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Exposure to asbestos, what to do with stuff and worries? [duplicate]

I learned just recently about asbestos in condos I had few possible exposures: In old condo put 20 screws and nails into asbestos wall and took them out later, without cleaning the dust. What to do ...
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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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Why were the screws set in pairs in my drywall?

I'm currently removing a wall that separates my kitchen and living room. 1/2" drywall on 16" o.c. studs, typical. What I found to be strange was that the drywall was fastened with 2 drywall ...
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Installing a vintage bathroom sink

I recently purchased this vintage sink that was mounted in a cabinet vanity. I am wondering if it is possible to wall mount this and if anyone has any ideas on what I may need. I was thinking about ...
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Are PSL beam equivalent to LVL

I am doing a big renovation, got the blueprint done by an engineer more then a year ago, but it took a while to get the permit and i just learn today that the delay to have the big LVL beam (44') will ...
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How do you build a temporary support wall for a stick-built roof?

I’ve built a temporary support wall a few times in the middle of a house with a truss roof to take load off an interior wall while I modify it, but I need to reframe some parts of some exterior walls ...
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Can these floor boards be saved?

I am seriously considering buying a very old apartment in an old Swiss farmhouse. I want to know if the floorboards can be saved. They have gaps between them of about .8 cm to 2cm. Some of the wood ...
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Changing Stair Rise After Landing Replacement

We recently replaced our upstairs flooring from carpet to hardwood floors. After leveling the upstairs floor and installing the new flooring, the upstairs landing is now 1 3/8" higher leaving a ...
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How to reroute electrical cables when eliminating void space that has been used for routing them?

I want to incorporate the space from a laundry chute into a gut job of an adjacent bathroom. Over the years electricians have used the disused chute as a raceway for wiring from the basement to the ...
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Can these posts be removed to open up this staircase railing?will I have to reinforce this beam? If so how would I do that?

I noticed the showhome of our model had a basement renovated with an open staircase and I'm wondering how simple it would be to do this in our home. I've attached a photo of what it looks like in the ...
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Converting to open stringer stairs with starting newel location contrained

We just recently purchased a new house that we are doing major renovation work to. One of the big changes we are making is converting the staircase from a closed drywall rail to an open tread style ...
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Do we need a electrical sub-panel?

We recently bought a 1950s 1700 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and a largely unfinished basement. We want to renovate the basement into a modern main bedroom/bathroom suite. We ...
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Storage for household stuff [closed]

My wife and I decided to renovate our kitchen and living room. We hired a renovation company for both the kitchen and the living room but the old furniture and other appliances such as the TV and ...
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Asbestos Concerns [duplicate]

I am performing a renovation of my upstairs bathroom, which initially had carpet. After pulling up the carpet, I discovered vinyl flooring, which was adhered to a plywood subfloor. Although I was ...
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Is this asbestos pipe insulation

I have been doing work around a house I purchased. Never even thought pipe insulation would have or could have asbestos. My home was built in 1976 and is on Long Island NY (not sure if this helps.) I ...
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Can I connect a bathroom sink drain to a bathtub drain?

I am looking to move the bathroom sink across the bathroom. The only possibility of draining it would be by tying it to the adjacent bathtub / shower combo floor drain. My question is whether this is ...
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How do I renovate these walls to be smooth?

My skill level: Complete novice The walls in my apartment are quite old, and I would like to renovate them and make them smooth and modern, Similar to the walls in this article at The Spruce. (sort of)...
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Renovation Planning [closed]

We would like to do the following in our two-family house, ordered by priority Sound-proofing bedrooms, potentially other living spaces (we are getting woken up at 4-5am from tenants on the second ...
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Difficulty finding studs on external wall of renovated house - any good rules of thumb?

I'm trying to find studs on an exterior wall of a recently (10 years?) renovated house that I'm renting. I've had issues before where the studs in a wall seem to be a bit wonky - irregularly space, ...
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Does code mandate outlets when windows are above the counter?

We are renovating our century home's kitchen and would like to install windows that go to the ceiling so that our marble backsplash does not have any seams in it. The thing we later realized is, if we ...
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What is this metal material?

I’m running some networking cable from my attic to my basement (only going through one main level). The best place to run the cabling takes me through an old covered up door (closet) frame on the way ...
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Tub drain renovation

So I'm renovating an old, rusty tub to avoid replacing it. The drain and overflow valve were rusty and holes were made to remove them. So far, I've used Bondo to fill in gaps, which is working great....
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What kind of home flooring is this?

I came across a home in Westchester County, NY that was built in 1908. The entry, living room and dining room had an unusual flooring that I have never seen before. It is multicolored, rectangular ...
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Plumbing and Vent Layout - back to back bathroom renovation

Please see attached vent and waste layout. I have back to back bathrooms that I'll be attempting to layout as such. My concern is the main vent going to through the roof. In the image, I have it a 4"...
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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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Is this closet wall load bearing?

