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  1. Building & Construction
    We're new owners of a 1966 original condition home in Southern CA in a fairly upscale, mature neighborhood (this may be relevant, read on). It's not a tear down, but a full remodel of all rooms & 2 bathrooms. The ceiling in the 2nd level hallway is only 6 '10" high! (22 ft long) I'm a short lady...
  2. Plumbing
    My wife wants me to install a retractable garbage can on one underside of our sink. I've already purchased a unit from the brand Simplehuman and when I went to check the fit, the elbow under the left side of the sink is about 2 inches low (see the yellow arrow). I've searched on some forums...
  3. 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...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm trying to raise a plastered block wall in my backyard to keep the dog from nearly jumping over and terrorizing pedestrians and joggers on a path behind my house. I'll be trying to bring one side of the wall up to level, plaster over the whole top with a skim coat, then add two rows of...
  5. Plumbing
    I moved into an 90 year old house which had an older sump pump so I had it replaced but now it runs every 6 minutes or so and I am concerned it is going to shorten its lifespan fast. Tonight I unplugged sump pump to see how high the water would get and after an hour, it would the water level...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hello. Im a newbie on this site and have really appreciated this site in providing me valuable information on my first home. Here is the scenario I am dealing with now. I currently have a balcony above the garage. :eek: THis balcony is supported by one major beam (around 20 ft in length) with a...
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