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  1. Remodeling
    I am removing a double-sided propane fireplace, preferably in resaleable condition, and opening wall between the two rooms. Concrete mantel appears to set on top of concrete block wall. I am fine with losing the concrete mantel entirely but is not necessary and would mean rebuilding the wall...
  2. Building & Construction
    I am in the middle of finishing my basement. We are trying to install a pocket door, but the beam hangs down to low . We marked what needed to be removed to clear the door, and my friend added supports on both sides and cut it before we had approval from the inspector... the beam is made up of...
  3. Building & Construction
    We're in the middle of a bathroom remodel and looking to remove an interior wall that enclosed the shower, so that we can expand the shower footprint. Things were going pretty well until I found that the interior wall appears to be tied in to the exterior wall. That said, it really just looks...
  4. Remodeling
    This weekend my husband went up to the roof to clean it and just check it out. This was his first time up there. We had an inspection on buying the house and the inspector said it was fine. Well my husband discovered two large south facing skylights that would shine into the attic, if they...
  5. Remodeling
    This weekend my husband went up to the roof to clean it and just check it out. This was his first time up there. We had an inspection on buying the house and the inspector said it was fine. Well my husband discovered two large south facing skylights that would shine into the attic, if they...
  6. Building & Construction
    This 3D model is a visual reference for work that we would like done on our house to open things up. I have drawn on this totry to explain my thinking and to show how the house is currently laid out for context. There is a Load Bearing wall we are removing and replacing with a beam. This used...
  7. Insulation
    I'm remodeling my bathroom and framing 2 new non-loadbearing walls against exterior walls. I have a brick home that is 130 years old in Colorado (zone 5). The code I've found says I need to insulate framed walls to R20. I'm trying to maximize my space, so I'd like to use 2x4s (which I've already...
  8. Carpentry
    Hey there everyone, First time poster/long time lurker. So my wife had this great idea to turn our existing stairs (picture #1) into something a little more modern looking (picture #2). I thought to myself, simple enough! so i got to tearing everything out. Eventually i get to picture 3. I...
  9. Remodeling
    Hi all first time posting. About the 1000th time on this site tho. Planning to put a gable dormer in and I am trying to size a header that will stretch between tripled up 2x6 existing roof rafters. The span will be 115 1/2 inch from rafter to rafter 10:12 roof pitch. The header will be...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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:
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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