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    We bought an early 1900s row home in october and after months of thinking about how I was to restore the stair treads (which had 5 layers of varnish plus faux painted wood grain), I decided the best way was to take the treads off and finish them at the wood shop. This very well might not be the...
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    Hello, Thank you for anyone reading this and I apologize if I am not posting correctly. I have never posted in a forum before but have had so much help from other posts so I figured I would give it a shot. We recently had a contractor come in to our home who was "highly recommended'...
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    Is it ever OK to drill vertically through a structural beam? I have a 5x8 solid timber structural beam running the span of my basement supported by lally columns. Is there any location on this beam that can support a vertical hole through the beam? I bought the house in January and the...
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    My existing home has 2 x 8 floor joists. When the previous owner finished the basement, he cut 1" out of the bottom of the floor joists so that he could push the 1/2' copper piping flush mount. From there he drywalled the basement ceiling. I wish to repair this structural defect. How do I do it? M
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