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  1. Carpentry
    i was wondering something, if i was to locate SAFE (looking at codes and such to avoid bad chemicals) recycled materials to build dog houses to sell, assuming*laughs because its not likely* anyone would buy them, i was wondering, can studs for a dog house safely be 1x3's or would i have to go...
  2. Building & Construction
    Here are some more photos I described my approach to planning and implementing personal projects(including this one) in the article: "Step by step I follow my goal. Planning of personal goals, projects, tasks.". Hope this will be helpful...
  3. Painting
    I am in the process of buying a basic brick house. It looks too dark to me. It has black shutters and some gray trim. The front door is even black. I want to brighten it up. I was thinking of replacing the steel pillars with wooden ones and paint the door a more welcoming color. Should the...
  4. Carpentry
    There is an ugly area of wood that extends about a foot to the right of my steps leading upstairs. The wood also comes out about one inch in front of the steps. This area goes on a diagonal angle and goes through to the garage. It is so unsightly. Any suggestions?
  5. Painting
    Hey guys, My family and I have recently bought a new house and we really wanted to change the theme of the house, make it look more modern and bold, but we seem to be tied to the front arch of the house that is made out of yellow/warm colored stones. Does anyone know any color themes that can...
  6. Safety
    Hi all, I live in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. In the next year I will most likely be inheriting a house (the house I grew up in) and do plan to move back into shortly thereafter. Does the property need to be inspected when the title is transferred or is this only mandatory if the...
  7. Electrical
    I need some help as I'm already in over my head, but know enough to stop and ask rather than make the situation worse. Problem: Changed out most of the 1st floor switches and outlets as part of a minor remodel. I went to a couple big-box stores to buy the switches. As we want Brown colored...
  8. Building & Construction
    The house: Two-story colonial, roughly 25' x 25' square, with one-story addition attached on back yard side. Front of house has 1-wythe of brick, from grade to eaves. Conventional gable roof, ridge of roof is parallel to the front of house. Roof is 1/4" slate. One side of house has concrete...
  9. Building & Construction
    My Builder's architect submitted incorrect plans to the contractor as a result the 1st floor ceiling height now needs to be raised as per the correct plan of 9 Feet, from its current 8 foot height. The house is framed, 2nd story is up as well as the roof. The builder / architect have realized...
  10. Electrical
    I am no-where near an electrician, but I recently replaced a light fixture in my un-born babies room. After I disconnected the fixture I noticed that the wires connecting to the fixture are copper and the ground is a thick guage of something.... Aluminum? The NEW fixture is equiped with two...
  11. Remodeling
    I am looking to buy my grandfather-in-law's house back into the family, but there is one problem... the 2nd floor ceiling is very short... 6' to be exact. I am 6'1", so as is, the second floor is unlivable. The previous owner (after pap passed away many years ago) had raised the ceiling...
  12. Painting
    My friend wants me to paint the exterior of her house for her. I think about $25/hour equivalent would be fair but I do not know how long it will take and she wants to know the total before agreeing. How can I provide her a "bid" for the job. I tried the free Planswift trial software but that...
  13. Electrical
    I'm looking to replace the receptacles throughout my house (1950s vintage), and I was going to go with commercial grade (to get a step above the residential grades that loosen up after a few years). My local distributor is selling hospital grade receptacles for a few more cents than the...
  14. Electrical
    Okay long story short, bought a flipped house. The people who flipped it had replaced the back door as it had been water damaged. (With really nice hurricane doors) Problem... When the replaced the frame they didn't run new alarm contacts through the frame, to add this my exterior walls are...
  15. Electrical
    Hi, I am hooking up a portable generator behind my shed (about 50 ft from the house). So far, I've buried the four single conductor #10 THHN/THWN wires in a 1" conduit from the house to shed. Seemed easy enough, except for all the rocks in my way ;-). My question is about coming back into...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    We recently moved to Florida from New Jersey and we have a lizards problem. There are these curly tail large lizards around the house, but that's not a problem... when they get inside the house... that's a big problem.:no: I do not want to hurt them, I just want to let them know their...
  17. Electrical
    I had a BROUN model 48V switch in the wall that had to paddle switches on it, one for the fan light and one for the fan motor. The switch failed and I bought a new double paddle light. The old Broun switch had 3 posts the bare copper earth ground was shoved back in the electrical box and the...
  18. New Member Introductions
    Hi I'm Julian, just moved from the UK to Portland, Oregon and bought a house and having fun doing DIY "American Style". Thanks in advance for all your help......:) Julian
  19. Interior Decorating
    We are trying to freshen up the outside of our house by changing up some of the colors and we could use some suggestions. Our siding is clay colored and our shutters and door are green. We would like to change our shutters to black, paint our front door, porch railing and posts. Anyone have any...
  20. New Member Introductions
    I just want to introduce myself. I am an average 28 year old guy. Purchased my first home in August of last year and I come here for information and also leave updates on my current House fix, repair and renovations!
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