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  1. Electrical
    Hi, I dont have ADT but I have an old ADT/HONEYWELL RX7 / RX-7C Indoor Sounder box on my wall but it is hardwired to a wire coming out of the wall. I want to remove it. Suggestions?
  2. Roofing/Siding
    That last folks that did our roof put in a ridge cap. Well, I found out later it probably wasn't necessary or even should not have been done, as we already have passive vents at four places in the roof. In addition to that, there are passive vents at the gables at both ends of the house. One...
  3. Remodeling
    Hi. I'm trying to remove some 18x18 1/2 inch quartz tiles from a bathroom floor and shower wall. I have tried to chisel behind them but I can't for the life of me get them off. They are thick and quartz, so can't just chip them piece by piece. Any advice would be most appreciated.
  4. Painting
    Is there a relatively gentle and safe method to get recently-applied water-based latex semi-gloss paint off a wall? Our kitchen and bath walls had oil-based paint and areas that required heavy scraping and stripping, which damaged the underlying texture. After smoothing the more heavily damaged...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    In 1986 the former owner of my home added an addition and a concrete pad was poured instead of excavating below. The crawlspace air is not connected to the basement and is getting very musty smelling and the fiberglass insulation is deteriorating over the years. Warm moist air enters the cool...
  6. HVAC
    Hey all, I am in the process of doing a remodel and, after opening up a wall I want to remove, I see ductwork running through it. I want to eliminate this supply line as it seems to only feed one register in a small bathroom that we keep closed. I also need to relocate some returns on this...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    This is in my basement. I want to remove the base brick on the floor and keep it along the wall and repaint it. What is the best way of doing this?
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Does anyone know how to remove the tire fix-ant (I don't know what brand they threw the can away) from our patio concrete and pool cool deck?
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am insulating my crawlspace with rigid board (EPS) insulation around the perimeter. The wall has a lot of excess mortar where the joints are preventing the insulation to lay flush against the wall. In some areas, the mortar protrudes from the wall about 2 inches. There is also mortar on the...
  10. Plumbing
    Hi everyone! Samantha here- I appreciate your help. I have a deceptively simple question that I haven't been able to get answered in any books I've found: Do I need to remove these pipes before I hang cement board here? If so, won't water come out? Do I need to shut off the whole house supply...
  11. Drywall & Plaster
    guys - looking for some advice. I'm moving into a 1959 built house, with significant (1650sqft) amount of popcorn ceilings. I've tested for asbestos already, we're ok on that front, but unlike previous popcorn i've removed (wet and scraped), this stuff is very hard/brittle. It plaster walls in...
  12. Windows and Doors
    How do I take the fixed pane out?? I have remove the trim pieces, just not sure what to do next. Does not appear there are any fasteners holding it in place. What do the experts think? FYI_ allready lowered wheels, etc. Window will not lift out. Builders aluminum dual pane circa 1992.
  13. Building & Construction
    Hello All- In the midst of a kitchen and bath reno... Opened up some walls connecting kitchen to family room to allow kitchen to "flow" better into that room. Family room is an addition added to back corner of original house structure by prev owner. In a perfect world, I would choose to remove...
  14. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I have uploaded a gallery here to help show what I am asking about: http://imgur.com/a/G1DCb We are renovating our kitchen and want to widen a door way to put an island in. We do not believe this is load bearing and had a few friends tell us that it is not either. Just wanted a second...
  15. Plumbing
    I am trying to remove some galvanized steel pipe in my house and replace with PEX. There is an area where I have a 3/4 inch steel pipe that meets another 3/4 inch steel pipe at a 90deg elbow. I am trying to remove the one and start the PEX from there; however, the pipe won't budge! I...
  16. Plumbing
    So, I decided to turn my garage into an addition of my house. However, the problem is that there was a clean out for the sewage system in the garage. I've put in a new clean out outside (not very far away from the old one) and it seems to work great. (As we've had clogs several times since then...
  17. Electrical
    Hi all, I'm trying to change a burnt-out bulb in a flush mount light on my ceiling. See the attached pictures - there don't appear to be any access points. I've tried giving the globe a good counterclockwise turn with no success. I also can't seem to find any access point with an X-acto knife...
  18. Building & Construction
    I recently repaired my front steps by replacing a few rows of clay brick and added bluestone treads. The mortar got a little messy and I can't seem to remove all of it. It actually looks like crap. I have tried various muriatic acid amounts in water and the old brick scrubbing trick. Nothing...
  19. HVAC
    I am installing a new gas upflow furnace which has an existing cased coil above the old furnace. The new furnace is shorter than the old one. I am looking for advice on how to remove the old furnace without damaging or disconnecting the cased coil. Do I need to lift the cased coil to get it...
  20. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm looking at removing a fireplace that separates our kitchen and our living room. It would really open up the rooms. The fireplace is a funky shape all brick, it is gas fed, and goes up through the roof. It does not appear to support anything. I hope to have pictures posted up soon. Any...
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