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Separate access to lower floor utility room

Hoping for some direction on this. I am purchasing a half duplex and aim to convert the first floor into a 2 bedroom rental with a separate entrance. Main floor (my living space) is half a flight of ...
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Sticking a large mirror on closet door

I live in a rental apartment and I just got a 12.6kg/28lb mirror that I would like to stick to my glass sliding closet door. Previously I would use a bunch of the 3M velcro command strips, but those ...
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DIY Solution to rental doors with no latch

I just moved into a rental that has double doors (french door style) to the bedroom with handles but no latch or lock. It looks like past tenants have installed locks at the top of the door but it's a ...
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Nasty Bathroom Tile Grout - Renter Solutions?

We are looking for some solutions. We rent 1 bath apartment in a historic building. The grout on our tile bathroom floor has dissolved across most of the floor and looks nasty. Originally the grout ...
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How do I fix a leaky door in a renter friendly way?

Water and wind blow through this exterior door. Its freezing and I can see light through. Unfortunately the landlord is no help. The frame is very crooked. On the knob-side of the door there is about ...
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Can I hang shelves on a brick wall from the mortar, not the brick? [duplicate]

We're renting a house with exposed brick walls inside, and would like to put up some shelves. The landlord doesn't want us drilling into the brick itself, but he's fine with us drilling into the ...
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Mold behind shower tile - is landlord plan to disinfect and re-tile enough?

I am a renter, and we just found what looks to be quite a bit of mold behind our shower tile (see picture!). Our landlord's plan is to remove the sections of tile that are affected (looks like bottom ...
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How to clean up paint "air bubbles" after double sided tape?

My partner and I are renting a place for the first time ever. We decorated the walls with some posters using double sided tape and double sided foam tape. We like rearranging the place a bit, so we ...
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How can I find the source of rust in my water supply [closed]

I live in the Seattle area, in a rental house that was built in 1956. Sometimes when I open faucets (especially after trip), brown water comes out from the faucet for a few seconds before running ...
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Is there a site to see addresses by zoning laws? [closed]

I would like to search homes and see properties by zoning laws. For example I am looking for a house but would like to have it also as an airbnb or be able to build another unit in the back to be a ...
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Mystery irritant at home [closed]

There is something in the house in which I live that gives me and my partner itchy eyes, aching joints and extreme fatigue. Extensive medical examination excluded allergic reactions to dust, pollen, ...
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What are my options for hanging a curtain in an archway?

One of the walls of my cinema room has a rectangular cut-out that's 1.8m long and 2.1m high (approximately 6′×7′). I have a blackout curtain with eyelets that I'd like to hang in this archway so that ...
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How can I seal an air vent on an exterior bedroom wall?

I have this vent into a bedroom in a flat I am renovating. This room can get quite drafty, especially in winter and I'd like it to comfortably be a bedroom. Is there any way I can seal it up or put in ...
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How to attach a drawer without screwing?

In my rented flat, I have a kitchen table that has a gap beneath it with another surface underneath, as shown in the picture (it is open on both sides) I would like to put a drawer in this gap for ...
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Best way to attach Shelf Brackets on a Drywall for hanging Light Fixture without using Stud?

I'm looking to hang a 4ft T5 fixture for an aquarium to a pair of shelf brackets on a wall. I'm looking to mount it without using a stud if possible, maybe using a toggle bolt or drywall anchor. I'm ...
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Deck the halls with bubble wrap?

In order to insulate a room, would it make sense to apply a layer of bubble wrap to my walls/ceiling? What about some other material like mylar or foylon? What major factors would affect the answer to ...
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Closet HVAC unit was replaced with a bigger unit that sticks out into room and now door cannot be put back on

This unit was replaced in a tiny efficiency apartment and the utility closet sits next to the fridge. The closet HAD a door on it before that tempered the sound of the unit somewhat, and also looked ...
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How shallow can a basement be for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)

I'm looking to build an ADU with a habitable basement and keep it classified as single story. Single story maximum height is 18' where I live (San Jose, CA). Additionally, basements must have an ...
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Insulating small area in attic-like space

I recently moved into (am renting) a new place and have set up a desk in an attic like space. It's overall not an ideal setup but I have limited financial resources. The issue I am facing right now is ...
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What to consider before removing a drop ceiling?

My basement has a drop ceiling in a semi-finished part of it and we've removed many of the panels in the process of updating the house's wiring. With most of the panels off and clear view of how ...
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Mounting Acoustic Foam in a rented flat

I'm looking for a reversible way to mount my acoustic foam on the wall. My current plan: using Sanitary Silicone from a cartridge. This is in the hope that it would both stick easily and is ...
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Mildewed carpeting, uninsulated flooring

Problem: I just moved into a rented apartment. The bedroom closet/office has carpeting which is mildewed. It noticeably smells offensive and I am allergic to mold. Examination: We looked under ...
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Halftone tile pattern for floor

Halftone and op-art caught my eye, and a local opportunity could provide a good source for a tile project. It would comprise two different colors of tiles, with identical size and dimensions. The ...
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AC doesn't cool room well in old poorly insulated apartment. What can I do to fix? What are the causes?

I live in a two story apartment and I'm in the top floor. The apartment is pretty old, 54 years old. Due to that, the insulation is really lack luster. The windows are single paned walls are ...
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How do I tell if a basement is dry?

