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  1. Building & Construction
    So I'm pretty comfortable with the guidance from most sources about stud layout but something still doesn't make sense to me. I'm laying out studs where two walls meet to make an inside corner. To layout the first wall (let's say the wall on the right side when looking at the corner) I have one...
  2. Electrical
    I am looking for a common measurement for can light placement/layout in a kitchen with uppers. I am aware that it is supposed to be approx. 12in from wall for over sink. I was thinking 36in from wall for wall with upper cabinets and 24in in from wall if no upper cabinets. cabinets will run...
  3. Building & Construction
    I have been building out a space adding a master bath with closet and using a previously wasted back room space. however in the process I have made an open concept in an L shape. Where would I look on the forum for kitchen/house building layout or does anyone have any other resources I can...
  4. Remodeling
    I have a rental that is about 1300 sq ft. 2 bedroom 1 bathroom. I turned the garage into a large bonus room off the kitchen with a laundry room at the back side of the room, you walk through the laundry room to exit the back door of the house. I would like to add a bathroom and a bedroom in...
  5. Carpentry
    SO...… I am at the point where I am going to start framing the master bath and taking out an old wall to make this happen this evening/tomorrow. The room space I was thinking was 14-16ft L x 8ft W I want to have the bathroom portion of the master bath/closet to have: soaker tub, barrier free...
  6. Electrical
    I'm trying to layout recessed lights in our family room. I'm probably using the 1/2 thick ones and know I may have to adjust for joists, ducts, etc. I'm leaving towards a 4 inch with a 110 degree angle, company recommends 4 feet spacing, some people say 5-6 feet is fine. "Torchstar 10W 4"...
  7. Flooring
    I'm installing 5" wide luxury vinyl planking on my kitchen floor (250 s.f.). The planks I'm using are all 48" long. The first eight rows that I am installing are 20' long, i.e. 5 planks exactly. Row 9 differs in that it encounters a mid-floor built-in kitchen island (peninsula to be exact)...
  8. Flooring
    I know it's not the conventional way to lay tile by starting in a doorway but I am laying vinyl peel and stick, groutable flooring in my bathroom. When laying it out, it turns out the wall with the least amount of visible tile would only have about a 2 inch wide section if I started from the...
  9. Plumbing
    I was just looking for a little help with a plumbing layout for a bathroom. This room was an addition to the house. The light brown area is dirt floor and I'm hoping to make as many connections there as possible. The darker brown area is concrete slab. The red lines are the drain lines, with...
  10. Building & Construction
    I am closing on a 20' x 40' house this week, and it's got 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. I plan to tear down the walls and start from scratch. There is no plumbing in the slab, just pvc that comes out of the ground outside the house and into the side walls. Will redo all of this somehow also. Is this...
  11. Plumbing
    I am trying to finalize my basement finishing plans in the bathroom area. It is already roughed in, but I am having trouble determining the best layout and a couple other details. The picture below is the area in question. The back left pipe is the soil stack (?), the front left pipe is a...
  12. Interior Decorating
    I moved into a small condo about 3 months ago and haven't done anything with the living room to speak of because it's just a really awkward space. I think the big problem is that every single corner has a pathway that comes into the living room - it's really hard to place furniture without...
  13. Interior Decorating
    Hey folks, I recently bought a house and I know nothing about interior design. The living room in my house is rather long and awkward because it has a lot of entry points. I was hoping someone could give me some advice on how to set up my living room. Right now I have a couch, coffee table, and...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hello, I'm about to attempt to build a deck in our backyard. There are a few things I'm trying to figure out. First, let me begin by explaining my situation. Attached is a rough sketch of the back of the house. It's a semi, with the neighbour side not shown in the sketch. The elevated door is...
  15. Plumbing
    I bought a house 3 years ago and one of the selling points was a large unfinished basement with a roughed in bathroom. I'm assuming everything is properly trapped/vented (although once I uncap I'll check). The thing is I can't figure out why there are 4 drains. There is a toilet already...
  16. Electrical
    Hi, Does anyone know of a rule of thumb for spacing 4" recessed lighting fixtures in a 7' ceiling for general lighting. I have a room that is 10' by 12' and I have 6 cans for this room will that be enough or too many or how do I make this decision before actually mounting them and then finding...
  17. Carpentry
    So I'm planning my new kitchen and was trying to figure out how much a countertop can overhang for a counterheight eating area I can have. I was thinking either granite or solid-surface, does it matter? Does the layout or width of the cabinets matter? In terms of planning I was thinking...
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