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  1. Remodeling
    Hello, I am going to have a professional do most of the work in my bathroom, I don't want to mess with water or electricity, but I thought I'd try to learn how to do the walls. My first problem is that I don't know what the walls are. The house was built in 1912 so lath and plaster is a...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    I've decided to open up my kitchen and knock out a small piece of the wall behind the sink. All was going well until I ran into these 2x4s next to each other. Should I be concerned about these being load bearing? And if so, any suggestions to work around it? Sorry the pic is rotated. My...
  3. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I am in the planning phase of basement bathroom remodel. My house was built in 2006, and the previous owner completed the basement himself. His work was subpar, particularly in the basement bathroom (ugly tastes, and shoddy craftsmanship). Anyway, the shower pan appears to be poured concrete. I...
  4. Building & Construction
    HI All Please look at the pictures and advise if you think its ok to remove studs... im almost 99% sure but would like more eyes on it to be sure... dont want to end up crushed by my staircase. Sooo, the staricase is suported by two columns that appear to hold the landing and one at the base...
  5. Flooring
    I am purchasing a house that was likely built in the 30's. It has hardwoood floors throughout most of the house, except the foyer and adjacent dining room are tiled. There is a closet off the foyer that has hardwood in it. What are the chances that a homeowner in the 70's or 80's put down a...
  6. Drywall & Plaster
    We recently discovered we have been hosting a bunch of bats in our finished attic. Had heard scratching sounds for awhile, but with the intense summer heat could SMELL SOMETHING HORRIBLE!!! Had bat guy put up some one-way device so bats could get out but not back in and he has since sealed up...
  7. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi everyone! This is the first of what I am sure will be many posts. We just bought and old house and would love to tear out the retaining wall in the back yard. The problem is, we have no idea how to go about this. The stats: Retaining wall is 28" high x 56 feet long, running the width of...
  8. Plumbing
    This is one of my first real "DIY" projects (go figure), though plan to do this on my own (with extra hands / pro as and if needed). I've never done any serious plumbing work, but have friends who have who can lend a hand, or hire if necessary, but not preferable. I am posting relevant photos...
  9. Electrical
    I'm remodeling my kitchen and am splitting off receptacles and adding new 20A circuits. I'm also breaking off the feed for the bathroom from the kitchen light circuit. I have all the new feeds pulled into the boxes and everything hooked up. I'm trying to decide what to do with the old...
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