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  1. Building & Construction
    I am constructing a new bathroom with a tile shower, tiled base. My question is in regards to the tiled walls. I currently have cement board screwed into the studs. Do I need to put a waterproof membrane on the walls before I tile or can I just tile over the cement board? Any advise on this is...
  2. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi all, I need some help completing the waterproofing for this shower. One wall has a partial masonry wall. The blocks in this wall are not smooth/flat. How do I go about attaching the building wrap and the CBU to the masonry wall...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi, guys. When we got our home inspection in 2009, the radon levels in the basement were at 16ppm; 4x the recommended level in our area. My wife has told me that we are going to do something about it, now. Roger that, darling. Had a guy come out for an estimate. Price was as I expected...
  4. Building & Construction
    My home currently has painted lap board (not sure what species) on all faces, but I am considering breaking up the look with a horizontal board (maybe 2x6?) that would isolate the gables, where I would install cedar shake siding. I imagine the look and color scheme to be very similar to this...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    I need to install/replace the drain tile around my basement walls. I've read about how to safely dig: 1. Don't stack/stage excavated material near the hole. 2. Have a ladder to get out of the hole 3. Don't allow heavy equipment near the sides of the hole / no vibrations What is the...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi, I am remodeling my bathroom. I will be installing ceramic tiles in the shower stall walls, and using an Onyx shower base. I have already installed concrete board (HardiBacker) onto the studs, and plan to waterproof it with RedGard. My question is this: since there is a 1/4" gap between...
  7. Flooring
    Hello again my trusted cyber experts.... I have an unfinished basement in a home built in 1952. I plan on gutting all but the concrete floor. There are clay tiles that run under the concrete. Water trickles through these tiles pretty much year round with the exception of some cold winter...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hi all, I am a new homeowner in Central Jersey and have many unexpected DIY projects :(. Seems like the previous homeowner was a big DIYer and most of what he has done is not safe. (Holmes on Homes can come to my house! Please :-) Back to the major problem at hand. I have a split level home...
  9. Plumbing
    My well pipe access needs to be shutdown. This is a 4" black pvc pipe that runs from my basement, under the front porch, and out to the well pipe. The contents of the access pipe are a 1 1/2" black pvc line from the well and the electric line for the well pump. The access pipe seems to be...
  10. Building & Construction
    We bought a 1924 house in San Francisco. As we are fixing up the bathroom, we put up some regular concrete cement backer board around our tub/shower with a layer of transparent plastic under it. It is 1/4" HardieBacker EZ Grid with Moldblock technology. We were getting ready to tile it, but it...
  11. General DIY Discussions
    We have a large (92x108") hot tub in a closed off area under our deck, which is largely made of spruce. This area has very little ventilation, and the windows are opened regularly only a few months of the year as most of the year it is below zero outside (even down to -30° C). So! Our issue is...
  12. Building & Construction
    A little help please, After having recent leaks into my condo from one of the units above me, I have been thinking of waterproofing the ceiling and perhaps the walls. I'd like to know if it's possible. Starting with the ceilings above my drywall are my 2x4 studs. Above the studs is an open gap...
  13. Building & Construction
    This home was built in the Minneapolis area in 2004. The wood foundation is wrapped with a dimpled membrane (plastic like material)for water proofing. Over time the landscaping soil has settled and has pulled this outer membrane downward one to three inches, creating rips and tears as shown...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm in the process of reno'ing my basement and am at a cross roads in terms of what to do. I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where winters can get down in the -15 to -40 range. The basement was originally finished in early 70's. I have torn out my existing 70's fake wood panelling...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    I recently moved into a place and there was this patch in the bottom of the shower that looked like cat throw-up or something, and was turned grey and pink from exposure and mold. I scraped it off to find a crack in the bottom of the shower. There is a large circle that is cracked all around...
  16. Flooring
    I will try and make it brief, but I have so many questions. I am an older single female and want to redo my whole very small kitchen. I will not be replacing the appliances. I was thinking of making an appointment with Lowes to help me come up with a design, as I want to completely reconfigure...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi there. I purchased a 1920s Connecticut home with a finished basement. We have had leaking in strong rains (the water rolls along the floor from behind the drywall so i have not yet seen the source of the water -- some say from underneath the floor due to hydrostatic pressure and some say the...
  18. Painting
    I would like to paint the melamine surface of a 6 ft. folding banquet table (see image below). It needs to be water-proof / resistant (ok, you caught me - it's for a beer pong table, but I'm classy, I swear!) From the research I've done, it looks like I need to clean it, lightly sand it...
  19. Building & Construction
    My basement leaks. I have read all kinds of information both online and in catalogs, 99% of which the source was some kind of company trying to sell something. One swears by French Drains, another says they're useless and insists on interior waterproofing systems, while another says to dig out...
  20. Flooring
    Hi, I own a house built in 1925. It has wood flooring in every room but the bathrooms. In the main "public" rooms of the house it has oak and in the bedrooms it has heart of pine. The house had two floors and this layout exists on both since the second floor used to be an upstair apartment...
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