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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

The black pipe looks like a drain cleanout. The white pipe looks like a drain for a washing machine and the two valves with the blue handles look like hot and cold water valves for a washer although ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

Here's my plan for you. You have an exit door right there in the room, that's great. Don't have to spend money on new emergency exits. I'll assume that's an outside wall then, and it's not entirely ...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

If you've got drywall in the other rooms, then you've probably got drywall in the rooms you're dealing with. Most wallpaper paste used back in the 80's was a cellulose type. After it dries, which you ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

I'm guessing there was a deep sink in there once upon a time. I've never seen a washing machine hookup that wasn't in the wall to give you the required air gap. That said, if you want to get rid of ...
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Will 1/4" TapCons hold a 72" window box?

It should be fine. Given 100lbs, 4 brackets means 25lbs per bracket. Tapcon 1/4" have a shear strength of 620lbs, so the screws themselves will not fail and 3" should be plenty to get past ...
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Is there a standard wall bracket, for these guys (perhaps a standard width?) or are they totally ad hoc depending on the device? The solid solution?

A special fitting is not required. These are "keyhole" screw slots. The screw or nail head has to be wider than the narrow part of the slot but narrower than the wide part of the slot; the ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

Looks like hot and cold water supply, and drain line for a washing machine.
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

Adding to the other answers. My experience is that the job is too big for a handyman and too small and fiddly for a builder. Modifications can be more expensive than New structures. Without knowing ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

You are crossing the lines of abilities with this type of project. You need four things. Architect/engineer to OK the installation of the windows and appropriate framing for them. Person to do said ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

I understand in some areas, a window company may do this type of modification. However in most cases you will need a General contractor because changes will be made to the structure. Because of those ...
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How can I put baseboards/skirting over wall expansion joints?

You will need to cut and "step" the moulding. You have the perfect example right here
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Backboard to follow the path of the slight off level tub?

Well, neither. Set the backerboard from the ceiling down, and cut the bottom edge to fit the tub. This is how most wall sheathing is done in retrofit scenarios, including drywall. It can generally be ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

Obviously I’m late but good news and bad news. The good news is the room is supplied with water and a drain. I’m assuming there must be another laundry room and this was included for convenience and ...
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Are these integrated diagonal wall braces structurally important?

Diagonal bracing is essential so that walls don't fall or "sag" sideways. A wall could be the strongest wall ever built, but if it doesn't have diagonal bracing, its structure could be ...
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Should I mount brackets to the wall or the shelves first?

In my old house, none of the walls are perfectly straight. As such, when I need to hang a shelf, I screw the brackets to the wall, then I screw the shelf to the brackets. This ensures that the ...
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