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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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Relocating water heater to addition on block foundation

I'm doing a renovation in a small house I just bought. All the plumbing will be ripped out and redone and I'm hoping to take the opportunity to move the water heater and laundry. The problem is, 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'...
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floor joists splitting at non-beam end

I'm looking for a good way to correct and arrest horizontal splitting of some floor joists where they rest on the top-plate below. The joists are 2"x8" (nominal), spaced 12" OC, and the ends away ...
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Would increasing pipe size just after the meter give better flow without increasing pressure too much?

I have a wife and 5 kids. Three of them are teenage girls, which means I hardly ever get a chance to shower. I wanted to put in a second bathroom to help fix this. I spoke with some local plumbers and ...
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Can I add a receptacle from a bath fan switch box?

I hope this is simple. I want to add a GFCI receptacle on the wall of my bathroom behind a medicine cabinet. The closest electrical is a switch for my bathroom fan. Even though we have just one ...
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Can I remove framing members forming a wall below a load bearing beam?

I am in the process of buying my first home and my head is already spinning with update ideas. The main idea, in particular, is renovating the kitchen/dining. There is a wall separating the two spaces ...
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Is there a building code for shower tile? (CA)

The folks at Lowe's told me not to place tile on top of tile, but it seems like the shower in the home I just bought has 2 layers of tiles. Is there a code for that? Or just a "suggestion" not to have ...
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In what order should I perform these renovation tasks?

I've just bought a new house and I want to do a couple of improvements, I'm just not sure in what order should they be done. I'm kind of new to this stuff. What I plan to do: Painting the walls only ...
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What kind of appliance(s) used to be here? [closed]

I'm remodeling a room in a fairly old house (~100 yrs), and I discovered a capped-off gas pipe behind some framing+drywall that had been hastily installed whenever this room had been converted into a ...
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Must remove old adhesive before installing new peel and stick vinyl?

Advice needed! There are three layers of flooring currently in our kitchen : 1) original linoleum 2) 20 year old vinyl tile (something like peel and stick) 3) 15 year old vinyl peel and stick ...
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I need to enclose this porch. What are the things that I can expect to have to do? [closed]

So the plan is to remove the planter, build a wall on the side where the planter is Relocate the entrance door. Practically this turns the porch into a entrance hallway. The porch has light on the ...
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Reinforcement for Ledger Board on Bearing Wall

I'm helping a friend remodel an old addition on his house. We've uncovered a construction technique that may have been normal 60 years ago, but isn't up to the standards of today. I'd like to know if ...
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How to install hinges after cutting custom door past wooden edges and composite exposed?

I had to cut a standard door (30x80) down to a custom size to fit into a custom opening for a renovation project. On the hinge side, I had to remove enough material that I am now past the solid ...
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What should I consider / know about before replacing with a Stab Lok GFCI breaker?

My mom's house (close to Detroit, MI) has a Federal Pacific panel and we want to replace the existing kitchen circuit breaker with Stab-Lok GFCI breaker. I want to add that I do understand and read ...
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Can I keep my outbuilding's 10a classificaton

This question is specific to Victoria, Australia. I have an old (1945) 6m by 7m outbuilding (basically, a small barn) on my property, and I would like to run mains electricity and water down to it so ...
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How to deal with lath and plaster over top plate of partition wall?

I'm renovating a bathroom, and there was lath and plaster on one wall and in the ceiling, which I have ripped out. The problem is that the room was not originally a bathroom, but a bigger room that ...
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Restoring brick fireplace and wood trim in historic home

My wife and I just started renovating a historic home (built sometime between about 1880 and 1905). The home has quite a bit of old (possibly original) brick and wood details. As a first step in the ...
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How safe are shower rennovations like Bath Fitter? What about mold behind the tile and wall?

We're wanting to just get a clean stand-up shower in our master, and have had multiple quotes for a gut and replace. Along with these, we've also got a quote from Bath Fitter to do a wrap for about 50%...
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How to get rid of Indian spice smell in house?

