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Who should I hire to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from my home?

A general contractor is not needed for something like this. A fire/smoke remediation company would likely be best to talk to, but this is pretty easy stuff to DIY for the most part. At a minimum, I ...
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Who should I hire to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from my home?

I have a rental and it had a smoker for many years. I rented an ozone generator. It worked! New tenant is a non smoker and couldn't smell tobacco. I rented it from local tool rental place. It looked ...
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How can I remove smoke odor after a fire?

As commented, this is usually part of the mitigation company's deal, as the tools are a bit specialized (serious ozone generators, for one thing) and they may have access to ones a bit more serious ...
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What are the options for filtering fresh air entering a building (especially outdoor air with wildfire smoke)?

Electrostatic air filters are awesome I had a large set n my last house on the air handler intake. Even when we could not see the mountain across the street the air quality inside the house was ...
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Creating positive pressure to keep secondhand smoke from seeping into a studio apartment

Use a Window fan, blowing inwards. Presumably something simple and easily available would suit your purposes most easily. The best type of fan/blower for the purpose (a "squirrel-cage blower"...
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How do I stop smoke from being drawn into unit via open air return in attic?

This is far more serious than secondhand smoke The issue with your HVAC return is far more serious than getting a load of dank from the downstairs neighbors, as if that can happen, then the smoke from ...
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How do I stop smoke from being drawn into unit via open air return in attic?

TL;DR Check your lease and state regulations for a "Repair and Deduct" clause. You might be within your right to schedule a repair yourself and deduct it from the rent. Aside from it being ...
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Would an electric furnace prevent outside air from coming inside my house?

You should investigate and upgrade the filtration of your air circulation rather than replacing your fuel burning furnace with an electric one. You need air exchange with the outside to get the oxygen ...
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Potentially moving into a basement, but the upstairs tenant is a heavy smoker. Is there any way to live in the basement safely and keep the smoke out?

Depends a great deal on the HVAC system(s.) If you have one hot air furnace/central air conditioner serving both spaces, the air all gets mixed. If you have two completely separate systems, or mini-...
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Who should I hire to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from my home?

I happen to own a large commercial ozone generator that was used to remediate mold. My wife's niece's apartment was inundated with smoke from a fire in a neighbor's apartment and they couldn't get ...
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Why is my smoke alarm chirping even with fresh batteries?

Take all of the batteries out and disconnect any hardwired smoke detectors. Hold the test button to discharge them. Wait 10 minutes. If you hear any beeps after that, you missed at least one. Go find ...
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Who should I hire to remove the smell of cigarette smoke from my home?

I think the answers above are good. I have no experience with ozone generators, but I'd just simply introduce some categories. Really smooth surfaces can be washed with a TSP-substitute. Painted ...
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Multiple 4-wire smoke/CO zone questions (Vista 128BPT)

This is tricky but sort-of-possible Given that you have a fairly standard combination (fire/burglary) panel, what you want is possible, just non-trivial. You'll be using System Sensor 4WTA-B ...
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Beeping Alarm in House

If you can hear it coming from a vent, it might be elsewhere. I would keep the bathroom door closed, and during that repeating period drop whatever I'm doing immediately, and try to listen at other ...
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Smoke smell in basement stairwell, possibly associated with upstairs fireplace

Does it only happen when you run the dryer...bathroom fan...kitchen fan? If so, the fan is pushing air out of the house and it may be sucking air in from the chimney. Make sure the flue damper works ...
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