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I am in the process of converting an uninsulated block industrial building into my residence. Any suggestions based on my proposed wall assembly?

On the border of US Climate Zones 4 and 5, the building is slab on grade and interestingly has 2 slabs, one on top of the other with a plastic barrier between them as illustrated. The existing ...
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How can I repair soil gas barrier membrane when relocating basement drains?

My dad and I are finishing his basement and the three piece bathroom is roughed in by the builder. The drains for the toilet and shower are not ideally placed, so we want to move them a few inches, ...
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Is there software to draw in 3D the house framing? [closed]

I want to be able to visualize and explain the specific and rather complex area that will need a rebuild. I don't care about colors or textures or anything, I just want to illustrate studs and plates ...
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Plumbing Vent(s) for master Bath

I am currently adding new DWV plumbing for an existing master bathroom space. The space already has a WC and shower with proper drainage and venting. The new addition consists of a soaker tub between ...
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How to best insulate a concrete ceiling in an old warehouse [closed]

We're renovating a three-story, 100-year-old brick warehouse with 14" thick concrete floors/ceilings that are heavily reinforced with rebar. The building is COLD and we would like to insulate the ...
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Can you send a load line from an outlet to a ceiling fixture?

I have a 1920s house (United States) with a receptacle on the main floor where the bottom outlet has constant power and the top outlet is controlled by a single pole light switch, as would be expected ...
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Who has legal responsibility for uninspected changes?

I've been involved in some siding work on a home I bought recently that included replacing the sheathing. This exposed some electrical and plumbing work done during prior renovations that I don't ...
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Will the weight of vinyl plank flooring cause any issues in my 2nd floor condo? [closed]

I recently purchased a condo that is on the 2nd floor and it had very ugly tile. Instead of pulling I decided that I would float the vinyl planks over the top of the tile. There was a few minor dips ...
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Removing Junction Box with extra wire

I've removed a few junction boxes to install recessed lighting however this one is giving me an issue. I have attic access and used it to get the junction box detached from the studs and ready to move ...
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Cracks or fissures on island? Is this normal and acceptable work for quartzite island?

We’re wrapping up our first home renovation and I’m unsure if this is normal or not. I noticed some cracks (or fissures?) in our island (jadore quartzite), which stood out because they catch your ...
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Is this bathroom plumbing code compliant?

We're having some contractors redo our master bathroom. We wanted to relocate the toilet and shower but the plumbing they've laid does not look okay to me. I've labeled the image below with the new ...
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Should I be concerned about my contractor not being lead certified

Wife and I live in a 1950s house. We’ve been planning a whole house renovation for months and finally found a GC we like. We learned he isn’t qualified to work on lead-containing materials. He’s done ...
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Another load bearing wall question

First, yes, I will consult an engineer before removing any walls. I mostly just need a gut check to determine if it’s even worth the consultation or this is obviously load bearing. I want to remove a ...
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Upstairs wall studs sitting on top of subflooring that needs to be removed

I am currently renovating the entire second floor of my 1920's home and have run into an issue. The subflooring is currently unleveled and had intentions of pulling up the subflooring, adding a sister ...
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How to fix a small gap in wedi corner?

First time posting here. I’m working on my first bathroom remodel. Unfortunately, I did not notice a small gap forming on the right side. I thought it was going to just be a small constant gap. I’m ...
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How to Achieve a Smooth Transition on a Wall with Mesh-Reinforced Gypsum?

I'm currently renovating a room in my home and have encountered a unique challenge. After removing the old paint and loose material, I discovered a section of the wall reinforced with mesh, covered by ...
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Renovating Restroom

I live in Arizona and I’m renovating my restroom. I live in a duplex home. My vanity is located on the wall that is shared with my neighbor. Is there any building code regarding plumbing behind that ...
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Advice for doing an entire exterior reno?

Need to renovate my exterior and looking for advice... We completed an entire gut reno of our high ranch home a year ago and also replaced the roof. We need to now fix up the outside which means the ...
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Hanging a thinner interior door on original frame

We live in a 1950's house and are replacing the internal doors. We've bought new doors of the same height and width as the originals, however they don't seem to be made as thick as they used to be. ...
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Do knockdown texture walls usually contain asbestos?

The apartment I'm in now is build in Ohio in 2012. It has a textured wall that I'm not too fond of. It reminds me of popcorn ceilings. I'm curious how such wall are fabricated and using what material. ...
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Will expanding foam improve soundproofing around Interior Doors

I'm re-casing my interior doors. Is there any value to using an expanding spray-foam between the jamb and the rough-in? If it reduces noise transfer, I'm in. But I don't want to waste money or make ...
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Is my plan to replace a bathtub faucet reasonable?

I recently bought a house. It has an upstairs and downstairs unit. The previous owners refinished the bathroom prior to the sale with crappy PVC siding for the bath walls. According to YouTube videos,...
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Protruding Gas Pipe [closed]

I live in an old NYC Co-op and looking to do a small kitchen Reno. The gas line protrudes out of the wall which doesn’t allow my oven to sit flush against the wall. My super said, If we were to change ...
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How to hang drywall around wire coming through floor

I'm working on finishing our shed to create an office space, but I'm stumped on how to handle this wire. Whoever ran the electrical to out here fed it up from underneath the shed floor so that it runs ...
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Expanding doorway - can this be done?

