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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

In my part of the world hiring a refuse service is standard and almost unavoidable. We had 30 cubic yard dumpsters (steel containers) on all our jobsites which were often emptied or replaced multiple ...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

Where I live (NJ, USA) it's illegal to bury a pool. If the pool was filled with soil and hidden it's possible you would have recourse to get the person who did it to pay for remediation. Unlikely ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

Here are a few options, depending on how DIY-savvy or actively involved you are in your project: Rent a disposal bin They are easily found on-line, under names or keywords such as "construction ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

Since you are planning to do the teardown yourself, you could lay a tarp or sheets of plywood to make a place for nails to not get lost in the grass/dirt in the process of tearing it down - or remove ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

Your regular trash company. Order construction dumpster. First, if there was asbestos in the debris, you hire an asbestos remediation company to separate the asbestos out of the debris and haul it ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

With these types of tiles you do not want them to break as they are harder to demo when they are in bits and shards. If you try to use a scraper (even power) what inevitably ends up happening is the ...
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what mil thick plastic to hang for dust management

I can comment, from tons of experience, that trying to secure the plastic with blue painters tape is highly likely to lead to a great disappointment in performance. Taping up even the thinnest plastic ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

Taking down the wall safely is not the only issue. You wrote in comments: there's no legal problem here because we own all the land surrounding the house that isn't ours, and the connection between ...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

Sounds like a nice size Koi pod; I am jealous , mine is only 5 X 10. Depending on intended use , filling it is a option. Use any cheap fill then put about 6 in. of topsoil on top. At Koi / pond club ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

Dismantle the shed into the biggest chunks that you can move. Then do as much dismantling as possible on a driveway so that any nails will (a) be obvious and (b) be easy to sweep up afterwards.
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

I would say you need a track drive excavator that has a bucket with a grabbing thumb. You would use the excavator to grab and place the "debris from the old roof and 4th wall that have fallen&...
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What is the 2-inch layer of masonry under my bathroom tile?

This floor has been floated, a very common and traditional method for preparing surfaces for tile. To "float" is to apply a cement and sand mix similar to concrete but without rocks, gravel or coarse ...
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Safety Razor Disposal in Medicine Cabinet

Many homes had the slot to drop used razors into. I use a magnet to pick up the old razors. Even rusty they can be sharp. I used to wrap them in a newspaper so they would not cut through the trash ...
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How do I determine if a wall can be removed?

For the wall to be structurally important, it could 1) have a post located in it, 2) be a load bearing (vertical loads), or 3) a shear wall: Posts can support roof beams or second floor beams. You’...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

In addition to other answers, such as laying down a big tarp before starting the work, using a big magnet after, etc. go out after dark with a strong flashlight and sweep the area, possibly from ...
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Typical general purpose sledge hammer weight?

Normal "full length" sledge is 8 lbs, normal "hand sledge" (short handle) is 4. Excess weight may have two downsides - one is more wear and tear on you the operator, and the other is that you may get ...
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what mil thick plastic to hang for dust management

Any thickness of plastic will stop dust from going through it. The only reason to use thicker plastic as opposed to thinner is that the thicker plastic holds up a little better to punctures and ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

This depends on the size of the haul. For small/DIY things, your city garbage pickup might offer a free service, just check if they handle construction debris. For medium/DIY, consider something ...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

To propose one solution to my question: rent a ride-on-back skidsteer with a jackhammer attachment, break it all up (bottom included for drainage) then backfill with dirt. Not sure if there would be ...
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Typical general purpose sledge hammer weight?

I know this question is old but I felt I could add some details to it. I used every thing from the one handed sledge hammer, '4 pounder', to the heavier 20 lb sledge hammer. Ecnerwal is right, for ...
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How would one extract a brick chimney embedded in the middle of a house?

We removed an old brick chimney to install a modern (well, 1970's modern - stainless steel is more common these days in your better chimneys) block and tile chimney by simply hammering and removing ...
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What's best to use in a sawzall to cut steel pipe?

It will probably be 3 to 6 hours of non-skilled labor (neighborhood kids?) to dig up the concrete and remove the whole assembly. Don't cut the post off: it will help wiggle out the base. Dig a hole ...
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How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?

Step one, which I hope you are already doing - put on a pair of safety glasses. You may also want earplugs, and gloves. Use a masonry chisel (nearly parallel to the floor) to get under it and lift it ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I would go ahead and open the wall from the side you are planning on replacing. Once you open the wall, you might find out that the drywall has been glued to the studs, in which case your best bet ...
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Best tool to cut out back of kitchen sink cabinet?

Oscillating Saw or also called multitool is the best for tight places where you really want to control the action. There are many brands out there. The inventer was Fein tools. They are a cool tool ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

I've thought of a magnet to sweep the yard, but the ones I've found need to be really low to the ground and I've not seen them be effective, especially as I'm not sure these nails are ferrous. I've ...
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How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?

If you have plenty of time, and don't want to hire power tools, you can do it a bit at a time over several weeks (months?). It will be hard work but anyone can do it. That's a brick bolster and a ...
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How to remove a concrete-filled, steel bollard

Use (if you can fit it on) or replicate the function of a "lally column cutter" - I suspect replicate the function will be the better bet - use a cutoff disk in an angle grinder to score a line around ...
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Is it safe to use old wood lath from demolition as firewood?

There might also be asbestos in the plaster and contaminating the lath. Did you have the wall tested prior to demolition? (I'm guessing no) You may have to be very careful with this material and ...
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How can I remove a parking block from my garage?

In the installation instructions for water heaters that I could find, they all say that this "parking block" is required. Installation, Operation, AND service Manual for Residential Storage Type Gas ...
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