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  1. Roofing/Siding
    When my house was painted by the previous owner, they didn't fix this problem area with the flashing above the front porch (although the seller did give me some money to fix it). I will probably repair it myself, but wanted to show the problem in case there is some good advice on how to proceed...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Well, I cracked it. It slipped out of my hands and hit the sidewalk. I would like to "paste" the three pieces back together. One problem is the mass of the thing. My weight lifter son says he is sure the largest piece weighs over 200 lbs. The whole thing is less then 25 inches in diameter...
  3. Electrical
    I just moved into a new house. They had some sort of security system that is no longer in use, so I pulled the unit off the wall and discarded it. However, I was left with a wire hanging out of the wall. I have no idea what's on the other end of this wire, but I know it was powering the...
  4. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello, Let me start off by saying - I am a first time home owner who is trying to figure things out as I go... At first I thought repairing these walls in my closets would be a fairly "easy" task... But now I'm second guessing myself. Coming here to get some tips. I'd love to do this repair...
  5. Roofing/Siding
    I have a flat roof on my house that's starting to develop a few cracks (pics below). I believe I can fix by applying some tar then applying mesh tape, then adding more tar on top along the whole seam. I'm handy but have no experience in roofing. Is this the right process? Is there something...
  6. Drywall & Plaster
    Yesterday, I had drywall guys (a company that I hired) come out and hang drywall and repair a crescent shape portion of my ceiling. I'm in Florida and have 'popcorn' type ceiling... not true popcorn. The wall looks fine but the ceiling patch looks 'puffy'. When they were done, and I...
  7. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi all, My screen name says it all. I'm not a handy man in any spectrum of imagination, but my wife and I do take pride in the "do it yourself" approach to home repairs. That being said, I recently had to patch some holes in the wall. I checked out several videos, finally deciding on a...
  8. Drywall & Plaster
    A recent plumbing repair required the destruction of existing 70's era stucco and left a large hole in the garage ceiling. I created some makeshift lath with chicken wire, paper bags and a glue gun. Please see the attached pic, which has a foot-long ruler inserted for scale. What material and...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hello, I am currently debating what to do with my garage concrete floor. It is in not the best shape I would think (not much experience). There are cracks, one spot where concrete heaved and one spot where the concrete settled down. So far my idea is to patch the cracks and then painting it...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Hi Everyone, some church folks are trying to help a woman who could use. Here are pics for context: https://plus.google.com/photos/101121747107058059688/albums/5791500448163200561?authkey=CPeA56aK4IzUwQE. We understand that some major work needs to be done to remedy her issues long term. But...
  11. Building & Construction
    I am new to these forums and also new to the concept of DIY. So, please let me know if I missed out on providing any details. I need some guidance on DIY concrete and brick repairs including regular maintenance. I am in North East (Washington DC) - so weather can be extreme (during winter or...
  12. Building & Construction
    Have 8" wide plank style pergo laminate (17 years old) in entry. It was professionally installed using glue. Have 15-1/2" wide high quality (expensive) laminate in adjacent room. Also professionally installed about 5 years ago, glueless. The two different floors are laid perpendicular to each...
  13. Roofing/Siding
    I paid a guy to replace a rotten rafter over my back deck. It had rotted due to gutters not being cleaned, so the gutter pulled away from the house. He was supposed to take 3 roofs off, and put 3 roofs back on. I don't think he did that, because the shingles still look bowed where the bad...
  14. Flooring
    This is what I am up against. I have a pool concrete deck that is almost 2 years old and is cracking and has some staining / discoloration from the pool when the water chemistry was off. The concrete is colored (not sure on proper terminology) yellow and I wanted to clean it, patch the...
  15. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello. I recently bought a house and would like to do some "polishing work" on the white painted baseboards. The walls have bullnose corners, and the previous owner cut and installed the baseboards, but they don't match up nicely at the seams. Would it be a good idea to fill any small gaps...
  16. Drywall & Plaster
    Hello All! I've got a problem with a few walls in my house after some wayne scotting removal. Take a look at the attachment on this post. That is one of areas that I need to fix. The choices I have I guess would be the following: 1) mud, sand and fix 2) cut out and replace 3) just slap some...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hello and good day everyone! I am an engineering student from Germany.Right now I am working on my final engineering project and I need help from you experience woodworkers. For this project I need to construct a metering device mounted to a production line. The project's name is called...
  18. Drywall & Plaster
    What are the implications of re-patching the same area of drywall more than once? I recently moved into a home (new construction) and the contractor has had to cut and re-patch various walls to access pipes--sometimes more than once on the same wall area. Do drywall patches weaken the...
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