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  1. Flooring
    Laminate flooring is increasingly gaining popularity among homeowners due to its appealing look, functionality and durability. By design, laminate flooring will last for years with minimal effort. Laminate flooring and water, however, have a complicated relationship. The wood materials in...
  2. Pest Control
    Hi there! I noticed what seems to be some wood damage to the soffit of my roof. Anyone have any idea what it could be? It seems to be the only part of the roof with damage. Could this be a specific type of pest? See the image below: Thanks in advance!
  3. Drywall & Plaster
    We bought a house 2 years ago and the wall was repaired for sale. 2 years later we are getting water damage at the wall next to the shower. I recaulked but we continue to have an issue. I think that water is getting behind the caulk, and then draining over the lip at the front corner (where...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    Hey everyone! I am wondering if someone could explain the cause of these drywall stains. I know the previous owners were smokers and they also neglected basic household maintenance for years. I would love to know what may have caused these stains: imgur.com/a/DVula
  5. Electrical
    Location: Indiana, USA. Hi, thanks in advance for your assistance. I caused an arc (line-to-ground) with my voltmeter lead. The light switch was grounded and the hot line was secured to the light switch. The lead contacted both the hot line screw of the light switch and the metal side of the...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi. I have an investment 1965 brick ranch on unfinished basement. In the basement, there's extensive powder post beetle damage (bore holes) across all plywood subfloor, floor joists, and support beams. This was an old infestation exterminated via whole house fumigation. I have an engineer...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Gentlemen, I'm a concrete newby, so thanks in advance for the help and patience. I have a 4 year old, 16x16 stamped concrete patio. During the spring clean-up, my wife turned over a fuel can and spilled about a quart of gasoline :furious:, which left a white, hazy appearance. The gas was on it...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am all set to fix the asphalt where our driveway meets the street. The only problem is I'll have to cut into the street about 6" past my property line. The long process of asking for permission can't even begin until Monday, so should I just do it and plan to beg for forgiveness? My wife...
  9. Gardening Forum
    Hello everyone. A hungry rabbit has made my 2.5 year old pear tree his snack by eating it's bark. I did have 2 of those plastic trunk collars but due to the snow pack there was still enough height to do some damage. Will it survive? Is there anything I can do in the spring to help it? I...
  10. Building & Construction
    I noticed this weekend that the ground wire had been pulled through my wall, damaging the stucco and metal mesh wire, "exterior gypsum sheathing" and the water barrier material. The inside already has the sheet rock up as well. I let the builder know about the issue, but they are building so...
  11. Electrical
    Hey, today I was running individual conductors through 40 feet of emt for receptacles every 10 feet. I ran 4 wires to the end, but pulled one back through the last two boxes as I only needed 3-wire for the last two. Anyway, when I pulled the one wire back I realized that the clear, outer...
  12. Flooring
    Ok...so my husband and I needed to replace our water damaged carpet in the basement. We planned on staining the concrete because the risk of water is too high for cheap material and I really love stained concrete and finally have a chance to do it. He is deployed and my tenant couldn't afford...
  13. Flooring
    The two photos show the subfloor at the edge of my bathtub. There was a gap in the flooring at the edge of the tub which allowed water in. The wood seems solid, but it looks like some mold has formed. Is there a way I could clean the wood or does it need to be replaced? Is it likely that...
  14. Roofing/Siding
    I had just recently discovered that my roof is leaking after a really heavy rain and wind storm. My wife noticed the paint on the corner of the ceiling is starting to peel. I looked closer and I can see where the paint is beginning to bubble in spots. My ceiling starts flat then shoot up at a...
  15. Flooring
    Hello! We own a 1920 rowhome in Baltimore, MD. We recently removed all of the carpeting, which had several layers of laminate underneath (as far back as 1930s from newspapers also under the materials). In all of the rooms, there is an ugly diarrhea brown border around the edges of the hardwood...
  16. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have a maple tree about 2 feet from my house. The tree is not that large (about 8 feet) but worried that the roots might damage the foundation. Should I remove the tree? I was thinking of cutting it down to about 3 feet and try to keep it managable, but not sure if the roots will cause a...
  17. Plumbing
    We took up our old toilet yesterday and found this mess underneath it. There are several uneven spots and small voids in the concrete where it looks like it has crumbled. We are on the second story in two-story condos. I don't know what is under these two layers of obviously mucked up linoleum...
  18. HVAC
    Hi, I called the HVAC company since the AC was not working and I told them to check everything and tell me what was needed to be fixed. They came in and said the electrical was the problem and that we needed the electrician to come in. They came in (2 electricians) and 2 HVAC guys. They said...
  19. Electrical
    I inadvertedily got blasting sand inside a 5 hp 220 electric motor. I don't think it's much, but would like to take it apart and clean. Whats the difficulty level? Would just blasting it out with compressed air be sufficient? Motors this size are pricey and would rather be safe then sorry.
  20. Plumbing
    So I was trying insert a Tank Saver anode rod through the Hot water outlet and I encountered a lip at the bottom of the threads that the anode wouldn't slip past. After contacting the anode manufacturer I determined that I needed a 29/32" drill bit to properly widen the opening. I didn't have...
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