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  1. Flooring
    Been searching for an answer to this for a while, but can't seem to find anything. This winter the flooring strips in the living room of the house I moved into last summer began to crack and split. This is happening to the entire floor. I'm assuming this flooring was put in last summer and I'm...
  2. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    A few years back I put in a new ceramic tile floor. The tiles themselves are 2'x1' rectangles. When I put the tiles in we were worried about flex in the floor due to large fragile tiles however we were able to put down the necessary T&G subfloor, hardie board, self leveling cement then tile...
  3. Drywall & Plaster
    I am attempting to do a skim coat over our old walls after tearing out some wallpaper. My first coat is cracking as it dries. My guess is it's a combination of putting it on too thick and/or mixing the mud too wet (I don't think it was that wet, but I've read that is a common cause of cracking)...
  4. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi everyone, So, I drywalled my basement, but unfortunately I was an idiot and didnt realize I should have the drywall seams not line up with the door opening edges. For example, I did it like Figure 2 here...
  5. Building & Construction
    I am living in a rented apartment. Not really thinking about it, I chose to live in this apartment regardless of the extensive cracking in the brick walls (I valued cheap rent over quality, obviously). I am just curious to know what these cracks really mean. I have been having a lot of bug...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am exploring using Travertine Pavers on a raised deck. They will be sitting on a grate that is attached to deck joists, so trapped moisture and upheaval will not be a problem. I will have landscaping fabric directly under the travertine to catch sand/polymer/stone dust or what ever I use...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have lived in my current home for 6 years now. When I moved in the basement was finished (poorly), but had carpeting. There were 2 bedrooms and a family room and some utility space. Right away we started noticing an odor coming form the basement but coudn't pin point the source. It was a light...
  8. Painting
    I need help. I've recently taken up the project to paint all my ceilings, after removing all the popcorn texture. I read several websites instructing me to slightly dampen the popcorn with water (i used one of those pump sprayers that you might put pesticide in and spray around your yard). I...
  9. Remodeling
    Ok, so my kitchen ceiling has a skylight that had leaked. The previous owners fixed the leak and I guess maybe patched the ceiling. When we moved in it was lumpy but that was it. Now the ceiling literally is falling off. I think its plaster, but it is thin and separated from the gray rough stuff...
  10. Carpentry
    I replaced 4 of my stair treads with 2x12 redwood and each of the pieces is cracking in the center around 6 inches in. Ironically, the reason I am changing them is because the old pressure treated treads were cracking in the middle also. I used 3 screws on each side to screw each tread into...
  11. Remodeling
    :help: Anyone else have a wood or pellet stove insert (the kind that protrudes out of the fireplace) with a raised granite hearth? I have a 1970 era fireplace, with chimney on an exterior wall. About 48" wide 36"+ tall. I have a stove insert with standard black steel mantel/trim. 13" of the...
  12. Painting
    Hey all, Big fan of DIY projects! When I came home today for the holidays, I was sad to see that both my parent's bathrooms were in terrible conditions. I love my parents and want the best for them so I thought they deserved a descent bathroom. I have done a lot of DIY projects ranging from...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I have a friend who I do home repair work for and she has come to me with this problem; She lives in a town house and every few months her caulk work cracks between the 1/4 round on the stairs and drywall going up the stairs to second floor. Also trim is cracking on the miter around doorways...
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