Wanting to remove this closet that is by my front door. Nervous that the wall that is parallel to the door is wall bearing. First time renovating. [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https:...
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Is the result of my lead paint test kit positive or negative?

I have used the M3 lead test kits to test the blue pain in our living room and I am confused about the result and its interpretation. The first image was a test I did 2 days ago. in the first 30 ...
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Indoor fuel tank removed - How to eliminate lingering smell

Background: I recently replaced my home heating system (an oil burning furnace) for a modern heat pump (air-water). There is a room in our basement (2.9m x 3.5m, or roughly 10ft x 13ft) where the 10'...
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Will a door rubbing on the carpet cause excessive wear?

We recently had carpet installed in our master bedroom. We love it! My husband trimmed the door, it opens & closes well for me. The door is touching or rubbing the carpet when opening & ...
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Framing Advice - Removing Shower Opening

Finishing up demo on our master bathroom and working towards plans to get it all back together. Located on the top floor of our split level, over the laundry room. The existing entry to the shower ...
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Skirting is too wide for mitre box

I'm fitting 138mm skirting through a house. I can only find a mitre box 100mm high, or a clamping mitre box (where the timber lies horizontally) 120mm wide. How can i cut the joints for of the ...
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Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud?

Consider the following image. Is the part pointed out by red arrow a stud? What is the blue part called?
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Is the wood part ceiling joist

per wiki, A joist is a horizontal structural member used in framing to span an open space, often between beams that subsequently transfer loads to vertical members. This tutorial mentions ceiling ...
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How to get this finish on a ceiling?

The ceiling in this image is very typical of houses built in the 90s in the UK. Wondering if this type of finish is still available and what it would be called? I'm guessing its a kind of wallpaper ...
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How to seal where the wall meets the floor?

My house was built in the 40's. It is in upstate New York. There is a draft in the bedrooms where the exterior wall meets the floor, which is hardwood. I can think of several ways of sealing the ...
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Suggestions for finishing off bathtub ledge

We are doing a bathroom renovation. We have put a tile ledge at the foot of the existing bathtub. I’m looking for ideas on how best to close up the side panel. Plan was to use fiber cement board ...
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Laundry Box Overflow/Gurgling

Hello I am renovating my laundry room. I have replumbed the laundry box to the best of my ability and knowledge. I am still having issues with overflow, when I stop the washer before overflow I hear ...
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Determining if wall is non-load bearing

I am planning to renovate my kitchen and I would like to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room. I have attached a photo of the wall (wall behind the stove) as well as the room on the ...
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Shower valve identification

I am trying to buy replacement handles for an old shower. It’s a 3-handle with 4 spline hot/cold and a 17 spline diverter. I’m a bit in over my head here (no bathing puns intended) and I don’t know ...
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How can I change chair straw backing?

I have this chair with a straw backing. I would like to change the straw on my own since the places that do this work charge over $200. Is this something I can do on my own? If so, how can I search ...
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Renovations after years of hookah smoke

I am looking a two-storey house in which the current owners have smoked hookah for a number of years, and the interior has a strong smell. What kind of repairs would need to be done to restore the ...
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Was asbestos used within wallboard itself, or just in the joint compound?

I'm pulling down a few walls in my 1984 house. I had a company come in to do professional asbestos sampling. I told them my plan and which walls I was going to remove and they only sampled the joint ...
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How to find trusted builders? [closed]

I live in UK. Since I have decided to buy house, I would need a mortgage lender, conveyancing solicitors and property surveyor. However, this is not all in the long term. I also need to find reliable ...
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Is it really a good idea to buy an old house which needs some rework? [closed]

Long ago I read somewhere that it is best to buy houses that need some amount of rework rather than those in tip-top condition. The reasons given were: There is less competition from other buyers so ...
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home electrical not working as it should

I have a 115 volt 20 amp breaker but at the plug its only showing 79 volts what can the issue be? I changed the breaker and checked the voltage at the panel
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DIY Bathroom Reno. How many panels to remove? How much wall to demo?

Background: Home built in 1962 Started demolition to the guest bathroom and gutted the tub, tile, and backboard. I would like to know how much of the drywall/cement board should I remove past the tub ...
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Using new lumber in an old wall with larger lumber dimensions

I am trying to widen the doorway to a room in a house that was build in 1905. the framing is 16 on center, however the lumber is wider than a standard 2x4. by about a 1/2 inch. (the actual dimensions ...
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Why do building contractors turn down jobs, such as when the homeowner wishes to provide materials?

When it comes to remodels/renovations, wherein the entire home is being completely gutted and everything is being redone, is this ever the type of project that contractors will turn down despite it ...
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re-combine shower and tub in master bath

I have separate tub and shower, and the shower plumbing is in the wall that separates the two, and the tub faucet is on the deck (?) of the fiberglass tub. I am considering doing away with the tub ...
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spacing of steel studs for ceiling leveling

I'm renovating a single-family basement. The floor joists above the basement are 2x8 douglas fir, mostly spaced 12" OC. The basement ceiling will be finished with a single layer of 1/2" drywall. There'...