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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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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 ...