I am looking to rent a basement. My purpose is to store documents and clothes, for several years. Hence I need to be sure that this basement is dry, that my documents and clothes won’t be damaged over ...
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Hanging up large whiteboard in rental property

My roomates and I got a large whiteboard for studying. It measures 1800 x 900 mm and has a stainless steel border and backing. At a guess, it's easily 20 kg, and we've currently got a rather ad-hoc ...
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Is my rental house safe even if the electrical is not grounded at all?

Just found out when the electrician came today that the entire house I am renting is not grounded. I really like this place and real estate here is a nightmare. But, we have some iridescent lights ...
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How can I add "smart" functionality to an old thermostat?

I recently moved to an apartment, and my roommate and I were talking about how much better it would be if we had a smart thermostat. We're going to ask the landlord about an upgrade, but I thought I ...
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How do I remove glow in the dark paint from my walls?

A friend of mine painted on the walls of the apartment we are staying in with glow in the dark pain, and we have to get them off of the walls because we will get fined for it. We did not realize this ...
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How can I locate a mysterious leak in a 3 story rental unit?

I have a 3 story rental unit with 4 apartments. The apartment on the middle floor reported that the closet wall was wet. When I checked it the wall had mold and a moist/wet feel to it. The ceiling and ...
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Sealing open space behind kitchen counter in rental with shoddy rehab?

The kitchen in the rental house I live in has a counter which was installed rather poorly - there is a gap of about an inch between it and the wall, and mice are able to scurry up this to the kitchen ...
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West facing master bedroom getting hot from afternoon sun

I am renting a townhouse where the master bedroom is always getting way hotter than the rest of the house. It's the only room on the top floor on the west side of the house and only has one window on ...
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What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?

My fiance and I are currently renting an apartment in Baltimore, MD and recently we have become alarmed by much of the house's wiring. Things we have seen included: countless wires that are spliced ...
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Four family home with community washers and dryers

I recently bought a four family property. I wanted to provide washers and dryers for my tents, 1 set per two units. However, I have run into an interesting dilemma. People want hot water on the ...
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How can I seal air leaks and otherwise winterize, as a renter?

As winter arrives I am finding cold air leaks all over my apartment. Various parts of my sliding windows, light switches, power outlets, etc. Unfortunately, I rent, so caulk and expanding foam aren't ...
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How can I add a ceiling light fixture to my apartment?

My apartments (in the San Francisco Bay Area, California) are so depressingly dark because I have no ceiling-mounted light fixtures. I just have standing lamps (with 5 ultra-bright bulbs). Where I ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia row home seems to have been a last minute idea. After last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation installed in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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What is the easiest and most cost effective way to turn a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms? [closed]

Obviously, I could build a full wall with insulation, etc.; however, this might not even be allowed, and even if it is, there are a variety of factors why it is not ideal like the time to build it and ...
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Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?

I am renting a house that has no central air, instead we have to use window units. There is evidence that the house used to have a gas heater, and there is a 2 foot by 3 foot hole in the floor leading ...
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Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...
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Cover old ugly floor in a rented apartment?

We have to move to an old rented apartment, the floor looks terrible (it's green! and that's the original color!!). How can I hide the shame? I'm looking for the cheapest solution possible (ANYTHING ...
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How can I modify floors, walls, ceilings and furniture in a reversible way?

I am renting an apartment starting next month and I am not satisfied by some of its floors, walls and even ceilings. Also, both kitchen and bathroom are already set-up with basic furniture, i.e. ...
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Something in my home is making my family sick. How do I determine what it is?

My wife and I moved into a new rental house two months ago. Our small dog, my wife, and myself have all started experiencing symptoms such as headaches, runny nose, constant congestion, cold-like ...
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Can I prevent bed bugs?

I'm moving in to a new unfurnished apartment. Many apartments in my city are reported to have bed bugs. Is there anything I can do to prevent bed bugs from moving in? For example, does it help to ...
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How to find areas where heat/coolness are lost?

I live in a 2-story rental townhome (basically an apartment with 2 stories). Our central air/heat system isn't really the best at keeping the upstairs and downstairs the same temperature whether in ...
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How do I repair a leaking shower?

I have been a renter in a duplex apartment for several years, and I am unfortunately having some trouble with my upstairs shower. It has been clear for some time that the shower unit has been in need ...
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How to tell if my new, unfurnished apartment has bed bugs?

I just signed the lease on a new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I did so after looking up the address and seeing that it had been listed twice in the bed bug registry. In 2009, a tenant said a ...
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Is there a way to sound proof my basement while I've got part of the ceiling open?

We had a header beam installed in our basement. The floor joists are exposed for 1ft (~30cm) on both sides for the length of the beam. The basement is an apartment, so I'd like to add some sound-...
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How should I approach my landlord about doing basic repairs on their house? [closed]

I have a good relationship with my landlords, and there are some small improvements that I would be willing to do to the house in exchange for, depending on the situation, either permission ...
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Where should I look to rent time on a router table?

I have a woodworking project which requires a CNC router table. It would need a decent sized table for the 36" x 28" panels. Somebody that spends thousands of dollars on one of these machines must ...
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