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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi all! I'm redoing the basement kitchen and after removing the cabinets I found that they were sitting on old 2x4s recessed into the concrete. I'm left with a recession that is about 1" deep along the exterior wall and 2" deep on the inside of the recession where the tiles are. I'm thinking...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The previous owner of our home increased the area of a small concrete patio by having an ~18-in wide L-shaped extension poured around the two sides not in contact with the house. I now want to put composite tiles from NewTechWood as a floating deck on top of the patio, but the problem is that...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a ground-level room with a concrete floor that a level tells me is level. I want to convert this room into a garage. IBC says there needs to be a slope and the building code guy recommends 1/4" per foot. The (previous, before I bought the house) permit says this is a monolithic...
  4. Flooring
    Looking for advice on what steps I should take (if any). I hired a contractor to replace the carpet in all the bedrooms of a new townhouse I just purchased. I checked in on the work and found two of the bedrooms complete. Unfortunately, they each have a humped area. One of the two in particular...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hi All, We have a 1930's farmhouse in Zone 4C that we are in the slow process of remodeling. We don't currently live in it because it's kind of gross. The house is about 30x40, L-shaped, and the foundation is post and pier on high-clay soil with 5' OC posts and piers supporting tripled 2x6...
  6. Plumbing
    Hi all, I have a whirlpool water softener in which the brine tank and resin tank are together. I just recently replaced all the old salt as it was one solid block and put in 3 bags of new solar salt. The salt level is now sitting at the just below the number 5. I followed the manual verbatim...
  7. Flooring
    I have been remodeling my 1978 4,000 sq ft. home for about 5 years now. One of the last rooms is the master bathroom. The bathroom has a typical 1970's sunken tub (i think its cast iron) that is against the outside wall of a brick home with a full single pane window behind it. On the other...
  8. HVAC
    Central Heating and Air located in attic I have had water dripping out of the secondary condensate drain all over a window since I have owned the house (6 years) and I finally decided to do something about it. The first A/C guy I called hooked up a vacuum to the primary drain outside the house...
  9. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    This website has been amazing in helping with the process. The summary... I tend to ramble so I'll try to keep it brief. (Pics will be in next follow up post... couldn't get them to post in same message) We bought the house. I'm doing as much of the work as I can, paying the pros when need be...
  10. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Retaining wall Bowing and earth above sinking.. please help contractor, set a base, set draining pipes and leveled and graded .. maybe he did not compact enough ? since wall is moving can i anchor it down and then top fill and compact ? also we received torrential rainfall over last week and...
  11. Flooring
    I'm installing engineered wood flooring. Everything I read, from the installation instructions to every single resource on the internet says that the subfloor needs to be flat within 1/8" over 6' (or similar), even if you're doing nail-down. What I can't find is why- I mean, I get it if you...
  12. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    We had the house built a year and a half ago. Everything but the sod has been great. It wasn't laid very effectively. There were gaps around some of the sections. The grass is otherwise healthy. So I'm wondering, how to best 'fill in' those gaps? I'm thinking along the lines of...
  13. Building & Construction
    I have a 1970s split level. On my middle floor, the floor is not level and bouncy. It is made with 2x6x 10' and 5/8 plywood subfloor. The floor is bearing on my crawlspace concrete wAll on one side and bearing on a wood wall on the other side. I plan to replace the entire floor with 2x8 16"...
  14. Plumbing
    Hello, I have just finalized the installation of a new toilet closet flange. The flange is not perfectly levelled. There's a 1/8" difference between the left side and the right side. I know this should be ok with most toilets but do you think it's necessary to try to level it ? I'm a...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    I live in what I consider the worst house on a bad street for foundation shifting, in Texas northwest of Houston . It's a slab home, 1978, and extensive foundation work with concrete piers was done about 15 years ago. I am renovating the master bath (1977 folks, so that's a 6x10 bathroom!) and...
  16. Flooring
    Hi, I've been trying to find the answer to my question and have seen other threads started by people with similar issues, but haven't found something that addresses my exact issue, so I hope someone can help. Our house has tons of old vinyl on the floors. It looks like the previous owner would...
  17. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I am installing semi custom cabinets and need to deal with a 3/8" floor drop between two separate runs of cabinets separated by a refrigerator. Doing the cabinets before the floor. My options are to shim up the low side and cover the gap to the floor with extra molding (the prefinished kick...
  18. Electrical
    For the life of me I can't figure out how to line up something. Not sure a carpenter's level does this, but pushing me in the right direction would be great. Basically, what I'm doing is hanging a 4ft florescent light in the garage. I'm trying to make sure the light will be straight and not...
  19. Carpentry
    Hi Everyone! I'm new to the forum, and only stumbled upon the site while googling for a solution to the many problems I have come across while finishing my basement. To be completely forthright, I am neither a carpenter nor plumber nor electrician... However, I am eager to learn and hope I...
  20. Carpentry
    I'm installing new molding in my bedroom, and when I started installing the door trim I realized that the the tops of the three doors were not level. The doors are all in a row on one wall, and the trim that I am installing is going to be pretty complex, with crown type molding on top, not...
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