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  1. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello, I'm in the process of finishing up a plywood subfloor over a slab. I'm about to install the last piece of plywood that leads into the kitchen, however I'm unsure as to whether or not I should extend the vapor barrier into the kitchen itself, as the kitchen will have large format marble...
  2. Carpentry
    essentially want to replace the rotting pickets and, unfortunately, repaint. wish the previous owner just left the wood natural. as for the basement door, i was just planning to replace with a fresh 3/4 sheet of plywood. got an estimate of $800 (not incl. materials) to have a handyman do...
  3. Carpentry
    per another thread, i've already investigated the Bilco/Gordon metal door route and was quoted $1600 due to the odd measurements. am i wrong to think a new piece of treated plywood would do the trick?
  4. Flooring
    I need replace the subfloor underneath the toilet. How would I find out how thick the subfloor is or how many layers there are without ripping it out? The bathroom has vinyl sheet floor and the bathroom is slightly raised from the hallway. I went under the crawlspace to check the depth from the...
  5. Carpentry
    We should choose high strength and better performance plywood for kitchen in damp and wet conditions. Suggest some plywood type to use for kitchen?
  6. Flooring
    We removed ceramic tile, cement board and linoleum to expose subfloor due to water leak. We need to add plywood to exisiting subfloor. My question is does it have to be "plywood underlayment" or can it be 1/4" or 1/2" OSB? Does this get screwed and glued (with liquid nails) as well?
  7. Carpentry
    I have a 30"x50"x3/4" granite slab that I would like to use for a table. I'm thinking of putting 5/8" plywood underneath (20"x40"?) and before glueing the granite on top, inserting a few T-Nuts for this type of metal legs...
  8. Building & Construction
    Good Afternoon, I purchased a home a few years ago with a large deck attached. I came to find that the deck was installed by the previous owners, and was not to code. It was rotting and leaning, footings were falling apart, wood was not treated, and the biggest issue... there was no flashing or...
  9. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello everyone. I am currently remodeling a kitchen in a rental unit of ours and the previous owners took the easy way out and installed outlets on the backsplash using conduit rather than embedding them into the wall itself. We want to give it a more finished look so I was hoping to use...
  10. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hello everyone. I am currently remodeling a kitchen in a rental unit of ours and the previous owners took the easy way out and installed outlets on the backsplash using conduit rather than embedding them into the wall itself. We want to give it a more finished look so I was hoping to use...
  11. Building & Construction
    Our near house is about half mile from the Beach. We are thinking of using OSB for external sheathing of the house instead of plywood because of the cost. However from what I have read, OSB performs badly in moist conditions. Anyone had good experience using OSB for houses near the beach. Is it...
  12. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I'm redoing my master bathroom (on the second floor) and have removed everything i think I could. I did find that some of the subfloor is damaged so I'm going to replace it. It's currently 5/8in OSB. My plan is to eventually lay tile down so I will have the 1/4 cement board on top of the...
  13. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I am checking to use self-leveling to make the floor level or use one of product like Planipatch to just cover the sagged areas. I have a bump in the middle and both side are down, like an umbrella. 3/16" on each side. I am planning to put Ditra down after that. Thanks for yuor advise in advance.
  14. Blog
    Choosing the right plywood for your application can be a daunting task. The price variations can be quite complicated, and what exactly are those letters on the label? Understanding what these letters mean as well as different purposes for each is crucial to choosing the right material...
  15. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I am just wondering if thinset is an effective adhesive for backerboard to plywood? This is in a non-wet area and I will use a topical membrane just in case, but I'm just wondering if the thinset will hold the backerboard in place... CG
  16. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Morning all... so we are in the beginning stages of our kitchen remodel and been looking at cabinetry. Most likely going with a white/off-white color, not stain. After some initial research, we were sure we wanted 3/4" plywood cabinets, but after visiting a few local cabinet/kitchen stores, we...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi all, I'm doing some work for a rather difficult client and am requesting some help. She purchased cheap stick on tiles for about 10 dollars a pack and wanted to stick those directly on her rotting floorboards.. I told her this would not really work since the floor is not flush and the...
  18. Windows and Doors
    I need to use 1/2" plywood or OSB on both vertical sides of my retrofitted window frame. I was wondering if there is any difference in OSB (cheaper) vs plywood (more pricey) for this application considering that if somehow moisture got in (which I'm making sure it doesn't but who knows) and the...
  19. Painting
    Hi, I’m making a table out of a 5’ x 10’ sheet of marine plywood. I’ll be using the table for all kinds of things, including serving drinks and food and probably the occasional drinking game. I’m expecting lots of spills, so it needs to be as water resistant as possible. I’d like to paint it...
  20. Flooring
    Just removed old vinyl flooring (2 layers) and got down to the plank subfloor. Spoke with someone at a local hardware store and they advised to put down 1/4 plywood then hardy board on top of that followed by my 12x24 porcelain tile. I began this process and had a couple questions. Photos...
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