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  1. Flooring
    Hi I have just removed tiles and concrete hardibacker from a bathroom. As I removed it, I saw that the layer of 1950s sheet flooring with felt backing approx 1/8" thick beneath is was already removed in some random shaped areas. The areas that remain are easily pried up and if it was safe, I...
  2. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hello, I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel. During my demo I went ahead and tore out the subfloor and as I went to install OSB I noticed that it is going to slope about 1/2" across the 5' width of the bathroom. I'm wondering what options I have to fix this. I have 4 joists total, the...
  3. Flooring
    Hi there, We purchased a 100 year old farmhouse that has "sagged" in the middle. When we took possession there were crappy old indoor/outdoor rugs that we removed on the second floor, and have been living on the sub-floors since (for now). We'd like to put new flooring down now. Each...
  4. Flooring
    My basement of about 600 square feet had vinyl tiles and carpet. I ripped everything out to install porcelain tiles. However, the concrete floor is uneven and wavy. The basement is a rental unit. Some of slopes are about 2,3 inches deep. It would cost me a lot for the self level compound like...
  5. Flooring
    I recently bought an used house (20 years old) and after removing the carpet in the living room, I found along one particular seam of the subfloor (I think it’s plywood) the edges are cupping. In other words, this seam is raised and it runs all the way from one wall to the other. There is a...
  6. Building & Construction
    Quick question - I'm assembling a multi-ply deck beam (in this case a 20 ft long 2x10 3 ply beam), and I think it is more likely to win the lottery than find 3 20ft long PT boards that are perfectly matched in height over their entire 20 ft length. These are #1 boards from the same pallet but...
  7. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    HI I'm fitting acrylic shower panels into a newly plastered wall. I have put one side on, fitting it into the corner trim. When I come to fit the other side I find that the wall isn't square. My question is, is there a way to mark out the new panel so that I can cut it relative to all...
  8. Drywall & Plaster
    This is my first post to this site. My Dad and I completed some DIY upstairs to remove old windows with rotting wood and replace them with vinyl windows and a new door leading to a raised deck. In the process, we removed approximately 22 feet of exterior wall and rebuilt the walls completely...
  9. Carpentry
    I've got a problem. I need to put in quarter round and the baseboards are uneven where the stair baseboard meets the floor baseboard. What do I do? Chase
  10. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    So I'm ready to start prepping to lay down some tile on my basement floor 11'x20' room. I've been walking around the room with a cut spare piece of sheetrock as a level (8' length) and noticed there are definitely some waves to the floor (house built in 64'). It's kind of funny as if I lay the...
  11. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I know this is the flooring section, but you guys are extremely knowledgeable in tile. Anyhow I have 2 questions. 1. The old shower I ripped out was protruding, it was a float wall on green board. they just stapled chicken wire to it and then added about 5/8's of an inch to it of mortar. This...
  12. Plumbing
    Hello all. I'll get right to the root of my question (background is included below for those interested!). How important is it for the closet flange to be level (with respect to the bottom of the toilet)? My inlet is not exactly plumb, so when I went to install a new flange I noticed that it...
  13. Flooring
    I have an old home in Bisbee, AZ (Built 1916). The foundation is Post and Piller on the side of a mountain. Over the years, additions have been made to the original home by previous homeowners and the flooring in some rooms has settled below the original foundation. Can someone direct me to a...
  14. Painting
    I was wondering if someone here might be able to help me with a problem I have been having while painting my new flat. I can't seem to make the paint appear even on some of the walls it's coming up blotchy/ patchy, the pictures below can probably explain much better than I ever could. When you...
  15. Flooring
    I am installing hardwood floors for the first time. I have about three rows left to go and it looks like the boards on one side of the room are about 3/4" closer to the wall than the other side of the room. Any tips for finishing the job that will make the discrepency look as less conspicuous...
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