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11-17-2016 01:47 PM

Laminate flooring install over concrete - how clean? - 37 replies

There seem to be differing opinions on how Clean a concrete slab needs to be for a floating laminate floor install. I’m thinking what will cause more of an issue is how level it is, almost looks to have a hump in the middle and feathers out. Running a 4 ft level from almost the wall to almost the middle showed level. The space is only abo...

01-27-2016 07:30 PM

Use for old Hardwood Flooring? - 34 replies

Hey all! Time has come to redo the flooring in my living room and hallway. One of the previous homeowners put a bunch of nails and screws through it to stop the squeaking, and of course did not succeed in doing anything but making a mess. At some point this year or next, I’ll be in the process of pulling it up and laying a new subfloo...

06-01-2015 01:42 PM

Window Enlargement / Reuse vinyl siding - 27 replies

Hi All! I’m looking to enlarge one of my windows in my garage/shop and was wondering if it’s possible for me to reuse the vinyl siding that will be removed for any patching that may need to occur? The current window is a freaky odd size – like 12×18 and I’d like to replace it with a larger standard size so I can ...

12-12-2014 11:14 PM

Toilet leak question... - 24 replies

hey all :) I wasn’t quite sure where to put this so if I’m in the wrong spot, please feel free to move. I’m trying to troubleshoot a possibly leaky toilet. I’ve replaced all of the innards and it’s still showing water running into the bowl. I’ve shut the water off to see how far the water goes down –...

08-14-2014 01:02 PM

Thinset removal from wall? - 382 replies

Hi all! Trying to get my kitchen painted and have a dilemma. There was a faux brick backsplash that I took down as part of an overhead microwave install. I found the bricks had been mortared to some really thin tiles which were thinly mortared to the drywall. I’d like to keep the drywall enact and just paint it but I know it has to be smoo...

07-15-2014 12:11 AM

How to track down a water leak? - 14 replies

calling all plumbers… or at least folks with more than no plumbing experience. :) For the last two water bills our bill has doubled… we’ve tried different things from the first to second bill and it still continued to be doubled – more than. So I’m now in Sherlock Holmes mode but a bit over my head. If we have a wa...

10-04-2013 06:35 PM

moving a shed? - 3 replies

Hi all! I can’t remember if i posted this over at GT or not – but it could probably go either place. I’m in the process of possibly replacing our backyard fence, it’s in pretty dire straights and we have a beagle who is relentless. Anyway, there is a small shed that came with the house when we bought it on one side o...

09-28-2013 01:54 PM

Shoe moulding for dummies - 5 replies

so I just finished tiling my room in the basement, and need to add some shoe moulding to hide the expansion gap. The baseboard moulding was installed during the renovation by our trim carpenter. I’m a major newbie with moulding and could use a resource with pictures and step by step directions. Do you all have a book or a go-to site for th...

08-03-2013 02:32 PM

Best manner to go about fixing my drywall oops - 4 replies

So I was putting up shelves in the newly reno’d basement, I managed to (I think) push the corner bead in so it caused this (for lack of a better term) ripple. I didn’t just want to start digging it all out and rebuilding it if there is is a simpler/easier way. Ideas?

06-14-2013 02:49 PM

Prepping for drywall finish? - 8 replies

so this is more of a discussion as I’m curious on all of the different methods there are for this. So our basement remodel is about to the point where the mudding and sanding will be starting. What are some of the best ways to keep the dust from spreading to other areas / rooms? I’ve got the doorway taped off as best as possible an...

05-30-2013 11:15 PM

Staircase replacement - to DIY or no? - 5 replies

Hi all! So my basement remodel is going to start on Monday (WOOHOO!). After removing the carpet from my current stairs, I found out it’s not going to be an easy ‘just replace the treads and risers’ DIY – not only will they have to be replaced, but I’ll also have to replace the stringers. Full on staircase replac...

05-05-2013 05:44 PM

Pavers and gravel patio? - 2 replies

Hey All! Just trying to find out if anyone out there has done a paver/gravel patio? I’ve currently got one all 12×12 concrete paver patio, but it really needs some help so I’d like to redo it and reduce the number of pavers and add some ‘color’ to it with the gravel. something like this : ” just on a much...

03-14-2013 12:33 AM

Tiling a brick fireplace - 15 replies

So this somewhat goes along with my blog about my basement remodel but I’m having trouble finding a good source of information so I thought I’d ask here :) I’m going to be tiling over a brick fireplace in my basement with a commercial grade porcelain. My question is really – what needs to be the base? can I just apply the...

03-03-2013 08:18 PM

lost power to half of house - where to start wiring diagrams? - 19 replies

ok, so I’m a complete noob when it comes to anything electrical. I’ve lived in my 1954 built ranch for going on 7.5 years now and have only had the issue I’m about to discuss twice. I have lost power to half my house. All of the outlets and lights are of course on one circuit, but the circuit breaker did not trip. We had the lo...

02-13-2011 02:26 PM

"hiding" a water meter - 314 replies

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while – still working through my tiling work in the bathroom and need to post updated pics to my project, BUT! I’ve got another question, and for some funny reason doesn’t appear as if it’s been asked about before. Has anybody doing a basement or otherwise reno/update ever had to ̵...

08-12-2010 03:25 PM

Another flooring question - 19 replies

Hey Everybody! I’m another wander from lumberjocks, and thought I’d stop in and ask a question or three :) My projects have been put on hold, but we’ve been tossing around our options on this one, and I could use some more opinions. Currently my living room has oak hardwood flooring in it, but it is in pretty bad shape. Pr...

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