Questions tagged [renovation]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
0 answers
42 views

Tapping into existing water lines to route through a wall to allow for new lines in a room? [closed]

I am looking for input on potentially trying to install a sink/running water in a guest bedroom. See the diagram and pictures for a easy digestion of plan. The text version is as follows. I want to ...
user avatar
  • 1
1 vote
2 answers
47 views

Removal of gas line

I'm doing a bathroom/closet reno on the second floor of my home. In the process I discovered an old gas line (black steel pipe) that I believe is still active. I traced it back near the gas meter ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
75 views

How to support walls and subfloor in this bathroom

I just purchased a ranch house (with basement and garage underneath) and decided to try to renovate the bathroom. The flooring was linoleum, after taking off the linoleum, I discovered that the ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
64 views

Is this a load-bearing wall seen on this architectural building plan?

Hello community! I wanted to ask if anyone could assist in figuring out whether this wall is load-bearing based on this architectural building plan?? This wall is currently the back of a reach-in ...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
2 answers
72 views

Can Mapei type 1 thinset be used over RedGard waterproof membrane?

I used Mapei type 1 thinset in a shower area over a waterproof membrane (red guard) . The ceramic tile job is about done. I trusted a friend knew what he was doing that was helping me and after ...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
39 views

What are the differences between a laundry / sink tap breecher and a shower breecher?

I am in the process of renovating my laundry, and I want to install a new shower where the old trough was. My idea was to just attach a shower rose to the existing tap outlet. I had a plumber look at ...
user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
0 answers
40 views

Looking for door ideas for a condo bedroom - tricky wall set up

I will be moving into a condo soon and I know to make sure everything I am doing as far as renovating, is up to code with the HOA. However, I wanted to ask the internet for ideas/pointers since this ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

Removing metal stud closet walls

I’m removing the wall between my bedroom and my spare room on both sides there are closets. I removed the drywall and I’m not sure how to tell if it’s load bearing or non load bearing a majority of ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
61 views

How to ground circuits when using a receptacle as a junction box for another circuit

I'm renovating my basement. Part of the renovation requires rerouting some wires. I have en electrical box that is going to act as: a duplex outlet for circuit 1 a junction box for circuit 2 Circuit ...
user avatar
  • 3
1 vote
1 answer
81 views

What type of window is acceptable for installation inside of a shower?

We have a bathroom renovation on our second floor that is wrapping up in the Chicago area. We discovered a crack in the brand new window that was installed in the shower, so it will need to be ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
121 views

Cant for the life of me figure out what these are on my new house

We recently bought a house that was built in th 90s. We have been slowly renovating it, but we have these little things all over the exterior walls of the house. Its about 1 inch by 1 inch. It looks ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
2 answers
51 views

matching rock lath for doorway edge

I have seen some guidance on rock lath repair, but nothing about matching wall surface where a new door has been installed. I put a new double bifold doorway in an existing wall in my 1954 house, ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
111 views

How do I properly demolish a tub and shower?

I'm planning to demolish my bathroom for a renovation, and not sure of the exact steps on demoing the tub and shower. Also worried about the shower since it's a large one piece. How I should go about ...
user avatar
  • 13
4 votes
0 answers
241 views

What is the purpose of this steel pipe lagged to the stud in this dividing wall?

We’re looking to open up a wall that separates the kitchen and living room. The wall doesn’t reach the ceiling, currently has a 3ft doorway. The house is a single story slab on grade located in SoCal. ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
14 views

Bathroom renovation -walls are closed -what is the next correct order of operations for finishing the walls and the tiling?

I have installed my cement board (two walls of a corner shower) I have put the ceiling back (drywall) I still have to fix a couple of openings in the other two walls(drywall) I will need to paint over ...
user avatar
  • 2,823
1 vote
1 answer
83 views

How do the pieces of this fiberglass tub surround attach to each other?

I have a Jacuzzi-brand tub with an integrated multi-piece surround that came with our house when we bought it. Probably installed in the 90s if not earlier, but I don't really know. This bathroom is ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
46 views

I’m planning on doing my first bathroom remodel DIY. What order should I do these things, and are they feasible for a beginner?

Here is a picture of my current guest half bathroom: https://imgur.com/gallery/4tHOpt1 I’m planning doing these things, in order: Remove the sink/drawers/Mirror/Lights Remove the Toilet, clean around ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
0 answers
70 views

Making a custom bathtub, using fibreglass and a suitable high-strength smooth coating

The problem I'd like to fit a custom quite sizeable (2000 x 1100 x 550 ish) bathtub. The room won't take anything except custom, which is either horribly expensive or self-made, so I'm looking ...
user avatar
  • 610
1 vote
2 answers
106 views

Bolt problem on antique wood stove

I have a problem restoring an antique French cast iron wood stove. As I was derusting it, one of the feet broke loose. It's the part that was holding it to the body that broke. I guess it's a bold but ...
user avatar
0 votes
5 answers
274 views

How to upgrade apartment's power grid to protect my electrical devices

I'm not at all an expert in electrical engineering so I'll try to do my best of explaining my issue. I live in Finland and I own an apartment that was built in the 80's. There has been some ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
73 views

Does a high latex content improve crack resistance in paint?

My wife an I want to paint the walls and ceiling of a small apartment in a faraway country and are, like many, confused in choosing between using acrylic and "latex" (which I seem to ...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
3 answers
111 views

Centering my bed on a 12" post protruding from a wall

I want to place my bed where the column is protruding from the wall in the center of the room. The post was installed by the previous owner during expansion. I hired a structural engineer to have this ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
254 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1
-1 votes
1 answer
72 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 11
13 votes
3 answers
3k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 912
1 vote
1 answer
154 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
59 views

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 ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
243 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
125 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 23
0 votes
1 answer
119 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 43
1 vote
0 answers
60 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 16.9k
1 vote
1 answer
683 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
0 answers
36 views

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 ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
124 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 131
-1 votes
1 answer
88 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
36 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
85 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
147 views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
145 views

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)...
user avatar
  • 153
0 votes
2 answers
57 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 165
0 votes
2 answers
1k views

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, ...
user avatar
  • 169
1 vote
1 answer
473 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 27
0 votes
0 answers
63 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
21 views

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....
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
65 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
1k views

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"...
user avatar
2 votes
4 answers
133 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 21
1 vote
3 answers
198 views

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:...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1
3 votes
4 answers
270 views

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'...
user avatar
  • 328