There is a house with strong Indian spice smell throughout. What could be the safest and most effective ways to get rid of such smell?
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Home value - relocating laundry to basement? [closed]

I would like to turn our first floor laundry room to a powder room and relocate the laundry room to basement. Is this a good idea to improve home value?
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Gap between basin waste and p Trap

First time poster – thanks for all replies. I have just replaced a sink in my bathroom, but am finding it extremely frustrating replacing the P Trap under the sink for the following reason. The ...
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Insulate Floor with No Crawlspace Access

As a corollary to my other question on insulating existing walls, I am also interested in insulating my floors. Right now, only about half of the 300 sq. ft. has its "final" flooring completed. We ...
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Insulating Existing Walls with Lathe & Plaster, Wood Siding, and Stucco

I'm working on an old studio (single-family, one-storey, with minimal crawlspace and an attic), which currently has no added insulation. As-is, the estimated heat loss is 12.5kBTU/hr (for a 30°F ...
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can this antique douglas fir floor be saved?

I bought a 100+ plus house and to my horror, under the carpet was not the strip hardwood floor we expected, but particleboard. Not OSB, not plywood - particleboard (which I just learned would need to ...
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Add c wire to furnace for smart thermostat

I have an older furnace and am looking to add a c wire for a smart thermostat. Currently behind my thermostat I have red/black wire, however, there are 3 additional wires that are not connected. At ...
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How do I ensure my rafters are safe from condensation behind the insulation?

I am undertaking a loft conversion currently and am soon wanting to put insulation at rafter level. I have chosen 'Superquilt' (a aluminium, fibre composite layer) and PIR backed plasterboard (23mm ...
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Ideas for removing attached greenhouse

Long story short, I have an attached greenhouse and I am in need of ideas. Let me know if you have any. I attached images below of my attached greenhouse that I inherited from my previous owner. The ...
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What differences does a drywall thickness do? Differnet Drywall types?

I am looking into drywall on the HomeDepot website and I see they have few thicknesses: 1/2", 5/8", 3/8" of the same Sheetrock brand 4'x8' Gypsum Board. What are the different use scenarios for each ...
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I need to find out how to straighten a wall

Just bought my first house and doing a lot of the work myself. I want to add electrical and audio lines but I want to make sure the walls are straight first. I've seen some videos where the guy cracks ...
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What can be done about this fireplace

This looks terrible! I want a fireplace but this just looks wrong to me. It goes all the way to the ceiling which is 2 stories. Can it be removed leaving just the fireplace and mantle? Does anyone ...
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How to get building materials to a difficult to access site?

What methods are available (in the UK) to get building supplies (listed below) to a site at the end of a steep (1 in 2.25 in parts) grass track. Given that a lorry or van would have a near zero chance ...
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Is there any way walls that don't go to ceiling are load bearing?

I am planning on removing a few walls between my kitchen/dining/living rooms. I keep having people tell me to be careful in case they're load bearing, which I know, but the walls don't run to the ...
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What entities must get involved when building a new home or modifying the exterior of a home?

When constructing a new home or renovating a home, and the exterior of the home is changing in some way, what entities (government, insurance companies, home owner, etc..) or organizations must be ...
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Renovation for Dummies

I am about to close on the purchase of a small (1000sqft) cottage which, although it is habitable, is in desperate need of some tender love & care. I am an avid DIY nut and have have already done ...
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What was the purpose of this diagonal 2x2 along wall?

Local inspector passed me through insulation and I'm preparing to do the drywall. When I pulled the insulation wrap on the yellow insulation part, I noticed this 2x2 sticking out diagonally. For ...
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HVAC technician can't do ductwork because of zoning limitations?

I'm doing a renovation on an unfinished area, size about 350 sqft. During my rough framing/electrical/mechanical phase inspection, my county inspector didn't mind the idea of tapping into the ...
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Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs

I recently pulled off old wood paneling in my basement, and would like to insulate it using rigid foam (silverboard or durofoam). Behind the panelling, there is tar paper, and 1x2" studs approximately ...
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How much air ventilation required for oil burner in a closet?

We are redoing our basement and closeting off the boiler and hot water heater. With our layout, it makes most sense to vent it out of the chimney. However, I want to make sure we are getting enough ...