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  1. Carpentry
    Hi, friends. Just pulled carpet off these stairs and want to add prefinished maple treads. There's currently a subfloor-looking piece of wood that covers the stringers, but the attached photo shows what it looks like when you pull that off. My question is this: can I take a standard 1" new...
  2. Carpentry
    I have two closets that need doors. The sheetrock has been installed, mudded etc. One opening is 47.25" x 81.5" and the other is 46.75" x 81". Dumb noob question follows, but closet doors are not something I have dealt with before so any advice is helpful. I am seeing lots of doors in 48"...
  3. Carpentry
    Hey! I’m chasing my baseboards to this beveled type with matching shoe mould. The baseboards are taller than the stair skirt. I want to put the shoe moulding up the stairs and to fill the space btw the first step and tile. Wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to navigate this?
  4. Carpentry
    Hi, Renovating a house and have noticed that the stringers on the main staircase have separated quite badly, to the point where I think it is quite dangerous - certainly can see straight through in places. What options, other than a new staircase, do I have for repair? Googling shows me a...
  5. Building & Construction
    I just finished designs for a workshop I'm planning to build on a 8.5'x14' concrete pad in my yard. I wanted to have a few non-standard things to give it a little dramatic flare and make it feel larger than it is: Oversized eaves on the side (2' instead of standard 1' or 16") Oversized front...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, Brand new to the forum... and new to framing (and finishing a basement), but have done my own handy work in the past. I've got DriCore R+ Subfloor down already and will be framing walls on top and will be using 2x4's (8ft) for everything (with 2.5"-3" screws)... framing ~1" in...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    I bought a 13 inch mattress for on a Murphy style bed. When i raise the bed, the top edge of the mattress hits the headboard facade (which is 15.5"tall and aprx.5" deep), stopping the lifting of bed to close it. I'm wondering what the minimum amount of headboard needs to be removed to avoid...
  8. Carpentry
    Hi guys, I bought an old property that needs a lot of work, this particular valley rafter has rotted on the end of the timber, and I think it needs to be replaced. However there is another common rafter connected to it and i'm not sure how to go about replacing it or supporting it in some way...
  9. Carpentry
    I recently bought a 2 level condo. There is a very squeaky staircase between floors. The stairs squeak individually a bit, but the big sound is the wall on one side which creaks and groans when walking. I believe the treads and risers could use some construction caulking and shims, but the...
  10. Carpentry
    Hi all, i’ve removed the carpet and I am adding new stair tread‘s inside my home (split level) and found that the rise of top step is higher than the others. All riser height are 7 1/8” except the top to where the platforms are. Those are 7 7/8” I can’t seem to find a way to make those top...
  11. Carpentry
    A deck was built for the home where I live before I got here, and it seems that there was a lack of care with respect to the corner where the deck and house skirting meet. The result of this is that there is inadequate coverage in that corner--and we have had to catch and release upwards of 20...
  12. Carpentry
    When I bought the home about 3 years ago (foreclosed), previous owners were missing downspouts broken off at the exterior soffits on one side of the house. A small amount of water was creeping through the block in the basement in the room that we have for the main water shut off as you can see...
  13. Carpentry
    We hired a contractor in our area who was excellent in most difficult trim areas, but I think he misinterpreted what we wanted when we said "Picture frame" our windows with trim (since we have very long sills, and therefore did not do a sill extension) and ended up installing all of our window...
  14. Carpentry
    I thought it would be a good idea to install corbels under the counter to make the kitchen more aesthetically pleasing. However, I can not due to the angle of the counter vs the back of the cabinet is not 90 degrees. It's off by about 20 degrees. The only two options I have is to shave off...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    Hi Any thoughts on what materials can be used to make an industrial shelf like the one shown in the picture attached here .. ? In particular I am interested in the type of metal uses and the other items and where should I start looking to source them ? raul
  16. Carpentry
    I have a Therma-Tru front door that is wood. I bought the unit about 8 years ago with two side transoms and a top transom. To make a long story short the door has a huge gap at the top and curves in towards the inside of the house. Therma-Tru claims to have a lifetime warranty. Therma-Tru...
  17. Carpentry
    Hey all, this is my first post on this site so I am excited to hear the help you all will offer. We just had a french drain system installed in our basement after years of flooding. As a result we had to remove about 15" of drywall at the bottom of the wall around the perimeter. There are...
  18. Plumbing
    Our 1870s Vic had modern plumbing installed at some point in the early 20th century. The area of concern is an upstairs bath that gets its supply from the basement that goes up to the 2nd floor through a tight space between the stone foundation and rafters (under first floor in basement)...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, I've recently made some cuts for a farm sink in our new kitchen. Never had one before and didn't know that most sinks are not at 90 degree angles. Now I'm left with a small gap as you can see in the photo. It almost looks like I should be able to just put a shim in there and...
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