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  1. Building & Construction
    Hello I plan on doing a reno on a double brick home. The walls are presently sheet rock with plaster on top. It is a late 50's early 60's bungalow. I live in southern Ontario. Option 1: Rip down all the plaster and furring strips and reframe. What is best practice with respect to framing...
  2. Building & Construction
    i've made myself overly paranoid regarding dust, lead, asbestos, etc. i am wondering whether it makes sense to just purchase one of the smaller, more-affordable (~$500 from my research) dust containment systems from the likes of Festool or similar. reason being, i have an infant at home and...
  3. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    The vision of a freshly updated home is so seductive, it's easy to forget that the project will most likely come with aggravating delays and unexpected issues. Think about it. When was the last time you heard about a home renovation project that came in on time and under budget? Chances are that...
  4. Remodeling
    We are renovating our 1890 farmhouse and adding an extension to it. In this extension will be a new stand up shower for which we have bought some 12 x 12 marble tiles. The beginning of the project will be on a wood floor, but we just need to know the steps for making the right foundation and...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    I am about to start a major renovation project on my home and although my chosen contractor has insurance and I have my own buildings insurance I have been advised to take out extra insurance to cover any issues. I didn't even realise there was such a thing as renovation insurance so I wonder if...
  6. Building & Construction
    My husband and I just recently bought a house that needs a complete rehab. It needs new roof, drive way, paint of siding and potentially fixing of some broken siding, new floors inside, updated kitchen, fixing some plumbing issues, getting rid of mold, painting inside, fixing pool issues...
  7. New Member Introductions
    We have a repair/remodeling company in Houston, TX, so we know how to tackle most anything in home repairs. We also take your remodeling ideas and bring them to fruition. Our skill set allows us to rehab investment properties for ourselves as well as other investors.
  8. New Member Introductions
    hey everyone! we were just lucky enough to come across an old 1900 built home in our lovely town... but it has not been renovated for years! it's truly overwhelming what we will need to do. However we are "reusers" not replacers if at all possible... the biggest issue we are facing is that...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone, New to DIYCR here, my name is Andrei and i am a general contractor for Home Reno Plus. Looking forward to engaging with home owners and industry pro's alike. Here is a link to our website, a comprehensive list of services and a showcase photo gallery of some of our finest work as...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    I want to convert a detached garage into a studio apartment. Basically it will need to be stripped down to just the frame and slab and then rebuilt. Where can I find step by step instructions? The garage is the only building on this lot; the house that was there burned down. The fire destroyed...
  11. Building & Construction
    I am renovating a condo, that has a concrete suspended slab for ceiling and floors as well as concrete?masonry for all exterior walls. As such none of the interior walls are supporting. The plan is to remove/ modify some of the walls to open the floor plan up. I hate the way these walls have...
  12. New Member Introductions
    Hi... my name is Esther and have been watching the DIY channel ever since we started receiving it here in Canada... my husband and I love it!!! Especially since we will be embarking on a renovation project soon... the likes we have never taken on before. We live in a basement apartment that has...
  13. New Member Introductions
    I just want to introduce myself. I am an average 28 year old guy. Purchased my first home in August of last year and I come here for information and also leave updates on my current House fix, repair and renovations!
  14. Painting
    I'm going to be redoing a small bathroom in the house. It's currently wallpapered. Would it be better just to trip the drywall down in such a small space instead of either removing the wallpaper or prepping it to paint over?
  15. New Member Introductions
    Hello, Central Indiana Contractor now on board. Hope to greater my knowledge here, and help out along the way. Any Q's just ask, I'm not to shy :wink: I haven't had much of a chance to look around yet, but first things first, heres my intro. I'll get in here and mingle soon enough. Talk to...
  16. Plumbing
    Don't know if this is the right thread...I had a new bathroom sink installed 2 days ago and it looks great, however, the caulking around the sink is discolored, kind of dirty yellow looking. I called and asked and was told it had something to do with previous color of sink and vanity (which...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi All I am going to be tiling the face of my fireplace with 16x16 travertine tiles. As the tiles are quite heavy , I am concerned with proper adhesion. The face is made of cinderblock bt has been painted with an unknown type of paint. I was told that a fortified thinset would be fine but also...
  18. Remodeling
    I am currently putting in a new bathroom, I will be using a drop ceiling, as the pervious space was open storage with 14high ceilings, but the drop ceiling I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS IN GLASS BLOCKS,does any one know how to do this, don't want to see and dividers or mortar etc., just wondering if...
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