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  1. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello, I'm reading that I need 4 inch recycled base and a 1 inch sand base because of the rain and snow. I live in southern California we hardly get rain let alone snow, is the 4 inch recycled base really necessary? and if so what's the least I can get away with?
  2. Roofing/Siding
    Hi All I need to replace my roof(2300 sqft roof area). A contractor gave me a quote of 13500USD for IKO Cambridge shingles and 14500 USD for CertainTeed Landmark shingles. I am unable to decide if the price is quoted right and the which shingles to consider. Please help. location: California...
  3. Electrical
    So my fincee and I bought a house in California last December. The house was built in 1953 and went mostly unchanged (as far as I know) until the summer of 2017 when a developer bought the house and did a major permitted upgrade. The upgrade included removing walls and shoring up the structure...
  4. Electrical
    Hello all First I'm not a pro, I do and will make mistakes, and this may be my first one on the forum...:wink2: Nevertheless, I'm building a pergola, and I'm having a doubt concerning my wiring... This built is "officially permitted" and I will have an electrical inspection later...
  5. New Member Introductions
    Hi, my name is Patrick and I live in Riverside California for the past 2 years. Prior to this, I lived in Venice Beach for 20 years. I'm originally from overseas, but after all this years, I guess I'm more American than European now, I just love it here :) I'm a designer, and I do work all day...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    Hello, Looking for a little advice. We had a slab leak and the insurance paid out to replace our floors and moldings and to pay for a hotel during repairs. We then ended up being able to salvage the floors by drying them. They are machined wood. The floors looked fine so we were able to keep...
  7. HVAC
    Hi, we just replaced 1972 home central HVAC systems we live in California and the contractor is supposed to seal and insulate our attic return line I noticed that they started the job but they were using Johns Manville 90006271 Microlite Standard Fiber Glass Duct Wrap Insulation with an R-value...
  8. New Member Introductions
    Hi, My name is Vaughn, I live in California. I want to learn more- I have been a Ham Radio operator for over 7 years and have had to rewire many walls in my house. I know little about house electrical work. I have installed ceiling fans, hot tubs, new wall plugs, switches and barkers. I think...
  9. Electrical
    My garage has two 110V outlets for a washer and a gas dryer. I have got a great deal on a Bosch washer & dryer (24") and would like to install a 220V outlet in the garage for the dryer. The panel is not far from the garage and it would take some stucco work to get a conduit in. My concern is...
  10. Building & Construction
    I am considering purchasing a single-family zoned empty lot (20+ acres) with rolling hills in San Jose, California. I want to put a home near the top of the lot. The current access road ("driveway") leading to that part of the lot is unpaved and not wide enough to meet county standards (it...
  11. Painting
    I just painted a porch using SW Duration semi-gloss. Having read here the importance of applying thickly, I did so. The good news was that it covered well. The bad news was because it's so thick, it left very obvious brush marks, even on smooth wood. I also had to clean my brush a couple of...
  12. Plumbing
    I'm getting ready to replace my 36" single-threshold tiled shower -- it was rebuilt about 10 years ago by the previous owner and it's been nothing but headache for me for the last 5 years (leaks, damaged flooring, swelled doorframes, etc.). Though I love tile, I am THROUGH with leaks and...
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