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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, I am in the process of laying down flooring in my utility room and ran across an interesting issue. There appears to be a large gap between the bottom plate of an exterior wall and the slab. It appears too small to be a drain? It doesn’t run the length of the wall as far as I know. The...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    I would assume both of these walls may be load bearing due to the large column with 5 2x4's. I have some questions about opening up the walls some more. hope you guys can help! My plan is to open up the wall between the kitchen and the living room. We also want to put an island in. this is a...
  3. Interior Decorating
    Hi, I'm about to try peel & stick wallpaper for the first time, in our kitchen (we rent, so peel/stick is our best option). Most of it is pretty self explanatory, in terms of where to to start and stop, etc. But I'd love some ideas on how to handle this one end wall. I have a narrow wall area...
  4. Building & Construction
    So I am looking onto building a barn for my horses. I was going to get a metal shell and do the Dividing walls to make stalls myself. With covid its not too much more to go ahead and do the walls out of concrete block than wood and they will last much longer. I'm pretty handy and was going to...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The inner side of an exterior wall in my house has, behind the plasterboard, a kind of masonry which I'd like to identify. I attach pictures. It looks like concrete but it's quite easy to drill: I can very easily drill it with a 2mm wood/metal drill bit in a HAND (i.e., not electric) drill...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I just have my retaining walls built on the right and left side of the house by a contractor (as shown below, but I am not sure if they did it right, if you see the 3rd picture, there is no gap in between the house foundation and the retaining wall, should I be worried?, I heard an expansion...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'd like to build a temporary wall with a door, over tile floor, in order to essentially create an attached guest house in our home by sealing off one room from the rest of the home, but will still have it's own bathroom and entrance from the side door already there. I say temporary wall...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hi, I’m renovating my basement and I recently had a new egress window cut and installed and there are two floor joists going above the window. I had a building inspector come by to inspect and he said that the two joists in on top of the window are not supported anymore since the concrete has...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello guys, Fledging DYI'er here. Happy to be on board. Will post any results back here in case it's helpful to someone else in the future. I'm repointing an old stone wall that used to be a kitchen firepit in this old farmhouse. It was going great... until I got to the lower third of the...
  10. 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...
  11. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi I just moved into a not so new apartment. I suppose it got its last renovation like 30 years ago. Anyway, as it's a rented place, and the rent is low I don't really mind. What I don't like is my shower. The shower is actually a sitting shower with a tub. I don't want to sit in a tub just to...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    Good Evening, I am looking for some feedback from the helpful folks on here. I am wondering if I can remove a few studs from the left of this wall to open up the stairway a little bit to allow for furniture etc. to be brought down into the basement. It runs parallel to the floor joists and is...
  13. Building & Construction
    Wth.... we closed on this home a week ago and just moved in. Last night I can hear my sister getting pounded through the walls.... that was wrong on so many levels ....anyways It turns out my closet and her closet aren’t separated by a proper wall but by a piece of plywood in between and there...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello. Does anyone have any advice on how I can patch a concrete all up to make it look halfway decent/presentable? It lines the parking lot of a commercial property we just purchased so it does not have to be perfect. I planned on scraping the old paint, patching the concrete, pressure washing...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hi, I just finished partially encapsulating my crawl space wall ( with vapor barrier going 6" high above the ground on the wall). However, I notice there were two areas that water is leaking through the wall just under the plastic. I used plastic faster's PIN and used double-sided tape and...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hello everybody, I am in the middle of rebuilding my shower's floor because leaks damaged the subfloor (engineered wood). Please help me with how I can redo the subfloor without impacting the walls that surround the shower in three directions. I've removed the floor layers, including most of...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello all, I have had this gap between the brick and the foundation wall when looking from each side of the house since the house was built few years back. I would like to know if I should get this patched up or keep it open for ventilation. I do have a basement and I have not noticed any...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    hello all , so i have a hole in my wall. There are also some cracks around it. First, what kind of filling do i need to patch up the hole, second , how do i fix these cracks. Here is a photo I appreciate any help. Thanks. Dimitri
  19. General DIY Discussions
    Hi there. New Homeowner here. My house has a small sun room built on the side of the garage and built quite poorly, at that. They built three of the frame walls right on a big patio slab that extends way beyond and as one would expect, water has gotten under the walls and door thresholds and...
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