I’m hoping to get an idea of what options are to incorporate a French/sliding door into my kitchen living space. We currently have a doorway in kitchen that leads to back door entryway and under stair ...
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First Home and a Renovation

We are buying our first home and it's a shell currently and it's roughly 70 years old. I want to insulate the house as much as possible and I came up with an idea for a multi-layer approach for ...
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Struggling to install a Maxx Direct to Stud Tub Surround

I'm really struggling here and need some advice. I'm trying to install a Maxx Tub Surround around a tub. I've cut out the old glue in Surround and cut back the drywall to give me clearance. Temporary ...
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Stair riser renovation

I am looking to renovate this staircase. The bottom two risers are in bad shape. I was thinking of sticking plywood over them. Is this a good idea, any other suggestions?
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How can I insulate exterior stuccoed walls from the interior side?

I am renovating two rooms of an old house and have removed the interior lathe/plaster with the intent to replace it with drywall. The walls were not insulated. My plan is to insulate these walls from ...
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Insulating a vaulted/cathedral ceiling

I am located in Melbourne, Australia and my house built in the mid 1980’s with exposed beams/joists. The roof is made of cement tiles. I am looking at adding insulation from the inside of the ceiling ...
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How can I make this step the same level as the floor?

This might be the top of the foundation wall. I believe this doorway didn't exist originally, leads to an addition room. This step is a trip hazard. I got a flooring company quote for this tile but ...
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Failing Finish on Resurfaced Hardwood Floor Renovation: What's the correct course of action?

Background My wife and I recently purchased a 1250 sq. ft. condo that needed some simple renovations. The first floor is entirely Number 1 Common Red Oak, which had likely last been installed 10-15 ...
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When to NOT use an afci breaker

I'm heading a bunch of renovation done on an old house (1950), and part of the work is rewiring. New panel going in, new NM cable, etc. I should mention this is a pretty small house with no garage, ...
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Sill plate patch shifted when it went into the anchors, how would you fix this?

Title says it all, how would you handle a situation wherein you're patching a rotted sill plate and getting it perfect seems impossible? The plate section is 13' long and has three threaded rods ...
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Best Practices for Levelling / Replacing Plank Subfloor (c. 1950s)

Doing a complete remodel of our kitchen and I'm at the stage where I am going to take the subfloor out for plumbing work, etc. I also want to plan ahead for the eventual floor install. Photo 1 below ...
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Contractor accidentally got paint on our brand new cabinets. How do I proceed?

Our contractor who we hired for a renovation of our kitchen and living room got a bit hasty and installed the cabinets and flooring before he was done with the drywall work. The day before they were ...
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Does my toilet flange need to be replaced?

I've been working on a bathroom renovation for a while now, and I'm getting near the point where we are ready to put some self leveling compound on the ground preparatory to new tiles. Before I do ...
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How to attach a shower drain to iron drain pipe that is offset by 3/4-inch

One bathroom in my house used to have a tub but at some point, an owner decided to tear that out and just have a giant powder room. I'm putting in a walk-in shower and decided to use a pre-fab shower ...
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Tar paper behind vapor barrier

I'm currently going down to the studs on a few walls in my (Ontario, Canada) 1980's (brick facade exterior) bungalow. I've noticed that there seems to be: drywall -> vapor barrier -> tar paper -&...
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Contractor Used Regular Joint Compound For Shower Walls

I am having a bathroom renovated and a tile shower put in. The contractor installed cement board, but I had a fear that they used regular joint compound rather than something that's waterproof. When I ...
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I think my electrician compromised a loadbearing stud

I contracted a company to remove a closet partitioning wall along with a header and a few small pieces. That work was all approved by a structural engineer in an official report. However, I was also ...
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How does this wood stove work?

How does this wood stove work? My current understanding is, that a fire is created in the stove shown on the first picture bottom left. Then coal is transferred to the wood stove in the middle of the ...
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What order to re-decorate bedroom

I'm looking at completely re-decorating the main bedroom in my house - some of it I'd like to do myself and some I'm planning to get tradesmen in to help speed things up. That said, I've never really ...
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What is a safe procedure for removing natural gas pipe after full service disconnect (meter removed, house intake capped)?

I had my local gas service company disconnect my house from the gas service line. They offered to remove the meter for me and cap the house intake pipe, which I accepted. So to be clear, the service ...
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Preventing squeaky floor

We had a major house fire and our house has been demo'd down to the frame. The floor is 2x12 x 8 long joists that butt against each other on the cross beam supports. We plan on using adhesive on the ...
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Wall Framing Question

currently renovating 1st floor bathroom, behind the tub wall was a layer of tile/sheetrock, old wood siding, and underneath the siding is 2 layers of vertical 1x8 lumber. There is no 2x4 framing in ...
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What determines "old work" vs. "new work" during a re-wire project?

My Home Depot Wiring 1-2-3 manual (2000) says the following about DIY re-wiring projects: It's possible that some of the wiring in your home fails to conform to current regulations. That's usually ...
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Bay window removal

We are considering removing our bay windows to create a larger kitchen in the adjacent sunroom (we do plan to add insulation throughout the floor, walls, and roof). Through some online research, we ...
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

We are renovating our house and we have a door in my office that is going to conceal a small bar. It's supposed to be hidden so we are planning on wallpapering over the door and using a push-to-open ...
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DIY double-pane window renovation technique? [duplicate]

If a double-pane window suffers from only condensation, can a motivated DIYer separate the panes and spacers, clean them, and reassemble? On a dry day, of course.
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