60s home

I'm remodeling a 60s cabin home with vertical and horizontal wood board siding. While I have the walls exposed, I wonder about possible improvements I should consider while I have access to the open ...
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Vapor barrier on bathroom remodel?

I live in the Pacific NorthWest in what I believe is a zone 4 marine environment. Our house was built in 1979 and is in decent but outdated shape. I'm remodeling a 5'x7'bathroom and have removed the ...
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Is this a load bearing beam?

Is the big steel beam running perpendicular to the joists a load bearing beam?
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What should I do about this vanity that won't sit tight to the wall due to trim molding? [closed]

Slight goof during a bathroom remodel - the vanity we got won't sit tight to the wall due to the trim molding. Obviously one option is to return the vanity and get a new one (ugh!) Or I could let it ...
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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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Cost effective insulation for a 100 year old home?

My home is in central Indiana -- climate zone 5. It has lasted 100 years with no insulation at all. I've removed all of the super thick and heavy 3/4" cement sheet rock on the exterior walls and ...
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What are these copper pipes and do I need to do anything to them before covering them with a wall?

Home was built in the 1950s, and this is where there was originally a shop in the back of a basement garage. We just tore out the wall that had been put up here (sometime in the 80s?) and were ...
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Is this a bad tile job?

We're nearing the end of our remodel and we're not happy with the backsplash. We apparently chose a hard tile to work with as there are a lot of little pieces (but sheeted 12x12). Knowing we chose a ...
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What is the purpose of this joint in my wall stud?

I am getting ready to install a new bathtub and shower. After ripping everything out I noticed all the studs behind the original bathtub wall have cuts. See photo. If anyone can explain why the studs ...
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How can I seal a gap between floor joist boxes and foundation?

I have an unfinished basement that always has tons of beetles, spiders and cold air (yes I know most basements have this, but it is more than normal). I finally decided to take a piece of insulation ...
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Electric question

new bathroom Remodel will require a 120V / 20A GFCI circuit and outlet by the lavatory sink, this can be shared with the now enlarged adjacent master bedroom's lighting/power circuit. Is it true?
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Stacking new drywall on top of drywall that is behind tile

First post here. I am currently doing a small remodel of a bathroom in a house I just bought and am trying to keep costs and time spent, low. I had to tear out all the drywall due to the previous ...
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Water pressure problem - plumber tapped into kitchen hot/cold water line to add bathroom sink on other side of wall

I had a bathroom sink added to opposite side of kitchen where there's a sink/dishwasher. I think contractor hired a plumber who is unlicensed. He insists the guy is licensed but I've had too many ...
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Are there frameless sliding glass shower doors that don't require any channel attached to the curb?

Are there frameless sliding glass shower doors that don't require any channel attached to the curb for the sliding section? I see a lot of them for sale online, but the pictures make it look like they ...
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Rerouting return air duct in furdown

So I ran into this issue that seems quite gross that it was located inside the furdown in the bathroom, which was becoming layered in gross dust, hair and crap that gets sucked up. We removed it as ...
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New slide in oven install

I’m Installing a new slide in GE Gas oven and the gas line is located higher on the wall than usual. This is forcing the oven forward an extra inch. Can I remove back plate so the oven sits more flush ...
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Need Tips for Mounting screw-in Slider electrical Boxes

I know they've been around awhile but I'm still kind of new to them. I occasionally have to mount these Allied slider boxes in new and old work situations, and sometimes they go in perfectly with no ...
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Grounding a ceiling fan with FMT conduit present

I am replacing a recessed can light with a new ceiling fan/light. The old housing is a 6" HALO 7HT like this: Inside the metal box there are 2 bare copper ground wires connected. Inside the ...
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Will replacing windows significantly reduce solar heat gain in summer?

A friend of mine is remodeling his 1980s house and was asking advice about keeping it cooler in the summer. The house currently has the original double pane windows, many of which have "popped&...
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Opening Load Bearing Wall

I have a home built in 1956 that has a load-bearing wall that is about 2ft off the main support beam in the basement. There is currently a 30" opening in wall with 2x4 header. I would like to ...
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Abandoning wire in attic space

I'm in the US, and I have three recessed lights daisy-chained from a switch, and I want to take the last one (#3) out of service. I'm lowering the ceiling in this area, so converting it to a junction ...
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How to replace bathroom lights

The previous lights in my bathroom were "Hollywood" style. I'd like to replace it with a more traditional/modern vanity light. Question is, there doesn't appear to be an outlet/gang box like I'm used ...
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Is this wall load-bearing (Blue prints included)?

We just bought a house and would like to remove a partial wall that was added as part of a remodel. I have the blueprints for the remodel (completed with permits in the 80s). I've attached images of ...
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Sheet metal behind drywall…why?

I’m trying to install a niche by my bathtub. when i cut into the drywall which is on an exterior wall there was a full sheet of metal behind the dry wall. it runs the length 60 inches and height 6 ...
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Can I hire non-licensed architecture firm for residential project?

I recently considering on a major renovation/remolding of our house in Los Angeles, and we do contacted a few candidates from online, the talented one we like told us that their small firm is not a ...
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How do I drywall when the studs are not flush? [duplicate]

I have a problem with my bathroom. I recently had someone come and switch the door from the kitchen side to the other side while redoing my kitchen. He did a great job and the kitchen looks great. ...
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How to Apply Decorative Exterior Trim When Trim Width Exceeds Side Casing

I have very old aluminum windows and am planning to replace them soon. My current window trim is nailed on over the siding but since I will be cutting back the siding to nail the window flange I ...

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