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  1. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I tugged out a loose 4-inch tile in our walk-in shower thinking I might have to reattach it or do some minor patching behind it (since my wife is out of town for a few days), but found the wallboard behind it had crumbled, apparently due to leakage in the grout. (I had a plumber come out and he...
  2. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    We removed the tub surround monstrosity that came with this house and are remodeling with a simple shower install. We are very hands-on DIYers but have never gutted a bathroom before & are very curious about these -- um, the most polite term I can think is 'weird' -- pipes. This house is 20...
  3. Electrical
    Hi all, I have a 1920’s house, most wiring has been updated but a few straggler circuits remain knob and tube. I am replacing a ceiling fan that has 3-way switches and noticed one incoming line in the ceiling box is 14/2 Romex and one line is knob and tube (or some other ancient & brittle...
  4. Remodeling
    So I'm remodeling our bathroom and was curious if securing the tub to walls like this should be sufficient? There are 3 on the back wall and 1 on each side, seems pretty secured with no movement. I am using USG glass mat tile backer, So would I just run the board to the top flange of the tub...
  5. Remodeling
    Hello! I have wanted to do improvements myself for a long time, but either my husband takes the lead or we hire out. Our home has a dead space behind a 24” deep pantry that was intended for a dumbwaiter. I haven’t seen behind the wall (we have been in the home for 3 months and it’s 20 years...
  6. Remodeling
    Hi there, I'm considering replacing old interior wood paneling with wood plank, like pine tongue and groove, or aromatic cedar. I've read a few things but it seems lots of folks are just gluing these onto existing walls. I'd rather tear out the old paneling which I think just has studs and...
  7. Remodeling
    if we update the playroom we'd just replace the fiberboard with drywall. if we do the bathroom it would be updating the old subway tile to match the new (behind the shower) and replace the floors. fixtures would likely remain. playroom: bathroom:
  8. Windows and Doors
    I am replacing my windows with new construction windows. Is it safe to measure inside from drywall to drywall, vertical and horizontal, to determine rough opening size?
  9. Plumbing
    Hi all Looking for help identifying (or affirming) some roughed-in plumbing in my basement. I can confidently say (#2) is for the toilet, (#1) for shower, (#3) drain for sink, (#4) venting... Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
  10. Plumbing
    I suspect these manifolds are part of a system to heat the slab ... unfortunately, we are doing a full delete of the tub and now I have to figure out how to deal with these pipes sticking up from the slab? We really don't need or want the floor heated (North Carolina). Hoping there is a smart...
  11. Electrical
    Hey everyone, I'm currently finishing out my basement and I have a question on some lights I purchased off of Amazon. They are dimmable, but I'm running into the issue of not being able to find a contact for the company, to question what is the best dimmer so that it doesn't buzz, as these will...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi Guys, long time lurker here. I'm working on remodeling a bathroom and I'm trying to figure out if I need vapor barrier and if so where it should go. The house stucco on block built 1954, the inside is muring strips ~3/4" on block, 1/2" drywall then metal lathe then plaster on top of...
  13. HVAC
    Hi, my second floor is one large bedroom that I plan to divide with a wall. The main concern is the HVAC: there is only one hot air register (in the floor) and one return (on the wall). The hot air register is centrally located and could be split to feed both rooms I suppose. But there's...
  14. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I am looking to pull out the cabinets in my bathroom and put something like much smaller to free up some space however the plumbing is problematic. Everything that I have looked at would require either having a bathroom vanity sink off-center to the right and/or cutting into the drawers to...
  15. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi all, I am looking to remodel a bathroom on a budget and looking for ideas based on the bathroom you see the pictures. I ripped out the vinyl flooring and toilet and new flooring will go in but looking for ideas on the shower/tub and the bathroom cabinets. I don't really want to rip it out...
  16. Remodeling
    I just did a demo job, gutting a 150 year old schoolhouse down to the studs. I was working for a friend of mine who got the job. On the ceiling were some ceiling tiles, about 1' x 2' in size, loosley attached to perlins below the lathe and plaster. The entire job, we were using respirators...
  17. Flooring
    I was observing the work done to my aunt's basement the other day, and I was a little bit confounded to see the low quality workmanship given the cost (at least in my amateur estimation). I don't know what the value of the work should be, so I thought I'd post here to see what everyone thought...
  18. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I'm attempting to remove a 7ft tall one piece kitchen pantry cabinet. I have removed the screws from the back of the cabinet which is holding it securely to the wall studs. I have also removed all the screws I can find from the right side of the cabinet which has secured it to the cabinets and...
  19. Project Showcase
    My wife and I decided to re-do the master bath in our 30 year old house. Being a tight-wad, I decided to do the work my self. The work will include, making the shower larger (big enough for two people), rain and handheld shower heads, new stand alone tub and stand alone tub faucet. replace...
  20. Insulation
    We are remodeling our kitchen and ended up removing insulation on about 14 feet of exterior wall and of course need an insulation inspection. The inspector was not sure if we needed a vapor barrier....which leads me to all kinds of question! House was built in 1981, we live in the Denver area...
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