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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello just noticed the one side of the retention wall is very close to my foundation. I had it put in 2 years ago. Is this too close or is it ok? No cracks are around it yet and they may not be that deep in the ground in that area. Just wanted to check with you guys to see if it's OK that it's...
  2. Building & Construction
    We're in the middle of a bathroom remodel and looking to remove an interior wall that enclosed the shower, so that we can expand the shower footprint. Things were going pretty well until I found that the interior wall appears to be tied in to the exterior wall. That said, it really just looks...
  3. Building & Construction
    This 3D model is a visual reference for work that we would like done on our house to open things up. I have drawn on this totry to explain my thinking and to show how the house is currently laid out for context. There is a Load Bearing wall we are removing and replacing with a beam. This used...
  4. Building & Construction
    Ahoy, thanks ahead to all who chime in on this. Kitchen soffits removed. Only thing found in them was this 2" vent for sink drain. Can this be re-routed through the top plate of this outside wall? Well, I know it CAN be done, but should it is the question.
  5. Building & Construction
    looking to reno the bathroom and takeout these walls. Wanted to double check that they are not load bearing.
  6. Painting
    I have used Bleach, mould remover. Antibacterial, all sorts of chemicals. They disappear for a few moments but then come back? It never grows or changes, and it's only on the dark blue in one place. Any ideas??
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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