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Low tub and closet ceilings. Why

My wife and I have completed a down-to-the-studs remodel of our 1952 bungalow. There were many places in the house where the ceilings had been framed artificially low, such as the closets, the area ...
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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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Bathroom renovation

We are renovating our bathroom because of the slab foundation and the fact that we will like to have a free standing tub and I don't want to brake up the foundation for the pluming. I'm thinking of ...
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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 ...
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How standard is American Standard Mounting for mortise locks?

If I have a door whick has been prepared for one ASM mortise lock, can I directly substitute another? For example, if the door had a Yale mechanical lock, would moving to a Kaba electronic lock just ...
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Structural cross joists and load-bearing walls (century home)

I have a friend that recently took possession of a century home. Its a 4 plex and He was told it was an old school house (at least at some point in time). We’re experienced weekend warriors but ...
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Remove closet center support beam?

I have a bump-out closet in an addition. It had two sets of bi-fold doors, separated by a beam in the middle. The beam seems to bare very little load, and I'd like to remove it for one continuous ...
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How to insulate existing roof space

I have an old (1950's), victorian esque, 2-story, uninsulated, lath and plaster house that I would like to add some insulation in order to at least curb the hot/cold of the Inland Empire here in ...
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Buying an old house. What NOT to “modernize?”

I'm buying my first house. It's an old early 1900's Edwardian-style semi-detached. In its present form, It is "livable" (hvac is new, roof is still good). I have $50,000 to fix everything (hopefully, ...
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Can I move the electric breaker panel a little, and put in smaller closet?

I have a 1950s ranch with open plan, on concrete foundation. One side of the galley kitchen is freestanding (walls don't go to ceiling), and at the end of it is a "closet" containing a sub-panel. This ...
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Time estimate for flooring, painting, closets, trim of 1500 SF home [closed]

I recently received a time estimate from a potential contractor for renovating our 1500 SF 3BR apartment home. Here are the major items: Remove existing hardwood floor Install new solid wood floor ...
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What's involved in moving a support post?

We found this house that we really like, but it needs substantial renovation for our taste. The thing that killed it for us was the crazy kitchen countertop that has been narrowed to make way for a ...
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Sistering stingers to convert stairs from closed to open stinger

I have a set of existing closed stringer stairs with a full wall on the left and half wall on the right. I am looking to remove the full wall and modify both sides of the stairs to an open style. I ...
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Is it possible to convert a single-sided wood-burning fireplace into a two-sided one?

We're restoring/renovating a 120-year-old home that has a beautiful cast-iron wood-burning fireplace in the dining room, very similar (but not identical) to this: Is it possible to open up the ...
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How do electricians quickly choose electrical box sizes?

I've got my copy of "Electrical Wiring: Residential" 18th ed, complete with all the information, tables, and formulae for choosing electrical box sizes, but I've got to imagine that experienced ...
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Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?

Currently house-hunting, and one of the very cheap, in-need-of-work houses I've looked at has the unusual feature of a foundation-to-ceiling limestone wall inside, on one of the outer walls of the ...
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Do I need a hydraulic jack to do main beam jacking?

I am planning to do some minor jacking of the main beam of my house (two stories with a lot of furniture and books) and some of the joists in order to correct a sag of about 1/2" and replace old "...
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Software to keep track of renovation

What I am looking for is some kind of software to store ideas (links, images, text) for an upcoming renovation. When the renovation starts, schedules could be kept to the same item to know when work ...
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Tile over brick…with a problem

We have this giant brick fireplace in a home we just purchased. As part of our renovations, we plan on covering the brick with tile and putting a simpler mantel on top. The hearth and surround was ...
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Will roof work done by unlicensed volunteers pass code? [closed]

I go to a church in Chicago that needs a new roof for one of their facilities. For my own home, I can sign a Certificate of Responsibility where it is my job to insure that all the work is up to code, ...